Amber Congregational Church - He has risen, just as He said.  Matt. 28:6
Our Weekly Schedule

    Sunday
Worship                           9:30 am
Sunday School              10:45 am

   Wednesday
Choir Practice                 7:00 pm

   Friday
Bible Study                     10:30 am
 

*The Lord's Table will be celebrated on the following Sundays in 2018; 
First Sunday in Epiphany - January 7,
First Sunday in Lent - February 18,
Maundy Thursday - March 29,
Second Sunday in Easter - April 8,
First Sunday in Pentecost - May 20,
Mid-Summer - July 15,
First Sunday in Kingdom - August 26,
Covenant Renewal Sunday - September 16,
World Communion Sunday - October 7,
All Saint's Sunday - November 4,
Thanksgiving Sunday - November 25,
First Sunday in Advent/Christmas - December 2.


Our Church's Value Statement and Purpose Statement

 We believe the central and primary value in life is relationship,
love relationships with God and with one another.

Loving relationships that are committed to God,
accountable to each other, involved in Christ’s transforming work in our world.

 

Our Schedule of Monthly Meetings in the Life of the Church


   Monthly 

First Wed.                 Trustees                                                        8:00 pm 
First Sat.                    Elders                                                            9:30 am 
Second Wed.             Women’s Fellowship                               10:00 am 
Third Sat.                   Supper Club                                                6:00 pm
Last Sun.                    Congregation chooses hymns,  
                                        coffee hour after Worship

   Bi-monthly

Third Sun of Odd Months       Worship Committee               12:00 pm
Third Sun of Even Months      Education Committee            12:00 pm
Third Wed of Even Months     Outreach Committee               8:00 pm

   Quarterly

Last Wed of 1,4,7,10       Samaritan Committee                        8:00 pm
Third Sat of 2,5,8,11       Revitalization Committee                   9:30 am


Worship News and Notes

   For our Worship texts in the months of May and June I have chosen to speak from the Psalms.  The ones chosen are done according to the date listed in “Praying the Psalm Daily,” which is available on the literature table at church.  Please read and pray these in advance of our time of Worship together.
 
Praying the Psalms
May 13 – Teach Me…Turn My
     Heart  (Psalm 119:33-40)
May 20 – Delight or Perish in
     Affliction  (Psalm 119:89-96)
    Pentecost Communion
May 27 – Hear the Call of My Heart
     (Psalm 119:145-152)
June   3 – I Lift Up My Eyes to You
     (Psalm 123:1-4)
June 10 – My Soul Waits for the
     LORD  (Psalm 130:1-8)
June 17 – How Can We Sing?
     (Psalm 137:1-9)
June 24 – Blessed Are the LORD’s
     People  (Psalm 144:1-15)
 
   Our average Worship  attendance for the month of April was 60.  Our financial giving to date is $28,277 of the 2018 budget of $107,556. 
 
Sunday Schedules     

Please check when your date is and if you are unable to be present on that Sunday then change with someone else on the list. Thank you for your willingness to assist in our Sunday Worship.  

   Greeters
May   6 – Doug and Lynn LaFrance
May 13 – Jack and Janet Seymour
May 20 – Nancy Simmons, Donna
     Sundwall
May 27 – Connie Amidon, Nancy
     Frost
June   3 – Sally Wilson, Deb Eibert
 
   Worship Leader
May  6 – Cathy Smith
May 13 – Sherry Persad
May 20 – Gail Frary
May 27 – Nancy Barber
June   3 – Rick Chaffee
 
    Ushers
May  6 – Dave Heath, Terry Wheeler
May 13 – Jeff Southard, Mike Curtis
May 20 – Jack Seymour, Chuck
     Harris
May 27 – Cheryl Curtis, Jim Frary
June   3 – Mark Henderson, Dave
     Heath
 
   Acolyte
May  6 – Alex Locke-Wright, Lilly
     Schultz
May 13 – Paige Swierk, Dahlia
     Schultz
May 20 – Lillian Coonradt, Ryan
     Swierk
May 27 – Megan Heath, Riley
     LaFrance
June   3 – Justin Heath, Rose Locke
 
   Nursery
May  6 – Debi Southard
May 13 – Kristin Heath
May 20 – Jenn Schultz
May 27 – Cathy Smith
June   3 – Cindy Casler
 
 
Outreach News and Notes

   After a little sickness and some traveling conflicts the  Friendship Luncheon is back on its usual schedule of the first Wednesday of the month at noon.  These luncheons are intended to provide a place for the seniors of the area to assemble and share a meal with friends.  There is no charge but a donation box is provided along with the encouragement to bring a canned good for the food pantry.  Our next luncheon will be May 2.  Do plan to join us.
 
   It is time to think about our church Camp Fund.  With the cost of a week at summer camp going up each year the Trustees decided to raise the amount we give to each child to help defray those expenses.  This year we will provide $200 toward the cost of a week at Christian camp.  If you would like to help in this effort you may mark your donation “Camp Fund” and just put it in the offering plate.  Also note that on May 6 we will take up a “noisy offering” in Sunday Worship that will be designated for the Camp Fund.  We encourage you all to save your coins and then dump them into the metal cans the kids will pass during the morning offering.  We want to make a lot of noise for the youth!
  
   Take advantage of the Ladies Tea Party on Saturday, May 12, to celebrate with your mother or invite a neighbor to come and meet some new friends.  The Tea will run from 2:00 to 4:00 at the church.  Reservations can be made either by signing up in the Kish Room or by calling Michelle Coonradt (315-849-6533). 
 
