Schedule of Services:
8:00 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Sunday, The Rite Place Liturgy (Contemporary Eucharist in the Chapel)
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m. Sundays in Lent, "Dinner Church" Eucharist in Parish Hall
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Holy Eucharist and Healing

Small Groups & Studies

Sundays, 9:15 a.m. Adult Forum
Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. Bible Study
Second Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. Theology on Tap
First Wednesdays 6:15 p.m. Calvary Dreams dinner discussion
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Archive for June, 2013

Handbells and Psalms. Liturgical Joy!

Towards the end of June, we resumed Calvary’s summer tradition of inviting congregants to help participate in our worship by ringing handbells during the chanting of the Psalms at our 10:30 service.   The bells are specifically chosen to sound good when they all are rung at one time, at the direction of our Choir Director.  There are about 15 bells, so lots of people can help out.  Children love this tradition, and are welcome to participate!

Rev. Cathy Ellen Rosenholtz to Join Calvary Staff Full Time

We are pleased to announce that the Rev. Cathy Ellen Rosenholtz will join Calvary’s staff full-time as Associate to the Rector, beginning July 1.  Pastor Cathy, a Columbia native, is already well-known to our congregation, as she has been serving for the last two years in a part-time role.  In her new role Pastor Cathy will continue with many of her current responsibilities, and take on some new ones as well.  Pastor Cathy brings considerable talent and a rich variety of experience, as you will see from her bio.  Welcome aboard Cathy!

Pastor Cathy was educated in the Columbia Public Schools (Russell Elementary, West Junior, and Hickman), graduating in 1983. She received her A.B. in Philosophy and Religion from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges in 1987 and her Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1991.  She attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia from 1992 to 1994, specializing in liturgical studies. Ordained in 1997, she served churches in the Metropolitan New York Synod of the ELCA until returning home to Columbia in 2008 to be near her family. Her church work has also included a year in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, a year as a hospital chaplain, a summer leading the Lutheran-Episcopal Ministry at M.I.T., and service on the ELCA Commission for Women steering committee, and the Metro New York Synod Worship Committee. Pastor Cathy is currently a doctoral student at Mizzou in Communication, with a focus on the public voice of religion in politics. She is grateful for the congregation of Calvary Episcopal Church, and for Called to Common Mission, which makes her ministry here possible!


EYF Mission Trip to Deaconess Anne House, St. Louis

Our youth mission trip to Old North St. Louis and the Deaconess Anne House is fast approaching!  Calvary youth and adult leaders will help refurbish a room in the house.  The room will be known as the Calvary Study and Chapel.  The Deaconess Anne House is an intentional community of young Christian men and women who covenant to live together as good neighbors to the people around them.  Here is an except from their website.

We are a member of the Episcopal Service Corps dedicated to providing passionate, skilled, and hard working individuals to serve as interns for not-for-profit organizations in St. Louis. Interns accepted into our program live in intentional community together, attend classes structured to broaden awareness of social issues, work for 32 hours a week for local not-for-profit organizations, and undergo a program of spiritual formation and leadership development. Through our curriculum, members develop a spiritual base that brings forth a life of compassion and service. They learn the skills that equip them to bring life-giving changes to individuals, communities, churches, and businesses.

The Deaconness Anne House highlights our growing diocesan focus on mission.  To learn more about the Deaconess Anne House, click here:

Calvary Mentioned as Special Spiritual Place

Calvary got mention as a special place of spiritual significance in a recent video produced by Columbia Faith and Values.  You can view the video by clicking here:


Report from Chiapas Mission:

Louanna Furbee sends the following report from her work in Chiapas, Mexico.  Calvary has provided financial support to help congregations in Chiapas to train medical first responders.

     We have a new instructor, Carlos Ballinas, for the first aid classes in Yoj Chib in the Diocese of Southeastern Mexico. The previous lived in a city 4 hours from Yoj Chib, and the travel proved daunting. Carlos Ballinas and his family reside in San Cristobal de Las Casas, which lets him give weekly classes, in comparison to the previous bi-weekly schedule, improving the learning considerably. He and the English teacher, John Romero, travel together each Saturday.

     Carlos Ballinas is a certified EMT and firefighter whose most recent professional employment was in the State of Veracruz where he taught similar classes for the Mexican Red Cross. For us, he has started with a course on “Six Ways to Save a Life,” based on first aid for emergencies that range from broken bones to burns (all too common where food is cooked on open fires) to accidental amputations to raging fevers. In 6 classes he has introduced the whole of the material, but much more review and practice are needed. He has a lovely Socratic manner of presenting this material to the Yoj Chib students, many of whom are not comfortable with obtaining information from written sources. He is also dedicated to using what one has at hand, for example to stabilize and transport a seriously ill or injured patient.  Some of the English students served as models during their recess, which led to a great deal of laughter. On a previous occasion, Carlos and the class performed a house call to attend the wife of one of the students, an unplanned “practicum.” She had been weakened and dehydrated from severe diarrhea. Some may remember her as the woman pictured with the weavings she sent to our St. Nicholas Bazaar. When the class has mastered this module on what is essentially first aid, Carlos will offer a unit on “Midwifery.”  

      The St. Thomas the Apostle Mission in Yoj Chib is growing. This Spring we had 2 baptism days, the first during a February visit of the bishop, The Rt. Rev. Benito Júarez Martinez, and his wife Angelica, and the deacon, Charles Parker. It also coincided with one of 3 visits by small groups from the Diocese of Chicago. The second baptism was conducted by the deacon, whom the parents of the baptized youngsters had chosen to be a godfather.  

      The Southeastern Diocese, like all the Mexican Anglican Church, is in financial crisis, and it is largely due to the Chicago Diocese’s help that St. Thomas is growing. In Chicago’s latest effort, they are seeking a seminarian to serve the Highland Chiapas missions for a year. Calvary’s help is also very much appreciated. We have had 7 fairly consistent attendees to the health classes; 2 persons from a nearby Tseltal town, Tenejapa, are joining this weekend. Health is so fragile in a place like Yoj Chib that training 7 or 9 persons to provide even very basic health services contributes much to community welfare.


Summer Worship Schedule

During the summer months, our worship schedule is as follows:


8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite One, spoken

10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite Two, with music

Adult Education is offered from 9:15-10:15, between worship services.

There is no children’s Sunday School during the summer months.

Children’s Chapel is offered from 10:25-11:10 weekly, during the first half of the Eucharist.

Nursery care for young children up to age four is provided.


5:30 p.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite Two, with anointing for healing


(We are very pleased to announce that Calvary is planning to offer Children’s Chapel regularly at our 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service, throughout the summer!  Children’s Chapel is an age appropriate worship experience for children ages 4-10.  We hope this will make it easier for families with children to join us in worship regularly.  Children’s Chapel will meet from 10:25-11:10 each Sunday, during the first half of the Eucharist service.)