CCH Congregator Weekly August 24, 2018

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Gave An Hour (and More)
The church is looking better. Each year we focus on one or two areas of the church for improvements. This summer we are replacing the ceiling in the kitchen, CE office and the hallway to the Fellowship Hall and we are painting the church school classrooms. These areas were really in need of some TLC and they are starting to look great. 

The ceiling replacement was a job for professionals and they are almost done. The spackling and sanding should be finished on Monday. The painting job was a job for volunteers and they did a great job! We painted the three classrooms in the fellowship hall wing and they look much lighter and brighter now. Thank you to Glen Grayson for the color scheme, buying the supplies and many hours applying the paint. We were helped by the following painters: Brecky Beechey, Allie Bigelow, Lauren Cali, Mike Eliash, Jenn and Riley Fitzsimmons, Emily Goetz, Peter Lassen, Bob McRae, and Nancy Sordi

As part of our summer worship theme, "Grow the Spirit," we challenged our members to give an hour or more of volunteer service to help God's sprit flow through them. The painters are a great example of the power of God's people to make a difference in our world.

We still have two more summer Sundays before our Welcome Back Breakfast. I look forward to seeing you all and hearing of your spiritual epiphanies, in whatever form.

Pastor Mark


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.

Pastor's Book Group

The Pastor's Book Group will not meet over the summer, but for your summer reading our first book in September is “Three Daughters of Eve,” by Elif Shafak.

From the publisher:

Peri, a married, wealthy, beautiful Turkish woman, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground–an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a past–and a love–Peri had tried desperately to forget.

Three Daughters of Eve is set over an evening in contemporary Istanbul, as Peri arrives at the party and navigates the tensions that simmer in this crossroads country between East and West, religious and secular, rich and poor. Over the course of the dinner, and amidst an opulence that is surely ill-begotten, terrorist attacks occur across the city. Competing in Peri’s mind however are the memories invoked by her almost-lost polaroid, of the time years earlier when she was sent abroad for the first time, to attend Oxford University. As a young woman there, she had become friends with the charming, adventurous Shirin, a fully assimilated Iranian girl, and Mona, a devout Egyptian-American. Their arguments about Islam and feminism find focus in the charismatic but controversial Professor Azur, who teaches divinity, but in unorthodox ways. As the terrorist attacks come ever closer, Peri is moved to recall the scandal that tore them all apart.

Elif Shafak is the number one bestselling novelist in her native Turkey, and her work is translated and celebrated around the world. In Three Daughters of Eve, she has given us a rich and moving story that humanizes and personalizes one of the most profound sea changes of the modern world.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, August 26

Worship Service at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Skipp McGowan

Monday, August 27

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Sunday, September 2

Worship Service with Communion at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM

Tuesday, September 4

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
Sunday, September 9
Welcome Back Breakfast at 8:45 AM

Joys and Concerns

Our prayers are with Mike Sirignano and his family on the passing of Mike's brother, Neil. We hold them in our hearts for strength and healing. The funeral mass will be Saturday morning at Saint Aidan’s Church in Williston Park at 9:45 am.

We also pray for Ruth King and her husband Ty, as Ruth has moved into the memory unit at the Bristal Assisted Living in East Northport. 

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 13. 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:

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