In this Issue:
From the Rector

Calvary Feast Day: September 13
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Calvary's Anti-Racism Journey: September 23
WEDNESDAYS - Faith Foundations: Christianity in a 21st Century Pandemic

Benevolence Fund

Current Worship Schedule

Virtual Coffee Hour Link

Sunday Stories for Children

Prayer List

From the Rector

Dear Calvary Parishioners,

Last week we ventured forth into our "Phase 2 Re-open" of the church building: Worship Only with Significant Restrictions. It was a straightforward and safe experience.

Ten total people worshipped in person, including leaders. Most of you joined in the virtual service. My husband had the same experience down the street leading outdoor Vespers with Clifton United Methodist Church. They started out for two weeks with just eight people, and the attendance has grown to over 50 people socially distanced this past Sunday at a special worship event. I imagine we'll see many ups and downs with our current COVID realities. And that is OK and to be expected. The important thing is to gather-- be it virtually or in person-- and do it safely.

I told the ones gathered in person that they are "holding down the fort" while the rest of us continue to gather online. I am heartened that we are keeping our total attendance just above last year's our Sunday attendance on the same week of the year (see chart below).

Thank you for making the Calvary Worship Community a priority. It makes a difference in the life of our parish and in your individual and family lives to be nourished by Good News each week.

Whether you are part of our online (10:30AM) or in-person (1:00PM) gathering on Sunday, I hope you'll be join our community each Sunday. Your presence -- whether you're gathering virtually or on-site-- matters.

Faithfully,
The Reverend Allison English
Rector

Featured below - Attendance Chart - All Services 2020 vs. 2019
In the Nave, week one In-Person re-open
Photo by Chris Gardner
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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
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.

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, we are in Phase 2 of a three-phase re-open plan. We are allowed to worship in person with significant safety restrictions.

Current Worship Schedule:
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,
Martin Hammer, Tom Gardner, Rachel, Lindsay & Ben Faulstick

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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