In this Issue:
From the Rector:
Preparing for Advent
Ways to Enter this Season of Increasing Light and Hope

Adult Forum:
Youth Group Members
share their Anti-Racism Journey
Thursday, December 10 at 7:00 PM
2021 Pledge Campaign Update

Benevolence Fund

Current Worship Schedule:

Virtual Coffee Hour Link

Prayer List

Advent Wreath Supplies
From the Rector

Dear Calvary Parishioners,

It is hard to believe that the Feast of Thanksgiving is upon us in just under a week. Our celebrations will be smaller this coming holiday season. We will, out of love for one another, keep our distance from one another.

Advent, a season of waiting, hope, and increasing light in the darkness that begins on November 29, feels so welcome in what will without doubt be a very different season than ones we've know in the past.

I'd like to invite you to a few ways to prepare to observe Advent this year:

  1. Advent Book Study (via ZOOM). Rev. Olivia and I will lead a study of Jesuit priest and martyr Alfred Delp's inspiring, timely, and profound sermons and prison writings in the book Advent of the Heart. Let us know what day and time of the week works best for you if you would lie to take part in the study by clicking here and taking a survey sharing your interest.
  2. Advent & Christmas Table Prayers. Retired Bishop/ Calvary Parishioner Nedi Rivera has composed simple table prayers that you can make a centerpiece in your home this season. If you would like a set of table prayers delivered to your home, please e-mail me at or call the church office.
  3. Make an Advent Wreath- Pick up everything you need from the church to create a beautiful wreath to keep the days of Advent an`d increase the light that leads to the coming of Christ in your home (see the bottom of this e-mail or call the church office at 513-861-4437 to sign up).
  4. Advent Lessons and Carols - a special liturgical presentation by musicians of the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble, this will be offered in addition to Sunday worship this year. Stay tuned for details.

It is in the darkest night that light shines the brightest. Won't you join the community of Calvary in observing what is sure to be a meaningful and hopeful Advent filled with the increase of the Light of Christ?


The Reverend Allison English

Save the Date
Thursday, December 10
7:00 PM via ZOOM

Youth Group-Led Adult Forum

Adults are invited to listen as the Youth Group presents their several month's journey with the #1 New York Times Bestselling text This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell.

Link to Zoom forum is forthcoming.
We are the Church

Have you made your pledge (estimate of giving for 2021) to Calvary?

We are the strong and vital branches of Calvary Church thanks to our offerings of Time, Talent, and Treasure.

Here is the good news to date:

58 households have already pledged.
We anticipate up to 28 more pledges.

Pledges to date total $197,448.
76% of our $254,400 goal.
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: Online Service ONLY 10:30 AM

Due to the rising COVID numbers, the Rector, with the advisement and support of the Re-Open Team, have determined to move to ONLINE ONLY worship for the indeterminate future.

Current Weekly Worship Schedule:
10:30 AM
ONLINE service
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 
Hazel Ison, Dave Meyer, Eric Van Vyven, Reed Coen, Phyllis Reid, Kelsey Logan,
Christian Fredenburgh, Larry Griggs, Bishop Tom Breidenthal, Mary Kate DeWees, Rachel, Autumn, Kelli, Marcos Babich, Roger Percer, Erica Jones, Lenny Perna, Duru

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.
Advent Wreath Supplies!
Calvary's Family Ministries will be making Advent wreath materials available for anyone interested. All materials including a metal wreath form, greenery, and candles will be in the church for pick up the first week of Advent. I do need a count in advance in order to set up materials in enough time. Please sign up if your household is interested in having Advent wreath materials.
Click Here to sign up Questions Contact Sally Engelbert here
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