E-Navigator

April 2020

Wednesday, April 29

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: April 29, 2020

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

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

Pastor’s Memo:      In a life there are days of distinction; days of exceptional moment; and days of revelation.  For me, one of those days was April 27, 2016.  On the evening of the 27th, Dora Goldberg was present at Calvary UMC to tell the gathered assembly in our sanctuary how she and her brother, Harry, survived World War II being hunted by the Nazis in Paris.  Dora was only eight years old; Harry was three.  They didn't do it alone.  There was help from many quarters.  Some provided food; others hiding places; many lied about who these two children were.  Toward the end Dora and Harry, now 13 and eight, lived hidden in a town on the outskirts of Paris.  With the war over, they were found and freed and safe.  An entire town kept their secret hidden.  An entire town kept them alive.  Seventy-five years later they live to tell of their survival.  Four years ago we were present to hear of their ordeal.  A couple of years later, Dora was interviewed by a film crew from St. Mary's of Notre Dame and that conversation is now archived with the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley.  She and Harry will have their story of survival told and re-told for generations to come.  On that night four years ago, in Calvary's sanctuary, we listened and were enthralled and privileged to have Dora Goldberg bear witness to a horror no human should be forced to endure and to the courage of many who dared to risk all to protect, hide, and save two children.  As you come to remember the 75th anniversary of VE Day (May 8th) and the end of World War II, remember Dora and Harry and The Six Million.  

THERE WILL BE:

NO SUNDAY SERVICES UNTIL AT LEAST MAY 17

NO LADIES BIBLE STUDY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO PURPLE HEARTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO WEDNESDAY NIGHT EUCHRE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO TRUSTEE MEETING IN MAY

NO STAFF PARISH MEETING IN MAY

NO CALVARY COMMUNITY DINNER ON MAY 8

NO CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING IN MAY

NO UMW GENERAL MEETNG ON MAY 12

NO LADIES NIGHT OUT IN MAY

NO JULIETS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO MARTHA CIRCLE UNTIL JUNE

NO ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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COMING MAY EVENTS:

May      14 -  American Red Cross,  12 noon – 6 p.m., fellowship hall 

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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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“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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American Red Cross

Thurs., May  14,  2020

12 noon to 6 p.m.,

in the fellowship hall

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

or go to redcrossblood.org,

sponsor code “calumc” to schedule your blood donation appointment.

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

Upper Rooms

The May/June issue of the Upper Room is now available in the church office. If you would like to pick up a copy, just call ahead and I will be happy to bring one out to your car.  As always, donations of $1 are always accepted for Upper Rooms.

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Heating Repairs

The problem has been resolved and the heat has been restored to the classrooms upstairs.  The final invoice came in under the estimate of $5,828.75.  The actual cost of the restoration was $5,453.75.  Our funding campaign has brought in $1,945 toward that expense.  Please continue to give 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 cost of 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. 

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

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!

CHECK IT OUT….

 

Ink Cartridges:  Brand new black and color cartridges that will fit an HP Deskjet 1000/1050, 2000/2050, and J410a/J510a.  Free if you can use them.  Check in the church office.



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Monday, April 27

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: April 27, 2020

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

“Ask the Pastor”

     Oh, the questions people ask the pastor.  When will we be able to worship again?  Will we have to sit six feet apart?  Must we all wear masks?  What about worshiper #51?  

     Again, most of the questions being submitted have to do with the pandemic restrictions.  Just today our Bishop told us we would not be permitted to worship until May 17th and then only with all the social distancing regulations being observed.  His instructions came Friday via the INUMC.ORG web site and e-mails to every pastor and church office in Indiana.

     Bishop Trimble made it clear the United Methodist community in Indiana continues to be faithful in new and dynamic ways and our own discipline in keeping the distancing and contact regulations are helping Indiana citizens stay relatively free of the COVID-19 virus.  He asks us to stay the course at least until May 17th.

