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Wednesday, October 13

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: October 13, 2021

 

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

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

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 

 

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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

 

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OCTOBER  SCRIPTURES

 

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

 

Psalm 62

 

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

 

Psalm 37

 

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

  

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

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Thanks to…

 

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

 

             from…

 

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!

 

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THIS WEEK:

 

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.

 

THIS COMING WEEK:

 

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.

 

COMING OCTOBER EVENTS:

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

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“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.

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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.

 

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ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY

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 syrcalv@kcaccess.com 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.

 

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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 syrcalv@kcaccess.com 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

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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.

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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.

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“Newsies”

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.

 

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J.U.L.I.E.T.s

(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 

 

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R.O.M.E.O.s

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

 

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

 

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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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ALL YOU CAN EAT

SWISS STEAK SUPPER

 

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

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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.

 

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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).  

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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.

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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.

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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 syrcalv@kcaccess.com.

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Wednesday, October 6

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: October 6, 2021

 

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

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

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

 

 

                                    I Love To Tell the Story

“…….I love to tell the story; tis pleasant to repeat what seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet.  I love to tell the story, for some have never heard, the message of salvation from God’s own Holy Word……….”

With Laity Sunday coming up on Oct 17th, the invitation has been made for folks to share their faith stories with the congregation.  While I will be away, I hope many of you will be willing to share your stories.  As I thought about sharing our faith stories and God’s great story, I was reminded of this devotion:  There was a boy by the name of Steve who was attending University.  Brother Christianson was one of the teachers.  He had an open-door policy and would take in any student that had been thrown out of another class as long as they would abide by his rules. Steve had been kicked out of his sixth period class and no other teacher wanted him, so he went into Brother Christianson’s class.  Steve was told he could not be late, so he arrived just seconds before the bell rang and he would sit in the very back.  He would also be the first to leave as soon as class was over.

One day, Brother Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him.  Brother Christianson pulled Steve aside and said, “You think you’re pretty tough, don’t you?”  Steve’s answer was, “Yeah, I do!”   Then Brother Christianson asked, “How many pushups can you do?”  Steve said, “I do about 200 every night.”  “200?  That’s pretty good, Steve,” Brother Christianson said.  “Do you think you could do 300?”  Steve replied, “I don’t know… I’ve never done 300 at a time before.”  “Do you think you could?”  asked Brother Christianson.  “Well, I can try,” said Steve.  “Can you do 300 in sets of 10?  I need you to do 300 in sets of 10 for this to work.  Can you do it?  I need you to tell me you can do it,” Brother Christianson said.  Steve said, “Well, I think I can.  Yeah, I can do it.”  Brother Christianson said, “Good!  I need you to do this on Friday.”

Friday came and Steve got to class early and sat in the front of the room.  When class started, Brother Christianson pulled out a big box of donuts.  Now these weren’t the normal kinds of donuts, they were Krispy Kremes, with cream centers and frosting, and sprinkles, still fresh and warm.  Everyone was pretty excited because it was Friday, and the last class of the day, and they were going to get an early to start on the weekend.

Brother Christianson went to the first girl in the first row and asked, “Cynthia, do you want a donut?”  He then turned to Steve and asked, “Steve, would you do ten pushups so that Cynthia can have a donut?  Steve said, “Sure,” and jumped down from his desk to do a quick ten. Then Steve again sat in his desk.  Brother Christianson put a donut on Cynthia’s desk.  He then went to Joe, the next person and asked, “Joe do you want a donut?”  Joe said, “Yes.”  Brother Christianson asked, “Steve would you do ten pushups so Joe can have a donut?”  Steve did ten pushups, and Joe got a donut.

And so it went, down the first aisle, Steve did ten pushups for every person before they got their donut.  And down the second aisle, till Brother Christianson came to Scott.  Scott was captain of the football team.  He was very popular and never lacking for female companionship.  When Brother Christianson asked, “Scott do you want a donut?”  Scott’s reply was, “Well can I do my own pushups?”  Brother Christianson said, “No Steve has to do them.”  Then Scott said, “Well, I don’t want one then.”  Brother Christianson turned to Steve and asked, “Steve, would you do ten pushups so Scott can have a donut he does not want,” Steve started to do ten pushups.  Scott said, “Hey, I said I didn’t want one!”  Brother Christianson said, “Look this is my classroom, my class, my desks, and my donuts.  Just leave it on the desk if you don’t want it.”  And he put a donut on Scott’s desk.

By this time, Steve had begun to slow down a little.  He just stayed on the floor between sets because it took too much effort to be getting up and down. You could start to see a little perspiration coming out around his brow.  Brother Christianson started down the third row.  Now the students were beginning to get a little angry.

Brother Christianson asked Jenny, “Jenny, do you want a donut?”  Jenny said, “No.”  The Brother Christianson asked Steve, “Steve, would you do ten pushups so Jenny can have a donut she doesn’t want?”  Steve did ten and Jenny got a donut.  By now, the students were beginning to say “No,” and there were all these uneaten donuts on the desks.  Steve was really struggling to put forth a lot of effort to get these pushups done for each donut.  There began to be a small pool of sweat on the floor beneath his face, his arms and brow were beginning to get red because of the physical effort involved.  Brother Christianson asked Robert to watch Steve to make sure he did ten pushups in a set because he couldn’t bear to watch all of Steve’s work for all of those uneaten donuts.  So, Robert began to watch Steve closely. Brother Christianson started down the fourth row. 

During the class, some students had wandered in and sat along the heaters on the sides of the room.  When Brother Christianson realized this, he did a quick count and saw 34 students in the room.  He started to worry if Steve would be able to make it.  He went on the next person and the next and the next.  Near the end of that row, Steve was really having a rough time.  He was taking a lot more time to complete each set.  Steve asked Brother Christianson, “Do I have to make my nose touch on each one?”  Brother Christianson thought for a moment, “Well they’re your pushups.  You can do them any way that you want,” and then continued handing out donuts.  A few moments later, Jason came to the room and was about to come in when all the students yelled, “NO!” Jason didn’t know what was going on.  Steve picked up his head and said, “No, let him come.”  Brother Christianson said, “You realize that if Jason comes in you will have to do ten pushups for him.”  Steve said, “Yes, let him come in.”  Bother Christianson said, “okay, I’ll let you get Jason’s out of the way right now.  Jason, do you want a donut?”  “Yes”  “Steve, will you do ten pushups so that Jason can have a donut?”  Steve did ten pushups very slowly and with great effort.  Jason, bewildered, was handed a donut and sat down.  Brother Christianson finished the fourth row, then started on those seated on the heaters.  Steve’s arms were now shaking with each pushup in a struggle to lift himself against the force of gravity.  Sweat was dropping off of his face and, by this time there was not a dry eye in the room.

The very last two girls in the room were cheerleaders and very popular.  Brother Christianson went to Linda, the second to last, and asked, “Linda, do you want a donut?”  Linda said, very sadly, “No, thank you.”  Brother Christianson asked Steve, “Steve, would you do ten pushups so that Linda can have a donut she doesn’t want?”  Grunting from effort, Steve did ten very slow pushups for Linda.  Then Brother Christianson turned to the last girl, Susan.  “Susan, do you want a donut?”  Susan, with tears flowing down her face, asked, “Brother Christianson, can I help him?”  With tears in his own eyes, Brother Christianson said, “No, he has to do it alone.  Steve, would you do ten pushups so Susan can have a donut?”

As Steve finished his last pushup, with the understanding that he had accomplished all that was required of him, having done 350 pushups, his arms buckled beneath him and he fell to the floor.  Brother Christianson turned to the room and said, “And so it was, that our Savior, Jesus Christ, plead to the Father, “Into thy hands I commend my spirit.”  With the understanding that He had done everything that was required of Him, he collapsed on the cross and died.  And like some of those in this room, many of us leave the gift on the desk, uneaten.”

My wish is that you might understand and fully comprehend all the riches of grace and mercy that have been given to you through the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  Don’t leave his gift unopened.  Let others know about the gift he offers to them. Share your faith story – share it often.  May we be Christians who truly “Love to Tell the Story,” and shine the light of Christ to those around us.

Pastor Mindy

This Sunday,   October  10  -   20th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

“God Is…..…”

 

Scripture:   Psalm 103

 

Special Music:   Barb Bartels

 

Pick up a plastic box(s) in narthex for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Program.

  

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Next Sunday,   October  17  -   21st Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Laity Sunday

 

Message: by Dan Sharp

 

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

 

Reading:   Jo Ann Barrett

 

Pantry Sunday

Bring items for the Community Food Pantry.

Baskets will be available in the Narthex for your donations.

 

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OCTOBER  SCRIPTURES

 

· Sunday,  October 17,  2021  -  21st Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

Laity Sunday – Scriptures of God’s Gifts

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

 

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

 

Psalm 62

 

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

 

Psalm 37

 

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

  

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

 

Given week of October 3 - $ 2,985;    Rec. to date - $141,454

Attendance October 3 – 43

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Thanks to…

           Linda Jamiel  for the special poem this past Sunday, October 3.  

 

             from… 

 

          Joanna Behr   “Thank you for your calls, cards, and prayers for my recovery                  from recent heart surgery.”

Tim & Sandy Clark   “Thank you for the use of your beautiful church for our wedding on Sat., September 11.  We are so thankful that we had such a beautiful sanctuary to have our special day!”

Lemoine Keim   “Thanks to all who remembered me on my 95th birthday!”

 

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THIS WEEK:

 

Oct.       6  -  UMW Hannah Circle,  6:00 p.m. (lg. kitchen).

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

              8 –  Calvary Community Dinner,  5:30-7 p.m.      Carry out or Dine in 

 

THIS COMING WEEK:

 

Oct.     11  -  Calvary Handbells, 6:30 p.m.  (sanc)

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

                           “The Book of Exodus”

                  -  Stewardship & Finance mtg. (fh),  6 p.m.

            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.

 

COMING OCTOBER EVENTS:

 

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.

            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.

            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.

