June 7, 2023


Join us for Worship Sunday Morning at 10am 

    This Sunday we will continue to explore the theme of discipleship by reflecting on the idea of being "called." Pastor Gordon began last week by explaining what a disciple is and what it means to live out the great commission; "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.” (Matthew 26:19-20) This week we will reflect further on this as we think about what it means to be called by Christ into discipleship. 

    Have you ever sense a feeling of calling? Who exactly does Christ call to be his disciples? What does it mean to be called as a disciple of Christ? To what are we called to as disciples? We will search for answers to some of these questions and more as we explore the story of Jesus' calling Matthew to be his disciple. In this story not only do we learn about just who Jesus chooses to call into his group of followers--a tax collector--we also learn what he expects his followers to be about. Shortly after Jesus calls Matthew to follow him, he is interrupted by a woman seeking healing, and again by a government official seeking healing for his daughter. In both instances Jesus responds with compassion and faith. He heals the woman and raises the daughter from the dead. So what does all of this mean for us today? Who is Jesus calling to be his disciples in the 21st century? Are we supposed to be healing the sick and raising the dead? 

    Join us for worship this Sunday as we ask these questions and explore possibilities together of what this all means for us today. Who knows, perhaps you will discover your own calling from Jesus and enter the journey with us; living and learning the Way of Christ!

  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

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, Michael and Judy, Karen and Bud, Wendy, Allison, Shelby, Paul, and David. 

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


June Antiracsim Study

“Jesus and the Disinherited” 

by Howard Thurman. 

Wednesdays at 7pm, June 7th - June 21st. (Hybrid). Signup sheet is found in the Gathering Space or contact the church office to register.


Join a House Church!

Calvary’s House Church, ministry continues to grow and remain a vital competent of our worship life together. With five active house churches, forty 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

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

Vacation Bible School

July 10th-14th - 5:30pm to 8pmFREE event! Dinner included!

Join us for this year's Vacation Bible School! Our theme this year is called "Changemakers' Lab!" With Changemakers' Lab, the kids will come together to learn how to be the change they wish to see in the world! The kids, grades (entering) K-5, will work on reaching across our differences, to care for others as Jesus showed us. The kids will participate in worship, drama, Bible study, STEAM activities and active games to experience the transforming love of God! 

Register Today!!


Calling all volunteers!

VBS is an exciting event that relies on adult and youth volunteers to help us provide a safe, nurturing and Christ-centered educational environment for kids in our community! We have a number of opportunities available! Start thinking now where you might best like to volunteer your time for VBS! Volunteer roles include: group leaders, meal servers, technology support, decorating help, set up and take down help, advertising help (sharing VBS info to friends and family), or/and make a donation to help us keep this a free event! If you have any questions about where you might best contribute to VBS-- email me! Kristenrains.calvaryumc@gmail.com. Volunteer sign-up will also be available May 1st!

Vacation Bible School Wishlist on Amazon

Can't volunteer for VBS but want to help? Please consider helping us purchase supplies for the event! Use the link below to see the wishlist and make purchases for our 2023 Vacation Bible School! If you have any questions, please contact Kristen at kristenrains.calvaryumc@gmail.com

Amazon list: 



Volunteer Opportunity: Rental Coordinator


Is this you? Calvary is looking for someone to coordinate rentals at the Church, including supervision of renter activities.  The Coordinator would work with the Trustee Chair and the Pastor to set rental charges and policies and in collaboration with the Church Administrative Assistant respond to rental inquiries.  The Coordinator would also communicate with renters on payment and usage issues and ensure compliance with Church policies.  The length of the term for serving as Rental Coordinator would be flexible, and no minimum term would be set for remaining as Coordinator. 

If you could contribute to Calvary by serving as the Church Rental Coordinator, please contact the Church Office at calvaryumclatham@gmail.com or 518-785-5142.  

Job Opening - Nursery Coordinator

Calvary is looking to fill the Nursery Coordinator position to start as soon as possible. The Nursery Coordinator provides child care for children under 3 years old each Sunday from 9:45AM – 11:15AM.  If you are interested in the position or have any questions, please contact Jane Glassman at mathteach12@gmail.com or the church office.

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.


Program on CAPTAIN, Tuesday, June 20th, Living Hope UMC in Waterford


Please join us at 5:30 PM Tuesday June 20 at Living Hope UMC, 126 Middletown Rd., Waterford (directly across from the Waterford-Halfmoon School Campus). Andy Gilpin, Executive Director of CAPTAIN Community Human Services will speak, focusing on two of the agency's more than 30 programs - the homeless and runaway shelter, and the street outreach program, both targeting our youth. A light supper will follow. Please RSVP to Carrie Boyer so we can better plan for the meal. (518) 608-1246. There is no charge. To learn more about CAPTAIN, click here

Click Here to see flyer.

Hoffman's Fundraiser for VBS

Calvary again this year is hosting a Hoffman's Helping Hands Fundraiser to support its free Vacation Bible School.  Every year, Calvary not only provides this wonderful faith enrichment experience for children but also provides a free dinner every night.  To support this wonderful cause, simply use this link:  http://www.hoffmanhelpinghands.com/fundraiser.cfm?id=28267 to purchase exterior car wash tickets for $14.00 or full service car wash tickets for $44.00. You can purchase a much appreciated spring cleaning for mom this Mother's Day or for Dad for Father's Day! This fundraiser will continue until June 18.  

Safe Sanctuary Training

This Sunday, June 11th there will be a 3 hour Safe Sanctuary Training in the Gathering Space from 12pm - 3pm.  This training is mandatory for all those who work with children, youth and vulnerable adults. Please RSVP here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054CA8AE2EABF58-safe1 


If you are unable to attend our session in June, the conference will be holding Zoom trainings in May and August.  Please contact Charity Preston at charitypreston.calvaryumc@gmail.com with any questions.

Prime Timers Update

The next Prime Timers meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21, 12 noon at Calvary.  Our speaker will be Rob White, Chief Development Officer of Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.  He is excited to share information about the Food Bank and some recent upgrades to their programs as well as innovations that are planned for the near future.  This organization does wonderful work in our community and supports many local food banks by providing food and resources. He will be joining us for lunch and then will present his program.


We will be providing a sub platter from Mr. Subb as well as chips, drinks, and dessert.  The cost for this lunch is $5.  If you prefer, feel free to bring your own lunch. If you are interested in attending, RSVP to Sharon Kunkel kunkes@nycap.rr.com or call 518-368-3968 by Wednesday, June 14. (Checks can be dropped off in the Calvary Office or mailed to Prime Timers, 15 Ridge Place, Latham NY, 12110 by the 14th). If you would like to attend and plan to bring your own lunch, we still need you to RSVP by June 14.

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl (charti15@aol.com) or Lona (lhaight@nycap.rr.com).

For more information on Upcoming Events Click Here

Annual Golf Outing

The Annual Calvary Golf Outing will be on Monday, June 26 at Saratoga Spa Golf Course. Tee times between 12:30 - 1:30.  Cost will be $80/golfer which includes 18 holes, cart, dinner, and door prizes.  To sign up please contact Nate Preston at npreston@gmail.com. 

Support Calvary

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


For more ways to support Calvary, please click here.

Tellers Schedule

The Tellers for this Sunday June 11th, 2023

Paul Breslin and Bill Artini

Click here to see the full Teller Schedule.