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The Congregator Weekly is our new email newsletter to keep members and friends up-to-date on church activities and news.

 

Annual Benefit Auction
March 25, 2017, 6:00 PM

Join us for our Annual Benefit Auction
at the beautiful Northport Yacht Club!

Free Childcare Available at the Church During the Auction
 
Our theme is a Hawaiian Luau, and it's sure to be the party of the year! Tropical attire is highly recommended. We will have both a live auction and silent auction for an amazing range of goods and services. Extra invitations are available in the office if you would like to invite friends or family. It's not too late to donate your professional services, sky miles, vacation condos, sports tickets or artwork. Contact the church office as soon as possible to contribute. You purchase tickets at church or email the church office. Dinner tickets are $65.

Joys and Concerns

Congratulations to Steve and Sally Shorrock on the birth of their grandson who was born to their son, Matt, and his wife Jackie. 

All-Church Spring Clean-up Day
Saturday, April 8, 9:00 AM-noon

Please join us for our Spring Clean-up as we rake leaves, prepare gardens, paint, repair, clean, wash windows and get our church ready for Easter. There is a sign-up on the church bulletin board with a list of jobs to be accomplished.

Open Mosque Day
Masjid Noor

We are invited to learn more about Islam and to meet our Islamic neighbors during Open Mosque day at Masjid Noor on Saturday, April 8, noon-3:00 PM. There is a sign-up sheet at the church so that we may send them a number coming from our congregation. Children and youth are welcome and encouraged to attend. Masjid Noor is located on Park Avenue at the corner of Broadway-Greenlawn.

Worship Calendar

March 26: The Way of Joy
On March 26 we welcome the Rev. Dr. William (Doc) Spencer to our pulpit as a guest preacher. Doc Spencer is also the representative to the Suffolk legislator from the local district. Pastor Mark will lead us in our contemplative Lenten prayer and David Broome will guide us in a meditative chant.

April 2: Communion and The Way of Joy
For this communion Sunday in Lent Pastor Mark will focus on more of the attributes of joy and we will continue our Lenten prayer practices.

April 9: Palm Sunday
As the culmination of the Lenten series, The Way of Joy, we will have a meditative service as the start of holy week.

April 13: Maundy Thursday worship at 7:30 PM

April 16: Easter
     6:30 AM Sunrise Service at Fleet's Cove Beach
     10:00 AM  Family Service in the church sanctuary

Pastor's Book Group

A Buddhist monk, a Protestant Bishop and a secular Jew walk into a bar and…actually in this case they walk into a Buddhist retreat center and they laugh a lot, but it isn’t a joke.
In celebration of the Dalia Lama’s 80th birthday he invited Bishop Desmond Tutu to his home. They arranged it with the writer Douglas Abrams and a film crew to spend nine days together discussing their lives, the meaning of all lives and the nature of joy. The result is “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World.” Our book this month is a joyful exploration of the nature of true happiness. The story of the encounter between these two spiritual legends also includes about 40 pages of suggested meditations and prayer practices. This book is also the inspiration for ourLent sermon series, “The Way of Joy.”

The discussion group will meet on Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 PM at Nancy Schumann's home.

Pastor Mark's Sermons
on CCH Website

Pastor Mark's sermons have returned to the website of The Congregational Church of Huntington, United Church of Christ. If you miss a Sunday, or want to rehear the message, you can go to the church website, lichurch.org, and look for the sermon's page. The most recent sermons are also on the front page of the website. Be sure to share the link with friends who can't make it to church.

Community Announcements

Danielle Francios seeks research participants
 

"Exciting opportunity! Researchers at Long Island University – Post are looking for parents of children age 8-17 and children age 11-17 to participate in a study about conflict over technology use! Interested parents, please go to this link with your teen to learn more and participate: http://studentvoice.com/liu/parentchildtechnoconflict

You could win a $50 Amazon.com gift card!"

PROGRESSIVE DINNER
April 29, 2017

The Membership Committee is happy to announce that we have scheduled a Progressive Dinner for April 29.  For those not familiar with these events, appetizers are enjoyed at one house (Rose and Fred Munch are hosting), dinners at multiple homes, and then  we all gather together for dessert  (Paul and Glen's home).  Participants may be asked to bring a side side by their host.  We have a sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board.  Sign up to host a dinner, or be a participant and we will let you know who your dinner host will be.  Progressive Dinners are always really wonderful events -- good food and a great opportunity to enjoy old and new friends.  Be sure to sign up soon!  

Soles 4 Souls

During the month of March our Outreach Ministry will once again participate in the Soles 4 Souls shoe collection soponsored by the Northport/E. Northport Rotary.  Last year CCH collected 125 pairs of men's, women's and children's shoes, boots, sneakers and sandals.  We are excited to be part of such a meaningful program.  A pair of shoes may mean an adult can go to work or a child can walk to school.  Locally 20,000 pairs were given to Soles 4 Souls last year.  We want any gently used footwear.  Tie together, rubberband or put each pair in a plastic bag and place in the contribution box.  For more information go to www.soles4souls.org.  Let's top 125!  Thank you for your support.   

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:  You are invited to help make sandwiches and prepare snacks for children in Huntington. Peace and Plenty will meets on Mondays at 6:30 PM. They are also in need of donations of lunch meats and cheeses, fruit and healthy snacks.

Cooks Needed for the Peace & Plenty program
We're looking for a few volunteers who can help us send the Tri CYA trays of
cooked food such as baked ziti, chicken and rice, pasta with meatballs or meat sauce, etc. Most children at the Tri CYA receive free breakfast and lunch at school during the school year and rely on the Tri CYA  for at least one nutritious meal. We try to support
that effort with some substantial dishes, beyond sandwiches.  Some of the food may also be sent to individuals unable to get out to food pantries and living with food
shortages.
If you would like to help  please contact Anne: acanadeo@aol.com.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 25

Annual Benefit Auction

Northport Yacht Club at 6:00 PM

Sunday, March 26

Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Grayson & Prentiss

Confirmation Class at 11:30 AM

Monday, March 27

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Wednesday, March 29

Pastor’s Book Club at 7:30 PM

Thursday, March 30

Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

Sunday, April 2

Worship Service and Church School at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Hour at 11:00 AM: Fallacaro Family

Monday, April 3

Peace & Plenty Lunch Program at 6:30 PM

Trustees Meeting at 7:30 PM

Tuesday, April 4

Council Meeting at 7:30 PM

Thursday, April 6

Bell Choir at 6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 PM

Giving Update

  Received Pledged Difference
Last Week  $5397 $2758 $2,639
Year-To-Date $40,410 $33,096 $7,314


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