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Epiphany Chalk above Cracked Windows

by The Rev. Paul McLain


On the day before Epiphany, a parishioner sent our clergy team an email sharing the tradition of Epiphany chalk. It is a centuries-old practice in some communities to bless chalk on Epiphany so that people may use it to bless their homes. The chalking is done above the lintel of doorways and looks like a

This week’s e-Pistle

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.

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

Calvary Seeks Associate Organist-Choirmaster

Calvary seeks a professional musician with a degree in organ and/or another related music degree to assist the full-time organist-choirmaster. Calvary’s vibrant music program includes a semi-professional adult choir, two children’s choirs (RSCM), and a handbell choir. Prior experience as organist and accompanist in another church or churches is desired. The ability to play in a variety of styles

Indoor Eucharist at Calvary

We are thrilled and grateful that Bishop Phoebe Roaf has issued guidelines for the reception of Eucharist in one kind (bread only) indoors.

We plan to celebrate Holy Eucharist at Calvary beginning this Sunday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. All of our general protocols for Morning Prayer remain in place.

When receiving communion, both parishioners

Calvary Park Announcement


Some days, time seems to have ground to a halt in what we’re coming to call Covidtide, with so many ordinary markers and routines having been removed from our lives or altered beyond recognition. At other times, we find ourselves shelving yesterday’s plans, in light of today’s reality, in order to

Vestry Elections on Sunday, November 1

Identifying candidates to serve on the vestry, the governing board of our parish, is one of the most important tasks of our faith community. Members of the vestry act as agents of the parish in all matters involving parish property and assets and assisting the parish in its planning and in leadership. A candidate for vestry should exhibit personal

Associate Organist-Choirmaster John Palmer Retires

John Palmer is stepping down into full retirement from his position as associate organist/choirmaster at Calvary. He first served in this capacity from 1989-1994 and returned in 2014 upon his retirement from FedEx.

We are grateful for John’s musical talent, irrepressible good cheer, regular insistence that none of us has quit being

Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry (EfM) invites participants into small, mentored groups that provide the framework for understanding life and shaping actions as Christian faith is deepened. EfM seminar groups meet in local settings and online and provide a four-year curriculum that develops a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate laity.

In 2020, Robyn Banks, Leslie Atwood-Smith, and Christine Todd completed four years

Newcomers Class

Starting in August, the Rev. Amber Carswell will hold a 4-week class for any and all, with two options for attendance: a Zoom class held entirely online or a small in-person gathering held outdoors at a safe distance. Email acarswell@calvarymemphis.org for more information about either option.