In this Issue:
From Calvary's Organist/Choirmaster,
Howard Helvey

July 18th Book Study and Author Debby Irving Zoom Event 'Sign up! '

Beautify Calvary Grounds - Sign up

Tentative Phased Return Date

Virtual Coffee Hour Link

Sunday Stories for Children

Prayer List
From the Organist/Choirmaster

Dear Calvary Parishioners,

I am a strong introvert. Virtually all of my Calvary responsibilities (music planning, score study, organ/piano practice, etc.) and work as a composer are done in seclusion, which well-matches my wiring. So, for the first few weeks of the Coronavirus lock-down, things didn’t really feel that much different. Over time, though, the gravity of mandated isolation began to sink in…for all of us. Perhaps ironically, although my career requires self-seclusion, the full flowering of work as a composer (largely of choral music) and organist/choirmaster is manifested in human voices singing together .

To sing is to express one of our most intimate human gifts. And in the context of our worshipping community, the value of congregational song cannot be overstated. It gives us opportunity to communicate with God, express unity, verbally articulate our faith, and spiritually grow. The sung word is a powerful, inspiring, and defining component of the Christian tradition.

One of the things many of us are missing is the profound expression of community when we sing together. The Calvary Choir, although currently unable to make music together, has enjoyed connecting regularly through Zoom. The luxury of video socialization offers virtual connection, but, as we are each quarantined in tiny personal boxes, also reinforces the reality of individual isolation. Plus, as we quickly discovered, ensemble singing is impossible. During these last many weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about the hymn, How can I keep from singing?  Its authorship remains uncertain, but here’s the first stanza:

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth's lamentation,
I hear the sweet, tho' far-off hymn
That hails a new creation;
Thro' all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul—
How can I keep from singing?
 
The hymn was first published in 1869, just a couple of years after Calvary’s building was completed, and they deeply resonate in 2020 amid our own tumult, strife, and a global pandemic. 

In this unprecedented time when, according to research, singing is synonymous with increased peril, perhaps from the hymn title we should remove the word “from” and slightly change the question to how can I keep singing?”   The Apostle Paul instructs us to pray without ceasing, recasting prayer to the point that our active lives are transformed by and into its very essence.  The activity of singing, in the physiological definition, remains possible (for most) either by ourselves or in our immediate circles. But how might we expand our definition of singing toward a life flowing in “endless song,” as the unknown hymn-writer so vividly suggests? My father, who never claimed to be a singer, nonetheless sang profoundly with paint, pencils, color, canvas, and camera. By circumstance, some individuals are literally voiceless, but hopefully have found ways to sing by living fully , perhaps within creative writing, artistic expression, or imaginative thinking.

Of course, as our isolated songs rise, we long for that glorious day when we actually again, together , will safely be able to sing scripture and poetry of our faith heritage, and participate in something far greater than any one of us could accomplish on our own.

Gratefully,
Howard
Author Debby Irving Zoom Event
SAVE THE DATE

' Waking Up White and finding myself in the story of race '

Saturday, July 18 - via ZOOM
Morning Forum - 10am-Noon
Q&A/ Deeper Dive - 1pm - 2 PM

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Beautify Calvary Grounds

Please adopt an area of Calvary grounds and loving care for it on your own time. If you see others, take care to physically distance yourselves. Enjoy the sun and fresh air and beautify our church grounds!

 Select Areas (area of Calvary property) to adopt and Sign-up to water, de-weed, prune and mulch that area for the summer.
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All Areas are marked with a sign & instructions.
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(and a special thanks to Helene Ault and Tom Bible for coordinating the areas)
Tentative Phased Return to
On-site Worship
The Calvary Church Vestry Re-Open Team has determined Ju ly 12 as our tentative re-open date - for Sunday worship only. This will only move forward if the COVID numbers trend down in the next week.

Our PRIMARY worship will continue ONLINE at 10:30 AM until further notice.

In-person worship with significant restrictions and a carefully-disinfected worship space will be offered at 1:00 PM, as long as the COVID-positive numbers in Hamilton County continue to trend down.

Dramatic preparations, restrictions, and changes to worship are required of us by the Diocese of Southern Ohio. We will work together to "get used to" this new way of doing worship.

Coffee Hour, Sunday school, weekday offerings, and all outside groups will continue either online or to be on hiatus until further notice.
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 
JL Caldwell, Elizabeth Bible, Chip Montrose, Amanda O'Bannon, Roger Percer, Gloria Marshall, Mary Springer, Eddie, Kerrie Yates, Emily, Grace, Richard Jacobs, Reed Coen, Kelsey and Jennifer Jones.

Thanksgivings
Clairice and Hannah Galey welcoming four foster children into their home.
Troy's recovery from pancreatic cancer.

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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