CCH Congregator Weekly September 28, 2018

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Church School Update

Dear Church School Family:

Thanks again to all our families for a such a great start to the Church School year! The theme of the curriculum for the beginning of this year is God's Promise. In keeping with the theme, this Sunday, our children will be working on their first bulletin board – a Promise Board, in which they will include promises they can make to their families, to God, to their friends, etc.

A special thanks to Mrs. Ebanks for teaching for the entire month of September, ensuring that our children have continuity of instruction, as well as an engaging classroom experience.  The first week, they took turns reading from their Early Reader Bibles, and created "Blessing Bags," and this past week they learned about the story of Joseph, watching a fun animated version of the story, and participating in a lively discussion and activity.

Also, as part of the Children's Ministry Committee's first Service Project for the 2018-2019 school year, we ask that your children bring in cans and/or boxes of (non-perishable) food items this Sunday, September 30 as a donation for the Northport Food Pantry . You can drop them off on Sunday at a designated spot in front of the Church School Office. Thanks to everyone for your generosity, and I look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!



Pastor's Book Group–Postponed

The Pastor's Book Group will meet on Wednesday, October, 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 30

      Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Eileen & Bruce Rosenzweig

      Monday, October 1

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

     Tuesday, October 2

     Council Meeting at 7:30 PM

     Thursday, October 4

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

      Sunday, October 7

      Intergenerational Worship Service with Communion at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: The Pedersens

      Tuesday, October 9

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

      Thursday, October 11

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

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.

Worship Calendar

September 30: God's Promises for Our Authentic Selves
   Pastor Mark is preaching a series of sermons on God's promises in our different stages of life. This Sunday he reflects on middle age and the difficulty of finding our God-given true self given the deluge of demands and conflicting agendas in our lives.

October 7: World Communion Sunday/Intergenerational Service

Joys and Concerns

Join us in offering prayers for strength and hope to Gretchen Eigenbrod and family as Gretchen's father, Wilfred, passed away this week.

We also prayer for Ronnie Todaro and her family on the loss of her Uncle Stan. 

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:

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