CCH Congregator Weekly March 9, 2018

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CCH Update

Don't forget to spring forward on Saturday night

Dear Friends,

I hope that you all stayed safe and warm during our storms this past week. A double-whammy reminder of the power of nature. For this week's note I thought I would give you an update on some of the church activities that were discussed at the last church council meeting. This time of year we are focused on Lent and Easter in programs and reorganizing and planning in our administration.

The Lenten worship focus on spirituality is helping to deepen our life of faith while providing practical meditations to calm our hearts and focus our minds. The Taize chants serve to unite us together and focus us on God at the beginning of each of our services.

In the other church news:

  • The Trustees are finishing an update of our church office with two new computers and our bookkeeper Jenn is reworking our accounting system.
  • The benefit auction committee is planning for the April 21 "Wild West" themed benefit dinner at Northport Yacht club. (save the date)
  • Church council has appointed a Strategic Planning Committee to set new goals for our next five years.
  • We are recruiting youth members for our new Youth Leadership Council. 
  • The Children's Ministry is preparing for the Palm Sunday Easter Egg hunt.
  • We have our last night for the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative on March 17.
  • The membership committee continues to recruit for fellowship hour and are planning a revamped new member's class for after Easter.

There is always a lot going on below the church surface to keep our congregation strong and vital. I am grateful for all the volunteers who work so hard to make this congregation the caring place that it is.

See you in church,
Pastor Mark

Church School Beginner Class on March 4

Church School Primary Class

 Worship Calendar

March 11: Girl Scout Sunday
    All Girl Scouts are invited to wear their uniforms and assist with our worship service. We will also have a special church school class for the scouts to work on their "My Faith, My Promise" pin.

March 18: Ordination of Deacons/Installation of Officers
    All of our church officers and committee members who were elected at the annual meeting will be installed in their offices during this service. And our two new Deacons will be ordained.

March 25: Palm Sunday
     Easter egg hunt to follow worship.

March 29: Maundy Thursday (7:30 PM)

April 1: Easter
     6:30 AM  Sunrise Service at Fleet's Cove Beach
     10:00 AM  Easter Worship in Sanctuary

Bring Your Soles to Church

The CCH Outreach Miniistry is conducting our annual shoe drive March 1-31,2018.  Used and new shoes of any kind (yes, high heals, boots and single shoes) can be dropped off at the church until Palm Sunday. Please tie together pairs of shoes.


The World Bank estimates that approximately 400 million children worldwide – more than the entire U.S. population – live in pronounced poverty. Millions of these children will grow up never having had a pair of shoes, resulting in significant challenges for their health and wellbeing. Lacking proper footwear, countless children will not be able or permitted to attend school. And tens of millions of these poverty-stricken, barefoot boys and girls will be infected with soil-transmitted parasitic diseases like hookworm, causing lasting suffering and lifelong debilitation.


The shoes collected will be delivered to Soles4Souls, an international anti-poverty organization that distributes new and used shoes. A microenterprise program provides used shoes for repair to create jobs in poor countries. The organization has distributed more than 25 million shoes in well over 100 countries, over 2.7 million in 2017.

Pastor's Book Group

The April selection for the Pastor's Book Group is a novel that explores contemporary concerns about immigration as well as the inequality of wealth in our nation. “Behold the Dreamers,” by Imbolo Mbue is an Oprah book club selection that follows a recent Cameroonian immigrant who begins work as a chauffeur for a Lehman Brothers executive just before the crash of 2007. Because our normal book discussion date would fall on Holy Week we are skipping March and will hold the discussion group on Wednesday, April 25, at Eileen and Bruce Rosenzweig’s home.

From the Publisher: This critically acclaimed first novel follows Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

 However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades. When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.

A 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.

Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative

Only one night left to volunteer for HIHI this season. On Saturday, March 17, we need:

  • We need Evening Chaperones, 8:00-11:00 pm
  • Sunday AM cleaners: 6:30-7:30 AM
  • We can  also use more help to set up and serve, but have a few.

Please sign-up at the church or email Pastor Mark.

Joys and Concerns

Please keep Mary Webb in your prayers for her strength as she continues chemotherapy.

CCH Members in the Community

Several of our members will be attending the meeting of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to be held at Harborfields Library on March 12 at 6:00 PM. You can sign up to join them at Moms Demand Action Meet Up

Volunteers Needed


Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI)
Our next night to host the HIHI program is Saturday, March 17, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. There are many volunteer slots available. Please sign up on 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 is in need of plastic grocery bags to deliver their lunches each week. Bring any extra to the church. 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, March 11

      Worship Service at 10:00 AM

      Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: The Bigelow Family


       Monday, March 12

       Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

       Outreach Meeting at 7:30 PM


       Tuesday, March 13

       Diaconate Meeting at 7:30 PM


       Thursday, March 15

       Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

       Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM


       Saturday, March 17

       HIHI at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, begins at 5:30 PM


       Sunday, March 18

      Worship Service at 10:00 AM

      Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Bausch Family


      Monday, March 19

       Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

       Strategic Planning Committee at 7:30 PM


       Wednesday, March 21

       Membership Committee at 7:30


      Thursday, March 29

       Maundy Thursday Service at 7:30 PM

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