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Monday, January 25

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: January 25, 2021

 

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

Email: syrcalv@kcaccess.com;   Website: www.syracusecalvaryumc.org

 

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

“Sabbath Work”

 

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

 

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FEBRUARY  SCRIPTURES

 

· 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

 

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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

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Deepest Sympathy to:

 

Dave Van Lue & family on the passing of his mother, Eloyce Van Lue.

 

Thanks to…

 

Amy & Lucy Rensberger for the special music this past Sunday, January 24th.

 

             from…

 

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.”    

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Altar Flowers

 

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 syrcalv@kcaccess.com.

 

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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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CHECK IT OUT….

 

--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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Wednesday, January 20

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: January 20, 2021

 

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

Email: syrcalv@kcaccess.com;   Website: www.syracusecalvaryumc.org

 

Pastor’s Memo…    Today is a beginning.  Inauguration Day in America marks the transition from one governing administration to the next.  An election determined the outgoing government; an election determined the incoming government.  We'll do it again in four years and again four year after that.  We will continue this election changing process until such time as we change it by amending our Constitution.  That is not likely to happen in any foreseeable future.  We like this changing of the guard, so to speak.  The nation changes and moves.  Political parties morph and emerge with new priorities.  The bureaucracy seems to dig in, remaining a constant presence for good or ill, depending on one's point of view.   New administrations use that dug in bureaucracy to facilitate their programs and their policies.  This is true regardless of who won the most recent election.  Ideally, it is the performance of these bureaucratic departments which move our nation in a direction that mirrors the will of the people at the last election.  However tense the last election was and the current climate in Washington, D.C. is today, we are Americans.  We live under a stable and successful Constitution.  That 2020 is behind us is a blessing.  What 2021 will be is still to be seen.  Pray it will be better and we will continue to be the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

 

This Sunday,  January  24 –  3rd Sunday after Epiphany   

Message: by Pastor David Henry

“Twice Called”

 

Scriptures:   Jonah 3:1-5, 10;       Mark 1:14-20

 

Special Music:  Amy & Lucy Rensberger

 

 

Next 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

 

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FEBRUARY  SCRIPTURES

 

· 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

 

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

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

Given week ending Jan. 17 - $1,655;    Rec. to date - $4,030

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Thanks from…

 

Aaron Meyer   “All the prayers were so helpful in my recovery and I truly thank you all.  Reading the many cards was an inspiration!”

 

Teen Parents Succeeding   “Thank you for your donation to Teen Parents Succeeding.  Generosity such as yours helps us continue our services to students who need to complete their education in spite of the odds against them.  In our 30th year, we currently serve 5 students with daily childcare, weekly life skills training and individual problem-solving sessions.  We appreciate your support of our programming.”

 

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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.

You will receive your Project 52 mailing in January.  In the mailing will be 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.

 

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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.

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Altar Flowers

 

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7,  21, & 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 syrcalv@kcaccess.com.

 

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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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CHECK IT OUT….

 

--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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Monday, January 18

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: January 18, 2021

 

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

Email: syrcalv@kcaccess.com;   Website: www.syracusecalvaryumc.org

 

“Ask the Pastor”

There was an Old Man of the Void

Who said, "I grow bored and annoyed;

I'll create Me a planet,

Then I shall man it.

I'm tired of speaking unhoid."

 

Limericks are quaint and pithy verses meant to amuse and annoy and skewer all at the same time.  The above lyrical offering is from the fevered mind of D.R Bensen.  He's been composing limericks for nearly half a century.  This one raises the eternal conundrum of why God created anything at all in the first place.  Ironically, God is not always included in the analysis.  How many creation stories are there?  That depends.  There are two in the Hebrew text and they do not agree as to very much at all; order, timing, contents, purpose.  Every culture has a creation story or two.  There is more than a cottage industry involved in telling and re-telling and amending and correction and disproving and debating the truth of these ancient tales.  There will continue to be such squabbling and nit-picking and raised voices concerning these offerings.  As to the good Mr. Bensen's assertion, all God wants is to be "hoid."  So, say a prayer and wait.  Maybe say another one and wait some more.  It can't possibly hurt to offer heavenward a plea or a praise or a question or even a lament.  You might bring a smile to the face of a listening creator.

 

This Sunday,  January  24 –  3rd Sunday after Epiphany   

Message: by Pastor David Henry

“Twice Called”

 

Scriptures:   Jonah 3:1-5, 10;       Mark 1:14-20

 

Special Music:  Amy & Lucy Rensberger

 

Next 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

 

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FEBRUARY  SCRIPTURES

 

· 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

 

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Thanks to…

 

Barb Bartels for the special music this past Sunday, January 17.

