CCH Congregator Weekly September 14, 2018

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God's Promises
It is hard to focus on my daily activities knowing of all the destruction going on in the Carolinas. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by hurricane Florence. We will take a special offering on Sunday to go the United Church of Christ hurricane relief efforts. 

I do, though, want to tell you about the new worship schedule that we are trying out this fall. I've been working with the Diaconate to find a way to meet the spiritual needs of our members–who follow many different spiritual paths. We would like to be more deliberate in our planning so that you may know what to expect in worship each week. So our new worship rotation is going to look like this:

  • First Sunday of Each Month: Communion
  • Second Sunday of Each Month: Topical Sermon and Sermon Talkback session
  • Third Sunday of Each Month: Meditative style service with Taize chant
We hope that this will inspire people to want to attend the specific services. In addition we are also working to include more children in our services as well as more lay readers. You'll be hearing about that in the coming months.

In addition, I have planned a sermon series for the next couple of months entitled "God's Promises." This follows the narrative lectionary readings that also dovetails with our church school curriculum. I want to be very practical in these sermons and so each week I will focus on the particulars of God's promises for a specific stage of life. Here are the coming topics:

  • September 16: God's Promises for our Children
  • September 23: Caretakers and God's Promises
  • September 30: God's Promises for Adults
  • October 7: World Communion Sunday
I hope that you will find a lot to enjoy and find meaning in our worship services. Please let me know what you think of our new rotation, and, as always, your thoughts on my sermons.

See you in church,
Pastor Mark



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 meet on Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 PM, at Eileen and Bruce Rosenzweig's home. Our book for the month is a powerful story of a woman confronting torn between her past and future– “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 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 20

     Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

     Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

     Sunday, September 23

     Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

     Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM

     Monday, September 24

     Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

     Diaconate Meeting at 7:30 PM

     Tuesday, September 25

     Strategic Planning Team at 7:30PM

     Wednesday, September 26

     Pastor’s Book Discussion, at Eileen & Bruce Rosenzweig’s home

     at 7:30 PM

     Thursday, September 27

     Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

     Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

Worship Calendar

September 16: Meditative/Taize worship
     Join us for the first Sunday of the fall season when our church school classes begin and our full worship service is back. Pastor Mark will begin his fall sermon series, "God's Promises," with a look at God's promises for our children.
September 23: God's Promises for Caretakers
September 30: God's Promises for Adults

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.

Donation Statements were emailed this week—please check your inbox!  If you have any questions or concerns about your gifts to the Church, please contact Marion Munch, the Financial Secretary, by email, by phone or in person.

 Also, she can now send you an up-to-date statement by email if needed any time between the scheduled group mailings—just ask!

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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