E-Navigator

March 2020

Monday, March 30

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: March 30, 2020

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

“Ask the Pastor”

This week's  "Ask the Pastor" question concerns the Parable recorded in Luke 16:1-13.  You should read it to re-familiarize yourself with the story. 

Please explain the parable of the Unjust Steward.  

 

     Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem.  He's descended from the Mount of Transfiguration and as he moves toward his date with Pilate and others, he teaches and preaches and heals.

     I maintain Jesus is doing these kinds of things to irritate the religious leaders in Jerusalem and that this irritation is purposeful.  By breaking the Sabbath by healing and eating with sinners and consorting with tax collectors Jesus is leaving those Pharisees no choice but to arrest him and try him for blasphemy. 

     It's in Luke 15 where Jesus tells the Three Lost Parables; The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, and The Lost Son.  Each of them is grace-filled beyond what his listeners (and we) can imagine.  Going after the one that has wandered away and searching relentlessly for a single lost coin and receiving back into the family the son who squandered his inheritance offers a new perspective on sin and the value of the one who has lost its way.  

     Jesus tells The Lost Son parable almost as a set up for the Parable of the Un-just Steward.  The father of the Prodigal behaves offensively to all those who want the son to pay a price for his life of sin.  But the father lets him off scot-free.  He even welcomes him back with open arms declaring the son who was once dead is now alive and there's a feast prepared for a celebration like none other.  The father could not be happier.

     How does Jesus top this measure of love and grace?  By telling the next parable: The Un-just Steward.                       Follow me, here.

     I will not change the text one bit.  And that will suit my interpretation of the parable very nicely.  First, who are the principle characters in the parable?  The Rich Man is God.  The Steward is Jesus.  Charges are brought by the Pharisees.

     What does the Steward do?  He reduces debt.  He forgives it in such a way as to irritate the ones who bring the charge that he's been squandering the Master's goods.  The Steward does what the Lost Son does: he squanders.  That should be a red flag worth noticing.  Jesus not only reduces our debt to God, he takes the debt on himself, and The Master (God) couldn't be happier because this is what the Master (God) intended from the get go.  The Steward makes friends with all those now-debt-free sinners.  Isn't that who we are?  Debt-free sinners who are friends with Jesus?  We are his friends even as we live and breathe on this side of the Kingdom.

     This parable is about grace carried beyond any limitation.  Too often God's grace is seen as offensive because every beneficiary of grace gets away with sin.  It's gone, taken on by the Steward and that just doesn't seem fair.  And it isn't.

     Grace isn't about fairness.  Hasn't been in the past; isn't now; never will be.  Think of it this way.  Take the grace of God in Jesus, put it on a scale and it out-weighs the sins of the world.  You see, grace is a gift; not a goal.  I repeat: GRACE IS A GIFT; NOT A GOAL!   It cannot be earned, bought, or bartered for.  In the end, it can't even be abused. The grace of God is resilient and the one reliable reality Jesus offers us in his Body and Blood.  

“Ask the Pastor”

Our Calvary E-Navigator is now coming to you three times a week; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  This arrangement is for this season of pandemic isolation.  Our E-Navigators will be a forum for up-dates and prayer chains and other congregation news.  It will be a way to stay connected in a more worshipful way.  Monday's edition will include an "Ask the Pastor" segment.  Readers will be invited to ask me questions on any appropriate subject.  My response will be the Pastor's Memo for Monday.  I will not promise to answer every question as there may not be enough room.  You will be able to post your question by calling the Pastor or the church office or by replying to this e-mail.  

Questions received by Friday will be considered for the following Monday’s segment.

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THERE WILL BE:

NO SUNDAY SERVICES UNTIL AFTER EASTER

NO LADIES BIBLE STUDY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO MARTHA CIRCLE UNTIL JUNE

NO ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO PURPLE HEARTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO WEDNESDAY NIGHT EUCHRE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO LADIES NIGHT OUT IN APRIL

NO MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE ON APRIL 9

NO GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE ON APRIL 10

NO CALVARY NELSON’S BBQ ON APRIL 11

NO EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE OR BREAKFAST ON APRIL 12

Updates to the e-navigator will be made on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  If you have an update to report, please contact the church office at 574-457-3778.   If you are not receiving the e-navigator and would like to, please contact the church office with your e-mail address.

