CCH Congregator Weekly April 20, 2018

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A Winter of Volunteers

One of our most important programs is the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI). As a founding member we helped to start this cooperative effort that provides overnight housing and meals for the homeless of Huntington every night during the winter. Started in 2004, HIHI, the largest inter-religious program in the town, is run by religious organizations who open their doors for the people most in need in Huntington. HIHI regularly provides shelter for 12-30 guests a night through a rotating schedule of sites. We partner with Centerport Methodist, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church to cover Saturday nights. 

Hosting HIHI requires many volunteers to provide three meals, do all the set-up and clean-up, and provide overnight hosts. This is a lot of people for a church our size. I want to give everyone involved a huge thank-you. The program is ably overseen by Anne Canadeo and she is assisted by site coordinators Michelle Gegwich and Val Pedersen. Joining them on the coordinating committee are Chris Dengler and Sally Shorrock. I want to thank all of our HIHI volunteers (I am sorry if I left anyone off, please let me know so I can correct it next week): Sandy Piccolo, Ripp family, Katzmaier family. Dot Schmitt and Krista Gard, Fitzsimmons family, Rudaitis Family, Schmidt/Swicord Family, Chris Bausch, Alan and Susan Weiss, Kiernan family, Ebanks Family, Steve and Sally Shorrock, Peragallo family, Harris family, Kathrynne Yland, Tracy McCoy, Safer family, Sarah Oelckers, Patrick Hunter, Chris Dengler, Jim Uh, Steve Shea, Val and Pete Pedersen, Laura and Mike Eliash, Rosenzweig family, Gegwich family, and Gorman family.

If you didn't get a chance to volunteer for HIHI, remember that we have lunch-making every Monday night at 6:30 for our Peace and Plenty Outreach.

See you in church,
Pastor Mark

 Worship Calendar

April 22: Earth Day Sunday
Celebrate the gift of our good earth in our annual Earth Day Sunday worship service. The church school classes will have a gardening day as they prepare our church vegetable garden.

April 29: Bobker Baptism
We will celebrate the baptism of Tristan Bobker, daughter of David and Holly (Rathbun). 

Thinking of Joining?

As meaningful as it may be to worship at The Congregational Church of Huntington, it is many times more so to be a member of the church. Joining a church means to make to take a stand for what you believe and to become fully engaged in this loving community. Pastor Mark is currently preparing a new member class for late April or early May. If you are interested in church membership please speak to him about the class. 

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.

All-Church Clean-up Day

Saturday, April 28

You are invited to help fix, clean and organize the church to keep it looking as good as possible. There are jobs for all ages and abilities. It is also a wonderful way to get to know more people in the church.

Joys and Concerns

Our prayers are with Jane Madden-Koch and her family on the passing of her brother, Hugo.

The Rev. Ann Van Cleef, pastor of the Orient Congregational church, has asked all our congregations to join in prayers for her 29-year-old neice Amanda who is battling cancer.

We will hold Terrence Sheldon in our prayer as he travels to Boston for a 4-6 week treatment program for his pain syndrome.

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:   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, April 22

       Worship Service at 10:00 AM

       Church School Gardening Day at 10:00 AM

       Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Pack 181 Cub Scouts


       Tuesday, April 24

       Diaconate Meeting at 7:30 PM    


       Wednesday, April 25

       Book Group Meeting at 7:30 PM 


       Thursday, April 26

       Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

       Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM


       Saturday, April 28

       Church Clean–up Day at 9:00 AM


     Sunday, April 29

       Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

        Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Tremaroli Family


       Monday, April 30

       Peace and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM


       Thursday, May 3

       Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

       Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

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