In this Issue:
From the Rector:
A Season of Epiphanies

Meeting Community Needs: Major Gift to Interfaith Hospitality Network

St. Andrew's Food Pantry

Calvary Annual Meeting Online
Transformations Piano Solos Books Available

Benevolence Fund

Current Worship Schedule:
ONLINE ONLY 10:30 AM

Virtual Coffee Hour Link

Prayer List
From the Rector
A Season of Epiphanies
The Reverend Allison English

Dear Parishioners,

One of you asked me on Sunday, “Do Episcopalians celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas?” Over the past month I've had several conversations with people asking me about the church seasons this time of year. 

Over the past month, we celebrated the season of Advent starting on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. The Season of Christmas technically begins at Midnight on Christmas Eve, and then extends for 12 days until January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany.

We transferred the Epiphany Feast at Calvary to January 3 so we could celebrate it together online as a community. 

So what season are we in now?

Believe it or not, in the Orthodox tradition, Christmastide actually extends 40 days, just like the season of Lent, culminating on February 2 with the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. It's a way to focus on a continued invitation for Christ to be manifest in our lives and in our world. (It’s also a great excuse to keep your Christmas decorations up a little longer.)

There are some traditions that stick to saying we are in “ordinary time” until Lent, just as we are in the summer and fall weeks after Easter and Pentecost.

There are others who have claimed the days following the Epiphany as “Epiphanytide.” I prefer this focus on the days to come. 

As “Epiphanytide Episcopalians” this time of year, we will hear in scripture first about Jesus' baptism and our baptism. In the weeks that follow we'll hear how the Holy Spirit leads us to make explicit connections between our sending forth from worship each week and our engagement with the world.

Manifestations of God don’t culminate in events like the Epiphany or Baptism; manifestations of God are initiated in these events. From moments of inspiration and realization we are called to journey further. 

How do you connect your faith with your engagement with the world? Take some time this week to notice the world around you, and invite the Holy Spirit to be made manifest. Even in a tumultuous time such as this, our call as Christians is to become attuned to, look for, and respond to the movement of the Holy Spirit. Notice any “epiphanies” you have. Small or large, loud or silent, the Holy Spirit is sure to be at work. 

May your Epiphanytide be blessed,
Allison+
Outreach of Calvary Parish Meets Felt Community Needs
A Report on our 2020 outreach gift to Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)

We heard in worship from the CEO of Bethany House Services how Calvary made a major impact on preventing homelessness in women and children in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis this year by donating a portion of our budget surplus. 

In addition to that major gift, the Vestry and Calvary Outreach Team were able to donate an additional $15,000 to Interfaith Hospitality Network. Calvary has long been a support of Interfaith Hospitality Network, with our outreach funds and with several of our parishioners doing direct outreach work with the clients. We have provided meals and dined with the families, shepherded the evening routine for the families at the Cathedral, and served the overnight shift five times a year. Some of our parishioners have also served at the location that cares for the pets of the homeless families.

We were overjoyed to be able to support Interfaith Hospitality Network with this major gift in addition to our annual donation. Thank you, members of Calvary, Vestry members, and Outreach Team for your generous, caring, and faithful hearts.
St Andrew's Food Pantry
Calvary has been supporting St. Andrews Episcopal Church Food Pantry for many years; I am grateful to step into the role of communication between Calvary and St. Andrews Food Pantry; Tate and Anne Greenwald previously notified Calvary Church community of needs at the Pantry and carried contributions from Calvary to St. Andrews. They are stepping aside and I have made contact with the organizers of St. Andrews.

Current ( December 2020) needs at the St.Andrews Pantry include:
Hygiene items: shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, lotion, soap, etc.
Food: NO MORE Mac-n-Cheese ( they have ENOUGH)
         Protein such as canned tuna, meats, etc.
         Condiments: Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo, Salad dressing, Hot Sauce, etc.

Many visitors to the Food Pantry live alone and small sizes are appreciated for cans/bottles.
If there are any questions or a need for me to come pick up items for donations please call or text me at 513-515-1166. Email: Miriam here.
Respectfully submitted , Miriam Hill
Calvary Annual Meeting Online
January 31, 2021
11:30 am
Mark your calendars!
Join us via Zoom, just like coffee hour.
Transformations Books available
Howard Helvey is graciously offering copies of his Book 'Transformations' to parishioners. Much of this beautiful music was featured in the online concert on November 15. They are free and on the stage in Hannaford Hall for pick-up.
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 
Anne Greenwald, Cynthia Bourgeois, Sharon Grayton, Paula Winans, Maureen Siereveld, Eric Van Vyven, Reed Coen, Phyllis Reid, Christian Fredenburgh, Nancy, Mary Beth, Roger Percer, Erica Jones , Barbara Lindsey, Wesley Duncan, Terrell Lackey

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

For New Parents
Julie Ault and Josh Knudsen and baby Oliver

For Expectant Parents
Hannah & Clairice Galey

For the Faithful Departed
Catherine Siegling

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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