Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: September 16, 2020

Address: P.O. Box 9,   Syracuse,  IN   46567;   

Email:;   Website:


Pastor’s Memo:   

Our Calvary congregation will be singing this Sunday.  All of the Calvary congregation is invited to join us in the sanctuary for worship that will include the singing of hymns.  Social distancing, hand sanitizer, temperature taking, and face masks (WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE NARTHEX) will be how we adhere to the guidelines set forth by our Bishop, Governor, and local health department to keep us safe.  We are still broadcasting our service on 92.5 FM if you feel safer in your car or at home.  We are now able to live-stream our worship on our website at    Log on and join the worship of God with other Christians around the globe.  Welcome to the 21st Century!


Now, for a short pastor's memo.  "December 7th; a day that will live in infamy."  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed the Congress and asked for a declaration of war against the Empire of Japan.   WWII changed the world at the cost of millions of lives and untold treasure.  By the 19th anniversary of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, America elected John Fitzgerald Kennedy president.  An energetic, forward looking president would bee inaugurated some six weeks later.  Last week saw the 19th anniversary of the attacks on New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, PA.  That was 9/11. Our nation and the world have not been the same since. We are currently engaged in a most unfamiliar and frightfully divided presidential election and long before December 7th I pray God we will know who our president will be.  If this nation can survive WW II and its ghastly cost, surely we can be a united nation after November's election and surely, when we remember the 20th anniversary of 9/11.  Our national rancor and discord and bitterness must be resolved and set aside.  The UNITED part of our United States of America must be put forward and affirmed by our citizens living together in peace and with justice.  Pray God nineteen years from now will find us not only united, but having joyfully elected several new presidents who preside over an energetic and forward looking nation.  


This Sunday,  September 20 –  16th Sunday of Pentecost  

Message: by Pastor David Henry

                                                                “Fickle vs. Steadfast”

 Scriptures:   Exodus 16:1-15;       Matthew 20:1-16

Next Sunday,  September 27 –  17th Sunday of Pentecost  

Message: by Pastor David Henry

Scriptures:   Exodus 17:1- 7;       Matthew 21:23-32





· Sunday,  October 4,  2020  -  18th Sunday after Pentecost  


Exodus 20:1-17;       Matthew 21:33-46


· Sunday,  October 11,  2020  -  19th Sunday after Pentecost  


Exodus 32:1-14;       Matthew 22:1-14


· Sunday,  October 18,  2020  -  20th Sunday after Pentecost  


Exodus 33:12-23;       Matthew 22:15-22


· Sunday,  October 25,  2020  -  21st Sunday after Pentecost  


Deuteronomy 34:1-12;       Matthew 22:34-46



Sept.   21  -  Calvary Handbells, 6:30 p.m.  (sanc)


Sept.   28  -  Calvary Handbells, 6:30 p.m.  (sanc)

    29  -  Ladies Morning Bible Study Begins (fellowship hall)  9 a.m.  Masks required

        -  Ladies Evening Bible Study Begins (fellowship hall)  5:30 p.m.  Masks required



Oct.       1  -  Staff Parish Relations mtg., 6:00 p.m. (fh)

              5  -  Calvary Handbells, 6:30 p.m.  (sanc)

              6  -  Ladies Morning Bible Study  (fh),  9 a.m.

                  -  Ladies Evening Bible Study  (fh),  5:30 p.m.

              7  -  UMW Hannah Circle,  6:00 p.m. (lg. kitchen). 

              9 –  Calvary Community Dinner,  5:30-7 p.m. (carry-out only).                     

            12  -  Calvary Handbells, 6:30 p.m.  (sanc)

            13  -  Ladies Morning Bible Study  (fh),  9 a.m.

                  -  Ladies Evening Bible Study  (fh),  5:30 p.m.

            15  -  Stewardship & Finance mtg. (fh),  6 p.m.

