CCH Congregator Weekly May 25, 2018

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The Congregational Church of Huntington, United Church of Christ
Peace and Plenty Food Outreach
Every Monday, 6:30 PM
CCH Fellowship Hall

Each Monday the CCH Peace and Plenty Food Outreach prepares food for Huntington children in need. The program depends on volunteers from local schools, but when the summer comes we lose these volunteers. And in the summer there is an extra need for the meals due to children not receiving lunches at school. 

We need volunteers every Monday (except Memorial day). It only takes an hour and there is work for all ages. There is no need for advance registration. Just show up and chip in!

Thank you for all who can assist.



 Worship Calendar

Pastor Mark's sermon from this past Sunday, "Sensible Gun Safety and God's Reign," is on-line at the church website. 

May 27: Religion and Patriotism

As part of his "Hot Buttons" sermon series Pastor Mark will reflect on the traditional tension between religious and patriotic loyalties on this Memorial Day Sunday.
June 3: Pride Sunday/Communion
CCH voted to become an Open and Affirming congregation in 2004. This welcome to our LGBTQ neighbors has both strengthened our church mission and led us to share God's love as a clear mission in Huntington. This Sunday we celebrate our ONA welcome and Pastor Mark examines how far we still need to go in his final sermon in the "Hot Button" series.

Fill A Bag Food Drive

CCH is the June "congregation of the month: for the Northport Food Pantry. It is our turn to fill the shelves. We plan to do that by asking all our members to fill a bag. Grocery bags with a suggested shopping list will be distributed during worship in the next weeks. Please take an empty bag and return it full. Our goal is one bag per family–that is 70 bags of groceries! 

Fellowship Hour Volunteers Needed

One of the most enjoyable ways to serve our church is to be a host for our weekly fellowship time following worship. Hosts prepare the refreshments: coffee, tea and a snack for everyone to enjoy. it doesn't have to be elaborate, a little treat is fine. If you have never done it before a member of our Membership committee will help you out. You may sign up on the church bulletin board or contact our committee chairperson: Jean Uhl. 

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.

Garden Volunteers Needed

The CCH vegetable garden provides fresh, organic, vegetables to the Northport Food Pantry. It is a wonderful community service that relies on all volunteer labor. We invite families, or individuals, to be gardener of the week to weed and harvest the garden. You only need to come to the garden once during your week to make sure it is doing ok and pick any fresh vegies to deliver to the Northport Food Pantry. Members of the Outreach ministry will assist with anything you need. See the sign-up sheet on the church bulletin board.

Joys and Concerns

We are saddened to share the news that founding member of our church, Elizabeth North, passed away last Friday. Liz and her husband Stan were not only founding members of the church, but Liz also started and directed the Noah's Ark Nursery School. Liz was noted for her consistent work for peace and justice. She was even recognized by the national UCC General Synod as a woman who was a leader in the work for justice. Liz was living in Georgia and her family is planning a memorial service at our church for late June. Cards may be sent to her son Stanley North III, 8 Windridge Drive, N. Caldwell NJ 00706.
Our prayers are with Fred Engelking as he has been hospitalized for vertigo. 

We Need Your Feedback

Please help our Strategic Planning Team by completing their survey at All-Church Survey. It takes less than five minutes and the results are anonymous. We trust each person to take it once.

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 27

     Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

     Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: The Engelkings

     Sermon Talk back at 11:30 AM


     Tuesday, May 29

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM


      Wednesday, May 30

      Pastor’s Book Discussion at 7:30 PM


     Thursday, May 31

     Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

     Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM


     Sunday, June 3

     Worship Service with Communion at 10:00 AM

     Church School at 10:00 AM

     Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM


     Monday, June 4

     Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

     Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM


     Tuesday, June 5

     Council Meeting at 7:30


     Thursday, June 7

     Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

     Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM


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