Syracuse Calvary United Methodist
E-Navigator: January 25, 2021
Address: P.O. Box 9, Syracuse, IN 46567;
Pastor’s Memo… Fanny Crosby was a blind American hymnist. Over 8,000 religious poems are attributed to her and many of them were set to music. That would make her more prolific than Charles Wesley, who was said to have written something in the neighborhood 7,000 poems; many of them also being set to music. Her hymns are sung by Christians around the world. As you might surmise, she is very well known. Born in 1820, she was of a patriotic Revolutionary War linage. When only 24 years old she sang for the United States Congress and was recognized by former president John Quincy Adams, then a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts. Life is full of amazements. A blind hymn writer sings for Congress and a former president knows her. She’s descended from American Revolutionary spies and is related to Harry Lillis Crosby; better known as Bing Crosby. She touches thousands of lives every day in the hymns she wrote. According to her autobiography, never once did she wonder why she was born blind. She did, however, count her blindness a blessing, in that she noted she was never influenced by the presumed beauty of the Lord's creation. It allowed her to write her poetry unimpeded by distractions. Fanny Crosby was a wife and mother. She was never financially well off. All in all, she led a starkly provisioned life in many, many places and died at 94 in 1915. By all accounts she was generous when able, fiercely patriotic, and an abolitionist. She was a Methodist from her conversion in 1850 and faithfully supported the denomination's missionary outreaches to the homeless, poor, and hungry. What a powerful legacy and a reminder that physical limitations need not impede one's faithful witness to God.
This Sunday, January 31 – 4th Sunday after Epiphany
Message: by Pastor David Henry
Scriptures: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Mark 1:21-28
Special Music: Barb Bartels
Next Sunday, February 7 – 5th Sunday after Epiphany
Message: by Pastor David Henry
Scriptures: Isaiah 40:21-31; Mark 1:29-39
Special Music: Amy & Lucy Rensberger
· Sunday, February 7, 2021 - 5th Sunday after Epiphany
Isaiah 40:21-31; Mark 1:29-39
· Sunday, February 14, 2021 - Transfiguration Sunday
2 Kings 2:1-12; Mark 9:2-9
· Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
· Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 1st Sunday in Lent
Genesis 9:8-17; Mark 1:9-15
· Sunday, February 28, 2021 - 2nd Sunday in Lent
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Mark 8:31-38
PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD
2021 Budget - $223,683; Need per week - $4,302
Given week ending Jan. 24 - $4,843; Rec. to date - $8,873
Deepest Sympathy to:
Dave Van Lue & family on the passing of his mother, Eloyce Van Lue.
Amy & Lucy Rensberger for the special music this past Sunday, January 24th.
Syracuse Food Pantry “Dear Friends at Calvary, On behalf of everyone we serve and myself,
I want to thank you for your monetary donations. We can’t thank you enough for your continued support.”
2021 Project 52 Promotion
Project 52 is a unique United Methodist program which allows all of us to provide financial assistance to projects of our choosing from worldwide, national or local projects. Administrative costs are paid by the general fund of the UMC, so 100% of what we give goes directly to others.
The term Project 52 refers to giving $1.00 per week to the project of your choosing. This is going the extra mile in our faith journey. The Outreach Committee’s goal is that each member of Calvary support at least one project, or as many as you choose. This may be done individually, as a family, as a class, or a small group.
Project 52 mailings went out last week. In the mailing was a Project 52 commitment card. Please feel free to sponsor any of the programs listed; or if you feel called to support one not listed, just add the name under “other”. You’re welcome to return completed cards via mail or to the church office.
Thank you for your continued support of this ministry.
Numbered Giving Envelopes
If you use the numbered, boxed giving envelopes, the 2021 envelopes are ready for you to pick up at your convenience. Just outside the office door, they are in alphabetical order on the hallway bench.
If you would like someone to bring it out to your car, just call the office.
Altar flowers are needed for Sundays, Feb. 7 & 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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--What will you do with your stimulus check?… Do you have to choose between rent or food, or are you able to pay your bills, and have enough to eat. Many of our neighbors are struggling right now. The need is great. The Milford Food Bank helps around 65 food pantries in northern Indiana and southern Michigan. Consider giving all or part of your check so we can continue helping those in need. Send donations to: The Milford Food Bank, P O Box 116 Milford, IN 46542. Thanks for your help!
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