CCH Congregator Weekly December 13, 2018

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The Christmas Game

"I feel like I am ahead this year." I know that a more superstitious person would not want to even utter the words, but I think that I am ahead in my Christmas preparations.

  • Decorating: Check
  • Cookie Baking: Check
  • Mailed Packages to Relatives: Check
  • Twelve Gifts of Christmas ready: Check
  • Pageant Rehearsals started: Check
  • Early Shopping Done: Check

It is so satisfying to make a list and not just check it twice, but check it off. Though as I start to feel content and smug it slowly dawns on me that I may have a problem here. Christmas, of course, is not about checking things off of a list.

The superstitious would refrain from saying that I am ahead in my Christmas preparations out of a fear of jinxing it all. But as I write it I realize that the more important reason to refrain from saying it is because it reveals that I may be missing the whole point. As with most things in life we don't do things just to check them off of a list. I'm not playing the game Christmas-ball. 

Perhaps I'll slow down. There may not be as much food at the open house, but I bet you'll have a good time anyway. (I hope to see you Sunday at our house, 3-6). 

Best wishes for a meaningful Christmas list.

See you in church,
Pastor Mark

Joys and Concerns

Thank you to all our volunteers who helped to provide a bed and meals for homeless men at the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative(HIHI) this past Saturday: Chris Dengler, Craig, Marlena, Carter, Maddie and Cassidy Mooers, Pete and Val Pedersen, Bill Ripp, Irene and Maddie Schmidt, Nancy Schumann, Jim and Jean Uhl, and girl scout troop #1309. And a big thank you for Anne Canadeo for her leadership!

Pastor Mark, Ronnie and Allie invite you to join them for a Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 16, from 3:00-6:00 PM at their home, 3 Bantry Ct., Huntington. No RSVP necessary. 

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

Upcoming Events    


      Sunday, December 16

      Intergenerational Service at 10:00 AM “The Twelve Gifts of Christmas”

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: The Fitzsimmons Family

      Pageant Rehearsal at 11:30 PM

      Adopt a Family Shopping at Noon

      Children’s Christmas Caroling at Carillion at 2:00 PM

      Huntington Community Chorus Recital at 3:00 PM

      Pastor’s Open House at 3:00 – 6:00 PM at 3 Bantry Ct., Huntington

      Monday, December 17

      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

      Thursday, December 20

      Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

      Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

      Sunday, December 23

      Intergenerational Service at 10:00 AM

      Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM

      Pageant Rehearsal at 11:30 PM

      Monday, December 24 Christmas Eve

      Pageant at 5:30 PM

      Candlelight Communion Service at 10:00 PM

Save the Date

2019 Benefit Auction
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Northport Yacht Club
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 46 pledges, out of a goal of 75. Our deadline was this past 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

Christmas is coming!!! Advent, of course, is the time to prepare! We have a number of celebrations and seasonal traditions that we must now prepare for as a Congregation and Church School.

 First, rehearsals for our Christmas Eve Pageant begin after worship this Sunday, December 9. Please contact Ron Rudaitis If you have not already indicated your interest in participating. We will have rehearsals for the Pageant after worship on Sundays 12/9, 12/16 and 12/23.

We also will be planning for our special 12 Gifts of Christmas service which will be held on 12/16. 

Our Children’s Ministry Service Project for December will find out Church School Children’s Choir going Holiday Caroling at Carillon Nursing Home on Sunday, December 16 at 2:30 PM.


Here is a quick-look schedule for everyone's planning purposes:


12/9 Pageant Rehearsal (After Worship)

12/16 12 Gifts of Christmas Service

12/16 Pageant Rehearsal (after Worship)

12/16 Children’s Choir Holiday Caroling at Carillon Nursing Home @ 2:30 PM

12/23 Pageant Rehearsal (after Worship)

12/24 Christmas Eve Pageant

Project T.O.Y.
Sponsored by Family Service League and TRICYA
All Toy Donations Due This Sunday, December 16

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

"The Dry Tree Debacle" is the title of Pastor Mark's sermon from the second Sunday of Advent. You can hear it at

December 16: Twelve Gifts of Christmas
An tradition at our church, The Twelve Gifts of Christmas is a service of music and readings that feature all of our choirs and many vocal and instrumental soloists. Guaranteed to bring the Christmas spirit!

December 23: Advent 4
Only one more day until Christmas Eve! Join us for a celebrative worship service in the closing Sunday of Advent.

December 24: Christmas Eve
    5:30 PM  Family Pageant service with candlelight
    10:00 PM  Candlelight Communion

Volunteers Needed

Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative
We have openings for volunteers on the following HIHI nights: January 26, February 9, and March 23.

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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