Advent at Calvary

Advent, and a new church year, is rapidly approaching (only three weeks away)! We have a lot of opportunities to celebrate the advent season and connect with others. This year Deacon Olivia is hosting Advent Prayer Partners. This is an opportunity to pray intentionally with another person. If your interested in learning more about this oppurtinity, contact Deacon Olivia at olivia@nullcalvaryclifton.org

Join us Dec. 1st after the 9:30 service to make advent wreaths. Advent are a traditional way of marking the passing of the advent season.  We will also making gifts Dec 15th after the 9:30 service for our annual gift making event. More information on both these events will be coming soon. Watch this space or follow calvary on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/CalvaryClifton/

In addition, our weekday servives continue, with Morning Prayer on Mondays 8:15 AM, Evening Prayer on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM, and Gospel Meditations on Thursday 8:00 AM. Hope to see you all soon! Happy almost Advent!

Life Transitions Forum

 

Life Transitions Forum and Lunch Sunday, November 10th Following 10:30 Worship; Burton Room
Life transitions have a way of upending us and leaving us spiritually seeking.
Have you experienced a move, taken on a caretaker role, become (or are preparing to become) an empty nester, retired, graduated, or had a child or grandchild in the last year?
Come and explore with the Reverend Bill Scrivener, retired chaplain from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital ways to encounter God in the midst of the anticipation, chaos, and aftermath of transitions.

Calvary Ministries

 

A lot goes on at Calvary, here’s a snap shot of what goes on at Calvary on Sunday and during the Week

 

We gather more than 200 times for worship at Calvary, from our quiet, family, and choral services on Sunday, to our weekday prayer services. Interested in joining us for worship, find out more here  http://calvaryclifton.org/worship/

 

Our commitment does not stop at the church door however. Our outreach ministries serve 220 hot meals a year, reach 20 homeless families in Cincinnati, 140 mentally ill persons in Over-the-Rhine, and provide 54 Christmas gifts to children through Lighthouse Youth Services. To find out more about our outreach programs, click on this link  http://calvaryclifton.org/serve/

 

Our active music ministry hosts six concerts on campus to support the Cincinnati Fusion Ensembles mission to foster young musicians through high level music education. Our twenty person choir prepares thirty six anthems for worship, and supports 5 choral scholars and 1 organ scholar. To find out more about our music program, click this link http://calvaryclifton.org/music-and-arts/

 

Our youth ministries support 47 active children and youth through Sunday school, youth group, and family ministry. To find out more about your children and youth ministries, click on this link http://calvaryclifton.org/formation/

Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble

 

On October 21st, 7:30 PM the Cincinnati Fushion Ensemble will be at Calvary. They will be playing Ein Deuteches Requiem, by Johannes Brahms. It will be a lovely night of live music. Come and join us!

Prayer & Formation @ Calvary

Sunday is a great time to worship God, receive the holy Eucharist, and connect with others. However we have many other chances to pray and connect with God. Join us for

  1. Morning Prayer: 8:15 AM every Monday.  Morning Prayer follows the form set out in the Book of Common Prayer. It includes a psalm, several readings from scripture, and prayers for guidance and protection during the coming day.
  2. Evening Prayer: 6:30 PM every Tuesday: Evening prayer also follows the Book of Common Prayer. Like morning prayer, it includes scripture readings and a reflection focused on them. The prayers however focus on giving God thanks for the day that has past, and asking God’s protection for the coming night.
  3. Gospel Meditations: 8:00 AM every Thursday: In a more contemplative tradition, Gospel Meditations focusing on centering prayer around Sunday’s Gospel Reading. We spend about half an hour sitting in quiet prayer and reading the Gospel. Than the last half hour is focused on discussing on Gospel reading and sharing our experinces during that prayer time.

All of these opportunities take place in the main sanctuary of the church. All our welcome

Upcoming Events

There is a lot of activities going on at Calvary in the next few weeks, and lots of opportunities to get involved!

  1. Family movie night on October 25th. We will be eating pizza and watching Coco. Pizza is served at 5:00 PM and the movie starts at 5:20 PM
  2. On Sunday October 27th after the service, come and learn more about Calvary’s mission in Honduras, supporting the education of children in extreme poverty. Your sponsorship of a child directly impacts the life of a child and their future life trajectory in Central America
  3.  Join team “Pray on It” for the Matthew 25 Ministries Hunger 5K on November 9th. Registration Closes Nov. 3rd. Register at  https://m25m.org/event/fh5k/
  4. Come on November 10th after the 10:30 service, join the Rev. Bill Scrivener for a forum on Life Transitions and a light lunch.

Thank you Acolytes

 Thank you to our Acolytes. Acolytes light the candles, carry the cross, ring the bells, and enhance the worship experience for everyone.  Acolyte’s play a vital role in worship, and service would not be the same without them. Interested in joining? We invite 8th graders through adults to contact Miriam McKenny at miriam@nullcalvaryclifton.org

Rectors Book Club

This year Allison (our Rector) is hosting a book club, as we work through the Way of Love. The Way of Love is Bishop Curry’s (the presiding bishops) method for developing practices to grow in Faith. The Way of Love focuses on seven practices that bring us closer to God (Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest). The book club meets once a month from September till March. The dates and book selections are noted bellow. Discussions take place at 11:45 following the 10:30 Service

  1. Turn on September 22nd: Knowing Jesus in Your Life by Rev. Carol Anderson
  2.  Learn on October 20th: Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans
  3. Pray on November 17: Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer: An approach to Life in Fullness by Brother David Steindl-Rast
  4. Bless on December 15th: Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor
  5. Worship on January 19th: Take This Bread by Sarah Miles
  6. Go on February 9th: Radical Welcome: Embracing God, the Other, and the Spirit of Transformation by Stephanie Spellers
  7. Rest on March 29th: Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives by Wayne Miller. This discussions will take place at 10:30 following the 9:30 Service.

Blessing of the Animals

The Annual Calvary Blessing of the Animals will be held on October 6th at 4:00 P.M. All People, dogs, cats, and other animal friends are welcome. The short, family friendly service will be held on the Church Lawn or (in case of rain) in the main sanctuary. Collar Tags will be available for all animals.

The Blessing of the Animals is a tradition in many Episcopal Churches (as well as many others), and honors St. Francis of Assisi, who was known not only for his love of animals and devotion to simple living. Hope to see y’all there.

 

Live & Calvary (Evenings at Hannnaford)

Live @ Calvary (also known as Evenings at Hannaford) Concert will take place on September 13th, at 7:30 PM. Live @ Calvary will feature great music from the Clifton Chamber Players, who will be playing music from Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Bartok, Tchaikvosky, and Danish Folk Melodies. There will be light refreshments. Live @ Calvary is completely free, and all donations given will be given to the Interfaith Hospitality Network, and be matched by Calvary’s Outreach Ministry.

 

3766 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH, 45220
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513-861-4437

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