     That is a nearer date than I was expecting.  I hope and pray it won;t need to be extended further.  That date also means no public gatherings will be permitted until then.  Worship and meetings and meals and bible studies will be canceled until then.  By then, we should have new guidelines as to the future.  

     One of the questions I was asked was if The Red Cross can have their blood drive here why can’t we gather here?  The answer is simple.  The blood drive has been declared essential to the business of the State Of Indiana by the governor and all of our religious meetings have been ruled non-essential.  

     The distinction is not one any local congregation can make.  We can only abide by it.  The next question I'm asked is "Well, what do you think, Pastor?"  And with no hesitation I say "On my knees I took a vow before God, our bishop, and the Indiana Annual Conference to obey the United Methodist Discipline and my ecclesiastical superiors."  That just about makes me an obedient servant; in some very important and limited ways.  

     I am not as free an agent as I would like to be in all of this. It isn't about politics or personal freedom.  It isn't about my independence as a free citizen of the nation or the state.   What's good for the public weeks and months from now absolutely depends on how we behave today and tomorrow.

     The middle of May seems like a long time away.  I hope some business and economic activity can be safely conducted before then as it is now.  I sit in my church office more than a safe distance from our office manager Lori over in her office.  We each have work to do.  After all, let me remind you, the pastor works more than just an hour or two on Sunday.  

     We're doing our best to keep things working.  Deliveries are still received.  Mail is picked up at the Post Office.  Members are making masks by the dozens and they are being picked up by other members.   Members are bringing their offerings to the church and they are being counted and deposited as usual.  Once in a while someone drops by to "Ask The Pastor."  Now that is a welcome break in the day's schedule.  

     I think we do get lonely.  We do want to just sit and chat.  We miss each other.  After all, there are only so many movies and sitcoms to watch and games of hand and foot to play.  

     If you ask me about the future, I can only answer in a general way.  It will come by itself.  We need to be prepared for it.  And as to when all this will be behind us, I have no clue and it isn't my decision to make.  It is, as they say, above my pay grade.  And until I am either elected bishop or governor or president, I'll just plug along like most of you and deliriously look forward to the day we join together to sing the praises of God at Calvary.

 

“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 AT LEAST MAY 17

NO LADIES BIBLE STUDY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO PURPLE HEARTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO WEDNESDAY NIGHT EUCHRE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO TRUSTEE MEETING IN MAY

NO STAFF PARISH MEETING IN MAY

NO CALVARY COMMUNITY DINNER ON MAY 8

NO CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING IN MAY

NO UMW GENERAL MEETNG ON MAY 12

NO LADIES NIGHT OUT IN MAY

NO JULIETS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO MARTHA CIRCLE UNTIL JUNE

NO ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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SCRIPTURES

· This Sunday,  May 3,  2020 -  4th Sunday of Easter  

Ezekiel 34:7-16;      John 10:1-10

· Next Sunday,  May 10,  2020 -  5th Sunday of Easter  

Proverbs 4:10-18;      John 14:1-14

· Sunday,  May 17,  2020 -  6th Sunday of Easter  

Ezekiel 34:1-7a;      John 14:15-21

· Sunday,  May 24,  2020 -  Ascension Sunday  

Daniel 7:9-14;      John 17:1-11

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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 MAY EVENTS:

May      14 -  American Red Cross,  12 noon – 6 p.m., fellowship hall 

American Red Cross

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

or go to redcrossblood.org,

sponsor code “calumc” to schedule your blood donation appointment.

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

Face Masks

If you have a need, please call the church office.  574-457-3778.  You will be able to pick up your masks at the church during office hours. 

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

Upper Rooms

The May/June issue of the Upper Room is now available in the church office.  

If you would like to pick up a copy, just call ahead and I will be happy to bring one 

out to your car.  As always, donations of $1 are always accepted for Upper Rooms.

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

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. 

