CCH Congregator Weekly October 27, 2017

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Goodbye Facebook

Goodbye, Facebook. I am sorry to have to leave you. I really did try to work it out. I believed in your promise in the beginning. At least, I believed that you could be a helpful tool in connecting with my family and friends. Initially I was so happy to find a way to share pictures and life events with my geographically distant relatives. I looked forward to the new pictures of a sibling’s trip, or my parents table at holiday I couldn’t attend. It was also fun when I reconnected with friends from college, and even high school. I got a kick out of finding out where they lived and what they were doing. I even liked the opportunity to wish people a happy birthday and each year I counted how many birthday greetings came to me. You were an easy and fun way to extend my relationship circle.

The problems began when it became popular to share news and political views on-line. At first it was just slightly annoying as I feel I read enough new sites already and it was redundant to have my feed fill up with other people telling me what I should read. Initially that was easy to ignore, but these posts grew like crabgrass. From a distant it looks innocuous, but it takes over. I appreciate that people want to engage in political and social issues, I just didn’t want it here. I wanted you to be a calming place for me to visit in my already hectic life.

I almost left you many times before. Usually after I reads inflammatory comments from people I respect. Your comments section seems to breed name-calling and feed on unfiltered anger. It is sad to me that normally compassionate and gracious people become flamethrowers once that enter the comment section. To be honest, I am referring to myself here. You have a way of bringing out the worst in me. It is so easy to click without thinking and type without reflecting.

As my newsfeed began to be overwhelmed by people sharing news and political sites I decided to take control and start blocking them. I was glad to learn how to block these sites. And I was merciless about it. I blocked every such website that appeared on my page, whether from the left or the right. But they still kept coming—it seems that for every one I stopped, three or four more would try to take its place. And then we find out many of these are fake sites created either to make money or to manipulate our political system.

It was not any one thing that led me to finally call it quits. The amount of advertising did not help. It seems that every inch of my main page was filling with ads promising me some never before seen news or pictures. I did click on a few of those and was always disappointed to go to an advertisement filled site designed to keep me clicking.

I will not be able to leave you completely. We will still see each other. I need to keep putting content on our church’s website for people who look to you for information and events. Others are stronger than I and able to stay in relationship with you.

Oh Facebook, I tried to make you what I wanted you to be—a good place to connect with friends. I realize now it isn’t you, it is me. I had unrealistic expectations. You are what you are—the machine of company whose sole purpose is to entice your users to click on their mouse as many times as possible.  For each click means bigger profits for your owners. I tried to change you, but I have to finally admit defeat and leave you as soon as I can, before you change me.

Pastor Mark


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 29: Reformation Sunday

November 5: Memorials Sunday and Communion

November 12: Dedication Sunday

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.

Joys and Concerns

Please join us in offering prayers for Terence Sheldon's health as he suffered an injury in soccer that caused his Complex Regional Pain Syndrome to flare up. 


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 29
     Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM
     Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Rose and Fred Munch
     Monday, October 30
     Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
     Thursday, November 2
     Bell Choir at 6:00 PM
     Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM
     Saturday, November 4
     Family Day at Vanderbilt see insert
     Sunday, November 5
     Worship Service with communion at 10:00 AM
     Church School at 10:00 AM
     Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Steve Shea & Mable MacVeagh
     Monday, November 6
     Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
     Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM
     Tuesday, November 7
     Church Council Meeting at 7:30 PM
     Wednesday, November 8
     Outreach Ministry Meeting at 7:30 PM
     Thursday, November 9
     Bell Choir at 6:00 PM
     Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

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