Epiphanytide at Calvary
From the Rector

Dear Calvary Parishioners,

On Monday, we officially ended the season of Christmas in the church and celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany. Since we gather weekly on Monday mornings for Morning Prayer, we added a Eucharist to make for a proper major feast. Bishop Nedi Rivera, one of our 8:00 parishioners, presided at the table for the feast.

Epiphany is the day when the light of Christ was made manifest to all people. Magi came to pay homage to the Christ child, to reveal to us that Christ's light is for all people from all nations.

The Biblical history of the Epiphany is ironic this particular week. The Magi were Persians who arrived in the presence of Jesus from what is now present-day Iran. They ventured into into foreign territory to pay homage to the Christ child that the Way of Love might be known to all.

The Magi showed the way by turning toward the star they followed and encountering the Light of the World in the Christ Child.
My spiritual director asked me what my hope was for the season following the Epiphany. "How do you want to encounter Christ's light in the world?" he asked.

I found myself responding, "I want to make sure I don't get in the way of the Light. I don't want to cast shadows."

He replied back, "The key is turning away from the darkness and toward the Light. In Christ, there is no shadow." He was referencing the first chapter of 1 John.

May we together turn toward Christ, the Light of the World, in the reality of our days to come.

The Reverend Allison English
Prayer Partners Celebration

Please save the date for a celebration of the success of our Advent Prayer Partner program on this Sunday, January 12th at 5pm in the Burton Room . We'll break bread together and have conversation and reflection about our experiences. Whether your prayer partner can make it or not, you are welcome to attend! Please email Deacon Olivia with questions, or to RSVP so we know how much food to order.

Annual Meeting of the Parish of Calvary Church, Clifton

Sunday, January 26th
following the 10:30 Service, with a Potluck Meal

Vestry Class of 2023 (Elect 3, 3 Year Term)
Janet Keller
Chip Montrose
Susan Skidmore

Diocesan Convention (Elect 4, 1 Year Term)
Maggie Davis
Paul Davis
Eric Landen
Allison Logan

Junior Warden (Incumbent)
Tom Bible

Senior Warden (Incumbent)
Paul Davis

Calvary Families Helping IHN Families

It is time to host! We need your support to house and feed a family on Thursday, January 23.
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

We need people to serve food and help host.

Please reply by email to Robert Smith -  Cliftonbob@mac.com  or Dave Meyer -  meyerdl@ucmail.uc.edu

Family Game Night

Join us for our annual parish game night on Friday, January 17th. Dinner will be offered starting at 5:00 PM, and games will start at 7:00 PM. Board Games, Games on the Wii and many more will be offered.

To RSVP or for information contact Miriam
Pledge Envelopes

Pledge Envelopes are available for pickup on the stage for those who have requested them. Extra Envelopes are available in the Church Office

Rector's Book Club

Sunday, January 19th at 11:45
at Calvary House
Join us for a discussion of Take This Bread by Sarah Miles

Books are available for purchase on the stage. RSVP to Allison or sign up on the stage.

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