Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: October 13, 2021


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

Email:;   Website:

Church:  574-457-3778  -  Pastor Mindy: 317-442-2959


Seeking God in Everything

You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is in on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve al of them; and the host of heaven worships you. Nehemiah 9:6

In worship each Sunday morning I ask for Glory Sightings (instead of joys).  I think, we as a society as a whole, spend to much time looking down – down at our phones – down at the news – down at the ground – away from the very source that gives us life and joy.  The more we look down, the angrier, sadder and more despondent we get and we begin to take on a woe is me attitude.  All of our problems and issues are magnified because we are looking down – instead of up – up to the very source that gives light – hope – love and grace.  

With glory sightings, I invite you to look up – to look up to the Creator so that you can partake of all the glory sightings He is offering all around us each and every day.  Learning to seek the face of God, after all is the very foundation for experiencing the amazing life Jesus died to give us.  We have available to us through Jesus all the wonders, all the miracles, all the glory sightings we can fathom.  Our great and awesome God has granted us grace upon grace, mercy upon mercy, love upon love. When we pursue Him and the things he would have us be about then God opens doors to us to provide all God longs to give us.  If we look up and seek God – wow – what a difference that will make. And just maybe we will be able to proclaim the glory of God to the world around us through our attitudes, through our actions and interactions with others.

Every part of creation, from the smallest of insect to the mountains in all their grandeur, proclaims the unspoken glory of God. Every living creature, rock, grain of sand, and mountain stream was created for a specific purpose. In the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, we discover God’s faithfulness and provision. With every sunrise we are reminded of Jesus’ imminent return. And with every gust of wind, we are beckoned to live our lives as people of the Spirit.  

To seek God without taking notice of his creation is to miss out on one of the most tangible and beautiful ways God speaks to us.  As God begins to paint in autumn colors, I invite you to look up, look out, admire and reflect on the work of God’s hands.  Learn about our Creator through how he cares for nature.  Scripture, after all, is filled with revelation received by God speaking through his creation.  He has made everything, including us as individuals and as a body of Christ, as he did for a perfect and beneficial reason.  Look up – look up to the source of light, love, joy and hope – see the glory God provides – give thanks – and share the glory with others.

May we be children who seek God through every avenue available. May we be believers who have the faith and patience to learn about our heavenly Father by the work of his hands. May we be believers who are always looking up, catching the glimpses of glory provided, that we might be filled with the light of His glory that we can radiate it (share it) to those around us, that we might bring God’s love to the world and glory and honor to our God.

Pastor Mindy

This Sunday,   October  17  -   21st Sunday after Pentecost 


Laity Sunday


Message: by Dan Sharp

“Seen and Believed”


Scriptures:   Eccl 3:13;  Mal 3:17;  Jas 1:17;  Eph 2:8, 4:7;  Rom 12:6, 11:29;  

1 Pet 4:10;  1 Cor 12:4, 14:12


Laity Links:   Jo Ann Barrett & Becky Fox


Pantry Sunday

Bring items for the Community Food Pantry.

Baskets will be available in the Narthex for your donations.


70th Wedding Anniversary Open House

for Don & Carolyn Sheline

2 – 4 p.m., fellowship hall


Cards and notes appreciated but no gifts, please 



Next Sunday,   October  24  -   22nd Sunday after Pentecost 


Pastor Appreciation Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. 

Breakfast provided by the Staff Parish Relations Committee in honor of Pastor Mindy.

A basket will be provided for cards and tokens of appreciation.


Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman


Scripture:   Psalm 62


Special Music:   Calvary Handbells





· Sunday,  October 24,  2021  -  22nd Sunday after Pentecost                  


Psalm 62


· Sunday,  October 31,  2021  -  23rd Sunday after Pentecost                  


Psalm 37





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


Given week of October 10 - $ 2,253;    Rec. to date - $143,707

Attendance October 10 – 45


Thanks to…


Barb Bartels  for the special music this past Sunday, October 10.  




Syracuse Food Pantry   “Dear Friends at Calvary, Thank you for your faithful monetary donations.  This donation will be used to feed the less fortunate in our own community.  Blessings, Arlene”


Judy Nicodemus  “I want to thank everyone for all the cards, calls, and flowers for my birthday.  

I couldn’t believe how many birthday greetings I received!  I had a great birthday!





Oct.     13  -  Nurture Ministry Team mtg.,  5:30 p.m.  (fh)   

            17  -  Laity Sunday – See information below  

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

                  -  70th Anniversary Open House for Don & Carolyn Sheline.  (fh)   2 - 4 p.m.




Oct.     18  -  Calvary Handbells, 6:30 p.m.  (sanc)

            19  -  Ladies Bible Study  (activities room)  1 p.m.

                           “The Book of Exodus”

                    –  U.M.W.’s Ruth Circle (fh) 7 p.m.

                 21  -  J.U.L.I.E.T.s (Join ULadies iEating Together), 11:30 a.m. at Nappanee Bakery &  

                           Treat Shoppe – Coppes Commons.  Call Karen Stiver if you need a ride. 457- 6704.

            24  -  Pastor Appreciation Breakfast  8:30 – 9:45 a.m.,  in honor of Pastor Mindy.  Plan to  

                            attend!   A basket will be available for your cards of appreciation.




Oct.     25  -  Calvary Handbells, 6:30 p.m.  (sanc)

            26  -  Ladies Bible Study  (activities room)  1 p.m.

