In this Issue:
Lots of NEW Updates this week

From the Rector

Blessing of the Animals: October 4

Outdoor Pop-up Picnic: October 11

Calvary Feast Day Photos

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

Clifton Crosswalk
Habitat for Humanity: Rock the Block! Thank you to our volunteers

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

Holy Communion returns October 18
From the Rector

Dear Calvary Parishioners,

Just yesterday (Thursday 10/1), Hamilton County announced that we are back in zone "red" on the COVID-19 map. That means it is more important than ever to wear our masks when we are out and about. COVID numbers are up.

That also means that we must put INDOOR worship on hold.
This Sunday, Worship will be held ONLINE at 10:30 AM
and OUTSIDE for the Blessing of the Animals at 1:00 PM.

Please sign up if you plan to attend the 1:00 PM Blessing of the Animals below, as we can only host up to 50 people per the COVID guidelines of the Diocese. All who attend shall wear masks and keep a distance from one another.

Some of you have shared that each day since March has felt like the same day as the last. Some of you can relate to the 16th century mystic St. John of the Cross and his account of the spiritual "dark night of the soul."

A prayer came to mind as we faced yet another change this week as Hamilton County crept back up into the Red Zone. It's from the Compline of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. We pray it at night, in the dark. May it lead us through the "dark night" of this challenging time:

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 133)

Let us not forget that We are the Church, and with God among and in us we will conquer this pandemic night with the Light of Christ.

Faithfully,
The Reverend Allison English
Rector
Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 4
1:00 PM
(will serve as our "Matinee" service)

  • Outdoors
  • Socially-distanced (will look different from the photo to the left!)
  • In masks
  • Up to 50 people
Outdoor Pop-up Picnic
Sunday, October 11
5:00 p.m.

Mt. Storm Park

You're invited to this safe outdoor gathering of members of Calvary Church. Bring your own chairs, picnic blanket, food, and drink. Please plan to wear masks when moving about and keep a safe distance from other families.
Calvary Feast Day Photos, courtesy of Howard Helvey can be found HERE

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.

By listening to another person’s stories—about God, about their greatest hope, about their deepest pain—we learn about their experience and reflect anew on our own.Think of a moment when you heard someone apply a biblical story to his/her life, and suddenly the scripture took on new meaning for you. The fact is, hearing stories connects us to each other in ways that mere text cannot. The oral tradition of storytelling cuts across divides to expose a timeless truth, and promotes the work of personal reconciliation, formation and transformation.

Telling and listening to stories is perhaps the most powerful act of reconciliation. Won't you come and share yours?

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.
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?

Saturday, October 10
Rock the Block: Habitat for Humanity

The Habitat for Humanity HOPE Coalition has asked Calvary to help pick up and distribute individually-packaged lunches for the "Rock the Block" volunteers on October 10. They are anticipating about 45 volunteers working in a few neighborhoods in the city.

Thank you to Eric Landen & Miriam Hill for volunteering to shuttle the lunches around the city!
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
This week: 1:00 PM Blessing of the Animals, Outdoor Worship

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.
COVID-19 Testing October 10th & 17th Noon-4pm
Clifton United Methodist Church
Sunday Virtual
Coffee Hour
NO COFFEE HOUR THIS WEEK!

The children of Calvary will instead meet for a special "Computer Feast" after worship.

Virtual Coffee Hour will resume next week.

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 
Bishop Tom Breidenthal, Amelia Engelbert, Miriam McKenney, Mary Kate DeWees, Anne Greenwald, Kate Smith, Elizabeth Bible, Eddie and his family, Kelli, Susan Gerke, Martin Hammer, Tom Gardner, Rachel, Mary Ann McDonald, Mary Reich, The Waylon Family

Expectant Parents
The Reverend Olivia Hamilton & Molly McHenry
(awaiting adoption process completion)

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 begins soon.

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