CCH Congregator Weekly January 11, 2019

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January Blues

Oh, Christmas is over,
My tree is so stark,
My manger is packed up,
I'm cold and it's dark,

The meeting is coming,
There's a budget to do,
Nominations to fill now,
And some planning to stew.

Oh, I got the low down, no good, I'm in a church,
Oh Jan-u-ary blues!

Obviously I am no blues songwriter. But if I was I would write about January. The cold and dark weather, the post-Christmas letdown, and the work of the annual meeting all combine to make a minister want to sing the blues.

Fortunately, I know that the blues can also serve to find reality-based, chorus singing hope, even in hard times. And, let's face it, I know that my times are not really hard. These blue feelings also contain the possibility of good work, important mission and deep relationships found in all the work we do in the church. But sometimes a little wallowing in the muck can be good to wash the soul

So come to our meeting,
There will be some great food,
Lots of good people,
and no one is rude.

It is the January days,
at the UCC, UCC, church of the blues.

Peace,
Mark

PS. The annual meeting is January 27.

Congregational Meeting and Lunch

Sunday, January 27, 11:30 AM

Join us the CCH Annual Meeting and Lunch following worship on Sunday, January 27. This is the most important church meeting of the year and will include the approval of the 2019 budget and election of officers and committee members. Everyone is invited to bring their "signature" dish to share in our potluck lunch. Given the quality of cooks in our congregation this promises to be a wonderful meal!

Upcoming Events    

    

      Sunday, January 13

      Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Ann & Greg Gardner

      Franklin Circle Discussion at 11:30 AM

      Auction Committee Meeting at 11:30 AM

 

      Monday, January 14

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

      Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM

           

      Thursday, January 17

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

 

      Sunday, January 20

      Intergenerational Worship Service at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Skipp McGowan

 

     Tuesday, January 22

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

 

      Wednesday, January 23

       Book Group at 7:30 PM at Pastor Mark’s home

 

      Thursday, January 24

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

     

      Saturday, January 26

      HIHI at OLQM starting at 5:00 PM

 

     Sunday, January 27

     Annual Meeting after church      

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

January 13: The Principled Life
The scripture reading for this Sunday is the baptism of Jesus. When Jesus came out of the water he fully understood his mission in life as the Son of God. Faith is also the experience of finding our true mission in life as we live the principles of Christianity. Pastor Mark will explore how we may live to these ideals in this new year.

January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday
Join us for the annual celebration of the impact of Martin Luther King, Jr. on our churches and our world. We will also hold an introductory meeting after church about the Franklin circles–A new form of small groups that meet to discuss the Ben Franklin's  thirteen classic virtues. The goal of the group is to make a difference in the world while transforming our lives. We will be joined by a Franklin group leader who will introduce the concept and hold an informational meeting after worship to see who may want to participate.

January 27: Congregational Annual Meeting
On this annual meeting Sunday Pastor Mark's sermon, "Do You Want to Rent or Own," will examine what it means to be a congregationalist. Everyone is invited to the annual meeting following worship.

Volunteers Needed

Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative
Our next night to host HIHI is Saturday, January 26, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. We are need of people to help with:
    Chaperone, 8-10:00 PM
    Overnight Chaperone, 10 PM-6 PM (with security guard)
    Morning clean-up, 7-8 AM

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.

Pastor's Book Group

For January our book group is going to stay local and explore the Culper spy ring. You may have noticed new historical signs around town about the Washington Spy Trail–that refers to the spy ring that operated during the revolutionary war. "Washington's Spies: The Story of American's First Spy Ring," by Alexander Rose, tells the true story of the spies who helped win the American revolution. And it happens here, in our town.

You are invited to join the discussion if you read this or any other book about the spy ring, or if you watched the television series about it.

The discussion group will meet on Wednesday, January 23 to discuss the book.  

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