 

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SCRIPTURES

 
   

· This Sunday, April 5,  2020 -  Palm Sunday

Psalms 118:1-2, 19-29;      Matthew 21:1-11

 
   

 · Next Sunday,  April 12,  2020 -  Easter Sunday

Jeremiah 31:1-6;      Matthew 28:1-10

· Sunday,  April 19,  2020 -  2nd Sunday of Easter 

Exodus 15:1-11;      John 20:19-31

· Sunday,  April 26,  2020 -  3rd Sunday of Easter  

Isaiah 5:1-6;      Luke 24:13-35

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Please Note Individuals for Prayer in the email edition of E-Navigator

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Prayer Requests

Without worship on Sundays, we are counting on everyone to let us know about your prayers requests.  Please contact the church office (574-457-3778) with any information or updates.  Our goal is to continue to supply everyone with the information needed to stay in touch during this pandemic.  If you know of someone who would like to be added to either the e-navigator list or the e-mailed Prayer Chain list, please let the church office know.  Thank You!

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COMING APRIL EVENTS:

Apr.   10  -  Church Office Closed

          16  – Copy deadline for Navigator & May calendar (church office), 9 a.m.

                   JULIETs (Join ULadies iEating Together), 11:30 a.m. at Peterson’s.

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

                      Come, join us in welcoming the community for a free dinner.   

          21   – U.M.W. Ruth Circle, (ar) 7 p.m. 

          22 –  ROMEOs, (Retired Old [yet young at heart] Men Eating Out), 11:30 a.m., at Maria’s.

          23 –  Alzheimer’s Support Group (activities room), 2-3 p.m.

 

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Heating Repairs

On Sunday, we gather in joy and celebration that the God of grace, mercy, and peace has invited us to His house.  Worshiping with others, giving praise in song and word, our Father is present.  Unlike our eternal home in heaven, the one on Earth needs our tender care to remain at its best.  Weather and normal use can create problems that crop up without warning.  As the leaked ceiling just outside the sanctuary by the restrooms reminds us, Calvary at its current location has served Him and the community for nearly 60 years.  The leak has been stopped, but the next step is to restore heat to the portion of the upstairs opposite the end hosting the day care.  The estimate to fix the problem is $5,828.75.  Please join in giving toward the restoration while maintaining your current pledge level.  Mark your envelope for this special cause as "Repair Heat" and it will be earmarked for the repair.

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Prayer Chain…..

 

We are updating the prayer chain lists and all are welcomed to be included.  You can be a part of the Phone Prayer Chain (day or night) or you can be included in the e-mailed prayer chain list that arrives on Mondays.  WE are also beginning e-mailed updates for concerns throughout the week.  Please contact the church office to be added to the list. 

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The Midwest Mission Distribution Center

In Chatham IL, is in desperate need of baby diapers and women’s feminine pads.  Several ladies in the church have taken on these two projects.  We are seeking monetary donations to help with the cost of fabric.  Our current goal is to make 100 diapers and 100 feminine pads.  

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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Impact 2818…..

2020 Summer Camps Catalog

is in the church office.  Early bird pricing if you sign up before April 20

Remember...Calvary pays 1/3 the cost for children and youth.

Camp fees are 100% refundable up to 1 week before camp.

 

 



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Friday, March 23

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: March 27, 2020

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

Pastor’s Memo… 

Texts 

Ezekiel 37: 1-14

John 11: 1-45

     Jesus will enter Jerusalem next week and history will take notice.  We're twenty centuries down the road, so to speak, and we mark his entrance into Jerusalem with joy and exuberance; we wave palm branches and declare "Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!"  That's next week.  Today, on the 5th Sunday of Lent, the tone is somber and fraught with grief and misery.

     Jesus is fresh from causing a man born blind to receive his sight and the Pharisees are troubled because the miracle was performed on the Sabbath.  The man's family is loathe to give credit to Jesus for fear of the Pharisees.  One would think the miracle of sight was an occasion for unrestrained rejoicing.  But, no.

