November 24, 2021

In-person Sunday worship has resumed in the Sanctuary at 10am.

There is information below to help you learn how you can participate.

We will also continue our Live Stream through Facebook.

As we gather with our family and friends to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, let’s also remember all that God has provided for us. The past year has continued to be difficult and filled with anxiety due to the continued struggles of Covid-19, political divisions, and everything else filling our plates. Even so, there is a lot to be grateful for, God’s grace and glory have shone through all our circumstances and into the world around us. Over the past few years, we have seen a blossoming tradition grow at Calvary, the sharing of glory sightings. Glory sightings are moments in your day, week, or year when you notice God’s action at work in your life. For example, perhaps while on a walk you notice the sunrise and it fills you with joy and awe. The kind of joy that refreshes your soul and an awe that inspires your heart. That’s God’s action at work—a glory sighting! By sharing these experiences together, we grow our awareness of God’s abundance, and deepen our gratitude for God’s providence. Maybe this year when you sit down at your table to enjoy a thanksgiving feast, you can share glory-sightings.

This Sunday we transition into the season of Advent, a time or preparing our hearts for the greatest glory sighting of all, Christ’ miraculous birth. This year our advent season will be centered around the theme or rest and renewal of our souls to be fully open to receive Christ’s light. Throughout the Advent season will limit our administrative work to only necessary items. Instead as a congregation we will focus on worship, book study, and prayer. Join us as we begin our journey to the manger where we will once again discover for ourselves the hope, love, joy, and peace of Christ in our lives.

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


On November 28th we will hold a special charge conference at 11:30am in the chapel or virtually via Zoom (link to be sent later). This meeting of the Charge Conference is being recommended by our conference chancellor to approve a resolution empowering our church trustees to represent the church’s interest regarding the Boy Scout of America (BSA) Reorganization Plan. For more information about this matter, you can contact Pastor Drew, or Trustee Chairperson David Taylor. As this will be a Charge Conference only church council members will have the right to vote, however all church members may attend with the right to speak.

Giving Tuesday 2021

You’ve probably heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two days that our culture has dedicated to shopping for consumer goods at steep discounts. For some it is a way to get holiday shopping done and for others to get a great deal on something they’ve long wanted. Yet, did you also know that the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year is known as Giving Tuesday? It is a day dedicated to supporting non-profits and charitable organizations as an opportunity to give back to help make a difference in the world. Calvary UMC continues to be a place that makes a difference, from mission engagements, recovery programs, the Calvary Preschool, and the many ways we help individuals grow their spiritual life. If you are looking for a place to give this Giving Tuesday, November 30th, consider making a donation to Calvary. Donations can be sent in through the mail to 15 Ridge Place Latham NY 12110, or online using this link If you would like to make a commitment to support Calvary’s ministry in 2022 you can use the attached commitment card to make a 2022 pledge.

2022 Commitment Card

Calvary Online Portal and Directory – Coming Soon

BUT… we will need your help to make this happen. Via a Portal account, your family will be able to access information stored in our records, to verify (and update). You will be able to provide a family photo and photo of each family member (controls will be used to block photos of minors under 18 years of age from being displayed). CLICK HERE for more information.



2021 Christmas Cantata

December 19th's 10 am worship service will feature our annual Christmas Cantata. Calvary's Senior Choir will offer their gifts through an exciting Cantata written by Pastor Gordon and our choir director Natalia. The service will feature scripture lessons, carols, and several of our choir's favorite Christmas anthems. We look forward to praising God, and ushering in the holiday season with this great worship service.

Living Nativity

This year, Calvary will again host the Living Nativity on Saturday, December 19th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. (More information to follow)

Christmas Eve Worship

4pm Family Service and Pageant

Join us for this worship service specifically designed for families to enjoy the hope, love, peace, and joy of Christmas together. This service will feature the children's pageant, carols, candlelight and a message from Pastor Drew!

