In this Issue:
From the Rector:
The Holy Spirit's Brewing

Sunday, May 23
ONE Service at 11:00 a.m.
Online and on-site at the church
Parish Photo at 12:00 NOON
Former Rector News

Virtual Coffee Hour
On hiatus

Gardeners Still Needed!

El Hogar - you can help support remote learning for Honduran students

Civil Discourse
Monthly Series continues
Wednesday, May 26 - 7:30 p.m.

Benevolence Fund

Prayer List
Please Note:
Calvary Episcopal Church will continue to require masks and social distancing in worship, as vaccinations are not available yet to all of our members.

Beginning Sunday, May 23, singing will resume in worship in masks.
If you do not feel comfortable worshiping in person, we will continue to stream the principal worship service for your utmost safety.

Hamilton County has moved into the Orange COVID Level so we can accommodate more people in the sanctuary!
From the Rector
The Holy Spirit's Brewing

The year was 1911. Among Calvary's Confirmation Class that year was young Margaret Windisch. Her confirmation marked the beginning of her family’s membership at Calvary Episcopal Church.

Margaret’s family had built the Windisch-Muhlhauser Brewing Company, one of the most successful of the over 30 breweries operating in Cincinnati at the time. Built just after the Civil War, the Windisch-Muhlhauser Brewing Co., known colloquially as the Lion Brewery, sat on the site of the present-day Cincinnati Ballet building at 1555 Central Parkway.

In the Clifton neighborhood at the turn of the 20th century, there was talk from nearby churches of support for Prohibition. Since the Episcopal Church made no such stand, and the Windisch family made their move to membership at Calvary Episcopal Church. Margaret married Carl August von Goeben in the church on March 10, 1926.

Today, Margaret’s daughter, Hedda, is the longest-standing member of Calvary Episcopal Church. Hedda Windisch von Goeben, now in her 90s, resides in Granville, Ohio, but maintains her membership at Calvary.

In late August 2020, I arrived to the church to find most of the electricity in the education wing out. After a good deal of investigation, facilities manager Gary Garmon discovered a wire potruding from the vesting room staircase, burnt to a crisp. Lightning was the culprit. Repairs that took weeks of repair and well over $10,000 ensued, some covered by our insurance, some not.

Since the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Senior Warden Paul Davis has been concerned that the lightning protection at Calvary is inadequate. After the (contained) electrical fire, and some investigation and research, we discovered that our building is woefully underprotected from lightning strikes and electrical surges. While our organ has surge protection, it also has not been fully protected from potential damage.

In the 1990s, Hedda played a leading role along with parishioners like Sandy Martin in rebuilding and preserving our historic Skinner organ. When Hedda learned of the need for a lightning suppression system at Calvary this spring, she promptly and generously responded, covering the full cost of the project.

Hedda jokes that without beer, her family would never have known what is now an over 110-year legacy at Calvary Episcopal Church. Benjamin Franklin is said to have quipped, “Beer is a constant proof the God loves us and wants to see us happy.”

We are glad that Calvary provided a warm welcome for the Windisch family 110 years ago that has been constant to this day. We are grateful for her generous gift. 

There will now be a diminished chance of future electrical fire to descend upon the church building. So let’s instead gladly continue to welcome the spark of the Holy Spirit upon the people of the church.

The Reverend Allison English


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

Sunday, May 23
ONE SERVICE 11:00 a.m. Photo at 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.
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 are struggling to meet Rev. Allison. 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.
Former Rector News:
Jason Leo named
Provost of Trinity Cathedral,
Miami, Florida

SUNDAY Virtual Coffee Hour


As we continue our
phased re-open, virtual coffee hour will take a hiatus.

Stay tuned for other opportunities to connect online, including next week's upcoming session on Civil Discourse.
Gardeners still needed!

Check out the Sign-up Genius link to give of your time to the remaining plots that need weeding and mulching on Calvary's Grounds.

El Hogar needs laptops and internet access for students in Honduras.

Vaccinations are not yet available in Honduras and COVID-19 is an immanent threat to the students and teachers there. Help to provide laptops and internet access to our International Mission Partner, El Hogar as they establish remote learning opportunities.
Civil Discourse Lessons Continue on Zoom
Wednesday, May 26
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Today's political climate is suspicious of compromise. As of March 2018, a Pew research survey indicated that over half of Americans preferred politicians to stick to their principles instead of making compromises, while substantially fewer voters like politicians to compromise with those who disagree with them. Voters do think that compromise is a good thing, but mostly, they want people who disagree with them to do the compromising.

Come and learn the complexities of policy-making and how to approach it using a faith-centered Civil Discourse methodology.
This week we pray:

For those on our Parish Prayer List 
Gloria Marshall, Reed Coen, Judy, Anne, Jay, Paula Winans, Charlene Bowman, Benji Sayre & the Sayre Family, Anya, Sarah, Rachel, Edward, Annie, & Brandon, Sue, Sandy Martin, John Yates, Reed Coen
For Homebound Parishioners
Richard Sininger, Joan Sievers, Paul McCauley, Hazel Ison, Hedda von Goeben, Carolyn & David Behnke

The Faithful Departed
Reagan Lucille Vanoss and Sara Kamholtz

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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