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 will be celebrated on the following Sundays in 2018; 
First Sunday in Epiphany - January 7,
First Sunday in Lent - February 18,
Maundy Thursday - March 29,
Second Sunday in Easter - April 8,
First Sunday in Pentecost - May 20,
Mid-Summer - July 15,
First Sunday in Kingdom - August 26,
Covenant Renewal Sunday - September 23,
World Communion Sunday - October 7,
All Saint's Sunday - November 4,
Thanksgiving Sunday - November 25,
First Sunday in Advent/Christmas - December 2.


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

   We will be devoting three Sundays in September to the lessons of covenant renewal.  These are basic to us as Christians and as a church and follow the simple UP, IN and OUT pattern that we were directed to follow at the time of our revitalization talks.  They are: UP to God in the priority of worship, IN with educational accountability among ourselves, and OUT in the overflow of compassionate involvement in the world around us. 

   Following this annual covenant renewal focus we will begin a study of the Old Testament prophet Micah.  His message is centuries old and yet as current as today’s news.  The LORD is speaking to us and we need to hear and respond.

   Please read and ponder in advance of our time of Worship these Scripture passages.
 
The UP, IN and OUT of
Covenant Renewal
Sep   9 – UP: Living Out of a Place
   of Peace – Reconciled Worship 
   (Romans 11:33-12:2)
Sep 16 – IN: Living Out of a Place of
   Unity – Focused Accountability
   (Ephesians 4:1-16)
Sep 23 – OUT: Living Out of a Place
   of Blessing – Obedient Ministry
   (Genesis 22:1-18)
 
Micah – Who Is Like the LORD
Sep 30 – The LORD and the Politics
   of God’s People  (Micah 1)
Oct   7– The LORD and the
   Economics of Coveting  (Micah 2)
   World Communion
Oct  14 – The LORD and the
   Injustice of Leadership  (Micah 3) 
Oct 21 – The LORD and the Worship
   of the King  (Micah 4)
Oct 28 – The LORD and the
   Shepherd of Peace  (Micah 5)
Nov  4 – The LORD and the Walk of
   the Humble  (Micah 6) 
   All Saints Communion
Nov 11 – The LORD and the Victory
   of Forgiveness  (Micah 7) 
 
   Our average Worship attendance for the summer months of July and August were 65 and 53.  Our financial giving to date is $65,433 of the 2018 budget of $107,556.
 
Sunday Schedules     

Please check when your date is and if you are unable to be present on that Sunday then change with someone else on the list. Thank you for your willingness to assist in our Sunday Worship.  

   Greeters
Sep   2 – Roxanne Pikarsky, Deb
   O’Brien
Sep   9 – Adele Reagan, Mark
   Henderson
Sep 16 – Jim Frary, Chuck Harris
Sep 23 – Doug and Lynn LaFrance
Sep 30 – Jack and Janet Seymour
Oct   7 – Nancy Simmons, Donna
   Sundwall
 
   Worship Leader
Sep   2 – Cathy Smith
Sep   9 – Alex Locke-Wright
Sep 16 – Deb O’Brien
Sep 23 – Nancy Barber
Sep 30 – Sherry Persad
Oct   7 – Gail Frary
 
    Ushers
Sep   2 – Jim Frary, Cheryl Curtis
Sep   9 – Dave Heath, Terry Wheeler
Sep 16 – Jeff Southard, Mike Curtis
Sep 23 – Jack Seymour, Chuck
   Harris
Sep 30 – Deb O’Brien, Mark
   Henderson
Oct   7 – Jim Frary, Cheryl Curtis
 
   Acolyte
Sep   2 – Justin Heath, Rose Locke
Sep   9 – Lilly Schultz, Riley
   LaFrance
Sep 16 – Alex Locke-Wright, Paige
   Swierk
Sep 23 – Dahlia Schultz, Lillian
   Coonradt
Sep 30 – Ryan Swierk, Megan Heath
Oct   7 – Justin Heath, Rose Locke
 
   Nursery
Sep   2 – Kristin Heath
Sep   9 – Debi Southard
Sep 16 – Cindy Casler
Sep 23 – Cathy Smith
Sep 30 – Jenn Schultz
Oct   7 – Kristin Heath
 
 
Outreach News and Notes

   The next Friendship Luncheon will be held on September 5 at noon at the church.  There is no fee but donations are accepted and canned goods are suggested for the food pantry.  We look forward to a good turnout so come and bring a friend. 
 