 

              from…

 

Vicki Whisman   “Mike and I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, well wishes, and cards while I have been in the hospital and having rehab.  It meant so much to us.”

 

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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.

You will receive your Project 52 mailing in January.  In the mailing will be 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

 

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7,  21, & 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 syrcalv@kcaccess.com.

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

 

CHECK IT OUT….

 

--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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Wednesday, January 13

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: January 13, 2021

 

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

Email: syrcalv@kcaccess.com;   Website: www.syracusecalvaryumc.org

 

Pastor’s Memo…   Door to Door salesmen were seen around most towns with some regularity more than a century and a half ago.  These enterprising characters would ply their trade from one neighborhood to the next selling their wares and offering to repair pots and pans.  Those who did this work were known as tinkers.  There were others who offered different skill sets a household might find need of.  Traveling medicine shows had an attraction all their own.  Who remembers the Avon lady?  Or the Fuller Brush salesman?  What about those religious souls who wanted to talk about The Jehovah's Witnesses or sell you a Book of Mormon?   Anyone remember buying a set of encyclopedias from a guy who showed up at your door?  I was a door to door salesman of sorts back in the mid to late '60's.  I was a paper boy.  My brother and I passed the Kokomo Morning Times seven days a week.  We earned about $6 a week each for our labors.  That included getting up at 4:45am every morning, then walking or riding our bicycles (if the weather permitted) to our route.  We were expected to have the Times delivered by 6am.  There are no newspaper boys or girls anymore.  Delivery is done by mail.  And who reads a newspaper today, anyway?  Times change.  Appetites shift and some disappear.  This memo comes to you as a way of saying we need to take a breath and let the waters calm and cool.  Our politics are important even if they cause us heartburn from time to time.  We'd like to think simpler days were better days, but that is an illusion.  The only place we can live is here and now, however stressful that is.  While no one will look back a generation from now and call 2020 the Good Old Days, if we're among the living that might be blessing enough .What stories we will tell to our grandchildren about passing papers and buying beauty products from some enterprising lady.  I almost can't wait.  

 

This Sunday,  January  17 –  2nd Sunday after Epiphany   

 

Message: by Pastor David Henry

“Out With the Old…”

 

Scriptures:   1 Samuel 3:1-10;       John 1:43-51

 

Special Music:  Barb Bartels

 

 

Next Sunday, January  24 –  3rd Sunday after Epiphany   

Message: by Pastor David Henry

 

Scriptures:   Jonah 3:1-5, 10;       Mark 1:14-20

 

Special Music:  Amy & Lucy Rensberger

 

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JANUARY  SCRIPTURES

 

· Sunday,  January 24,  2021  -  3rd Sunday after Epiphany    

 

Jonah 3:1-5, 10;       Mark 1:14-20

 

· Sunday,  January 31,  2021  -  4th Sunday after Epiphany      

 

Deuteronomy 18:15-20;       Mark 1:21-28

           

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Deepest Sympathy to:

 

Eva Curtis  & family on the passing of Fred Curtis.

 

Thanks to…

 

Marty Meyer  for taking down the Christmas decorations and putting them away.  And to Buddy Martz for helping to carry the tree upstairs.

 

Jim Rose & Buddy Martz  for bringing in and storing the outdoor nativity for next year.

 

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Our 2020 Mission 

Giving Total --- $ 10,864 !!

 

A HUGE “Thank you” to each and every one who contributed to Missions this past year.   It’s unbelievable how many lives we have touched due to YOUR generosity!   The 2021 Project 52 brochures & commitment cards will be mailed next week.  It is the goal of the Outreach Ministry Team to have each member go the extra mile and support at least 1 mission in 2021.

Extra cards are available in the church office.

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Income & Expense through

December 31,  2020

 

Income………$ 190,113

Expenses……   189,903

                                                                Balance                                       $        210        

  

Thank you  for your December tithes and 

offerings.   May He receive all the glory 

for blessing Calvary in 2020.  

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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

 

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, Jan. 24, and 31.

 

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 syrcalv@kcaccess.com.