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

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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Friday, April 24

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: April 24, 2020

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

SCRIPTURES

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

Isaiah 5:1-6;      Luke 24:13-35

· Next Sunday,  May 3,  2020 -  4th Sunday of Easter  

Ezekiel 34:7-16;      John 10:1-10

· Sunday,  May 10,  2020 -  5th Sunday of Easter  

Proverbs 4:10-18;      John 14:1-14

· Sunday,  May 17,  2020 -  6th Sunday of Easter  

Ezekiel 34:1-7a;      John 14:15-21

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

  

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

 

Given week ending April 19 - $2,776;    Rec. to date - $61,259

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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

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.

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

“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.

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

                                                        American Red Cross

Thurs., May  14,  2020

12 noon to 6 p.m.,

in the fellowship hall

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

or go to redcrossblood.org,

sponsor code “calumc” to schedule your blood donation appointment.

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

Face Masks

If you have a need, please call the church office.  574-457-3778.  You will be able to pick up your masks at the church during office hours. 

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

Upper Rooms

The May/June issue of the Upper Room is now available in the church office.  

If you would like to pick up a copy, just call ahead and I will be happy to bring one 

out to your car.  As always, donations of $1 are always accepted for Upper Rooms.

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

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. 

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

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!

 

CHECK IT OUT….

Ink Cartridges:  Brand new black and color cartridges that will fit an HP Deskjet 1000/1050, 2000/2050, and J410a/J510a.  Free if you can use them.  Check in the church office.

 



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Wednesday, April 22

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: April 22, 2020

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

Pastor’s Memo:      Sunday afternoon I was struck by how long it has been since I made "7 Layer Pea Salad."  It had been a long time.  My appetite was whetted.  My brain geared up.  I would need a wedge of Parmesan cheese, a head of lettuce, and a bag of frozen peas.  I had the other ingredients.  I decided to wait for Monday's trek to the office.  On my way home I would stop at the grocery and collect the aforementioned items.  Alas, there were no frozen peas anywhere.  Who knew Covid-19 would cause a shortage of bathroom tissue AND frozen peas?   I was at a loss.  How does one make a "7 Layer Pea Salad" without peas?   Did I say my appetite was whetted?  Still is.  I spent a pleasant Monday afternoon in the kitchen playing salad chef.  As of this memo's composition, what is now a "6 Layer Non-Pea Salad" is marinating in the refrigerator in a large sealed Tupperware bowl.  My whetted appetite will be satiated sometime around 4:30pm Tuesday.  I am anticipating a minor gourmet moment.  Without the peas, I have no idea what taste will be savored when that first mouthful of salad hits my palette.  I sure hope I'm delighted.  If the salad it doesn't measure up, I will reluctantly supplement my late afternoon meal with a ham and cheese sandwich and a bag of pretzels.  And then I might just take a nap.  

      THERE WILL BE:

NO SUNDAY SERVICES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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 JULIETS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO NAVIGATOR MAILED IN APRIL   

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COMING MAY EVENTS:

May      14 -  American Red Cross,  12 noon – 6 p.m., fellowship hall 

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

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.

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

“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.

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

 
   

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!

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

  American Red Cross

Thurs., May  14,  2020

12 noon to 6 p.m.,

in the fellowship hall

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

or go to redcrossblood.org,

sponsor code “calumc” to schedule your blood donation appointment.

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

Face Masks

If you have a need, please call the church office.  574-457-3778.  You will be able to pick up your masks at the church during office hours. 

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

Upper Rooms

The May/June issue of the Upper Room is now available in the church office.  If you would like to pick up a copy, just call ahead and I will be happy to bring one out to your car.  As always, donations of $1 are always accepted for Upper Rooms.

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

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. 

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

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!

 

CHECK IT OUT….

Ink Cartridges:  Brand new black and color cartridges that will fit an HP Deskjet 1000/1050, 2000/2050, and J410a/J510a.  Free if you can use them.  Check in the church office.

