CCH Congregator Weekly November 17, 2017

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Advent Party

Sunday, December 3, 2017

4:00 PM–Ornament and Centerpiece Making
5:30 PM–Bell Choir Concert
6:00 PM–Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit Youth Group Adopt-a-Family Program

Fun for all ages!

 Worship Calendar

Pastor Mark and the Deacons gently request that all parishioners arrive before 10:00 AM for worship so as to prepare yourself for worship and to not disturb the worship service by coming in after it has started. Thank you.

November 19: Thanksgiving Sunday–Music by our chancel choir, handbell choir and children's choir.

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

We extend our congratulations to Nancy and Doug Bartow on the arrival of their newest grandchild. Jack Alexander Bartow was born at 3:15 pm on Wednesday, November 15, 201.7  He is the son of Clint and Erica Bartow and brother of Ayla (8), Amber and Alissa (5). They live in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

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

Nationwide Vigil to #EndGunViolence

The Congregational Church of Huntington, United Church of Christ

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 
7:30 PM
(remembering the fifth anniversary of the Shady Hook School shooting)

Our church with join with organizations across the nation in prayer for an end to gun violence in our country. There will be prayers readings to encourage efforts fight gun violence, followed by action steps to join the nationwide effort to make our communities safer. You may also listen to pastor Mark's sermon on the recent mass shootings, "May We Never Get Used to It" on the church website

Volunteers Needed


Help Deck the Halls–December 2
Our deacons are looking for student volunteers on Saturday,  Dec 2 from 9am-1pm to help decorate the sanctuary for Christmas & help with the annual Advent Party.  Students can volunteer for all or part of the time and will earn service hours.  If interested, please contact Jenny Haluza at

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 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
      Thursday, November 23
      Thanksgiving Day
      Sunday, November 26
      Intergenerational Worship Service at 10:00 AM
      Fellowship Hour: The Gardeners
      Monday, November 27
      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
      Tuesday, November 28
      Membership Committee at 7:30 PM
      Wednesday, November 29
      Pastor’s Book Discussion at 7:30 PM
      Thursday, November 30
      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM
      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

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