CCH Congregator Weekly November 10, 2017

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No-Fun Fall

“Ugh!” That is the most common response of ministers this season when asked, “How are things going?” It isn’t that most clergy dislike the fall, or Halloween, or the preparations for Thanksgiving. No, the main cause of clergy distress in the fall is the annual stewardship campaign.

 I don’t think we are alone in a dislike for raising money. Not many people do like fundraising. I have, though, found a few people who do enjoy asking for money and they are very good at it. And they all share one common trait—they know that the money they are raising is going to a good cause—their work is making a difference.

 A friend of mine is an amazing fundraiser. She has raised money for million dollar projects and has no problem serving on a fundraising committee—something most people run from. Fundraising for her is an opportunity to help people do good things with their money. It is encouraging investments in our society’s future.

 I’ve been doing this long enough that I am beginning to get her point. We all wish to make this world a better place. We try to help through our work and families, but we can also do more. We can invest our money in organizations that will give a huge payoff in the good work they do. It isn’t the financial dividends that we usually look for in investing, but is often more important for the good for our world.

 All of this is leading up to my reminder to us all to submit our pledge cards. Our primary goal is 100% participation. We figure that 80%, or so, of our members pledge. This greatly complicates our budgeting. Help us to be able to do a better job caring for our church by making a pledge this year—no matter the amount. Your pledge is an investment in CCH—insuring that our church is able to share God’s love with our generation and those to come. What a wonderful legacy. 

Be sure to bring your pledge card to church this Sunday for dedication Sunday.

See you in church,
Pastor Mark

 Worship Calendar

November 12: Dedication Sunday

November 19: Thanksgiving Sunday

November 19: Huntington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held on Sunday November 19, 7:30 PM at the Frist Presbyterian Church of Greenawn.

November 26: Intergenerational Worship Service

Youth Planning Meeting

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 11:30 AM
All 6-12th graders and their parents are invited to a youth planning meeting to discuss upcoming service projects and the possibility of forming a Youth Leadership Council for the church.

There are several upcoming projects that we need to start working on. The annual Advent party is on Sunday, December 3. The youth group traditionally serves a spaghetti dinner to raise money to fund our Adopt-A-Family program at Christmas. An additional winter service project is serving at the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative.

In addition to planning these service projects we are going to discuss the possibility of establishing a youth leadership council for the church. This group would be made up of teens who wish to help organize and plan events for the youth group. In addition they would participate in leadership building activities with pastor Mark and would give input to the church council on issues of concern to our young people.

Please join us for this important meeting!

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

Congratulations to Alan and Susan Weiss as their daughter Kate gave birth to a baby boy on Thursday. So new that he doesn't even have a name yet. Stay tuned.

Our prayers continue for Terrence Sheldon as he battles his pain syndrome that causes him to be in pain 24/7.

Our prayers are with all the victims of the horrific shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX. And for our country to find a way to end all the gun violence.


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, November 12

      Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Pack 181 Cub Scouts


      Monday, November 13

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

      Diaconate Meeting at 7:30 PM


      Thursday, November 16

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM


      Saturday, November 18

      Church Clean Up Day at 9:00 AM


      Sunday, November 19

      Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Bigelow/Todaro Family

      Huntington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at

      Greenlawn Presbyterian at 7:30 PM


      Monday, November 20

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

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