7pm Traditional Service

Join us as we welcome Jesus in to the world in this meaningful worship service. This Service will feature a carols, Calvary's choir, candlelight and a Christmas message of hope.

Join a House Church!

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

Eucharist Ministry

Communion elements are now available for you to receive communion at home. The elements will be consecrated during the Communion Liturgy (a packaged wafer and juice). Those elements along with a short prayer and words for your use, will be delivered to your residence. The plan is to deliver during the week following the first Sunday of the month.

Please contact Pastor Gordon on Sundays by 6:00 PM. You will need to email:, with your name, address, phone number, and the number of packets you request. The elements will be dropped off to your door or step on Tuesday of that week. This will be a “no contact” delivery to ensure we keep a safe distance. If your residence is in assisted living, arrangements will be made with the staff.


We are looking for acolytes to participate in our Sunday worship service. If your child or youth is interested, please contact Charity Preston at

Training will be provided!


Children's Church

Children’s Church is an interactive and creative worship experience for children ages 4 and up (Please Note: Masks will be required.) After the young disciples time in worship, all children are welcome to follow Mrs. Charity to the chapel for a time of praise, music, fun and learning. For more information check out our Family Ministries Page.

If you are interested in helping out as a second adult, please contact Charity Preston or Kristen Rains at and

Family Ministry Stay and Play!!

Children and their families are invited to grab a snack during the coffee hour and join us at the playground for some fellowship and fun following the service.

Nursery Volunteers Needed

Calvary is looking for volunteers to staff our nursery!
If interested, please contact Kristen Rains.

Calvary Youth Group

Our next Youth Group Meeting will be Sunday, December 5th after worship! Hope to see you there!

Any questions, please contact: Charity Preston at

Advent Season

Family Christmas Eve Service

Calvary is excited to announce that this year we will be adding a Family Christmas Eve Service at 4pm! In addition to our regularly scheduled Christmas Eve services, the Family Christmas Eve Service will include the children's pageant, carols, candlelight and a message from Pastor Drew! Additional information on Christmas Eve will be coming soon.

Children's Christmas Pageant

We are excited to confirm that the Christmas Pageant WILL return this year! Rehearsals will begin during Children's Church on Sunday, November 7th. If your child would like to participate in this year's pageant, we ask that you register by Sunday, October 31st. The pageant will take place during the Family Christmas Eve

Service on December 24th at 4pm. Please use the following link to register:

If you have any questions, please email Kristen Rains: or Charity Preston:

Advent Book Study

"Incarnation" by Adam Hamilton

Wednesdays (Hybrid) December 1st - December 22nd at 12pm

led by Rita Pickett


Thursdays (Hybrid) December 2nd - December 23rd at 7pm

led by Pastor Drew

If you have not registered please do ASAP, and be sure to read chapter 1 before the first class.


Purchase your own book online or at your favorite book seller.

Pastor's Book Club

"Shaking the Gates of Hell" by John Archibald

Tuesday January 4th (Hybrid) at 7pm

led by Pastor Drew

Contact the church office to register by December 21st.
Purchase your own book online or at your favorite book seller.

Learn more about the Book Club here.

Lay Servant Course

Have you felt a call to serve on a deeper level? The opportunity presents itself in February by taking a course to become a lay servant.

This course is the foundation for all Lay Servant courses as you:

  • Are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts;

  • Consider the importance of exercising servant leadership;

  • Develop future leaders;

  • Remain rooted in consistent spiritual practices;

  • Grow as a leader in mission and ministry in the community as well as in daily life.

Dates: Saturdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, and March 5, 2022

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Place: Hope United Methodist Church, 566 Brunswick Rd, Troy, NY 12180

Facilitator: Darlene Suto, Certified Lay Speaker | 518. 279.3567(home) 518.495.2248 (cell)

Cost: $10.00 (Checks payable to UNYAC)

Linda's Prayer Challenge

We want to invite everyone connected with Calvary to be in prayer for 30 seconds a day at 3:11 pm.

