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 12
First Sunday in Lent - March 1,
Maundy Thursday - April 9,
Second Sunday in Easter - April 19,
First Sunday in Pentecost - May 31,
Mid-Summer - July 12,
First Sunday in Kingdom - August 30,
Covenant Renewal Sunday - September 13,
World Communion Sunday - October 4,
All Saint's Sunday - November 1,
Thanksgiving Sunday - November 22,
First Sunday in Advent/Christmas - November 29.
Our two service format seems to be working out well. We are maintaining the social distancing regulations and are wearing masks. We have not experienced any issues nor have we had anyone test positive in the church family. Our attendance has been fairly regular although still not to the pre-Covid numbers. Our average for the month of October was 45 total, 28 in the early service and 17 in the second. If you are unable yet to be with us in person we are posting the services online in an audio format. Do take advantage of this by visiting our church website (www.amberchurch.org) and then clicking on “Worship Services” at the top right of the homepage. The services are listed there by date.
Our giving has remained fairly steady during this time and we have received $87,763 toward our budget of $115,122.
Our sermon focus this year has been on Passionate Spirituality as the characteristic from last year’s church survey that we thought we should give some special attention to in the life of our church. In essence this is a review of what it means to be a Christian. We have discussed the questions “What Is a Christian?” “What Is a Disciple?” “What Do We Believe?” and “What Is the Church?” This month we will complete this series by addressing the question “What Is the Mission?” Please note the topics listed each week and read the Scripture passages referenced there in preparation for our time together.
Passionate Spirituality: Its Body
What Is the Church?
It’s All about the Head!
Nov 1 – The Church Connection (Hebrews 11:32-
12:3, Psalm 114:1-8) All Saints Sunday –
Passionate Spirituality: Its Burden
What Is the Mission?
It’s All about Christ’s Passion!
Nov 8 – Giving (2 Corinthians 9, Psalm 119:17-24)
Nov 15 – Service (Mark 10:35-45, Psalm 119:73-80)
Nov 22 – Evangelism (Acts 26:1-29, Psalm 119:129-
136) Thanksgiving Communion
Nov 29 – Missions (Matthew 28:16-20, Acts 1:1-8,
Psalm 121:1-8) Advent Communion
Christian Education News
The Adult Sunday School Class meets after the second Worship Service. We begin at 12:15 and go to 1:00. We will be starting a new topic this month with a new teacher. The topic is on change from select passages in the Book of Hebrews. Our teacher will be Chuck Harris. All are welcome to attend.
The 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.
During this time when our youth Sunday School classes are not meeting we are taking the opportunity to have the downstairs classrooms renovated. There was the need for more and better lighting as well as a refining of the heat situation. The back room, the room at the foot of the front stairs and the bathroom are all seeing some improvements of sheetrocking, painting and new trim work. It is still a work in process but progress is being made. The work is being done primarily by Randy Cox under the supervision of the Trustees.
Outreach News and Notes
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. As the winter sets in we have added some gloves and hats in the bags. These are available for you to pick up at church. Why not keep one or two in the car to have available 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 November you donate soups and broths that can be used either as a meal or as the basis for making other main dishes. These items may be placed in the plastic bins in the main entrance or the Kish Room. We will see to their delivery to the food pantry.
One of the ways that you can encourage folk during this time of Covid is to send a card. There are a variety of cards available for the taking on the carts at church. These include birthday, anniversary, thinking of you, and all occasion cards. Help yourself to these and send a little cheer to someone that isn’t getting out. Another way to bring a little sunshine into someone’s life is to leave a message on their phone, either voicemail or text. Perhaps share an upbeat Scripture verse like Hebrews 13:5, “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”
Condolences and Memorials
We were surprised and saddened by the death of Carl Barber this past month. His stay with us was all too brief. He became a member on October 2, 2011, but he was certainly involved. He rarely missed a Sunday Worship or Sunday School or Bible Study. He was a regular at the Supper Club and Men’s Club. He became an Elder in 2014. His bigger-than-life presence with his booming voice and “little Timmy jokes” will be missed. (Well, perhaps not the latter.) Please remember Nancy and the family in your prayers.
The Women’s Fellowship has recently honored two former members with memorial gifts. A new Communion Chalice has been purchased and engraved in honor of Arlette Sherwood’s 100th birthday on October 1, 2020. They have also donated a wooden bench for the main entrance in memory of Ruth Prell who died in September 2016. We thank the Women’s Fellowship and treasure our memories of these two fine ladies.
On October 12, 2020 Cameron and Alex King became the proud parents of River Charles King. He is a big boy, over 10 pounds at birth. Both mother and son are healthy and doing well. Less than two weeks later on October 24 this young family was in an automobile accident when someone pulled out in front of them. Both vehicles were totaled but no injuries were sustained to anyone. We give thanks to God for both a safe delivery and his protective care.
Enjoy your observance of the Thanksgiving holiday and stay safe. “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15.)
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
We would like to note in particular the birthday of Bob Post. He will turn 101 on November 14. He is still holding his own, living at home under the care of Donna Gilmore and family. If you would like to send him a card his address is: 2509 Otisco Valley Rd., Marietta, NY 13110.
Nancy Frost (2)
Roxanne Pikarsky (2)
Brad Casler (11)
Jordan Sanford (11)
Bob Post (14)
Manny Southard (17)
Barbara Webster (20)
Edie Seymour (26)
Jessika Southard (30)
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)