CCH Congregator Weekly June 21, 2019

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Summer Living Through Giving
Summer is a time for rejuvenation. This often means being outdoors, taking walks, reading novels and spending time with friends and family. These activities break our routines, remind us of the beauty of God's creation and serve to ease our stress and anxiety.

Let me suggest, though, another activity that is shown to accomplish the same regenerative functions. It does require one to leave the beach, but the long-term health effects are even greater. My suggestion for a summer activity is to help someone else. Spending a few hours improving another's lot in life provides a lasting sense of purpose that has been shown to ease anxiety. 

In the summer our church has many different opportunities for service:

  • Family Gardener: you can help take care of our vegetable gardens that provide fresh produce to the Northport Food pantry
  • Peace and Plenty: our weekly food outreach program meets every Monday at 6:30. During the summer they are in great need of volunteers as the usual school groups are not able to come.
  • Fellowship Hour: serving coffee hour for our church in the summer is a nice change with some ice tea and a few snacks–nothing heavy.
  • Church Repairs: we have some painting, gardening and repairs that need to be done.
These are also wonderful opportunities for young people on summer vacation. Please speak with Pastor Mark if you want to help out.

See you in church!

Joys and Concerns

Congratulations to Stacy McCoy and John Arelt on their recent engagement!

This Sunday, June 23, we will remember the Rev. Dr. T. Lois Kirkwood, our former associate pastor, with a service in our memorial garden following worship.

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.

Summer Pledges

From Our Trustees: Don't forget that our bills don't go on vacation when you do. Please try to keep your pledges current during the summer to help our treasurer with our cash flow. Thank you and have a great summer!

Upcoming Events    

               Sunday, June 23
               Pride Sunday Worship Service, intergenerational at 10:00 AM
               Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Kathrynne & Michael
               Lois Kirkwood Memorial Service at 11:30 AM
               Monday, June 24
               Peace and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
               Sunday, June 30
               Worship Service at 10:00 AM
                Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM
               Monday, July 1
               Peace and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
               Sunday, July 7
               Worship Service at 10:00 AM
                Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM
                Outreach Meeting at 11:30 AM
                Monday, July 8
                Peace and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
                Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM
                Tuesday, July 9
                Church Council Meeting at 7:30 PM

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 23: Pride Sunday
The pride flag that flies outside our sanctuary is not just a static symbol of a past vote, but a living statement of LGBTQ welcome and inclusion of all people in our church. Join us for as we discuss future steps for full equality in our country.

June 30: Summer Sunday's Begin
In the summer we set up the sanctuary for "church in the round" and enjoy the laid back intimacy of the summer worship. Our theme this summer is "My Spiritual Mentors." Pastor Mark will be preaching on his mentors, as well as people he admires in the Bible. When Pastor Mark is on vacation our lay preachers will share stories of the people who guided them in faith. 

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

I hope you all have a good list of books for summer reading. I have a backlog of mystery stories and a good biography to indulge my summer quiet times. And, now I add an exciting adventure story as our book club selection. “Beneath a Scarlet Sky,” by Mark Sullivan promises to enliven your beach times.

 From the Publisher: “Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the USA Today and #1 Amazon Charts bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

 Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.” 

We will return to our monthly discussion sessions in September. One questions that has arisen is about our locations—do you like going to different homes for the group, or would you rather just meet at the church? Let Pastor Mark know of your preference.

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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