Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, May 28, 2017

Kitty Clark  has been a faithful member of Calvary Church for many years. During her time here, she has taught, preached, and attended both the 8:00 and the 10:30 services. In June, Kitty will begin a new chapter in her life, moving to Colorado to live near family members, as her son John will be moving away from Cincinnati. This Sunday, May 28, will be her last Sunday at Calvary. Having heard that she preaches excellent sermons, I have asked her to preach on this last Sunday, and she has agreed. Kitty will be the preacher at 8:00 and at 10:30. I hope you can come and say goodbye to Kitty, and wish her Godspeed as she moves on.

Wanted: Persons to serve  on Calvary's Search Committee. This committee is responsible for posting the parish's portfolio on the Episcopal Church's website, then to receive candidate names, winnow the list of candidates, conduct interviews, and finally submit a single name to the Vestry for approval. Perks! Possible travel package (for on-site interviews) and close community building. The time commitment will vary, depending on the task, and the committee may convene for anywhere from six months to a year. Nomination forms are on the stage in Hannaford Hall, as is the box for submitting your application. If you have questions about the committee, please see Joanna.

Devin Rodgers,  who has been studying at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, June 3 at 11:00 am. Since Calvary is his supporting parish, I hope you will all attend his ordination to support and applaud this transformational time in his life and ministry. He will preach at Calvary on Sunday, June 4-his first sermon as a member of the clergy.  

Calvary has just formed the Calvary Kitchen Crewe, coordinated by Edy Dreith, which will be responsible for small hospitality gatherings in the church. Comprised of a team of members who will work in the kitchen, the Crewe is available upon request for events such as small receptions and church events. However, they are not a catering service for large gatherings. For some events, donation baskets for goodwill offerings will be put on tables to help defer the cost of the food. If you have a request or question about this new ministry, please contact Edy.

Parish Clean-up Day - June 11th 11:45 - 1:00 p.m.

Please consider giving a gift of Memorial Altar Flowers to honor your loved ones on Sunday. Contact Phyllis Reid to make the arrangements 321-4625.

Please help  stock St. A ndrew's  Pantry  with 
boxed pasta dinners, ex. macaroni and cheese.

Music that Makes Community Training
Join us for a unique opportunity to empower the spiritual life of your church through singing. Led by a dynamic team from Music that Makes Community, this training will teach new songs to enrich your community's worship life and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy. This training is being held at Calvary Episcopal Church (3766 Clifton Ave.) and is sponsored by the Diocese of Southern Ohio. There are 2 options for participation:
For more information and registration click here. Bring 5 or more people from your congregation, and register for a group rate! Questions or scholarships, contact the Rev. Jane Gerdsen, Missioner for Fresh Expressions 

In This Issue
Calvary Episcopal Church
3766 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220

Calvary Sunday Schedule
8:00 am
Holy Eucharist

9:30 am
Alternate Family Service with Communion

10:30 am
Holy Eucharist with Choir

10:15 am
Sunday School

9:00 - 11:30 am

8:30 - 12:00 pm
Calvary Café 
Fellowship & Coffee  
Ministry Quick Links
Transition/Interim Priest

Howard Helvey,
Organist and Choirmaster 
Director of Children and Family Ministry

Calvary Community 

Judy Gardner 
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From the soon to be Deacon

Dear Calvary,
After three years of seminary, lots of classes, many many term papers, the General Ordination Exams, interviews and prayers, I am a graduate of Church Divinity School of the Pacific and a candidate for ordination!
Next week, as you probably have read in the Chimes, I will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at Christ Church Cathedral. I cannot wait, and I want you all to know that I am incredibly grateful for all of the prayers and support that members of Calvary have given me over the past several years.  I could not have done this without you. Thank you!
Following ordination, Philippe and I will be spending some time relaxing and perhaps taking a few weekends trips around California. On July 2nd, I will be starting my first call at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. I will be working with the Rev. Paul Fromberg and learning from the good people of St. Gregory's. The parish is well known for its liturgical exploration and their artistic and musical approach to worship. I believe it will be a great fit for me, and I am incredibly excited. If you ever find yourself in the Bay Area, be sure to come visit!
I look forward to worshipping with you on June 4th. As it is Pentecost, we will be remembering the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. I am excited to see all of the new life and changes occurring at Calvary. I could not think of a more appropriate commemoration or church to serve my first Sunday as ordained clergy. What a blessing!
Be assured of my continued prayers.
In Christ's Peace,
Devin Rodgers

