CCH Congregator Weekly March 23, 2018

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 A Parade of More than Palms


Dear Friends,

Think, for a moment, how you feel moments before a big event is about to take place. The day before starting a new job. The moments before a graduation. The time before moving to a new place. Take all the anxiety, excitement, worry, fear, and anticipation, mix it all together, multiply it by 10, and then I think we may have some approximation of what the Jesus and his friends felt before they entered Jerusalem (though their emotional stew probably included a very large measure of fear). 

Jesus and his cohorts had traveled for many days to reach Jerusalem. Along the way they could feel the pressure building as they approached the spiritual and religious capital of their land. They did not know what to expect, but they all anticipated that Jesus would realize the crowning achievement of his mission. This meant, to most of them, the coming of the Kingdom of God, though they did not really know what that would look like. In preparation for their entry to the city they found a colt for Jesus to ride and they tried to prepare themselves for the unknown.

Palm Sunday is our recognition of this entrance into Jerusalem. I am sorry to say that much of the church's celebration of Palm Sunday is a poor reflection on the events of that day. Waving a few limp palm fonds and processing through the church does not even come close to the powerful emotional event of Jesus' parade into Jerusalem. In many ways, Palm Sunday is as important as Easter. As Jesus enters Jerusalem he starts the final steps to his arrest. 

For our Lenten service I will not spend a lot of time explaining the day, instead we will experience the story through chants, readings and music. I hope you will join us as we begin the walk to the resurrection.

See you in church,
Pastor Mark

 Worship Calendar

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

Last day is Sunday!

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.

2018 Benefit Auction

Saturday, April 21, 2018   6:00 PM
Northport Yacht Club

Save the date for the our primary fundraising event of the year. A night of good food, great friends and fun bidding.

March for Our Lives LI

Saturday, March 24, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Parking Lot behind Huntington Town Hall
(note location change due to weather)

Join young people from around Long Island as they remember all those who have been murdered in school shootings and pledge to find ways to make their schools, and our communities, safer. Pastor Mark will be one of the clergy in the program offering prayers. More details at March for Our Lives LI.

Worship Highlights

Be sure to check out the church website for audio portions from our worship services. This week we added Henry Rudaitis' solo, "It's You I Like," and Pastor Mark's sermon on friendship from this past Sunday. The church website is

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 25 – Palm Sunday

      Worship Service at 10:00 AM

      Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Eileen & Bruce Rosenzweig

      Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30 AM


      Monday, March 26

       Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM


      Thursday, March 29

       Maundy Thursday Service at 7:30 PM


       Sunday, April 1 – Easter Sunday

       Sunrise Service at Fleets Cove Beach at 6:30 AM

       Intergenerational Worship in Sanctuary at 10:00 AM

       Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Elfrieda Kleina & The Gardners

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