CCH Congregator Weekly December 14, 2017

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Christmas Worship

Sunday, December 17: Twelve Gifts of Christmas
    The "Twelve Gifts of Christmas" service is one of our most popular of the year. It features all our choirs and many instrumentalist with wonderful music of the season

Sunday, December 24: Christmas Eve
     10:00 AM  Advent 4 Worship in Sanctuary with a special group program for children
       5:30 PM  Christmas Pageant with Candlelighting
     10:00 PM   Candlelight Communion Service

Share Your Christmas Cards

If you would like to share your Christmas card with your church friends just bring one to church and post it to the Christmas Card Sharing bulletin board. This way you may share your greetings with all the member of our church.

 Worship Calendar

Pastor Mark and the Deacons gently request that all parishioners arrive before 10:00 AM for worship so as to prepare yourself for worship and to not disturb the worship service by coming in after it has started. Thank you.

December 17: 12 Gifts of Christmas
    Pageant rehearsal after church
December 24: Christmas Eve
     10:00 AM  Traditional Worship
       5:30 PM  Christmas Pageant
     10:00 PM  Candlelight Communion
 

Christmas Poinsettias

Once again, poinsettias will be available to beautify our sanctuary at Christmas. Prices are the same as last year! However only red available. They are $15 each. Last day for ordering is Sunday, December 17th.Please make checks payable to: The Congregational Church of Huntington, Attention: Poinsettias.   Give your order and payment to Kristin Harper, or the church office.

Joys and Concerns

You and your family are invited to Pastor Mark, Ronnie and Allie's annual Christmas Open House. It will be held on Sunday, December 17, from 4-7:00 PM. Their home is at 3 Bantry Ct. Huntington.

CCH Yoga

A new yoga class is being offered to all adult church members on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Bonnie and Kristin bring their long-standing love of yoga and their instructor Marie Cruz to the CCH community. Yoga offers many positive benefits to the body, mind and spirit through the practice of meditation and mindfulness. As another busy holiday season approaches, yoga can help us find the balance we all  seek. The class is $20.00 per session. For more details call Bonnie or Kristin at 516.922.9525 or Sue at the Church office.

Pastor's Book Group
 

The Pastor's Book Group will not meet in December, but we have picked a lovely novel to read for the holiday season. Many of you will remember “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” that we read almost four years ago. Our January book is the sequel, “The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy,” in which the author, Rachel Joyce, has written a poignant parallel story to Harold’s saga.

 

We will meet on Wednesday, January 24, for our next group discussion.

 

 From the publisher:

 

In this, acclaimed author Rachel Joyce brings Queenie Hennessy’s voice into sharp focus. Setting pen to paper, Queenie makes a journey of her own, a journey that is even bigger than Harold’s; one word after another, she promises to confess long-buried truths—about her modest childhood, her studies at Oxford, the heartbreak that brought her to Kingsbridge and to loving Harold, her friendship with his son, the solace she has found in a garden by the sea. And, finally, the devastating secret she has kept from Harold for all these years.

 

A wise, tender, layered novel that gathers tremendous emotional force, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy underscores the resilience of the human spirit, beautifully illuminating the small yet pivotal moments that can change a person’s life.

HIHI Volunteers Needed

The Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative needs volunteers for the following days:

The CCH first night to provide the volunteers in Saturday, December 30, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and we need help with Sunday breakfast and clean-up. See the sign-up sheet at church.

We are also looking for volunteers who could fill a 7pm-11pm shift at Central Presbyterian on the following Monday evenings:

·         December 18

·         January 8

·         January 22

·         January 29

There will be other dates in February and March.

 Please put the word out to your volunteers who are looking to serve.  Please contact Alicia Lawrence (rickerik1@verizon.net)  Suzanne Dvorak (sdvorak@fsl-li.org) if you are able to assist at Central Presbyterian.

Volunteers Needed

 

Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI)
Volunteers are still needed for our first night hosting HIHI on Saturday, December 30, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Centerport. In particular we need help on Sunday morning for breakfast and clean-up. Check the board at 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: acanadeo@aol.com.

2018 Pledge Campaign
We currently are about 3/4 of the way toward our pledge goal. If you have not turned in your pledge card for 2018 please do it as soon as possible so our Trustees may plan for the new year.

2017 End of Year Giving
In order for your gifts to count toward your 2017 taxes they need to be deposited before the end of the year. We will be accepting donations until December 29 for deposit this year.

Community Events

The Huntington Community Chorus is a group that rehearses in the CCH sanctuary. They They are holding their annual Winter Recital: Songs of the Season, on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at 3:00 PM in the church sanctuary. Tickets for church members are only $10.

Upcoming Events

              

         

      Sunday, December 17

      Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Linda & Donald

      Pageant Rehearsal at 11:30 AM
      Christmas Open House with Pastor Mark, Ronnie and Allie, 3 Bantry Ct., Huntington, 4:00-7:00 PM

      

      Monday, December 18

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

     

      Thursday, December 21

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

 

      Sunday, December 24: Christmas Eve

       Worship Service at 10:00 AM

       Christmas Pageant at 5:30 PM

       Candlelight Service with Communion at 10:00 PM

 

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