Shorelight Newsletter - In the Life of our Church
Visit often to learn more about our activities and our focus on Worship, Christian Education and Outreach.
Our Communion (The Lord's Table) Schedule for 2022 is as follows:
First Sunday in Epiphany - January 9
First Sunday in Lent - March 6
Maundy Thursday - April 14
Second Sunday in Easter - April 24
First Sunday in Pentecost - June 5
Mid-Summer - July 17
First Sunday in Kingdom - August 28
Covenant Renewal Sunday - September 11
World Communion Sunday - October 2
All Saint's Sunday - November 6
Thanksgiving Sunday - November 20
First Sunday in Advent/Christmas - November 27
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Nancy Frost (2)
Roxanne Pikarsky (2)
Brad Casler (11)
Jordan Sanford (11)
Manny Southard (17)
Barbara Kittleson-Webster (20)
Edie Seymour (26)
Jessika Southard (30)
Worship and Education News
We are finishing up our series of sermons on 2 Timothy this month and we are also going to have a special Thanksgiving Sunday on November 20. It will be a musical Sunday followed by the return of our Church Family Thanksgiving Meal. (See the announcement for this below.) I do hope you can be with us for these times of worship. We have had some technical difficulties with the audio part of our online postings and we hope to have that corrected soon so you can catch any services you miss on the Worship Services page of our website.
A Study of 2 Timothy
Keep, Entrust, Proclaim the Faith
Oct 30 – Faith in the World – No Other Authority (3:10-17, Ps. 112:1-10)
Nov 6 – Good and Bad Examples (3:1-9, 4:9-22, Ps. 119:1-8)
All Saints Communion
Nov 13 – Proclaim the Faith (4:1-8, Ps. 119:57-64)
Nov 20 – Thanksgiving Sunday
Nov 27 – First Sunday of Advent - Communion
The average Worship attendance for the month of October was 45. Our present offerings total $86,772 toward the annual budget of $118,110. We are still running behind our projected budget needs by about $10,000 but all bills are paid and God is good. Our Financial Secretary wishes to inform us that the bank has gotten very strict about checks due to increased fraud. Please review your checks. Any changes on a check must be initialed (even the date), and whiteout is never accepted. Thank you.
Do remember that handicap parking spaces are marked on both the north and south side of the church building. The ones on the north side are back against the hill. Please be sure that a clear access to them is maintained so that our seniors can navigate to them easily. Thank you for watching out for others.
To those with small children we want you to know that we do have a nursery area available during our Sunday Worship time. The nursery room is downstairs and is equipped with toys and books so parents who want to take a squirming child out of the service can do so. There is a speaker in the nursery so those downstairs can still hear the service in the sanctuary.
Our weekly Bible Study meets on Friday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 in the Kish Room. We are slowly working our way through the Old Testament book of Joshua and are presently in chapter 13. It is never too late to join in. Rick Chaffee is the teacher and all are welcome any time.
The Adult Sunday School class is exploring the idea of the biblical concept of silence in the Bible. The class will be learning about the concepts of silence, stillness and solitude in search of listening and hearing God. Our teachers are Cathy Smith and Sue Ellen Harris.
We have had a couple of births in our church family recently and are always glad to celebrate the birth of a child. It also presents us as a family with the need to increase our prayers for one another. Our Prayer Connection seeks a prayer partner to commit to praying regularly for a child. We have a few children now who need an adult prayer provider. If you would like to commit to this speak to Gail Frary and she will assign you a child. Prayer is all we ask. This simple act of regular prayer has a way of nurturing by itself a vital concern and a desire for relationship. (email@example.com, 315-391-6443).
News from the Library - We have many books stacked out of reach and out of sight. To make them more visible and accessible to our readers, we have decided to remove some of the older, and less read book-sets, from our library. The following book-sets are now available on the Take Away Wall:
The Starlight Trilogy, by Marian Wells.
The Canadian West Series, Janette Oke.
