CCH Congregator Weekly January 13, 2017

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Temple Beth El invites the Huntington community to a post-election discussion about the current state of civil rights, tolerance and hate in our nation and community with
Joseph J. Levin, Jr. 

Co-founder and Board Emeritus  of the SPLC
       Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  at Temple Beth El of Huntington

Our temple has been chosen by the Southern Poverty Law Center to host their first ever presentation on Long Island and you’re invited!  Mr. Levin has served the Center in various capacities, including Legal Director, Chair of the Board, President & CEO, and General Counsel.  Since retiring in 2016, he continues to serve as an emeritus member of the SPLC board. 
We are already experiencing a great deal of interest, not only from members of our own congregation, but also from leaders in the local political, religious, legal, LGBT, educational, and general communities.  We expect a very large turnout.
In order to ensure that everyone will be accommodated, we respectfully ask you to R.S.V.P. in advance at with the your names and the names of those accompanying you.  While attendance is free for temple members and their guests, a suggested donation of $20.00 per person would help offset the costs of this historic event.
About the Southern Poverty Law Center: The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
Civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. founded the SPLC in 1971 to ensure that the promise of the civil rights movement became a reality for all. Since then, they’ve won numerous landmark legal victories on behalf of the exploited, the powerless and the forgotten.
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Last Call for 2017 Pledges

The Trustees need to have all 2017 pledges submitted before our annual meeting on Sunday, January 29. The results of our pledge drive are very encouraging. We are close to meeting the challenge goal that was set in our preliminary budget presented to the congregation this past October. There are only a few more members who are yet to pledge and if everyone responds we believe that we can reach our goal–this is something we have not done for many years!

Thank you to everyone who has submitted a pledge so far. And, if you haven't, please send it to the church or email our financial secretary, Marion Munch

Pastor Mark has created a GoFundMe site to help with the medical expenses of our nursery school teacher, Ms. Staci. Staci has been a dedicated member of our staff and is no longer able to work as she battles Pancreatic Cancer. The medical expenses are very difficult for her family. Please help her and her family by donating at GoFundMe.


Confirmation to Begin

Confirmation is the process by which seventh and eighth grade young people study to make the decision about joining the church. In our church we offer the program every other year for both grades together. Pastor Mark leads the class and the program will begin in early January  and conclude on Confirmation Sunday on Pentecost, June 4. Typically we start the program in the late fall, but we are trying something different this year. The program will not last as long, but will be more experiential and will require a greater commitment during that time.
There will be an introductory meeting on January 22, following worship, in order to explain the program to the young people and their parents. All seventh and eighth graders are invited to attend.

Worship Calendar

January 15: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday
     Scripture: Luke 4:14-30

January 22: "A Fishing Tale"
     Scripture: Luke 5:1-11

January 29: CCH Annual Meeting

Pastor's Book Group

"Sometimes Brilliant," by Larry Brilliant is the next selection for the pastor's book group. It is a longer book than usual, but the group isn't meeting again until January 25, 2017.

From the publisher: When a powerful mystic steps on the hand of a radical young hippie doctor from Detroit, it changes lives and the world. Sometimes Brilliant is the adventures of a philosopher, mystic, hippie, doctor, groundbreaking tech innovator, and key player in the eradication of one of the worst pandemics in human history. His story, of what happens when love, compassion and determination meet the right circumstances to effect positive change, is the kind that keeps hope and the sense of possibility alive.

“Sometimes Brilliant is a mesmerizing read—a window inside some of the most unique social and spiritual movements of the 1960s and 1970s, and the story of how people from a dozen nations came together to eradicate one of the world’s most terrible diseases. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.” (Jim Wallis, New York Times bestselling author of America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, president of Sojourners, and editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine)

"Forgive Our Debtors"

Wine and Cheese Party
Sunday, January 22, 4-6:00 PM

RSVP due by Sunday, January 22–please sign-up at church or call the church office, 631-423-4004

It's time to wipe the slate clean! Over the years, many of the services won at our benefit auctions have never been collected.  In celebration of the generosity of both donors and winning bidders, we are having a party to erase all such obligations.
·       If you are the winner of an un-collected service, admission is $10 per person.
·       All others welcome at $20 per person.
Please sign up on the bulletin board  (if you did not sign up at the 2016 auction.)
Note: If you still wish to collect your "service," please make arrangements with the donor, and join us at the party!

Volunteers Needed

Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI)
We are looking for more volunteers to staff the HIHI program on January 21.

Here's what we need:

 1-2 more volunteers to set up and serve. 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 Evening Chaperones: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

 Clean up help Sunday – 6:30-7:30 AM

 MEALS : Lunch and breakfast.

A second volunteer on dinner would be helpful too.

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:  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
If you would like to help  please contact Anne:

New CCH Website

We are thrilled to unveil the new design for our church website: It is the same address, but a totally redesigned site. Thanks to the design work of Joanna Stasuk and the web work of Doug Munch we were able to completely redo the site and it is now based on WordPress which will be an easy platform for revisions and new material. Joanna used much of the content from the previous site that was done by John Leary. The site is still a work in progress, but we wanted to make it live for Christmas. Thank you so much to Joanna and Doug for all their hard work!

Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative

The Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative provides housing for homeless people in Huntington in religious organizations throughout the winter. The need for this was highlighted recently when a homeless man died of hypothermia in Huntington Station. We will provide volunteers to run the program on three Saturday nights in 2017: January 21, February 25 and March 11. Please sign up on the signs at the church.

Donations needed for the 2016 HIHI program:
• Items for hygiene kits:
            o Disposable razors
            o Small bars of soap
            o Toothbrushes
            o Travel-sized toothpaste
            o Travel-sized shampoo
            o Combs
• New men’s socks and underwear (small/medium)
• New hats/gloves
• New or gently-used T-shirts
• New or gently-used bath towels
• Gently used men’s coats, boots and sweatshirts

There will be a box in church for donations.

Upcoming Events

                                           Calendar Announcements

Sunday, January 15

Intergenerational Service at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Mike & Lauren Eliash

Monday, January 16

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Saturday, January 21-22

HIHI at St. Patrick’s Church begins at 5:00 PM

Sunday, January 22

Worship Service & Church School at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM

“Forgive Our Debtors” Wine & Cheese Party 4:00 PM

Monday, January 23

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Wednesday, January 25

Pastor’s Book Club at 7:30 PM

Thursday, January 26

Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

Sunday, January 29 at 11:30 AM
CCH Congregational Annual Meeting

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