CCH Congregator Weekly March 15, 2019

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Hope?

I had tears in my eyes while driving this morning, again. And, as before, it was because I was listening to the morning news. The descriptions of the horrific shooting at the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, almost forced me to pull over the car to regain my composure. It was so unbelievable–the careful planning, the live broadcast, the brazen shooting, the manifesto. And in a house of worship. Not only because of the sanctity of the mosque, but also the innocent safety we all wish for when with our families in prayer. A terrorist act intended to not only kill his victims, but to victimize the world with the power of violence that stems from white supremist ideology.

As I was listening to the reports I, being a preacher, had another sobering thought–this is the Sunday I chose to preach about hope. Hope, where is the hope? 

That can wait until Sunday. The immediate reaction needed is care for the victims, the ones on site, and all of stunned around the world. Take care of yourself and others around you. I wrote an email to the local mosque offering our prayers and support. I will hug my wife and daughter. I will call friends and family. 

The hope for peace for our world will come from the extension of those loving actions in ever widening circles. Actions that demonstrate our love by compassion. The type of compassion that shows courgeous care by expressing clear moral outrage at anyone who seeks to justify white supremacy and to discriminate based on religion. Our hope will come in our joining together to build the beloved community. The development of which we cannot take for granted, nor leave to others. In the meantime, prayer for the suffering families.

Peace,
Pastor Mark

2019 Benefit Auction

You are invited to the CCH 2019 benefit auction–a Masquerade Party! The dinner and auction will honor Jenny Haluza, recipient of the 2019 Church Service Award. Held at the Northport Yacht Club the event will be on Saturday, April 6, 6:00 PM. Tickets are $65/person and may be purchased at church or email Bonnie Dawkins or Doug Munch.

Bring Your Sole to Church

During March we will once again join with people around the country to collect new and gently used shoes to benefit people in need. Bring any shoes (tied together or wrapped in a rubber band) and put them in the collection box at the church.. and around the world.

Upcoming Events    

        

           Sunday, March 17
           Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM
           Fellowship Hour 11:00 AM: Tracy McCoy & John Arlet
           Welcome to the Table at 11:00 AM
           Confirmation Class at 11:30 AM
           Membership Committee Meeting at 11:30 AM
           Lent Discussion at 11:30 AM
           Monday, March 18
            Peace and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
            Diaconate Meeting at 7:30 PM
           Thursday, March 21
            Bell Choir at 6:00 PM
            Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM
            Saturday, March 23
             HIHI at OLQM at 5:30 PM
 
            Sunday, March 24
            Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM
             Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Glen & Paul
             Lent Discussion at 11:30 AM
             Monday, March 25
             Peace and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
             Wednesday, March 27
              Pastor’s Book Group at 7:30 PM
             Thursday, March 28
             Bell Choir at 6:00 PM
             Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM
             Saturday, April 6th
            Annual Benefit Auction, 6:00 PM at Northport Yacht Club
                      ***** Invitations have been mailed*****

Confirmation Class Begins

All 7th and 8th graders are invited to participate in our confirmation class that beings this Sunday, February 3, following worship. The class will conclude on Pentecost, June 9, 2019. Speak to Pastor Mark with any questions.

Children's Communion Class Begins

This year our church will have a “Welcome to the Communion Table” ceremony in spring.  Marlena Mooers will once again be teaching our “Welcome to the Communion Table” classes.  It is offered every other year at the Congregational Church of Huntington during our regular Sunday School classes for children 2nd grade and older.   The classes focus on what it means to receive communion at our church and how it relates to Jesus and his teachings. The first class meets this Sunday, February 3, during church school. Speak to Marlena if you have any questions.
 

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.

Volunteers Needed

HIHI NEEDS JOBS & MEALS

Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative
Our next night to host HIHI is Saturday, March 23, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs church in Centerport. We need volunteers to help at the site as well as to donate meals for dinner, breakfast and lunch. Please sign up at church.

Evening Hosts: 2-3 Needed. 8:00 to 10:00 pm. Relieve early crew. Socialize with guests. At least one male volunteer needed in this shift.

Overnight Chaperone: 10:00 pm to 7:00 AM. Stay overnight with guests and the security guard from FSL.

Van Driver: Sunday 6:30 AM .  Drive the church van to the YMCA so that the guests can have showers. Drop them off in South Huntington and return van. 

Sunday AM Clean Up: 6:30/7:30 AM
Clean site, store supplies.

MEALS

DINNER: 2-3 Volunteers needed to contribute to dinner.

BREAKFAST: 2 Volunteers needed to contribute to breakfast 
 

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 meets every Monday at 6:30 PM to prepare food for children at need in Huntington.  You are invited to help make sandwiches and prepare snacks for children in Huntington. They are also in need of donations of lunch meats and cheeses, fruit and healthy snacks.

Worship Calendar

Sunday, March 17: A Principled Journey–Hope
Our Lenten focus on Christian principles continues with Pastor Mark's sermon on how to develop hope in our lives. There will also be a discussion about hope following worship.

Sunday, March 24: A Principled Journey–Humility
Humility is an old-sounding word and a concept that is not discussed much in our self-focused society. Pastor Mark will revisit an old virtue to what it means for our lives today.
 

Joys and Concerns

Our member Terrence Sheldon is preforming as Corny Collins in HAIRSPRAY at Elwood John H. Glenn high school on March 15 and 16. See Linda or Don Sheldon for more information.

Pastor's Book Group

The March book selection is a fascinating look at the nature of animal consciousness from Carl Safina, a celebrated scientist and professor at Stony Brook University. "Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel" explores the nature of human behavior and dares to go beyond the usual scientific dogma to explore animal personalities.

From the Publisher: Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. Beyond Words brings forth powerful and illuminating insight into the unique personalities of animals through extraordinary stories of animal joy, grief, jealousy, anger, and love. The similarity between human and nonhuman consciousness, self-awareness, and empathy calls us to re-evaluate how we interact with animals. Wise, passionate, and eye-opening at every turn, Beyond Words is ultimately a graceful examination of humanity's place in the world.

The discussion group will meet on Wednesday, March 27.

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