     Today Jesus receives word his friend Lazarus is ill.  The man's two sisters come to their friend, Jesus, and beg him to come quickly.  But Jesus delays.  He says a quite extraordinary thing to these two women, who are also his friends.  This illness which concerns them is not unto death.  Rather, Lazarus is ill for the glory of God.  What's more, this illness will be an occasion for the Son of God to be glorified.

     I can't imagine what must be spinning in the minds of Mary and Martha.  They tell the man whom they know can work healing miracles their brother, his friend, is nearly dead with an illness.  And all he will say is that the entire matter is for God's glory.  And his.  

     Then Jesus takes a kind of "time out."  He does not rush to Lazarus' bed.  He doesn't say a prayer from a distance.  He does nothing.  Well, what he does is stay put.  For two long days he stays where he is.  What makes this lingering all the more confusing and even dispiriting is this.  The text says Jesus loves Mary and Martha and their brother, Lazarus.  For this reason Jesus stays away.  Let me repeat this.  Jesus stays put precisely because Lazarus is ill and because he loves him.  Jesus wants his friend to die.  

     Jesus stays a couple of days more and then suggests to his disciples they all go to Judea where the Jews there want to stone him.  Mary and Martha are bewildered and now the disciples are bewildered and Jesus seems not to have a care in the world.  

     Now remember, Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem knowing, once there, he will be put to shame, suffering, and death.  I'm sure Jesus has his mind focused and occupied with very important things.

     We know Jesus has taken his sweet time making his way to where Lazarus and his sisters live, because when he does finally arrive, Lazarus is dead and buried.  Four days have passed since his burial.  The mourning for him has been public as many of the family's friends have come to share their grief.  When Jesus arrives the sisters admonish him for his being late.  They say to him their brother would still be alive if only he'd come sooner.  

     Here we have Jesus speak words of such truth and comfort they seem too good to be true.  He tells the sisters their brother and his friend will live again.  They understand him to mean in the resurrection, when the Messiah will come and put all things right.  But Jesus doesn't mean that at all.  

     "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live; and whosoever lives and believes in me, shall never die."  (vs 25-26).

     Now a second admonishment comes from Mary, reminding Jesus if only he had come quicker, their brother needn't have died.  She tells him this through tears and with deep mourning.  This deeply moves Jesus and he asks where Lazarus has been laid.  Off they go and there where his friend is buried, Jesus weeps.  Orders the stone be taken away and reminds them the glory of God is soon to be revealed.  Jesus prays to God and calls out to Lazarus for him to come forth.  And Lazarus comes out.  Wrapped in his burial linens and Jesus calls out that Lazarus be un-bound that he might be free.  

     The prophet Ezekiel is most likely in Babylon; being among those who were carried off into captivity.  He is well aware of the trauma being inflicted on Israel.  The temple has been razed.  The priesthood has been dispersed.  The Promised Land is no longer their home.  Can it be worse than this?  What more can be done to drive home the point that God has forsaken them in a foreign land?

     God shows Ezekiel a valley of dry bones.  They are Israel's bones.  Bleached and dead and about as forsaken as possible.  God asks the prophet a most shattering and unimaginable question: "Can these bones live?"  To which Ezekiel replies, rather sheepishly, I presume: "Thou knowest."  What follows is the coming of winds from every corner of the world.  Bones come together, Sinews appear on them.  They stand and they breathe and they live.  And they are still God's people.  Even in Babylon.  They are God's people even though the temple is destroyed; even though the priesthood is gone; even though they do not live in the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  They are God's people because God wills it be so.

     If God works his will in Babylon, will not God also work his will in Syracuse?  And North Webster?  And Milford?   And all across Indiana and in this nation and around the world?  This season of adjustment and Covid-19 will not see the end of our being a people of God called be bear witness to the Gospel of love and grace.  We are being invited by every hardship and restriction to find ways to be in ministry to our fellow travelers in this life.

     One day this pandemic will be wrestled into submission.  Much will be suffered; even death in many places.  Our grief will not go un-noticed in the God's holy sanctuary.  Our faith in the Son of God will be seen in our every act of sharing and sacrifice and even in our home-seclusion as an effort to keep others safe.  If that is how God will call us to serve, we must do it.   

     We will again worship God in our house of prayer on South Huntington Street.  We will again sing and pray and make an offering on God's altar.  We will continue to be God's people; and being that people, the Glory of God will be revealed and made known and hosannas will rise in thanksgiving for the sake of the Kingdom of God.  AMEN.