 

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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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Monday, January 11

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: January 11, 2021

 

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

Email: syrcalv@kcaccess.com;   Website: www.syracusecalvaryumc.org

 

Pastor’s Memo…   Our New Year has raged into being in ways we could not have predicted nor wanted.  For an America which has been challenged in our history with riots and economic panics and Civil War we are on edge in a way not recently known.  We have always prided ourselves by settling all manner of disputes more peaceably than what we have witnessed this past week.  Elections have consequences and our avenues for redress are the courts and, if need be, the next election and the one after that.  Declaring half our nation unfit for citizenship or elected office is not the way forward.  Our ability for self-government has not been destroyed.  Joe Biden will be our next president in accordance to our laws and the nation will move forward.  The events of the last week will be reviewed and debated ad nauseam.  We will continue to be governed by elected officials who have sworn allegiance to our Constitution and the principles which have served us very well since 1789.  All of us should give them a chance to right the course of the nation that we may continue to be a United States of America. 

 

This Sunday,  January  17 –  2nd Sunday after Epiphany   

Message: by Pastor David Henry

“Out With the Old…”

 

Scriptures:   1 Samuel 3:1-10;       John 1:43-51

 

Special Music:  Barb Bartels

 

 

Next Sunday, January  24 –  3rd Sunday after Epiphany   

 

Message: by Pastor David Henry

 

Scriptures:   Jonah 3:1-5, 10;       Mark 1:14-20

 

Special Music:  Amy & Lucy Rensberger

 

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JANUARY  SCRIPTURES

 

· Sunday,  January 24,  2021  -  3rd Sunday after Epiphany    

 

Jonah 3:1-5, 10;       Mark 1:14-20

 

· Sunday,  January 31,  2021  -  4th Sunday after Epiphany      

 

Deuteronomy 18:15-20;       Mark 1:21-28

           

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

  

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

Given week ending Jan. 10 - $2,375;    Rec. to date - $2,375

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In Memoriam

 

FRED L. CURTIS

 

Went to be with the Lord 

on January 6, 2021.

 

Services for Fred Curtis:  

Visitation at Owen’s funeral home on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

 

Funeral at Owen’s on Tue. 11:00 a.m.

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THIS WEEK:

 

Jan.  12  -  Administrative Council mtg., 6:00 p.m. (fh)   masks required

         17  – Promotion of 2021 Project 52

 

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Thanks to…

 

Amy & Lucy Rensberger for the special music this past Sunday, January 10th.

 

             from…

 

Annie Gallahan   “Heartfelt thanks for the many Christmas cards I received from my Calvary friends.  They meant so much to me.  God bless each one of you.”    

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Our 2020 Mission 

Giving Total --- $ 10,864 !!

 

A HUGE “Thank you” to each and every one who contributed to Missions this past year.   It’s unbelievable how many lives we have touched due to YOUR generosity!   The 2021 Project 52 brochures & commitment cards were mailed this past week.  It is the goal of the Outreach Ministry Team to have each member go the extra mile and support at least 1 mission in 2021.

Extra cards are available in the church office.

 

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2020 Memorials

 

          Richard Beall          Mick Belcher          Harold Brumm                       

                          

            Robert Dust        Priscilla Garner        Jeff Hodgson        Norman Metzler   

 

                        Walter Miller        Audrey Whitlock        Frances Van Lue      

 

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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

 

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, Jan. 17, 24, and 31.

 

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 syrcalv@kcaccess.com.

 

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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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Wednesday, January 6

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: January 6, 2021

 

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

Email: syrcalv@kcaccess.com;   Website: www.syracusecalvaryumc.org

 

Pastor’s Memo…   Indiana Conference Bishop Julius Trimble has accepted my request to retire on June 30, 2021.  After serving in the Indiana Conference since June 1, 1977, retirement will come as a welcome culmination to forty-four years of ministerial service.  During those years Julia and I have served thirteen congregations in ten cities.  When a student at The Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, (1979-1983) we lived in Drumshanbo County Leitrim serving a circuit ministry that included seven Irish Methodist congregations.  Also, at Perkins, I was a chaplain for ten months at Dallas Methodist Hospital as part of my field education.  In the coming weeks The Reverend Dr. Saneta Maiko, our Conference Superintendent, will meet with our Pastor Parish Relations Committee to discern Calvary's ministry needs for the future.  Together, they will assist Bishop Trimble in finding Calvary's next pastor.  This memo is out of character with all the others written during my appointment to Calvary.  It's news and not a reflection and it comes during an uncomfortably stressful time in our community's history.  The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions in every aspect of our lives, including worship.  As a people who love and worship together in a living witness to the love and grace of God, I am proud to have been your pastor.  Thank you for all the kindnesses and generosity shown to Julia and me these last six and a half years.  I pray our final six months will be faithfully lived out.  May God continue to bless each and every one of you as I give thanks to God for my time among you.

 

This Sunday,  January  10 –  Baptism of the Lord   

Message: by Pastor David Henry

“Why More Light?”

