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 is as follows:
First Sunday in Epiphany - January 10
First Sunday in Lent - February 21
Maundy Thursday - April 1
Second Sunday in Easter - April 11
First Sunday in Pentecost - May 23
Mid-Summer - July 11
First Sunday in Kingdom - August 329
Covenant Renewal Sunday - September 12
World Communion Sunday - October 3
All Saint's Sunday - November 7
Thanksgiving Sunday - November 21
First Sunday in Advent/Christmas - November 28
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Mike Wheeler (1)
Alison Stopyro (1)
Alyssa Green (2)
Kris Volles (3)
Janet Seymour (4)
Caitlin Casler (7)
Tyler O’Brein (9)
Regan Robinson (11)
Mel Simmons (18)
Zachary Kittelson (19)
Barbara D’Aiutolo (19)
Jeanne Yale (20)
Caleb Shelley (22)
Connor Trendowski (26)
Mary Santee (28)
Nancy Barber (29)
Laura Isgar (29)
Mark and Brenda Henderson (4)
James and Cathy Smith (18)
2021 Holy Week Schedule
(All Meetings will follow Covid-19 protocols.)
Holy Week marks the last week in the life of Christ. In an attempt to consider more deeply his life and teachings, and especially the activities of this last week, we have scheduled an event at church each day and encourage all to attend as many as they are able. Our daily events vary in time, duration, focus and type of activity. Following is a brief description of each day’s event and the Scripture stories that record what occurred on those days. We have provided the text from each of the Gospels and encourage you to read all of these passages although we will not have time to discuss all of them in our meetings together.
Cleansing Monday March 29 (8:00-8:30 a.m.)
Scripture Reading – Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:12-19,
On this day Jesus cleansed the temple. We will gather in the Kish Room for the reading of these Scriptures and a brief discussion of why Jesus considered this so important.
Teaching Tuesday March 30 (6:30-8:00 p.m.)
Scripture Reading – Matthew 21:18-26:13, Mark 11:20-14:9,
Luke 19:47-21:38, John 12:20-50
On this day Jesus taught in the temple. In the evening he went out to Bethany where he ate and stayed overnight with friends. Actually Jesus was in the temple teaching all week but we emphasis this activity together on Tuesday. We will gather for a time of teaching from the passages in the Gospel of Luke led by Rick Chaffee.
Sly Wednesday March 31 (8:00-8:30 a.m.)
Scripture Reading – Matthew 26:1-4, 14-16, Mark 14:10-11,
On this day Scripture tells us that the religious leaders were looking for a “sly” way to arrest Jesus. This was done with the help of Judas Iscariot. We will meet again in the morning in the Kish Room to read this account together and discuss briefly the idea of our own hidden decisions that ultimately deny or betray Jesus.
Maundy Thursday April 1 (7:00-8:00 p.m.)
Scripture Reading – Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-31,
Luke 22:7-38, John 13:1-17:26
In the evening of this day Jesus met with his disciples to observe the Passover meal. He began by washing their feet and then serving them the elements of the Last Supper. He spoke at great length with them before they left the upper room and went out to the Garden of Gethsemane. We will meet together as his disciples to reenact and remember the meaning of this night.
Good Friday April 2 (12:00-12:30 p.m.)
Scripture Reading – Matthew 26:36-27:61, Mark 12:32-15:47,
Luke 22:39-23:54, John 18:1-19:42
On this day Jesus was arrested, tried, beaten and crucified. He hung on the cross from noon to 3:00. We will gather in the sanctuary at noon to remember the reality of his death and to ponder his last words from the cross.
Holy Saturday April 3 (8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.)
Scripture Reading – Matthew 27:57-66, Luke 23:55-56
This is the day Jesus lay in the tomb, and, as the Apostles’ Creed states, “He descended into hell.” Our church sanctuary will be open all day for folk to stop in, quietly read Scripture, pray and meditate on the cost Jesus paid for our salvation and how we should respond to his sacrifice.
Easter Sunday April 4 (7:00-8:00 a.m.)
Scripture Reading – Matthew 28:1-15, Mark 16:1-14,
Luke 24:1-49, John 20:1-23
Early in the morning on this day Jesus rose from the dead. Those that came to the tomb found it empty which produced a number of conflicting thoughts and emotions in his followers. Joy and worship eventually filled their hearts and minds. We will gather early to read these stories and to remember. We will also share Communion together. Later we will return for our usual Sunday Morning Worship at the 9:30 or 11:00 times.
