Syracuse Calvary United Methodist
E-Navigator: May 12, 2021
Address: P.O. Box 9, Syracuse, IN 46567;
Pastor’s Memo… As retirement looms ever closer on the horizon, I've been clearing the stacks of papers, books, and magazines from my desk. More than I wish to admit goes straight into the trash. Why some of it ever made it to the desk is beyond me. But every excavation holds out the possibility of finding a treasure or two. If you have ever been in my office and have seen my desk, you would say "buried treasure." Well, as the waste basket fills, so too is my memory jogged. I discover bits of paper on which I have jotted down thoughts and dates and names. I find lists of things I wanted to remember and, in time, the list was lost to the stacks of other stuff. Below is a sampling of what I've found. "Restraint is a lost virtue in this century." "Loneliness is a poverty. Solitude is a treasure," "Alms giving is the opposite of idolatry." Voltaire reminds us "those who can make you believe absurdities, can also make you commit atrocities." I have no attribution to this next thought: "The Church will do effectively both its prophetic and pastoral work only if it is concerned first with gratitude and joy." "Greed is the enemy of mercy." We have heard it said over and over and over that one cannot "shout fire in a crowded theater." To claim a free speech protection for that utterance is not what the Constitution permits. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote this: "Falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic" is not protected free speech. Justice Holmes made a clear distinction highlighting speech that is dangerous AND false is not protected, as opposed to speech that is dangerous but also true. When quoting the good Justice Holmes, we should be more precise. After all, if a fire did break out in a theatre, we would surely want some one to raise the alarm, whether by voice or siren. "Creation, redemption, and reconciliation is a trinity that reflects the grace manifest in God's perfect desire for the lives of all earthly creatures." Lastly, I found Dante's Circles of Hell, not literally, of course. There are ten of them and Lucifer occupies the lowest level all by himself. Above him in level Nine are Cain, Judas, Ptolemy, and Antenor (Google the last two if you are confused.) Google Dante's Circle's of Hell if you want the entire list. Well, back to the excavating and all those levels of stuff.
This Sunday, May 16 – Ascension Sunday
Message: by Pastor David Henry
“Again, My Words”
Scriptures: Daniel 7:9-14; Acts 1:1-11; Luke 24:44-53
Special Music: Amy Rensberger
“Pack the Pantry Sunday”
Bring items for the Community Food Pantry.
Baskets will be available in the Narthex for your donations.
Next Sunday, May 23 – Day of Pentecost
Message: by Pastor David Henry
Scriptures: Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Special Music: Calvary Handbells
· Sunday, May 23, 2021 - Day of Pentecost
Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
· Sunday, May 30, 2021 - Trinity Sunday
Isaiah 6:1-8; John 3:1-17
PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD
2021 Budget - $223,683; Need per week - $4,302
Given week of May 9 - $ 3,130; Rec. to date - $62,996
Attendance May 9 – 32
May 11 - Church Council, (fh) 6:00 p.m. masks required.
13 - American Red Cross, 12 noon – 6 p.m., fellowship hall
14 – Calvary Community Dinner, 5:30-7 p.m. carry-out only
16 – “Pack the Pantry” Sunday – Bring your donations for the Syracuse Food Pantry.
Baskets will be in the Narthex for your donations.
THIS COMING WEEK:
May 17 – Purple Hearts, 9 a.m., activities room
COMING MAY EVENTS:
May 31 - Memorial Day, Church Office Closed
Memorial Service for
2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15
Memorials to Calvary United Methodist Church
Erv Ciesialka for all the work he has been doing at the parsonage preparing for the new pastor, Mindy Huffman.
“Pack the Pantry” Sunday
Sunday, May 16, 2021
The Outreach Ministry Team has set a goal for May 16th to be Pack the Pantry Sunday.
The Syracuse Food Pantry will be in need of more food during the summer months when children
are out of school. Bags will be available Sunday, May 9th to fill for the following Sunday.
Please help to “Pack the Pantry”!
American Red Cross
Thurs., May 13, 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.
Income & Expense through
April 30, 2021
Balance $ - 2,693
Thank you for your April tithes and
offerings. May He receive all the glory
for blessing Calvary in 2021.
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.
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 are needed for Sundays, May 23, and 30.
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 email@example.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.
'Virtual’ MS WALK, - Saturday, May 15, 2021
Walk MS events have moved to a virtual experience. MS doesn’t stop during this crisis, and neither will we. People with MS need us now more than ever. Please continue to contribute however you can. Johnnie Fick is collecting contributions for this event and will be happy to take your gift as well. All contributions are tax deductible. You are welcomed to leave your donation in the church office. Please make your check out to Walk MS. If you would like to “virtually” walk in the event,
you can register by going to Walk MS Ft. Wayne
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
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
CARRY OUT ONLY
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
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