 

Scriptures:   Genesis 1:1-5;       Mark 1:4-11

 

Special Music:  Amy & Lucy Rensberger

 

 

Next Sunday, January  17 –  2nd Sunday after Epiphany   

Message: by Pastor David Henry

 

Scriptures:   1 Samuel 3:1-10;       John 1:43-51

 

Special Music:  Barb Bartels

 

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JANUARY  SCRIPTURES

 

· Sunday,  January 17,  2021  -  2nd Sunday after Epiphany  

 

1 Samuel 3:1-10;       John 1:43-51

 

· Sunday,  January 24,  2021  -  3rd Sunday after Epiphany    

 

Jonah 3:1-5, 10;       Mark 1:14-20

 

· Sunday,  January 31,  2021  -  4th Sunday after Epiphany      

 

Deuteronomy 18:15-20;       Mark 1:21-28

           

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THIS WEEK:

 

Jan.     7  -  American Red Cross12 noon – 6 p.m., fellowship hall

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

 

         

THIS COMING WEEK:

 

Jan.  12  -  Administrative Council mtg., 6:00 p.m. (fh)   masks required

         17  – Promotion of 2021 Project 52

 

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American Red Cross

   

Thurs., Jan.  7,  2021

 

                                                  12 noon to 6 p.m., in the fellowship hall

 

                                           Please call  1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

or

          go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “calumc” to schedule your blood donation appointment.

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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

 

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, Jan. 10, 17, 24, and 31.

 

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 syrcalv@kcaccess.com.

 

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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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Monday, January 4

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: January 4, 2021

 

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

Email: syrcalv@kcaccess.com;   Website: www.syracusecalvaryumc.org

 

Pastor’s Memo   Making resolutions for the New Year is probably a function of self-reflection and the observation improvement would be in order.  For example, saving more for retirement, losing more weight because your high school reunion is drawing near, actually reading the magazines to which you subscribe, canceling the subscriptions to those magazines.  Self-improvement is not an easy task at any age.  Ever notice how commercials are forever trying to convince us to exercise, select healthier food, drive a sexier car, carry the right credit card?  Advice is everywhere and it never stops.  Self-improvement advice often comes with a healthy dose of guilt.  Perhaps, if we feel badly enough about a certain behavior, we will try to minimize or eliminate it.  Therefore, the more guilt that can be inflicted, the more likely an amendment to behavior will be forthcoming.  A more bald-faced lie has never been uttered.  Guilt only works with a conscience that operates at saintly levels.  And that eliminates most of us.  Maybe all of us. Trying to turn over a new leaf and be a better person is always a laudable effort.  When there is success, praise be to God.  After all, have we not heard over and over again Scripture admonish "Turn and repent?"  Oh, well.  The human creature is frail and fraught with competing desires.  The New Year is as good a time as any to change.  Resolve away and strive to be better.  Enjoy a Happy New Year and let us all hope 2021 is an improvement over its immediate predecessor. 

 

This Sunday,  January  10 –  Baptism of the Lord   

Message: by Pastor David Henry

“Why More Light?”

 

Scriptures:   Genesis 1:1-5;       Mark 1:4-11

 

Special Music:  Amy & Lucy Rensberger

 

 

Next Sunday, January  17 –  2nd Sunday after Epiphany   

 

Message: by Pastor David Henry

 

Scriptures:   1 Samuel 3:1-10;       John 1:43-51

 

Special Music:  Barb Bartels

 

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JANUARY  SCRIPTURES

 

· Sunday,  January 17,  2021  -  2nd Sunday after Epiphany  

 

1 Samuel 3:1-10;       John 1:43-51

 

· Sunday,  January 24,  2021  -  3rd Sunday after Epiphany    

 

Jonah 3:1-5, 10;       Mark 1:14-20

 

· Sunday,  January 31,  2021  -  4th Sunday after Epiphany      

 

Deuteronomy 18:15-20;       Mark 1:21-28

           

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

  

2020 Budget - $223,683;   Need per week - $4,302

Given week ending Dec. 31 - $3,755;    Rec. to date - $190,112

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THIS WEEK:

 

Jan.     7  -  American Red Cross12 noon – 6 p.m., fellowship hall

              -  Staff Parish Relations mtg., 6:00 p.m. (fh)   masks required

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

 

         

THIS COMING WEEK:

 

Jan.  12  -  Administrative Council mtg., 6:00 p.m. (fh)   masks required

         17  – Promotion of 2021 Project 52

 

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Thanks to…

 

Barb Bartels for the special music this past Sunday, January 3rd.

 

             from…

 

Pam Smith    “My brother in law, Ben Hough, is home, thank God, but he has a way to go.  

