CCH Congregator Weekly March 1, 2019

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Ash Wednesday Worship Service
March 6, 2019, 7:30 PM


Ash Wednesday is one of the most unique worship services of the year. In the service we burn paper that symbolize that which we wish to give up and we take on the mark of ashes as a reminder of our mortality and the desire to live to God's dream for us. Please join us for this powerful spiritual experience.

2019 Benefit Auction

You are invited to the CCH 2019 benefit auction–a Masquerade Party! The dinner and auction will honor Jenny Haluza, recipient of the 2019 Church Service Award. Held at the Northport Yacht Club the event will be on Saturday, April 6, 6:00 PM. Tickets are $65/person and may be purchased at church or email Bonnie Dawkins or Doug Munch.

Bring Your Sole to Church

During March we will once again join with people around the country to collect new and gently used shoes to benefit people in need. Bring any shoes (tied together or wrapped in a rubber band) and put them in the collection box at the church.. and around the world.

Upcoming Events    

         Sunday, March 3

         Worship Service with Communion at 10:00 AM

         Church School at 10:00 AM

         Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: The Fallacaro Family

         Welcome to the Table Class at 11:00 AM

         Confirmation Class at 11:30 AM

         Monday, March 4

         Peace and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

         Tuesday, March 5

         Council Meeting at 7:30

          Wednesday, March 6

          Ash Wednesday Service at 7:30PM

          Thursday, March 7

          Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

          Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

          Sunday, March 10 – Girl Scout Sunday

           Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

           Fellowship Hour 11:00 AM: Girl Scouts

            Monday, March 11

            Peace and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

            Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM

            Thursday, March 14

            Bell Choir at 6:00 PM

            Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM


            Saturday, April 6th

            Annual Service Auction, 6:00 PM at Northport Yacht Club

Confirmation Class Begins

All 7th and 8th graders are invited to participate in our confirmation class that beings this Sunday, February 3, following worship. The class will conclude on Pentecost, June 9, 2019. Speak to Pastor Mark with any questions.

Children's Communion Class Begins

This year our church will have a “Welcome to the Communion Table” ceremony in spring.  Marlena Mooers will once again be teaching our “Welcome to the Communion Table” classes.  It is offered every other year at the Congregational Church of Huntington during our regular Sunday School classes for children 2nd grade and older.   The classes focus on what it means to receive communion at our church and how it relates to Jesus and his teachings. The first class meets this Sunday, February 3, during church school. Speak to Marlena if you have any questions.

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

Sunday, March 3: Communion Sunday
This final Sunday in the season of Epiphany is traditionally celebrated as Transfiguration Sunday. Join us as Pastor Mark asks why the church keeps getting in the way of true transfiguration. 

Wednesday, March 6 (7:30 PM): Ash Wednesday
As the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, is a time to take stock of one's life to prepare for a season of spiritual discipline. The service includes the burning of sins and the marking with ashes.

Sunday, March 10: Girl Scout Sunday
Calling all Girl Scouts to a morning that celebrates service with a hands-on service project and the chance to earn your Girls Scout Sunday patch. Pastor Mark will begin his Lenten sermon series on "The Principled Journey."

Joys and Concerns

Congratulations to Anne and Rich Losee on the birth of their daughter Riley. She joins her big sister Rebecca. Proud grandparents Pastor Mark and Ronnie and Aunt Allie are thrilled.

Our member Terrence Sheldon is busy performing in several theatre productions this month: He is playing Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees in Elmont for 3 weeks. Shows are on March 9 @ 8:00, March 10 @ 2:30, March 22 @ 8:00, March 24@ 2:30, March 30 @ 8:00, and March 31 @ 2:30. He's also Corny Collins in HAIRSPRAY at Elwood John H. Glenn high school on March 15 and 16. See Linda or Don Sheldon for more information.

Girl Scout Sunday

March 10, 2019
The Congregational Church of Huntington
30 Washington Drive Centerport, NY

Join us Sunday, March 10 for a 10am service. Girl Scouts wear your uniform and participate in the service to earn a Girl Scout Sunday patch provided by Troop 1309.

All participants will go to class during the sermon and work with a leader to make hygiene kits for the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI) and The Family Services League.

During Fellowship Hour after the service, a multi-troop booth sale will be held for congregants. All proceeds will go toward the HIHI service project and Peace & Plenty, which provides meals for underprivileged youth.

Please fill out the Google Form and indicate how you would like to participate in service. Arrive at church by 9:30 on Sunday, March 10th to carry out your assigned roles.

Google Form:

If you want a patch for participating you must fill out the attached Google form. Deadline: to receive a patch: March 1st.

Pastor's Book Group

The March book selection is a fascinating look at the nature of animal consciousness from Carl Safina, a celebrated scientist and professor at Stony Brook University. "Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel" explores the nature of human behavior and dares to go beyond the usual scientific dogma to explore animal personalities.

From the Publisher: Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. Beyond Words brings forth powerful and illuminating insight into the unique personalities of animals through extraordinary stories of animal joy, grief, jealousy, anger, and love. The similarity between human and nonhuman consciousness, self-awareness, and empathy calls us to re-evaluate how we interact with animals. Wise, passionate, and eye-opening at every turn, Beyond Words is ultimately a graceful examination of humanity's place in the world.

The discussion group will meet on Wednesday, March 27.

Volunteers Needed

Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative
Our next night to host HIHI is Saturday, March 23, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs church in Centerport. We need volunteers to help at the site as well as to donate meals for dinner, breakfast and lunch. Please sign up at church.

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 meets every Monday at 6:30 PM to prepare food for children at need in Huntington.  You are invited to help make sandwiches and prepare snacks for children in Huntington. They are also in need of donations of lunch meats and cheeses, fruit and healthy snacks.

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