Caught, Not Taught

 

The process by which children become faithful adults is about as mysterious as faith itself. The Christian education cliché, “Faith is caught, not taught,†is the best that professional CE people can do to summarize the passing down of belief from one generation to the next.

  

I know that the curriculum of my childhood church was not something that has stuck in my mind. I’m sure that some of it surely sank in, given the place where I am now, but I can’t remember anything particular that I learned. What I do remember are some of the church people who made an impression on my life. A youth minister, a pastor, a church usher who was always there, a member of the Trustees who let me help, and a singer who made the hymns come alive.

  

As with most of life’s important lessons our children learn best by example. The examples of faith that children have are the people they see in church—teachers, usher, coffee servers, musicians and the ones who give them a smile in the hallway. Always remember that as you greet a child in church you may be the adult who makes a difference in how she or he later feels about God.

  

I know one person who is making a great positive difference in the lives of our children is Linda Temperino. Linda has been deeply involved in our children’s ministry for many years. Now she has agreed to be our interim church school director to make sure our program continues its high quality while we continue our search for a permanent director. Linda’s knowledge of the program should allow for a seamless transition. We are still advertising for the position. Join me in thanking Linda for stepping into the fill this important need.

  

I also want to tell you about our upcoming worship services. This Sunday I will be preaching on the recent religious debates on contraception. This is based on a talk I gave this past Wednesday at the Open Society Institute in Manhattan. Then on October 1 we will begin a series of worship services on the basic needs of our environment. This will coincide with the showing of “An Inconvenient Truth†at the church on Sunday, October 1, at 6:00 PM. Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment will lead a discussion following the film on local efforts to counter global warming.

  

See you in church,

  

mark

  

  

Joys and Concerns

  

Our prayers are with Laurie Hollister as a biopsy this week has shown that she has lymphoma. She is still consulting with doctors as to the type and recommended treatment. We pray for her strength and hope for Dave, MacKenzie and Donald.

  

  

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 PF will be leading lunch making for HIHI this Sunday following worship. Everyone is encourage to stay and help. Supplies are always needed — peanut butter, jelly, cookies, water bottles and plastic sandwich bags. Please leave them in the kitchen marked HIHI Lunches.  

  

  

  

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