In this Issue:
From the Rector

We are the Church: Featuring parishioner Paula Winans

Saturday 10/24:
Calvary's Anti-Racism Journey: StorySharing via Zoom

Welcome Family Musician
Danny Mylott

Clifton Crosswalk

Parish Outdoor Workdays: October 24 & 25

Benevolence Fund

El Hogar Virtual Fundraiser

Current Worship Schedule: UPDATES

Free COVID Testing at Clifton UMC

Virtual Coffee Hour Link

Prayer List

Virtual Sunday School for Children
From the Rector

Dear Parishioners,

"Now you are the Body of Christ, and each one of you is part of it." - 1 Corinthians 12:27

The coming month will bring a variety of ways that you can engage and be part of the Body of Christ at Calvary Church. Here are upcoming ways you can "be the church":

Saturday, October 24, 10am - Noon: StorySharing, part of Calvary's Anti-Racism Journey (offered virtually) - make sure to check out the "how to prepare" section below.

Saturday/Sunday, October 24-25: "Put the Beds to Bed" - prepping Calvary's grounds for winter

Sunday, November 1: All Saints Sunday & Pledge Ingathering (drop-off at the church after 10:30 worship)


Take part in Sunday worship!

You'll see in the chart below that online worship attendance has been down. I invite you to re-engage this weekend as we welcome a new Family Musician, Danny Mylott. Learn more about Danny below.

You can read more about all of these opportunities in more detail below.
Faithfully,
The Reverend Allison English
Rector

Below: Calvary Worship Attendance Chart 2019 v. 2020
In-Person, On-Site Worship
Postponed until November 1
Due to COVID Number Increases and Diocesan Guidelines, indoor worship is prohibited.

Outdoor gatherings up to 50 people permitted.

Calvary's Anti-Racism Journey

StorySharing
Saturday, October 24
10:00 AM-Noon

The shortest distance between two people is a story. Storytelling has been passed down through the ages as a way to educate, empower, and edify listeners of every age, culture and educational level. Often something new is born in the sacred interaction between the listener and the teller. Indeed, as Jesus demonstrated in countless interactions, God is quite likely to show up in the space between us when we share our stories.

How to Prepare
Write 250-500 words (2-5 minutes of speaking) on this prompt:
We praise God with the “communion of Saints” and with “all the company of Heaven.” Share a story about someone who has died with whom you still feel connected through prayer or another act of faith.

Each person will be invited to share what they have prepared. We will prepare one other prompt on the theme of race and reconciliation during the time together. The above is our warmup for sharing stories with each other.

We are working to create a safe space for sharing and learning.
The StorySharing session will NOT be recorded or available at a later time.
Take Debby Irving's 21-Day Challenge

For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.
"Being the Church" in 2020
by Paula Winans

Calvary Episcopal Church, the members, staff, and community, have become the most meaningful part of my life, especially while in the constraints of pandemic life. Because I am involved with Calvary, these “constraints" actually have become blessings! 

As a 68-year-old, living on my own in an urban neighborhood, life sometimes has challenges. I have only been a resident of Cincinnati for three years, and, although I have super-wonderful neighbors, I needed to make more friends who are devoted to a spirit-filled life. I have found them at Calvary, after searching for just the right church (or should I say, they have found ME.)

Some examples of new friendships are Jane, as she has delivered devotionals to my doorstep and soup when I was sick, and Cory, who sends me a text every single morning and even picked up a travel book for me about Turkey because she knew I was studying the language. Both friends reached out to me, and they bless me every day.







During this challenging pandemic time, I’ve been able to participate online in a multi-week Bible study (which I LOVED) and attend church every single week, with blessings of insightfully profound homilies from Allison and Olivia that encourage and challenge me to examine my behavior and thought processes. Every week I am inspired to do more and do better, as I know are others.

Howard’s ministry of music to all of us, as well as those who agree to sing and play instruments, bless us all. We have one of the greatest musicians nationally in Howard, and he was one of the reasons I chose Calvary as I was searching for just the right place. I had longed to join the choir during Lent last spring, and I pray we are all back together after our world heals from the challenges of Covid-19.

I look forward to getting to know more of you then, and I am grateful every day for our community. I thank everyone who has made a phenomenal effort to adapt for us to use creativity and care to provide opportunities for us during this time.


Welcome
Family Service Musician
Danny Mylott
Danny Mylott is a senior at the University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music where he is studying Music Education and Math. He has taught private music lessons, tutored students in math, and led after school music programs at local Cincinnati schools during his time at UC.

Danny also worked with the May Festival Youth Chorus this past year helping the choir members develop musical literacy skills. Danny has served as a cantor and substitute music director at Holy Angels and Holy Name Churches, and he is so excited to serve as Calvary’s Family Service Musician! 

After classes and work, you can probably find Danny throwing a frisbee,
playing board games, or trying out new recipes in the kitchen. He is from Cleveland, Ohio and is stuck in the middle of three amazing brothers. Rest assured that Danny is a dedicated Cleveland sports fan, so you know he is loyal no matter what!

Danny begins his service to Calvary Church on Sunday. Join us for online worship to get to know him better.
Let's Get a Crosswalk across Clifton Ave.

Neighbors and friends of Calvary are hoping to urge the city to put a crosswalk in place from Warren Ave. to the church. Do your part to help make it safer for students, Apple Tree families, and Calvary parishioners to walk across Clifton Ave.
Questions?

From the Facilities Manager & Junior Warden:
Please do not put any organic material in either the trash or recycling bins.

An area near the gravel pad at the base of the parking will be designated for compost, or you can take it home for your own composting if desired.
From the Junior Warden
"Put the Beds to Bed"
Parish Workdays
Save the date
Saturday & Sunday
October 24 and 25

Members who have adopted flower beds around the church are invited to “put them to bed” in preparation of the winter. Be safe and socially distanced during these workdays. Mulch is still available in the Boy Scout trailer for this purpose. Some tools are available as well. Thank you for your service, the church and grounds look very inviting; we are awaiting all of our return.   
El Hogar esperanza virtual fundraiser
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 - Back to Phase 1
Per Bishop Breidenthal's instruction, we are in Phase 1 of the Re-Open Guide due to Hamilton County being in LEVEL RED.

We may not worship in the church.
We are permitted to worship outside: up to 50 people
in masks and distanced.

Current Weekly Worship Schedule:
10:30 AM
ONLINE service ONLY

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 
Kelsey Logan, Christian Friedenberg, Dan Whiteley, Larry Griggs, Bishop Tom Breidenthal, Mary Kate DeWees, Elizabeth Bible, Eddie and his family, Tom Gardner, Rachel, Mary Ann McDonald, Mary Reich, Todd Baumgartner

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.
Virtual Sunday School has begun!

Contact Sally Engelbert here to learn more about the classes and how you and your children can attend.
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