CCH Congregator Weekly January 26, 2018

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Jesus' Committee
 

“Jesus went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message…” Mark 3:13-14

 

You could call this passage from Mark the very first recorded minutes of a church meeting. Since then church people have been held more meetings than raindrops fell during the great flood. We all know that meetings are important for anything to be done, but at times they can be monotonous. Each year we seem to do the same things—budgeting, elections, review policies—and it is so difficult for a group of people to consider lots of detailed reports.

 

Meetings, though, could be considered the essence of what we do. Particularly in the Protestant church, as it is the ability to make democratic decisions that is one of our defining characteristics. As the old saying goes, “I wouldn’t want the alternative.” Even the original disciples didn’t seem to have a democratic system for Jesus appoints them and then gives them their orders to carry out. Having the right to decide the direction of the church is a precious aspect of our tradition.

 

That right is exercised by spending some time making sure things are done well. As the architect Mies van der Rohe said, “God is in the details." For a building this means the angles and the design, for a church this means decisions about how to spend our money, votes about who will lead us, and discussions about our plans for the future.

 

Our church’s annual meeting will be held this Sunday, January 28, following worship. All members are expected to attend. We will not only vote on our budget and elections, but there will also be special presentations by our Trustees concerning legacy gifts and a proposal for a new Youth Leadership Council.

In addition to the meeting we will also share a pot-luck lunch with the theme of "Soups of the World." If you can, bring soup or sides to share, or if you can't just bring yourself.

See you in church (and at the meeting),
Pastor Mark

My God, My Music

This past Sunday, Alexandra Ebanks gave a performance/lecture about the connection between her spiritual growth in the church and her growth as a musician.  Chris Bausch videotaped her and one piece she played, accompanied by Brian Heveron-Smith, is available to view on-line at the following link:

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The musical piece is Tarantella, Opus 23, by William Henry Squire.

Joys and Concerns

We are glad to report that Tom Webb is home and doing well after his medical scare in church this past Sunday. He momentarily passed out and it appears to be an isolated incident. Thank you to everyone who assisted Tom.

Pastor's Book Group
 

"Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby," by Candida R Moss and Joel S. Baden,  is the February selection for the Pastor's Book Group. The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, have been in the news with a legal challenge to the Obamacare required contraception coverage and their building of the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. This book examines their efforts to promote a Bible-based society, and in so doing raises many questions about the role of religion in public life.

The discussion group will meet on Wednesday, February 28, 7:30 PM at Lorraine Trainor's home.

 

 From the publisher:

 

How the billionaire owners of Hobby Lobby are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to make America a “Bible nation”

 

Like many evangelical Christians, the Green family of Oklahoma City believes that America was founded on a “biblical worldview as a Christian nation.” But the Greens are far from typical evangelicals in other ways. The billionaire owners of Hobby Lobby, a huge nationwide chain of craft stores, the Greens came to national attention in 2014 after successfully suing the federal government over their religious objections to provisions of the Affordable Care Act. What is less widely known is that the Greens are now America’s biggest financial supporters of Christian causes—and they are spending hundreds of millions of dollars in an ambitious effort to increase the Bible’s influence on American society. In Bible Nation, Candida Moss and Joel Baden provide the first in-depth investigative account of the Greens’ sweeping Bible projects and the many questions they raise.

Supplies Needed

Donate Extra Party Supplies: If anyone has extra disposable plates/cups/ utensils/bowls lurking in their home, the church would love to have them for Fellowship Hour.

 Reuse Plastic Bags: Peace and Plenty uses plastic grocery bags to send sandwiches to TriCYA and ManorField.  If anyone has extra, please bring them to the church.

 Worship Calendar

January 28: Annual Meeting Sunday

February 4: Communion Sunday

February 11: Lent is coming
    On this Sunday the week before Lent Pastor Mark will discuss the tradition of the marking of ashes and sacrificial giving for Lent. We will also share this spiritual practice on this Sunday as we believe it will reach a much larger group than the traditional Wednesday service 9which also conflicts with Valentine's Day this year). 

 

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.

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. 

2017 End-of-Year Statements
Statements of giving for 2017 will be emailed to members and friends this weekend. If you do not receive yours, please contact Marion Munch, financial secretary.

2018 Pledge Campaign
Our 2018 Pledge campaign is almost over. 

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 63 $144,000
 

 
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 Saturday, February 24 and Saturday, March 17. We need:
     Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch donations
     Volunteers for setup, evening chaperones and Sunday morning clean-up.

Please sign-up at the church or email Pastor Mark.

Volunteers Needed

 

Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI)
Our next night to host the HIHI program is Saturday, February 24, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. There are many volunteer slots available. Please sign up on 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:   Peace and Plenty is in need of plastic grocery bags to deliver their lunches each week. Bring any extra to the church. 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, January 28

      Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Church Council

      Annual Congregational Meeting at 11:30 AM

 

      Monday, January 29

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

 

      Thursday, February 1

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

 

      Sunday, February 4

      Worship Service with Communion at 10:00 AM

      Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM  

 

      Monday, February 5

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

      Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM

 

      Tuesday, February 6

       Council Meeting at 7:30

 

      Thursday, February 8

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

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