 

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Children’s Message by Pastor Mindy

                                             

https://youtu.be/ALThAfCP9ks  is the link to this week’s YouTube message on our website.  If your child is interested in the activity pages that go with this message, please contact Pastor Mindy at (mhuffman730@gmail.com)  and she will e-mail the activity pages to you.  

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Income & Expense through

September 30,  2021

Income………$ 138,469

Expenses……       138,452

Balance                                            $          17

Thank you for your September tithes and

offerings.   May He receive all the glory

for blessing Calvary in 2021.

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“Seen and Believed”

Is the theme for October’s 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.

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Laity Sunday, October 17

 

All of us have a story to tell about our relationship with Our Lord, helping everyone better understand the wonders of His love and grace.  Please consider sharing yours on Sunday, October 17 during the worship service in a time annually dedicated for this purpose.  It may take a minute or several to tell, but all are welcome!  Please contact the church office by Wednesday, October 13 if you would be willing to share.  Your blessing will become ours as well!

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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.

 

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ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY

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 syrcalv@kcaccess.com 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.

 

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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 syrcalv@kcaccess.com 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

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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.

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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.

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Gatherings with Pastor Mindy

 

If you have not been able to attend a Meet & Greet but would like to, 

contact the church office with your preference of afternoon or evening.  

As soon as we have a group, we will meet.

 

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J.U.L.I.E.T.s

(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.

 

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R.O.M.E.O.s

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

 

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

 

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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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ALL YOU CAN EAT

SWISS STEAK SUPPER

 

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

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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.

 

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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).  

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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.

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Upper Rooms

 

The September/October 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.

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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 syrcalv@kcaccess.com.

 

 

 



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Wednesday, September 29

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: September 29, 2021

 

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

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

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

 

Quietness

 

Therefore, the Lord God, the holy one of Israel, says: In return and rest you will be saved; quietness and trust will be your strength but you refused.  Isaiah 30:15

 

My word for today from my devotion, Dwelling Places: Words to Live By in Every Season is Quietness.  

 

The world we live in is so fast paced – so noisy.  At times it can seem overwhelming.  In a world where noise is the name of the day where can we go to find quietness – where our souls can find relief and refreshment?  

 

The hymn There is a Quiet Place gives some insight.  There is a quiet place – far from the rapid pace – where God can soothe my troubled mind.  Sheltered by tree and flower – there in my quiet hour with him – my cares are left behind.  Whether a garden small – or on a mountain tall – new strength and courage there I find, - and then from that quiet place – I go prepared to face a new day – with love for all mankind.

 

Do you have a quiet place – a corner, a pond, a path, a room, a chair – a quiet place you can go and experience God’s peace and presence?  Are you intentional each day about your time with God?  Or like the Israelites in Isaiah 30:15 who have once again turned away from God in order to pursue all the world has to offer? Isaiah is begging them to return and find strength through quietness and rest.  Will we like them refuse?  God is longing to talk with us, but we cannot hear if our lives are always filled with the noises of the world and the chatter of our own voice.  

Go to your quiet place at least once a day – turn off your electronic devices – turn off the world – be still and know – know the reassuring voice of God and allow him to refresh your soul and prepare you for another day of shining the light of Christ and bringing honor and glory to God’s holy name in all that you say and do.

Pastor Mindy

This Sunday,  October  3  -   19th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Holy Communion

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

“A Generous Heart”

 

Scriptures:   1 Samuel 30:9-26;     2 Samuel 24:18-25;     1 Chronicles 29:1-18

 

Reading by:   Linda Jamiel

 

World Communion Sunday

 

Your generous gift to World Communion Sunday enriches Christianity around the world.

Please mark your giving envelope “World Communion”.

  

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Next Sunday,   October  10  -   20th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

 

Scripture:   Psalm 103

 

Special Music:   Barb Bartels

 

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OCTOBER  SCRIPTURES

 

· Sunday,  October 10,  2021  -  20th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

Psalm 103

 

· Sunday,  October 17,  2021  -  21st Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

Laity Sunday – Scriptures of God’s Gifts

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

 

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

 

Psalm 62

 

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

 

Psalm 37

 

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

  

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

 

Given week of September 26 - $ 2,968;    Rec. to date - $138,369

Attendance September 26 – 58

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Thanks to…

 

Amy Rensberger  for the special music this past Sunday, September 26.  

 

             from…

 

Janelle Rensberger   “Thank you to everyone for the cards and prayers.  The ulcers have healed in my eyes but the eye pressure has stayed high in both eyes.  I am being weaned off of my medication that is causing these problems and still using my eye drops.”

 

Mike Smith   “Thanks to everyone for the prayers and cards during my recent illness.”

 

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THIS COMING WEEK:

 

Oct.       4 –  Trustees (fh)  6 p.m.              

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

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

                           “The Book of Exodus”

              6  -  UMW Hannah Circle,  6:00 p.m. (lg. kitchen).

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

              8 –  Calvary Community Dinner,  5:30-7 p.m.      Carry out or Dine in 

 

COMING OCTOBER EVENTS:

 

Oct.     11  -  Calvary Handbells, 6:30 p.m.  (sanc)

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

                           “The Book of Exodus”

                  -  Stewardship & Finance mtg. (fh),  6 p.m.

            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 - 5 p.m.

          

            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.

            24  -  Pastor Appreciation Breakfast  in honor of Pastor Mindy.  Plan to attend and express  

                            your appreciation.  More information to come.

            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.  

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

                            will be dedicating them in our worship service.

 

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                                        Children’s Message by Pastor Mindy                                              

https://youtu.be/MZF4zlggW-8  is the link to this week’s YouTube message on our website.  If your child is interested in the activity pages that go with this message, please contact Pastor Mindy at (mhuffman730@gmail.com)  and she will e-mail the activity pages to you.  

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“Seen and Believed”

 

Is the theme for October’s Stewardship Campaign.   Stewardship letters and commitment cards will be 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.

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Laity Sunday, October 17

All of us have a story to tell about our relationship with Our Lord, helping everyone better understand the wonders of His love and grace.  Please consider sharing yours on Sunday, October 17 during the worship service in a time annually dedicated for this purpose.  It may take a minute or several to tell, but all are welcome!  Please contact the church office by Wednesday, October 13 if you would be willing to share.  Your blessing will become ours as well!

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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.  (A time and day will be announced)

 

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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.

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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.

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Gatherings with Pastor Mindy

 

If you have not been able to attend a Meet & Greet but would like to, 

contact the church office with your preference of afternoon or evening.  

As soon as we have a group, we will meet.

 

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J.U.L.I.E.T.s

(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

 

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R.O.M.E.O.s

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

 

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

 

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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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ALL YOU CAN EAT

SWISS STEAK SUPPER

 

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

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Syracuse Life Chain

 

Right to Life of North Central Indiana is sponsoring the annual Life Chain on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 3, from 1:45 to 3:00 pm (rain or shine).  Participants will stand along State Rd. 13 in Syracuse holding non-graphic signs provided at no cost.  Those who can’t stand are welcome to bring a chair.  Signs can be picked up at the corner of Pittsburgh St. and St. Rd. 13 beginning at 1:30 pm on Oct. 3.  For more information go to: www.nci4life.org.    

 

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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.

 

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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).  

 

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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.

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Upper Rooms

 

The September/October 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.

 

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Altar Flowers

 

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, Oct. 3, 10, 24, & 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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Wednesday, September 22

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: September 22, 2021

 

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

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

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

 

Dwell

 

Psalm 91:1: Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the almighty.

 

Revelation 21:3 God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

 

I began reading a new devotion today – Dwelling Places: Words to Live By in Every Season.  Today’s word is Dwell.  Dwell id not a word we use a lot. But it’s one I think we are good at in some ways and not so good in others.  Webster says dwell means to live or to focus.  

 

I think we are very good at dwelling (focusing) on our own or other people’s past mistakes.  We are very good at dwelling on our circumstances.  We are good at focusing on self-preservation, tasks and things. When we dwell in this manner we live amid hurry and obligation.  We live with anxiety, and we are surrounded by noise.  

 

But there is an alternative.  Throughout Scripture God continually calls us, his people to dwell with him constantly.

 

What does it mean to dwell with God?  In Hebrew the word dwell means to sit down, to remain.  God desires for us to sit down in his presence and remain there for a time that we might grow in our relationship with him and at the same time have our soul’s regenerated, refreshed.  When we sit down and dwell with God, he offers us a refuge, a shelter. He offers us peace and joy.  It is so challenging in our crazy, chaotic world to find the time to dwell with God.  But the challenge is not to find time – but to make time – make time each and every day to dwell with God. 

 

 Can we dwell with God for a little while each day?  We have dwelt everywhere else – we give our time and treasures to other people, places, projects often without even giving it a thought.  What would each of our lives look like if we dwelt each day with God?  Would there be less hate in our world?  Would we be a better spouse, child, parent, sibling, coworker, boss, friend?  Would we radiate a spirit of peace and contentment to those around us?  Would the light of Christ ooze out of us?

 

I invite you to practice dwelling with God.  

Pastor Mindy

This Sunday,   September  26 -   18th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

“A Broken Heart”

 

 

Scriptures:   2 Samuel 13:1-32;     2 Samuel 14:23-32;     2 Samuel 18:32-33

 

Special Music:  Amy Rensberger

 

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Next Sunday,   October  3  -   19th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Holy Communion

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

 

Scriptures:   1 Samuel 30:9-26;     2 Samuel 24:18-25;     1 Chronicles 29:1-18

 

Reading by:   Linda Jamiel

 

World Communion Sunday

 

Your generous gift to World Communion Sunday enriches Christianity around the world.

Please mark your giving envelope “World Communion”.

 

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OCTOBER  SCRIPTURES

 

· Sunday,  October 3,  2021  -  19th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

1 Samuel 30:9-26;       2 Samuel 24:18-25;      1 Chronicles 29:1-18

 

· Sunday,  October 10,  2021  -  20th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

Psalm 103

 

· Sunday,  October 17,  2021  -  21st Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

Laity Sunday – Scriptures of God’s Gifts

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

 

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

 

Psalm 62

 

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

 

Psalm 37

 

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

  

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

 

Given week of September 19 - $ 3,435;    Rec. to date - $135,401

Attendance September 19 – 57

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Thanks to…

 

Linda Jamiel  for the reading by Mother Teresa this past Sunday, September 19.  

