CCH Congregator Weekly January 27, 2017

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CCH Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 29, 2017

11:30 AM

Pot-luck Soup Luncheon
Please bring a pot of your favorite soup to share.

Election of Church Officers and Board Members

Approval of 2017 Budget

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.
The first class will meet this Sunday, January 29, at 5:00 PM at the church.  All seventh and eighth graders are invited to attend.

Last Call for 2017 Pledges

The church is 97% toward meeting the pledge goal in our challenge budget! This is a wonderful testimony to the vitality of our congregation and the commitment of our members. If you have not submitted your pledge, please do for before the annual meeting on January 29 to help us go over the top

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

Please keep former Noah's Ark nursery school teacher Staci Farrell in your prayers. Miss Staci has recently entered hospice care.

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.

Worship Calendar

January 29: CCH Annual Meeting

February 5: Communion Sunday

Pastor's Book Group

The February selection for the Pastor's Book Group is "Home," by Marilynne Robinson. When the discussion group began seven years ago the first book was Robinson's "Gilead." With "Home" she writes about some of the same characters in roughly the same time period. Each book stands alone, but together they paint a deep and poignant picture of faith, family and life in a small town. The group will meet on Tuesday, February 28, at 7:30 PM.

From the publisher:

Hailed as "incandescent," "magnificent," and "a literary miracle" (Entertainment Weekly), hundreds of thousands of readers were enthralled by Marilynne Robinson's Gilead. Now Robinson returns with a brilliantly imagined retelling of the prodigal son parable, set at the same moment and in the same Iowa town as Gilead. The Reverend Boughton's hell-raising son, Jack, has come home after twenty years away. Artful and devious in his youth, now an alcoholic carrying two decades worth of secrets, he is perpetually at odds with his traditionalist father, though he remains his most beloved child. As Jack tries to make peace with his father, he begins to forge an intense bond with his sister Glory, herself returning home with a broken heart and turbulent past. Home is a luminous and healing book about families, family secrets, and faith from one of America's most beloved and acclaimed authors.

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.

Volunteers Needed

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:

Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 29

Worship Service & Church School at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Congregational Meeting with

Pot luck lunch and soup

Confirmation Class at 5:00 PM

Monday, January 30

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Thursday, February 2

Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

Sunday, February 5

Souper Bowl Sunday

Worship Service with Communion at 10:00 AM

Church School at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Katzmaier Family

Monday, February 6

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM

Tuesday, February 7

Council Meeting at 7:30

Thursday, February 9

Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM


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

From Temple Beth El: "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."
Temple Beth El: 660 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743, (631) 421-5835,

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