 

THERE WILL BE:

NO SUNDAY SERVICES UNTIL AFTER EASTER

NO LADIES BIBLE STUDY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO NAVIGATOR MAILED IN MARCH   

NO MARTHA CIRCLE UNTIL JUNE

NO ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO POTLUCK MEAL ON SUNDAY, MARCH 29

NO PURPLE HEARTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO WEDNESDAY NIGHT EUCHRE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO LADIES NIGHT OUT IN APRIL

NO MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE ON APRIL 9

NO GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE ON APRIL 10

NO CALVARY NELSON’S BBQ ON APRIL 11

]NO EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE OR BREAKFAST ON APRIL 12

Updates to the e-navigator will be made on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  If you have an update to report, please contact the church office at 574-457-3778.   If you are not receiving the e-navigator and would like to, please contact the church office with your e-mail address.

 

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SCRIPTURES

 This Sunday, March 29,  2020 -  5th Sunday in Lent

Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 11:1-4

Next Sunday,  April 5,  2020 -  Palm Sunday

Psalms 118:1-2, 19-29; Matthew 21:1-11

 Sunday,  April 12,  2020 -  Easter Sunday

Jeremiah 31:1-6; Matthew 28:1-10

 Sunday,  April 19,  2020 -  2nd Sunday of Easter 

Exodus 15:1-11; John 20:19-31

 Sunday,  April 26,  2020 -  3rd Sunday of Easter  

Isaiah 5:1-6; Luke 24:13-35

 

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

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

Given week of March 22 - $1,720;    Rec. to date - $51,344

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Prayer Requests

Without worship on Sundays, we are counting on everyone to let us know about your prayers requests.  Please contact the church office (574-457-3778) with any information or updates.  Our goal is to continue to supply everyone with the information needed to stay in touch during this pandemic.  If you know of someone who would like to be added to either the e-navigator list or the e-mailed Prayer Chain list, please let the church office know.  Thank You!

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Thanks from…

Syracuse Food Pantry   “On behalf of everyone we serve and myself, I want to thank you for your generous donation to the Syracuse Food Pantry.”  Blessings, Arlene Glover, Director

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Keep Our Family Connected

See E-Navigator for names of individuals who do not have e-mail access and others needing our prayers... or call the church office for details.

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“Ask the Pastor”

Our Calvary E-Navigator is now coming to you three times a week; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  This arrangement is for this season of pandemic isolation.  Our E-Navigators will be a forum for up-dates and prayer chains and other congregation news.  It will be a way to stay connected in a more worshipful way.  Monday's edition will include an "Ask the Pastor" segment.  Readers will be invited to ask me questions on any appropriate subject.  My response will be the Pastor's Memo for Monday.  I will not promise to answer every question as there may not be enough room.  You will be able to post your question by calling the Pastor or the church office or by replying to this e-mail.  

Questions received by Friday will be considered for the following Monday’s segment.

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EASTER FLOWERS

& DECORATE CALVARY

You’ll have the choice of purchasing an Easter flower wrapped in foil with a bow or donate to the Decorate Calvary Fund.  This fund is used throughout the year for seasonal items needed to keep Calvary decorated attractively.  Whether you decide to purchase an Easter flower or donate to Decorate Calvary, the flowers will decorate the sanctuary on Monday, April 13th and the church will be opened 7:30 – 3:30 if you wish to stop in to enjoy their beauty that day and take your plant home with you.  A dedication bulletin can be picked up at that time and will also be published in the e-navigator.   Order forms were included in last month’s Navigator and are available in the church office.  Order Deadline is Sunday, March 29.

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Heating Repairs

On Sunday, we gather in joy and celebration that the God of grace, mercy, and peace has invited us to His house.  Worshiping with others, giving praise in song and word, our Father is present.  Unlike our eternal home in heaven, the one on Earth needs our tender care to remain at its best.  Weather and normal use can create problems that crop up without warning.  As the leaked ceiling just outside the sanctuary by the restrooms reminds us, Calvary at its current location has served Him and the community for nearly 60 years.  The leak has been stopped, but the next step is to restore heat to the portion of the upstairs opposite the end hosting the day care.  The estimate to fix the problem is $5,828.75.  Please join in giving toward the restoration while maintaining your current pledge level.  Mark your envelope for this special cause as "Repair Heat" and it will be earmarked for the repair.

