CCH Congregator Weekly October 19, 2018

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The Season It Is A'Changing
It is definitely fall. Outside I see the first frost of the season and leaves are starting to change colors. Inside the church we are planning for our fall congregational meeting and preparing for Thanksgiving and, yes, Christmas. 

I hope you will join us for our fall congregational meeting next week (October 28 following worship). It will feature a delicious lunch and important information about the future of the church. Our Strategic Planning Team will present the results of their all-church survey and their recommendations that will shape the next few year of our church life. This will include an amendment to our constitution to be more open in our committee membership. We will also introduce new ways of giving to the church and present the 2019 preliminary budget. Be sure to bring some vegies or cooked beans to add to our stone soup.

We are also entering a wonderful season of worship as we approach Thanksgiving. I am especially excited that we will be hosting the Huntington Interfaith Thanksgiving service this year on Sunday, November 18, at 7:00 PM. 

It is fitting to compare the church year with the seasons. As always, nature reminds us of the eternal truth that the old must past away for the new to arrive. What we often fail to recognize in our mourning of the old is the opportunity that comes with the new. Whether it be in our aging, our families, our community, or, even, our church, God is always active in bringing new winds of the spirit. I hope you will join us at our fall meeting to see where the spirit is blowing us for the new year.

Pastor Mark

Parent/Youth Meeting

Sunday, November 4, following worship

There will be a meeting for all 7-12th graders and their parents to discuss our upcoming youth programs. The agenda will include:
Confirmation: The confirmation class for all 7-8th graders will begin their program by helping with the youth Advent/Christmas giving programs. The formal classes will start in early January. Confirmation Sunday is June 9, 2019.
Youth Leadership Council: Open to 9-12th graders the YLC will train youth in leadership skills (including public speaking, organizing, listening, and faithful living). They will also advise the church council on church programs and help to lead programs for all the youth of our church.
Nightwatch: Join Pastor Mark on a sleepover at the world's largest cathedral–St. John the Divine in Manhattan on Friday, January 11, 2019. This program is part of the confirmation curriculum, but also open to all youth of the church.

Joys and Concerns

We offer prayers for recovery for Sylvia Kellershon who underwent spinal surgery on Wednesday. The surgery went well, but she has a long recovery period to come. 

Upcoming Events


      Sunday, October 21

      Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Rudaitis Family

      Monday, October 22

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

      Thursday, October 25

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

      Sunday, October 28

      Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fall Congregational Meeting with lunch at 11:30 AM

      Monday, October 29

       Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

       Diaconate Meeting @ 7:30 PM

      Thursday, November 1

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

      Saturday, November 3

      Progressive Dinner

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.

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.

Fall Congregational Meeting and Stone Soup Lunch

Sunday, October 28, following worship

Join us for lunch and the fall meeting of our congregation on Sunday, October 28, following worship. The meeting will include the recommendations of the Strategic Planning Team, proposed constitutional changes concerning committee membership and the tentative 2019 budget.
Please bring some cooked vegies or beans to contribute to our stone soup (there will be vegetarian and chicken versions). If each person brings about two hands full of vegies or beans the soup will be wonderful. For a reading of the stone soup fable go to Stone Soup. You may also bring bread, rolls or cookies to accompany the soup. See the sign-up sheet at the church.

CCH Progressive Dinner

November 3, 2018, 5:30 PM

Join us for one of the best social events of the year. You will begin the evening with appetizers at one home, will have dinner at a second home, and finish with dessert at a third home. It is a great way to get to know more people in the church, and enjoy great food. All are welcome. Sign up on the church bulletin board or contact Jean Uhl.

Become a Member!

Do you want to be part of a dynamic movement for an inclusive sharing of God's love in our world? Then you should become a member of CCH. Pastor Mark is forming a new member class for this to join later this fall. To participate speak to him after worship or via email

Worship Calendar

October 14: Spirituality for Contentous Times
Pastor Mark continues his sermon series on "God's Promises" by exploring he role of the spiritual life when the world seems crazy. There will be a sermon talkback session following worship.

October 21: Contemplative Service
Join us for a service that includes Taize chanting and meditative prayer. Pastor Mark concludes his sermon series on "God's Promises" with reflections on God's promise for the later stages of life.

October 28: Fall Congregational Meeting
The fable "Stone Soup" will serve as both the theme for worship and the recipe for our soup lunch on this day of the fall congregational meeting. Bring some cooked vegies or beans to add to the soup for the lunch and meeting following worship.

Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed

Hosting our fellowship hour is one of the best ways to help to build our community. All you need to do is to bring a few snacks, come early to set-up the coffee and then put everything away afterward. And the Membership Committee members are always available to help any newbies. Don't worry about bringing much food–just a little snack, please.

Also, the membership committee is going to try something new for coffee. They will have regular (caffeinated} coffee to be brewed in the big coffee pot and will have decaffeinated Keurig pods for those who wish to avoid the caffeine. Please let the committee know what you think.

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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