Amber Congregational Church - To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose.
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 (Communion) will be celebrated
on the following Sundays in 2019:

First Sunday in Epiphany - January 6,
First Sunday in Lent - March 10,
Maundy Thursday - April 18,
Second Sunday in Easter - April 28,
First Sunday in Pentecost - June 9,
Mid-Summer - July 14,
First Sunday in Kingdom - August 25,
Covenant Renewal Sunday - September 8,
World Communion Sunday - October 6,
All Saint's Sunday - November 3,
Thanksgiving Sunday - November 24,
First Sunday in Advent/Christmas - December 1.

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
   September always brings us the observance of Covenant Renewal Sunday.  This year we will celebrate it on September 15 as the conclusion to our interrupted series of sermons on “Evaluating Church Vitality.”  Our interruption was due to our month long stay in Maine to assist Lois’ family in dealing with the loss of her sister.  It seemed appropriate to me then upon our return to work through the book of Job.  It is usually seen as the Biblical story of how to deal with suffering.  As we work through these passages in the coming months I will be speaking as much to me as to you.  I have titled this series “Understanding Life with God.”
   Please read in preparation the Scriptures listed and join us for Worship.
Evaluating Church Vitality
Sept 8 – Evaluating Church Vitality: 
     Ephesus (Acts19:1-41, Psalm
Sept 15 – Covenant Renewal Sunday
      (1 Thess. 4:1-12, Psalm 77)
Understanding Life with God: A Study of Job
Sept 22 – Family Life (Job 1:1-5,
     Psalm 82)
Sept 29 – Experiencing Loss (Job
     1:6-22, Psalm 89:1-18)
Oct    6 – Spiritual Realities (Job
     2:1-10, Psalm 94) World
Oct  13 – Supportive Friends (Job
     2:11-13, Psalm 101)
Oct  20 – Character of God (Job
     4-14, Psalm 106:1-12)
Oct  27 – Fate of the Wicked (Job
     15-21, Psalm 109)
Nov   3 – Sinfulness of Job (Job
     22-31, Psalm 116) All Saints
Nov 10 – Beginning Solution (Job
     32-37, Psalm 119:33-40)
Nov 17 – Encountering God (Job
     38-41, Psalm 119:89-96)
Nov 24 – Thanksgiving (Job 42,
     Psalm 119:145-152) 
    Thanksgiving Communion
   Our average Worship attendance during the months of July and August were 66 and 54 respectively. As the summer ends we are happy to report that we are slightly ahead of our budget having received $72,934 toward our projected budget of $108,667.
September Ministers Schedule

Sept   1 – Deb O’Brien, Mark
Sept   8 – Jim Frary, Chuck Harris
Sept 15 – Lynn and Doug LaFrance
Sept 22 – Michelle Coonradt, Deb
Sept 29 – Jack and Janet Seymour
Oct    6 – Nancy Simmons, Donna
   Worship Leader
Sept   1 – Cathy Smith
Sept   8 – Rick Chaffee
Sept 15 – Gail Frary
Sept 22 – Dawn Grace Simmons
Sept 29 – Nancy Barber
Oct    6 – Deb O’Brien
Sept   1 – Paige Swierk
Sept   8 – Lilly Schultz
Sept 15 – James Locke
Sept 22 – Ryan Swierk
Sept 29 – Dahlia Schultz
Oct    6 – Megan Heath
Sept   1 – Mike Curtis, Dave Heath
Sept   8 – Mark and Brenda
Sept 15 – Cheryl Curtis, Jim Frary
Sept 22 – Jeff Southard, Chuck
Sept 29 – Terry Wheeler, Deb
Oct    6 – Jack Seymour, Teal
Sept   1 – Kristin Heath
Sept   8 – Lynn LaFrance
Sept 15 – Jenn Schultz
Sept 22 – Kristin Heath
Sept 29 – Lynn LaFrance
Oct    6 – Jenn Schultz

Church Survey
   I want to thank all of those who filled out a church survey.  We are now awaiting the results and evaluation from Rev. Ed Enstine, our facilitator with Natural Church Development.  Ed is the minister of the Danby Community Church and will help walk us through the next phase of our efforts at revitalization. The Elders are overseeing this process along with a select committee of Gail Frary, Chuck Harris, Michelle Coonradt and Cathy Smith.  Please feel free to inquire with any of them. There is also a book in the library on this process entitled “Color Your World with Natural Church Development.” 