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Prayer Chain…..

We are updating the prayer chain lists and all are welcomed to be included.  You can be a part of the Phone Prayer Chain (day or night) or you can be included in the e-mailed prayer chain list that arrives on Mondays.  WE are also beginning e-mailed updates for concerns throughout the week.  Please contact the church office to be added to the list. 

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The Midwest Mission Distribution Center

In Chatham IL, is in desperate need of baby diapers and women’s feminine pads.  Several ladies in the church have taken on these two projects.  We are seeking monetary donations to help with the cost of fabric.  Our current goal is to make 100 diapers and 100 feminine pads.  

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

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Impact 2818…..

2020 Summer Camps Catalog

is in the church office.  Early bird pricing if you sign up before April 20

Remember...Calvary pays 1/3 the cost for children and youth.

Camp fees are 100% refundable up to 1 week before camp.

CHECK IT OUT….

--Greeting Cards… Greeting cards for all occasions (and a directory for addresses) are available in the south cloak room.  Why not brighten the lives of others with this outreach?

--On Sundays…a large jar is in the fellowship hall for loose change to help underwrite the Boomerang BackPack program….providing healthy food on the weekends for children.  To date we have collected $4,896.62   (That’s 49 local kids we have fed for a whole year!)



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Wednesday, March 25

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: March 25, 2020

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

Pastor’s Memo…  Well, what can one say?   I know we're only a couple of weeks into this COVID-19 quarantine pandemic.  Toilet paper is gone from the shelves, gas prices are down almost 50 cents a gallon and a gallon of milk is up just about that much.  Everyone will need to make adjustments and seriously prioritize their comings and goings.  For a bit of time we will be inconvenienced; some, more so than others.  That said, remember, it has ever been so.  Never has the world's population been on equal footing.  There have always been inequalities and local emergencies.  Natural disaster strike places across the globe with seeming randomness, while paradise is the status quo elsewhere.  We can rant and rave, wave our fists at the moon, the stars, and the man in the window next door.  Life is life and it takes its toll on every living creature.  What has been rediscovered in many places across this nation and the world is this: human kind is mostly resilient.  When this thing is past, the vast majority of us will still be among the living.  Making a living will get back on schedule.  Shops will open and planes will fly and Little Johnny may just get what he wants from Santa come December 25th.   We have all kinds of concerns and complaints.  We can voice them or keep them to ourselves.  I trust our Calvary congregation will continue to be faithful from their dens and kitchens and living rooms.  I know we will continue to check in on neighbors and shut-ins and pray for those we can only touch virtually.  If ever we needed a reminder that our church buildings are not the real Church, it's now.  Our flesh and blood bodies are the Church and we live among the people, be they believers or un-believers.  Now is the time for a faithful demonstration to all the world that the Church of Jesus Christ is alive and well.  I believe that is being done in countless ways.  Now is the time for the entire Church family to rejoice and declare with one voice that no matter the challenges the world may set before us we will not betray Jesus.  We will continue to share and sacrifice and love in His name for the sake of the Kingdom.  For that is where our treasure is kept safe for all of eternity.

  THERE WILL BE:

NO SUNDAY SERVICES UNTIL AFTER EASTER

NO LADIES BIBLE STUDY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO ROMEOS IN MARCH

NO WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO NAVIGATOR MAILED IN MARCH   

NO MARTHA CIRCLE UNTIL JUNE

NO ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO POTLUCK MEAL ON SUNDAY, MARCH 29

NO PURPLE HEARTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO WEDNESDAY NIGHT EUCHRE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO LADIES NIGHT OUT IN APRIL

NO MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE ON APRIL 9

NO GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE ON APRIL 10

NO CALVARY NELSON’S BBQ ON APRIL 11

NO EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE OR BREAKFAST ON APRIL 12

Updates to the e-navigator will be made on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  If you have an update to report, please contact the church office at 574-457-3778.   If you are not receiving the e-navigator and would like to, please contact the church office with your e-mail address.

