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
 
   I confess that choosing the book of Job for our fall Worship sermons was done more for me than for you.  As you know Lois and I spent our days in the month of August either sitting in the hospital or sitting in the Hospice house with her sister until she died.  Returning home I wanted to hear again the story of living with God in the midst of suffering and death.  Job provides that story in the Bible so I decided selfishly to work through it on Sunday mornings in our Worship together.  I don’t know if these sermons have been at all helpful to you but I have benefited from the preparation of them.   
   We will continue this series through the month of November.  My hope is that wrestling with this topic will indeed make us, me, thankful for all of God’s mercies, no matter how they are received.
   I have titled this series “Understanding Life with God.”  Please read in preparation the Scriptures listed and join us for Worship.  
 
Understanding Life with God: A Study of Job
 
Nov   3 – Sinfulness of Job (Job
                22-31, Psalm 116) 
                All Saints Communion
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 attendanceduring the month of October was the lowest it has been all year, 48. I don’t know the reason, we certainly can’t blame it on the weather, but hopefully it was an abnormality.  Our giving is still running slightly ahead of our budget having received $88,456 toward our projected budget of $108,667.

November Ministers Schedule
 
   Greeters
Nov   3 – Adele Reagan, Dawn
   Simmons
Nov 10 – Gary Sanford, Roxanne
   Pikarsky
Nov 17 – Deb O’Brien, Mark
   Henderson
Nov 24 – Laura Frost, Chuck Harris
Dec   1 – Doug and Lynn LaFrance
 
   Worship Leader
Nov   3 – Cathy Smith
Nov 10 – Deb O’Brien
Nov 17 – Sherry Persad
Nov 24 – Gail Frary
Dec   1 – Nancy Barber
 
   Acolyte
Nov   3 – Dahlia Schultz
Nov 10 – Megan Heath
Nov 17 – Paige Swierk
Nov 24 – Lilly Schultz
Dec   1 – Ryan Swierk
 
    Ushers
Nov  3 – Jeff Southard, Chuck Harris
Nov 10 – Jack Seymour, Mike Curtis
Nov 17 – Dave Heath, Jim Frary
Nov 24 – Deb O’Brien, Cheryl
   Curtis
Dec   1 – Mark and Brenda
   Henderson

     Nursery
Nov  3 – Kristin Heath
Nov 10 – Lynn LaFrance
Nov 17 – Jenn Schultz
Nov 24 – Kristin Heath
Dec   1 – Jenn Schultz
 

November Birthdays

Nancy Frost (2)
Rosanne Pikarsky (2)
Brad Casler (11)
Jordan Sanford (11)
Bob Post (14)
Manny Southard (17)
Barbara Webster (20)
Edie Seymour (26)
Jessika Southard (30)
 

Budget Meeting
 
   The Trustees would like to announce that their December 4 meeting will consist of setting the proposed budget for 2020.  If you have any requests or suggestions that you want included please speak to one of the Trustees or come to the meeting.  It is an open process so anyone may attend.  The proposed budget will be posted for all to see and will be voted on at the 2020 Annual Meeting.  
 
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

   You are invited! To join the Christian Education Committee on Sunday Dec. 15 from noon to 2:00 PM for a Christmas luncheon.  Committee members will be meeting to feast together and celebrate the accomplishments of the last 3 years.  The Christian Education Committee is committed to developing and presenting lifelong learning opportunities for the entire congregation.  We work with all ages and would love to have you come and find out more.  Bring your questions and suggestions and enjoy a tasty meal!  Please RSVP to Sue Ellen Harris by phone/text (315)447-6688) or email (sehtrout@gmail.com) by December 8.  Hope to see you there.
 
   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 it 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 meets after Worship and our Friday Bible Study meets each week for an hour, from 10:30 to 11:30. On Friday we are working our way through the New Testament book of Romans.  Please feel free to sit in anytime. 
 
   We would like to start a new class after Worship that will seek to give basic instruction for those who would like to be baptized and/or join the church.  If you are interested and would like to attend please speak to Rick Chaffee (315-636-8843, rickchaffee314@gmail.com)
 
Outreach News and Notes
 
   Our Friendship Luncheons are held at noon on the first Wednesday of the month.  Due to the date of our Annual Pork Supper we will not hold a luncheon in November.  The next one will be December 4.  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.  To make a reservation contact Michelle Coonradt (315-849-6533).  To volunteer to help see Nancy Seeley (315-636-8352) or Jim Frary (315-427-3585).
 
   The Annual Thanksgiving Offering will be given in its entirety to the Syracuse Teen Challenge.  This worthwhile ministry has been struggling this year with a little underfunding.  In this day when the opioid crisis is affecting so many it seems a natural choice for us to try and aid those seeking to break free from addictive patterns.  The offering will be collected on Thanksgiving Sunday, November 24.  Special offering envelopes are available on the literature tables at church.
 
   Small bags are available as handouts for the
homeless.  They contain snacks, toiletries, and some Christian literature.  The Outreach Committee has made them up to give to those who stand on the street corners with signs requesting help.  Please pick up a couple of them and hand them on to those you pass on your commute. 
 
   Our ministry of Helping Hands is still providing transportation assistance to those needing rides to medical appointments. Contact Jim Frary to request help.  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).
 
   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.  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.)
 
Special Birthday Celebrations
 
   Bob Post will be 100 years old on November 14.  We desire to celebrate this significant date with him and so the Women’s Fellowship has planned a birthday party for him on Sunday, November 17, at noon.  You need not bring a gift, what does a 100 year old need?  But do come or send a card.  The dinner will be a dish-to-pass event along with a birthday cake provided by the ladies.
 
   On the other end of life, Thatcher Daniel Green was born to Jodi and Dan Green on October 7.  He weighed in at 7 pounds and 6 ounces, 20 inches long.  All are doing well, including Gramma Laurie!
 

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