CCH Congregator Weekly March 22, 2019

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Prayer Vigil

This afternoon Pastor Mark is speaking at a prayer vigil at Masjid Noor Mosque in Greenlawn to remember the victims of the terrorists attack at the Christchurch Mosques and to pray for a more inclusive and compassionate community. Here are his prepared remarks: 

On behalf of the The Congregational Church of Huntington I wish to share our utter shock at the shootings in Christchurch and our fervent prayers and dedication to create a community of love and respect in place of violence and fear. In particular, we hold the Masjid Noor mosque in our prayers as they mourn the loss of their sisters and brothers in faith.

The goal of a terrorist is not only to harm his direct victims, but to traumatize the entire community. In this case, he chose a quiet city in a peaceful country in an attempt to inflame religious and racial hatred. He can only succeed if we let him.

We mourn for those who were murdered and pray for God’s peace to be upon their family and friends.

We denounce the ideology of white supremacy and call upon all decent people to the work for the elimination of such a hate filled doctrine.

We reject the siren of fear mongers who would use this tragedy to build greater walls of division and distrust.

We dedicate ourselves to the creation of what Martin Luther King Jr. called the Beloved Community. Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth.  Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.

We stand here today with hope. Hope, God’s hope, is a resilient force that grows in the face of evil. God’s hope, the hope for the beloved community, stands up to all evil and may lead us to resist the terrorist’s aims.

As we gather in respect and love we become the beloved community. This is the opposite of the terrorist’s aim.

The beloved community is God’s dream for our world. We stand together for this hope. May God bless the families of the victims with peace and strength. May God bless the members of Masjid Noor with hope for a more peaceful future. May God bless us all with the strength to build the beloved community in Huntington and around the world.

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 24
            Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM
             Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Glen & Paul
             Lent Discussion at 11:30 AM
             Monday, March 25
             Peace and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
             Wednesday, March 27
              Pastor’s Book Group at 7:30 PM
             Thursday, March 28
             Bell Choir at 6:00 PM
             Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM
            Sunday, March 31
            Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM
             Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Nancy Sordi
             Confirmation Class at 11:30 AM
             Lent Discussion at 11:30 AM
             Monday, April 1
             Pease and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
             Tuesday, April 2
             Church Council at 7:30
             Thursday, April 4
             Bell Choir at 6:00 PM
             Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM
             Saturday, April 6th
            Annual Benefit Auction, 6:00 PM at Northport Yacht Club
                      ***** RSVP due March 24th*****

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.

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. 

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.

Worship Calendar

To listen to Pastor Mark's sermon from this past Sunday, "Hope in the Face of Evil," go to the church website.

Sunday, March 24: A Principled Journey–Humility
Humility is an old-sounding word and a concept that is not discussed much in our self-focused society. Pastor Mark will revisit an old virtue to what it means for our lives today. Then join Pastor Mark for a sermon talkback to explore how we may live a life of humility.

Sunday, March 31: A Principled Journey–Faith
Faith may be the word that is spoken most in a church. But what is it, really? Pastor takes a look at something we all think we know about. There will also be a sermon talkback after worship.

Joys and Concerns

Terence Sheldon has been in our prayers as his recurring foot pain returned. He has gone for a ketamine treatment and we pray for a quick recovery.

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.

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