Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: May 18, 2020

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

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“Ask the Pastor”

"What is the difference between debts and trespasses in the various translations of The Lord's Prayer?"  

That is our ASK THE PASTOR question this week.  Simply put, "debt" is the Greek for what one is legally obligated to repay.  One thing we must keep in mind is we do not know what language Jesus was speaking when he said "forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors."  Was he speaking Aramaic or Greek?   We don't know, but it comes to us in the Gospel as debts from the Greek word "opheilema."  This is the King James translation.  There is a Greek word for trespass which is 'hamartano" in Luke 17: 3.  It means to be mistaken or to err or to wander from the path.  In either case, debt and trespass have come to be metaphors for sin.  Debt seems to be more about property or money.  Trespass seems to imply a violation of God's Torah.  Just to let you know, there is the Hebrew word "ma'al" often times used in substitution for trespass.  But it has a much, much harder edge.  It means to be unfaithful in a treacherous way.  This word is closer to our English word perfidy.  This is a grievous violation of a behavioral boundary.  To forgive this trespass or this sin is to forgive with a heart most loving, indeed.  Maybe that is what Jesus meant.  To forgive the most egregious sin as if your heart was God's own.  If so, we have our work cut out for us.













· This Sunday,  May 24,  2020 -  Ascension Sunday  

Daniel 7:9-14;      John 17:1-11

· Next Sunday,  May 31,  2020 -  Day of Pentecost  

Numbers 11:24-30;      Acts 2:1-21;      John 7:37-39

· Sunday,  June 7,  2020 -  Trinity Sunday  

Genesis 1:1 - 2:4a;       Matthew 28:16-20

· Sunday,  June 14,  2020 -  2nd Sunday after Pentecost  

Genesis 18:1-15;       Matthew 9:35 - 10:8

]· Sunday,  June 21,  2020 -  3rd Sunday after Pentecost  

Genesis 21:8-21;       Matthew 10:24-39

· Sunday,  June 28,  2020 -  4th Sunday after Pentecost  

Genesis 22:1-14;       Matthew 10:40-42


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!



May    25   -  Memorial Day, Church Office Closed


“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.


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

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.


Outreach Opportunity

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…


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

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!


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.