Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: June 9, 2021


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

Email:;   Website:


Pastor’s Memo…  Before me is a price sticker with its UPC bar code from Marsh Supermarket dated January 3rd; year unknown.  It was attached to 1.18 pounds of a product that sold for 3 lbs. for $0.99.  The total price was $0.39.  My mother purchased this product and saw fit to save the price label because of its unusual, perhaps, unique description.  My hand to God, the product was "BONELESS BANANAS."  Again, what my mother bought that January 3rd at the above stated price was labeled "BONELESS BANANAS."  For the life of me, I did not know there was such a fruit as that.  Every banana I ever ate came without a bone.   And as my brain whirls and spins I do not believe bananas are de-boned before weighing and pricing.  I haven't consulted the produce manager at Fresh Market here in Syracuse to confirm that bananas do not need to be de-boned before being offered for sale to the unsuspecting public.  So close to retirement, I do not wish to give anyone reason to have me committed, medicated, and locked behind impenetrable doors. I came across this label cleaning off my desk and rummaging through all sorts of stuff in preparation for moving.  I have written a "pastor's memo" and (during the Covid-19 season, an "Ask the Pastor" memo) every week I've been the pastor at Calvary.  That time is coming to an end and so too will this Wednesday Memo.  Very seldom do I sit to compose this memo with anything already in my mind.  I sit and ponder, not unlike Edgar Allen Poe (Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—) and I pray to God an idea comes to me.  This week it was "BONELESS BANANAS."  Next week, who knows.  I did find a single piece of a jigsaw puzzle the other day.  I picked it up and thought this might be the beginning of a very odd Memo.  I have enjoyed composing these bits of ephemera and hope to continue with them in the future in another format.  My daughter Sarah wants me to start a blog and teach the Old Testament.  She even sent me a link with scads of ideas about how to do just that.  We'll see.  For now, be on the lookout as you scour the fruit section of the grocery store.  And, if by any chance at all, you should find a genuine bunch of "BONELESS BANANAS"  give me a call and we'll laugh about it and give thanks to God for such small pleasures.


This Sunday,   June  13 –  3rd Sunday after Pentecost 


Message: by Pastor David Henry

“The Pivot”


Scriptures:   1 Samuel 15:34–16:13;       Mark 4:26-34


Special Music:  Barbara Bartels


Pastor David’s Retirement Dinner

SPRC invites you to dinner following the Worship service to wish Pastor David and Julia farewell.   The meal will be provided for you by the Staff Parish Committee and 

a basket will be available for your cards and well wishes.



Next Sunday,   June  20 –  4th Sunday after Pentecost 



Father’s Day


Message: by Pastor David Henry


Scriptures:   Deuteronomy 6:1-9;       Matthew 22:34-40


Father’s Day Tribute:  Mike Whisman





· Sunday,  June 20,  2021  -  4th Sunday of Pentecost                  


Deuteronomy 6:1-9;       Matthew 22:34-40


· Sunday,  June 27,  2021  -  5th Sunday of Pentecost                  


Genesis 4:7;    Isaiah 59:2-3;    John 1:7;    1 John 1:5-7





2021 Budget - $223,683;   Need per week - $4,302


Given week of June 6 - $5,510;    Rec. to date - $77,994

Attendance June 6 – 52


Deepest Sympathy to:


Dr. Norman Glassburn  on the passing of his  wife, Catherine “Sally” Glassburn.


Prayer Chain Update…


Jim Alford will be released today from Miller’s Merry Manor and will be going home.  


Thanks to…


Lucy Rensberger  for the special music this past Sunday, June 6. 


Thanks from…


  • Bev Hiatt   “My mom is doing great!  Thanks for all the cards and calls but most of all the prayers!




Jun               7 –  Trustees (fh)  6 p.m.   

               8  -  Stewardship & Finance, (fh)   6:00 p.m.  

               9  -  Nurture Ministry Team mtg.,  5:30 p.m.  (fh)   

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




Jun             17 –  J.U.L.I.E.T.s  (Join ULadies iEating Together), at Tiffany’s, in Topeka, 11:30 a.m.

                        Call Karen Stiver (457-6704) if you plan to attend.   Meet at church at 10:45 to carpool.  

             18  -  Dan’s Fish & Tenderloin Fry  (carry out only)  4:30 – 7p.m.

             20 –  Father’s Day Sunday             



Preparing for Pastor MINDY!


Volunteers needed June 22 - 24


Pastor Mindy will be arriving June 25 – 26 and there are many tasks to complete 

in the parsonage before her arrival.  Window washing, hard floor surface cleaning, 

plumbing fixtures cleaning (CLR), and cleaning all of the woodwork (kitchen cabinets, doorways, baseboards, and windowsills).   Please bring gloves, buckets, mops, 

cleaning rags, or any other supplies you may have or need.  If you would like to volunteer 

on any of those days, please call the office (574-457-3778) to sign up to help.  

Contact Gary Green if you have any questions about the work.  


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.          


COMING IN JUNE:                      J.U.L.I.E.T.s

(Join Us Ladies in Eating Together),


Thurs., June 17,  11:30 a.m., 

at Tiffany’s in Topeka


If you are planning to attend, please contact Karen Stiver 

by Monday, June 14.     Tiffany’s would like to know how many will attend.


Meet at the church at 10:45 to carpool.




Dan’s Fish & Tenderloin Fry


Friday, June 18, 2021

4:30 – 7 p.m. 


Calvary United Methodist Church


Fish, Pork Tenderloin, Coleslaw, 

Chips, Applesauce, Dinner Roll




ADULTS $10 ~ CHILD (6-12) $5


Tickets will be on sale in the Narthex on Sunday mornings 

and can also be purchased in the church office

Proceeds will benefit UMW Missions


Bulletin deadlines


If you have information to be included in the Sunday bulletin, please have that information to the church office no later than 12:00 noon on Wednesdays.  Thank you!



Pancakes, Sausage & Eggs Breakfast


Richville United Methodist Church

11009 CR 50, Ligonier    (3 mi. west of Fashion Farm)


Saturday, June 19, 2021

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.   

(or until we run out) 


Free Will Donation ~ Eat-in or Carry-out



Communion Cups


If you are an on-line listener or attend in your car and would like to participate in 

Communion on the first Sundays of each month along with those in worship service, 

you are welcomed to pick up individual communion cups from Calvary.  

Just stop in the office at your leisure to pick some up or call ahead 

and I will bring what you need to your car.


Upper Rooms


The May/June issue of the Upper Room is now available in the church office.  

If you prefer, 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.



Altar Flowers

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, June 20, and July 4, 11, 18, and 25.


You’re welcome to reserve a date by marking your name on the hallway calendar,

calling the church office at (457-3778) or emailing the church at



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