Syracuse Calvary United Methodist

E-Navigator: May 3, 2021


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

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Pastor’s Memo…   What sparks my thinking today is the birth of Niccolo Machiavelli.  He was born this date in 1469.  He was a diplomat and a philosopher and an author.  He is most well known for The Prince; a treatise on political power that implied those wielding that power were not necessarily obliged to obey the law or the niceties of truth telling, promise keeping, and basic human decency.  In short, those in power to govern were in a class of their own permitted to do that which kept them in power (so long as it was in the generally exercised to the advantage of the governed).  There is no shortage of such power wielding in today's governing executives.  It is naive to believe only one's political opponents engage in such chicanery.  Machiavellian isn't a descriptor applicable only in our generation.  It's been in use for the last half a millennium. Nor it is only for the describing of local, state, or national affairs.  Local school boards and national labor unions and private sporting leagues are subject to the Machiavellian principles that beset our civic associations.  I would guess even the 7th grade chess club is not immune to the allure of gaining and keeping power. After all, someone must be in charge of refreshments.   Which makes it all the more dispiriting, that as the United Methodist Church lurches and staggers and bungles its way to division over its internal dispute about homosexuality, we find the playing of power politics in every nook and cranny of our broken body.  Factions and caucuses and whole regions of the Church are trying to put a civil face to our splitting.  Scripture is being employed by every side to justify positions at which Jesus would bow his bloodied head and weep.  Our denomination happily does not practice the 613 Laws of Torah scrupulously, but there are some who would go to war over one of them.  I hear you say we aren't Jews and Jesus and St. Paul put an end to the Law.  No.  No.  A thousand times no.  Jesus has come to perfect the Law so that in every jot and tittle of it love is revealed.  The Great Commandment is to love God and our neighbor.  Let that be reveled in every machination of our United Methodist body as we strive to divide and conquer late next year.  


This Sunday,   May  9 –  6th Sunday of Easter 


Message: by Pastor David Henry

“From Servant to Friend”


Scriptures:   Genesis 35:9-15;       John 15:9-17


Mother’s Day Tribute  


Next Sunday,  May  16 –  Ascension Sunday 


Message: by Pastor David Henry


Scriptures:   Daniel 17:9-14;       Acts 1:1-11;       Luke 24:44-53


Special Music:  Amy & Lucy Rensberger





· Sunday,  May 23,  2021  -  Day of Pentecost                  


Ezekiel 37:1-14;       John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15


· Sunday,  May 30,  2021  -  Trinity Sunday                  


Isaiah 6:1-8;       John 3:1-17





2021 Budget - $223,683;   Need per week - $4,302


Given week of May 2 - $ 2,710;    Rec. to date - $59,871

Attendance May 2 – 34




May        3 -  Trustees (fh)  7 p.m.  masks required.

               6 -  Staff Parish Relations mtg., 6:00 p.m. (fh)   masks required

               9 –  Mother’s Day Sunday




May      11  -  Church Council, (fh)   6:00 p.m.  masks required.

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

             14 –  Calvary Community Dinner,  5:30-7 p.m.  carry-out only 

             16 –  “Pack the Pantry” Sunday – Bring your donations for the Syracuse Food Pantry.    

                             Baskets will be in the Narthex for your donations.




May      17 –  Purple Hearts, 9 a.m., activities room

             31  -  Memorial Day, Church Office Closed



Thanks to…

        Barb Bartels for the special music this past Sunday, May 2nd.


Thanks from…


Opal Miller   “My sincere thanks for the beautiful cards and prayers.  I appreciate them so very much.  Miss seeing everyone.” Love, Opal


Syracuse Food Pantry   “We are deeply grateful for your generous donations throughout the years.  On behalf of everyone we serve and I, thank you!”  Arlene Glover, Director



“Pack the Pantry” Sunday


Sunday, May 16, 2021


The Outreach Ministry Team has set a goal for May 16th to be Pack the Pantry Sunday.  

The Syracuse Food Pantry will be in need of more food during the summer months when children 

are out of school.  Bags will be available Sunday, May 9th to fill for the following Sunday.  

Please help to “Pack the Pantry”!



American Red Cross

Thurs., May  13,  2021


12 noon to 6 p.m.,

in the fellowship hall


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

or go to,

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


Communion Cups


If you are an on-line listener or attend in your car and would like to participate in 

Communion on the first Sundays of each month along with those in worship service, 

you are welcomed to pick up individual communion cups from Calvary.  

Just stop in the office at your leisure to pick some up or call ahead 

and I will bring what you need to your car.


Upper Rooms


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

If you prefer, just call ahead and I will be happy to bring one out to your car.  As always, donations of $1 are always accepted for Devotionals.



Altar Flowers

Altar flowers are needed for  Sundays, May 16, 23, and 30.


You’re welcome to reserve a date by marking your name on the hallway calendar,

calling the church office at (457-3778) or emailing the church at



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.



‘Virtual’ MS WALK, - Saturday, May 15, 2021


Walk MS events have moved 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.  Johnnie Fick is collecting contributions for this event and will be happy to take your gift as well.   All contributions are tax deductible.  You are welcomed to leave your donation in the church office.  Please make your check out to Walk MS.  If you would like to “virtually” walk in the event, 

you can register by going to Walk MS Ft. Wayne