Good-bye to David
Almost nine years ago we welcomed a new young musician as our Director of Music. David Broome had recently received his masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music and we were so excited for the prospect of his contributions to our church. We could not have known how completely David would shape our music program and become so much a part of our church family. With his talent, creativity and gracious manner David has expanded our music program in breadth and depth. From contemporary classical to old-timey hymns David has led us to a deeper appreciation of the role of music in our spiritual lives. I have personally appreciated working with David as a thoughtful and fun collaborator in planning worship.
David begins a new chapter in his life this summer. Tomorrow he will be wed to Sophia Pappas and in August they move to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to being their married life together. Sophia will be working on early childhood programs with George Kaiser Family Foundation and David will be making music. David will be leading music in worship on July 16 and 23 before their move. I'm sure you join me in wishing them all the best in their new home.
Our new music director, Brian Heveron-Smith will be playing for worship on July 9 and 16 and will officially begin as director on July 30. See the article below for more about Brian.
See you in church,
Pastor's Book Group
The book group does not meet in July and August, but you can still do the reading. The September discussion book will be "The Underground Railroad," by Colson Whitehead.
"The Underground Railroad," is "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South."
You have plenty of time, so start reading!
June is Food Pantry Month
All year round we collect donations for the Northport Food Pantry. In the summer we also raise organic vegetables for them. This June, though, the Congregational Church of Huntington is the congregation of the month at the food pantry. This means that we are challenged to make an extra effort to stock the shelves and to provide volunteers.
There are times available to volunteer at the pantry in the Northport Presbyterian church. No experience necessary. They are open from 10-noon, Monday-Thursday and you can sign up on the bulletin board at church.
Meet our New Director of Music: Brian Hevron-Smith
The Director of Music search committee is thrilled to announce that our new music director is Brian Hevron-Smith. Brian, a native of upstate New York, received his bacholers in music from the Eastman School of Music. In addition to church positions he has worked as an accompanist for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and as music director for touring companies of the Second City and Baby Wants Candy improve music theatre. Brian is excited to be part of CCH due to our eclectic music program and progressive theology. He will be playing for worship on July 2 and 9 while David is on his honeymoon and will officially begin on July 30.
Joys and Concerns
Liz North, a founding member of our church, has moved to Alpharetta, Georgia, to be closer to her family. She writes, "What a difference 753 miles makes as the crow flies. the weather seems better, the flowers seem brighter, and I can order a side order of grits for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I can also get pecan pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert." Her new address is Elizabeth North, Atria North Point, 100 Somerby Drive, Alpharetta, Georgia, 30009. Her letter about her move is on the church bulletin board. She concludes by saying, "94 years young and thinking of you all."
Congratulations to Bonnie Dawkins who retired after a long and successful teaching career. We are sure the school will miss her!
Sandy Piccolo asks for prayers for her stepdaughter and family as her father-in-law Ben is approaching the end of his life.
Congratulations to our graduates (this list is incomplete–please send graduation information to Pastor Mark for inclusion in future newsletters).
Hanna Bartfield is graduating from Harborfields High School and will be attending Fairfield University.
Sean Gardner is graduating from Northport High School.
Rudy Haluza received his M.S. in Engineering Science and Mathematics from Penn State.
Eva Sheldon is graduating from John H. Glenn High School and will be attending Gettysburg College in the fall.
Daniel Sirignano graduated with his B.A. in Poltical Science from SUNY New Paltz.
William Sirignano is graduating from Harborfields High School and will attend Curry College.
In the summer we worship at CCH in the round and is a time for spiritual re-creation. Our theme this year, "myjoy," follows up on the Lent program that focused on finding inner peace and joy. This summer we will be exploring how to do this all the areas of our life: work, community, and family. We will also have members of our church provide special music–solos, instrumentalists, various groups–to lead our worship. We still have weeks available if you wish to assist.
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
If you would like to help please contact Anne: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 25
Worship Service at 10:00 AM
Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Kristin & Bonnie
Monday, June 26
Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
Outreach Meeting at 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 2
Worship Service with Communion at 10:00 AM
Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Jane & Stephen