From the Communications and Community Intern

I have always been an early riser, which in college led me to walking down campus walk alone to meet Lilly [my girlfriend] in the dining hall. And I took advantage of this every morning, to listen to music and to do some limited dancing on my way. And on my walk to work this year, I have kept some of that tradition this year as I walk. And I have been grateful that I have been able to continue that tradition, since I have been able to not only to come to work at Calvary, but got to experience the community at Calvary. And being able to experience the wonderful community here is what has made coming to work fun and meaningful. 

This year has at times been a little unpredictable, and I did not anticipate the changes that occurred over the course of this year. But I am deeply appreciative of my time here, and it has thought me a lot about community, in trusting in God, and in confidence.

In all of these lessons I have been grateful for the example of the church staff and Rev. Allison. I have truly enjoyed watching the ministry that takes place at Calvary every day. As I move on to the next stage, I will take the lessons I learned here to heart, and I wish all the best for everyone here. 

Nathan Harpine
Nathan's last Sunday at Calvary is this Sunday, May 17.
Interview with Nathan
A look into the life of
our Community and Communications Intern

Allison: Nathan, we have so enjoyed having you at Calvary this year. What has happened this year that you never could have imagined coming in?

Nathan: There are many incredible things that have happened this year, and I have many found memories of them. However, for me the thing I never expected was to be able to find community in the midst of a great amount of change. When I came here I was worried about being away from my family and friends in Virginia, but at every turn I have found people willing to welcome me and share their journey with me. That is not only something I did not fully expect, but the thing I am most grateful for. 

Allison: In all of the changes and chances of this past year, what have you learned about your spiritual life and walk with God?

Nathan: This year I learned that God is with us no matter what our routine is, or how steady we feel. Before I came to Cincinnati, I put a lot of value in strict structure and craved to have certainty in what God was planning and what life had in store for me. This year I have learned that having faith in Gods love for me means trusting that God will be with me through the changes and chances, and that they may revel something better than what I had expected.  
Allison: You did so much to help bring Calvary to life this year – much of your work in quiet and faithful ways. Can you share with us some of the highlights of what you did with us?

Nathan: Throughout this year my main work has been trying to make small improvements in the church’s communications. This has included updating the website, planning the churches social media communications, updating the signs inside the church and at the entrances to the church, and working with Judy to create new name tags for when we are able to gather together again. 

Allison: My experience of you, Nathan, was of someone who was someone who loves the church and cares deeply about God’s people.
Through your attention to how we communicated with people in the parish – from Zoom Coffee Hour to social media to our website to making our communications available to those without internet– you have truly helped bring this parish to a healthy place of caring community in the midst of a pandemic. That alone is an incredible feat for a young man just out of college. Thank you for your ministry with us and among us. We will miss you.
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
Gospel Meditations

The Gospel Meditations continues to meet on Thursday morning via Zoom. Mediation is in your own sacred space and disscusion is via zoom at 9:30. Contact Robert Smith at

The Benevolence Fund

The Rector and Vestry of Calvary Parish have established The Benevolence Fund.

For some of us, our day-to-day ability to live and work has not changed beyond adjusting to the stay-at-home order.

For others, COVID-19 has devastated our livelihood.

For those with abundance, you're invited to give.

For those in time of trial, you're invited to receive.

Please notify the rector of any need for housing, medications, or utilities expenses you will struggle to meet ( ). The Benevolence Team will blindly review requests and one-time payments will be made.

To donate, please send checks to:

Calvary Episcopal Church
3766 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
(in memo: Benevolence Fund)

or CLICK HERE to donate.
Calvary Connection Circles

107 Households at Calvary Church are included in the Calvary Connection Circles. This has been a way for many of us to remain in community and regularly check in with one another.

Have you checked in with the your circle members lately?
Would you like to be part of a circle and haven't been connected yet?
E-mail Allison at to get connected.
The. Rev. Richard Rasner

The. Rev. Richard Rasner, who made Calvary his home parish in the 1980s & 90s, has died. You can find the obituary below or at this link
Mt. Washington - The Rev. Richard "Dick" Rasner, age 72 years, a native Cincinnatian, but also a resident of Portland, Maine, died Sunday morning, May 3, 2020. He devoted most of his life to the non-profit endeavors. His last position was as a Deacon on the staff of Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, where he was the Pastoral Care Associate. He is survived by his sister, Nancy (James) Duggan; niece Jamie Philhower (and her partner, Nicole Gerber); nephew Sean Duggan (and his partner, Shari Dutton) of Fayetteville, North Carolina; great nephew, Brandon Philhower and long-time friend and companion, Joseph Schilling.

A graduate of Walnut Hills High School, Rev. Rasner attended the University of Cincinnati, the University of Illinois, and achieved a PhD from Northwestern University, as well as becoming a graduate of the program for educators at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute. After returning to Cincinnati from Chicago in 1976, he founded, along with J. Rawson Collins, the Olympus Center, a diagnostic center for children with learning and emotional problems. While at the Olympus Center, Rev. Rasner served on the board of a number of Non-Profit organizations, including the Children's Psychiatric Center of Jewish Hospital, Aids Volunteers of Cincinnati (AVOC) and the Charter Party of Cincinnati.
During these years, he broadened his knowledge of various cultures by traveling extensively abroad with Mr. Collins. In 1999, Rev. Rasner moved to Maine, where he taught at the University of New England as Associate Professor. He began at this time a long association with the Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland, where he was eventually ordained as Deacon. While at that cathedral, he started and served as Executive Director of St. Elizabeth Essential Pantry, providing many non-food items for those in need. After returning to Cincinnati in 2017, Rev. Rasner continued until recently, his ministry at Christ Church Cathedral. When Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, a Memorial Service will be scheduled at Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Memorial donations may be directed to St. Elizabeth's Pantry, PO Box 4036, Portland, ME 04101. Neidhard Young Funeral Home in Mt. Healthy serving the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at
This week we pray:

For those on our Parish Prayer List 
Zora, Ebony, Jack, Mary, Jill, Bob, Frank, Ruth, John, Susan, Cameron, Paul McCauley, Joel Belsky, Hazel Ison, Thomas Bowman, Paula Winans, Roger Percer, Renee Kenegy, Gloria Marshall, Troy, Baby Jake

For people with challenging work decisions or who are unemployed.

For Homebound Parishioners
Mary Ann Bragg, Richard Sininger, Joan Sievers, Paul McCauley, Hazel Ison, Hedda von Goeben

For Expectant Parents:
Andrew & Jenna Sturgeon

Send your prayer requests to

If you have a pastoral need, please contact the
Rector, The Rev. Allison English at 513-401-5781
or Rector Associate, Olivia Hamilton at 513-236-0526.
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