From the Rector
Loving as God Loves Us

In this holy season, we are reminded of the greatest gift of all, born in vulnerable human form, Jesus, full of grace and truth. As we have been gifted with the abundance of God's love and forgiveness, so we reflect on ways we give back in Jesus' name.

I wanted to share with you some good news of ways Calvary has determined to give and make a difference in the past year.

Here are ways we administered our nearly $30,000 Outreach Budget his year , as discerned by the Outreach Team Ministry Leaders:

Interfaith Hospitality Network - In addition to Calvary providing meals and support in person, our financial gift to IHN helped to supply necessities to families working toward stability including transportation to work, training, and education.

St. Andrew's Food Pantry - The food pantry coordinator wrote to us that she "did a happy dance" when she received our financial support. They bought a much-needed new freezer, shelving units, and plan to use the remainder to supply urgent food needs as they arise.

Tender Mercies
In addition to our monthly meal support, Calvary's monetary gift helped to supply welcome and housekeeping kits to residents of the more than 200 men and women receiving supportive housing this past year.

Habitat for Humanity - We are one in a coalition of Episcopal Churches who pooled $5000 each to fund the rehabilitation of an historic home in Lower Price Hill.

El Hogar -We once again sponsored an entire year's education for a student in Honduras, and will send a team to Honduras on a service learning trip in Summer 2020 with the designated outreach funds and accumulated 2019 fundraising dollars.



Matching Gifts - Your pledge dollars supported significant matching gifts to Caracole , CAIN (Churches Active in Northside), and Interfaith Hospitality Network .

We also provided support for the ongoing development of affordable housing for seniors through Episcopal Retirement Services.

This past month, we also discerned the spending of a slight surplus in our Fellowship and Evangelism Budget. This discernment coincided with some great "Cyber Monday" deals!

You'll see enhancements like:
  • Two new tablet computers to aid in online sign-ups (in addition to paper sign-ups) and online giving. (each $80)
  • A mounted flat-screen television to post revolving images, news, and announcements digitally. ($200 +$95 mounting fee)
  • In 2020 - new name tags on the wall in the hallway between the church and Hannaford Hall.

Our hope is that these additions will enhance our welcome and inclusion of all into the life and ministry of Calvary Church.

Thank you for your faithful giving and being part of how we make a difference in so many ways.

Faithfully,

The Reverend Allison English
Rector
Christmas Services

Keep these dates on your Calendar.

The Christmas Pageant is at 5:00 PM. Come and watch the Christmas Story and share the Eucharist.

The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be 9:00 PM, with beautiful music and the celebration of our Lord's birth.

Looking for a quieter celebration of Christmas? Join us at 9:00 AM for Christmas Day Service.
Calvary Families Helping IHN Families

Did you know that in addition to supporting IHN through the hosting ministry, we know have a donation box in Hannaford Hall? There is a comprehensive list of supplies accepted posted on the box. Current pressing needs are 1) new socks and underwear, 2) new or gently used clean bath towels, 3) new or gently used clean blankets


Lighthouse Youth Gift Tree

Reminder that this Sunday is the last day to bring your gifts back for the Lighthouse Gift Three. Gifts should be unwrapped, labeled. They can be left outside the rector's office.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in this life giving ministry.
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