                           “The Book of Exodus”

                   27 –  R.O.M.E.O.s, (Retired Old [yet young at heart] Men Eating Out),  11:30 a.m., 

                           at Chubbie’s

                  -        Missions ‘Trunk or Treat’  Prep (help fill candy bags for the event), 1:00 p.m. 

            30  -  Trunk or Treat  (Community Center),  3 – 5 p.m.   (see below)

                  31  -  Commitment Sunday  Bring your 2022 commitment card with you.  We 

                            will be dedicating them in our worship service.





Sheline’s 70th Anniversary Open House

Donald and Carolyn (Saggars) Sheline will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with an open house on Sunday, October 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall.


Family includes a daughter, Donna Nicolai (deceased), her fiancé, Don Black of Warsaw, 

a son, Thomas (Janie) Sheline of Millersburg, one grandson, Garrett (Juanita) Sheline of Middlebury, and their children Jensen and Griffin.


Don farmed in Benton Township for many years.  He was pastor of the Soloman Creek United Methodist Church for nine years, and he served as associate pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church for four years.  Don will soon complete his 45th year as chaplain with the Indiana State Police.


Don retired in 1994 after 32 years of service with Elkhart County government, and Carolyn 

retired in 1991 with 27 years of federal service with the USDA Farm Service Agency 

located at the fairgrounds in Goshen.


The Shelines look forward to visiting with friends, relatives, and neighbors at their open house on October 17th.  Any cards or notes will be appreciated, but no gifts, please.



“Seen and Believed”


Is the theme for our 2022 Stewardship Campaign.   Stewardship letters and commitment cards were placed in the mail on Wed., September 29th.   Be sure to have your 2022 commitment card to the church office by Thursday, October 28 or bring it with you on Sunday, October 31.  The worship service on October 31 will include Dedication of Our 2022 Commitment Cards.


Calvary Missions-Trunk or Treat Project

Community Center, Saturday, October 30, 

3:00-5:00 p.m.


1.   Decorate the trunk of your car and join in the fun, or you can come and pass out candy.  Two or three families might join together to decorate.  Use your imagination!

2.   Supply a bag of candy for the treat bags.  A box is in the Narthex for your donations.

3.   Help fill bags with candy and a message from our church inviting children to church.  We will be meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 27th at the church.




Sunday,  Nov. 7,  2021


         We will be remembering those of the congregation and close relatives and friends of members of the congregation who have died since Oct. 25, 2020.  If you have name(s) you wish included in this year’s service, please call (457-3778) or e-mail the church office or drop the information (your name, name of loved one, date of death, relationship to you) in the offering box on Sunday morning no later than Sun., Oct. 31, 2021.  

         Sun., Nov. 7, family members may light a candle in memory of your loved one or the pastor will light a candle in memory of your loved one.



Recognition and Remembrance 

of our Service Men and Women


Sunday, November 14, 2021, 10:00 a.m. service


         We would like to honor and remember Calvary members and constituents who are serving or have served in our armed forces.  Please call (457-3778) or e-mail the church office or drop the information in the offering box on Sunday morning no later than Sun., Nov. 7, 2021.  

Please include the following information:  Name, Branch of Service, and if they are currently serving, or a veteran, and whether this is in Honor/or Memory of your loved one.  If you have given us this information in the past, you will not need to contact us again, the information will carry over from previous recognitions.  Thank You


Perennials available

The North and South ends of the church are being re-landscaped.   Please help yourself to any plants at either end of the church before re-landscaping begins.


Operation Christmas Child

Shoebox Program


      Calvary will be filling plastic boxes with items for Shoebox Program.  Plastic boxes are located in the Narthex.  Please pick up a box and fill with items for girls and boys. Please mark our box with girl or boy and approximate age group.  Cash donations can be made for additional supplies or for postage. Deadline will be November 1.




Tickets are now on sale for Westview High School’s musical “Newsies,” 

which features Lucy Rensberger as Medda Larkin.



             Performances are:             Fri. &  Sat.,  Nov. 5, 6 @ 7:00 p.m.

               with Matinees on:                      Sat. & Sun., Nov. 6, 7 @ 2:30 p.m.


Tickets are $10.    Contact Amy Rensberger

if you would like to purchase tickets and/or to carpool.




(Join ULadies iEating Together),


Thurs., October 21,  11:30 a.m., 

at Nappanee Bakery & Treat Shoppe – Coppes Commons


If you need a ride, please call Karen Stiver 




(Retired Old [yet young at heart] Men Eating Out),


Wed., October 27,  11:30 a.m., at Chubbie’s



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.





Richville United Methodist Church

11009 C.R. 50,  Ligonier


Saturday, October 16th

4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Dine in or Carry out

Tickets sold at the door or call 260-760-4985 for tickets


DONUT Dash.. Walk for Life & 5k


Heartline Pregnancy Center’s 13th annual Walk/Run for Life and 5k “Donut Dash” will be Saturday, October 16th at 10:00 am at the Kosciusko Health Pavilion in Warsaw.  This is a timed event for both the serious runner and those who just enjoy walking or running.  Medals will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places (male and female) in 5-year age ranges.  Every participant registering by Sept. 30th will be guaranteed a shirt in their size.  For more information and to register, go to www.heartlinepregnancycenter.cor and look for the 

“Get Involved” tab at the top of the home page.



Helping with Worship


If you are interested in helping with the Worship service (singing, reading a poem, 

giving testimony,  please call the church office (574-457-3778).  


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 November/December 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, Nov. 7, 14, 21, and 28.


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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