The scripture verse for this week (November 22nd) is Psalm 23:1

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”

Please keep in your prayers

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

& those in need of God’s healing; Lisa Banta’s Mother Pat; Kyle Kendall; Lois Malatino; Marissa Malatino; Bob Dawson; Bill Matthews; Marilyn Matthews (Bill Matthew’s Mother); Denise Stringer; Don Aussicker (Debbie Hyde’s Father); Duane Belfance; Lou Murphy; Mary Francese and Family; Janelle (Linda Melanson's friend); A brother, John, undergoing cancer treatment, The Family of Janet Goddard (11/16/21 - Denise Stringer's Mother).

& those members of Calvary who are no longer able to be active among us as they once were: Carole Carver, John Connor, Howard Hontz, Bernice Schuster, Shirley Tschumi, Jack Wearstler, Peg Witbeck.



Request from the Altar Design Committee: On the morning of Saturday, November 27th at 10:00am the sanctuary will be decorated for the Advent Season. A few volunteers are needed to assist the committee with this work. Your gift of service would be most appreciated.

Christmas Family Tags Available

Help spread God's love to two families in our community this Christmas season. Gift tags will be available on the tree in the Gathering Space beginning the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 28. Select a tag, take the instructions from under the tree, and be sure to return wrapped gifts (with gift receipt inside and tag outside) under the tree by Friday, Dec. 17. If you are not attending church in person, email Dottie at or Tracy at for help in selecting a tag. Questions email Kelly at

Upper Room Devotional Update

For the last 6 months, Calvary has provided large print Upper Room devotionals to residents of the Atria Shaker. This has been a vital mission for the residents there, and helps them maintain a spiritual connection. To keep this mission going we are looking for individuals/families willing to contribute to the cost of these devotionals. If you are interested in donating a two month devotional to the residents, please contact Rita Pickett at 518-786-1858 or

Additionally, we would like to remind you that there is a supply of these devotionals available for you in the Church Gathering Space. If you choose to pick one up, please kindly provide a $2.00 donation per magazine to offset the costs of the annual subscription.

Coffee Hour Hosts needed

We have started having Coffee hour following our Sunday morning services. If you are interested in hosting an upcoming Coffee Hour and would like to learn the procedure, email the church office and Click Here for the guidelines. A sign up sheet is located on the round table in the Gathering Space.

St. Ambrose Food Pantry

As an ongoing ministry of Calvary United Methodist Church, we are collecting food items for families in need who use the St. Ambrose food pantry. Click here to see needed items.

Rags to Riches Collection

The Rags to Riches collection house in the church vestibule is back in business. No clothing should end up in landfills. At the Capital City Rescue Mission, all donations are sorted so that useable clothing goes to their Blessingdale’s store which is free for those in need...See More

Tellers Schedule

The Tellers for this Sunday, November 28th, 2021

Dottie Norvik and Dave Weary

Click here to see the full Teller Schedule.


Prime Timer News

Here’s the Prime Timer news and updates for the next couple of months.

December 8 – This is our annual Christmas luncheon. There’s been a change of plans from the earlier announcement on October 20th. We are now planning a catered, hot meal at CUMC with musical entertainment by three of Calvary’s talented musicians. The cost will be $25, and you must sign-up before the end of the day Wednesday, December 1 (even for those who choose to bring their own meal on December 8th).

RSVP to by December 1st. The cost for the meal is $25. (Checks can be dropped off in the Calvary Office or mailed to Prime Timers, 15 Ridge Place, Latham NY, 12110).

Please provide your phone number in case we need to contact planned participants regarding this event. If you would like to attend and plan to bring your own lunch, we still need you to RSVP by December 1 with your phone number. Please note, if you signed up for the lunch at the November meeting, you do NOT need to RSVP...(See more)

Support Calvary

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