CCH Congregator Weekly November 16, 2018

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We are hosting the annual Huntington Interfaith Worship Service on Sunday (11/18) at 7:00 PM. Please help support this important service!

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Joys and Concerns

We are sorry to share that long-time member Rod Lowman passed away on Wednesday. Rod had been living in an assisted living center near his son Barrie, in Georgia. Rod had a stroke this past year and slowly declined. He and his wife Ginny were central to the development of our church and we miss them dearly. Rod was 98 years old. Condolences may be sent to Barrie at 139 Lakeside Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

Church School Update

The Children's choir has two upcoming performances in church. The first is at the morning worship service on November 18 – the kids will be singing "Over The Rainbow." They have been rehearsing it for a while so they should know it fairly well, but if you'd like to review it with them the link to the music is below and a link to the version closest to what we're doing (skipping the intro, starting at :50):

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUuB-w2aw2k

 

The Children's Choir will also be singing in a community children's choir at the Huntington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on November 18, 7:00 PM, at our church. The link to the sheet music is below. Please plan to bring your children to the interfaith service. We would love to get a good turnout from our group.

Lyrics:
     Somewhere Over the Rainbow

     I Trust  in God

Upcoming Events    

    

     

      Sunday, November 18

      Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Pack 181

      Huntington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at 7:00 PM at CCH

      Monday, November 19

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

      Sunday, November 25

      Intergenerational Worship Service at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM

      Tuesday, November 27

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

      Wednesday, November 28

      Diaconate Meeting at 7:30 PM

      Thursday, November 29

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Pastor’s Book Club at 7:30 PM

      Sunday, December 2

      Advent Party at 4:00 PM

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.

2019 Pledge Drive

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their 2019 pledge. A pledge is an estimate of what you will give to the church for the coming year. It is both an important spiritual practice to make a commitment to generosity, and it is an essential piece of information for our Trustees to make a budget for next year. 

So far we have collected 30 pledges, out of a goal of 75. We will have a long way to go. Send in our drop off your pledge card. Or go on-line and set-up a recurring electronic pledge donation. You may may also email your pledge to our financial secretary, Marion Munch.
 

Become a Member!

Do you want to be part of a dynamic movement for an inclusive sharing of God's love in our world? Then you should become a member of CCH. Pastor Mark is forming a new member class for this to join later this fall. To participate speak to him after worship or via email

Pastor's Book Group

Special Guest: Anne Canadeo

Anne Canadeo is a member of our church who does a tremendous amount to help other people. When she is not organizing HIHI or the Peace and Plenty program she is a professional writer with more than thirty books to her credit, including the popular mystery series the Black Sheep Knitters. Our book selection for this month is the latest book in this series, "Purls and Poison." Anne will join us to discuss this book, her writing process and the mystery of why mysteries are so popular. The group will meet on Thursday, November 29, 7:30 PM, place to be announced.

Worship Calendar

November 18: Thanksgiving Sunday (10:00 AM)
On this Sunday before Thanksgiving we will reflect on the important spiritual practice of gratitude.

November 18: Huntington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service (7:00 PM)
We will be hosting the annual Huntington Interfaith Thanksgiving service. There will be representatives from most of the faith communities in Huntington. This is a very moving service and we hope to have a good turn-out from our church. We also will be providing refreshment times after the service. Let Pastor Mark know if you can contribute food or help with serving. 

Volunteers Needed

Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative
We will once again be providing volunteers to house homeless people from Huntington in local houses of worship during the winter months. There are sign-up sheets at the church for you to chose your dates to help.

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.

Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed

Hosting our fellowship hour is one of the best ways to help to build our community. All you need to do is to bring a few snacks, come early to set-up the coffee and then put everything away afterward. And the Membership Committee members are always available to help any newbies. Don't worry about bringing much food–just a little snack, please.

Also, the membership committee is going to try something new for coffee. They will have regular (caffeinated} coffee to be brewed in the big coffee pot and will have decaffeinated Keurig pods for those who wish to avoid the caffeine. Please let the committee know what you think.

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