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

   In June and July we will be focusing our Sunday morning Worship on the paper printed in last month’s newsletter, “The Church as a Safe Place – Points of Emphasis for Discussion.”  We encourage all to review that paper.  It is posted on the website and hard copies can be obtained in the church office.  Recognizing the priority of creation and redemption in both arriving at our own particular views and then in discussing these with others can go a long way in providing a safe environment for all to find and walk with Jesus.  In August we will look at three New Testament churches in light of the need for evaluating vitality. 
   Please read in preparation the Scriptures listed and join us for Worship.
The Church as a Safe Place
June   9 – The Day Arrives (Acts
     2:1-47, Psalm 129:1-8)
     Pentecost Communion
June 16 – Created in the Image of
     God (Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm
June 23 – Loved and Redeemed by
     Christ (2 Corinthians 5:15-21,
     1 John 4:9-10, Psalm 143:1-12)
June 30 – Sinners and Servants of
     God (Matthew 10:24-25,  
     25:14-30, Luke 17:1-10,
     Psalm 150:1-6)
July   7 – Obedient Subjects of God’s
     Order (1 Corinthians 6:19-20,
     Psalm 7:1-17)
July 14 – Morality and Ethics
     Determined by Behavior
     (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians
     4:17-32, Psalm 14:1-7)
     Mid-Summer Communion
July 21 – Support and Accountability
     in the Community (John 3:16-21,
     1 Corinthians 5:9-13, Psalm
Evaluating Church Vitality
July 28 – Evaluating Church Vitality
     – Thessalonica (Acts 17:1-9,
     Psalm 27:1-14)
Aug   4 – Evaluating Church Vitality
     – Corinth (Acts 18:1-28, Psalm
Aug 11 – Guest Speaker Dave Pilch
     (Psalm 41:1-13)
Aug 18 – Guest Speaker Wayne
     Taylor (Psalm 49:1-20)
Aug 25 – Evaluating Church Vitality
     – Ephesus (Acts 19:1-41, Psalm
     56:1-13) Kingdom Communion
   Our average Worship attendancefor the month of June was 62.  Presently we have received $50,674 toward our projected budget of $108,667.

Church Survey
   Within the past few months both the Elders and the Trustees have approved a church evaluation process that will enable us to determine more clearly the vitality of our church, where we are and where we want to go.  This past month a small committee was put together to meet with a facilitator whose responsibility it is to provide, and assess the results of a church survey.  The organization that provides this resource is Natural Church Development and our facilitator is Rev. Ed Enstine, minister of the Danby Community Church. Once the survey is completed and tabulated we will receive the results along with suggestions on how to make improvements that are particularly tailored to our church’s strengths and weaknesses.  We hope to make these survey’s available to everyone by the end of July. 
   For more information you can contact any of the committee members (Rick Chaffee, Michelle Coonradt, Gail Frary, Chuck Harris, Cathy Smith).  There is also a book in the library on this process entitled “Color Your World with Natural Church Development.” 

Summer Birthdays
and Anniversaries 

   July Birthdays
Teal Trendowski, Dorothy Herold (2)
Dan Wheeler, Brianna Wolf,
   Tom Schmidt (4)
Cathy Smith, Rachel Chaffee (5)
Josh Brewer (6)
Mark Henderson, Brogan
   Donovan (10)
Matt Southard (11)
Dominic Wood (12)
Terry Wheeler (21)
Stacy Stopyro (22)
Jim Frary (23)
Maggy Coonradt, Jared Locke (24)
   July Anniversaries
Chuck and Kim Donovan (7)
Mike and Marilyn Fish (10)
Hugo and Margaret Isensee (14)
Tom and Sherry Pembrook (24)
Terry and Karin Wheeler (24)
Christian and Rachel Schimke (30)
   August Birthdays
Lois Chaffee (4)
Laurie Just (6)
Kristin Heath,
   Mary Frances Seymour (7)
Nancy Simmons (9)
Michelle Coonradt (10)
Andrew Seymour (13)
Neil Bailer (14)
Jennifer Drummond (19)
Paige Swierk, Peter Barnes (20)
Melanie Hicks (21)
James Wright (22)
Frank Swierk (23)
Jenny Wright (25)
Eric Trendowski (26)
Gary Pikarsky (28)
   August Anniversaries
Tom and Noreen Schmidt (11)
Teal and Kathy Trendowski (15)
Mike and Cheryl Curtis (27)


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 meeting throughout the summer and will be discussing a variety of topics led by different individuals.  Our Friday Bible Study meets each week for an hour, from 10:30 to 11:30.  We are working our way through the New Testament book of Romans.  Please feel free to sit in anytime. 
Annual Church Retreat
   Please be sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend our Annual Fall Retreat to be held on Saturday, September 28.  This year our guest speaker will be Sarah Derck.  Sarah serves as Chair and Assistant Professor of Old Testament in the Department of Biblical Studies, Theology, and Philosophy at Houghton College.  She is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.  She has served as both a college chaplain and an associate pastor in an urban church plant in Manchester, England.  Her particular areas of research and teaching interest include Wisdom literature, biblical women, and preaching from the Old Testament.  She is married with two children. Deb O’Brien has once again opened her home to host this event.  Specific details on the topic of the retreat are being finalized and will be made available once completed.  We do hope you will join us! 
Outreach News and Notes
   Due to the celebration of Independence Day this month the July Friendship Luncheon has been canceled, the next one will be on Wednesday, August 7. 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.   
   Volunteers are needed to help at the church during the Otisco Valley Yard Sale which is held annually on the first Saturday of August, August 3 this year.  We open the church up to all providing a friendly welcome and rest stop, bathroom facilities, snacks and drinks, and the offer to pray for any needs that may be shared.  If you would like to help please speak to Cathy Smith who is organizing our outreach (315-456-9198,
   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

New York State and Religious Freedom
   We are saddened to report that the adoption agency which was an important part of New Hope Family Services has been shut down by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services due to New Hope’s policy of placing children it serves in homes with a married mother and father.  This has been New Hope’s position since its inception based on its religious faith-based status.  The Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing New Hope asked the court to stop the state mandate but the court declined to do so and dismissed the case.  It is now under appeal.  New Hope is continuing to minister as a free pregnancy aid center.
   This legal action is just another in a series of issues where it appears that the State of New York has overstepped its reach and authority to impact and curtail individual religious freedoms.  The mandate removing the religious exemption on childhood immunizations is another such decision.  That one is being appealed by Children’s Health Defense and its president, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. 
   We encourage all to both research and support these religious freedom issues.    


  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.


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