CCH Congregator Weekly May 5, 2017

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Choir Notes

As you all must have heard by now, David Broome, our very talented music director, is moving with his lovely `wife to be’, Sofia Pappas, to Tulsa Oklahoma this summer. David’s last Sunday with us will be July 30th.  David has been an amazing inspiration to us all and he will be sorely missed. A search committee is being formed with the very difficult task of finding his replacement.

Because the choir’s a cappella rendition of Toto’s Africa was such a hit with the congregation last year, they will be reprising the piece on Sunday, May 21st. Twenty-one people sang with us last year and we would like to increase the numbers this year.  So, if anyone would like to participate, rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:30 PM in the sanctuary. We hope to add a couple more special effects this time around as well. Since we will be celebrating Africa that day, we will also reprise Baba Yetu which we performed in Swahili earlier this year.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars for this very special event.

The Choir is always looking to build our numbers and we look forward to added participation.  We are very happy to welcome Steven and Marianne Tremaroli who recently joined our group.
Summer will be upon us before we know it and we will need volunteers from the congregation to share their talents during the summer months. If you sing, play an instrument, dance, act or have any other talent that you would be willing to share with us, please contact David in person or via his e-mail address; dave@broome.net . Or, you can contact pastor Mark at his e-mail address; markjbigelow@gmail.com.
 
Musically yours,
Sylvia Kellershon
 
 

Worship Calendar

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.

The Blues–History and Demo

On Tuesday, May 16, 7:30 PM, our monthly Ancora Imparo program will feature Mark Carpentieri (head of blues label MC Records and producer of artists R.L. Burnside, Kim Wilson, Odetta, Cyril Neville and others too numerous to mention) and Jim Uhl (music teacher and long time blues musician with The Little Wilson Band, Willie Steel and others)  talking about and playing the Blues. They will discuss the origins and evolution of the music and its' important place in American culture. 

Featured artists will be the "CCH Blues Band". Don't miss it. 

"The blues is a achin' old heart disease. Like consumption, killin' me by degrees."
     –Robert Johnson

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, May 7

Welcome to the Communion Table

Intergenerational Worship with Communion at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: The Fallacaro Family

Confirmation at 11:30 AM

Monday, May 8

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Diaconate Meeting at 7:30 PM

Thursday, May 11

Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

Sunday, May 14

Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Glen & Paul

Monday, May 15

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Tuesday, May 16

Ancoro Imparo at 7:30 PM with Jim Uhl & Mark Carpentieri

on The Blues.

Thursday, May 18

Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

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