CCH Congregator Weekly June 7, 2019

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Thank You to Church School Volunteers


This past Sunday was our annual Church School Worship Service. We were led in worship by the children of our church. Thank you to all of them and their parents for such a beautiful day! During the service we recognized the teachers and other volunteers who make our program such a succesful part of our children's lives. We thank them for their dedication to helping our children realize God's dreams for their lives. We thank:

  • Pat Bausch (Youth Discussion Group)
  • Rhea Ebanks
  • Jen Fitzsimmons
  • Marlena Mooers (Communion Class)
  • Lauren Piazza
  • Ronnie Todaro
  • Amelia Carpentieri, teaching assistant

 Angel’s Nest:

  • Suzanne Deffree
  • Jennifer Kiernan
  • Sarah Rudaitis

Special (Gardening): Alice Weigers
Special (Easter Egg Hunt): Linda Sheldon

 Music Director (Children’s Choir): Brian Hevron-Smith

We all appreciate your dedication and love you give to our children!

Gardeners Needed

Each summer our church grows vegetables to donate to the Northport Food Pantry. The church school does much of the planting, but we need volunteer gardeners to weed and harvest each week. It only requires an hour or two and it a great way to introduce children to vegetable gardens. We ask members to sign up for a week in the summer. The sign-up sheet in on the church bulletin board.

Upcoming Events    

              Sunday, June 9
               Confirmation Sunday with Communion at 10:00 AM
               Church School at 10:00 AM
               Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Confirmation Class
              Monday, June 10
               Peace and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
               Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM
               Thursday, June 13
               Bell Choir at 6:00 PM (last practice for summer)
               Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM
              Sunday, June 16
               Intergenerational Worship Service at 10:00 AM
               Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM
               Monday, June 17
               Peace and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
               Thursday, June 20
               Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM (last rehearsal for summer)

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.

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

Part 2 of Pastor Mark's sermon on "The Good Funeral" can be found here on the church website. 

June 9: Confirmation/Communion Sunday
Join us as we welcome eleven confirmands into membership in our church. We will celebrate communion on this Pentecost Sunday.

June 16: Finding Our Fathers
On this Father's Day, Pastor Mark will revisit a sermon he gave almost thirty years on the nature of fatherhood. Has he changed his views? This will be an intergenerational worship service that will feature our bell choir and adult choir. 

June is Food Pantry Month

The Congregational Church of Huntington, UCC, is congregation of the month at the Northport Food Pantry for June. This means that we will make a special push to collect donations and also to provide voluneers at the pantry. If you are available on Monday-Thursday, from 10-noon, you may sign up to volunteer at the pantry–it is located in the First Presbyterian Church, Northport. Or you can help us sort food each week after worship. Watch for the Outreach Ministry to hand out grocery bags with a needed shopping list in the coming weeks.

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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