CCH Congregator Weekly November 29, 2018

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It Is That Time of Year!

As we begin the Advent season the church has many activities for family fun, for service to others, and for meaningful worship. So let me just highlight our upcoming activities.

Fall Clean-up and Sanctuary Christmas Decorating
Saturday, December 1, 9:00 AM

Christmas Pageant Rehearsals
First meeting, Sunday, December 2, following worship

Advent Party
Sunday, December 2, 4:00 PM

Christmas Toy Project
Bring new, unwrapped toys to donate starting Sunday

#EndGunViolence Prayer Vigil
Wednesday, December 5, 7:30 PM

Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI) begins
Saturday, December 8–we need volunteers!

Advent Party

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Be sure to bring cut greens from your yard to make centerpieces!

4:00 PM   Ornament and Centerpiece Making

5:30 PM   Bell Choir Christmas Concert

6:00 PM   Pasta Dinner to benefit the youth group Adopt-A-Family program

Joys and Concerns

We hold Jeff Webb in our prayers as he recovers from a serious bout of cellulitis and diabetes.

Shop SERRV and Raise Money for CCH Youth

Invite friends and family to shop hundreds of handmade items using the link below, and 20% of all purchases will be donated back to our CCH youth programs.

Dedicated to fighting poverty through fair trade since 1949, SERRV International works with global artisans to bring you the world’s most beautiful handcrafts.

Fundraiser ends December 24, 2018

Save the Date

2019 Benefit Auction
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Northport Yacht Club

Upcoming Events    


Sunday, December 2

      Worship Service with Communion at 10:00 AM

      Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 PM: Suzanne Deffree & John Leary

      Advent Party at 4:00 PM

      Monday, December 3

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

      Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM

      Tuesday, December 4

      Church Council at 7:30 PM

      Wednesday, December 5

      Prayer Vigil for End Gun Violence, 7:30 PM at CCH

      Thursday, December 6

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

      Saturday, December 8

      HIHI at St. Patrick’s of Huntington begins at 5:30 PM

      Sunday, December 9

      Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Glen & Paul

      Monday, December 10

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

      Thursday, December 13

      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.

2019 Pledge Drive

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their 2019 pledge. A pledge is an estimate of what you will give to the church for the coming year. It is both an important spiritual practice to make a commitment to generosity, and it is an essential piece of information for our Trustees to make a budget for next year. 

So far we have collected 41 pledges, out of a goal of 75. Our deadline is this Sunday and we have a long way to go. Send in our drop off your pledge card. Or go on-line and set-up a recurring electronic pledge donation. You may may also email your pledge to our financial secretary, Marion Munch.

Church School Update

December 2: Christmas Pageant Planning Meeting after worship
     We will cast the parts at this meeting and have rehearsals each Sunday after church until Christmas Eve. Contact Pastor Mark if you can't make it to the meeting, but want to be involved in the pageant.

December 16: Christmas Caroling at Carillon Nursing home at 2:30 PM

Project T.O.Y.
Sponsored by Family Service League and TRICYA

Project T.O.Y. gives parents who are struggling financially the opportunity to choose 2 new unwrapped gifts for each of their children.  Parents are invited to “shop” at no cost to them and are given the pleasure of presenting gifts to their children.  We are asking for your help with donations of new unwrapped toys and gift cards for children ages birth- 13 years. Gift cards are appreciated for ages 10-13.

There will be a collection box in the narthex for your donations.  Please make sure you drop your gifts off by December 17.  Thank you for your support and generosity. 
2018 Gift Ideas
LEGO Sets                                                                     Hair Dryer/Flat Iron
Transformer Items                                                         Electric shaver
Thomas and Friends Items                                            Head Phones
Disney Princess Items                                                   Nerf Items
Hot Wheels                                                                    Soccer Balls, Footballs,
Paw Patrol                                                                      Basketballs
Super Heros                                                                   $20 Kmart Gift Card
$20 Game Stop Gift Card                                              $20 Target Gift Card       

Worship Calendar

December 2: Advent 1/Communion
We begin our preparations for Christmas with this Advent communion service. There will also be a meeting following worship to assign parts for the Christmas pageant.

December 9: Advent 2/Baptism
On this second Sunday of Advent we will celebrate a baptism as we continue to prepare for the Christ child to be born anew in our lives.

Volunteers Needed

Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative
Our first night for volunteers for HIHI is Saturday, December 8 and we still need to following volunteers: (it will be held at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Centerport)
     Lunches: we need lunches for 20 delivered on Saturday evening
     Evening Chaperones from 8-10:00 PM
     Sunday clean-up crew from 7-8:00 AM

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.

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