 

             from…

 

Syracuse Food Pantry   “I’m writing to express our deepest thanks for your recent donation to the Food Pantry.  Generous gifts from donors like you provide the financial support needed to continue our mission.  You all are appreciated.  Led by God we share the love of 

Jesus every day!”    Blessings, Arlene Glover, Director

 

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THIS WEEK:

 

Sep.    22  – R.O.M.E.O.s, (Retired Old [yet young at heart] Men Eating Out),  

                            11:30 a.m., at  Louie’s.

                                        

THIS COMING WEEK:

 

Sep.     27 -   Calvary Handbell rehearsal  (sanctuary), 6:30 p.m.

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

                           “The Book of Exodus”

 

COMING OCTOBER EVENTS:

 

Oct.       4 –  Trustees (fh)  6 p.m.              

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

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

                           “The Book of Exodus”

              6  -  UMW Hannah Circle,  6:00 p.m. (lg. kitchen).

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

              8 –  Calvary Community Dinner,  5:30-7 p.m.      Carry out or Dine in                

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

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

                           “The Book of Exodus”

                  -  Stewardship & Finance mtg. (fh),  6 p.m.

            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 - 5 p.m.

          

            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. 

            24  -  Pastor Appreciation Breakfast  in honor of Pastor Mindy.  Plan to attend and express  

                            your appreciation.  More information to come.

            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.   

 

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Laity Sunday, October 17

 

All of us have a story to tell about our relationship with Our Lord, helping everyone better understand the wonders of His love and grace.  Please consider sharing yours on Sunday, October 17 during the worship service in a time annually dedicated for this purpose.  It may take a minute or several to tell, but all are welcome!  Please contact the church office by Wednesday, October 13 if you would be willing to share.  Your blessing will become ours as well!

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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.  (A time and day will be announced)

 

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Children’s Message by Pastor Mindy

                                               

https://youtu.be/bfnCP7iMj6Q  is the link to this week’s YouTube message on our website.  If your child is interested in the activity pages that go with this message, please contact Pastor Mindy at (mhuffman730@gmail.com)  and she will e-mail the activity pages to you.  

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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.

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Gatherings with Pastor Mindy

 

If you have not been able to attend a Meet & Greet but would like to, 

contact the church office with your preference of afternoon or evening.  

As soon as we have a group, we will meet.

 

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J.U.L.I.E.T.s

(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 (457-6704)

 

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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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Richville United Methodist Church

C.R. 50, Ligonier

 

SWISS STEAK SUPPER

Saturday, October 16th

4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Dine in or Carry out

Tickets sold at the door

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37th Annual – Kosciusko CROP Hunger Walk

Sunday, September 26th

 

This year’s walk will begin at the Salvation Army, 501 E Arthur St.  Warsaw @ 1:30 PM.  Promotional materials are available at The Salvation Army, M-F 8am–noon & 1–3pm.  All walkers and teams are encouraged to register & donate online @: https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/event/warsawin  

 

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        Syracuse Life Chain

 

Right to Life of North Central Indiana is sponsoring the annual Life Chain on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 3, from 1:45 to 3:00 pm (rain or shine).  Participants will stand along State Rd. 13 in Syracuse holding non-graphic signs provided at no cost.  Those who can’t stand are welcome to bring a chair.  Signs can be picked up at the corner of Pittsburgh St. and St. Rd. 13 beginning at 1:30 pm on Oct. 3.  For more information go to: www.nci4life.org.    

 

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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.

 

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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).  

 

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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.

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Upper Rooms

 

The September/October 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.

 

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Altar Flowers

 

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, & 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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Wednesday, September 15

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: September 15, 2021

 

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

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

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

 

 

Don’t Shutout God

 

In my devotional readings – I have been reading a book called Mornings with Bonhoeffer. It is based on the writings and thoughts of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was a German pastor who was imprisoned by the Nazi’s and died in a prison camp near the end of the war.  Bonhoeffer was a man of great faith and strong convictions.

 

This morning, James 1:19-21 was the scripture reading.  This passage tells us that Christians should be quick to listen – slow to speak – and slow to get angry.  Because an angry person doesn’t produce God’s righteousness.

Bonhoeffer makes an interesting statement – he says, “Christians who can no longer listen to each other will soon no longer be listening to God – they will always be talking even in the presence of God.”

 

As I reflected on those words from James and from Bonhoeffer – especially  in light of the struggles and issues that have been going on in our United Methodist denomination and the struggles and issues in our political and social arenas here in America – and it had an great impact on me.  Have we as American citizens, in a rush to get our views, opinions, beliefs and ideas to the forefront stopped listening to one another.  And maybe even sadder, have we as Christians, in a rush to get our views, opinions, beliefs and ideas to the forefront stopped listening to one another – and sadly in the process stopped listening to God?  If each of us, who professes to be a Christian would pray daily for God to knit our hearts to his – for God to guide our words and actions each day – and for God to tune our ears to hear His voice, His channel – that we would hear His voice above all the other noise of our world.  What a difference that might make – if we would all consciously begin to listen to God – and then to one another.  Maybe it would become less about who is right and who is wrong and more about Jesus Christ and the mission we have been given.  Maybe then there might be less strife, discord, discontent and hatred in our churches, in our communities, in our country and in the world.

We must all strive to be quick to listen to others so we can be able to listen to God.  Because listening to others is what God calls us to do – is it not?

Pastor Mindy

 

This Sunday,   September  19 -   17th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

“A Contrite Heart”

 

Scriptures:   2 Samuel 11:1-27;      2 Samuel 12:1-14    

 

Reading by:   Linda Jamiel

 

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Next Sunday,   September  26 -   18th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

 

Scriptures:   2 Samuel 13:1-32;     2 Samuel 14:23-32;     2 Samuel 18:32-33

 

Special Music:   Calvary Handbells

 

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

  

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

 

Given week of September 12 - $ 1,755;    Rec. to date - $131,966

Attendance September 12 – 60

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Prayer Chain update:

 

Mike Smith is home from the hospital following a stroke.  He will have some PT as a result.  Prayers for continued healing.

 

Thanks to…

 

Amy Rensberger  for the special music this past Sunday, September 12.  

 

Special Thanks to David Skarin for volunteering his skills on the Organ this past Sunday,   September 12.

 

             from…

 

Larry & Janelle Rensberger   “Thank you to everyone for the cards, prayers and sympathies at the loss of my niece Patty Behrens and her husband, Jack Behrens.

 

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THIS WEEK:

 

Sep.    16  -  J.U.L.I.E.T.s (Join ULadies iEating Together),   11:30 a.m. at Stacy’s

                           In Leesburg.  

                                        

THIS COMING WEEK:

 

Sep.    20 -   Calvary Handbell rehearsal  (sanctuary), 6:30 p.m.

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

                           “The Book of Exodus”

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

                   22  – R.O.M.E.O.s, (Retired Old [yet young at heart] Men Eating Out),  

                            11:30 a.m., at  Louie’s.

 

COMING SEPTEMBER EVENTS:

 

Sep.     27 -   Calvary Handbell rehearsal  (sanctuary), 6:30 p.m.

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

                           “The Book of Exodus”

 

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Card Shower  for …

 

Mike Smith

 

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J.U.L.I.E.T.s

(Join ULadies iEating Together),

 

Thurs., September 16,  11:30 a.m., 

at Stacy’s in Leesburg

 

If you need a ride, please call Karen Stiver.

 

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R.O.M.E.O.s

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

 

Wed., September 22,  11:30 a.m., at Louie’s

 

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Children’s Message by Pastor Mindy

 

https//youtu.be/wXGWcxpCiPs  is the link to this week’s YouTube message on our website.  If your child is interested in the activity pages that go with this message, please contact Pastor Mindy at (mhuffman730@gmail.com)  and she will e-mail the activity pages to you.  

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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.

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Gatherings with Pastor Mindy

 

If you have not been able to attend a Meet & Greet but would like to, 

contact the church office with your preference of afternoon or evening.  

As soon as we have a group, we will meet.

 

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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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37th Annual – Kosciusko CROP Hunger Walk

Sunday, September 26th

 

This year’s walk will begin at the Salvation Army, 501 E Arthur St.  Warsaw @ 1:30 PM.  Promotional materials are available at The Salvation Army, M-F 8am–noon & 1–3pm.  All walkers and teams are encouraged to register & donate online @: https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/event/warsawin  

 

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Syracuse Life Chain

 

Right to Life of North Central Indiana is sponsoring the annual Life Chain on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 3, from 1:45 to 3:00 pm (rain or shine).  Participants will stand along State Rd. 13 in Syracuse holding non-graphic signs provided at no cost.  Those who can’t stand are welcome to bring a chair.  Signs can be picked up at the corner of Pittsburgh St. and St. Rd. 13 beginning at 1:30 pm on Oct. 3.  For more information go to: www.nci4life.org.    

 

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DONUT Dash.. Walk for Life & 5k

 

Heartline Pregnancy Center’s 13th annual Walk/Run for Life and 5k “Donut Dash” will be Saturday, October 16that 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.

 

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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).  

 

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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.

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Upper Rooms

 

The September/October 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.

 

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Altar Flowers

 

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, Sep. 26, and Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, & 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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Wednesday, September 8

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: September 8, 2021

 

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

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

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

 

Carriers of Joy

“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12

Did you know that as disciples of Jesus, as children of the Most High God we are tasked with being carriers of joy?  You and I are marked by contagious, unceasing joy.  And through the Holy Spirit we are provided access to an unending supply of joy that comes from the wellspring of our relationship with God.  God desires, yearns and longs to fill us with his joy so we can live the abundant life Jesus died to give us.  God longs to make us children fashioned in the image of our Father that we might share his unending joy to a world without hope.

With this unceasing joy that is provided to us – we have the power to brighten people’s days, to break the heaviness and lead people to a deeper revelation of the goodness of the Mighty and Awesome God we know, love and serve as we reflect His joy to others.

