In this Issue:
From the Children and Family Minister - Children's Ministry

Calvary Feast Day: September 13
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Calvary's Anti-Racism Journey: September 23

Faith Foundations: Christianity in a 21st Century Pandemic
Benevolence Fund

Tentative Phased Return Date - 8/30

Virtual Coffee Hour Link

Sunday Stories for Children

Prayer List

From the Children and Family Minister

Dear Calvary Parishioners,

I know I’m biased, but Children’s Ministry is a wonderful thing. I love how engaged all of the children are, when they wonder about the stories from the Bible. They want to understand the story
itself and have amazing ideas about how those stories are still important today. Over the summer
months, we have been exploring these ideas with the help of picture books and craft projects that
mirror the themes presented in the readings. Because we haven’t been able to gather together, I have had these conversations with my own children as opposed to all of the Sunday School families, but I am still uplifted by the conversations we have been having. For three elementary school aged boys to begrudgingly sit down with me every week when they would rather be playing is a trick. But once we’re there I can hear their thoughts about another family of brothers and what it feels like to be left out and how retaliation doesn’t really fix anything and that problems can’t really be fixed until you talk about them and tons of other ideas they have about what Joseph’s story means to them.

I have an amazing group of volunteers! This includes the teachers who are willing to record themselves telling stories. It’s a totally different experience telling a story to an iPad than it is to a group of children, and we are adapting well to a new way of presentation. In this format my volunteers also include every parent who helps their children talk about these stories at home. It’s a big job to help kids work through thoughts on the Bible and God and how these things fit into their lives. I feel so blessed that Calvary families have committed to doing this work at home while we can not do it at the church.

This fall we return to the Godly Play program remotely. We’ll start our lessons on September 13th with a brief orientation video for children and families about what this remote listening and wondering will be like. I will be sending out lesson videos every week and families who would like them will have some Godly Play works available at their homes. We are also going to incorporate a digital feast about once a month. Feast time in person is the time in the class when we can hear what has been going on with everyone outside of the Sunday School classroom. We’d like to keep that going and stay in touch in a digital format. I look forward to seeing you all again, even though you’ll be in tiny boxes on my computer screen instead of in an actual classroom.

Thank you to the many, many people who are making this wonderful work possible,

Sally Engelbert
Calvary's Feast Day
The Exultation of the Holy Cross
Sunday, September 13th
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate Calvary-style with SAFE, distanced outdoor
Fun, Worship and Food for everyone in the family!

Masks and temperature checks will be required

PLUS Options for those who wish to stay at home to participate virtually!

Rain date: Sunday, September 27
After Waking Up White What's Next?
Ways to Engage and Transform

Mark your Calendars
Calvary's Anti-Racism Journey
Engaging our Faith in the World
Wednesday, September 23
7:00pm

As Baptized Christians, we promise that we will strive for justice and peace among all people, with God's help.

We've been taught that in a polite society, we don't talk religion and politics. Some have expressed recently, "that's all that's left to talk about... so how do I proceed?"

How do we effectively engage our faith amid the realities of racism? How do we engage in meaningful civil discourse as Christians in this 21st century, COVID reality? What happens when politics intersect with life and faith?

Join us for this important evening via Zoom.

We'll use a portion of the ChurchNext curriculum to guide our learning.
Check out the trailer for the Episcopal Church Civil Discourse Curriculum here.

We'll read A Letter to the Church on Breaking Free of White Supremacy — By Kelly Brown Douglas, Stephanie Spellers and Winnie Varghese - click to read as a source text for the conversation. You can click to read the article above and hard copies are available on the church stage.

Read the Episcopal News Service article on this letter here:
Take Debby Irving's 21-Day Challenge

For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.
Faith Foundations
One-hour Classes
Opt-in whenever you're interested

Wednesdays starting August 26
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

What does Christian Faith look like in the 21st century,
in this COVID world?

We’ll explore the foundations of our faith through this lens 
and the theology and tradition of the Anglican/Episcopal Church.

August 26 —Who is God? 
Who is God, and where is God in the midst of this pandemic?

September 2 — Renouncing Evil
What is evil and sin and what does it take for us to turn from it? 

September 9— Discipleship 101
From worshipping Jesus to following Jesus

September 16 — Christian Community
The ancient tradition of Christian Community in a COVID world

September 23— Engaging our Faith in the World
Intersection with Anti-Racism Work
How do we strive for justice and peace among all people?

Link to all Meetings via Zoom - come as you're available and interested
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.
Re-Open - Phase 2
Per Bishop Breidenthal's instruction, the re-opening of churches in Hamilton County can move into PHASE 2 of the Diocesan Plan on August 30, pending a steady retention or decrease of COVID infection rate.

Tentative August 30 worship plan:
10:30 AM ONLINE service
1:00 PM IN-PERSON service with safety protocols, mandatory mask-wearing, and temperature checks at door

Worship is available and will continue live on Facebook and our website starting with announcements at 10:20 AM. Look for the Online Worship Guide in your inbox each week.
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 
Mary Kate DeWees, Anne Greenwald, Kate Smith, Elizabeth Bible,
George Gordon, Abby, Alan, Eddie and his family, Kelli, Susan Gerke, and
 Martin Hammer

For the Faithful Departed
Ray and Gayle Laible

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

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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