Welcome Back

 


There are too many sad memorials now at the end of summer. It seems we had just finished with the reminders of last year’s hurricanes and now we are remembering September 11. These are events that need and deserve remembering, but it is hard to replay the sadness. The first is a reminder of our insignificance in the face of nature and the potential of the government to completely fail. And the second preserves in our brains the capability of humans for evil destruction. The missteps since that have led to Bin Laden still being at large only makes it more depressing. 

 
I, personally, need a constant reminder of the possibility of human goodness and the ability of a loving community for creative solutions to the problems of life. This is where church fits for me. Seeing friends, feeling God’s spirit and hearing the life-affirming word of God is what keeps me sane and focused on what is really important.

 
This makes me very excited for this coming Sunday with our Welcome Back breakfast and outdoor worship service. The breakfast is a potluck and begins at 8:45 in the Fellowship Hall. Weather permitting, the service will be outdoors at 10:00. We will dedicate our church school teachers this Sunday and then classes begin the following week, September 17. The Huntington Community Food Council is drastically low on food so we are asking everyone who comes to the breakfast and worship on Sunday to bring items of non-perishable food to donate.

 
We have many great events planned for this fall, including a huge book fair to help low income children in Huntington, viewing and discussion of “An Inconvenient Truth,†new Bible Study, and the culmination of our 50th Anniversary Celebration with John Thomas on December 2-3. Be sure to join us as we seek to share the refreshing presence of God’s spirit with all who cross our paths.

 
 
See you in church,

 
mark

 
 

Joys and Concerns

 
Congratulations to Neila and Peter Werner on the birth of their ninth grandchild, Christa Rose, born to Tracy and Dan Gisselquist on August 26.

 
And, congratulations to the entire extended Mooers’ family as two new members have been born recently. Vincent Fallacaro Jr. was born to Vinny and Sheri on August 28 and he followed by his cousin Carter John Mooers on August 31, born to Craig and Marlena Mooers. Everyone is doing well.

 
Thank you to Helen Bracco and Ed Luhrs who read from their poetry in worship this past Sunday. And to Jean Uhl for serving as liturgist.

 
 
Volunteers Needed:

We are trying to organize our fall rummage sale and Pilgrim Thanksgiving Festival. So far we are lacking a chairperson for each. If you are interested in this service to our church please speak to me or our moderator, Ellen DeOrsay.

 
 
Heating/AC Fund: You should have received a mailing about our special capital campaign to replace the sanctuary furnace and add air conditioning. We only need to raise $20,000 to be able to do this complete project—thanks to a lead gift from Todd and Skipp McGowan. Just like your home, when these essential repairs come along we have to raise extra funds to be able to do this important project. So we, the members of the church, are asked to make a special contribution to this project. If all our members gave an equal amount this could amount to $250 per pledge unit. As we know that not all of our members can give to this fund we look to those who can to give more. Could you please consider this request and make a pledge by the end of July? Thank you from the Trustees

 
 

Help Wanted—We have started the search for our new Director of Church School. If you know anyone who might be interested please share this information with him or her. We have a church policy that congregation members are not allowed to apply for staff positions.

 
Director of Church School: The Congregational Church of Huntington, United Church of Christ, is searching for an enthusiastic self-starter who loves children to guide the church school and family programming for this church. This is a 12 hour/week, 10-month/year position that begins in late August 2006. Theological training is optional, but educational experience and a strong faith perspective are essential. For information contact the Rev. Mark Bigelow, 631-423-4004. This is a progressive Protestant church that hires without regard to race, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation. The church is located at 30 Washington Drive, Centerport, NY.

 
Youth Ministry Intern: The Congregational Church of Huntington, United Church of Christ, is searching for a college or graduate student to help lead our youth programs for 6-12 grades. This is a 10-hour/week, 9-month/year position that begins in late August 2006. Theological training is optional, but personal faith, enthusiasm, rapport with teenagers and self-motivation are essential. For information contact the Rev. Mark Bigelow, 631-423-4004. This is a progressive Protestant church that hires without regard to race, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation. The church is located at 30 Washington Drive, Centerport, NY.

 

Service Opportunities

 
 
The Lunch Making Program meets on Monday nights at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall. Supplies are always needed — peanut butter, jelly, cookies, water bottles and plastic sandwich bags. Please leave them in the kitchen marked HIHI Lunches.
 
 
 
 
Calendar Announcements
 
 
Sunday, September 10                        Welcome Back Breakfast, 8:45 AM         
                     Outdoor Worship Service, 10:00 AM
                     Youth Ministry, 11:30 AM
                     Membership Committee, 11:30 AM
Thursday, September 7                        Choir Rehearsal, 7:30 PM
Monday, September 11                        HIHI Lunch Making, 7:00 PM
                     Trustees, 8:00 PM
Tuesday, September 12      Women’s Discussion Group, 7:00 PM, at Rose Munch’s home
Wednesday, September 13                        Bell Choir, 7:00 PM
Thursday, September 15                        Choir Rehearsal, 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 17                        Church School Begins
Monday, September 18                        Diaconate, 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 24                         PF Kick Off
 
 
Welcome Back Breakfast and Outdoor Worship Service: The traditional start to the fall season is a potluck breakfast on the Sunday following Labor Day. After we have a chance to eat together and catch up on the summer activities our worship service will be on the front lawn of the church. The breakfast begins at 8:30 AM with worship at 10:00. Please bring a dish to share for eight people so we will have plenty for guests. And be sure to invite friends to this popular event.
 
Women’s Discussion Group: The next meeting will be September 12, at the home of Rose Munch, 5 Oakmere Drive, Fort Salonga. They will be discussing “Christ the Lord, Out of Egypt, by Anne Rice. Call Rose, 757-7568, to RSVP.
 

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