CCH Congregator Weekly May 4, 2018

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Hot Buttons

It is a fascinating irony–we live in a time in which religion is less important to people's lives, yet one in which religious beliefs continue to guide political debates. The arguments about hot button social issues are often grounded in deep seated religious differences. 

As a preacher I try hard to speak of the underlying theological and ethical issues that are present in contemporary life, and to do this in a way that addresses the personal and communal issues involved. This usually means my sermons are a blend of individual concerns and social issues. My social stances primarily grow out of pastoral concerns for people's lives, both in our congregation and the community at large.

I haven't done a series on social issues for quite some time. So for the five weeks I am going to look at where we stand on the prevalent hot button issues of the day. This Sunday I will revisit the Biblical underpinnings for the pro-choice movement. On our Agape Meal Sunday, May 13, I'll preach on the value of diversity in society. May 20 will bring the hottest topic, "What does the Bible have to say about guns?" Memorial day weekend the focus will be Christianity and patriotism. And I will conclude with Open and Affirming Sunday on June 3 as we celebrate our ONA stance and I will preach on current developments in denominations and LGBTQ issues.

I hope that you will enjoy these sermons and I look forward to feedback. Each week after worship I will hold a sermon talkback discussion in the sanctuary. As always, we learn best when we listen to each other. I hope you will share your thoughts with me.

See you in church,
Pastor Mark


 Worship Calendar

Note: For those of you who look for our sermons on-line we are having technical problems with our sound system so we have not been able to record our sermons lately. We have, though, put Pastor Mark's sermon from Easter on the church website:

May 6: Hot Buttons
Pastor Mark begins a sermon series on hot button cultural issues. This first sermon in the series will be on abortion and the Bible.

May 13: Agape Meal
This intergenerational service will be an Apape Meal in which the sanctuary set-up with tables and chairs and we eat a meal as our communion service. There is a sign-up to bring food for the meal on the sheet on the church bulletin board.

Pastor's Book Group

The May selection for the Pastor's Book Group is "The Third Reconstruction," by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. Rev. Barber has been called the closest thing we have to Martin Luther King Jr. A Disciples of Christ minister, Rev. Barber led the 2013 "Moral Mondays" protests for social justice at the North Carolina legislature. This book is part memoir, part history lesson, and primarily a vision of how we may come together to build a more just society.

From the publisher: At a time when divide-and-conquer politics are exacerbating racial strife and economic inequality, Rev. Barber offers an impassioned, historically grounded argument that Moral Mondays are hard evidence of an embryonic Third Reconstruction in America.

The book group will meet to discuss the Rev. Barber's book on Wednesday, May 30 at Jane Madden-Koch's home.

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.

Joys and Concerns

We hold the Barnes family in our prayers on the passing of Jeffrey. Jeff was 66 years old and had battled prostate cancer for eight years. We pray for God's sprit to give strength to Donna and their sons, Kyle and Carson.

We  hold Terrence Sheldon in our prayers as he is in Boston for a 4-6 week treatment program for his pain syndrome. If you would like to send a card to Terrence it is best to send it to their home as he will be there each weekend.

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, May 6

       Worship Service at 10:00 AM

       Church School at 10:00 AM

       Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM


       Monday, May 7

       Peace and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

       Trustee’s Meeting at 7:30 PM


       Tuesday, May 8

        Membership Committee at 7:30 PM


       Thursday, May 10

       Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

       Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM


       Sunday, May 13

       Agape Meal Intergenerational Worship Service at 10:00 AM

       Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Mike & Lauren Eliash


        Monday, May 14

        Peace and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

        Strategic Planning Team at 7:30 PM


        Thursday, May 17

        Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

        Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

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