Following our celebration of the Easter message as it is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, we will return to our focus on “Gift Based Ministry.” Having discussed the passages in 1 Peter 4:7-11 and Romans 12:1-8, we will now begin 1 Corinthians 12:1-31. It is the longest of the sections on spiritual gifting and lists more of them than any other passage. Do join us at our properly-social-distanced worship services on Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00 as we seek to give instruction to all. Our goals are that together we might know where we fit and what our part is in participating in the growth of Christ’s kingdom. If you cannot be present with us we do post an audio of our Worship Services on our website (amberchurch.org). We are hopeful soon to also be able to post a video of our Sunday Worship.
Mar 28 – Palm Sunday (Matthew 21, Psalm 85:1-13)
Apr 4 – Easter (Matthew 28, Psalm 90:1-17)
Apr 11 – Second Sunday of Easter (Acts 1, Psalm
97:1-12) Easter Communion
Our average Sunday Worship attendance in the month of March was 41, 32 at the 9:30 service and 9 at the 11:00. In our offerings we have received $19,741 toward the budget of $117,444. In addition we are pleased to report on your generosity in helping others. Our special offering designated for “Texas Relief” following the storm damage down there earlier this winter was $665. The collection taken to help defray the funeral costs for Bane Williams was $1,697. Thank you!
Chuck Harris is leading the Adult Sunday School class which meets at 12:15 following the second service. The present topic is “What Is Truth?” We socially distance for this gathering and all are welcome to attend. Also a reminder that our Friday Bible Study meets each week in the Kish Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. We are working our way through the Gospel of Mark with Rick Chaffee as the teacher. Please feel free to join in at any time.
Outreach News and Notes
A few years ago we changed our collection for the men of Unity Acres from Christmas time to Easter. This was done primarily because of the number of outreach efforts we had going around the December holidays. But we do still take gift items to the residents at Unity Acres, now we do so during Holy Week. If you would like to contribute clothing items for the men, or food for their kitchen, you may bring them to church and put them in the library room. Personal items such as socks, underwear, and toiletries will also be collected. Any checks can be made out to the church marked for “Unity Acres.” Thank you again for remembering these men.
Do remember the small gift bags which contain a few snacks, toiletries and Christian literature that you can give to the homeless who stand at intersections in the city requesting handouts. The bags are available for you to pick up at church. Why not keep one or two in the car to have on hand when you make that next drive to Syracuse.
Just a reminder that the ministry of Helping Hands is still available for those needing transportation to a doctor’s appointment or other necessary trip. Jim Frary is the person to call for assistance. His phone number is 315-427-3585.
In these trying days folk are using the food pantries more than ever. Our collection of non-perishable items are given to the Marcellus Food Pantry. We would like to suggest that for the month of April you donate jams, jellies, and dried soup mixes. These items may be placed in the plastic bins in the main entrance or the Kish Room.
Food Coordinator Needed
From time to time in the life of our church fellowship we desire to provide refreshments following a gathered event such as a birthday, an anniversary, or a funeral. Certainly the present restrictions due to Covid have curtailed this completely, but when we again are able to do so we want to return to this practice of offering light refreshments, sandwiches and/or cookies, as a supplement to our gathered events. The food coordinator simply organizes what has generally been a request for volunteer food donations. If you are interested in becoming our designated food coordinator, or want more information about it, please contact Gail Frary (firstname.lastname@example.org, 315-391-6443).
Quilt by Mary Santee - given to Gail as she battles cancer. Prayed over on 2/2/2020.
Services have resumed, however, we are holding off on greeters, acolytes and nursery until these activities are safe.
If you will not be able to serve, please find a substitute
Fun Events to attend
Friday Nov 20 at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm
The Full Circle Tour - Ladies don't miss the opportunity to hear Jan Silvious, Patsy Clairmont and Anita Renfroe. Formerly of Women of Faith, they will be at The Gathering Place in North Syracuse on Friday, April 24th at 7:oo pm. Tickets are $30. For more information please see Gail Frary (315-636-8417) or Deb O'Brien (315-420-2471)
Barn Quilt Painting Project - The Fun Committee is sponsoring another event, a barn quilt painting project on March 28th from 10 am to 2pm. The cost is $10 which includes lunch. Please register by contacting either Kristin heath (315-378-5182) or Cathy Smith (315-456-9198)