CCH Congregator Weekly October 13, 2017

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Path of Hope

The recent string of natural disasters and human tragedies make me want to scream: stop piling on! That's what we said as kids when playing football and our friends all jumped on a tackle. After the fifth or sixth body piled on top it felt like all the air was being squeezed out of my lungs. Fortunately, the energetic bodies would jump off as quickly as they could jump on and in in a few moments I would as likely be on top of the next pile.

Unfortunately, real life piles do not go away so easily. Between the hurricanes, the California fires, and the Las Vegas shooting we can be excused for feeling squashed. And the erratic state of our government only contributes to state of unease and distress. "I'm just exhausted," is one of the most common things I hear these days. These statements don't sound like the usually "I'm tired," sort of complaint, but come from a deeper sense of weariness at the state of the world. I know I feel that way, and I don't believe I am alone in this.

If you feeling weighed down by recent events first know that you are not alone and it is alright to acknowledge your weariness. Go ahead a take a nap, or do what it takes to care for yourself. We are no good to help heal the world when exhausted. 

A path of hope for me is to imitate the ancient peoples of the Bible when they experienced great loss. They looked to God, and they doubled down on their communities to build the pathways of life for themselves and society. Recently in worship we have been retelling the stories of the exodus and the beginnings of ancient Israel. Whether it was escaping Egypt, or finding sustenance in the wilderness or entering the promised land the people always turned to God in both their laments and their gratitude. By so doing they found the deep well of God's hope that can sustain us at all times. They were able to know the gifts of God through supporting each other in their community. If you are feeling overwhelmed, I hope you will join us in worship to recharge with the blessings and hope of God that will outlasts any natural or human-caused tragedy.

Pastor Mark

Estate Planning and Planned Giving

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:30 PM

Giving is one of the most important of spiritual practices. All that we have is a gift from God and we show our gratitude through giving to others. We are familiar with our everyday giving, whether to the church or other institutions, but many of us are intimidated by planned, or estate giving. Yet, this is one we way we may make a great difference in our world. You don't have to be wealthy to make a planned gift. Two of our members, Ted Philips, director of finance and administration at the United Church Funds, and Bill Ripp, attorney with a specialty in estate law, will help to demystify planned giving and help you learn how to a make an even bigger difference in the church, and the world.

Craft Sunday

October 15, 2017
12 noon in the Fellowship Hall
Lunch Included

All ages are invited to join us to make a bird feeder, painted wooden tray, painted glass ornaments or pumpkin painting. This Sunday, October 8, is the last day to register.

Family Day
at Vanderbilt

When : Saturday, November. 4th 

Time: 1 pm planetarium show 

            2:15 mansion tour 

            You may walk the grounds at your.        own leisure 

            Cost: $14 per person 

Please bring your payment to the church in an envelope marked Vanderbilt, and write on it how many tickets you will need. Cash or checks made out to the church.

Registration deadline: Sunday October 29th. 

 Worship Calendar

October 15: Smith-Miciotta Baptism

October 22: Fall Congregational Meeting following worship

Pastor's Book Group

Regina’s Calcaterra memoir, Etched in Sand, is an inspiring and triumphant coming-of-age story of tenacity and hope. This Long Island based memoir will is the October selection for the Pastor's Book Group. The group will meet on Wednesday, November 29, 7:30 PM at Dot and Krista's home.
From the publisher: Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Her painful early life, however, was quite different. Regina and her four siblings survived an abusive and painful childhood only to find themselves faced with the challenges of the foster-care system and intermittent homelessness in the shadows of Manhattan and the Hamptons.
A true-life rags-to-riches story, Etched in Sand chronicles Regina’s rising above her past, while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together through it all.

Weekly Giving

  Received Pledged  Difference
Last Week  $6433  $2,758  $3675
Year-To-Date  $120,189  $113,078  $7111

Thank you for remembering the church in your will.

Greenlawn Community Day

Volunteers Needed

Greenlawn Community Day is being held at Coral Park on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 10 AM – 4 PM. Everyone is invited to attend. They also are in need of volunteers to help run children's activities and other programs. All the items will be provided–they just need help to make this event a big success for the community. Contact Pastor Mark if you are interested.

Joys and Concerns

Congratulations to the Rudaitis family on the baptism of their daughter Maggie this past Sunday in worship.

Our prayers are with Pat Bausch as she has been hospitalized with a leg infection this week. We prayer for a quick recovery.

From Bill Rowland: This November my daughter Natalie is running the New York City Marathon for Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Fred’s Team. By running for Fred’s Team all of her fundraising efforts will go directly to lifesaving Cancer Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Although a worthy cause on its own, it became a more personal battle for Natalie when her mom was diagnosed last October with an aggressive brain cancer called Glioblastoma. If you would like to donate you can do so by following the link:

Hurricane Relief Efforts

The devastating effects of the recent hurricanes require the assistance of the entire nation to help people in need. You may assist by giving through the United Church of Chirst Disaster Ministries. Your donations will go directly to help with disaster relief where it is most needed.

You may give by:

Donate directly on the UCC website for hurricane relief

Send a check to our church made out to The Congregational Church of Huntington, designated for hurricane relief, and we will send all donations to the UCC relief program.

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 shortages. If you would like to help  please contact Anne:

Upcoming Events


     Sunday, October 15
     Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM
     Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Jason and Dominic
     Followed by Craft Sunday *****Lunch included*****
     Monday, October 16
     Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
     Diaconte Meeting at 7:30 PM
     Wednesday, October 18
     Ancora Imparo at 7:30 PM
     “Estate Planning and Planned Giving”
     Thursday, October 19
     Bell Choir at 6:00 PM
     Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM
     Sunday, October 22
     Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM
     Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: The Uhls
     Fall Congregational Meeting at 11:30 AM
     Tapas SpecialPlease bring a favorite hors d'oeuvre
      to share!
     Monday, October 23
     Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
     Thursday, October 26
     Bell Choir at 6:00 PM
     Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

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