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 - November 26.

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

   As we finish our fall focus on renewing our covenant I thought it would be good to walk into the book of Titus as a follow-up.  The Apostle Paul’s stated reason for writing this little letter was to “straighten out what was left unfinished” (Titus 1:5).  After renewing our commitment perhaps these few chapters can give us guidance on what we should do now, at least that will be my intent in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and Advent.  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. 
Renewing the Covenant under Ezra and Nehemiah
(Ezra 7, Nehemiah 8-10)
Sep 24 – The Record of Renewal:
     The Place of Scripture
     (Nehemiah 8)
Oct   1 – The Repentance of
     Renewal: The Practice of
     Confession (Nehemiah 9)
Oct   8 – The Future of Renewal:
     The Promise of Commitment
     (Nehemiah 10)
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 September was 60.  Our financial giving to date is $73,512 toward our 2017 budget of $103,788.

   On Sunday, October 15, we will be receiving 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 make a good bit of noise.  The offering will be sent to World Relief to aid those in need in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico following the destruction of the recent hurricanes.  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 /

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.  

Oct   1 – Roxanne Pikarsky, Deb
Oct   8 – Adele Reagan, Mark
Oct 15 – Jim Frary, Chuck Harris
Oct 22 – Lynn and Doug LaFrance
Oct 29 – Jack and Janet Seymour
Nov  5 – Nancy Simmons, Donna
   Worship Leader
Oct   1 – Nancy Barber
Oct   8 – Gail Frary
Oct 15 – Deb O’Brien
Oct 22 – Cathy Smith
Oct 29 – Alex Wright
Nov  5 – Rick Chaffee
Oct   1 – Dave Heath, Jeff Southard
Oct   8 – Jack Seymour, Mike Curtis
Oct 15 – Terry Wheeler, Cheryl
Oct 22 – Chuck Harris, Jim Frary
Oct 29 – Mark Henderson, Deb
Nov  5 – Dave Heath, Jeff Southard
Oct   1 – Lilly Schultz, Gabby Locke
Oct   8 – Alex Wright, Paige Swierk
Oct 15 – Ellie Southard, Lillian
Oct 22 – Ryan Swierk, Megan Heath
Oct 29 – Manny Southard, Lilly
Nov  5 – Gabby Locke, Riley
Oct   1 – Deb Southard
Oct   8 – Kristin Heath
Oct 15 – Jenn Schultz
Oct 22 – Lynn LaFrance
Oct 29 – Cathy Smith
Nov  5 – Cindy Casler

Outreach News and Notes

   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.  The next one will be held on October 4.  The only cost is a voluntary donation and the encouragement to share with others by bringing a donation to the food pantry. 

   A couple of us from the Outreach Committee have been meeting every few months with other local churches to discuss possible shared outreach opportunities.  The next meeting of this Community Outreach group will be on Thursday, October 19, with an agenda to discuss responses to the hurricane devastation in the south as well as some short-term mission ideas.  The meeting will be at the Otisco Presbyterian Church from 6:30 to 7:30, all are welcome to attend.

   The Outreach Committee is planning another “Soup Day” for Saturday, October 21.  Cathy Smith, our Outreach Director, will be soliciting for folk to make soup and to invite all to stop in from 11:30 to 2:00 for a lunch of soup and bread.  The main idea is to create an opportunity for casual and relaxed conversation with others.  Come and enjoy a light meal with your neighbors.

   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.  You may contact them for further information and for reservation direction as well. 

   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.

  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.


 Education News and Notes

   Our Annual Church Retreat which will be held  this month on Saturday, October 28, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Chuck and Sue Ellen's home on Strong Road in Tully.  Our speaker this year is Rebecca Letterman of Northeastern Seminary.  Rebecca will be speaking on the topic of “Sabbath Rhythms.”  Her topic goes beyond how to spend a Sunday and will focus on developing patterns of living that allow open spaces in our lives for regular participation in God’s “Sabbath rest.”    During the retreat participants will be invited to try some new ways of ‘resting’ with the Lord as individuals and as a community of believers. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  Please register with one of the Registration sheets available on the literature tables at church.  Contact Rick or Sue Ellen if you have questions.  Hope to see you there!

   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 have resumed for the fall.  We look forward to a great year of learning and fun together.  Cathy Smith and Lisa McVicar will be teaching the younger children and Rick Chaffee is presently leading the adult class.  Why not check it out; you may really enjoy the experience.  Classes meet each Sunday after Worship for one hour from 10:45 to 11:45. 

   The Friday Bible Study is just concluding the topic of creeds and covenants and will begin a new study on Friday, October 6.  Since the adult Sunday School class is doing a couple of short Old Testament books, Jonah and Nahum, I thought it would be good to do something in the New Testament in the Friday group.  So, we will start 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
here. It is a google document and is available for viewing 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 new church librarian is Cheryl Curtis.

   The Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference will be held in North Syracuse on November 11.  Brochures are available on the literature table at church and there is a sign-up sheet there as well.  The cost is $55 for early registration by November 1.  The keynote speakers this year are Darryl Strawberry and Stephen Mansfield.  For more information see Carl Barber.

200 Anniversary Planning

   The 200 anniversary of the Amber Church is just a few short years away and we have begun planning and collecting for it.  A committee has formed of volunteers, open to any interested, who have devised a questionnaire to interview especially our most senior members, collecting their stories and memories for posterity.  The next meeting of the committee has been set for Saturday, October 14 at 9:30 a.m.  If you have ideas that would be useful or just have a general interest in helping with this project please come join us.  We desire to have a grand celebration to thank God for his grace and guidance in Amber in 2024.

Birthdays and Anniversaries
    October Birthdays
Arlette Sherwood (1), Rich McVicar, Linda Henderson (7), Linda Pelletier, Audrey White (17), Kaycee Bailer (18), Joelle Howlett (19), Emily Wolf (20), Jeff Southard, Justin Heath (22), Chad Casler, Conner Casler (26), Adele Reagan (28), Jason Wright (31).
   October Anniversaries
Loren and Laurie Torrance (6), Andy and Linda Henderson (7), Frank and Karen Swierk (8).



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