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THIS COMING WEEK:

Mar. 29  –  Deadline to order Easter Flowers.   See information below

COMING APRIL EVENTS:

Apr.   10  -  Good Friday, Church Office Closed

          16  – Copy deadline for Navigator & May calendar (church office), 9 a.m.

                   JULIETs (Join ULadies iEating Together), 11:30 a.m. at Peterson’s.

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

                      Come, join us in welcoming the community for a free dinner.   

          21   – U.M.W. Ruth Circle, (ar) 7 p.m. 

          22 –  ROMEOs, (Retired Old [yet young at heart] Men Eating Out), 11:30 a.m., at     Maria’s.

          23 –  Alzheimer’s Support Group (activities room), 2-3 p.m.

 

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Keep Our Family Connected

Please see e-mail E-Navigator for people in our church family who do not have e-mail connections... Or call the church office for names of people who could use a call.

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“Ask the Pastor”

Our Calvary E-Navigator is now coming to you three times a week; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  This arrangement is for this season of pandemic isolation.  Our E-Navigators will be a forum for up-dates and prayer chains and other congregation news.  It will be a way to stay connected in a more worshipful way.  Monday's edition will include an "Ask the Pastor" segment.  Readers will be invited to ask me questions on any appropriate subject.  My response will be the Pastor's Memo for Monday.  I will not promise to answer every question as there may not be enough room.  You will be able to post your question by calling the Pastor or the church office or by replying to this e-mail.  

Questions received by Friday will be considered for the following Monday’s segment.

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Prayer Requests

Without worship on Sundays, we are counting on everyone to let us know about your prayers requests.  Please contact the church office (574-457-3778) with any information or updates.  Our goal is to continue to supply everyone with the information needed to stay in touch during this pandemic.  If you know of someone who would like to be added to either the e-navigator list or the e-mailed Prayer Chain list, please let the church office know.  Thank You!

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Indiana Primary Delayed

Indiana Primary elections which were set for May 5 will be delayed 1 month and is now re-scheduled for June 2nd, the first Tuesday in June.

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Ivy Tech Suspends Classes

Indiana Vocational Technical College has suspended all in-person classes and moved to virtual classrooms through May 16.  On-line classes will continue as normal with the new delayed schedule for the rest of the College. (March 23 – May 16)

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EASTER FLOWERS

& DECORATE CALVARY

You’ll have the choice of purchasing an Easter flower wrapped in foil with a bow or donate to the Decorate Calvary Fund.  This fund is used throughout the year for seasonal items needed to keep Calvary decorated attractively.  Whether you decide to purchase an Easter flower or donate to Decorate Calvary, the flowers will decorate the sanctuary on Monday, April 13th and the church will be opened 7:30 – 3:30 if you wish to stop in to enjoy their beauty that day and take your plant home with you.  A dedication bulletin can be picked up at that time and will also be published in the e-navigator.   Order forms were included in last month’s Navigator and are available in the church office.  Order Deadline is Sunday, March 29.

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Heating Repairs

On Sunday, we gather in joy and celebration that the God of grace, mercy, and peace has invited us to His house.  Worshiping with others, giving praise in song and word, our Father is present.  Unlike our eternal home in heaven, the one on Earth needs our tender care to remain at its best.  Weather and normal use can create problems that crop up without warning.  As the leaked ceiling just outside the sanctuary by the restrooms reminds us, Calvary at its current location has served Him and the community for nearly 60 years.  The leak has been stopped, but the next step is to restore heat to the portion of the upstairs opposite the end hosting the day care.  The estimate to fix the problem is $5,828.75.  Please join in giving toward the restoration while maintaining your current pledge level.  Mark your envelope for this special cause as "Repair Heat" and it will be earmarked for the repair.

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

Prayer Chain…..

We are updating the prayer chain lists and all are welcomed to be included.  You can be a part of the Phone Prayer Chain (day or night) or you can be included in the e-mailed prayer chain list that arrives on Mondays.  WE are also beginning e-mailed updates for concerns throughout the week.  Please contact the church office to be added to the list. 

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The Midwest Mission Distribution Center

In Chatham IL, is in desperate need of baby diapers and women’s feminine pads.  Several ladies in the church have taken on these two projects.  We are seeking monetary donations to help with the cost of fabric.  Our current goal is to make 100 diapers and 100 feminine pads.  

