CCH Congregator Weekly April 28, 2017

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Action Against Opioids

 

On Wednesday night I had the honor, with five other members of our church, of attending the organizing meeting for the "Action Against Opioids" effort that has been initiated by a coalition of religious congregations with the Long Island Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods (LICAN). Members of our church have been part of the planning meetings since this past November, but no one could have predicted that the group would have over 1200 people show up at St. Anthony's High School gym for their kick-off meeting.

The large number of people is an indication of the wide destructive path that opioids have wrecked through our community. Last year there were 493 deaths on Long Island from opioid overdoses and countless other people are affected by addiction and near-overdoses. This is clearly a major problem for our community, and the rest of the nation.

One of the clergy at the gathering summed up the feelings that led to this group when he said, "I am tired of doing funerals for people who die from overdoses. it is time to do something before the funeral." Our congregations together intend to do a lot.

The initial stage of this effort calls for each congregation to engage in three areas. The first is a listening campaign to hear the stories of people affected in our church and find the areas where help is needed. Secondly, is to hold educational programs about this problem, and the third is to work with the other congregations to develop a concrete plan of action by October 29. Our Outreach Ministry will be spearheading the work of our church in this area. If you would like to help please let me know.

Wednesday night was not only a clear call to address a dire need, but also a hopeful sign of the power of congregations to make a difference when we work together. I look forward to continuing this work with them, and with you.

Peace,
Mark

Worship Calendar

April 30: Third Sunday after Easter
    
Scripture reading: Acts 6-7 (selected verses)

May 7: Welcome to the Table Communion
Join the member of our children's Welcome to the Table communion class as they complete their program and share communion.

Pastor's Book Group

Following last fall's election there was a lot of talk about the need for people to get out of their bubbles and learn about other people in the nation. One book that was highly recommended for this is J.D. Vance's memoir, "Hillbilly Elegy," in which he seeks to understand how his family has been so stuck in poverty and what that has meant for their lives. Vance is a graduate of Yale Law School who works for an investment fund in San Francisco, but he grew up in Appalachia. The discussion group will meet on Tuesday, May 30, 7:30 PM, at Jane and Stephen Madden-Koch's home.

"You will not read a more important book about America this year."–The Economist
"A riveting book."–The Wall Street Journal
"Essential reading."—David Brooks, New York Times

Pastor Mark's Sermons
on CCH Website

In case you missed church this past week, Legislator William Spencer's sermon, "A Prescription for Peace," is on-line.

Pastor Mark's sermons have returned to the website of The Congregational Church of Huntington, United Church of Christ. If you miss a Sunday, or want to rehear the message, you can go to the church website, lichurch.org, and look for the sermon's page. The most recent sermons are also on the front page of the website. Be sure to share the link with friends who can't make it to church.

TLC Shelter Needs Donations

The TLC shelter, located in back of Family Service League  is in the process of establishing a recreational area for the guests.  If anyone has any of the following items that you would like to donate to this endeavor:

 

Ping Pong table

Fooseball table

Air Hockey

Board Games – suitable for adults

Jenga

Arts & Crafts:  Markers, Adult coloring books, Colored pencils, drawing paper, etc.

 

Current magazines & Novels – small amounts only – we will rotate them

 

All donations need to be in very good condition and able to fit in one of the TLC vans.  Games should be checked to be sure they have all their pieces.

 

Thank you for your generosity and if you have something not mentioned, please contact Pastor Mark or Anne Canadeo know… it might be needed!!

Volunteers Needed

Summer Garden Project "Gardener of the Week"
Each summer we raise organic vegetables at the church that are donated to the Northport Food Pantry. This year the Outreach ministry is asking members to sign-up to tend and harvest the garden for one week in the summer. See the sign-up sheet at the church.

Northport Food Pantry
We collect food for the Northport Food pantry each week at our church. Please place donations in the box by the church office. June is our month to be the congregation of the month at the food pantry. Please sign up to volunteer to help on Mon-Thurs, from 10-noon.

Peace and Plenty Food Outreach:  You are invited to help make sandwiches and prepare snacks for children in Huntington. Peace and Plenty will meets on Mondays at 6:30 PM. They are also in need of donations of lunch meats and cheeses, fruit and healthy snacks.

Cooks Needed for the Peace & Plenty program
We're looking for a few volunteers who can help us send the Tri CYA trays of
cooked food such as baked ziti, chicken and rice, pasta with meatballs or meat sauce, etc. Most children at the Tri CYA receive free breakfast and lunch at school during the school year and rely on the Tri CYA  for at least one nutritious meal. We try to support
that effort with some substantial dishes, beyond sandwiches.  Some of the food may also be sent to individuals unable to get out to food pantries and living with food
shortages.
If you would like to help  please contact Anne: acanadeo@aol.com.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 30

Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Weiss

Monday, May 1

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM

Tuesday, May 2

Council Meeting at 7:30 PM

Thursday, May 4

Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

Sunday, May 7

Welcome to the Communion Table,

Intergenerational Worship at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Weiss

Confirmation at 11:30 AM

Monday, May 8

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Thursday, May 11

Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

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