God is a joyful God, and he is the inventor of happiness and fun.  Luke 15:10 says, “Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” And Nehemiah 8:10 says, “the joy of the Lord is [our] strength.” So, in order for us to truly declare to the world who our heavenly Father is, we must be carriers of His joy – reflecting it to all we meet. 

 You and I are to carry the joy of our salvation everywhere we go.  As disciples, created in the image of our Heavenly Father, we must be a people marked by the joy that only comes from a restored relationship with an all-knowing, all-powerful and all-loving God.

The deeper in our relationship with God we grow – the more we love him – the more we come to know that circumstances, people, trials, work and worldly stress cannot steal our joy.  It is when we open our hearts to outside elements that we allow stresses to come in like robbers and take what is rightfully ours in the Lord. It’s when we allow a fellow driver, a time crunch, a negative comment, or a troublesome problem to take precedence over the joy and hope we have in Jesus that we step outside of our allotted portion of peace.

For us to be carriers of joy, we have to choose to value the fruit of the Spirit over worldly emotions. We have to choose to only open our hearts to the things of God and shrug off that which is fleeting. If we don’t take control of our thoughts and cast any fear, worry or doubt on the shoulders of our heavenly Father, the circumstances of this world will rule our emotions rather than the steadfast joy of the Spirit. 

The Lord longs to make us children who are overwhelmed by his love to the degree that the cares of this world pale in comparison to his grace and affections.  As you spend time with God today, ask him for perspective.  Allow the Spirit to help you focus your attention on the true purpose for which you were created – a restored relationship with your heavenly Father.  Choose the joy of the Lord over the stress and cares of the world. Choose to be led forth in peace rather than led by your flesh.  And experience the lifestyle of carrying the joy of the Lord with you everywhere you go – so you can reflect it to the world around you – so that others may come to know the abundant goodness of your heavenly Father through the way you exude joy.  Be a carrier of joy in all you do and say so that you may bring glory and honor to your Heavenly Father.           Pastor Mindy

 

This Sunday,   September  12 -   16th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

“Hope for A Discouraged Heart”

 

 

Scriptures:   1 Samuel 30:1-6, 7-20;     1 Samuel 24:1-7    

 

Special Music:   Amy Rensberger

 

UMCOR Special Hurricane Offering 

 

This Sunday, September 12, we will be taking a special offering for UMCOR to help with relief efforts from Hurricane Ida.  100% of what is given goes to disaster relief.

 

You may give through Calvary via our normal offering methods (offering box, special basket in the Narthex, mail or drop by the church).  Just note on your check or envelope for Hurricane relief.

 

To give on-line, go to umcmission.org/umcor/ then click on United States Disaster Response – click on give and scroll to bottom of page and fill in the information.

 

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Next Sunday,   September  19 -   17th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

 

 

Scriptures:   2 Samuel 11:1-27;      2 Samuel 12:1-14    

 

Reading by:   Linda Jamiel

 

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SEPTEMBER  SCRIPTURES

    

· Sunday,  September 19,  2021  -  17th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

2 Samuel 11:1-27;      2 Samuel 12:1-14 

 

· Sunday,  September 26,  2021  -  18th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

2 Samuel 13:1-32;     2 Samuel 14:23-32;     2 Samuel 18:32-33

 

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

  

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

 

Given week of September 5 - $ 4,220;    Rec. to date - $130,211

Attendance September 5 – 46

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Prayer Chain update:

 

Charlie Garner’s great-grandson, Clayton has been declared “cancer free”.  Charlie thanks everyone who prayed for him.  Praise God for answered prayer.

 

Thanks to…

 

Johnnie Fick  for the special presentation on “Kindness” this past Sunday, September 5.  Copies of her text are available on the table in the Narthex.

 

             from…

 

Syracuse Food Pantry   “I’m writing to express our deepest thanks for your recent donation to the Food Pantry.  Generous gifts from donors like you provide the financial support needed to continue our mission.  You all are appreciated.  Led by God, we share the love of Jesus every day!     Blessings, Arlene 

 

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THIS WEEK:

 

Sep.       9  -  American Red Cross, 12 noon – 6 p.m., fellowship hall

            10 –  Calvary Community Dinner,  5:30-7 p.m. (fellowship hall).  

                    Carry Out or Dine In  

              

THIS COMING WEEK:

 

Sep.    13 -   Calvary Handbell rehearsals begin (sanctuary), 6:30 p.m.

 

            14  -  Ladies Afternoon Bible Study Begins  (activities room),  1 p.m.

                           “The Book of Exodus”

            16  -  J.U.L.I.E.T.s (Join ULadies iEating Together),   11:30 a.m. at Stacy’s

                           In Leesburg.  Call Karen Stiver if you need a ride. 

                           Please let Janelle know if you plan to go.  

 

COMING SEPTEMBER EVENTS:

 

Sep.    20 -   Calvary Handbell rehearsal  (sanctuary), 6:30 p.m.

            21  -  Ladies Afternoon Bible Study  (activities room),  1 p.m.

                           “The Book of Exodus”

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

             22  – R.O.M.E.O.s, (Retired Old [yet young at heart] Men Eating Out),  

                            11:30 a.m., at  Louie’s.

             27 -   Calvary Handbell rehearsal  (sanctuary), 6:30 p.m.

             28  -  Ladies Afternoon Bible Study  (activities room),  1 p.m.

                           “The Book of Exodus”

 

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ATTENTION CHURCH LEADERS

 

Our Charge Conference has been scheduled for Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. at Warsaw 1st.  

All our charge conference paperwork is due to the district office by Oct. 1st.  

In order for us to meet that deadline we need all Charge Conference paperwork submitted for Church Council approval at our Sept. 14th meeting if at all possible.

 

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Income & Expense through

August 31,  2021

 

Income………$ 125,991

Expenses……         123,146

Balance                    $  2,845

 

Thank you  for your August tithes and

offerings.   May He receive all the glory

for blessing Calvary in 2021.

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J.U.L.I.E.T.s

(Join ULadies iEating Together),

 

Thurs., September 16,  11:30 a.m., 

at Stacy’s in Leesburg

 

If you need a ride, please call Karen Stiver 

 

Please call Janelle Rensberger by Monday, Sept. 13 

if you plan to attend so she can give Stacy’s a count.

 

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R.O.M.E.O.s

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

 

Wed., September 22,  11:30 a.m., at Louie’s

 

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Children’s Message by Pastor Mindy

 

https://youtu.be/AhzLwmcT2Ak  is the link to this week’s YouTube message on our website.  If your child is interested in the activity pages that go with this message, please contact Pastor Mindy at (mhuffman730@gmail.com)  and she will e-mail the activity pages to you.  

 

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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.

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Gatherings with Pastor Mindy

 

Wanted:   Folks willing to host small gathering (under 12) meet and greets with Pastor Mindy.  If you would be willing to be a host or hostess, either at the church or in your home, or if you have questions, please contact the office.  

 

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40 Days of Prayer

Let’s use the mighty weapon of prayer for 40 days (beginning Aug 10th), and pray some big bold prayers for this school year and for all those involved in school.  Here you will find the continuing 40 day calendar that will allow you to pray for 1 area of school each day.  In your daily prayer time, focus on that one area and lift up so bold prayers to God.  Let us bathe our school and all involved in prayer and have confidence that God will guide and use us to help fulfill those prayers.      Pastor Mindy     

 

Sep.   8 – Pray that students will have a hunger for learning

Sep.   9 – Pray that teachers/staff will avoid the trap of negativity

Sep. 10 – Pray for School Budgets

Sep. 11 – Pray for a Spiritual Awakening in Christian Students

Sep. 12 – Pray for Spiritual growth in students, teachers, and parents

Sep. 13 – Pray students remain injury free

Sep. 14 – Pray for students taking/retaking STAAR Tests

Sep. 15 – Pray for a culture of positivity on all campuses

Sep. 16 – Pray for Parents

Sep. 17 – Pray for strength of teachers to cope with job-demands 

Sep. 18 – Pray for wisdom for parents, students, staff and administration

 

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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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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).  

 

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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.

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Upper Rooms

 

The September/October 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.

 

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Altar Flowers

 

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, Sep. 19, and 26.

 

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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Wednesday, September 1

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: September 1, 2021

 

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

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

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

 

I’ve Got Confidence

Hebrews 13:6

It hurts when someone betrays us – doesn’t it?  It’s bad when a friend we thought was there for us betray us or a co-worker we thought had our back. It’s doubly bad, when it is a member of our own family.  Our family is supposed to love us and watch out for us – right?  It is also bad when a brother or sister in Christ betrays our trust – by talking behind our back or villainizing us in some way.  It can be hard, even for Christians to know what to do or how to respond in these situations.  Our natural human response is revenge, to get back at them, to hurt them like they have hurt us, to make them pay.  The truth is, regardless of what others do to us, we get to choose our response.  We are the ones in charge of our emotions our feelings.  We can choose to let difficult people and situations destroy us and our self-esteem or we can choose to let those experiences make us better – better people – better Christians.  Each day we get to determine – we get to choose a positive response to whatever we might face.

Rather than seeking instant revenge when someone hurts us (accidentally or on purpose) or go into some kind of funk when we are going through a difficult time, we should not allow it to define us – to leave us bitter, angry and jaded.  Instead, we should choose to think about the goodness of God – we should think about our worth and value to God – we should allow God to be our helper when things are tough – because God is faithful and will see us through.

Jesus knew about betrayal.  His closest friends, the disciples – one betrayed him to those who wanted him dead – the others abandoned him at his darkest hours.  His family thought he was insane – many of his fellow Jews didn’t like his message and wanted him dead.  Rather than choosing revenge and hatred of his friends and family, Jesus chose to put his faith and trust in God – and God walked with him all the way to the cross and beyond.

The Apostle Paul also knew a about betrayal, disappointment, and tough times.  Read his story in the Book of Acts and his letters to the various churches contained in the New Testament.  In Hebrews 13:5b-6 Paul gives us some wise words.  In 5b he says, “I (meaning God) will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”  He continues in verse 6 with, “So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” (NLT).  Paul is telling us that the character of Jesus and the attributes of God are changeless – they are unalterable – immutable – indestructible and lasting and one by one scripture unveils the unchangeable nature of God.  Step-by-step in the book of Hebrews Paul demonstrates the difference between a life of trusting faith and one that lives in doubting unbelief.  When we come to the point where we simply choose to put our trust in God’s word and believe all God has said we can be confident no matter what we are going through – and not fear what people can or might say about us or do to us – because God is our helper – and he will walk beside us all the way.  

