May 22, 2024

CHRISTIAN WORSHIP

This Sunday is “Trinity Sunday”.  It is the day we could try to explain the complexities of the concept of the Trinity, but as Dr. Derek Webber said, “good luck with that”.  

There are two scriptures for worship this week, the first is found in Isaiah (6:1-8) where he meets God in the Temple and where God is asking Isaiah to find his purpose in transforming the world consistent with God’s purpose and hope for the world.  The description of the encounter is very colorful and a little strange.  It seems that Isaiah perhaps thought he was going to die as a result because the common belief was if you encountered God in person, you would die.  When that didn’t happen, we read where God apparently says, “who will go for us, whom shall we send” and Isaiah said, “here I am, send me”, not knowing what was in store for him, he agreed to go trusting that there was a purpose for him. 

The second scripture is in Romans (8: 12-17) where Paul tells the people in Rome that through the Spirit, they have been adopted by God and they are not obligated to live the in the ways prior to that adoption, their old life, rather, they have a new way of life to live through and in that Spirit.  In that Spirit each one has a new purpose in the world. 

So, maybe it is hard to describe or totally understand the concept of the Trinity, however, we have the opportunity to live lives with a purpose found through God’s presence, spirit.  The Trinity speaks of the diversity and the unity of God and as Dr. Webber writes it points “to our varied experience throughout scripture and the history of the people of God.”  Each of us has a specific purpose in the mission to transform the world.  That purpose is expressed through the unique gifts, abilities and talents each person has and together, what each is doing with them.  What then is your purpose? 


Click on the links below to see the following informational documents:

· Instruction on how to find the Sunday Worship service on Facebook

· Calvary UMC Covid-19 reopening guidelines

Peace With Justice Sunday

This Sunday, May 26th, is Peace With Justice Sunday. For more information on this day please click here.  If you are interested in supporting this Special Sunday you can give online at UMC.org/SSGive, use the giving cards found in the pews or the envelope on the round table.

Please keep in your prayers:

Calvary’s mission and ministry and for the mission and ministry of the church in the world; for those who need the presence of God in their lives; for those serving in armed forces; and for those serving in ministry around the world and here. 

 And for: Pat, Kyle, Ellen, Duane, Bonnie, Karen and Bud, Wendy, Allison, Shelby, Paul, David, Bob, June, Dennis, Ragina, Patti, Bill.

And those members of Calvary who are no longer able to be active among us as they once were: Joan, Bernie, Shirley, Dottie, Bill, Doris, Bob, Mickey, Peg, Pepper, Jean, and Barb.

Virtual Prayer Request

If you have a prayer request that you would like lifted during Sunday services you can now submit them online at our website or by clicking the link below.  We have also created this QR code, which can be found in the Sanctuary and round the building.  It can be scanned at any time to send a request.

Calvary Online Prayer Requests


SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Join a House Church!

Calvary’s House Church, ministry continues to grow and remain a vital component of our worship life together. With six active house churches, forty five participants we are seeing tremendous response. One participant has said “Joining house church was the best thing I’ve done for myself in a long time.”... See More

Click here to see the Top of the Week email

 For more information, and upcoming events check out our  Family Ministries Page.

Children's Church Schedule

Just a reminder-- there will be no Children's Church THIS Sunday, May 26th. Children's Church will resume on June 2nd! 

Children's Choir

There will be no Children's Choir this coming Sunday, May 26th. Children's Choir will resume on June 2nd. Please note, the children will begin practicing for their final performance of this academic school year! On June 23rd, the kids will be performing their Children's Cantata that will take place during worship. This will be a collection of four songs the children have sung from this past year 

Memorial Scholarship Program

2024 Scholarship Application

Calvary United Methodist Church is pleased to offer financial assistance in the form of a one-time only scholarship for students who are members of Calvary and who will be attending college in the fall of 2024. Awards will be determined based upon several factors including church and community service, leadership, and academic achievement. 

Baker Memorial program, established initially through the George Baker Memorial, is maintained by the Trustee and has been an active program for many years. Contributions to this program are always appreciated.

 

CLICK HERE for an Application or obtain one at the church office during the month of May. All applications must be submitted to the church office via email at calvaryumclatham@gmail.com, mail (15 Ridge Place Latham, NY 12110) or in person by the deadline of June 3, 2024.

Howe Music Endowment

The Howe Music Endowment is in place for the benefit of members of Calvary United Methodist Church for music education. The endowment is managed by the Trustees and offers an annual gift for the pursuance of vocal and (or) instrumental instruction. It is the intent of the endowment to encourage candidates (7th grade to adults) who are members of a musical performance group at Calvary, to enhance their musical skills.

 

CLICK HERE for an Applications or obtain one at the church office during the month of May. All applications must be submitted to the church office via email at calvaryumclatham@gmail.com, mail (15 Ridge Place Latham, NY 12110) or in person by the deadline of June 3, 2024.

Skye Farm - Day at Camp
June 8th - 10am - 5pm


Calvary UMC's annual Day at Camp event will be on June 8th from 10am to 5pm. Join us for a day of fun at Skye Farm! We will be doing a morning service project while enjoying an afternoon of recreation! This is an event for the whole church, family-friendly, and a great way to give back to our camp ministries while also introducing the kids to the Skye Farm Summer Camp experience! Lunch will be available for purchase or you are welcome to pack a picnic. More details to come! We hope to see you there! Sign up will be available in the Gathering Space starting this Sunday, May 5th.

