The images of armed men with swastikas marching in the streets of Charlottesville this past weekend was chilling. With their white supremacist symbols, torches, Nazi chants and violent actions it was a terrifying display of the reality of racism in our country. The openly racist march for white supremacy was shocking, but it is, of course, only a visible display of hatred that lurks in the shadows of our country.
The vision that all men (and women) are created equal, while far from true at the time it was written, has guided our country to greater and deeper acceptance of the inalienable rights of all. The complete equality of all people has, at times, been slow in coming, but thanks to the dedication of compassionate individuals we have seen the decline of official prejudice in our country. And there are always forces that try to stop the progress toward inclusion. The belief that white people are somehow inherently superior is one of the more abhorrent beliefs that continues to plague our country.
The movement toward inclusion and pluralism has been partly driven by progressive religious groups, such as the United Church of Christ. I am proud to be a part of a denomination that emphasizes the equality of all people. The events of this past weekend are a wake-up call that the movement for pluralism requires constant work by good-hearted people. And this is what we seek to do in our church. Our church is not only a good place to meet nice people and to have a meaningful spiritual home, it is also a stand for God's love for all. Together we demonstrate the power of inclusion, we promote the value of God's love and we educate our children so that they may have a better world.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. worked to create a Beloved Community–a society based on justice, equal opportunity and love for one's fellow human beings. At The Congregational Church of Huntington we will continue to work to create the Beloved Community where all God's children may know their inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Peace, Pastor Mark
School Supply Collection
Donate new school supplies at the Congregational Church of Huntington, UCC, for Family Service League's Bethpage Backpack Program!
A special program that prepares thousands of Long Island children for the school year.
You can help a child get a great start this September by donating new notebooks, pens, colored pencils, folders and backpacks.
Please bring donations to the church by August 21 for backpacks to be distributed before school, but donations will be accepted until September 10.
Drop off supplies at the Congregational Church of Huntington, UCC in the box by the church office.
Joys and Concerns
Congratulations to Ron and Sarah Rudaitis on the birth of their daughter, Margaret, on Friday, August 11.
Our prayers are with Jason Smith and Dominick on the passing of Jason's father, Phillip, in Greenwich CT.
You Gotta Serve Somebody
One of best ways to serve in our church is to host a fellowship hour after worship. All you need to do is to prepare the coffee, tea and provide a few snacks. Please do not feel obligated to make a feast, you can do as much, or a little as you wish. In the summer it is best to have a small snack and a cold drink with the coffee.
We are currently in need of volunteers to host fellowship for the rest of the Sundays in August and the fall calendar is also fairly open.
If you have never done it a membership committee member will be glad to assist. They are Lauren Eliash, Ann Gardner, Glen Grayson, Peter Lassen, Jean Uhl and Linda Wright.
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.
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!
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.
Welcome Back Breakfast
Sunday, September 10, 2017 8:45 AM Breakfast 10:00 AM Worship on Front Lawn
Join us for our traditional kick-off to the fall season. The "Welcome Back Breakfast" is a wonderful time to enjoy a delicious meal and catch up with your church friends. Please bring a dish to share for breakfast.
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.
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: email@example.com.
Sunday, August 20
Worship Service with Communion at 10:00 AM
Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM
Monday, August 21
Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM Sunday, August 27 Worship Service 10:00 AM Fellowship Hour 11:00 AM Monday, August 28 Peace and Plenty Lunch Program 6:30 PM Tuesday, August 29 Outreach Meeting 7:30 PM Wednesday, August 30 Diaconate Meeting 7:30 PM