Thank you Calvary family for your prayers and well wishes.”    

 

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American Red Cross

   

Thurs., Jan.  7,  2021

 

                                                  12 noon to 6 p.m., in the fellowship hall

 

                                           Please call  1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

or

          go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “calumc” to schedule your blood donation appointment.

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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.

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Altar Flowers

 

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, Jan. 10, 17, 24, and 31.

 

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 syrcalv@kcaccess.com.

 

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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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Wednesday, December 30

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: December 30, 2020

 

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

Email: syrcalv@kcaccess.com;   Website: www.syracusecalvaryumc.org

 

Pastor’s Memo…         Buying oneself a gift may seem a bit odd, but that is what I did after my Elder's ordination back in 1986.  It was a communion chalice.  A potter in Muncie, Indiana, took my order and in a few weeks it was in hand, literally.  One fateful Sunday after the chapel service it toppled off the tray I was carrying, hit a pew, and broke where the stem attached to the bowl.

     Two levels of weeping commenced.  First, for the clay chalice.  It wasn't shattered, but broken, nonetheless.  Secondly, I wept for the symbolic and metaphoric sign of the Cup of Salvation being injured, so to speak.  Ah, how providential.  

     The base and the stem were of one piece.  The bowl/cup was severed from them.  That top form of the chalice would still hold the Blood of Christ, however wobbly it would rest on the altar.  That wobbly character was not what was intended.  I took those two pieces of self-given gift back to the potter.

     Having left it with him with instructions to fix it or mend it or put it back together, I intended to have it back no matter what condition and appearance it would newly take on.  This was not a Humpty Dumpty disaster and my faith in the potter was not insignificant.  I knew the potter would make it right, whatever the outcome.

     Some weeks later I was called and told the chalice was ready; and all for the grand sum of $7.  My gift to myself was restored and I made hast to the potter's shop as though I was on my way to the Manger.  

     The potter told me what he did.  He now judged the chalice to be stronger in its re-firing than before.  Imagine my amazement!  It was stronger in the broken place; and not just that chalice-formed-clay from the earth.  

     We are human beings; wounded, broken, traumatized, betrayed, abandoned, abused human creatures, formed from the dust of the ground.  Where we are able to be mended we can be stronger.  Where we are able to be healed, we can be stronger.  Where we are sewn and stitched and forged anew, we can be stronger.  While we, for now, bear the pains and the wounds and the scars, our weaknesses need not diminish our witness. 

     The Great Pandemic of 2020 has taken a grim toll and will continue to inflict its ravaging into 2021.  But, it need not be the last word.  Yes, there are hundreds of thousands dead and millions infected and when it will end only God knows.  In this last Pastor's Memo of the year, I leave you with this.

     We can grow to be stronger in the broken places and be put back into sacred and sacramental service.  We can be witnesses that wounds need not all be fatal.  And even if they one day will be, in the meantime, we not only drink from imperfect chalices, but we become the Cup of Salvation in our love poured out in Jesus' name.  May the Great Potter bless us all with such life that we are always filled with gratitude and grace.

 

This Sunday, January  3 –  Epiphany Sunday    

Message: by Pastor David Henry

“Where Is He?

 

Scriptures:    Isaiah 60:1-6;       Mark 2:1-12

 

Special Music:  Barbara Bartels

 

 

Next Sunday,  January  10 –  Baptism of the Lord   

Message: by Pastor David Henry

 

Scriptures:   Genesis 1:1-5;       Mark 1:4-11

 

Special Music:  Amy & Lucy Rensberger

 

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JANUARY  SCRIPTURES

 

· Sunday,  January 10,  2021  -  Baptism of the Lord  

 

Genesis 1:1-5;       Mark 1:4-11

 

· Sunday,  January 17,  2021  -  2nd Sunday after Epiphany  

 

1 Samuel 3:1-10;       John 1:43-51

 

· Sunday,  January 24,  2021  -  3rd Sunday after Epiphany    

 

Jonah 3:1-5, 10;       Mark 1:14-20

 

· Sunday,  January 31,  2021  -  4th Sunday after Epiphany      

 

Deuteronomy 18:15-20;       Mark 1:21-28

           

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

  

2020 Budget - $223,683;   Need per week - $4,302

Given week ending Dec. 27 - $1,435;    Rec. to date - $185,677

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THIS WEEK:

 

Jan.     1 –  Happy New Year! 

