Amber Congregational Church - To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose.
Our Weekly Schedule

    Sunday
Worship                           9:30 am
Sunday School              10:45 am

   Wednesday
Choir Practice                 7:00 pm

   Friday
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

   Monthly 
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

   Bi-monthly
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

   Quarterly
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

   Worship is the spiritual discipline we are focusing on in the month of May.  The two main approaches to the practice of worship are public worship and private worship.  These are not contrary to each other but in fact are to be practiced together.  And both require discipline or they will both hardly be worth calling “worship.”  In other words, these are to be priorities.  Personal private Bible reading and prayer must become a daily practice.  Weekly attendance at Sunday public worship must also become a priority.  If either becomes sporadic or is routinely squeezed out of one’s habitual practice then it certainly ceases to be a spiritual discipline and consequently provides minimal benefits to one’s soul.
   Our Sunday sermon series will use the four narrative chapters in Isaiah to illustrate and instruct us on the practice of worship.  Please read in preparation the Scriptures listed for each Sunday.
  
Questions from King Hezekiah
(Isaiah 36-39)
 
May   5 – Youth Sunday
   (Psalm 115:1-18)
May 12 – In What or In
   Whom Do You Trust?
   (Isaiah 36 & Psalm
   119:25-32)
May 19 – What Is Your
   Primary Concern when
   Challenged? (Isaiah 37 &
   Psalm 119:81-88)
May 26 – What Is Your
   Understanding of the
   Miraculous?  (Isaiah 38
   & Psalm 119:137-144)
June   2 – How Do Your
   Decisions Affect the
   Next Generation?  (Isaiah
   39 & Psalm 122:1-9)
 
   Our average Worship attendancefor the month of April was 75.  Our special Holy Week events had an average daily attendance of 15.  Presently we have received $33,116 toward our projected budget of $108,667.  
 
   We have purchased a new hymnal for our worship times together.  After a rather extensive search and comparison, including seeking to find a hymnal that contained all 103 songs that you folk requested, we decided on “The Worship Hymnal” printed by LifeWay Christian Resources.  The decision was made at the Worship Committee to recommend this to both the Elders and the Trustees for their approval.  Having secured that at their April meetings, and having a donation to cover the entire amount, we ordered them and expect delivery within the next few weeks.  Once we have them in the pews we will collect our present hymnal, “The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration,” and make them available to any who would like one for their own private use.  Thank you to all who submitted song requests, to those who did the evaluations, granted the approvals, and to Cliff and Sally Wilson for their financial donation to this project.  Hopefully these will have arrived before we host the Inter-Church Hymn-Sing on Saturday, May 11.  This will be a great opportunity to get familiar with our new hymnal. 
  
 
May Ministers’ Schedule
 
   If you would like to be included in any of the ministries noted below please speak to Rick Chaffee (636-8843) or Deb O’Brien (420-2471) and we will add you to the rotation.  Thank you. 
 
   Greeters
May   5 – Connie Amidon,
   Nancy Frost
May 12 – Michelle
   Coonradt, Deb O’Brien
May 19 – Deb Eibert, Sally
   Wilson
May 26 – Dorothy Herold,
   Hamilton McCarthy
June   2 – Adele Reagan,
   Deb O’Brien
 
   Worship Leader
May   5 – Alex Locke-
   Wright
May 12 – Sherry Persad
May 19 – Rick Chaffee
May 26 – Deb O’Brien
June   2 – Gail Frary
 
   Acolyte
May   5 – Riley LaFrance
May 12 – Paige Swierk
May 19 – Megan Heath
May 26 – Dahlia Schultz
June   2 – James Locke
 
    Ushers
May   5 – Mike Curtis,
   Dave Heath
May 12 – Jack Seymour,
   Mark Henderson
May 19 – Jeff Southard,
   Chuck Harris
May 26 – Jim Frary, Cheryl
   Curtis
June   2 – Terry Wheeler,
   Deb O’Brien

     Nursery
May   5 – Jenn Schultz
May 12 – Kristin Heath
May 19 – Cathy Smith
May 26 – Lynn LaFrance
June   2 – Jenn Schultz

 
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 begin a new topic this month using Isaiah 36-39 on “The Historical Narrative of King Hezekiah.”  Rick Chaffee will direct the class which is open to all.  Our Friday Bible Study meets each week for an hour, from 10:30 to 11:30. After a couple of cancellations we have just begun a new book study, the Old Testament book of Habakkuk.  Come and join us. 
 