Thank you in advance for your generosity

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UMW Outreach

The United Methodist Women are collecting underwear (girl’s small) and socks (boy’s and girl’s, all sizes) for the children at Syracuse Elementary School.  There is a box in the south cloak room for all donations.  We thank you for your generosity.  

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Impact 2818…..

2020 Summer Camps Catalog

is in the church office.  Early bird pricing if you sign up before April 20

Remember...Calvary pays 1/3 the cost for children and youth.

Camp fees are 100% refundable up to 1 week before camp.

CHECK IT OUT….

--Greeting Cards… Greeting cards for all occasions (and a directory for addresses) are available in the south cloak room.  Why not brighten the lives of others with this outreach?

--On Sundays…a large jar is in the fellowship hall for loose change to help underwrite the Boomerang BackPack program….providing healthy food on the weekends for children.  To date we have collected $4,896.62   (That’s 49 local kids we have fed for a whole year!)



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Monday, March 23

 Our Calvary E-Navigator is now coming to you three times a week; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  This arrangement is for this season of pandemic isolation.  Our E-Navigators will be a forum for up-dates and prayer chains and other congregation news.  The Wednesday edition will not change in format or content.  Friday's edition will include the coming Sunday's scripture readings and a sermon/meditation on those texts.  It will be a way to stay connected in a more worshipful way.  Monday's edition will introduce an "Ask the Pastor" segment.  Readers will be invited to ask me questions on any appropriate subject.  My response will be the Pastor's Memo for Monday.  I will not promise to answer every question as there may not be enough room.  You will be able to post your question by replying to this e-mail.  We begin today.

 

“Ask the Pastor”

How does the corona virus fit in with what the scriptures reveal?  Well, that is a big question for our first time chatting, so to speak.  I assume there is an underlying assumption behind the question that has been on countless minds.  That being, is the END near?  My answer is: I don't know.  Jesus cautions us about trying to read the signs be they observed in the moon and stars or the weather.  I would add to that caution to pay no attention to tea leaves, crystal balls, and Tarot Cards; or to anyone who claims to know the mind of God about the end.  Jesus tells us no one but God knows the hour and the day of the end.  The angels don't know.  Jesus himself does not know.  Only the Father.  And while the day and the hour is hidden from all of creation, Jesus urges us to stay awake.  We find this advice in Matthew 24: 36 and following verses.  This season of pandemic induced isolation will come to an end.  Not everyone will survive. and that will be an enormous sadness for all of us.  The human family has already known widespread devastation by flood, fire, earthquake, and disease. There are other so called Acts of God which have afflicted our common humanity across history.  The corona virus will not be the last such interruption to an orderly existence.  Our confidence rests in Jesus, who promise us to be with us to the close of the age.  However that age might end.  And for that I am immensely thankful.


See Friday, March 20, E-Navigator Post for more information....



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Friday, March 21

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: March 20, 2020

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

The next several weeks will find us apart from each other on Sunday.  We will not be gathering for worship due to the corona virus.  We will be keeping the safe social distance ordered by church, state, and national officials.  Our Calvary E-Navigator will be our source for up-dated information about the congregation.  It will also be a forum for me to share with our church family a meditation each Friday on the coming Sunday scriptures.  This is the first of several, maybe many, such Friday Pastor Memos. See Pastor Henry's Memo for the Friday Meditation.

THERE WILL BE:

NO SUNDAY SERVICES UNTIL AFTER EASTER

NO LADIES BIBLE STUDY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO JULIETS IN MARCH

NO ROMEOS IN MARCH

NO WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO NAVIGATOR MAILED IN MARCH   

NO MARTHA CIRCLE UNTIL JUNE

NO ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO POTLUCK MEAL ON SUNDAY, MARCH 29

NO PURPLE HEARTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO WEDNESDAY NIGHT EUCHRE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO LADIES NIGHT OUT IN APRIL

NO MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE ON APRIL 9

NO GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE ON APRIL 10

NO CALVARY NELSON’S BBQ ON APRIL 11

]NO EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE OR BREAKFAST ON APRIL 12

Updates to the e-navigator will be made as necessary.  If you have an update to report, please contact the church office at 574-457-3778.   If you are not receiving the e-navigator and would like to, please contact the church office with your e-mail address.

