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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 fellowshio 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.
Dear Church Family,
With regard to Sunday Worship - We regret to add Sunday Worship to the list of closings, but in accordance with the health concerns and the call from those in government leadership to avoid gatherings of 10 or more we must do so. So starting now we will not be holding our Sunday Worship service or Sunday School until further notice.
With regard to your physical health – The recommendation is to stay home as much as possible and be safe, guard your health. There are local sites to go to for information regarding health care concerns should you experience any of the symptoms. Your favorite news station will have links as does the Onondaga County Health Department (ongov.net). The County has also set up a telephone hotline to help seniors in need of meals and groceries (315-218-1987). We also want you to feel free to call the church if you need items picked up or have some personal need that others can help you meet. Remember we are a family.
With regard to your social health – We are all social creatures, even those who are introverts; all of us need some kind of social interaction. With this seriously limited at this time we urge you to maintain contact with others as best you can. We know that nothing beats a face to face conversation but other means of communication are still available, so use your telephone, send texts or emails or even cards and letters to your friends and family. Don’t let “social distancing” become isolation.
With regard to your spiritual health – God, of course is always available and always present. Despite the fact that public worship is canceled for a time, there are no restrictions on your private worship. So do use this time to hold your own worship in your own family setting. Read the Bible, pray, sing a hymn. I am not sure yet what we will do on Sunday but we are planning to post something every Sunday on our church website (amberchurch.org). But you need not wait until Sunday to avail yourself of spiritual aids to worship. The devotional booklet “Our Daily Bread” is available online (odb.org). We also have the daily programing of Christian radio at Mars Hill Broadcasting (WMHR 102.9 FM).
These are trying times, but God our Father is eager to hear your concerns. We urge you to read and pray the Psalms on a daily basis, combining the Psalm for the day with the person listed in our Church Prayer Reminder. Then perhaps contact that person just to let them know that you prayed for them today. We are a family, a community of faith, and we will, by the grace of God, figure out how to do community without gathering together.
And when the ban is lifted and we gather again in our sanctuary, what praises we will sing to God for his eternal presence and provision and the joy of our assembly.
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in your will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:3-6). Do not live in fear or with anxiety but instead know the joy that can be yours as you recognize that “The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:5-7).
Rick and the Elders
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Have you been to Sight and Sound for any of their musical performances of biblical theater? They really are something to be experienced as they bring the Bible stories to life in a tremendous stage setting. The drawback is that the theater is in Lancaster, PA, a good four or five hour drive. But surprise, surprise, the theater is coming to us. They have filmed their live performance of “Jesus” and are making it available to movie theaters across the country at Eastertime. The local Marcus Theater at the Camillus Movie Tavern in Township 5 is showing the film on April 7,9 & 11.
The Fun Committee would like to offer this as a church outing opportunity and try to get a group together to attend. Ticket prices are $15. The Committee is suggesting that we do the Saturday, April 11 matinee at 12:55 p.m. This would be both a weekend and a daylight time for those not wanting to drive at night. If you are interested, please contact Lynn LaFrance (315-480- 0696, or firstname.lastname@example.org). We will need to make reservations in advance so register you interest with Lynn soon.
This would also be a great opportunity to invite a friend or family member to join you. The message of the gospel is clearly presented in the performance so you could use it as a means of outreach to those who don’t yet know 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.