In this Issue:
From the Rector:
Languishing and Hope

NEW Worship Schedule & Links:
9:15 a.m. Virtual Family Service
11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist both on-site & virtually
Phased re-open attendance #s

PENTECOST PARISH PHOTO
Save the Date!
Sunday, May 23 at Noon

Habitat for Humanity builders- Offer your time to provide lunch!

Boy Scout Flower and Mulch Sale

Sign up! - Outdoor Garden Workday May 15 & 16

Procter Summer Camp is ON!

Benevolence Fund

Virtual Coffee Hour Link
NOTE: begins at approximately 10:00 a.m. this week

Sunday Altar Flowers

Prayer List

Bishop Search Update:
Listening Sessions begin this Spring; Bishop Price departs in May
click the link below for more info
From the Rector

Languishing and Hope

“How are you doing?”

We’ve been conditioned in our society to make an automatic response to this question. 

“Fine.”

“Well.”

“Doing okay.”

“Getting along as best as we can.”

After a year when everything about day-to-day life has been turned upside down, my guess is that our responses only scratch the surface of how we are actually doing, or are ways to evade the painfully honest reality when things aren’t going so well. 

A parishioner shared with me this week an article that gave voice to how she is doing. Not depressed, she still has energy. Also not exactly flourishing, she finds her days clouded by a lack of productivity. Instead of experiencing joy, there is more of an empty feeling. Psychologists have found a name for this: languishing.

Deuteronomy 28:65 expresses languishing as the spirit not having a resting place, and having a trembling heart, weary eyes, and a pining soul. The Hebrew word תַרְגִּ֔יעַ (pronounced ṯar·gî·a’) gets to the heart of the verse. One translation is “thou shalt find no ease,” an image is as though you have been tossed violently and suddenly, like the sea with waves or the skin with boils. COVID has had a way of violently tossing our routines and rhythms throughout the past year. It’s this persistent rash of masks and forced distances.

It’s no wonder many of us, despite the joy of Eastertide and the beautiful spring days, find ourselves instead at times with this strange sense of malaise. 

Here is our hope: scripture assures us over and over again that God meets us and sustains us in our languishing. And God not only cares about how we’re really doing, but meets us there to remind us we are loved and not alone. 

There is a prayer in the Prayer Book that I find especially grace-filled for times when we could use a boost. It’s entitled, “In the Morning.” Perhaps it will bring strength and the Spirit of Jesus to you, wherever you find yourself today.

This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. If I am to do nothing, help me to do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 461)

Faithfully,

The Reverend Allison English
Rector

SAVE THE DATE
PENTECOST PARISH PHOTO

Wear Red!
And get your festive RED face mask here at church!

Sunday, May 23
12:00 p.m.

Pentecost 2021:
Cicada swarms limit outdoor worship & eating possibilities;
COVID limits indoor celebrations
But the Holy Spirit
is still at work!

Make plans to be part of a commemorative parish photo. Following 11:00 worship, we will gather outside in the traffic circle in front of the church for a parish photo and fellowship amid friends and cicadas.

Distanced seating with streaming worship will be provided in Hannaford Hall for overflow attendance.
NEW
Worship Schedule
9:15 a.m.
Family Morning Prayer ONLINE

Available LIVE & ON DEMAND
11:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
In the Church

Also available Virtually at 11:00 a.m. and ON DEMAND
Via the website
Worship Engagement at Calvary

The Ohio Public Health Advisory is in level RED this week. At that level, we are permitted to have up to 45 people with distanced seating in the nave, with additional persons in the choir chancel.
At this time, we are worshiping virtually with the exception of 11:00 Eucharist offered with COVID-safe protocols. See safety tips here
Join our Acolyte Ministry
The ministry of acolyte comes from ancient times. Serving on the altar is an honor and is a vital role in a worship service. Acolytes serve God, they assist the worship leaders, and they support the congregation during worship.

We invite people of all ages to join our acolyte ministry. Acolytes serve throughout the year, as our faith does not take the summer off. Revs. Allison and Olivia will oversee training and support and always provide in-the-moment guidance. The Acolytes vest (put on robes), light the candles on the altar, lead the procession into the church at the beginning of the service and assist the clergy in preparing the altar for communion. At special services, acolytes light extra candles and sometimes serve as thurifer, swinging the censer. At the end of the service, acolytes lead the procession out of the church and extinguish the candles. Children, youth, and adults are welcome to serve as acolytes. Please contact Miriam McKenney if you have questions or are interested in Calvary's acolyte ministry. 
Provide Lunch for Habitat Volunteers

At present, the HOPE Coalition for Habitat for Humanity is working on a build on Baymiller St. with 4-6 volunteers at a time. Calvary is signed up to provide lunch on Saturday, May 15.

Would you be willing to prepare and provide lunch for the 4-6 volunteers?
Here are Habitat's Guidelines:

-Lunches must be made following COVID safety guidelines (wearing a mask and gloves) while making them. 
If you have any COVID symptoms or have been around a person who has tested positive, please do not make lunches for the work site.
-Lunches must be individually wrapped when brought to site. Items such as shared pots (chili, soup, sandwich plates, etc) will not be permitted.
Everything must be prepackaged by a company (for example, if you buy from a fast food restaurant) or prepackaged by volunteers.
-Please only make lunches for the individuals who are on site. We do not want a large number of community members coming to the work site for lunch.
We love having community members congregate for lunches, but can’t do this quite yet.

E-mail Allison at allison@calvaryclifton.org to offer your time and talent to this outreach opportunity.
Save the Dates for Outdoor Garden Workdays
May 15 and 16th
There will be a map of garden areas and beds to select posted in Hannaford Hall starting May 8th. Have your family choose a plot and instructions. Mulch will be available in the driveway. We will have some plants available behind the Clifton House fence. Come have fun and make the grounds beautiful. COVID cautions as always.

Sign up below with your name and e-mail and we'll alert you to the opportunity to select the plot you'd like to work on.
Procter Summer Camp is ON for Summer 2021

Summer Sunday Stories
Summer Stories, our children's education program for the summer will be starting up on June 6th! We will be outdoors, weather and cicadas permitting. We will use this curriculum to work on relating the readings for the day to a picture book. A related craft will be sent home for children to work on with instructions. If you are interested in reading a story and leading a discussion for children one week this Summer, please look for the SignUp Genius in next week's newsletter. If you would like more details, please contact Sally at sally@calvaryclifton.org
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.
Sunday Virtual
Coffee Hour

THIS SUNDAY

Virtual Coffee Hour will take place at approximately 10:00 a.m.via Zoom this Sunday (after the 9:15 service/ before the 11:00)
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
Donate Altar Flowers
Please consider donating Sunday Flowers in honor of or thanksgiving of someone special. Flower are from Adrian Durbin and cost is $60.00 and is paid directly to Durbin. Contact Judy in the office or call and leave a message 513-861-4437.
This week we pray:

For those on our Parish Prayer List 
Karl Howat, Gloria Marshall, Reed Coen, Joseph Farrell, Judy, Anne, Jay, Paula Winans, Merida May, Charlene Bowman, Hazel Ison, Benji Sayre & the Sayre Family, Anya, Sarah, Rachel

For Homebound Parishioners
Richard Sininger, Joan Sievers, Paul McCauley, Hazel Ison, Hedda von Goeben, Carolyn & David Behnke

With thanksgiving for the baptism of:
Jay Abel Sturgeon

For the Faithful Departed:
Roger Percer

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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