CCH Congregator Weekly July 6, 2018

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Summer is a time for many people to travel. And that means it is a time for the collection of souvenirs. We bring back mementos to remind us of places we have been and, hopefully, to reignite in us  the feelings we had during our travels. My souvenirs usually just consist of the pictures I take and occasionally some food that I enjoyed on the trip. (Though there was a time I drove back from Colorado with a 20 pound rock in my car.) In a way we are attempting to keep a connection to the experiences we have had there.
This summer could you bring a souvenir to church with you? You don't even have to travel far, perhaps something from the beach, or from your yard. This summer's worship theme, "Grow the Spirit" is a celebration of all the ways we encounter God's spirit in our lives. For some people this is on a quiet walk, for others while reading a book, and for some it is through relationships. Whatever, or wherever, you feel God's presence can you bring a memento from the place with you to church? We will be creating a display of all the spiritual souvenirs on our communion table this summer. By so doing we may share the spiritual experiences that we have had. You might consider a rock or shell from a trip, or a picture of some friends, or maybe a symbol of volunteer service or social justice action in which you participated. We hope that through these spiritual momentos we may all connect with the spiritual experiences of each other.
See you in church,
Pastor Mark

Aladdin in the Park, with Terrence Sheldon

The Children's Ministry Committee would like to invite our Church School families to see Terrence Sheldon performing the lead role in Disney's Aladdin at Heckscher Park in Huntington on Tuesday, July 24th at 7:00 PM as part of the Huntington Summer Arts Festival. It is a free event, and an amazing show. We hope everyone can mark it on their calendars and join us for this fun family performance!

Joys and Concerns

We give thanks that Spencer Vibbert is home from the hospital and doing better.

Thank You for Bags of Groceries

During June we collected over thirty bags of groceries for the Northport food pantry. Thank you to everyone who filled a bag! The summer months are a hard time at the food pantry. Please remember to keep brining in the groceries.

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.

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.

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, July 8
         Worship Service at 10:00 AM
         Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM
         Monday, July 9
         Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
         Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM

         Wednesday, July 11
         Church Council at 7:30 PM
         Sunday, July 15
         Worship Service at 10:00 AM
         Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM

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