CCH Congregator Weekly November 9, 2018

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Lovely Places Become Names for Tragedies

Columbine, Pulse, Sandy Hook, Parkland, Mother Emanuel, Sutherland Springs, Tree of Life, and, now, Thousand Oaks. These places were little know locations of everyday life until a mass shooter opened fire, murdering many and forever etching the place name in our brains as a symbol of violence and guns. This is a very incomplete list of mass shootings in the United States. In fact, this year alone there have been 307 mass shootings in our country (defined as an incident in which four more people are killed or injured). That is almost one mass shooting per day. The magnitude of the terror and tragedy is becoming almost unbearable.

After each of these terrible events we pause to send our prayers to the families of the victims and for peace and safety for our communities. Our prayers, if they are heartfelt and true, not only contribute to the spiritual movement for comfort, but should also move us to action. In light of our the recent onslaught of violence let me share with you some things we have done and are doing to help in the huge task of creating truly safe communities:

  • Following the Tree of Life shooting we joined with local synagogues to prayer for the victims and for all our faith communities. You can see press coverage here
  • We are hosting the annual Huntington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 18, 7:00 PM to help build a stronger community by strengthening relationships between all the faith groups in Huntington.
  • There is a church team creating a new campaign to promote gun safety. You will hear of the details of their work in the near future.
  • On Wednesday, December 5, 7:30 PM, we will host our second annual Prayer Vigil for the Victims of Gun Violence. This is in conjunction with the National Vigil that will be held that night at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.
We obviously need a much greater effort to create the peaceable realm that God has dreamed for our planet. May we all hold the victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting in our prayers as we work to prevent future lovely places from becoming names for tragedies.

See you in church,
Pastor Mark

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Church School Update

The Children's choir has two upcoming performances in church. The first is at the morning worship service on November 18 – the kids will be singing "Over The Rainbow." They have been rehearsing it for a while so they should know it fairly well, but if you'd like to review it with them the link to the music is below and a link to the version closest to what we're doing (skipping the intro, starting at :50):


The Children's Choir will also be singing in a community children's choir at the Huntington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on November 18, 7:00 PM, at our church. The link to the sheet music is below. Please plan to bring your children to the interfaith service. We would love to get a good turnout from our group.

     Somewhere Over the Rainbow

     I Trust  in God

Upcoming Events    


      Sunday, November 11

      Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Steve & Marianne Tremaroli

      Tuesday, November 13

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

      Thursday, November 15

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

      Sunday, November 18

      Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Lauren Eliash

      Huntington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at 7:00 PM at CCH

      Monday, November 19

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

      Sunday, December 2

      Advent Party at 4:00 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.

2019 Pledge Drive

This Sunday, November 18, is Dedication Sunday in which we dedicate to God our 2019 financial pledges to the church. All members and friends are invited to make a promise of giving to the church. This is a sign of our commitment to the ministry of our church, it is an important spiritual practice, and it is essential for the Trustees to know how much income to expect as they plan for the church budget. 

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

Pastor's Book Group

Special Guest: Anne Canadeo

Anne Canadeo is a member of our church who does a tremendous amount to help other people. When she is not organizing HIHI or the Peace and Plenty program she is a professional writer with more than thirty books to her credit, including the popular mystery series the Black Sheep Knitters. Our book selection for this month is the latest book in this series, "Purls and Poison." Anne will join us to discuss this book, her writing process and the mystery of why mysteries are so popular. The group will meet on Thursday, November 29, 7:30 PM, place to be announced.

Worship Calendar

November 11: Pledge Dedication
Each year the church holds a stewardship campaign to solicit pledges of financial donations for the next year. This not only allows the Trustees to prepare a realistic budget, but, more importantly, allows each of us to deepen our spiritual life by returning to God's church a portion of the blessing of our lives. Everyone is invited to bring their pledge card on this Sunday so we may celebrate our giving.

November 18: Thanksgiving Sunday (10:00 AM)
On this Sunday before Thanksgiving we will reflect on the important spiritual practice of gratitude.

November 18: Huntington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service (7:00 PM)
We will be hosting the annual Huntington Interfaith Thanksgiving service. There will be representatives from most of the faith communities in Huntington. This is a very moving service and we hope to have a good turn-out from our church. We also will be providing refreshment times after the service. Let Pastor Mark know if you can contribute food or help with serving. 

Volunteers Needed

Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative
We will once again be providing volunteers to house homeless people from Huntington in local houses of worship during the winter months. There are sign-up sheets at the church for you to chose your dates to help.

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:

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.

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