CCH Congregator Weekly January 12, 2018

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Remaining Awake

I always look forward to the Sunday in which we celebrate the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. My tradition for the day is to dive back into his writings and present a sermon that reflects on one of his sermons, speeches or articles. This year I am examining his wonderful sermon, "Remaining Awake During a Great Revolution." 

I admire Dr. King not only for his life-giving stance for peace and justice, but also for the respectful manner in which he presented himself. There was a graciousness about him that I believe was due to the fact that his message was grounded in his Christian faith, He was not speaking to serve his own ego, but to serve God's message of equality, justice and peace. He repeatedly reminded his listeners to follow the highest aspirations of the Bible, our nation and  to do so in loving non-violence. 

King was certainly not perfect, but he knew of his imperfections and understood himself to be a sinner, like all God's people. He said, “You don’t need to go out this morning saying that Martin Luther King is a saint. Oh, no … I want you to know this morning that I’m a sinner like all of God’s children. But I want to be a good man.” This humbleness was clearly central to who he was as a person of God.

Today we need King's gracious manner as much as we need his message of peace and justice. The breakdown in societal norms hit a new low this week with racial vulgarities by the President in the White House. It is so sad when our leaders bring the level of civility in our country to such a low place. As a parent, like all parents, I seek to raise my child to speak with respect and dignity–this is so much harder these days. 

One place to build the beloved community that King spoke of is in the church. Today our congregations are more important than ever as outposts of civility and moral conviction. I hope that you will join us for Sunday, and each week, as we stand with King for the gradual and inevitable triumph of good, as he said, "I still believe that one day humankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land…I still believe that someday we shall overcome."

See you in church,
Pastor Mark

My God, My Music

Artist as Citizen Program,
by Alexandra Ebanks
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 11:30 AM

On Sunday, January 21, at 11:30 AM, AlexandraEbanks will give a performance/lecture about the connection between her spiritual growth in the church and her growth as a musician.  The performance will run roughly 30 minutes, and will feature Alexandra playing pieces on both piano and cello.  

Artist as Citizen is an independent project exploring the musician's role as leader, entrepreneur, and arts advocate. Offering an interactive performance, lecture-demonstration, or other artistic project in their local community, students experience firsthand how the arts can foster meaningful connections, strengthen community, and inspire social change. This is part of Alexandra's participation in the Julliard's Music Advancement Program.

 Worship Calendar

January 14: Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday
     Intergenerational Worship

January 21: Christian Unity Sunday

January 28: Annual Meeting Sunday

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.

CCH Annual Meeting

Soups from Around the World Luncheon
Sunday, January 28, 2018
following worship

Please join us for the annual meeting of The Congregational Church of Huntington, United Church of Christ, on Sunday, January 28, 2018, following worship. In addition to doing the important work of our church you are invited to bring a batch of your favorite soup that represents another country. Need some ideas? How about Borscht, French Onion, Cuban Black Bean, Posole, Pho, Miso, Sweet and Sour, Dumpling, Avgolemono, Italian Wedding, or Ribollita–the list is endless. Sign up on the church bulletin board to let us know what you are bringing.

2018 Pledge Campaign
Our 2018 Pledge campaign is almost over. All 2018 estimates of giving need to be in the church by January 22 so that our Trustees can prepare the annual budget for our congregational meeting on January 28.

We are still short of both the number of pledging individuals and the dollars pledged:

  Pledges Pledges dollar amount
Goal 70 $159,000
Received to Date 58 $139,000

If you have not submitted your pledge yet you may complete a pledge card at the church, or email to our financial secretary, Marion Munch

HIHI Volunteers Needed

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

The CCH Outreach MInistry and Pilgrim Fellowship youth group will provide the volunteers forSaturday, January 27, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. We need help from the youth members and their families for breakfast lunch and Sunday 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:

·         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 (  Suzanne Dvorak ( 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:

Upcoming Events


      Sunday, January 14

      Intergenerational Worship Service at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Rudaitis Family


      Monday, January 15

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM


      Wednesday, January 17

      Outreach Meeting at 7:30 PM


      Thursday, January 18

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM


      Sunday, January 21

      Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Ebanks Family


      Monday, January 22

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM


      Thursday, January 25

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM


      Saturday, January 27

      HIHI at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs begins at 5:30 PM

The church office will be closed from December 25-January 1. If you have a pastoral need call Pastor Mark at 631-680-3574.


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