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Amber Congregational Church
Loving relationships that are committed to God, accountable to each other, involved in Christ’s transforming work in our world.
Shorelight Newsletter - In the Life of our Church
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Our Communion (The Lord's Table) Schedule for 2023 is as follows:
First Sunday in Epiphany - January 8
First Sunday in Lent - February 26
Maundy Thursday - April 6
Second Sunday in Easter - April 16
First Sunday in Pentecost - May 28
Mid-Summer - July 9
First Sunday in Kingdom - August 27
Covenant Renewal Sunday - September 10
World Communion Sunday - October 1
All Saint's Sunday - November 5
Thanksgiving Sunday - November 26
First Sunday in Advent/Christmas - December 3
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Travis Wheeler (4)
Cahal Donovan (5)
Joe Hanus (8)
Kim Vile (13)
Deb Southard (13)
Matthew Henderson (14)
Jim Seymour (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)
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)
Worship & Education News
We have begun our sermon focus on the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the church in Thessalonica. As you can see from the description listed below with the Sunday Scripture readings I will be addressing these passages around the themes of faith, love and hope. In advance of our Worship together please prepare yourself by reading the designated Scriptures.
Remember if you can’t be with us on a Sunday morning, we do post an audio and a video of the Worship on our church website (www.amberchurch.org). This is not a live stream and it may take us a day or two to get it up on our site. But check it out. This newsletter is also posted there.
The Excelling Focus of Faith, Love and Hope
in 1 Thessalonians
Apr 23 – Faith: Acceptance Begun (1:1-10, Ps. 106:13-33)
Apr 30 – Faith: Imitation in Process (2:1-20, Ps. 110:1-7)
May 7 – Faith: Steadfast through Opposition (3:1-13, Ps. 117:1-2)
May 14 – Love: Holy Love (4:1-8, Ps. 119:41-48)
May 21 – Love: Brotherly Love (4:9-12, Ps. 119:97-104)
May 28 – Hope: Christ’s Return (4:13-5:11, Ps. 119:153-160)
June 4 – Hope: Waiting Attitudes and Activities (5:12-22, Ps. 124:1-8)
The average Worship attendance for the month of April was 54. Our present offerings total $37,523 toward the proposed annual budget of $120,340.
Our weekly Bible Studies are on Sunday following Worship (Matthew 5), and Friday at 10:30 (1 Corinthians). All are welcome at both studies.
Our monthly Friendship Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, May 3. The meal is always good and the company is as well so do plan to come and invite a friend. Future dates are always on the first Wednesday of the month. For more information contact Linda Henderson (315-378-7305).
We encourage all to come to our Saturday Supper Club which meets on the second Saturday of each month. It is a dish-to-pass meal, what some call Pot-Luck and our Presbyterian friends call Pot-Providence. The real purpose of it is just to spend some time together in conversation and fellowship. Our next supper will be May 13.
Church Clean-Up Day
The Trustees have set Saturday, May 6, as our Spring clean-up day around the church property. We have some outside work to do with raking the stones off the lawn, mulching and planting new shrubs on the south side of the building. We also have the usual potholes to fill in. Inside work consists of a Spring cleaning of the kitchen, washing windows throughout the building, and any other jobs that are needed just to beautify our building. Come join us. We will start at 8:30 and plan to be done by noon. The coffee will be on and you may even find a donut for that extra energy.
Ladies: The LYFE Conference is June 2 & 3 this year. We would love to have you join us. Close to twenty have already signed up. To do so, and for more information, go to the Conference website (https://lyfe.clarkssummitu.edu). If you need help, please call, text or e-mail Gail Frary (315-391-6443 or email@example.com).
Men: The Man-Up Conference hosted by Clarks Summit University will be held on May 19-20. The speaker is Dave Dravecky, former pitcher for the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres. The cost is $85 for meals and lodging. For more information see Jim Frary (315-427-3585, firstname.lastname@example.org).
200th Anniversary Preparation
The 200th Anniversary Committee needs your help in collecting and sharing recipes to include in a church cookbook. Please provide as many recipes as you want. They can be handwritten, typed, or scanned and sent in an email. The recipe does not have to be one that you have brought to a church event, just one you and your family enjoy and you would like to share. There will be several sections in the recipe book – from punch to dessert. Surely there is one or two you have in mind. We will also mix the book with “words of wisdom” from your kitchen or garden. Perhaps your favorite scripture passage.
Like the cook book prepared in 1939 by The Good Cheer Circle of Amber Church, we will include the names of the recipe contributor, a nice way to capture the names of our church members. Please submit your recipes to Cheryl Curtis at the following contact addresses (315-882-8359 or
email@example.com). Thank you.