Vacation Bible School 2024
July 15th - 19th from 5:30pm to 8pm

We are excited to let you all know that we have chosen our Vacation Bible School theme for Summer '24! Join us for Cokesbury's Camp Firelight! The children (entering grades K - 6th) will enjoy a week of Bible stories emphasizing trust in God with camp-themed fun to enjoy with their friends! Kids entering grades 7 - 12th can register to be volunteers. We are currently looking for volunteers to help us lead stations, lead groups, make meals, and help with decorating!

Registration is open now for VBS "Campers" and  Volunteers. Please CLICK HERE to sign up. 

Hoffman Car Wash Fundraiser for VBS

Help Family Ministries raise money for Vacation Bible School! From now through July 1st, you can purchase a car wash at Hoffman's and a percentage will go straight to our VBS fundraising efforts! This year, we have a goal of raising $500 from Hoffman's. Tell your friends! You can purchase a car wash using the following link:

 http://www.hoffmanhelpinghands.com/fundraisers/CalvaryUMV%20VBS%202024 

Vacation Bible School 2024
Wish List

VBS 2024 is just around the corner! Consider helping support our program through purchasing items from our VBS Amazon Wish List! We are so grateful for your consideration in supporting our ministry. To see the list, please Click Here.

Support the Campership Fund: Help Send Children and Youth to Skye Farm

Dear Calvary UMC Family,

As we enter the summer season, we have an exciting opportunity to support our children and youth in their spiritual growth and development by contributing to the Campership Fund. Each year, many of our young members express a strong desire to attend Christian summer camp at Skye Farm, where they can experience the beauty of God's creation, engage in experiential learning, and deepen their connection with God.

Skye Farm plays a vital role in the spiritual formation of our children and youth, providing them with unique opportunities to grow in their faith, build lasting friendships, and experience God's love in tangible ways. Through a variety of activities, including worship, Bible study, outdoor adventures, and community building, campers are empowered to explore and deepen their relationship with Christ in a supportive and nurturing environment.

However, the cost of attending summer camp can be a barrier for many families. That's where the Campership Fund comes in. By contributing to this fund, you can help make it possible for children and youth from all backgrounds to experience the transformative power of Sky Farm.

We invite you to join us in supporting the Campership Fund and making a difference in the lives of our young members. All donations should be made out to Calvary UMC, with "Campership Fund" written in the memo line. Your generosity will help ensure that every child and youth who desires to attend summer camp at Skye Farm has the opportunity to do so.

Together, let's invest in the spiritual growth and development of our children and youth, and empower them to encounter God in new and meaningful ways this summer.

Thank you for your support and generosity.

PASSIONATE SERVICE

Cook and Serve at the Capital City Rescue Mission

Our next night to cook and serve at the Rescue Mission is Friday, May 31, 2024. As always, cakes of any variety should be in 9x13 disposable pans.  Please have them in the church kitchen by 5:00 PM.  We are also looking for servers.  If you would like to be a volunteer server at the Rescue Mission or have any questions, please contact Linda Melanson at 518-312-0399 or email her at melansonlinda@hotmail.com.

Calvary Missional Partnerships

Calvary has long standing relationships with a number of mission organizations that impact people from the local area.  For more information on the following organizations, please click here.

Street Soldiers


PLEASE NOTE: They are not accepting clothing, coats, housewares, or books at this time.

Needed:  


We have a GoFundMe account used to purchase hot food from 3 local, family owned restaurants that support us regularly with donations and for produce purchased from long time supporter, Capital Roots.  


Did You Know Facts!

OPEN TO ALL

United Methodists Joining In Worship During Capital Pride Festival

Trinity United Methodist and First UMC of Schenectady are hosting a worship service in Trinity UMC's parking lot located at 251 Lark before the Capital Pride Festival on Sunday, June 9.  Worship will begin at 9:30AM.  Join for a time of prayer as we prepare ourselves to continue our work to advocate for and with our LGBTQIA+ family 

Prime Timers Update


The next Prime Timers meeting of 2024 is Wednesday, June 12th, 12pm at Calvary. Wendy Harding, Diane Kendall, and Anita MacDonald are the meeting planners. Lunch will be a bring-your-own. STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, ice cream, and beverages will be provided! RSVP to Sharon by June 4 (kunkes@nycap.rr.com or call 518-368-3968). This will let us know how many tables and chairs are needed.  The entertainment will be a fun game of Jeopardy, so start studying your Cliffs Notes! And as always there will be time to catch up with your fellow Prime Timers.

Calvary's Annual Golf Outing

The Annual Calvary Golf Outing will be on Monday, July 1, 2024 at Saratoga Spa Golf Course. Tee times between 12:30pm - 1:30pm.  Cost will be $95/golfer which includes 18 holes, cart, dinner, and door prizes.  To sign up please contact Nate Preston at npreston@gmail.com by June 17. 

Preschool Summer Camp 2024

Calvary Methodist Preschool's Summer camp is open for registration!!
There is limited openings each week for 3 - 6 year old kids.

For more information and registration form Click Here

Support Calvary

If you would like to Support the ministry of Calvary, you may do so using the link below or QR code. Thank you for your generosity.

https://giving.servantkeeper.com/CalvaryLathamUMC 

For more ways to support Calvary, please click here.

Tellers Schedule

The Tellers for this Sunday, May 26th, 2024

Dave Weary and Dottie Norvik

Click here to see the full Teller Schedule.