Amber Congregational Church - Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
Our Weekly Schedule

Worship                           9:30 am
Sunday School              10:45 am

Choir Practice                 7:00 pm

Bible Study                     10:30 am

*The Lord's Table will be celebrated on the following Sundays in 2017; 
First Sunday in Epiphany - January 10,
First Sunday in Lent - February 14,
Maundy Thursday - March 24,
Second Sunday in Easter - April 3,
First Sunday in Pentecost - May 15,
Mid-Summer - July 9,
First Sunday in Kingdom - August 27,
Covenant Renewal Sunday - September 17,
World Communion Sunday - October 1,
All Saint's Sunday - November 5,
Thanksgiving Sunday - November 19,
First Sunday in Advent/Christmas - December 3.

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

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
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

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

   The short letter to Titus has been our focus in Worship this past month and we will complete it just before Thanksgiving and the Advent season.  Please read the appropriate passages and come prepared to worship and follow the Lord of the church.  And don’t forget about inviting a friend to join you. 
Titus: Straightening Out the Unfinished
Oct 15 – The Message of Hope
     (Titus 1:1-5)
Oct 22 – The Provision of
     Leadership (Titus 1:5-16)
Oct 29 – Doing Good: Learning
     from Others (Titus 2:1-10)
Nov  5 – Doing Good: Learning to
     Say “No” (Titus 2:11-15)  
     All Saints Communion
Nov 12 – Doing Good: Learning by
     Rebirth and Renewal (Titus 3:1-8)
Nov 19 – Doing Good: Learning to
     Deal with Conflict (Titus 3:9-15)
   Our average Worship attendance for the month of October was 62.  Our financial giving to date is $85,630 toward our 2017 budget of $103,788.

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.  

Nov   5 – Nancy Simmons, Donna
Nov 12 – Connie Amidon, Nancy
Nov 19 – Deb Eibert, Sally Wilson Nov 26 – Dorothy Herold, Hamilton
Dec   3 – Gary Sanford, Michelle

   Worship Leader
Nov   5 – Alex Wright
Nov 12 – Nancy Barber
Nov 19 – Gail Frary
Nov 26 – Deb O’Brien
Dec   3 – Cathy Smith      

Nov  5 – Dave Heath, Jeff Southard Nov 12 – Terry Wheeler, Mike Curtis Nov 19 – Cheryl Curtis, Dave
Nov 26 – Jack Seymour, Chuck
Dec   3 – Deb O’Brien, Jim Frary

Nov  5 – Rose Locke, Riley
Nov 12 – Paige Swierk, Lilly Schultz Nov 19 – Dahlia Schultz, Ellie
Nov 26 – Lillian Coonradt, Ryan
Dec   3 – Megan Heath, Manny

Nov   5 – Cindy Casler
Nov 12 – Deb Southard
Nov 19 – Kristin Heath
Nov 26 – Jenn Schultz
Dec   3 – Lynn LaFrance

Outreach News and Notes

   Our Annual Pork Supper will be held on Saturday, November 4.  We always need volunteers to work together on this church effort so be sure to tell Jim Frary (315-427-3585) or Nancy Seeley (315-729-1071) that you are available.  Reservations are made through Karen Bailer (315-636-9584). 

   Our monthly Friendship Luncheons are held on the first Wednesday of the month at noon and are open to all.  We hope to encourage a community spirit and to aid the seniors in town to get out and visit with their neighbors over a good meal prepared by the ladies of the church.  Due to the extra work involved in preparing our annual Pork Supper the Friendship Luncheon this month will be canceled.  The next one will be held on December 6.  The only cost is a voluntary donation and the encouragement to share with others by bringing a donation to the food pantry.

   On Sunday, October 15, we received an additional hurricane relief offering in Worship.  We call it a “noisy offering” as we pass two large aluminum cans and request that folk put in their coins, which obviously makes a good bit of noise.  This offering, which included $250 from our Youth Group, totaled $869.30.  It was designated for World Relief in Puerto Rico following the destruction of the recent hurricane.  If you would like to make a direct contribution to World Relief their contact information is 7 East Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21202 / 800.555.5433 /

   It has been our custom to also collect a Thanksgiving Offering to be sent to some ministry working with the poor.  This year we are designating that it be given to the Samaritan Center in Syracuse which seeks to feed and clothe the homeless and poor in the city.  This offering will be collected in our Worship on Thanksgiving Sunday, November 19.

