CCH Congregator Weekly November 2, 2017

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A Great Cloud of Witnesses
 

All Saint's Day can be traced to the fourth century when the church sought to honor all the saints and martyrs of the church. Traditionally, the day after All Saint's Day was known as All Soul's Day when the faithful would pray for the souls of all those who were recently departed. In our protestant tradition we recognize the contributions of all our ancestors in faith with a day that is referred to by either name. For all souls are also all saints.

The historical date for All Saint's Day is the day following All Hallow's Eve (Halloween). There is, of course, an ancient connection between pre-Christian commemorations of the dead that fall on that day and the church's holy days. Though there was certainly an act of cultural appropriation in the scheduling of these days, I believe if also reflects the deeper human connection to death that naturally comes in the fall. As harvests are completed, leaves fall, and the nights turn long it is fitting that we reflect on our own encounters with death. 

This Sunday we will commemorate All Saint's Day in our annual Memorials Sunday. The service will include a chance to light a candle in remembrance of a loved one who has passed away this year. 

 Worship Calendar

November 5: Memorials Sunday and Communion
     This Sunday is Memorial Sunday in which we have a candle lighting ritual in worship to remember those who have died this past year.

November 12: Dedication Sunday

November 19: Thanksgiving Sunday

Pastor's Book Group

Regina’s Calcaterra memoir, Etched in Sand, is an inspiring and triumphant coming-of-age story of tenacity and hope. This Long Island based memoir will is the October selection for the Pastor's Book Group. The group will meet on Wednesday, November 29, 7:30 PM at Dot and Krista's home.
 
From the publisher: Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Her painful early life, however, was quite different. Regina and her four siblings survived an abusive and painful childhood only to find themselves faced with the challenges of the foster-care system and intermittent homelessness in the shadows of Manhattan and the Hamptons.
 
A true-life rags-to-riches story, Etched in Sand chronicles Regina’s rising above her past, while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together through it all.

Hurricane Relief Efforts

 
The devastating effects of the recent hurricanes require the assistance of the entire nation to help people in need. You may assist by giving through the United Church of Chirst Disaster Ministries. Your donations will go directly to help with disaster relief where it is most needed.

You may give by:

Donate directly on the UCC website for hurricane relief

Send a check to our church made out to The Congregational Church of Huntington, designated for hurricane relief, and we will send all donations to the UCC relief program.

Volunteers Needed

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: acanadeo@aol.com.

Upcoming Events

          

    

     Sunday, November 5

     Worship Service with communion at 10:00 AM

     Church School at 10:00 AM

     Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Steve Shea & Mable MacVeagh

 

     Monday, November 6

     Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

     Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM

 

     Tuesday, November 7

     Church Council Meeting at 7:30 PM

 

      Wednesday, November 8

      Outreach Ministry Meeting at 7:30 PM

 

      Thursday, November 9

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

 

      Sunday, November 12

      Worship Service and Church School at 10:00AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Pack 181 Cub Scouts

 

      Monday, November 13

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

      Diaconate Meeting at 7:30 PM

 

      Thursday, November 16

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

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