 

THIS COMING WEEK:

 

Jan.     7  -  American Red Cross12 noon – 6 p.m., fellowship hall

              -  Staff Parish Relations mtg., 6:00 p.m. (fh)   masks required

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

 

         

COMING JANUARY EVENTS:

 

Jan.  12  -  Administrative Council mtg., 6:00 p.m. (fh)   masks required

         17  – Promotion of 2021 Project 52

 

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American Red Cross

   

Thurs., Jan.  7,  2021

 

                                                  12 noon to 6 p.m., in the fellowship hall

 

                                           Please call  1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

or

          go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “calumc” to schedule your blood donation appointment.

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Calvary’s 2021 Stewardship Drive

                                           “God Loves a Cheerful Giver”

 

                                2021 commitments and other giving:               $ 106,096 

                                                                  2021 Church Budget:               $ 223,683 

                      Needed to underwrite our 2021 Church Budget:                   $ 117,587

  

HAVE YOU TURNED IN YOUR 2021 COMMITEMENT?   

If you need a commitment card, they are available in the office.   

Our sincere appreciation and thank you to the ones who have responded.

 

Please have all 2020 contributions to the church office or postmarked by    

     Dec, 31, 2020.  Thank you! 

 

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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.

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Altar Flowers

 

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, Jan. 10, 17, 24, and 31.

 

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 syrcalv@kcaccess.com.

 

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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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Monday, December 28

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: December 28, 2020

 

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

Email: syrcalv@kcaccess.com;   Website: www.syracusecalvaryumc.org

 

Pastor’s Memo…    One of the great advantages I have composing these memos a couple of times a week is I am absolutely free to choose the topic.  I can choose a topic and then I can re-choose it so long as I don't simply copy a past memo.  These little think pieces give me an unfettered opportunity to unpack my mind.  And before any of you think that would only take a couple of minutes, beware.  I do a bit of reading and not all of it religiously themed.  Just last week I learned something about that horrifying event Native Americans call "The Trail of Tears."  Beginning in 1830 and continuing for nearly thirty years a series of laws were enacted by the United States permitting the forced relocation of more than 100,00 Native Americans from Georgia and other southern states to what was the Oklahoma Territory.  Estimates of more than 20,000 deaths during that march seem conservative.  Nevertheless, a 20% death rate was horrifying enough.  Not only were Native Americans forced to move, so too were their African slaves.  Yes, African slaves owned by Native Americans were part of the "Trail Of Tears."  And those Native Americans kept their slaves in the Oklahoma Territory until the end of the Civil War when all African Slaves were freed.  Such an interesting and arrestingly shocking tid-bit of history might give us all pause.  Trying to clean up our past and purify our history and set right in the present moment what was so wrong and even evil in the past might not be as easy or appetizing as some may think.  Every nation, every people, every person has reason to repent and seek forgiveness for past errors and sins.  Doing it selectively may be a start; but where does it end?  Which statues and monuments and schools and buildings and bridges and parks will need to be removed or re-named when we decide purity is the only answer?  God help us all!  Oh, God did already.  That help is lying in a manger. 

                                                                              

This Sunday, January  3 –  Epiphany Sunday    

Message: by Pastor David Henry

“Where Is He?

 

Scriptures:    Isaiah 60:1-6;       Mark 2:1-12

 

Special Music:  Barbara Bartels

 

Next Sunday,  January  10 –  Baptism of the Lord   

Message: by Pastor David Henry

 

Scriptures:   Genesis 1:1-5;       Mark 1:4-11

 

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JANUARY  SCRIPTURES

 

· Sunday,  January 10,  2021  -  Baptism of the Lord  

 

Genesis 1:1-5;       Mark 1:4-11

 

· Sunday,  January 17,  2021  -  2nd Sunday after Epiphany  

 

1 Samuel 3:1-10;       John 1:43-51

 

· Sunday,  January 24,  2021  -  3rd Sunday after Epiphany    

 

Jonah 3:1-5, 10;       Mark 1:14-20

 

· Sunday,  January 31,  2021  -  4th Sunday after Epiphany      

 

Deuteronomy 18:15-20;       Mark 1:21-28

           

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

  

2020 Budget - $223,683;   Need per week - $4,302

Given week ending Dec. 27 - $1,435;    Rec. to date - $185,677

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THIS WEEK:

 

Jan.     1 –  Happy New Year! 

 

THIS COMING WEEK:

 

Jan.     7  -  American Red Cross12 noon – 6 p.m., fellowship hall

              -  Staff Parish Relations mtg., 6:00 p.m. (fh)   masks required

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

      

COMING JANUARY EVENTS:

 

Jan.  12  -  Administrative Council mtg., 6:00 p.m. (fh)   masks required

         17  – Promotion of 2021 Project 52

 

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Thanks to…

 

Those who worked at preparing special music for Christmas Eve to make the holiday so special: Barbara BartelsBen DeterlingJulia HenryBarbara & Scott Armstrong, and Lucy & Amy Rensberger.    Special thanks to Amy Rensberger for planning the music for the Christmas Eve service and the Calvary Handbell Choir Concert!

