CCH Congregator Weekly December 8, 2017

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Christmas Peace

The power of Christmas comes from compelling stories. A pregnant teenager and her fiancé. Visits by Angels. A mute father. Spending the night in a stable. Shepherds tending sheep. A baby born in a manger. From these simple characters and stories comes a holiday to illuminate our winter, and our lives.

The power of Christmas stories continues in our own experiences. Think for a moment of the characters and stories that inhabit your Christmas picture book of memories. A child’s look of surprise. Carols sung to a friend. The sadness of an empty chair. Colors, and cookies, and lights. Not all our holiday stories are happy ones, but many are the primary markers of our life journey.

This intersection is the hope of Christmas—the temporal and the eternal. We merge them together for brief moments of joy, or a sadness. This is the place where the holiday touches our soul. Notice it is often the simplest of encounters, events, or episodes that triggers this date with the divine. In fact, the harder we try, the more elusive the Christmas spirit can be.

 Take time, and care, and comfort this season in the simplicity of the story, and the event, and the relationships. Sink into the lights. Know the Christmas peace. As you do your stories will merge with the stories that have been handed down from the ancient peoples long ago.

See you in church,
Pastor Mark

CCH Yoga

A new yoga class is being offered to all adult church members on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Bonnie and Kristin bring their long-standing love of yoga and their instructor Marie Cruz to the CCH community. Yoga offers many positive benefits to the body, mind and spirit through the practice of meditation and mindfulness. As another busy holiday season approaches, yoga can help us find the balance we all  seek. The class is $20.00 per session. For more details call Bonnie or Kristin at 516.922.9525 or Sue at the Church office.

Share Your Christmas Cards

If you would like to share your Christmas card with your church friends just bring one to church and post it to the Christmas Card Sharing bulletin board. This way you may share your greetings with all the member of our church.

 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.

December 3: Advent 1/Communion
   Pageant planning meeting after church
December 10: Advent 2
   Pageant rehearsal after church
December 17: 12 Gifts of Christmas
    Pageant rehearsal after church
December 24: Christmas Eve
     10:00 AM  Traditional Worship
       5:30 PM  Christmas Pageant
     10:00 PM  Candlelight Communion

Joys and Concerns

You and your family are invited to Pastor Mark, Ronnie and Allie's annual Christmas Open House. It will be held on Sunday, December 17, from 4-7:00 PM. Their home is at 3 Bantry Ct. Huntington.

Thank you to our Deacons, Outreach Ministry, and Brian, who helped to make our #EndGunViolence prayer vigil such a meaningful service. We hope that you had a chance to see us on News 12.

Christmas Poinsettias

Once again, poinsettias will be available to beautify our sanctuary at Christmas. Prices are the same as last year! However only red available. They are $15 each. Last day for ordering is Sunday, December 17th.Please make checks payable to: The Congregational Church of Huntington, Attention: Poinsettias.   Give your order and payment to Kristin Harper, or the church office.

Pastor's Book Group

The Pastor's Book Group will not meet in December, but we have picked a lovely novel to read for the holiday season. Many of you will remember “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” that we read almost four years ago. Our January book is the sequel, “The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy,” in which the author, Rachel Joyce, has written a poignant parallel story to Harold’s saga.


We will meet on Wednesday, January 24, for our next group discussion.


 From the publisher:


In this, acclaimed author Rachel Joyce brings Queenie Hennessy’s voice into sharp focus. Setting pen to paper, Queenie makes a journey of her own, a journey that is even bigger than Harold’s; one word after another, she promises to confess long-buried truths—about her modest childhood, her studies at Oxford, the heartbreak that brought her to Kingsbridge and to loving Harold, her friendship with his son, the solace she has found in a garden by the sea. And, finally, the devastating secret she has kept from Harold for all these years.


A wise, tender, layered novel that gathers tremendous emotional force, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy underscores the resilience of the human spirit, beautifully illuminating the small yet pivotal moments that can change a person’s life.

2017 Project T.O.Y.

Project T.O.Y. gives parents who are struggling financially the opportunity to choose 2 new unwrapped gifts for each of their children.  Parents are invited to “shop” at no cost to them and are given the pleasure of presenting gifts to their children.  We are asking for your help with donations of new unwrapped toys and gift cards for children ages birth- 13 years. Gift cards are appreciated for ages 10-13. There will be a collection box in the narthex for your donations.  Please make sure you drop your gifts off by December 10.  Thank you for your support and generosity. 
2017 Gift Ideas
LEGO Sets                         Hair Dryer/Flat Iron
Skylanders SWAP Force    Electric shaver
Thomas and Friends           Head Phones
Disney Princess                   Nerf Items
Hot Wheels                          Soccer Balls, Footballs, Footballs
Air Hogs                               $20 Kmart Gift Card
$20 Game Stop or Target Gift Card

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, December 10

       Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

       Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Glen and Paul

       Pageant Rehearsal at 11:30 AM


       Monday, December 11

       Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

       Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM

       Diaconte Meeting at 7:30 PM


      Tuesday, December 12

       Outreach Ministry at 7:30 PM


      Thursday, December 14

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM


      Sunday, December 17

      Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Linda & Donald

      Pageant Rehearsal at 11:30 AM


      Monday, December 18

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM


      Thursday, December 21

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM


      Sunday, December 24: Christmas Eve

       Worship Service at 10:00 AM

       Christmas Pageant at 5:30 PM

       Candlelight Service with Communion at 10:00 PM


Community Events

The Huntington Community Chorus is a group that rehearses in the CCH sanctuary. They They are holdoing their annual 

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