Our identity should never be rooted in what people think or say about us or do to us – our identity should be rooted in God.  In Psalm 34, David tells us we need to think about our identity foundation.  If our identity foundation is rooted in the wrong place, it will be extremely hard to glorify the Lord at all times. We are to build an identity foundation that gets its significance or glory not from our accomplishments, our popularity, our talents – not what others think or say about us – but from God himself.  When we do then the foundation of our self-worth will be secure and not subject to fear or shame or the whims of others.  We can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” (NLT).  

Faith – trust in God and God’s promises and an identity that is rooted in God – that is how we can be confident.  Colossians 3:23 says, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” In everything we do – we should do our best. Remembering we are doing things not for people – but for God. So even if doing the right thing – making the right choice is hard – not seeking revenge when we’ve been hurt – not allowing loss and hurts to leave us angry and bitter – being kind and compassionate and loving to all – no matter how they may have treated us – it is always worth it in the long run.  Choose to do things enthusiastically for God.  Maybe we didn’t get our way, maybe we didn’t get chosen or promoted, maybe we didn’t make the team, maybe someone hurt our feelings, or we suffered a loss or some other disappointment.  Choose wisely how you respond – because everything we do is an act of worship to God. The Lord is our helper – have no fear.         Pastor Mindy

 

This Sunday,   September  5 -   15th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Holy Communion

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

“A Bold Heart”

 

Scriptures:   1 Samuel 17:1-50

 

Reading:   Johnnie Fick

 

Pick up a plastic box(s) in narthex for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Program.

 

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Next Sunday,   September  12 -   16th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

 

 

Scriptures:   1 Samuel 30:1-6, 7-20;     1 Samuel 24:1-7    

 

Special Music:   Amy Rensberger

 

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SEPTEMBER  SCRIPTURES

 

· Sunday,  September 12,  2021  -  16th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

1 Samuel 30:1-6, 7-20;     1 Samuel 24:1-7    

    

· Sunday,  September 19,  2021  -  17th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

2 Samuel 11:1-27;      2 Samuel 12:1-14 

 

· Sunday,  September 26,  2021  -  18th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

2 Samuel 13:1-32;     2 Samuel 14:23-32;     2 Samuel 18:32-33

 

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

  

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

 

Given week of August 29 - $ 2,270;    Rec. to date - $125,991

Attendance August 29 – 49

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Deepest Sympathy to:

 

Larry & Janelle Rensberger & family on the passing of Larry’s niece and her husband in an auto accident in Michigan.

 

 

Thanks to…

 

Mike Whisman  for the special reading this past Sunday, August 29. 

 

             from…

 

Sande Wappes   “Heartfelt thanks for all the wonderful cards I have received during my recuperation.  Words can’t express my appreciation.  Thank You!”  Sande 

 

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THIS WEEK:

 

Sep.                       5  -  Staff Parish Relations mtg., 6:00 p.m. (fh)   

              

THIS COMING WEEK:

 

Sep.       6  -  Labor Day, Church Office Closed

              7 –  Trustees (fh)  6 p.m.              

              9  -  American Red Cross, 12 noon – 6 p.m., fellowship hall

            10 –  Calvary Community Dinner,  5:30-7 p.m. (fellowship hall).  Carry Out Only   

 

COMING SEPTEMBER EVENTS:

 

Sep.           14  -  Church Council, (fh)   6:00 p.m.

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

                           “The Book of Exodus”

            16  -  J.U.L.I.E.T.s (Join ULadies iEating Together),   11:30 a.m. at Stacy’s

                           In Leesburg.  Call Karen Stiver if you need a ride.  457-6704

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

                           “The Book of Exodus”

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

                   22  – R.O.M.E.O.s, (Retired Old [yet young at heart] Men Eating Out),  

                            11:30 a.m., at  Louie’s.

                   29  -  Ladies Afternoon Bible Study  (activities room),  1 p.m.

                           “The Book of Exodus”

 

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J.U.L.I.E.T.s

(Join ULadies iEating Together),

Thurs., September 16,  11:30 a.m., 

at Stacy’s in Leesburg

If you need a ride, please call Karen Stiver

Please call Janelle Rensberger by Monday, Sept. 13 

if you plan to attend so she can give Stacy’s a count.

 

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R.O.M.E.O.s

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

 

Wed., September 22,  11:30 a.m., at Louie’s

 

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Children’s Message by Pastor Mindy

 

https://youtu.be/IfkOG-mn-EY  is the link to this week’s YouTube message on our website.  If your child is interested in the activity pages that go with this message, please contact Pastor Mindy at (mhuffman730@gmail.com)  and she will e-mail the activity pages to you.  

 

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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.

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Gatherings with Pastor Mindy

 

Wanted:   Folks willing to host small gathering (under 12) meet and greets with Pastor Mindy.  If you would be willing to be a host or hostess, either at the church or in your home, or if you have questions, please contact the office.  

 

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40 Days Devotions.

Let’s use the mighty weapon of prayer for 40 days (beginning Aug 10th), and pray some big bold prayers for this school year and for all those involved in school.  Here you will find the continuing 40 day calendar that will allow you to pray for 1 area of school each day.  In your daily prayer time, focus on that one area and lift up so bold prayers to God.  Let us bathe our school and all involved in prayer and have confidence that God will guide and use us to help fulfill those prayers.      Pastor Mindy     

 

Sep.   1 – Pray for protection of our teachers and students

Sep.   2 – Pray for those that drive school buses

Sep.   3 – Pray for a spirit of unity in our school district

Sep.   4 – Pray for a spirit of purity among the students

Sep.   5 – Pray for Seniors

Sep.   6 – Pray students & staff are protected from discouragement

Sep.   7 – Pray for physical health of students and staff

Sep.   8 – Pray that students will have a hunger for learning

Sep.   9 – Pray that teachers/staff will avoid the trap of negativity

Sep. 10 – Pray for School Budgets

Sep. 11 – Pray for a Spiritual Awakening in Christian Students

Sep. 12 – Pray for Spiritual growth in students, teachers, and parents

Sep. 13 – Pray students remain injury free

Sep. 14 – Pray for students taking/retaking STAAR Tests

Sep. 15 – Pray for a culture of positivity on all campuses

Sep. 16 – Pray for Parents

Sep. 17 – Pray for strength of teachers to cope with job-demands 

Sep. 18 – Pray for wisdom for parents, students, staff and administration

 

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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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Offerings and Fellowship

 

We want to thank everyone who continues to faithfully give in support of the 

Ministries and Missions of our church.  Beginning in August, we 

will no longer be passing the offering plates during worship.  

We will still sing the doxology and present the offering to God - we will 

just be changing the collection method.    

On Sunday morning you may either put your offering in the lovely collection 

box in the Narthex or in one of the offering plates just inside the doors to the sanctuary.  Through the week you can either mail your offering to the church at 

Calvary UMC,   P.O. Box 9, Syracuse, IN 46567 

or you can drop it by the office during office hours (M-Th 7:30 – 2:30).

 

Also be watching for Sunday School classes and coffee time to restart.  

And also Bible Study opportunities.

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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).  

 

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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!

 

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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.

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Upper Rooms

 

The September/October 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.

 

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Altar Flowers

 

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, Sep. 12, 19, and 26.

 

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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Wednesday, August 25

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: August 25, 2021

 

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

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

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

 

Live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ

Philippians 1:27

The news that comes across my devices each day is filled with all kinds of bad stuff – disease – war – hurricanes – flooding – drought – fires – shootings – crime waves – hatred – racism – and the list goes on and on.  Sometimes I feel as if the whole earth is sobbing and my own heart right along with it.  I, as I am sure most of you are sick to death of COVID; the destruction it has caused to jobs, families, to our sense of security and safety and to our communities.  The division it has created among any and all of us as we disagree; and the death of far too many, even some near and dear to us.  For it not only grieves us but we know that even 1 lost life breaks the very heart of our Creator.  

I grieve for the people of Haiti and the horrific losses they have suffered with the earthquake that hit there.  Grieved at more desperate suffering for a people who have time and gain lost so much.  And I am saddened and grieved by what is happening in Afghanistan.  While they fight for their very existence, for the right to walk on the street or go to school, we whine about having to manage germs.

I grieve at our country and our refusal to band together against the common enemies of disease and terrorism; instead, we choose, these days, the equivalent of eating our own young, as we rip each other apart across every available medium insisting on tribal blame games that only serve as a well-displayed Achilles heel.

I grieve that many of our teens and tweens are caught up in the seduction of Tik Tok algorithms and selfie likes – that there are more homicides in our neighborhoods, there are more hungry children and shattered neighborhoods, and homeless camps are popping up all across the land.

And even in the church – where we are supposed to be the unified body of Christ there is strife, tension and dissension.  There is a refusal to center on Jesus and band together against the evil one

For some time now, nothing feels certain. Nothing feels solid.  Nothing feels as if it would be okay to rest without fear.  Without the fear that at any moment where we are resting might split wide open and toss us into whatever heartache is next.  Everything feels off, at risk.  The full weight of the last 18 months or so is washing across us in waves as the uncertainty rages on and our own anxiety and anger with it. We’re so vulnerable, so riddled with fear.  We’re so broken and bereft of any sense of how we’ll ever get out of this cluster of time we’re living in.  But while all may seem gloom and doom it is not – because we are Christians – we are followers – we are disciples of Jesus Christ.  There may be many things about yesterday, today and tomorrow that we don’t understand or comprehend – but we know who held us yesterday – we know who holds us today – and we know who will hold us tomorrow – and that makes all the difference.  That is the HOPE that shines into our otherwise dark world.

Paul in Roman’s 12:12 says, “Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”  And in John 16:33 Jesus says, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  And if Paul after all he had been through – after all he had endured could be hopeful and keep praying then so can we.  And if Jesus has overcome the world – then we his followers can do likewise.  All we have to do is follow our Lord and Savior – follow where he leads.