 

Thanks from…

 

Paul & Nancy Sands  “We just wanted to let the church and the pastor know how much we appreciate being able to come and listen to the service from our car.  The signal is so clear and we can hear everything so well!”

 

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American Red Cross

   

Thurs., Jan.  7,  2021

 

                                                  12 noon to 6 p.m., in the fellowship hall

 

                                           Please call  1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

or

          go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “calumc” to schedule your blood donation appointment.

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Calvary’s 2021 Stewardship Drive

                                           “God Loves a Cheerful Giver”

 

                                2021 commitments and other giving:               $ 106,096 

                                                                  2021 Church Budget:               $ 223,683 

                      Needed to underwrite our 2021 Church Budget:                   $ 117,587

  

HAVE YOU TURNED IN YOUR 2021 COMMITEMENT?   

If you need a commitment card, they are available in the office.   

Our sincere appreciation and thank you to the ones who have responded.

Please have all 2020 contributions to the church office or postmarked by    

     Dec, 31, 2020.  Thank you! 

 

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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

 

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

 

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 syrcalv@kcaccess.com.

 

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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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Wednesday, December 23

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: December 23, 2020

 

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

Email: syrcalv@kcaccess.com;   Website: www.syracusecalvaryumc.org

 

Pastor’s Memo…    Sitting in the first pew of the balcony at Main Street Methodist Church, just above the grand piano, I bowed my head to pray.  I remember my dad to the right, my brother and two sisters to the left, and Mom on the end.  We were between them, we four siblings.  The six of us just about filled that pew.  I do believe I was next to my dad for security purposes.  By that, I mean, I was absolutely less likely to escape from that cushion-less pew with my dad blocking my path.  So, as the pastor invited us to bow our heads to pray, I accepted his invitation.  I listened and did my very best to keep my eyes closed.  I continued to listen and it seemed to me Reverend Earl was a bit long winded.  The prayer went on and on and on and I kept listening.  Eventually, my seven year old mind wandered.  I began to hear the sounds people make while praying; coughs, mainly; throat clearing, and some rather fervent nose-blowing.  I remember a kind of low level rustling of papers; bulletins, perhaps.  This went on for what seemed like forever.  Now mind you, I was only seven years old.  Finally I heard the word I was long awaiting: "AMEN."  I raised my head and to my utter and complete amazement I heard "Now let us turn to page such and so in your hymnal and let us sing our closing hymn."  Apparently, not only had I kept my head bowed through the prayer, but through the entirety of the sermon.  I don't recall dreaming or even being asleep nor being prodded by my dad to wake up and pay attention.  Perhaps he thought I was asleep and, as I wasn't causing a ruckus, he just left me alone.  I know Jesus warns us about going on and on in our prayers but I think he meant on a public street where everyone could see you and admire your piety.  But that was not what Reverend Earl was doing.  He prayed and then went on to preach.  And as one who has had occasion to look out across a congregation during a sermon, not all congregational members have been perfectly attentive every Sunday.  Jesus has invited us to watch for the one who is coming as has the prophets of old.  They have revealed the promises God had made about the Messiah.  Surely the time has drawn near for His coming.  Surely we will hear the angels sing and see the Star.  And we can rejoice with the Host of Heaven at the fidelity of God. 

                                                                              

 

This Thursday,  December  24 –  Christmas Eve   

                                                                                        

  Candlelight Service -  7:00 p.m. (live-streamed)

 

Meditation by Pastor David Henry

 

Scriptures:   Isaiah 9:2-7;       Luke 1:26-38;        Luke 2:1-20

 

   Special Music:  Scott & Barbara Armstrong, Ben Deterling, 

Julia Henry, Amy & Lucy Rensberger

 

A beautiful worship service is being planned filled with carols and meditation.

