Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: June 1, 2020

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

Email:;   Website:

    “Ask the Pastor”

There is no ASK THE PASTOR answer this Monday as no question was submitted for consideration.  Therefore, I will take the liberty to decide what fills this memo space.  We are still in the midst of a pandemic; being assaulted in many ways by the COVID-19 virus.  We are now under a kind of siege on account of the public disorienting caused by the death of George Floyd last May 25th in Minnesota.  Mr. Floyd's shocking death has once again focused the attention of the public and the legal system in a furious way.  How this tragic incident will be resolved is still to be determined.  When, if ever, there will be agreement about Mr. Floyd's death is unclear.  There will be a trial; maybe several.  There will be lawsuits.  Maybe millions of dollars will be paid out in compensation to Mr. Floyd's family.  A very public stain now marks May 25th.  What has followed in city and town across America since the 25th is also a stain on our visage.  Not in this generation or the next will it be wiped clean.  As to the legal proceedings that will attempt to reveal the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, I have no comment.  However, I can comment on this tragedy from a pastoral perspective.  Mr. Floyd is dead.  His family is in grief.  His neighbors and friends are aggrieved and angry.  An entire nation demands justice be served and be seen to be served.  That will take months, perhaps years.  In the meantime, we see yet again how fragile we humans are.  We act and re-act.  We fall prey to power and perception.  We behave toward each other with little regard to truth and reason.  Our anger, however justified, can overwhelm our reason and we demonstrate how quickly we can descend into anarchy.  Mr. Floyd did not cause this nationwide tidal wave of destructiveness.  His unnecessary death became the flash point for other human beings to make known their grievances.  Welcome to a world of tears.  It has ever been so.  We will find the burdens of our mortality touching our hearts more deeply and more tragically with each day we live.  Pray our hearts have a reservoir of humanity that gives us power to forgive and resolve to be more humane in what's left of this life.  It will make a difference in the next.  

“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.












· This Sunday,  June 7,  2020 -  Trinity Sunday  

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

· Next 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!



Jun    19  -  Dan’s Fish & Chicken Strip Fry   (carry out only)   4:30 – 7p.m.

                 -  Wedding Rehearsal (sanctuary) 4:30 p.m.  

           20  -  Wedding  (sanctuary reserved) 

           21 –  Father’s Day Sunday      


Dan’s Fish & Chicken Strip Fry

Friday, June 19, 2020

4:30 – 7 p.m. 

Calvary United Methodist Church

Fish, Chicken Strips, Coleslaw, 

Chips, Applesauce, Dinner Roll


ADULTS $10 ~ CHILD (6-12) $5

Tickets can be purchased in the church office

Proceeds will benefit Syracuse Food Pantry


Church Finance Reports

Church Finance Reports continue to be completed at the end of each month.   If you are interested in a copy of any month’s report, they are always available in the church office to any member.


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 $2,855 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.