CCH Congregator Weekly May 19, 2017

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Organ Repairs Needed

Dear Friends,


We need your help to continue the outstanding music program of our church. Our varied and high-quality music is central to the worship services of our church. The adult, bells and children’s choir, in addition to our singing and instrumentalists helps to guide us to worship of God and deepen our spiritual growth. We have been blessed at The Congregational Church of Huntington with many talented and generous musicians who make our music so important to us.


One of the most important parts of music in church is the organ that accompanies much of our singing and anthems. We are blessed with a quality 3-manual digital organ that is a very good instrument for our sanctuary. Unfortunately, the organ is about 20 years old and is need of some significant repairs. The good news is we have not had to do anything to it since it was bought. Now, though, some of the keys do not even work and David must be very creative to make the music we hear. The work that it requires will cost almost $8000.00. This includes:


·       Replace all three keyboards

·       Refurbish the speakers

·       Upgrade the electrical systems


This works must be done, but we have not planned for this in our church budget. We can meet some of this expense from our memorial funds, but we would rather use those funds for new items that enhance our worship and building. So we are turning to our members and friends with a special fundraising request to help pay for the organ expenses.


Would you join us in making a contribution to pay for the needed repairs? We are planning a short time frame for this campaign, so please return all contributions by June 1. You may bring a donation to worship or mail it to the church, PO Box 134, Centerport NY 11721.  Thank you for helping us preserve the future of our uplifting music program.


Sincerely yours,


 Chris Riley                                          Nancy Sordi

Trustees, co-chairs

Choir Notes

Hi All,

Don’t forget to join us for our very special presentation of Toto’s Africa this Sunday. It was very well received last year and should be even better this year with added singers, percussion and choreography. Since our theme is Africa, we will also sing Baba Yetu, which we sang earlier this year with soloist, John Leary.  For those interested, Baba Yetu is the Swahili adaptation of The Lord’s Prayer and is the background music for the strategy video game by Sid Meier, Civilization IV. You won’t want to miss this very special presentation. In fact, invite your friends and neighbors to come as well.
We are very sorry to be losing David Broome as our Music Director. He will be moving to Tulsa Oklahoma with his `wife to be’, Sophia Pappas the end of July. We have been fortunate to be blessed with David’s amazing talents for the past eight years and he will be sorely missed. A committee has been formed and we will begin the arduous process of finding the best replacement possible.

Summer will soon be upon us and we will need to work on special music. So, please consider sharing your talents with us. If you sing, play an instrument, dance, act, or have any other talent that you would be willing to share with our congregation, please contact David in person, on his cell phone @ 410-322-0382 or via his e-mail address,  Or you can contact Pastor Mark @ 631-680-3574 or via his e-mail address,
I will try to keep you informed about Choir news and happenings via the Congregator as often as possible.

Musically yours,
Sylvia Kellershon (Soprano)

Joys and Concerns

Thank you to Jim Uhl and Mark Carpentieri who led an informative and very entertaining program on the history and sounds of the Blues.

Pastor's Book Group

Following last fall's election there was a lot of talk about the need for people to get out of their bubbles and learn about other people in the nation. One book that was highly recommended for this is J.D. Vance's memoir, "Hillbilly Elegy," in which he seeks to understand how his family has been so stuck in poverty and what that has meant for their lives. Vance is a graduate of Yale Law School who works for an investment fund in San Francisco, but he grew up in Appalachia. The discussion group will meet on Tuesday, May 30, 7:30 PM, at Jane and Stephen Madden-Koch's home.

"You will not read a more important book about America this year."–The Economist
"A riveting book."–The Wall Street Journal
"Essential reading."—David Brooks, New York Times

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, May 21

Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Carpentieris

Confirmation at 11:30 AM

Monday, May 22

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Membership Committee at 7:30 PM

Music Search Committee at 7:30 PM

Wednesday, May 24

Diaconate Meeting at 7:30 PM

Thursday, May 25

Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

Sunday, May 28

Intergenerational Worship Service at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: The Engelkings

Tuesday, May 30

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Book Club Meeting 7:30 PM at the home of 

Jane & Stephen Madden-Koch

Thursday, May 31

Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

Pledge Update

  Received Pledged Difference
Last Week 2,375   $2758   –$383
Year-To-Date  $61,826  $55,160  $6,766

Thank you for remembering the church in your will.

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