 
LYFE Conference – June 7-9

   Women of All Ages: Please come to the annual LYFE conference. Gail Frary has signed up as group leader for the second week, June 7-9.  The cost, including housing, meals & snacks is only $170 (if you register before April 16).  The only other expense is the cost of dinner at Bingham's on the way home Saturday.  The accommodations are dorms at the college.  Very nice suites with 2 to a room with a lounge attached.
   This year, the keynote speaker is Sharon Jaynes.  Also highlighted are vocalist Kezia Curry and author/comedian Martha Bolton.  You can choose from a variety of interesting workshops.  There is also time to spend with your friends, possibly taking a walk around the water on the beautiful campus.  Please come with us for an informative, fun filled weekend!
   Check out the conference online (https://www.clarkssummitu.edu/about/events/lyfe-womens-conference/).   Please  register  online  as: Individual in a Group.  Group Name:   Amber Congregational Church Marietta, NY.
   Feel free to tell your friends about it.  Any questions, please ask.  I might be able to answer them!  Gail Frary (Home 315-636-8417,  Cell 315-391-6443, [email protected]).
 





 





Education News and Notes

   Bible Study is a vital part of our Christian growth.  Everyone has a Bible and should make time on a regular basis for personal reading and study.  In addition, we offer a variety of opportunities to study Scripture together.  Please take advantage of whatever ones you are able to fit into your schedule.
 
   Sunday School classes for all ages are held after Worship each week.  Michelle Coonradt is now teaching the children’s class that meets downstairs, and Chuck Harris is still working with the little ones.  The Adult Sunday School class is working their way through the New Testament book of Romans using curriculum by Max Lucado entitled “In the Grip of Grace.”  The class leaders are Carl and Nancy Barber. Sunday School meets for one hour from 10:45 to 11:45.
 
   The Friday Bible Study has just begun a study of the short Old Testament book of the prophet Obadiah.  These weekly studies are held each Friday morning from 10:30 to 11:30.  Our plan is to complete this study in four weeks.
 
   Our Women’s Bible Study completed their video series and have not yet decided on the next topic.  If you are interested do contact Donna Sundwall (315-636-1026).  Also watch for an announcement of the specifics concerning start-up and topic.  The ladies have been meeting on the 2 and 4 Saturdays of each month at 9:00 a.m.
 
   Yes, we continue each month to promote a faith partnership through our One-to-One meeting program.  Several of these groups have been meeting for some time.  Some have completed books together, some have reconfigured with new people, some are just chugging along.  But whenever folk gather together to talk about their faith in Jesus something significant is taking place.    We encourage all of you to consider starting or joining such a small group.  The Elders have printed up a handout listing some possible books that you could use and it is available in the Church Library. If you need other assistance in getting started just ask one of them to help.
 
   Don’t forget the Church Library as a source for your own personal faith development.  We have books for all ages, novels and biographies as well as books on Christian living and issues of special concern.  We have a good selection of Bible teachings on cd’s and we are just beginning to get some dvd’s of Christian movies.  Stop by and browse or check the catalogue out on our church website (www.amberchurch.org).  Our church librarian is Cheryl Curtis. 
 
   Our monthly Supper Club on the third Saturday of the month at 6:00 pm is a great way to just be together and establish connections with one another.  We all need friends, support, encouragement.  This casual dish-to-pass meal of potluck is intended to make sure that each of us has a community around us.  The results of spending an hour or so together once a month may pay big dividends when you encounter times of difficulty and realize that a family cares about you and will be present when you need them.  So come and join the family meal.  The next Supper Club will be on May 19.


Birthdays and Anniversaries

   May Birthdays
Travis Wheeler (4), Cahal Donovan (5), Joshua Brewer (6), Joe Hanus (8), Rose Kronen (10), Kim Vile , Deb Southard (13), Matthew Henderson (14), Jim Seymour, Deb O’Brien (15), Ethan Smith (16), Gail Frary (22), Mike Fish (26), Andy McVicar (27), Nancy Seeley, Arnold White (29), Doug LaFrance, Charlotte D’Aiutolo (30), Dahlia Schultz (31).
 
   May Anniversaries
Neil and Karen Bailer (4), Dave and Kristin Heath (6), Brad and Cindy Casler (7), Jack and Faith Stopyro (20), Chuck and Sue Ellen Harris (22).


Anniversary / Revitalization News

  It hardly seems possible that it was in 2013-2014  that we had Rev. Aaron Bouwens come and meet with us regularly to discuss church revitalization.  Following those meetings we formed a committee to continue to keep the spirit of those discussions alive in our church practice.  Some of the small groups and the One-to One meetings are a result of this effort as are some changes in our Sunday Worship practices.
   Well now we are looking at the celebration of the church’s 200 anniversary just six short years away.  Time sure flies by and so last year we formed a volunteer committee to begin discussing preparations for the year 2024.  Some things especially related to our history are already being collected and preserved.  However, we want to do more than just look back and celebrate the journey.  We want to look ahead and plan for the future. 
   With those two things in mind it seemed like a wise and natural thing to merge the Anniversary Committee and the Revitalization Committee.  There certainly are things in the past that we want to continue into the future, and there may also be new ways of outreach and change that we need to address to insure the church’s future.  If you are interested in either and/or both of these efforts please join us for a discussion together on Saturday morning, May 19, at 9:30.  And since we want to insure a celebrative approach I’ll make sure we have donuts with our coffee.  Come join in.  All are welcome.


Counseling

  Sue Ellen Harris, LCSW-R has opened a counseling practice here at the church and will be taking appointments at 696-8521.  Mrs. Harris is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with 25 years of professional experience addressing oppositional behavior in children and youth, improving marital communication and family functioning, and treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and complicated grief.  She will also be holding periodic informational sessions to the general public on a variety of counseling issues.  She practices a sliding scale fee structure.
 

 

 




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