And where is Jesus leading us? Paul gives us a hint in Philippians 1:27, “Live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ.”  What Paul is telling us is that because we are followers of Christ – disciples of Christ we are to live our lives out in the world in such a way that we are a credit to the Message Jesus brought to the world.  We are to reflect Jesus’ light – we are to demonstrate Jesus’ love in all situations and circumstances.  We are to stand fast. True disciples stand fast, unashamed in any company.  We are to be unified – because we are bound together in one spirit.  The world will quarrel – but we Christ’s followers must be united.  That doesn’t mean we will always agree or always want or like the same things – but we will focus most on what we have in common – Jesus and work from there.  Jesus expects a certain unconquerability from his followers.  Christmas must never abandon hope or give up the struggle.  Jesus expects us to have a cool, calm courage.  In times of crisis, others may be nervous and afraid – but followers of Jesus will still be serene, in control of themselves and of the situation.  And Jesus knew none of this would be easy.  But he never promised his followers – those who choose to be disciples that it would be easy – just rewarding.

So, as we became followers – as we become disciples Jesus challenges us to be better.  In the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus’ challenge to us to live better.  In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus tells us to - Be pure in heart… be merciful … be peacemakers … hunger and thirst for righteousness. Later, he challenges us to extend the law beyond outward acts.  He challenges us to apply it inwardly - “Even if you think it in your heart,” he said. What a challenge! (Matthew 5:28).  Over and over in Scripture, Jesus challenges us.  He tells us, “Go the second mile.”  “Turn the other cheek.”  “Love your enemies.”  “Pray for those that hurt you.”  And the ultimate challenge, “Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect!”  (Matthew 5:41; 5:39; 5:44; 5:48) Those are some pretty tall orders aren’t they.  Doesn’t Jesus know how hard it is to be places you don’t want to be, with people you don’t want to be with, in a world that seems to have lost its collective mind and focus, surrounded by violence and war and disease and destruction and hate?  Doesn’t Jesus understand how the world is today?  

Jesus does understand – he went all the way to the cross and beyond to show us he knew and to show us how much God truly loves and cares about us.  But Jesus also wanted us to know that being his disciple – being his follower comes with expectations and requirements.  It’s ok to grieve, to be sad, to cry/sob because of all that is happening in and around us.  But we do it as those who have HOPE.  Because we do know who held us yesterday – we know who holds us today – and we know who will hold us tomorrow.  I invite you, as a disciple of Jesus to live differently.  Let us live with hope – let us share that hope and the light of Christ with all we encounter – Let us “live in such a way that we are a credit to the Message of Christ.”  

            Pastor Mindy

 

This Sunday,   August  29-   14th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

“What Matters Most to God”

 

Scriptures:   1 Samuel 16:1-13

 

Reading:   Mike Whisman

 

Pick up a plastic box(s) in narthex for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Program.

 

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Next Sunday,   September  5-   15th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Holy Communion

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

 

 

Scriptures:   1 Samuel 17:1-50

 

Reading:   Johnnie Fick

 

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SEPTEMBER  SCRIPTURES

 

· Sunday,  September 12,  2021  -  16th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

1 Samuel 30:1-6, 7-20;     1 Samuel 24:1-7,    

    

· Sunday,  September 19,  2021  -  17th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

2 Samuel 11:1-27;      2 Samuel 12:1-14 

 

· Sunday,  September 26,  2021  -  18th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

2 Samuel 13:1-32;     2 Samuel 14:23-32;     2 Samuel 18:32-33

 

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

  

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

 

Given week of August 22 - $ 1,815;    Rec. to date - $123,721

Attendance August 22 – 46

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In Memoriam

 

MILDRED  M. “MILLY” GINGER

 

Went to be with the Lord 

on August 20, 2021.

 

Services for Milly Ginger:  

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

 

Funeral at Owen’s on Thur. 10:30 a.m.

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Deepest Sympathy to:

 

Beth Woods & family on the passing of Milly Ginger.

 

Thanks to…

 

Barb Bartels  for the special music this past Sunday, August 22. 

 

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THIS WEEK:

 

Aug.    28  -  Boy Scouts Nelson’s BBQ (front lawn) 10 - 2  

              

THIS COMING WEEK:

 

Sep.     5  -  Staff Parish Relations mtg., 6:00 p.m. (fh)   

 

COMING SEPTEMBER EVENTS:

 

Sep.       6  -  Labor Day, Church Office Closed

              7 –  Trustees (fh)  6 p.m.              

              9  -  American Red Cross, 12 noon – 6 p.m., fellowship hall

            10 –  Calvary Community Dinner,  5:30-7 p.m. (fellowship hall).  Carry Out Only   

 

            14  -  Church Council, (fh)   6:00 p.m.

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

                           “The Book of Exodus”

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

                           “The Book of Exodus”

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

                   29  -  Ladies Afternoon Bible Study  (activities room),  1 p.m.

                           “The Book of Exodus”

 

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J.U.L.I.E.T.s

(Join ULadies iEating Together),

 

Thurs., September 16,  11:30 a.m., 

at Staceys in Leesburg

 

If you need a ride, please call Karen Stiver 

 

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Children’s Message by Pastor Mindy

 

https://youtu.be/oLYTjEPdsXs  is the link to this week’s YouTube message on our website.  If your child is interested in the activity pages that go with this message, please contact Pastor Mindy at (mhuffman730@gmail.com)  and she will e-mail the activity pages to you.  

 

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Growing a Heart for God

 

Begins This Sunday, August 29

A close study of the life of David will open our eyes to how much God cares about the condition of our hearts.  The world spends a lot of time pressing us to focus on exterior issues, but God looks on the inside.  In light of all David’s outward accomplishments, what God declared was most extraordinary about David, what drew God to him, was his heart.  God was far more interested in David’s heart than any other aspect.  In the same way God cares about the condition of our hearts.  

In this series our Scripture lessons will come from 1st and 2nd Samuel and through them we will discover that God cares more about the condition of our hearts than we ever dreamed.  And we will learn to develop hearts that yearn for the heart of God.  Each week our lesson will deal with a matter of the heart.  As we go through this series, I encourage you to read all of 1st and 2nd Samuel.  And may we all grow a heart for God. 

 

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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.

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Gatherings with Pastor Mindy

 

Wanted:   Folks willing to host small gathering (under 12) meet and greets with Pastor Mindy.  If you would be willing to be a host or hostess, either at the church or in your home, or if you have questions, please contact the office.  

 

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40 Days of Prayer

Let’s use the mighty weapon of prayer for 40 days (beginning Aug 10th), and pray some big bold prayers for this school year and for all those involved in school.  Here you will find the continuing 40 day calendar that will allow you to pray for 1 area of school each day.  In your daily prayer time, focus on that one area and lift up so bold prayers to God.  Let us bathe our school and all involved in prayer and have confidence that God will guide and use us to help fulfill those prayers.      Pastor Mindy     

 

Aug. 25 – Pray for Students who have a troubled home-life

Aug. 26 – Pray for Teachers teaching a new class

Aug. 27 – Pray for good relationship between parents & teachers

Aug. 28 – Pray for grandparents raising grandchildren

Aug. 29 – Pray for good relationship between students & teachers

Aug. 30 – Pray that Christian Students will have a positive influence

Aug. 31 – Pray that Christian Teachers will be powerful witnesses

Sep.   1 – Pray for protection of our teachers and students

Sep.   2 – Pray for those that drive school buses

Sep.   3 – Pray for a spirit of unity in our school district

Sep.   4 – Pray for a spirit of purity among the students

Sep.   5 – Pray for Seniors

Sep.   6 – Pray students & staff are protected from discouragement

Sep.   7 – Pray for physical health of students and staff

Sep.   8 – Pray that students will have a hunger for learning

Sep.   9 – Pray that teachers/staff will avoid the trap of negativity

Sep. 10 – Pray for School Budgets

Sep. 11 – Pray for a Spiritual Awakening in Christian Students

Sep. 12 – Pray for Spiritual growth in students, teachers, and parents

Sep. 13 – Pray students remain injury free

Sep. 14 – Pray for students taking/retaking STAAR Tests

Sep. 15 – Pray for a culture of positivity on all campuses

Sep. 16 – Pray for Parents

Sep. 17 – Pray for strength of teachers to cope with job-demands 

Sep. 18 – Pray for wisdom for parents, students, staff and administration

 

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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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Offerings and Fellowship

 

We want to thank everyone who continues to faithfully give in support of the 

Ministries and Missions of our church.  Beginning in August, we 

will no longer be passing the offering plates during worship.  

We will still sing the doxology and present the offering to God - we will 

just be changing the collection method.    

On Sunday morning you may either put your offering in the lovely collection 

box in the Narthex or in one of the offering plates just inside the doors to the sanctuary.  Through the week you can either mail your offering to the church at 

Calvary UMC,   P.O. Box 9, Syracuse, IN 46567 

or you can drop it by the office during office hours (M-Th 7:30 – 2:30).

 

Also be watching for Sunday School classes and coffee time to restart.  

And also Bible Study opportunities.

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

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).  

 

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

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!

 

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

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.

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Upper Rooms

 

The September/October 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.

 

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Altar Flowers

 

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, Sep. 5, 12, 19, and 26.