 

This Sunday,  December  27 –  1st Sunday after Christmas   

Message: by Pastor David Henry

“To Depart in Peace”

 

Scriptures:   Isaiah 61:10-62:3;       Luke 2:22-40

 

Next Sunday,  January  3 –  Epiphany Sunday    

Message: by Pastor David Henry

 

Scriptures:    Isaiah 60:1-6;       Mark 2:1-12

 

Special Music:  Barbara Bartels

 

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JANUARY  SCRIPTURES

 

· Sunday,  January 3,  2021  -  Epiphany Sunday  

 

Isaiah 60:1-6;       Mark 2:1-12

 

· Sunday,  January 10,  2021  -  Baptism of the Lord  

 

Genesis 1:1-5;       Mark 1:4-11

 

· Sunday,  January 17,  2021  -  2nd Sunday after Epiphany  

 

1 Samuel 3:1-10;       John 1:43-51

 

· Sunday,  January 24,  2021  -  3rd Sunday after Epiphany    

 

Jonah 3:1-5, 10;       Mark 1:14-20

 

· Sunday,  January 31,  2021  -  4th Sunday after Epiphany      

 

Deuteronomy 18:15-20;       Mark 1:21-28

           

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THIS WEEK:

 

Dec.      24  -  CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE, 7 p.m., service of Carols will stream live on our website.

                            Come by car and listen on 92.5.  Bring a flashlight or back into your parking space so 

                             we can light up the parking lot during Silent Night.

                       Church Office closed

 

THIS COMING WEEK:

 

Jan.     1 –  Happy New Year! 

 

COMING JANUARY EVENTS:

 

Jan.     7  -  American Red Cross12 noon – 6 p.m., fellowship hall

              -  Staff Parish Relations mtg., 6:00 p.m. (fh)   masks required

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

 

         10  – Installation of 2021 Church Officers

         12  -  Administrative Council mtg., 6:00 p.m. (fh)   masks required

         17  – Promotion of 2021 Project 52

 

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Thanks to…

 

Pam & Mike Smith  for hosting the “O Come All Ye Faithful..” sing along at their home last Sunday afternoon.  48 people joined in the singing (social distancing …all the way!)   

It was a blessing to us all!

 

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American Red Cross

   

Thurs., Jan.  7,  2021

 

                                                  12 noon to 6 p.m., in the fellowship hall

 

                                           Please call  1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

or

          go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “calumc” to schedule your blood donation appointment.

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Calvary Handbells Christmas Concert

 

has been uploaded to the Calvary website and the Facebook page.  Visit at your leisure and let the beautiful bell music help you celebrate this Christmas season.  Here is the youtube link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6puA4KrZ6Jw&t=11s

 

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CHRISTMAS DEDICATIONS:

 

Becky Fox  – In loving memory of Stan Fox.   (Memorials)

Richard Holmes – In loving memory of the Holmes family & Grandmother Alta,   

                 Roeber family and Grandmother Christine, Faye Murphy, Dorothy Holmes and Marge  

                 Evans; In memory of Michelle & Payton Foster, Kari Edwards, Doug Mickem, Joy Williams, 

                 Lou Otto, Lynn Atwood, Rickey Cheek and Colleen.   (Syracuse Food Pantry)

 

Barbara McClintic – in loving memory of Louise Weaver;   (Decorate Calvary)

                                in loving honor of Charlie Garner.   (Little Lambs Preschool)

 

Opal Miller – In loving honor of my family.   (Calvary Cares)

 

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Calvary’s 2021 Stewardship Drive

                                           “God Loves a Cheerful Giver”

 

                                2021 commitments and other giving:               $ 106,096 

                                                                  2021 Church Budget:               $ 223,683 

                      Needed to underwrite our 2021 Church Budget:                   $ 117,587

  

HAVE YOU TURNED IN YOUR 2021 COMMITEMENT?   

If you need a commitment card, they are available in the office.   

Our sincere appreciation and thank you to the ones who have responded.

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   Praying your Holidays are blessed                                           

            with what matters most….

 

      God’s amazing love for you and

       His indescribable gift of Jesus. 

  

          Wishing You Joy and Peace

at Christmas, New Year’s, and always.

 

              Pastor David Henry     Lori Barsoda     Barbara Bartels     Chris Johnson

      

                               Buddy Martz     Barb McClintic     Amy Rensberger    

 

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Please note:   The church office will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 24.    May everyone have a Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!  

 

Please have all 2020 contributions to the church office or postmarked by    

     Dec, 31, 2020.  Thank you! 

 

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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.

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Altar Flowers

 

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, Dec. 27, and Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

 

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 syrcalv@kcaccess.com.

 

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   Designated Offerings

 

· Thanksgiving offering will go to the Syracuse Food Pantry.

 

· Christmas offering will go to the Syracuse Food Pantry.

 

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Calvary Christmas Outreach Catalog

 

The Christmas Outreach catalog was placed in the mail on Mon., Nov. 23.  

A great opportunity to give a gift of love to those in need and fulfill your 

Christmas list for your friends and family without ever leaving your home!

 

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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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