CCH Congregator Weekly April 19, 2019

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Sacred Living

"All the world's a stage." Shakespeare's famous line came to mind last night during our Maundy Thursday worship service. As our readers dramatized the final events in Jesus' life the line between the performance and real life dissolved around me. Each broken promise was the disappointment of shattered relationships, each desertion a child left hungry, each act of violence as real as the day's news. It truly felt as if we were all on that stage re-enacting the passion of Jesus, over and over.

In that moment I felt the curtain fall between our worship and our world. I was reminded that the distinction between worship and the "real world" is an illusion. Worship, our stage, is our life and our life is worship. Coming to worship in the church is not intended to be a distinct space. The worship space is a time of reminder that all aspects of our lives are sacred. The bread and cup of communion are all the meals we eat. Our prayers for healing are one with the care we may seek. Joining in song is part of the process of joining in community–all community. And by so doing we heighten the divine presence in our life.

No where is this more evident that on the beach on Easter morning. As the sunrise illuminates the resurrection cross we become aware, once again, and deeper, of the sprit of God in our lives at all times. This place of play and recreation is also a place of the religion and the experience of the divine. 

See you in church (or on the beach),

Pastor Mark

Bring Deposit Bottles and Cans to Church

Riley Fitzsimmons is collecting deposit bottles and cans at the church as part of her Girl Scout silver project. Please bring clean deposit recyclables and place them in the garbage can behind the curtain in the Fellowship Hall. This fundraiser is part of her effort to raise enough money to replace the Peace and Plenty refrigerator in the church pantry.

Upcoming Events    

Sunday, April 21 – Easter-
Sunrise Service at Fleets Cove Beach at 6:30 PM
Intergenerational Service at 10:00 AM
Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: The Bell Choir
Monday, April 22
      Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
Thursday, April 25
       Bell Choir at 6:00 PM
       Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 28
        Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM
         Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Jean and Jim Uhl
Monday, April 29
          Peace & Plenty 6:30 PM
Tuesday, April 30
          Book Group at Nancy Sordi’s home, at 7:30 OM
Wednesday, May 1
            Diaconate Meeting 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 2
             Bell Choir 6:00 PM
             Choir Rehearsal 7:30 PM
Our special Easter offering will be divided between: Family Service League to assist victims of the East Northport fire and the Center for Constitutional Rights to assist immigrant legal aid

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

April 21: Easter
    6:30 AM     Sunrise Service at Fleet's Cove Beach
    10:00 AM    Easter Intergenerational Worship in Sanctuary

April 28: Earth Day Sunday
We will celebrate God's good creation with guest preacher, the Rev. Dr. Ann Van Cleef, recently retired pastor of the Orient Congregational Church.

Joys and Concerns

We give thanks to God for the life of the Rev. Dr. Lois Kirkwood. Lois passed away at her home this past Saturday. She had served at Associate Pastor of our church from 1996-2006. In that position she led our church school, developed the Welcome to the Table program, and led parenting groups, prayer and meditation groups and alternative worship services. More importantly, Pastor Lois was a deeply spiritual person who was a thoughtful and faith-filled inspiration many in our congregation (including pastor Mark). She is deeply missed. One legacy of Lois at the church is the participation of her daughter, Nancy Sordi. We offer our prayers for strength and comfort for Nancy and her family at this time of their loss.

Pastor's Book Group

The April selection for our Pastor's Book Group, "Lapham Rising," by Robert Rosenblatt, is a funny sendup of class relations on Long Island's east end. From the publisher: "Harry March is something of a wreck and more than half nuts. Up until now, he has lived peacefully on an island in the Hamptons with his talking dog, Hector, a born-again Evangelical and unapologetic capitalist. But March’s life starts to completely unravel when Lapham—an ostentatious multimillionaire who made his fortune on asparagus tongs—begins construction of a gargantuan mansion just across the way. To Harry, Lapham’s monstrosity-to-be represents the fetid and corrupt excess that has ruined modern civilization. Which means, quite simply, that this is war.'

The discussion group will meet on Tuesday, April 30, at Nancy Sordi's home.

Volunteers Needed
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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