 

 

 



Keep Reading >>

Monday, April 20

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: April 20, 2020

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

“Ask the Pastor”

     Monday's "Ask The Pastor" has been a delight for me.  Several of our Calvary family offer suggestions for this Monday Memo and I am delighted at the variety of subjects about which there is some curiosity.

     This edition of "Ask The Pastor" is the result of my picture being in the current edition of our local Mail Journal.  A member of the public asked  ‘What is that book you are reading in the mail journal photograph?   On the back page I'm seen sitting in my office reading an anthology of the poems of the Suni mystic/poet/theologian Jelaluddin Rumi, now known simply as Rumi.  

     He was born in what is now Afghanistan in 1207, and died in what is now Turkey in 1273.  At thirty-seven, Rumi met the dervish Shams of Tabriz and it changed his life and Islamic poetry was never the same.

     You could say this encounter and the time they spent together before the dervish simply disappeared was the beginning of Rumi's engagement with the mysticism of Islam.  His poetry took on the character of dreams and visions and ecstasy.  

     While he did not establish a school or sect intended to pass on his wisdom, others did so in his stead.  Today his legacy lives on across the Islamic world and his devotees cross nearly every religious boundary.  So beloved was he in Persia during his lifetime, there is a sect of his followers that began after his death by his son, Baha al-Din Muhammad-i Walad (better known as Sultan Walad).  To this day the MewlewÄ« Sufi order is still headed by a direct male descendant of Rumi and his youngest son, Sultan Walad.

     So much for a brief history of Rumi.  Why was I holding that book in the picture printed in the Mail Journal?  Simply, it was on my desk because I was trying to find a poem about the rain and I remembered it from an early encounter with Dwight Judy.  I had come to Oakwood for a continuing education event back in the mid to late 90's and Dwight was leading it.  He began each of our sessions with a devotion based on a poem by Rumi.  I was hooked.  Man, oh, man, was I hooked.  

     This was just before Amazon and I had a very difficult time finding anything on Rumi that suited my interests,  Finally, that red covered book you see in the newspaper was published and I soon owned my own copy.  It has been on my desk pretty much ever since.  It's treasures have been enthralling and engaging me now for two decades.  Because I'm holding it as a kind of prop for a picture, an eagle-eyed reader asked about it.  

     I can't seem to find the devotional source referencing rain in this collection of Rumi's writings.  But I do remember one about the wise man who happened upon a small cottage.  He stopped to inquire if the owner might spare a bit of bread?  He would not.  How about a piece of meat?  No.  A sip of water?  Not even a sip of water.  It was then the wise man knew what it was the owner of the cottage possessed and he hurried away.  He discerned the cottage owner's heart was hardened and only death was housed in his abode. 

     In this lingering season of separation and increasing anxiety over the future, I pray all our houses could spare a bit of bread or meat or a sip of water that death might find its abode elsewhere.

   “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.

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

THERE WILL BE:

NO SUNDAY SERVICES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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 JULIETS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO UMW RUTH CIRCLE IN APRIL

NO NAVIGATOR MAILED IN APRIL   

NO ROMEOS IN APRIL

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SCRIPTURES

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

Isaiah 5:1-6;      Luke 24:13-35

· Next Sunday,  May 3,  2020 -  4th Sunday of Easter  

Ezekiel 34:7-16;      John 10:1-10

· Sunday,  May 10,  2020 -  5th Sunday of Easter  

Proverbs 4:10-18;      John 14:1-14

· Sunday,  May 17,  2020 -  6th Sunday of Easter  

Ezekiel 34:1-7a;      John 14:15-21

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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 MAY EVENTS:

May      14 -  American Red Cross,  12 noon – 6 p.m., fellowship hall 

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Thanks from…

Rose Garden Recovery   “Thank you for your generous financial donation towards Rose Garden Recovery Community.   We appreciate you all.”

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     American Red Cross

Thurs., May  14,  2020

12 noon to 6 p.m.,

in the fellowship hall

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

or go to redcrossblood.org,

sponsor code “calumc” to schedule your blood donation appointment.

