CCH Congregator Weekly May 17, 2019

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Joys and Concerns

We were shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Brian Bilyk this past Saturday. Brian has been a faithful worship paticipant, always coming early and giving welcome feedback to Pastor Mark on his sermons. We pray for peace for wife, Pat, and their family. A memorial service for Brian is being planned for June 8.

We offer prayers for a quick recover to Norman Kellerson who underwent back surgery on Wednesday, And to Mary Webb who had a directed chemo therapy treatment also on Wendnesday in Huntington Hospital. In fact, they were in adjoining beds in the recovery room. Best wishes for good health to you both!

We hold Bonnie Dawkins' mother, Mary, in our prayers as she enters hospice care. May God grant their family comfort and strength for the days ahead.


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, May 12
               Intergenerational Worship at 10:00 AM
               Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: The Bausch Family
               Monday, May 13
               Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
               Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM
               Thursday, May 16
               Bell Choir at 6:00 PM
               Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM
               Sunday, May 19
               Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM
               Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM
               Confirmation Class at 11:20 AM
               Fellowship Hall Renovation Listening Meeting at 11:30 AM
               Monday, May 20
               Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
               Thursday, May 23
               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.

Worship Calendar

May 19: The Good Funeral
One of the most important events in a church is guiding families as they guide a dear departed love one into their final resting place. The past few decades have seen a dramatic change in the nature or funerals in America. Pastor Mark will be taking these next two Sundays to reflect on the changes that have taken place in how we honor our dead, and how the church may be more effective in caring for the living.

May 26: Memorial Day Weekend: The Good Funeral II
What is the future of funerals? How do we learn from the best of the past to be better caretakers of our loved ones? Pastor Mark is seeking to understand the church's role in funerals and memorial services. What works? What is most needed? He welcomes responses and ideas from his sermons.

Pastor's Book Group

One of the most pressing issues of our time is the rise of hate groups and white supremacists. The next book of the Pastor's book group tackles this concern. Eli Saslow, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist for the Washington Post has written the story of a prominent white-supremist, Derek Black (his godfather was David Duke), who has a change of heart and repudiates his racist upbringing in a prominent op-ed in the New York Times. The book is “Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist,” by Eli Saslow.

This is a fascinating account of the world of white supremacists, but, even more so, how Black was able to change. The ability to overcome prejudice is a critical issue in our country right now and this book should stir lots of discussion. We will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, June 11, at Jane Madden-Koch'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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