CCH Congregator Weekly June 28, 2019

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Choir Appreciation
Leading worship is not the same as worshiping. Ask any minister and they will tell you that the only time they worship is when the choir is singing. The rest of the service their mind is too engaged on what they are doing and what they are planning to do. At least, it is for me. But, when I sit down and the choir starts singing, I stop thinking and ride the music into other realms. Fortunately, our amazing music program makes this easy. 

This past Sunday was our adult choir's last day to sing before their summer break. They did a wonderful job on "Seasons of Love" for Pride Sunday. We also took time to recognize the choir members and show our appreciation for their work. Our choirs (choral and bells) are some of the hardest-working volunteers in the church–rehearsing every Thursday and coming early each Sunday. They are led by our very talented music director Brian Heveron-Smith who continually impresses us with the breadth of his musical abilities. 

I want to thank all the members of our choir and bell choir for their dedication to making quality worship possible at our church. Thank you all for leading me in worship.

Choir: Sylvia Kellershon, Chris Bausch, Jane Madden-Koch, Glenn Grayson, John Leary, Kristin Harper, Bonnie Dawkins, Steve Shea, Jeanne Miller, Jim Uhl, Jean Uhl, Val Pederson, Kathrynne Yland, Lorraine Trainor, Marianne Tremaroli, Steve Tremaroli, Jennie Haluza, Beth Rowland, Marion Munch, Ann Gardner, Eva Sheldon, and Freddie Kleina

 Bells: Linda Sheldon. Eva Sheldon, Kristin Harper, Jane Madden-Koch, Jeanne Miller, Bonnie Dawkins, Alice Weigers, Bruce Rosenzweig, Pete Pederson, Nancy Sordi, Martha Berti, and Debbie Cadel

See you in church!

Pastor Mark

Joys and Concerns

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

We offer prayers of strength and hope for the Carpentieri family on the passing of Mark's sister-in-law Christine. We hold in our prayers Mark's brother Doug and their two children Brett and Steven.

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.

Oy! A Murder!

The Afternoon Delight Players present "Oy! A Murder!" a comedy/mystery play, at The Congregational Church of Huntington, on Wednesday, July 24, 2:00 pm. During the one and a half hour show, Minnie Moscowitz and the other hilarious, slightly odd characters invite you into their world when a body is discovered and the murderer could be anyone.  They are a cast of 10 actors … and offer a brief intermission and/or a short ‘meet & greet’ after the performance.  

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 30
                         Worship Service at 10:00 AM
                         Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Lou Mira
                         Monday, July 1
                         Peace and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM
                         Sunday, July 7
                         Worship Service with Communion at 10:00 AM
                         Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Freddie & Lauren Eliash
                         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

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. 

July 7: Communion Service

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.

RAQ Around the Clock

"Raq Around the Clock" is an evening of traditional Raqs Sharki belly dancing featuring seven national and international dance stars and live music led by percussionist Jeff Webb. It will be held at The Congregational Church of Huntington, on Saturday August 17, 6:00 PM. Tickets are $20/adults and children under 12 are free (this is a family show). Tickets may be purchased at the door.

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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