CCH Congregator Weekly June 2, 2017

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June is Food Pantry Month

All year round we collect donations for the Northport Food Pantry. In the summer we also raise organic vegetables for them. This June, though, the Congregational Church of Huntington is the congregation of the month at the food pantry. This means that we are challenged to make an extra effort to stock the shelves and to provide volunteers.

This Sunday, June 4, the Outreach ministry will be handing out empty grocery bags with a shopping list attached. You are encouraged to do what you can to fill the bag and bring it back to the church in June. What ever you can do will be appreciated. It is also an important time to give a schools will be out and families need more assistance.

There are also times available to volunteer at the pantry in the Northport Presbyterian church. No experience necessary. They are open from 10-noon, Monday-Thursday and you can sign up on the bulletin board at church.

Organ Repair Fund is Almost to the Top

Goal: $8000
To Date: almost $7000
Make a donation to help us go over the top


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?  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.


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 Wednesday, June 14, 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

Action Against Opioids Listening Campaign

Sunday, June 11, 2017, 11:30 AM

Our congregation has partnered with many other congregations and community organization to help develop effective programs to stop the opioid epidemic on Long Island. If you or anyone you know has been affected by opioids we invite you to a listening meeting. Members of our Outreach Ministry will be listening to our stories and gathering information to help shape the recommendations of the coalition effort. In addition, our small group conversations about this topic will help us as a congregation to learn how to support one another as we face this epidemic together.

Worship Calendar

June 4: Confirmation and Communion
June 11: Church School Sunday
June 18: David Broome Sunday

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, June 4

     Confirmation Sunday with Communion at 10:00 AM

     Church School at 10:00 AM

     Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Mooers & Lilievres

     Monday, June 5

     Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

     Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM

     Tuesday, June 6

     Council Meeting at 7:30 PM

     Thursday, June 8

     Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

     Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

     Sunday, June 11

     Worship Service at 10:00 AM

     Church School at 10:00 AM

     Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Lassen/Sordi

     Monday, June 12

     Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

     Thursday, June 15

     Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

     Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

Pledge Update

  Received Pledged Difference
Last Week  $1,334  $2,758 –$1,424
Year-To-Date $65,095 $60,676  $4,419

Thank you for remembering the church in your will.

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