Counseling

  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 start a new topic this month “Pray, Ponder, Prepare: Until the Clock Ticks It Ticks for Me.”  Scripture passages to be discussed include Matthew 24, Luke 12 and 21, and selections from Daniel.  Chuck Harris will direct the class which is open to all.  Our Friday Bible Study meets each week for an hour, from 10:30 to 11:30.  Our schedule has us completing the short Old Testament book of Habakkuk this month and then turning to the New Testament for a study of the book of Romans.  Come and join us. 
 
Conferences and Camps
 
   Men - Clarks Summit University (north of Scranton, about 2 hours away) is holding a Men's Conference, “Man Up.”  It is an 18 hour overnight event (Friday, May 24 at 6 pm to Saturday, May 25 at noon).  The key speaker is George McGovern, the chapel leader for the New York Yankees.  The room (double occupancy) and meals are all included in the cost of $65. There is also a 2 hour service project scheduled Saturday morning to help with the low cost of the program.  To obtain more information or to register please visit their website (https://www.clarkssummitu.edu/man-up/).  When registering, the group is “Amber Congregational Church.”  Please call Jim Frary at 315-427-3585 with any questions you may have.

   Women - The women's LYFE (Living Your Faith Everyday) Conference this year is June 7-8.  The theme is "Still."  The keynote speaker is Sherrie Holloway, who spoke at our church retreat last fall.  She is passionate, biblical and humorous, a treat to listen to.    The vocal group is Selah.  This year the conference begins Friday morning at 9:30.  There are two options regarding attendance:
     1. Arrive Thursday evening between 6:30
         and 9:30 p.m. with housing Thursday and
         Friday nights with Friday breakfast
         included for a cost of $190.
     2. Arrive Friday morning between 8:00 and
         9:15 a.m. with housing Friday night and
         meals starting Friday at lunch for a cost
         of $170.
To obtain more information or register, the website is (https://www.clarkssummitu.edu/csu-lyfe/).  When registering, the group is “Amber Congregational Church.”  Please contact Gail Frary (315-636-8417 / 315-391-6443 or e-mail gailfrary@gmail.com) with any questions. We would love to have you go with us!
 
   Youth - Casowasco summer camp brochures are on the literature table in the Kish room.  The church will again contribute $200 toward the fee of each camper.  You can get more detail on the different camps offered this year at their website (http://campsandretreats.org/summer-camp-2019/ search) and can also register online at this address (https://casowasco.campbrainregistration.com/).   Tiered pricing is available for the camps.  Please contact Gail Frary (315-636-8417  /  315-391-6443 or gailfrary@gmail.com) with any questions.
 
Outreach News and Notes
 
   The next Friendship Luncheon will be on Wednesday, May 1. We provide these senior fellowship meals as a means of encouraging friendship and community, so do come and invite someone else to join you.  
 
   The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is holding a seven day Decision America Northeast Tour this month.  Syracuse is the final stop on this seven state, seven night meeting schedule.  The evening will include music by Crowder, a fireworks display and a message of hope by Franklin Graham.  The date is Thursday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lakeview Amphitheater.  Admission is free, bring your family and friends.  For more information you can visit the website (www.DecisionNortheast.com).  
 
   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 ruckus_sr@hotmail.com).
 

May Birthdays and Anniversaries 

Birthdays
Travis Wheeler (4)
Cahal Donovan (5)
Carl Barber (5)
Joe Hanus (8)
Rose Kronen (10)
Kim Vile (13)
Deb Southard (13)
Matthew Henderson (14)
Jim Seymour (15)
Deb O’Brien (15)
Ethan Smith (16)
Gail Frary (22)
Mike Fish (26)
Andy McVicar (27)
Nancy Seeley (29)
Doug LaFrance (30)
Charlotte D’Aiutolo (30)
Dahlia Schultz (31)
 
Anniversaries
Neil and Karen Bailer (4)
Dave and Kristin Heath (6)
Brad and Cindy Casler (7)
Jack and Faith Stopyro (20)
Chuck and Sue Ellen Harris (22)

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