   Don’t forget the regular opportunities to either give or receive help through our church outreach programs such as the food pantry andour ministry of Helping Hands which provides rides for those needing transportation assistance. (Jim Frary heads up this church program and can be contacted at 315-427-3585 or at  We also seek to provide confidential emergency financial assistance to those in need through our Samaritan Committee.   If you know of a situation that we can address, please contact our Outreach Director, Cathy Smith (315-456-9198,  She is also always happy to discuss ways that you can be involved in helping our neighbors in the name of Jesus.

   The Women’s Fellowship would like to thank all who saved and donated to the Fort Drum Coupon Collection for the military personnel stationed there.  This program has now ended and we will no longer be collecting coupons at the church.  Your past contributions were greatly appreciated. 

  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.


2017 Annual Church
Thanksgiving Dinner
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you”
(Philippians 1:3).
   Okay so “Annual” is proclaiming more than we have delivered, but the desire has been present every year.  Besides “Annual Church Thanksgiving Dinner” sounds a lot better than “Occasional Church Thanksgiving Dinner,” or “Periodic Church Thanksgiving Dinner,” or “When-We-Remember-and-Get-Organized Church Thanksgiving Dinner.”  So regardless of how frequent we have held them you are all still welcome to the table and to the family and to the fellowship of our Church Thanksgiving Dinner. 
   The date and time is Sunday, November 19, at noon.  We will use the Sunday School hour to set up the room and make preparations for our shared meal.  Gail Frary (315-636-8417) is organizing the event.  Please note that our menu is listed below.  Three 15 pound turkeys should feed us all.  If you would like to donate one please contact Gail Frary.  Those along with the dressing and gravy will be prepared at the church but we are asking all who come to bring a dish to pass based on the following chart and the first letter of your last name.  Please join us in a true expression of thanks to God for one another.
      A-G dessert 
      H-N salad  
      O-U bread  
      V-Z vegetable 

Education News and Notes

   Our Annual Church Retreat was held this past month at Deb O’Brien’s home in Marcellus.  Our speaker this year was Rebecca Letterman of Northeastern Seminary, whose topic was “Sabbath Rhythms.”  These retreats are a good opportunity for a concentrated focus in spiritual living.  Those who attended found this one to be both thought-provoking and encouraging.

   There are presently 6 signed up for the men’s Iron Sharpens Iron Conference in North Syracuse on Saturday, November 11.  For you Mets fans, one of the speakers this year is former baseball player turned minister, Darryl Strawberry.  There is still time to register.  The cost is $55 for the all-day event.  Youth may also attend at a reduced rate.  We have had a group go every year for the last 6 or 8 years.  Contact Rick Chaffee for more information.

   This month we will also hold our second annual Elders Retreat.  This is a day planned for focused learning.  The topic this time is “Peacemakers” and we will be using a 6 part video presentation by our Conference Director of Church Development, Rev. John Kimball.  The date is November 18.

   Bible Study is essential for the development of our Christian faith.  We are to be people of the book.  We encourage all of you, in addition to Sunday Worship attendance, to take advantage of one or more of these Bible Study opportunities.

   Sunday School classes for all ages are held after Worship each week.  Cathy Smith and Lisa McVicar are teaching the younger children a survey of the New Testament.  Rick Chaffee is presently leading the adult class which is looking at Nineveh in the prophecies of Jonah and Nahum.  Why not check it out; you may really enjoy the experience.  Classes meet each Sunday for one hour from 10:45 to 11:45. 

   The Friday Bible Study is doing the short, one chapter book of Jude.  We are a small group and would welcome new attenders.  Why not try us out.  The classes are open to everyone.  We meet weekly on Friday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30.

   We also want to continue to encourage a faith partnership through our One-to-One meeting program.  Presently we know of 16 groups of 2 or 3 that are meeting regularly.  We are hopeful that all of you will find someone with whom you can spend some time with and together talk about Jesus.  It need only be a half-hour meeting every couple of weeks or so.  The Elders have printed up a handout listing some possible books that you could use and it is available in the Church Library. The goal is to strengthen each other’s faith by the simple task of building Christian friendships.  If you need other assistance in getting started just ask one of the Elders 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.  Stop by and browse or check the catalogue out at this link.

This is a great resource that we hope all of you will use more frequently.  It will be updated as more books are received.  Our church librarian is Cheryl Curtis.


   November Birthdays
Malcolm Wheeler (1), Nancy Frost, Roxanne Pikarsky (2), Brad Casler, Jordan Sanford (11), Bob Post (14), Manny Southard (17), Barbara Webster (20), Edie Seymour (26), Jessika Southard (30).



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