   The Gaither Vocal Band will be appearing in concert on September 15 at 6:00 at the Landmark Theater in Syracuse.  Ticket prices range from $38.50 to $26.50 and can be purchased online (ticketmaster.com or PremierProductions.com) or at the M&T Box Office at the Landmark.
 
   The New Hope Family Services Annual Banquet will be held on October 1, 6:30 p.m., at Driver’s Village in Cicero.  The speaker will be Ruth Graham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Graham.  Reservations can be made through New Hope by calling 315-437-8300.
 
   The Syracuse Teen Challenge will also hold its Annual Banquet at Driver’s Village.  The date is October 25 at 6:30 p.m.  The speaker is Jimmy Jack, President of New York Teen Challenge.  For reservation information call 315-478-4139.
 
 
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.
 





 





Annual Church Retreat

SAVE THE DATE
Oct. 27, 2018
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
 
Come to our annual church retreat and enjoy the teaching of Sherrie Holloway.  Sherrie is a gifted bible teacher who has blessed many of us during the LYFE conferences we have attended over the years.  She has agreed to come to our retreat to teach from the book of John.  Sign up now in the Kish room to reserve your seat and invite a family member or friend to join you.  Space is limited so sign up now!
 
(The following is a quote from
Sherrie’s website
wellspringoverflow.com)
 
Jesus.
Because of Him and the life that He’s given we can have abundant life…and I don’t think we should wait for heaven to begin living it.
I believe God’s Word is God’s very breath and was intentionally given so that we might know Him and know how to live…really live…in response to who He is and what He has done.

I have found Jesus’ promise in John 4:14 to be true, “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” I am passionate about life in Christ. It is welling up inside of me. For that reason, I would love the opportunity to share with you from the overflow of my heart.


Education News and Notes

   Sunday School classes for youth will begin this month on September 9.  This summer brought some renovation to a classroom and bathroom downstairs.  Stop down and see the new area and get a feel for what else may be done to improve our facilities.  The Adult Sunday School Class will begin a new topic with a new teacher this month.  Cathy Smith is the teacher and the topic is “Sing and Make Music Everywhere.”  She will lead us in appreciating and using the Scriptures’ music in our own personal lives.  Why not grab a cup of coffee and join us for an hour following Sunday Worship in the discussion of God’s word.  Classes run each week for one hour from 10:45 to 11:45.
 
   The Friday Bible Study began a study of the Book of Hebrews in July.  With summer vacations interrupting the flow we are reviewing and picking up at chapter 4.  The schedule is posted on the bulletin board in the Kish Room and all are welcome to join in for whatever time you are available. 
 
   The One-to-One faith-partnership meeting program is on its own schedule.  Each couple or group arranges the days and times of their gatherings.  Perhaps the summer has interrupted your meeting times as well.  If so, why not start again this Fall.  This is a great way to provide both encouragement and accountability to each other as we seek to follow Jesus.  If you aren’t in such a pairing and want to be please speak to one of the Elders and they will try to assist you in getting one started.  They also have some suggested resources to generate discussion.  These are available in the church library.   
 
   And don’t forget the Church Library as a source for your own personal faith development.  We have books for all ages, novels and biographies as well as books on Christian living and issues of special concern.  A new edition to the library is the special commemorative issue of the magazine “Christianity Today” which has twenty-five articles by a host of authors to honor their founder and world evangelist Billy Graham.  He died earlier this year at the age of 99. 
 
   The church Supper Club will resume its monthly meetings this month.  We meet the third Saturday of the month at 6:00 for a dish-to-pass meal and enjoyable conversation.  The real purpose of our Supper Club meetings are simply to foster good family relationships within the church and community.  So come join us. 


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 (20), Cody Wheeler (28), Carole Ianuzi, Zachary McDonough (30).
 
   September Anniversaries – Jeff and Deb Southard (7), Jim and Gail Frary (26), Larry and Carol Wheeler (29).


 Trustees News

   With the death of Bonnie Wilson earlier this year the Trustees were notified that the church was the named beneficiary of her life insurance policy.  This summer we received a check for approximately $13,000.  It was the desire of the Trustees to not only share this notice with the entire congregation but also to ask if there are any suggestions on its possible use.  If you have an idea for it please speak to the Chairman of the Trustees, Terry Wheeler, or to any of the members.  Thank you.
 




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