CCH Congregator Weekly July 26, 2019

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Fall Church Events

Welcome Back Breakfast–September 8, 8:45 AM
Talking about Immigration Discussion–September 18, 7:30 PM
St. John the Divine Evensong Field Trip–September 29, 2:30 PM
Sip and Paint night–October 4, evening
Cloisters Field Trip–October 20, noon
Progressive Dinner–November 2, evening


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, July 28
            Worship Service at 10:00 AM
              Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Glen and Paul
             Monday, July 29
            Peace and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:00 PM
             Sunday, August 4
             Worship Service at 10:00 AM
             Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Trustees
             Monday, August 5
            Peace and Plenty Lunch Program at 6:00 PM

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!

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

July 28: Aesthetic Spiritual Mentors
Often the most powerful spiritual inspiration comes from art, rather than people. Pastor Mark's sermon will be a celebration of artists as spiritual mentors. Special music will be provided by Sally Shorrock.

August 4: Worship led by the Trustees
With special music by Eva and Terrence Sheldon

August 11: Worship led by Membership Committee and Outreach Ministry
With special music by Sylvia Kellershon and Jim and Jean Uhl

August 18: Worship led by Diaconate with sermon by Bonnie Dawkins

Joys and Concerns

Pastor Mark will be on vacation from Jully 29-August 18. Our church secretary will be in the office at least one day per week. If you have a pastoral emergency call our Senior Deacon Chris Bausch, 631-682-8328.

Volunteers Needed
Special Need for Peace and Plenty: Delivery helpers needed on Tuesdays for Peace & Plenty food outreach. Our regulars are on vacation for the rest of the summer.  Volunteers are needed to deliver food to  the Tri-CYA and Manor Field Family Center, in Huntington Station on Tuesdays— any time between 9 am and 5 pm.

New Hours for Peace and Plenty: They will meet each Monday at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall to prepare food for youth programs in Huntington. We have a urgent need for volunteers in August–please consider helping out!

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.

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.

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