CCH Congregator Weekly April 7, 2017

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Holy Week

This Sunday is Palm Sunday. That means parading into church with Palms and an Easter Egg Hunt after church. Quite the combination. Our Youth Discussion class holds the egg hunt for the kids on the Sunday before Easter because we assume they will have enough to do next week. In worship we will conclude our Lenten series, "The Way of Joy," with a service of Taize chants, readings and prayers. For Holy Week we have the following services:

  • Maundy Thursday: This moving service is on Thursday night at 7:30 PM.
  • The Easter Sunrise Service on Fleet’s Cove beach is one of my favorite church events of the year. Join us at 6:30 AM.
  • Easter Worship in the sanctuary is an intergenerataltional celebration at our usual 10:00 AM time.

All-Church Spring Clean-up Day
Saturday, April 8, 9:00 AM-noon

Please join us for our Spring Clean-up as we rake leaves, prepare gardens, paint, repair, clean, wash windows and get our church ready for Easter. There is a sign-up on the church bulletin board with a list of jobs to be accomplished.

Joys and Concerns

Congratulations to Jeanette Kopp who celebrated her 101 birthday this past week.

There will be a memorial service for Nancy Sordi's brother, Bill Cowie, on Saturday, April 22, 10:00 AM in the sanctuary. It will be followed by coffee and refreshments in the fellowship hall.

Open Mosque Day
Masjid Noor

We are invited to learn more about Islam and to meet our Islamic neighbors during Open Mosque day at Masjid Noor on Saturday, April 8, noon-3:00 PM. There is a sign-up sheet at the church so that we may send them a number coming from our congregation. Children and youth are welcome and encouraged to attend. Masjid Noor is located on Park Avenue at the corner of Broadway-Greenlawn.

Worship Calendar

April 9: Palm Sunday
As the culmination of the Lenten series, The Way of Joy, we will have a meditative service as the start of holy week.

April 13: Maundy Thursday worship at 7:30 PM
Maundy Thursday is one of our most dramatic services of the year with communion and the Tenebrae service.

April 16: Easter
     6:30 AM Sunrise Service at Fleet's Cove Beach
     10:00 AM  Family Service in the church sanctuary

Pastor's Book Group

April Book: The Last Days of Night, by Graham Moore

Great inventors take the stage in this historical fiction/legal thriller based on the lighting of New York City in the 1890s. The story is told by Paul Cravath, an attorney hired by George Westinghouse to take on Thomas Edison in a battle over lightbulb patents. The setup may sound dry, but Graham’s pacing keeps the story driving forward. There are crimes. There’s a mysterious woman. There’s a mad genius in the form of Nikola Tesla. And it’s all sets against the backdrop of the glittering Gilded Age. Every so often an historical fiction comes along that captures the imaginations of legions of readers. The Last Days of Night will join that elite group of novels. —Chris Schluep, The Amazon Book Review

This historical thriller is not only a fun read, but also presents many interesting ehical questions about the role of technology in our world. There is also a glimpse of 19th century Congregationalism.

Pastor Mark's Sermons
on CCH Website

In case you missed church this past week, Legislator William Spencer's sermon, "A Prescription for Peace," is on-line.

Pastor Mark's sermons have returned to the website of The Congregational Church of Huntington, United Church of Christ. If you miss a Sunday, or want to rehear the message, you can go to the church website,, and look for the sermon's page. The most recent sermons are also on the front page of the website. Be sure to share the link with friends who can't make it to church.

April 29, 2017

The Membership Committee is happy to announce that we have scheduled a Progressive Dinner for April 29.  For those not familiar with these events, appetizers are enjoyed at one house (Eileen and Bruce Rosenzweig), dinners at multiple homes, and then  we all gather together for dessert  (Paul and Glen's home).  Participants may be asked to bring a side dish by their host.  We have a sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board.  Sign up to host a dinner, or be a participant and we will let you know who your dinner host will be.  Progressive Dinners are always really wonderful events — good food and a great opportunity to enjoy old and new friends.  Be sure to sign up soon!  

Huntington Choral Society

The Huntington Choral Society will be presenting a Spring Concert on Sunday, April 30th in the Huntington High School Auditorium at 3 PM. Please note the new day and time this year. The concert should be quite interesting because it is so varied. During the first half, they will be performing a number of old English folk songs followed by a new composition which the group will be performing for the first time ever. The second half of the concert will be a presentation of Orff's Carmina Burana, which is one of the more popular choral works ever written. As usual, tickets are $20 each and available at the door. See Sylvia Kellershon for advance tickets.

Action Against Opioids

Are you tired of just hearing about how bad the opioid epidemic is and not being able to do anything about it? Then come to "Action Against Opioid" on Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 PM at St. Anthony's High School gym to make a difference. Our church is joining with many other congregations on Long Island, and the Long Island Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods organization to begin to make a concrete plan of action to battle the opioid epidemic on our community. Talk to Pastor Mark for more information.

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

Saturday, April 8

     Spring Clean-up at 9:00 AM

 Sunday, April 9 Palm Sunday

     Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

     Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM

 Monday, April 10

     Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

     Diaconate Meeting at 7:30 PM

 Thursday, April 13

     Maundy Thursday Service at 7:30 PM

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