CCH Congregator Weekly April 21, 2017

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Easter Joy and Transitions

This past Sunday we were blessed with a  beautiful Easter morning. The warm weather set the stage and our faith-filled congregation ensured the proclamation for a joyful Easter. Thanks to everyone who helped to make it possible. Particularly to our Deacons for their planning, to Bonnie Dawkins and Kristin Harper for the flower arranging, all the choirs for their music,  and the instrumentalists: Jim Uhl, Willie Steele, Hannah Bartfield, and Kathrynne Yland for their amazing contributions. Our worship really comes alive due to music director, David Broome. David's talented work was on full display with the expanded choirs and a special composition he did for the Easter service. (You can her it on the church website: "Joy Came Down on Easter Day.")

We have been blessed to have David as our music director for he past eight years. Unfortunately, we now need to wish David well in a new stage for his life. As you may know David is getting married this summer to Sophia Pappas. After that they will be moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma. We will sorely miss David. It has been great to work with David not only because of his wonderfully eclectic musical talent, but also his cheerful and open demeanor. Here is part of the letter David wrote to the choirs about his resignation:

"Despite some nervousness about bringing a new perspective to a new environment, thanks to all of you and the CCH community, I have experience in that area. All you music makers at the CCH have embraced my contributions so enthusiastically and have made my job consistently enjoyable.


I hope that you have enjoyed all of the extra hours of rehearsal and getting to know each other as much as I have. You have given me freedom to try new things and the confidence to carry them through.


This, however, is not the greatest thing you have given me. I came into this position as music director, thinking of it as a gig, and it has become so much more. Through Pastor Mark’s leadership and the congregation’s embrace, I have gone through a renewal of faith. I have gained a new perspective on religion, that has influenced all the relationships in my life. I am now proud to call myself a Christian, because I have seen through all of you, what that can mean.


It’s been a pleasure working with the choir, bell choir, children’s choir and all the independent musicians of the congregation to help make every service exist as a unique expression of faith. Thank you for all you have given to our music program. I will miss you."

David's last Sunday with us will be July 30. Our Diaconate is forming a search committee with the hope of finding a new director by that time.



Worship Calendar

April 23: Earth Day Celebration

April 30: Third Sunday after Easter

May 7: Welcome to the Table Communion
Join the member of our children's Welcome to the Table communion class as they complete their program and share communion.

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.

Joys and Concerns

On Saturday, April 22, we will be holding a memorial service for Bill Cowie, Nancy Sordi's brother. The service will be at 10:00 AM and a reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

We were saddened to hear that former member Chuck Cecchini passed away on Easter Day. Chuck had moved to Vermont and passed away after a battle with cancer. His memorial service will be on April 29, 11:00 AM at the Barre Congregational Church, Vermont.

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 Deadline to sign-up for the progressive dinner is this Sunday, April 23–either sign up at church or email Pastor Mark

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 are hosting), 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 side 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!  

TLC Shelter Needs Donations

The TLC shelter, located in back of Family Service League  is in the process of establishing a recreational area for the guests.  If anyone has any of the following items that you would like to donate to this endeavor:


Ping Pong table

Fooseball table

Air Hockey

Board Games – suitable for adults


Arts & Crafts:  Markers, Adult coloring books, Colored pencils, drawing paper, etc.


Current magazines & Novels – small amounts only – we will rotate them


All donations need to be in very good condition and able to fit in one of the TLC vans.  Games should be checked to be sure they have all their pieces.


Thank you for your generosity and if you have something not mentioned, please contact Pastor Mark or Anne Canadeo know… it might be needed!!

Volunteers Needed

Summer Garden Project "Gardener of the Week"
Each summer we raise organic vegetables at the church that are donated to the Northport Food Pantry. This year the Outreach ministry is asking members to sign-up to tend and harvest the garden for one week in the summer. See the sign-up sheet at the church.

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. June is our month to be the congregation of the month at the food pantry. Please sign up to volunteer to help on Mon-Thurs, from 10-noon.

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, April 23

Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Dot & Krista

Confirmation Class at 11:30 AM

Monday, April 24

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Membership Committee at 7:30 PM

Tuesday, April 25

Book Club Group at 7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 26

Opioid Action Meeting at St. Anthony’s at 7:30 PM

Thursday, April 27

Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 29

Progressive Dinner

Sunday, April 30

Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM:

Monday, May 1

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM

Tuesday, May 2

Council Meeting at 7:30 PM

Thursday, May 4

Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

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