5/12/2020 11:56:16 AM
Monday, May 11
Syracuse Calvary United Methodist
E-Navigator: May 11, 2020
Address: P.O. Box 9, Syracuse, IN 46567;
“Ask the Pastor”
Not all sizes fit all. In other words, one size does not fit all. This is the introduction for this week's ASK THE PASTOR. As you might imagine, I have been swamped with questions about when we can re-open our church. When can we worship together? When will it be safe for us to be together on Sunday for worship?
This question is on many, many lips. It's being asked from my own lips, as well. Bishop Julius Trimble instructed Indiana United Methodist not to gather for in-person worship before June 14th. That was his recommendation last May 1st. Calvary has complied with this recommendation as it comports with what Governor Eric Holcomb has also declared for public worship in Indiana.
This date and the recommendation not to gather for worship is made with an abundance of caution for the health and safety for our neighbors, friends, and families. Being impatient with this decree is risky. Failing to wear masks and keeping six feet apart and washing our hands adds to the risk of being infected with COVID-19.
Most of our congregational members are demographically at risk. For the most part, we are older than 60 and many have one or more of the underlying medical conditions that make infection very risky. Our behavior on the side of caution is not only prudent, it's necessary.
Not one of us wants to spread this virus. We do not want to be the reason someone else falls ill or worse. It is our hope Indiana's gradual re-opening will go well and the health numbers that will inevitably be gathered will demonstrate a continued flattening of the infection curve. If that happens, we all will be safer and we will be able to gather more regularly.
However, until we know those numbers and the medical experts weigh in on their meaning, we need to remain vigilant. This is what Bishop Trimble is telling all his Indiana clergy and their congregations.
Saint Paul reminds us "Love is patient and kind. Love does not insist on its own way." (1st Corinthians 13: 4-5) This is also my word to my Calvary family. Our patience is needed now for ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors. The Lord knows our love. It won't be long before we will be gathering for worship to share that love.
When we do worship together, there will be some changes in order that we remain safe. Those changes will no doubt be with us for some time. Living with them will help us be present beyond the foreseeable future. Our prayers and praises will continue to rise to God from Calvary's sanctuary.
Continue to be faithful. Continue to make your offerings. Continue to care for your neighbors. Continue to be patient. Continue to love graciously.
THERE WILL BE:
NO SUNDAY SERVICES UNTIL AT LEAST JUNE 14
NO PURPLE HEARTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
NO LADIES BIBLE STUDY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
NO WEDNESDAY EVE. BIBLE STUDY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
NO WEDNESDAY NIGHT EUCHRE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
NO CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING IN MAY
NO UMW GENERAL MEETNG ON MAY 12
NO LADIES NIGHT OUT IN MAY OR JUNE
NO NAVIGATOR MAILED IN MAY
NO JULIETS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
NO ROMEOS IN MAY
NO ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
NO TRUSTEE MEETING IN JUNE
NO STAFF PARISH MEETING IN JUNE
NO STEWARDSHIP & FINANCE MEETING IN JUNE
· This Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 6th Sunday of Easter
Ezekiel 34:1-7a; John 14:15-21
· Next Sunday, May 24, 2020 - Ascension Sunday
Daniel 7:9-14; John 17:1-11
· Sunday, May 31, 2020 - Day of Pentecost
Numbers 11:24-30; Acts 2:1-21; John 7:37-39
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!
May 14 - American Red Cross, 12 noon – 6 p.m., 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.
COMING MAY EVENTS:
May 25 - Memorial Day, Church Office Closed
‘Virtual’ MS WALK, - Saturday, May 16, 2020
Walk MS events through June 30 are moving to a virtual experience. MS doesn’t stop during this crisis, and neither will we. People with MS need us now more than ever. Please continue to contribute however you can. Larry Rensberger is collecting contributions for this event and will be happy to take your gift as well. All contributions are tax deductible. If you would like to “virtually” walk in the event, you can register by going to Walk MS Ft. Wayne
Information on Absentee Ballots for the 2020 Primary Election
NEW! Currently registered voters can apply for an absentee ballot to vote-by-mail or traveling board by logging in to their my voter portal page on IndianaVoters.com.
All voters may choose to cast a ballot by mail in the upcoming June 2, 2020 Primary Election. To request an absentee-by-mail ballot, please complete this form ABS-Mail Primary 2020 (En Espanol) and return it to your county election officials. The deadline to return the form is May 21, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. local time.
General Election Information on Absentee Ballots
- All registered voters in Indiana are eligible to vote absentee-in-person at the county election board office beginning 28 days before Election Day. (For the June 2, 2020, primary election, in-person absentee voting is reduced to Tuesday, May 26, 2020, to noon, Monday, June 1, 2020, pursuant to IEC Order 2020-40. Please contact your county election board for more detail.)
Stair Lift Donation
Someone has contacted the church with the offer of an Acorn 120 stair lift to someone who could use it. Please contact the church office (574-457-3778) if you or someone you know has a need. They have un-installed it and would bring it to the church.
Beacon Health Systems is looking for community volunteers to make homemade masks for use by healthcare workers and to distribute to the public. If you can help with this project, please contact Patty Langley, Community Health Coordinator, at 574-850-4368.
Indiana UMC Annual Conference scheduled for June 11-13, 2020 has been rescheduled. The new schedule includes two one-day meetings: The first on a Saturday in August in Marion and the second on a Saturday in October in Indianapolis. More information to come…
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.
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. Thank You!
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.