CCH Congregator Weekly June 22, 2018

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Grow the Spirit
Give an Hour this Summer
The CCH Summer worship theme is "Grow the Spirit." The services will include celebrations of the ways, places and people who help to brighten God's spirit in our lives and world. Summer activities often lead to spiritual epiphanies as we connect with friends and family, travel, walk, garden and do many activities that stimulate our lives.
One of the best ways to grow your spirit is to volunteer to help others. This summer our Deacons challenge all of our members to make a deliberate attempt to help someone else in midst of our summer activities. We have several important programs at the church to help you give an hour:
  • Gardener of the Week: weed and harvest our vegetable gardens to benefit the Northport Food Pantry.
  • Peace and Plenty: Help prepare food for children in need. Each Monday night at 6:30 PM at the church. This is especially important as the children are not in school where they receive free lunches.
  • Summer Painting Party: This summer the Trustees will repaint the classrooms in the lower level of the church. They will work the week of August 6. Sign up to lend a hand anytime during that week
I hope that your summer activities will help to grow your spirit and you may share those experiences with us in worship.
See you in church,
Pastor Mark

Worship Calendar

June 24: Choir Appreciation
Some of the hardest working groups in the church are our choirs. Join us as show our appreciation for the all they do for our worship.

July 1: Communion
We kick off our summer worship services by sharing communion. Pastor Mark's sermon will be an introduction to the summer "Grow the Spirit" program.

Joys and Concerns

You are invited to a memorial service to give thanks for the life of Elizabeth North on Saturday, June 30, 2:00 PM, in our sanctuary. Liz was one of the founding members of our church and also started the Noah's Ark Nursery School. If you are able, please bring refreshments to share for the reception following the service.

The Diaconate is in need of an iPad to control our new church sound system. Does anyone have one they could donate to the church?

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.

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. 

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.

Going Away Party for Fred and Gail Engelking

Sunday, June 24, 5:00 PM
At the home of Ann and Greg Gardner
110 James Street, Northport
Please bring an appetizer, side dish, or beverages

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.

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 24

          Worship Service at 10:00 AM

          Church School Beach Party

          Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM

          Celebration Honoring Fred & Gail Engelking at 5:00 PM,

          Location: Greg & Ann Gardner’s – 110 James St., Northport

          RSVP: annmgardner110

          Monday, June 25

          Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

          Wednesday, June 27

          Book Discussion Group at 7:30 PM

          Saturday, June 30

          Liz North Memorial Service at 2:00 PM

         Sunday, July 1

         Worship Service with Communion at 10:00 AM

         Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM

          Monday, July 2

          Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

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