 

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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Wednesday, August 18

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: August 18, 2021

 

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

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

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

 

"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."  John 13:35 

 

I want to start by telling you how really blessed I feel to be your pastor and to thank you for your patience and all the kindnesses you’ve shown me.                                              

Several folks have been asking if I am settled in yet.  My answer has generally been something like, “I think I’m getting there.”  But I began thinking about that last weekend.  I thought about it and wondered just what it meant to be settled.  People settle into houses, communities and such and dirt settles into holes.  Now I realize this isn’t the most profound statement you’ve ever heard, but it got me thinking even more about the word settled and just what it means, especially in the life of a pastor, in the life of a disciple and in the life of a faith community.                                               

I googled the word settled and the definitions I found both shocked and made me want to never be settled.  I discovered this innocent looking word means things like, “bring to rest,” “to place so as to stay,” “to cause to pack down,” “to sink gradually to the bottom,” “to become fixed and to be content.”                                             

Whoa - this might be fine if we’re talking about houses or the things inside houses, dirt or fish or getting ready to go to sleep.  But in conjunction with our faith - I decided that settled would just never do.  Settled is never a word I want used to describe; me as a pastor, my faith; or my faith community.  But settled is exactly what happens to many Christians, many disciples and many churches as well as pastors. Then I wondered, “how long does it take for a faith community or a disciple or a pastor to become settled?”  How can we prevent it from happening or unsettle it if it has already happened.                                              

Scripture tells us it wasn’t easy for the first followers of Jesus, and it didn’t get much easier for several more centuries.  Early Christians were disowned, stripped of all they had, ostracized and even killed because of their faith and beliefs.  They were far from settled.  The Apostles traveled great distances spreading the Good News to all who would hear it.  Then somewhere down the centuries we began to build churches and we took our worship inside, then we got structure and order and we lived in a country where Christianity was the predominant religion.  Perhaps time and comfortableness are what caused us to become settledin our faith.  

Do we rejoice each time we partake in Holy Communion, or do we just do it?  Do we feel humbled and awed as we come into the presence of Christ and partake of his body and drink from his cleansing blood?  Do we feel extremely special to be at the banquet table with Christ our Savior?  Do we feel the hymns or songs we sing, or do we just try to get through them?  Do we feel Christ’s presence with us during our worship time?  Do we still marvel at creation and the wonder of life?  Do we daily seek guidance, offer prayer and thanksgiving?  Do we yearn each day be closer to Jesus than yesterday?  Are we still excited about our faith?  

Do you remember when you first found out that Jesus loved you?  Were you excited?  Do you still feel that same excitement today?  Do you share the Good News with others, or do you keep it to yourself?  Do you know how many of your neighbors don’t have a faith family (church)?  Did you know we have men, women and children right here in our own community that don’t know Jesus loves them?  Have we as a church, as Christians, become settled?  Are we doing what Jesus commissioned us to do?  

In my devotional time, I have been working my way through the Gospel of Matthew, and it occurred to me as I was contemplating settled, there was nothing about Jesus or his ministry we could say was settled.  

When people know we are Christians, they picture Christ according to us.  In other words, we re-present Christ.  What does it mean to be a maturing, growing follower of Christ?  What does it mean to be a member of Calvary UMC?  How do we fit into the body of Christ?  Are we keeping the body moving and growing or are we weighing it down, holding it back?  In the Great Commission Jesus told us to go out and make disciples of all, not go into our churches and be settled.  Elton Trueblood said, “If the average church should suddenly take seriously the notion that every member – man, woman and child – is really a minister of Christ, we could have something like a revolution in a very short time.”  Revolution VS settled, imagine that.

Pastor Mindy

 

This Sunday,   August  22-   13th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

“Choosing to Prepare:  When Crisis Comes Will You Be Ready?”

 

Scriptures:   Matthew 25:1-12;       Matthew 6:25-33 

 

Special Music: Barb Bartels

 

 

Pick up a plastic box(s) in narthex for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Program.

 

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Next Sunday,   August  29-   14th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

 

Scriptures:   1 Samuel 16:1-13

 

Reading:   Mike Whisman

 

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SEPTEMBER  SCRIPTURES

 

· Sunday,  September 5,  2021  -  15th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

1 Samuel 17:1-50

 

· Sunday,  September 12,  2021  -  16th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

1 Samuel 30:1-6, 7-20;     1 Samuel 24:1-7,    

    

· Sunday,  September 19,  2021  -  17th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

2 Samuel 11:1-27;      2 Samuel 12:1-14 

 

· Sunday,  September 26,  2021  -  18th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

2 Samuel 13:1-32;     2 Samuel 14:23-32;     2 Samuel 18:32-33

 

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

  

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

 

Given week of August 15 - $ 3,505;    Rec. to date - $121,906

Attendance August 15 – 52

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Thanks to…

 

Mike Whisman  for the presentation “A Good Samaritan” this past Sunday, August 15. 

 

            from…

 

Robert Laughlin family   “Thank you to the ladies of the church for the funeral dinner for us all.  Your thoughtfulness will always be remembered and deeply appreciated.” 

 

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THIS WEEK:

 

Aug.    18   R.O.M.E.O.s(Retired Old [yet young at heart] Men Eating Out),

                             11:30 a.m., at The Sleepy Owl.     

            19   J.U.L.I.E.T.s (Join ULadies iEating Together), at Hunter’s Hideaway in Nappanee              

THIS COMING WEEK:

 

Aug.    24  -  Outreach Ministry Team, (fh)   6:30 p.m.  

 

COMING AUGUST EVENTS:

 

Aug.    28  -  Boy Scouts Nelson’s BBQ (front lawn) 10 - 2  

 

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Children’s Message by Pastor Mindy

 

Pastor Mindy is preparing Children’s messages that you can share with the children in your family.   https://youtu.be/uSKagzIpFh4  is the link to this week’s YouTube message on our website.  If your child is interested in the activity pages that go with this message, please contact Pastor Mindy at (mhuffman730@gmail.com)  and she will 

e-mail the activity pages to you.  

 

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Growing a Heart for God

 

Begins Sunday August 29

A close study of the life of David will open our eyes to how much God cares about the condition of our hearts.  The world spends a lot of time pressing us to focus on exterior issues, but God looks on the inside.  In light of all David’s outward accomplishments, what God declared was most extraordinary about David, what drew God to him, was his heart.  God was far more interested in David’s heart than any other aspect.  In the same way God cares about the condition of our hearts.  

In this series our Scripture lessons will come from 1st and 2nd Samuel and through them we will discover that God cares more about the condition of our hearts than we ever dreamed.  And we will learn to develop hearts that yearn for the heart of God.  Each week our lesson will deal with a matter of the heart.  As we go through this series, I encourage you to read all of 1st and 2nd Samuel.  And may we all grow a heart for God. 

 

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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.

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Gatherings with Pastor Mindy

 

Wanted:   Folks willing to host small gathering (under 12) meet and greets with Pastor Mindy.  If you would be willing to be a host or hostess, either at the church or in your home, or if you have questions, please contact the office.  There are sign-up sheets in the Narthex with dates, times and places for everyone to sign up to attend.  Please make sure to attend one of the gatherings so Pastor Mindy can get to know everyone.

 

Upcoming Meet N Greets:

 

Brent & Lynn Bobeck’s – Mon., Aug. 23 – 7:00 p.m. (11 spaces left)

 

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Devotions

 

Let’s use the mighty weapon of prayer for 40 days (beginning Aug 10th), and pray some big bold prayers for this school year and for all those involved in school.  Here you will find the continuing 40 day calendar that will allow you to pray for 1 area of school each day.  In your daily prayer time, focus on that one area and lift up so bold prayers to God.  Let us bathe our school and all involved in prayer and have confidence that God will guide and use us to help fulfill those prayers.      Pastor Mindy     

 

Aug. 18 – Pray for Cafeteria Staff

Aug. 19 – Pray for First-Year Teachers

Aug. 20 – Pray for Returning Teachers

Aug. 21 – Pray for School Counselor

Aug. 22 – Pray for new Kindergartners

Aug. 23 – Pray for new Students to District

Aug. 24 – Pray for Student-Athletes as they begin games/practices

Aug. 25 – Pray for Students who have a troubled home-life

Aug. 26 – Pray for Teachers teaching a new class

Aug. 27 – Pray for good relationship between parents & teachers

Aug. 28 – Pray for grandparents raising grandchildren

Aug. 29 – Pray for good relationship between students & teachers

Aug. 30 – Pray that Christian Students will have a positive influence

Aug. 31 – Pray that Christian Teachers will be powerful witnesses

Sep.   1 – Pray for protection of our teachers and students

Sep.   2 – Pray for those that drive school buses

Sep.   3 – Pray for a spirit of unity in our school district

Sep.   4 – Pray for a spirit of purity among the students

Sep.   5 – Pray for Seniors

Sep.   6 – Pray students & staff are protected from discouragement

Sep.   7 – Pray for physical health of students and staff

Sep.   8 – Pray that students will have a hunger for learning

Sep.   9 – Pray that teachers/staff will avoid the trap of negativity

Sep. 10 – Pray for School Budgets

Sep. 11 – Pray for a Spiritual Awakening in Christian Students

Sep. 12 – Pray for Spiritual growth in students, teachers, and parents

Sep. 13 – Pray students remain injury free

Sep. 14 – Pray for students taking/retaking STAAR Tests

Sep. 15 – Pray for a culture of positivity on all campuses

Sep. 16 – Pray for Parents

Sep. 17 – Pray for strength of teachers to cope with job-demands 

Sep. 18 – Pray for wisdom for parents, students, staff and administration

 

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Ice Cream Social & Fellowship

 

 

Richville United Methodist Church

 

Saturday, August 21, 2021, 

12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

 

FEATURING

Kevin Long, Illusionist/Magician at 1:30

 

FOOD, GAMES, FUN & ICE CREAM

 

Bring your family and friends and enjoy an afternoon of fun and fellowship!

Free Will Donation

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R.O.M.E.O.s

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

 

Wed., August 18,  11:30 a.m., 

at The Sleepy Owl

 

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J.U.L.I.E.T.s

(Join ULadies iEating Together),

 

Thurs., August 19,  11:30 a.m., 

at Hunter’s Hideaway in Nappanee

 

If you need a ride, please call Karen Stiver 

 

Please call Janelle Rensberger if you plan to attend 

so she can give Hunter’s a count. 

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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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Offerings and Fellowship

 

We want to thank everyone who continues to faithfully give in support of the 

Ministries and Missions of our church.  Beginning in August, we 

will no longer be passing the offering plates during worship.  

We will still sing the doxology and present the offering to God - we will 

just be changing the collection method.    

On Sunday morning you may either put your offering in the lovely collection 

box in the Narthex or in one of the offering plates just inside the doors to the sanctuary.  Through the week you can either mail your offering to the church at 

Calvary UMC,   P.O. Box 9, Syracuse, IN 46567 

or you can drop it by the office during office hours (M-Th 7:30 – 2:30).