Joanna's cell phone number is available for members' pastoral emergencies. If you are being hospitalized, are having surgery, have a death in the family, are experiencing a personal crisis, or have been arrested, please call Joanna at 859.803.0665. 


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Tender Mercies  May 28, 4:00 p.m.

Music News
 -  Howard Helvey  

  Cari Sullivan receiving a voice lesson at the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble Office

High School Vocal Showcase/Fundraiser
Friday, June 2, 7 PM
Hannaford Hall

As many of you know, the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble this summer is sponsoring the Miami Choral and Voice Institute in Coral Gables, Florida.  This inter-generational event will bring together student, early-career, and professional singers and conductors in a week-long program of study, performance, masterclasses, and lectures.  In early April, we welcomed the Winton Woods High School Varsity Ensemble to Calvary, and a few of their students will be participating in the Miami Institute.  You are invited to come hear this short recital featuring the participants, along with a few other students, prior to the trip.

The recital is free of charge, and all are welcome to attend.  A free-will offering will be collected.  Funds raised will help provide money for the students' misc. expenses (food and transportation) during the institute week.


With any questions regarding the Choir and/or the Choral Scholar program, please contact the organist/choirmaster, Howard Helvey: or 513-476-3261

Sunday School and Family News

If you have not yet gotten a chance to complete the survey about this past year's Children and Family Ministries, please take a minute to do so.  It's only 10 questions and your feedback will really help in next year's planning. Here is the link to the brief survey  for the program year. 
Thank you!

Sunday School

Thank you to  all who were a part of Sunday School this year.  We have a little break for the month of May and we'll start Summer Stories on June 4th. There is a sign up sheet posted in the hallway for leading stories this summer. If you'd like more information please contact Sally.

Family News

Procter Summer Camp session dates are posted on the diocesan website. There are sessions available for individual children or family groups. Please follow the link here Procter Camp for more information or to register.

Family Worship Service

Music that Makes Community is a wonderful opportunity mentioned in greater detail in the main box of this Chimes. It is an event that will be held June 28-30 at Calvary Church and is for anyone who would like to learn about leading more informal music opportunities like our own 9:30 service.  This is for anyone with an interest in music regardless of your experience level.  If you would like more information, please contact Jane Gerdsen using the link at the top of the Chimes.

We've really noticed a big change in the time we are able to start the Family Worship service each Sunday.  Thank you to those of you who have taken on a Sunday to get the worship duties lined up and ready to go before 9:30! If you are interested in helping in this way  or for more information please contact Kelsey at (614)787-1720 or

There is a new coffee hour sign up sheet for the next couple of months posted by the kitchen! We have really enjoyed the good food to go with good conversation after the service.

Please come and talk to any of the worship team members if you have any ideas for our community or would like to join the team.

Current Team Members:
Kelsey Logan
Joanna Leiserson
Helene Ault
JJ Engelbert
Sally Engelbert
Helen Jones
Janet Keller

Look graciously on our parish, and so guide the hearts and minds of those who shall choose a rector for Calvary Church, especially the members of the Profile and Search Committees, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and empower us for our ministries. Amen.

If you would like to add someone to the Prayer List please contact the Parish Office
Prayers for strength, healing, and other requests for prayer from parish members and friends of the ­larger community:
Brandon Davis, Paul McCauley, Marilyn Fietz, Carol Ann Edmonds, Reed Coen, Mary Ann Bragg, and Jim Harrell.


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