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Amber Congregational Church
Loving relationships that are committed to God, accountable to each other, involved in Christ’s transforming work in our world.
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Our church is located in the hamlet of Amber on beautiful Otisco Lake in New York.
We are proud of our community and glad to be a part of Amber, New York. To us, it is home—a place to settle down and raise a family, to sink down roots, and grow strong together.
As the only church in Amber, we feel a special responsibility to contribute to the community life. In particular we seek to provide a place and a program for the public worship of God.
Of course, there are other services we attempt to provide, but this remains our central focus. We welcome you to join us.
We are pleased to support many important local, nationwide and foreign ministries with our prayers and financial contributions.
We encourage you to check them out and become better informed regarding their ministries and to keep current with their prayer needs by visiting their websites regularly.
Sundays are just the beginning
We have a schedule of events that extend across the whole week.
Make new friends, serve your neighbor, and grow in faith.
Share a meal and fellowship at Saturday Supper Club
Invest in our community through love in action with our Homeless packs.
You will feel a genuine sense of belonging when you attend our bible-based services, join a small group or be inspired and grow through Jesus at weekly bible study.
Raise your voice with our choir, a small unique small group.
In 1824 , the people of Amber established a Religious Society and erected a Meeting House in order to provide a place for Christian worship in the community. Initially arrangements were made with nearby churches to ensure that an ordained minister be available to conduct weekly worship, preach and officiate the sacraments of the church.
All denominations were welcome to use the building although the Methodist-Episcopal Church was the only one to do so on a regular basis. The Amber Religious Society was reorganized in 1918 as a Congregational Church. The change from society to church was more a statement of our identity than a change of direction.
The original focus remains the same. We still seek to provide to all people in our community a place for the public worship of God.
Pastor Search Has Begun
Our Pastor Rick Chaffee continues to serve us, however, he is looking towards retirement. We have started a search for our new Pastor and are open to inquiries and applications immediately.
Contact Search chairperson Gail Frary by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or by phone 315-391-6443.
Our search criteria include either
(1) Full Time Pastor OR
(2) Part Time Pastor to transition to Full Time.
We continue to pray for our next pastor who is out there and being led to Amber.
May We Pray For you
It is our honor and desire to pray for you. If we can support you through prayer, please let us know.
The Church as a Safe Place
Six Discussion Points that address the church as a safe place where all can be open about their struggles on divisive issues without fear of ridicule or shame. Read More
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.
Covid Protocols for Public Worship
Covid has not left us but we have returned to normal worship practices. We continue to maintain respect and courtesy to any whose practices differ from your own as they make decisions about their own health on a weekly basis.
Sanitizer – We will continue to make hand sanitizer available at the entrances.
We will seek to notify everyone of any change in policy or practice through Sunday Worship announcements, posts on our church website (www.amberchurch.org), the church email list, or by telephone. You may call the church office with any questions or updates (315-636-8843).
We do thank all of you for your attention to safety and for your respect for one another’s convictions and practices.