CCH Congregator Weekly December 21, 2018

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Christmas Scenes

Christmas, as with all truly significant events, is almost impossible to explain–it needs to be experienced. Preachers use a lot of words to make sense of the birth of Jesus, but it is better to just help people do something in response to the coming of the Christ. Then Christmas is truly known in our lives. This past Sunday we had people live some true Christmas spirit. 

Sunday began with our annual "Twelve Gifts of Christmas" worship service. This music-centered service allows us to enter into the feelings of Christmas through the many varied musical settings of the Christmas stories. Thank you to our music director, Brian Heveron-Smith for putting together this beautiful service. And thanks to all the people who participated in the adult choir, bell choir, children choir and instrumentalists!

In the afternoon the children of our church school went caroling at the Carillon nursing home. The walked the halls singing in patients' rooms where they brightened many people's day. Thanks to the children who went: Dylan and Mary Kate Fitzsimmons, Madalyn and Cassidy Mooers, Henry Rudaitis, and Luke Short. And to the adults who accompanied them: Brian, Jen Fitzsimmons, Marlena Mooers, Ron Rudaitis, Carrie Short, and Jean and Jim Uhl.

 

At about the same time as that group was at Carillon, members of the Pilgrim Fellowship youth group were buying gifts for their adopt-a-family. They then returned to the church and wrapped all the presents, Thank you to Linda Sheldon who again led the project and to our shoppers: Allie Bigelow, Riley Fitzsimmons, Carter Mooers, Ben Shea, Ella Short-Eigenbrod, and Terrence Sheldon.

The music of the day, the giving of our congregation and the service of these children–this brings Christmas to me. May you be as touched by the spirit of the season.

See you in church,
Pastor Mark

Joys and Concerns

Thank you to all our volunteers who helped to provide a bed and meals for homeless men at the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative(HIHI) last week: Chris Dengler, Craig, Marlena, Carter, Maddie and Cassidy Mooers, Pete and Val Pedersen, Bill Ripp, Irene and Maddie Schmidt, Nancy Schumann, Jim and Jean Uhl, and girl scout troop #1309. And a big thank you for Anne Canadeo for her leadership!

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Fundraiser ends December 24, 2018

End of Year Giving

Please have all financial gifts in to the church by Sunday, December 30, in order to be deposited as 2018 giving. 
2019 Pledges

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 50 pledges, out of a goal of 75. 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.

Upcoming Events    

     

     

      Sunday, December 23

      Intergenerational Service at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Sheldon Family

      Pageant Rehearsal at 11:30 PM

      Monday, December 24 Christmas Eve

      Pageant at 5:30 PM

      Candlelight Communion Service at 10:00 PM

      Sunday, December 30

       Intergenerational Service at 10:00 PM

       Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM

       Wednesday, January 2

       Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

       Thursday, January 3

       Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

       Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

Save the Date

2019 Benefit Auction
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Northport Yacht Club
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.

Worship Calendar

December 23: Advent 4
Only one more day until Christmas Eve! Join us for a celebrative worship service in the closing Sunday of Advent.

December 24: Christmas Eve
    5:30 PM  Family Pageant service with candlelight
    10:00 PM  Candlelight Communion

December 30: New Member Sunday
Join us as we welcome Steve and Marianne Tremaroli into church membership. 

Church School Update

Christmas is coming!!! Advent, of course, is the time to prepare! We have a number of celebrations and seasonal traditions that we must now prepare for as a Congregation and Church School.

Here is a quick-look schedule for everyone's planning purposes:

 

12/9 Pageant Rehearsal (After Worship)

12/16 12 Gifts of Christmas Service

12/16 Pageant Rehearsal (after Worship)

12/16 Children’s Choir Holiday Caroling at Carillon Nursing Home @ 2:30 PM

12/23 Pageant Rehearsal (after Worship)

12/24 Christmas Eve Pageant

Volunteers Needed

Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative
We have openings for volunteers on the following HIHI nights: January 26, February 9, and March 23.

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 will not meet on December 24 or 31. The next lunch making meeting will be on Wednesday, January 2, 6:30 PM. 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.

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