CCH Congregator Weekly September 7, 2018

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Welcome Back Breakfast
Worship on the Lawn

Sunday, September 9, 2018

8:45 AM  Welcome Back Breakfast–Bring a dish to share for our potluck breakfast.
10:00 AM      Outdoor Worship Service

God and Guns

Faith to End Gun Violence
October 11-12, 2018
The Riverside Church, NYC

On October 11-12, 2018 The Riverside Church will host an intensive training for people of faith and goodwill committed to ending gun violence. The conference is open to all—whether clergy, congregants, lay leaders, or community members—who want to see faith communities play a larger role in addressing the causes and consequences of gun violence.

For more information and to register go to God and Guns

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, September 9

Welcome back breakfast 8:45 AM

Outdoor Worship Service at 10:00 AM

Monday, September 10

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM

Thursday, September 13

Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

Sunday, September 16

Worship Service at 10:00 AM

First day of Sunday School at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM

Monday, September 17

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Thursday, September 19

Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

Joys and Concerns

Our prayers have been with Pat Bausch as she recovers from a hospital stay for cellulitis. 

Worship Calendar

September 9: Welcome Back Breakfast and Outdoor Worship
September 16: Church School begins
September 23: Meditative Worship

A Day with Brian McLaren
The Future of Christianity:
Does Christian Faith have a future,
and does the future have Christian faith?

Saturday October 13, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Arumdaun Presbyterian Church, 
1 Arumdaun St, Bethpage, NY 

Registration and breakfast will start at 8:30 

First session – The Theological Future of Christianity
Second Session – The Liturgical Future of Christianity
Third session – The Missional Future of Christianity
Summary & Closing – A Religion Will Be …


Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for "a new kind of Christianity" – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is an Auburn Senior Fellow, a contributor to We Stand With Love, and a leader in the Convergence Network, through which he is developing an innovative training/mentoring program for pastors and church planters. His most recent book is The Great Spiritual Migration, 2016. 

Day includes breakfast & lunch. Discount pricing for members of the Presbytery of Long Island, New York Conference of The United Methodist Church, Suffolk Association of the UCC is: $10 for reregistration or $20 at the door.

Contact Pastor Mark to join him at this event.

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:

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.

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