CCH Congregator Weekly June 15, 2018

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Graduate and Fly
 
It is time for graduations, and that means it is time for graduation speeches. There are many hours spent listening to the essential qualities for success, but within these addresses there often lurk true words of inspiration. At this graduation time is it inspiring to me to reread Bishop Desmond Tutu's address to Brandeis University. Makes me want to graduate again, but then again, perhaps I can, anytime. Happy graduation everyone!
 
"And so, we are aware that this is a moral universe, that good and evil matter, that right and wrong matter, that life and truth matter. And, that, yes, there are frequently many, many times when we think that evil is on the rampage, that evil seems to be going to have the last word. It doesn't; it's doesn't. Isn't that exhilarating? It isn't Hitler who has won; it is those he tried to destroy. They have survived and left the world an incredible legacy. It isn't Stalin who has won. Communism, fascism, Nazism have bitten the dust, have bitten the dust ignominiously. It isn't slavery that has won; slavery has been done away with and people are entering into what has been called the glorious liberty of the children of God. It isn't Apartheid that's won. No, no, no. It may take a long time, but goodness in the end is vindicated….

You know the story of the farmer who in his backyard had chickens, and [one] was a little odd-looking. It behaved like a chicken. It was pecking away like other chickens. It didn't know that there was a blue sky overhead and a glorious sunshine until someone who was knowledgeable in these things came along and said to the farmer, "Hey, that's no chicken. That's an eagle."

Then the farmer said, "Um, um, no, no, no, no man. That's a chicken; it behaves like a chicken." And the man said, "No; give it to me please." And he gave it to this knowledgeable man. And this man took this strange-looking chicken and climbed the mountain and waited until sunrise. And then he turned this strange-looking chicken towards the sun and said, "Eagle, fly, eagle." And the strange-looking chicken shook itself, spread out its pinions and lifted off and soared and soared and soared and flew away, away into the distance.

And God says to all of us, you are no chicken; you are an eagle. Fly, eagle, fly. And God wants us to shake ourselves, spread our pinions, and then lift off and soar and rise, and rise toward the confident and the good and the beautiful. Rise towards the compassionate and the gentle and the caring. Rise to become what God intends us to be–eagles, not chickens."

 Worship Calendar

 
June 17: Intergenerational Worship Service
Jesus compares the reign of God to a mustard seed. We may scratch our heads at the odd comparison, but his listeners probably would have laughed out loud. Pastor Mark looks to the mustard seed for inspiration for hope in our lives.
 
June 24: Choir Appreciation
Some of the hardest working groups in the church are our choirs. Join us as show our appreciation for the all they do for our worship.

Noah's Ark Retirements

The end of the school year brings big changes to our Noah's Ark Nursery School. Louise Mordarski, the director for the past five years, and her assistant, Kathy DeNapoli, are retiring from their positions. Thanks to their hard work Noah's Ark received state-certification and also became a Universal Pre-Kindergarten center for the Harborfields School District. As they depart they leave a very strong school with high enrollments for the fall. We thank them both for their dedication and love shown to all the children served by Noah's Ark.
 
The school welcomes Amy Parlante as the new director. Amy comes with expierence as a teacher and director at several schools, including Friends Academy and Oyster Babies.

Pastor's Book Group

New Date for Discussion–6/27/18
 
The May selection for the Pastor's Book Group is "The Third Reconstruction," by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. Rev. Barber has been called the closest thing we have to Martin Luther King Jr. A Disciples of Christ minister, Rev. Barber led the 2013 "Moral Mondays" protests for social justice at the North Carolina legislature. This book is part memoir, part history lesson, and primarily a vision of how we may come together to build a more just society.

From the publisher: At a time when divide-and-conquer politics are exacerbating racial strife and economic inequality, Rev. Barber offers an impassioned, historically grounded argument that Moral Mondays are hard evidence of an embryonic Third Reconstruction in America.

The book group will meet to discuss the Rev. Barber's book on Wednesday, June 27 at Jane Madden-Koch's home.

Fill A Bag Food Drive

CCH is the June "congregation of the month: for the Northport Food Pantry. It is our turn to fill the shelves. We plan to do that by asking all our members to fill a bag. Grocery bags with a suggested shopping list will be distributed during worship in the next weeks. Please take an empty bag and return it full. Our goal is one bag per family–that is 70 bags of groceries! 

Fellowship Hour Volunteers Needed

One of the most enjoyable ways to serve our church is to be a host for our weekly fellowship time following worship. Hosts prepare the refreshments: coffee, tea and a snack for everyone to enjoy. it doesn't have to be elaborate, a little treat is fine. If you have never done it before a member of our Membership committee will help you out. You may sign up on the church bulletin board or contact our committee chairperson: Jean Uhl. 

A 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.

Going Away Party for Fred and Gail Engelking

Sunday, June 24, 5:00 PM
 
At the home of Ann and Greg Gardner
 
110 James Street, Northport
 
Please bring an appetizer, side dish, or beverages
 

Garden Volunteers Needed

The CCH vegetable garden provides fresh, organic, vegetables to the Northport Food Pantry. It is a wonderful community service that relies on all volunteer labor. We invite families, or individuals, to be gardener of the week to weed and harvest the garden. You only need to come to the garden once during your week to make sure it is doing ok and pick any fresh vegies to deliver to the Northport Food Pantry. Members of the Outreach ministry will assist with anything you need. See the sign-up sheet on the church bulletin board.

Joys and Concerns

Thank you to everyone who participated in the church school Sunday this past week. All the children provided a wonderful worship service. And, a huge thank you to the teachers for their dedicated and hard work.
 
You are invited to a memorial service to give thanks for the life of Elizabeth North on Saturday, June 30, 2:00 PM, in our sanctuary. Liz was one of the founding members of our church and also started the Noah's Ark Nursery School. 

We Need Your Feedback

Please help our Strategic Planning Team by completing their survey at All-Church Survey. It takes less than five minutes and the results are anonymous. We trust each person to take it once.

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:   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, June 17

          Intergenerational Worship Service at 10:00 AM

          Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Choir

          Monday, June 18

          Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

          Strategic Planning Team at 7:30 PM

          Tuesday, June 19

          Membership Committee at 7:30 PM

           Wednesday, June 20

           Diaconate Meeting at 7:30 PM

          Thursday, June 21

          Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM (last Choir Rehearsal for summer)

          Sunday, June 24

          Worship Service at 10:00 AM

          Church School Beach Party

          Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM:

          Celebration Honoring Fred & Gail Engelking at 5:00 PM,

          Location: Greg & Ann Gardner’s – 110 James St., Northport

          RSVP: annmgardner110 @gmail.com

          Monday, June 25

          Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

          Wednesday, June 27

          Book Discussion Group at 7:30 PM

          Saturday, June 30

          Liz North Memorial Service at 2:00 PM

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