CCH Congregator Weekly December 21, 2017

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I Will Light Candles

Each year we celebrate Jesus' birth with the familiar story around the crèche. These stories, from the gospels of Matthew and Luke, tell us what happened. The essence, though, of the coming of Christ is summed up in John's prologue, "The light shines in darkness and the darkness did not overcome it (John 1:5)." We annually recreate the manger scene to remind us of the light that brightens our lives, regardless the darkness brought by any particular year. This hope is beautifully expressed by the Rev. Howard Thurman's poem, "I will light the candles this Christmas." May you and your loved ones know that light of Christmas illuminating your way to God's peace.

I will light candles this Christmas;
Candles of joy despite all sadness,
Candles of hope where despair keeps watch,
Candles of courage for fears ever present,

Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,
Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens,
Candles of love to inspire all my living,
Candles that will burn all the year long.


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

December 24: Christmas Eve
     10:00 AM  Traditional Worship
       5:30 PM  Christmas Pageant
     10:00 PM  Candlelight Communion

Our special Christmas offering will be divided between relief for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico (through the UCC relief efforts) and the Long Island Congregations and Associations anti-Opioid efforts. 

December 31: Intergenerational Worship to bid goodbye to 2017 and prepare for the new year.

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.

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.

HIHI Volunteers Needed

The Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative needs volunteers for the following days:

The CCH first night to provide the volunteers in Saturday, December 30, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and we need help with Sunday breakfast and clean-up. See the sign-up sheet at church.

We are also looking for volunteers who could fill a 7pm-11pm shift at Central Presbyterian on the following Monday evenings:

·         December 18

·         January 8

·         January 22

·         January 29

There will be other dates in February and March.

 Please put the word out to your volunteers who are looking to serve.  Please contact Alicia Lawrence (  Suzanne Dvorak ( if you are able to assist at Central Presbyterian.

Volunteers Needed


Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI)
Volunteers are still needed for our first night hosting HIHI on Saturday, December 30, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Centerport. In particular we need help on Sunday morning for breakfast and clean-up. Check the board at church.

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:  Peace and Plenty will not meet on the week of December 25. 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:

2018 Pledge Campaign
We currently are about 3/4 of the way toward our pledge goal. If you have not turned in your pledge card for 2018 please do it as soon as possible so our Trustees may plan for the new year.

2017 End of Year Giving
In order for your gifts to count toward your 2017 taxes they need to be deposited before the end of the year. We will be accepting donations until December 29 for deposit this year.

Upcoming Events



       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

The church office will be closed from December 25-January 1. If you have a pastoral need call Pastor Mark at 631-680-3574.


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