Love Comes Softly Series, Janette Oke.*
Seasons of the Heart Series, Janette Oke.*
The Journals of Corrie Bell Hollister, Michael Phillip.*
As the library shelves are reorganized, there will be mores sets offered. Book-sets remaining at the end of November will be donated.
* Some of the books in these sets are missing.
We are planning a Music Sunday on November 20. The music for our Worship time will be provided by you. We have a number of folk who sing and play instruments and they will contribute a feast of music to go along with our choir and congregational singing. Let’s come and sing to God our thanks and praise. Following the Worship we will hold our Church Family Thanksgiving Meal at noon. The turkey, dressing, squash, potato and gravy, and applesauce will be provided but we are asking all who come to bring a dish to pass based on the following chart and the first letter of your last name.
H-N vegetable or bread
If you have questions please contact Gail Frary (firstname.lastname@example.org, 315-391-6443). Come and enjoy the day.
Our annual Thanksgiving Offering will be received and dedicated in our Worship hour on November 20. This year the Board of Elders has directed that the offering be given to a local ministry effort that is seeking to provide housing and settlement for Ukrainian refugees. The house is located in LaFayette and is a joint effort of the LaFayette Alliance Church and the Pompey Community Church. They presently have 8 residents and are awaiting government approval to receive 4 more. Our financial gift will help with utilities at the house and clothes, school supplies, food, etc. for the refugees. Let’s be generous to these folk who have lost so much and are getting a new beginning. Mark your gift “Thanksgiving Offering.”
TEAMS for Medical Mission – The recent letter from Director John Heater not only expressed thanks for our contribution but also updated the work they are doing in Jamaica. Their ministry to children is expanding and they are now able to continue this even when their teams are not on the island. The door of help was opened with short-term medical assistance but has grown to an ongoing spiritual aid to the youth there. Thank you for your support.
Schools for Haiti – This ministry of helping to educate orphan children has grown since Len Demert started it as a family effort a number of years ago. There are now 4 schools with 35 teachers and 900 children being educated. And more than education is provided, they also give medical and material assistance including housing. Recently they have partnered with other ministries on the island to increase effectiveness and outreach. Again they express thanks to you for your support.
The monthly Friendship Luncheons will continue on the first Wednesday of each month at noon. These will run through the end of the year – November 2 and December 7. The meal is always good and the company is as well so invite a friend and come join in. For more information contact Linda Henderson (315-378-7305).
There has been some interest and inquiry into the establishment of a Medical Loan Closet to enable folk in need to borrow such items as walkers, crutches, wheel chairs, canes, etc. If you have items or need items or want more information please contact Dawn McDonough and she will try to assist you. (315-383-3382, email@example.com).
We have some new gift bags for the homeless available for distribution and you may pick them up at church. We suggest you keep one in your car for that next drive to Syracuse so you can give it to those who stand at intersections requesting handouts.
Our food pantry items of non-perishables are given to the Marcellus Food Pantry. We would like to suggest that for the month of November you donate baking supplies – flour, sugar, spices, etc. These may be placed in the plastic bins in the main entrance or the Kish Room. Marked cans are also located there if you desire to make a financial contribution to the pantry. Thank you.
Our Take-Away Wall of giveaway items is located in the church Library. Do stop in and check things out and borrow a book from the library as well.
We have begun the process of looking for a new minister. The Ministerial Relations Committee is putting on the finishing touches to our church profile to send to our Conference office which begins the search. The committee requests your prayers as they work through this process. Also, if you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact the chair of the committee, Gail Frary (315-391-6443, firstname.lastname@example.org).
200th Anniversary Preparation
2024 marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of our church. It began in 1824 with the decision to construct a building for the worship of God in the village of Amber. We want to properly recognize and celebrate our own history. We would like to establish an anniversary committee to look into and plan for a year of celebrations. A few people have expressed interest in being involved but more are needed. If you have any interest in this project please speak to Rick Chaffee so that a committee can be formed to begin making plans (315-636-8843, email@example.com). Thank you.
Quilt by Mary Santee - given to Gail as she battles cancer. Prayed over on 2/2/2020.