CCH Congregator Weekly February 24, 2017

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Ask the Clergy

Two weeks ago I was asked to contribute an essay to Newsday's "Asking the Clergy" feature. Each week three clergy are asked to reply to a questions about religion and their answers are published in Sunday Newsday. The question I was asked was "How does reading scripture enhance one's faith journey?" The answer was in last Sunday's Newsday and here is my response for those who missed it. –Pastor Mark

One of the least utilized spiritual resources, in my view, is reading the Bible. As the story of God’s relationship with humans the Bible may give us support in our pain, guidance in our actions and challenge as we grow in faith. Unfortunately, many people who turn to the Bible become quickly confused by the unfamiliar language or the foreign context. These problems can be overcome by a new perspective when reading the spiritual texts.


The Bible is the record of human encounters with God. Written and compiled over thousands of years ago it reflects a very different time period than our own. It also reflects the views and questions of the authors and editors. This means there are contradictions and mistakes within the rich theological reflections. One can become quickly frustrated to look for the Bible for perfect conclusions or quick answers.


To read the Bible is to enter the historical discussion between God and humans. The Bible’s authors were, like us, doing their best to open their lives to God’s presence. And though their time period may be much different than ours, the questions they address are eternal. When taken in context we may be inspired by their faith in times of troubles, may find hope for liberation as did the Israelites, and may be challenged to love our neighbor as Jesus’ taught. Spirituality is not a private pursuit and is deepened by engagement with a religious community—and that community includes our brothers and sisters of faith in the Bible.


Join us for our Annual Benefit Auction
at the beautiful Northport Yacht Club!

Our theme is a Hawaiian Luau, and it's sure to be the party of the year! Tropical attire is highly recommended. We will have both a live auction and silent auction for an amazing range of goods and services. Extra invitations are available in the office if you would like to invite friends or family. It's not too late to donate your professional services, sky miles, vacation condos, sports tickets or artwork. Contact the church office as soon as possible to contribute.


Nursing Home Clothing Drive

Maddie Bunting, a high school senior, is leading a clothing drive for low income residents of a local nursing home. She is collecting sweat pants, drawstring pants, pull-over tops, and gently used sneakers for the residents. There is a collection box in the church hallway.

Worship Calendar

February 26: Transfiguration Sunday
March 1: Ash Wednesday
     Worship with ashes at 7:30 PM
March 5: Communion

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, at Bruce and Eileen Rosenzweig's home.

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, February 26

Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Glen & Paul

Confirmation Class at 11:30

Have a Heart Brunch 12:30-2:30 PM –

The First Presbyterian Church of Northport

Monday, February 27

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Wednesday, March 1

Ash Wednesday Service at 7:30 PM

Thursday, March 2

Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 5

Worship Service with Communion at 10:00 AM

Church School at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Smith & Miciotta Family

Monday, March 6

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Thursday, March 9

Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 11-12

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

Saturday, March 25 – Save the Date

Annual Benefit Auction

Northport Yacht Club at 6:00 PM

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