Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: May 20, 2020

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

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Pastor’s Memo:   The nation is in debt to many millions of women and men who served in the United States' armed forces.  From before we were a country, Americans fought and died on this nation's soil and across the globe.  Early on they were all volunteers.  They came from every walk of life.  They were young and old, married and single, rich and poor.  They were farmers and merchants, tradesmen and tinkers, school teachers and illiterates.  The Great Melting Pot of America is found in the ranks of those who fought and died to gain and then preserve what we know as The United States of America.  God Bless them all.  As Memorial Day draws near let's remember them all.  Some ten years ago the Jamestown UMC honored its high school graduating seniors.  I think there were seven or eight.  Each was named and invited to the chancel area to receive a small token from the church.  Each was applauded and given an opportunity to say a word or two about their plans for the future and the entire congregation cheered them on.  There was one more whose name was called.  Lennie Behler.  Now almost eighty-five years old, he left Jimtown High School, lied about his age, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  It was 1943.  He served in the South Pacific and returned home at the end of the war.  He didn't go back to school.  He didn't get a GED or go to college.  He became a stone/brick mason.  He married his high school sweetheart, Lil, and for the next 60 years he made a life for himself and Lil in Jimtown.  On that Sunday ten years ago, when his name was called, Lennie rose from his pew at the very back of the church, and slowly made his way up the aisle.  As he drew nearer the chancel, the congregation applauded and stood and they stayed on their feet for a very long time.  All Lennie could do was stand there and wipe tears from his eyes.  Lil came to stand with him and oh, what a glorious moment it was.  When the applause was silenced, all Lennie said, as he held the graduation gift we gave him was "Thank you."  And a new round of applause began and continued until he returned to his pew at the very back of the sanctuary.  That afternoon, at Jimtown High School's commencement ceremony, Lennie would, at last, receive his high school diploma.  I wasn't there, but I'm sure there was another standing ovation and plenty of tears.  Thanks to Lennie and to all his comrades and to those who now serve all over the face of the earth.  God Bless you all.  We remember and pay tribute to those who gave their all.  May they rest in peace.














May    25   -  Memorial Day, Church Office Closed



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.


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.


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 $2,300 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. 



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.