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Face Masks

If you have a need, please call the church office.  574-457-3778.  You will be able to pick up your masks at the church during office hours. 

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

Upper Rooms

The May/June issue of the Upper Room is now available in the church office.  

If you would like to pick up a copy, just call ahead and I will be happy to bring one 

out to your car.  As always, donations of $1 are always accepted for Upper Rooms.

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

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. 

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

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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Friday, April 17

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: April 17, 2020

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

SCRIPTURES

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

Exodus 15:1-11;      John 20:19-31

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

Isaiah 5:1-6;      Luke 24:13-35

· Sunday,  May 3,  2020 -  4th Sunday of Easter  

Ezekiel 34:7-16;      John 10:1-10

· Sunday,  May 10,  2020 -  5th Sunday of Easter  

Proverbs 4:10-18;      John 14:1-14

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

  

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

 

Given week ending April 12 - $4,288;    Rec. to date - $58,483

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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 …

“Thank you to all who have given so far to the MS Walk.   Even though the walk has been cancelled, the need for donations continues.”  To date, Larry has collected $240 for MS 2020.  All contributions are tax deductible.  You can also donate by going to www.walkms.orgftwayne.

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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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“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.

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

Face Masks

If you have a need, please call the church office.  574-457-3778.  You will be able to pick up your masks at the church during office hours.  

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

Upper Rooms

The May/June issue of the Upper Room is now available in the church office.  

If you would like to pick up a copy, just call ahead and I will be happy to bring one 

out to your car.  As always, donations of $1 are always accepted for Upper Rooms.

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

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. 

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

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.

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

 

CHECK IT OUT….

Ink Cartridges:  Brand new black and color cartridges that will fit an HP Deskjet 1000/1050, 2000/2050, and J410a/J510a.  Free if you can use them.  Check in the church office.



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Wednesday, April 15

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: April 15, 2020

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

Pastor’s Memo:       April 15th.  Tax Day in America.  Hip, Hip, Hooray!  Only, this year, the April 15th deadline has been put off until the 15th of July.  No penalties or interest until then.  Again, Hip, Hip, Hooray!  It's an old and durable truth that the only things certain in life are death and taxes.  My dad told that to my brother and me when we had a newspaper route and we had to file our very first tax return.  That was back in 1965 or so.  For over half a century I've been paying taxes on my income.  I don't know when I realized every stick of gum or tube of BBs or hamburger I bought also came with a state sales tax.  My dad said then, we had to pay the Governor.  I didn't even know who the governor was.  Why was I paying him?  I've stopped wondering what I would buy if I didn't have to pay taxes.  They are the price we pay for living in a democracy.  I'm not intending to be philosophical about whether my taxes are too high or if I'm not in favor of how they are spent.  I have my quibbles.  Everyone does.  To live in The Unites States of America is a great blessing.  To be alive, even in the midst of a pandemic, is better than the alternative.  The future will come and bring with it more taxes and more death.  Remember, those two things are inescapable.  But the future will also bring life and laughter and birthdays and graduations and weddings and the two most exciting words in the English language: PLAY BALL!  Pray let it be so and soon.  Stay safe and keep the safe distance and pay your taxes.

THERE WILL BE:

NO SUNDAY SERVICES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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 JULIETS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO CALVARY COMMUNITY DINNER IN APRIL

NO UMW RUTH CIRCLE IN APRIL

NO NAVIGATOR MAILED IN APRIL   

NO ROMEOS IN APRIL

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Thanks to…

All those who purchased Easter flowers.  The Altar was beautiful on Sunday morning!     

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In Memoriam

AUDREY K. WHITLOCK

Went to be with the Lord 

on April 6,  2020. 

 

 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.

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

“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.

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

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!

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

Face Masks

If you have a need, please call the church office.  574-457-3778.  There are several masks available now at the North end of the church.  You will be able to pick up your masks at the church during office hours.  