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SCRIPTURES

· This Sunday, March 22,  2020 -  4th Sunday in Lent   

1 Samuel 16:1-13; John 9:1-41

· Next Sunday,  March 29,  2020 -  5th Sunday in Lent

Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 11:1-45

· Sunday,  April 5,  2020 -  Palm Sunday

Psalms 118:1-2, 19-29; Matthew 21:1-11

 
   

· Sunday,  April 12,  2020 -  Easter Sunday

Jeremiah 31:1-6; Matthew 28:1-10

· Sunday,  April 19,  2020 -  2nd Sunday of Easter 

Exodus 15:1-11; John 20:19-31

· Sunday,  April 26,  2020 -  3rd Sunday of Easter  

Isaiah 5:1-6; Luke 24:13-35

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

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

Given March 15 - $2,508;    Rec. to date - $49,624

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Prayer Requests

Without worship on Sundays, we are counting on everyone to let us know about your prayers requests.  Please contact the church office (574-457-3778) with any information or updates.  Our goal is to continue to supply everyone with the information needed to stay in touch during this pandemic.  If you know of someone who would like to be added to either the e-navigator list or the e-mailed Prayer Chain list, please let the church office know.  Thank You!

Keep Our Family Connected

See e-mail E-Navigator for names of persons in our congregation who do not have e-mail... And for names of upcoming birthday celebrations, and thank you's! Please Keep in touch!

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Indiana Schools Close

Governor Holcomb issued an order on Thursday that all Indiana K-12 schools will be closed until May 1. Aditionally, all state standardized testing has been cancelled.

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EASTER FLOWERS & DECORATE CALVARY

You’ll have the choice of purchasing an Easter flower wrapped in foil with a bow or donate to the Decorate Calvary Fund.  This fund is used throughout the year for seasonal items needed to keep Calvary decorated attractively.  Whether you decide to purchase an Easter flower or donate to Decorate Calvary, the flowers will decorate the sanctuary on Monday, April 13th and the church will be opened 7:30 – 3:30 if you wish to stop in to enjoy their beauty that day and take your plant home with you.  A dedication bulletin can be picked up at that time and will also be published in the e-navigator.   Order forms were included in last month’s Navigator and are available in the church office.  Order Deadline is Sunday, March 29.

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Heating Repairs

On Sunday, we gather in joy and celebration that the God of grace, mercy, and peace has invited us to His house.  Worshiping with others, giving praise in song and word, our Father is present.  Unlike our eternal home in heaven, the one on Earth needs our tender care to remain at its best.  Weather and normal use can create problems that crop up without warning.  As the leaked ceiling just outside the sanctuary by the restrooms reminds us, Calvary at its current location has served Him and the community for nearly 60 years.  The leak has been stopped, but the next step is to restore heat to the portion of the upstairs opposite the end hosting the day care.  The estimate to fix the problem is $5,828.75.  Please join in giving toward the restoration while maintaining your current pledge level.  Mark your envelope for this special cause as "Repair Heat" and it will be earmarked for the repair.

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Prayer Chain…..

We are updating the prayer chain lists and all are welcomed to be included.  You can be a part of the Phone Prayer Chain (day or night) or you can be included in the e-mailed prayer chain list that arrives on Mondays.  WE are also beginning e-mailed updates for concerns throughout the week.  Please contact the church office to be added to the list. 

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The Midwest Mission Distribution Center

In Chatham IL, is in desperate need of baby diapers and women’s feminine pads.  Several ladies in the church have taken on these two projects.  We are seeking monetary donations to help with the cost of fabric.  Our current goal is to make 100 diapers and 100 feminine pads.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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UMW Outreach

The United Methodist Women are collecting underwear (girl’s small) and socks (boy’s and girl’s, all sizes) for the children at Syracuse Elementary School.  There is a box in the south cloak room for all donations.  We thank you for your generosity.  

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Impact 2818…..

2020 Summer Camps Catalog...

is in the church office.  Early bird pricing if you sign up before April 20.  Remember...Calvary pays 1/3 the cost for children and youth. 

Camp fees are 100% refundable up to 1 week before camp.

 

 



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