 

Also be watching for Sunday School classes and coffee time to restart.  

And also Bible Study opportunities.

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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).  

 

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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!

 

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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.

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Upper Rooms

 

The September/October 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.

 

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Altar Flowers

 

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, Aug. 29. & Sep. 5, 12, 19, and 26.

 

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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Wednesday, August 11

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: August 11, 2021

 

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

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

 

“Do not conform to the patter of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

            Romans 12:2

 

Photos I take with my phone get backed up to my google cloud and my google cloud pretty regularly sends me memories – which are pictures that were backed up 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, etc.  It always great to see those photos and remember the experience – day – activity.  Recently, one of the memory pictures was from a year ago, shortly after the kittens came to live with us.  In this picture Lighting (the big guy) is sitting on the kitty tower looking out the window, as is something he has always done.  Above him and below him are the storm and thunder (the kittens) doing exactly the same thing Lightning is doing.  

As I read Romans 12:2 in my devotions that day, that picture came to mind as well and it made me think about how often we, as children of God copy or imitate societies ways, other people’s ways, instead of God’s way.  In this climate and time of COVID, political unrest and constant change and unknown society as a whole has become quick to judge, quick to question, quick to complain, quick to hate.  When things have not gone their way they have lashed out, sometimes in very inappropriate ways – they seem to think when others disagree with them that means they hate them – that there is no way we can possibly be friends if we disagree about some things.  I also thought about the things we choose to watch on tv, the music we choose to listen to, the things we choose to read – are they causing us to imitate societies ways or God’s way.   

In this verse from Romans, Paul is encouraging us to imitate God’s love – that means looking on others with the kind of love God shows to each of us.  Paul wants us not to think and act out of habits and judgments we have learned from the world around us – but rather from what we have learned and experienced through Jesus. 

How do we learn and experience the love of Jesus?  First by reading the Word – here we will find how Jesus interacted with the world and people around him – we will learn how great God’s love for us is, in that he sacrificed his one and only Son that we might be in a right and loving relationship with us.  We learn how Jesus expects his maturing, growing disciples to interact with and love others.    

Maybe we should heed Paul’s advice and follow Jesus’ example of life filled with sacrificial love, that we ourselves can fall deeper in love with God and others and we can help others begin to love God and others.  May we always choose to imitate Jesus in our attitudes and actions and allow God to transform our attitudes so we can grow and act in ways that match God’s will for us that our lives can be transformed and we can introduce others to the Jesus we know.

Pastor Mindy

 

This Sunday,   August  15-   12th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

“Choosing to Try: Failure is Not to Try”

 

 

Scriptures:   Matthew 25:14-29

 

“A Good Samaritan” – Mike Whisman

 

Pick up a plastic box(es) in narthex for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Program.

 

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Next Sunday,   August  22-   12th Sunday after Pentecost 

 

Message: by Pastor Mindy Huffman

 

 

Scriptures:   Matthew 6:25-33;       Matthew 25:1-12

 

Special Music: Barb Bartels

 

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AUGUST  SCRIPTURES

 

· Sunday,  August 15,  2021  -  12th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

Matthew 25:14-29

 

· Sunday,  August 22,  2021  -  13th Sunday after Pentecost                  

 

Matthew 6:25-33;      Matthew 25:1-12

 

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

  

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

 

Given week of August 8 - $ 1,603;    Rec. to date - $118,401

Attendance August 8 – 59

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Thanks to…

 

Barb Bartels  for the special music this past Sunday, August 8. 

 

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THIS WEEK:

 

Aug.    13 –  Calvary Community Dinner,  5:30-7 p.m.  carry-out only 

              

THIS COMING WEEK:

 

Aug.    17 –  U.M.W.’s Ruth Circle (fh) 7 p.m.

            18   R.O.M.E.O.s(Retired Old [yet young at heart] Men Eating Out),

                             11:30 a.m., at The Sleepy Owl.     

            19   J.U.L.I.E.T.s (Join ULadies iEating Together)at Hunter’s Hideaway, in

                              Nappanee,  11:30 a.m.    Please call Janelle Rensberger by  

                              Aug. 15 if you plan to attend.  If you need a ride, please call 

                              Karen Stiver.

 

COMING AUGUST EVENTS:

 

Aug.    24  -  Outreach Ministry Team, (fh)   6:30 p.m.  

            28  -  Boy Scouts Nelson’s BBQ (front lawn) 10 - 2  

 

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Children’s Message by Pastor Mindy

 

Pastor Mindy will be preparing Children’s messages that you can share with the children in your family.  https://youtu.be/yAP-yiGkbEE   is the link to the first YouTube message on our website.  If your child is interested in the activity pages that go with this message, please contact Pastor Mindy at (mhuffman730@gmail.com)  and she will 

e-mail the activity pages to you.  

 

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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.

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Gatherings with Pastor Mindy

 

Wanted:   Folks willing to host small gathering (under 12) meet and greets with Pastor Mindy.  If you would be willing to be a host or hostess, either at the church or in your home, or if you have questions, please contact the office.  There are sign-up sheets in the Narthex with dates, times and places for everyone to sign up to attend.  Please make sure to attend one of the gatherings so Pastor Mindy can get to know everyone.

 

Upcoming Meet N Greets:

 

Jim & Jan Rose’s – Wed., Aug. 11 – 7:00 p.m.  (1 space left)

Karen Stiver’s – Thu., Aug. 12 – 2:00 p.m.  (1 space left)

Joanna Behr’s – Tue., Aug 17 – 2:00 p.m.  (8 spaces left)

Brent & Lynn Bobeck’s – Mon., Aug. 23 – 7:00 p.m. (12 spaces left)

 

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As summer winds down, many prepare once again for the start of the school year.  Teachers, Administrators, Staff, Bus Drivers and Students are all getting ready for the 2021-2022 School year.  COVID has changed many things about the way we do and experience school and we have no idea how it will affect this school year.  With so much in the balance for a safe and productive school year for all - the question for us is how can we help prepare everyone for this new school year?  While there probably isn’t any one thing or any magic bullet, we do have one mighty weapon at our disposal – prayer.  1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” God is honored when we pray bold prayers and God honors our bold prayers.  So let’s use the mighty weapon of prayer for 40 days (beginning Aug 10th), and pray some big bold prayers for this school year and for all those involved in school.  Here you will find a 40 day calendar that will allow you to pray for 1 area of school each day.  In your daily prayer time, focus on that one area and lift up so bold prayers to God.  Let us bathe our school and all involved in prayer and have confidence that God will guide and use us to help fulfill those prayers. 

Pastor Mindy                                        

Aug. 10 – Pray for Maintenance Staff

Aug. 11 – Pray for Custodial Staff

Aug. 12 – Pray for First Day of School

Aug. 13 – Pray for School Board

Aug. 14 – Pray for Superintendent

Aug. 15 – Pray for Principals

Aug. 16 – Pray for Coaches

Aug. 17 – Pray for Support Staff

Aug. 18 – Pray for Cafeteria Staff

Aug. 19 – Pray for First-Year Teachers

Aug. 20 – Pray for Returning Teachers

Aug. 21 – Pray for School Counselor

Aug. 22 – Pray for new Kindergartners

Aug. 23 – Pray for new Students to District

Aug. 24 – Pray for Student-Athletes as they begin games/practices

Aug. 25 – Pray for Students who have a troubled home-life

Aug. 26 – Pray for Teachers teaching a new class

Aug. 27 – Pray for good relationship between parents & teachers

Aug. 28 – Pray for grandparents raising grandchildren

Aug. 29 – Pray for good relationship between students & teachers

Aug. 30 – Pray that Christian Students will have a positive influence

Aug. 31 – Pray that Christian Teachers will be powerful witnesses

Sep.   1 – Pray for protection of our teachers and students

Sep.   2 – Pray for those that drive school buses

Sep.   3 – Pray for a spirit of unity in our school district

Sep.   4 – Pray for a spirit of purity among the students

Sep.   5 – Pray for Seniors

Sep.   6 – Pray students & staff are protected from discouragement

Sep.   7 – Pray for physical health of students and staff

Sep.   8 – Pray that students will have a hunger for learning

Sep.   9 – Pray that teachers/staff will avoid the trap of negativity

Sep. 10 – Pray for School Budgets

Sep. 11 – Pray for a Spiritual Awakening in Christian Students

Sep. 12 – Pray for Spiritual growth in students, teachers, and parents

Sep. 13 – Pray students remain injury free

Sep. 14 – Pray for students taking/retaking STAAR Tests

Sep. 15 – Pray for a culture of positivity on all campuses

Sep. 16 – Pray for Parents

Sep. 17 – Pray for strength of teachers to cope with job-demands 

Sep. 18 – Pray for wisdom for parents, students, staff and administration

 

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R.O.M.E.O.s

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

 

Wed., August 18,  11:30 a.m., 

at The Sleepy Owl

 

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J.U.L.I.E.T.s

(Join ULadies iEating Together),

 

Thurs., August 19,  11:30 a.m., 

at Hunter’s Hideaway in Nappanee

 

If you need a ride, please call Karen Stiver.

Please call Janelle Rensberger if you plan to attend 

so she can give Hunter’s a count. 

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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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Offerings and Fellowship

 

We want to thank everyone who continues to faithfully give in support of the 

Ministries and Missions of our church.  Beginning in August, we 

will no longer be passing the offering plates during worship.  

We will still sing the doxology and present the offering to God - we will 

just be changing the collection method.    

On Sunday morning you may either put your offering in the lovely collection 

box in the Narthex or in one of the offering plates just inside the doors to the sanctuary.  Through the week you can either mail your offering to the church at 

Calvary UMC,   P.O. Box 9, Syracuse, IN 46567 

or you can drop it by the office during office hours (M-Th 7:30 – 2:30).

 

Also be watching for Sunday School classes and coffee time to restart.  

And also Bible Study opportunities.

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

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).  

 

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

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!

 

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

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 September/October 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, Aug. 22 & 29.

 

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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