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

Upper Rooms

The May/June issue of the Upper Room is now available in the church office.  If you would like to pick up a copy, just call ahead and I will be happy to bring one out to your car.  As always, donations of $1 are always accepted for Upper Rooms.

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

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. 

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

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!

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

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….

Ink Cartridges:  Brand new black and color cartridges that will fit an HP Deskjet 1000/1050, 2000/2050, and J410a/J510a.  Free if you can use them.  Check in the church office.



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Monday, April 13

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: April 13, 2020

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

Happy Easter!!

“Ask the Pastor”

        As you might imagine, most of the questions submitted to "ASK THE PASTOR" have been about the pandemic and where is God in all of it.  Some variation of this is on the minds of most of you.  

    One of the more intriguing questions submitted last week concerns Holy Saturday.  What does the church teach us about Holy Saturday?   That's the Saturday just before Easter.  Most Protestants pay little or no attention to the day, as our liturgical practices don't find our bodies in the pews on that Saturday.  When we finish with Friday's lamentations and vacate the sanctuary in silence, we do precious little waiting while the tomb cradles the dead Jesus.

     Holy Saturday becomes a time for us to prepare a feast.  There's ham or pork roast to prepare; potatoes to peal and bread to bake.  Easter dresses and hats are made ready for Sunrise Service.  Eggs are painted and hidden with candy of every assortment.  This most holy of Saturdays isn't restful.  It's filled with stress making sure we get ready and do what has to be done.

     Holy Saturday is the Sabbath.  We are commanded to remember it to keep it holy.  Well, we're not very remember-ful, if that's even a word.  We're too busy with other things so Easter will be properly observed.

     Holy Saturday has a rich and sober set of traditions for its observance.  Its fundamental architecture is silence.  Absence.  Even emptiness.  After all, the Savior of the world is not resting.  He's dead.  And we think to be busy is the most appropriate way to keep this one very special Sabbath holy?  Perhaps not.

     The Holiness of this Sabbath is remembered by submission; by turning our busy-ness into a focus on what Jesus has done and what we trust God will be doing,  We wait.  God acts.  

     No tomb is more holy than the one that protects the Lamb of God it his deathly repose.  Our Orthodox sisters and brothers have as part of their ancient liturgy a reminder that Hell groans for having received the one born of Mary.  His descending to the dead redeems all he touches and captive souls are set free.  Hell laments the loss of its power over the dead.  

     Again, we wait and hope in the silence of this Holy Saturday.  God is at work in the silence and for that we will raise our voices in glorious triumph when the sun rises with the Risen Son.

“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 FURTHER NOTICE

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 JULIETS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO CALVARY COMMUNITY DINNER IN APRIL

NO UMW RUTH CIRCLE IN APRIL

NO NAVIGATOR MAILED IN APRIL   

NO ROMEOS IN APRIL

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SCRIPTURES

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

Exodus 15:1-11;      John 20:19-31

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

Isaiah 5:1-6;      Luke 24:13-35

· Sunday,  May 3,  2020 -  4th Sunday of Easter  

Ezekiel 34:7-16;      John 10:1-10

· Sunday,  May 10,  2020 -  5th Sunday of Easter  

Proverbs 4:10-18;      John 14:1-14

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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!

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

Face Masks

 If you have a need, please call the church office.  574-457-3778.  When completed, you will be able to pick up your masks at the church during office hours.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Upper Rooms

The May/June issue of the Upper Room is now available in the church office.  

If you would like to pick up a copy, just call ahead and I will be happy to bring one 

out to your car.  As always, donations of $1 are always accepted for Upper Rooms.

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

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. 

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

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!

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

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, April 10

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: April 10, 2020

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

SCRIPTURES

 
   

· This Sunday, April 12,  2020 -  Easter Sunday

Jeremiah 31:1-6;      Matthew 28:1-10

· Next 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

· Sunday,  May 3,  2020 -  4th Sunday of Easter  

Ezekiel 34:7-16;      John 10:1-10

· Sunday,  May 10,  2020 -  5th Sunday of Easter  

Proverbs 4:10-18;      John 14:1-14

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PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS TO GOD

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

Given week ending April 5 - $1,090;    Rec. to date - $54,195

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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!

