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The e-Pistle is Calvary’s weekly e-newsletter where you can learn of news, events, and ways to serve through Calvary Episcopal Church. Subscribe here.

Safer at Home

MARCH 24, 2020

Dear Calvary,

As I hope you have heard by now, Mayor Strickland issued a “Safer at Home” order yesterday. This means that Calvary’s offices and facilities will be closed completely as of 6 p.m. tonight. The only present exception is our Community Breakfast, which is allowed in the order. This ministry was carried out carefully and conscientiously by

Staying Connected

Learn about the ways we can all stay connected during these times.

Scott Walters

Sunday Morning Worship

MARCH 16, 2020

This morning I met with several clergy colleagues, and we agreed together that, as rectors of larger Memphis parishes, the CDC’s directive against meetings of more than 50 people meant that must cancel Sunday worship services for the near future. Wednesday night programming for children and adults will also cease for the time being.

Since its numbers are

Scott Walters

Weekly Life at Calvary

Dear Calvary,

As surely as when we were children, none of us wants to find ourselves alone when we’re anxious. Today I am grateful to God that I am not at all alone as we struggle to discern what a faithful response to what an international health crisis looks like in Memphis.

This morning, Bishop Phoebe Roaf and Canon Sharon Alexander hosted

2020 LPS and Waffle Shop season will finish today: March 12

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, today (Thursday, March 12) will be the last day of Calvary’s Waffle Shop and Lenten Preaching Series (LPS) for 2020. We have been in daily contact with Dr. Henry Sullivant along the way, and are deeply grateful for his wise and knowledgeable counsel. We are also grateful for the Waffle Shop

The Advent Chronicle Newsletter

The Advent issue of the Chronicle features Advent stories, vestry updates, a look ahead to Lent, and more.

The Chronicle newsletter is published four times a year and includes events and stories of how Calvary is making God’s love visible in downtown Memphis

Don’t Buy the Gift Card

Calvary has heard from a number of parishioners that they are receiving so-called “phishing” emails that ask for money, gift cards, or other favors posing as Rector Scott Walters.


The scheme involves cybercriminals mimicking church priests or other staff. Criminals typically pose as personnel in positions of authority and ask victims for money transfers or gift cards. Others ask to

Sarah Squire

My Family

by Sarah Squire


This past Sunday, right before I stood up to sing the anthem, I saw my niece Abby Trott standing there as an acolyte, taking a crack at being a server. I was absolutely beaming that Abby has been taking on the reigns of our self-confessed hardcore acolyting family tradition. My two sisters and I grew up as

AIDS Fabric Sculpture

Inspired by the message of Calvary’s first HIV/AIDS Healing Service, Memphis artist and Calvary parishioner, David Johnson, created a fabric sculpture in 1989. Each opening in the fabric represents someone living with AIDS, someone whose life was taken by AIDS, or someone affected by AIDS. This sculpture will hang in Calvary’s nave through Monday, Dec. 16, as we