September Birthdays
and Anniversaries 

   September Birthdays
Linda Henderson (6)
Deb Eibert (7)
Danielle Mudge (10)
Andrew Henderson (13)
Duane Wright (16)
Megan Heath (17)
Hamilton McCarthy, Cheryl Curtis
Carole Ianuzi, Zachary McDonough
   September Anniversaries
Jeff and Deb Southard (7)
Jim and Gail Frary (26)
Larry and Carol Wheeler (29)


  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.

Christian Education News
   We seek to provide opportunities for everyone to engage in some form of routine Bible study.  Certainly our Sunday Worship service is a major source of this Biblical learning time and obviously is open to everyone.  Instruction for youth is given in JAM time (Jesus and Me) during the Sunday Worship hour. The Adult Sunday School class will be finishing up a study of the first 3 chapters of the book of Revelation this month.  Our Friday Bible Study meets each week for an hour, from 10:30 to 11:30, and we are working our way through the New Testament book of Romans.  Please feel free to sit in anytime. 

Outreach News and Notes
   Our Friendship Luncheons are held at noon on the first Wednesday of the month, the next one will be October 2.  We provide these senior fellowship meals as a means of encouraging friendship and community, so do come and invite someone else to join you.  We generally fill the Kish Room with between 30 to 40 in attendance.   
   The Annual Pork Supper has been scheduled for November 9.  Additional information will be given in next month’s newsletter regarding volunteers and preparations.  Contact Jim Frary with any questions (315-427-3585).
   Our ministry of Helping Hands is still providing transportation assistance to those needing rides to medical appointments. Contact Jim Frary to request help.  We also need additional drivers to cover all the requests.  If you are able to volunteer to help provide this assistance please contact Jim Frary who heads up this church program (427-3585 or at
   We ask for your continued donations of non-perishable food items for the food pantry.  Our donations are taken regularly to the Durgee Food Pantry in Marcellus.  If you would like to make a financial contribution there are cans so marked beside the food pantry collection boxes at the church.  Thank you for sharing your gifts with others.
   Also our Samaritan Committee stands ready to provide emergency confidential financial assistance to those in need.  If you know of a situation that we can address, please contact any member of the committee directly.  Financial contributions to the fund are also always appreciated.  (Members: Faith Stopyro, Cathy Smith, Jim Frary, Sally Wilson, Cheryl Curtis, Matt Henderson, Rick Chaffee.)

Upcoming Opportunities
   The New Hope Family Services annual banquet will be held on Thursday, October 17, at the Carnegie Conference Center at Driver’s Village in Cicero.  The speaker this year is Denise Harle who is with the Alliance Defending Freedom. RSVP to 315-437-8300. 
   The Mars Hill Network is sponsoring a concert with Steve Green on Friday, October 18, at the North Syracuse Baptist Church.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at Sacred Melody.  For more information call the station at (800-677-1881).

Membership News
   News from the Marcellus Central Schools summer newsletter notes that three individuals with Amber Church connections received awards at graduation.  Riley LaFrance was presented with the Philp Koloski Award, Charles Donovan IV was awarded the Marcellus Booster Club Scholarship, and Colin Herold was given the Marcellus Central School District Bus Drivers’ Association Award. In addition Megan Heath was inducted into the National Honor Society and Neil Bailer was recognized for his years of service at his retirement.  Congratulations to all.
   Jessika Southard graduated from her Army training in airplane mechanics and has been stationed in Yuma, Arizona for the next two years.  Looks like Jeff and Deb will have to be planning a trip out west in the near future.
A Sincere Thank You
from the Chaffees

   Lois and I would like to express our deep appreciation for your kindness to us this past month.  Our two week vacation stretched into four as we sought to care for and encourage Lo’s family during the prolonged struggle and subsequent death of her sister, Becky.  Your understanding as we stayed on to participate in the funeral and burial was most affirming as were your prayers, your cards and your messages of support.  We are truly blessed to be a part of this caring church family.  We are glad to be home and glad to call all of you our sisters and brothers.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


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