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

“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.

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

Upper Rooms

The May/June issue of the Upper Room is now available in the church office.  

If you would like to pick up a copy, just call ahead and I will be happy to bring one 

out to your car.  As always, donations of $1 are always accepted for Upper Rooms.

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

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. 

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

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!

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

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….

Ink Cartridges:  Brand new black and color cartridges that will fit an HP Deskjet 1000/1050, 2000/2050, and J410a/J510a.  Free if you can use them.  Check in the church office.



Keep Reading >>

Wednesday, April 8

Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: April 8, 2020

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

Pastor’s Memo         This Wednesday's Pastor's Memo is a meditation for Maundy Thursday.  

TEXTS:  Exodus 12:1-14

               John 13: 1-17, 31b-35

     Two meals are presented to us in our readings for Maundy Thursday.  These two meals are more revealing this year than most.  America is in a lock down of sorts.  We face restrictions and some privation.  We will not be gathering for the Lord's Supper as we would in more normal circumstances.  Even the Passover is severely restricted in Israel.

     Remember, it's the Passover Feast that marks Israel's deliverance from bondage in Egypt.  Their 400+ years of slavery are coming to an end.  Lamb's blood is spread on the door posts of Jewish homes.  The blood signals the Angel of Death to "Passover."  The Tenth plague will take the first born male of every un-marked home.  Finally, Moses' demand to Pharaoh to "let my people go" will be granted.

     This Passover is about life.  It's about the life God promised Abraham many generations earlier.  It's about a nation born in adversity being set free to live in a Promised Land.  Tonight, we remember, but our rejoicing is muted.  After all, death stalks the land.

     Jesus is preparing for his last earthly Passover feast.  Gathered with him are his disciples and numerous others of his friends.  But before they eat, Jesus demonstrates a kind love that is astonishing.  As the master of the house, he performs an act humbling hospitality.  He washes the feet of those who have come to eat the Passover Meal.  Peter objects, but Jesus insists.  

     While the text is rather oblique on this point, we read where Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, but, as the master of the house, he may have washed every foot that crossed his threshold.  And that would include the feet of Judas.

     Just four days earlier Jesus humbly entered Jerusalem on a beast of burden and now demonstrates a divine love that bears every burden.  Betrayer and betrayed share a meal and a foot washing that changes the measure of love and grace forever.  

     Jesus' gospel of love is not about keeping score, much less evening scores.  With his death so very close, Jesus teaches forbearance and forgiveness and the meal he shares is of himself.  Bread and wine; Body and Blood.  They are everlastingly joined as the measure of love God wants us to know, enjoy, take within ourselves, and then live out faithfully for the rest of our days.

     John reports "loving them...he loved them to the end."  Well how else does the Lamb of God love?   In this season of pandemic and sacrifice and death, knowing that Jesus loves us to the end will be reason enough for our rejoicing even before we meet again.  AMEN.

THERE WILL BE:

NO SUNDAY SERVICES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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

NO JULIETS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

NO CALVARY COMMUNITY DINNER IN APRIL

NO UMW RUTH CIRCLE IN APRIL

NO NAVIGATOR MAILED IN APRIL   

NO ROMEOS IN APRIL

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 WEEK:

Apr.   10  -  Good Friday - Church Office Closed

    

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             from…

  • Noble House   “Dear Calvary,  Thank you for providing financially for the Noble Ministries.  

Your donations make what we do possible.  Please stay safe & healthy during this time.”

Love & Grace!

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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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“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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Upper Rooms

The May/June issue of the Upper Room is now available in the church office.  

If you would like to pick up a copy, just call ahead and I will be happy to bring one 

out to your car.  As always, donations of $1 are always accepted for Upper Rooms.

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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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