            18  -  Laity Sunday  

                  -  Pantry Sunday - Bring items for the Community Food Pantry.  

            19  -  Calvary Handbells, 6:30 p.m.  (sanc)

            20  -  Ladies Morning Bible Study  (fh),  9 a.m.

                  -  Ladies Evening Bible Study  (fh),  5:30 p.m.

            26  -  Calvary Handbells, 6:30 p.m.  (sanc)

            27  -  Ladies Morning Bible Study  (fh),  9 a.m.

                  -  Ladies Evening Bible Study  (fh),  5:30 p.m.



Ladies Bible Studies Begin

September 29

Tuesdays at 9 am. and 5:30 pm.

  • in the fellowship hall)



Keep Our Family Connected

Not everyone in our congregation has an e-mail account.  Please help to keep those persons informed of changes in our schedule as listed in the e-navigator.  If you are in need of a phone number, please call the church office.






RLNC will have two events this fall.  The annual Legacy of Life Banquet (Sept. 21st) and the annual Life Chain (Oct. 4th).


Fall Banquet:  Due to COVID requirements, the annual banquet will now be a 90 minute program from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Warsaw Community Church.  Tickets are $10 and seating is limited.  We will also be livestreaming the event that evening.  To Order tickets or watch online, go to or email


Life Chain:  The Life Chain is a solemn, prayerful public witness to the fact that abortion is the shedding of the blood of voiceless victims and hurts women physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Participants will stand on public sidewalks and no laws are broken.  The Syracuse Life Chain participants will stand along State Road 13 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. holding non-graphic signs.  Signs can be picked up at the corner of Pittsburgh St. and St. Rd. 13 beginning at 1:45 p.m. on October 4th.



From Kosciusko County CROP


The Kosciusko County CROP Hunger Walk will be Sunday, September 27th.  

There will not be an in-person gathering that day as we will be conducting a “virtual walk”.  

You are more than welcome to use the route that begins at The Salvation Army 

but we are encouraging your people to set their own walk practicing safety, 

not creating a large group.  Please go to to register yourself and your team.

If you need materials let us know.  Your donation may be dropped off at The Salvation Army, Monday to Friday, 9am to Noon & 1-3pm.  Some churches also collect food for the Choice Pantry at The Salvation Army as we observe...    HUNGER AWARENESS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH

We want to be safe but at the same time the needs are great around the World.   If you have any questions let me know!  Donations need to be in by October 2nd.

Ken Locke  CROP Walk Chairman:  574-268-7697


Contemplative Practices from Different Faith Traditions

This 4-session online workshop, taught by Ruth Judy, will explore four spiritual traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Nature.  Each week we will delve into one of these traditions through an overview of its spiritual practices.  We will then experience two of these contemplative practices, followed with time for reflection and sharing.  In closing, we will look at ways we might incorporate these practices into our daily lives, enhancing our own tradition.


When: Fridays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 from 1-3pm

Where: via Zoom

Cost: $100 ($25/session)

Registration deadline: September 18

Facilitator: Ruth Judy

For More Information, here’s the link:



“Ask the Pastor”


Our Calvary E-Navigator will now be coming to you twice a week; Monday, and Wednesday.  This arrangement is for this continued season of pandemic isolation.  Monday's edition will continue to include an "Ask the Pastor" segment.  Readers are invited to ask questions on any appropriate subject.  My response will be the Pastor's Memo for Monday.  I will not promise to answer every question as there may not be enough room.  You will be able to post your question by calling the Pastor or the church office or by replying to this e-mail.  Questions received by Friday will be considered for the following Monday’s segment.



Church Calendar


Please have ALL events scheduled for the church posted on the church calendar in a timely manner so that our safe gathering guidelines can be implemented.


Upper Rooms


The September/October issue of the Upper Room is now available in the church office.  

If you would like to pick up a copy, just call ahead and I will be happy to bring one 

out to your car.  As always, donations of $1 are always accepted for Devotionals.



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