In this Issue:
From the Rector:
An Extraordinary Season

Christmas Eve at Calvary

This Sunday:
Advent Lessons and Carols 7:30 PM ONLINE

African Team Ministry Gifts

Advent of the Heart- Book Study:
Mondays 7:30 PM-8:30PM
Record and share a virtual Christmas greeting for your Calvary Family

Vestry & Diocesan Convention Delegate Nominations

Way of Love Advent Series

Benevolence Fund

Current Worship Schedule:
ONLINE ONLY 10:30 AM

Virtual Coffee Hour Link

Prayer List

From the Rector
An Extraordinary Season

Dear Parishioners,

Extraordinary: adjective
beyond what is usual, ordinary, regular, or established

This word is perhaps the most kind way of describing what has been a horrendous year that has thrown anything normal out the window.

God came into the world in an extraordinary way. God entrusted a young, poor teenage woman to be the bearer of God. God made a way where there seemed to be no way.

This Christmas, in a year where we can't fill the church and sing out with joy, we will celebrate an extraordinary Christmas, beyond what is usual, God's Holy Word, the beauty of song, and the story of God's miraculous incarnation will be found this year outside of the walls of our building.

I hope you'll join us virtually for:

Sunday's Advent Lessons and Carols
featuring the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble
7:30 PM
Online at the website and Facebook Live.

Christmas Eve Online service - an online pageant, carols, message and prayers available to view for worship from 3:30 p.m. on demand all afternoon and evening

And on our church campus outdoors on Christmas Eve:

Christmas Eve Display- 4:15 p.m - 6:15 p.m.
Recount the story of Christ's birth and take the path to find the Christ Child outside on Calvary's Campus.
Children are invited to present a gift for the Christ Child.
All are invited to make offerings to St. Andrew's Food Pantry
(hygiene items and condiments are a special request).
A place to make monetary offerings will be available.
Sign up below.

Christmas Lights - Enjoy the lights adorning our historic church building through the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6.


How will you greet the Newborn King this year?

Blessings,
The Reverend Allison English
Rector
African Team Ministry Gift Sales

Calvary Youth Group took over hosting African Team Ministries three years ago, but we have enjoyed their jewelry and gifts for many years. Your purchase from their website helps African Team Ministries send drip irrigation kits to countries in East Africa. Please continue to support African Team Ministries and the work they do. The Youth Group donated $250 to support African Team Ministries.

Mondays in Advent Advent of the Heart
A Study with the Clergy
7:30-8:30 PM, concludes Monday 12/21

Join Rev. Olivia and Rev. Allison for an exploration of Alfred Delp, a priest and martyr, in his profound writings on the meaning of this forthcoming season.

"Drop-ins" to the study welcome.

Need a code to the church?
Email Judy, the Parish Administrator, at judy@calvaryclifton.org.
St Andrew's Food Pantry
Calvary has been supporting St. Andrews Episcopal Church Food Pantry for many years; I am grateful to step into the role of communication between Calvary and St. Andrews Food Pantry; Tate and Anne Greenwald previously notified Calvary Church community of needs at the Pantry and carried contributions from Calvary to St. Andrews. They are stepping aside and I have made contact with the organizers of St. Andrews.

Current ( December 2020) needs at the St.Andrews Pantry include:
Hygiene items: shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, lotion, soap, etc.
Food: NO MORE Mac-n-Cheese ( they have ENOUGH)
         Protein such as canned tuna, meats, etc.
         Condiments: Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo, Salad dressing, Hot Sauce, etc.

Many visitors to the Food Pantry live alone and small sizes are appreciated for cans/bottles.
If there are any questions or a need for me to come pick up items for donations please call or text me at 513-515-1166. Email: Miriam here.
Respectfully submitted , Miriam Hill
Share a Virtual Christmas Greeting with
your Calvary family.
We miss our time together for so many things during the pandemic. Lift a friend's spirits and your own. Record a short Christmas message on your smart phone and send to Judy in the Church Office by December 14th. Then join the fun on Christmas Eve on Facebook or the Calvary website.
Find Instructions Here.
Vestry & Diocesan Convention Delegate Nominations
Join whenever you are able during this grace-filled Advent. Learn, share, and build community in small groups as we practice the Way of Love while we wait for Jesus. 

Led by our own Miriam McKenney
The Benevolence Fund
The Rector and Vestry of Calvary Parish have established The Benevolence Fund.

Please notify the rector of any need for housing, medications, or utilities expenses you will struggle to meet Rev. Allison. The Benevolence Team will blindly review requests and one-time payments will be made.

If you find yourself in a challenging position during this time, please reach out to Rev. Allison. Your conversation and concerns will be held in the strictest confidence.

Funds are available to cover mortgage payments, utility bills, and medical expenses for members of the church.

To donate, please send checks to:
Calvary Episcopal Church
3766 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
(in memo: Benevolence Fund)

or CLICK HERE to donate.
Sunday: Online Service ONLY 10:30 AM

Due to the rising COVID numbers, the Rector, with the advisement and support of the Re-Open Team, have determined to move to ONLINE ONLY worship for the indeterminate future.

Current Weekly Worship Schedule:
10:30 AM
ONLINE service
Sunday Virtual
Coffee Hour

Virtual Coffee Hour will take place via Zoom this Sunday, following the 10:30 service. To join the coffee hour follow this link. For instructions on how to access the meeting, click here ,

You can also access a Facebook group to talk with other Calvary members and get updates from the parish. To join that group, click here
This week we pray:

For those on our Parish Prayer List 
J J Engelbert, Karl Laube, Spencer Shuey, Cynthia Bourgeois, Wesley Duncan, Sharon Grayton, Paula Winans, Maureen Siereveld, Eric Van Vyven, Reed Coen, Phyllis Reid, Christian Fredenburgh, Mary Kate DeWees, Nancy, Mary Beth, Roger Percer, Erica Jones, Terrell Lackey, Wes Duncan, Barbara Lindsey

For Homebound Parishioners
Mary Ann Bragg, Richard Sininger, Joan Sievers, Paul McCauley, Hazel Ison, Hedda von Goeben

For the Faithful Departed
David Cooke

For Expectant Parents
Hannah & Clairice Galey

Send your prayer requests to Rev. Allison
Prayer requests are spoken aloud in worship for two weeks / kept on prayer list for two months. Keep us updated for long-term requests.

If you have a pastoral need, please contact the
Rector, The Rev. Allison English at 513-401-5781
or Rector Associate, The Rev. Olivia Hamilton at 513-236-0526.
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