CCH Congregator Weekly June 1, 2018

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 Worship Calendar

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.
June 10: Church School Sunday
Please join our us for this delightful worship service in which our children lead us. We will also honor all of our teachers for their hard work all year.

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

New Date for Discussion–6/27/18
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, June 27 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

Congratulations to the following graduates:
  • Anna Carpentieri with a Bachelors of Social Work summa cum laude from Temple University.
  • Tom McClintock with a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Arizona. Tom will be returning to Long Island for a post-doctoral position at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
  • Gordon Weigers with his BA in communication and journalism from Northeastern University. He is headed to Las Vegas to do social media for the Golden Knights.
  • Jen Yland with an MS in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Please contact Pastor Mark with graduation announcements for future congregators.

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, June 3

     Worship Service with Communion at 10:00 AM

     Church School at 10:00 AM

     Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Dot, Krista & Sandy


     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


    Saturday, June 9

     Benefit Concert at 7:30 PM


     Sunday, June 10

     Church School Sunday at 10:00 AM

     Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Shea


     Monday, June 11

     Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

     Outreach at 7:30 PM


     Thursday, June 14

      Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

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