May 17th Weekly Word

Worship This Week

Please join us in Hadley Hall or online

at 10am this Sunday for

Mental Health Sunday

Mental Health Sunday is an initiative of the UCC Mental Health Network as a way to provide education and support to our congregation about mental health challenges. It takes place the 3rd Sunday of May.

Please join us for coffee hour after the service.

We hope you will join us in person or online.

The service will be live streamed through

Facebook Live here

or on 3CX here

artwork: "Feather of the Breath of God" © Mary Southard Used with permission.

Worship will be held in Hadley Hall

this Sunday 5/21 and next Sunday 5/28

"We are Not Alone"

In Pastor Kathy's sermon last Sunday, she mentioned how the song, "We are Not Alone" by Pepper Choplin had been a reminder of God's presence in a very difficult time in her life. You can listen (and watch) a beautiful rendition of the song here

Update From Capital Campaign Team

NH State Register of Historic Places

The Capital Campaign team has been exploring grants that may help fund the ongoing work on our 1861 building, such as the steeple repair, and possibly the restoration of the historic sanctuary windows.

For example, last December we applied for a grant from the Methuen Festival of Trees, whose proceeds provide funding to preserve buildings and monuments in the Merrimack Valley. In order to qualify, the property must have historical, cultural, or architectural value (or all three). Like other grant programs, their foundation prefers to see restorations that preserve a building’s historic form, materials and integrity.

Two other grant foundations we are looking into are New Hampshire’s Land and

Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), and the National Fund for Sacred

Places. Eligibility is much tougher for these: Both programs require that your property

be listed in either the National Register of Historic Places or the State Register of

Historic Places.

That’s what led us to pursue a State Register listing, a task we have been working on

for the past few months. It required the submission of an “Individual Inventory Form” to

the NH Division of Historical Resources, a document that includes the building’s

historical background and role in the town’s development, architectural description,

location map, statement of significance, bibliography, and reference photos. The final

version was 24 pages, with 70 footnotes and 28 photos! Many thanks to Brad Robie who put this document together!

Last week, we heard back from the state and we are pleased to report that they have

determined our property is eligible for listing in the New Hampshire State Register

of Historic Places. Final approval by the State Historical Resources Council will take

place at its quarterly meeting on July 31!

The New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places is “… an honorary listing that

encourages the protection of significant buildings, districts, sites, landscapes, structures

or objects that are meaningful in the history, architecture, archeology, engineering, or

traditions of New Hampshire residents and communities.”

In addition to honorary recognition, listing in the State Register results in qualification for

state financial assistance for preservation projects, such as historic preservation grants

and funding from sources such as the aforementioned LCHIP program. We will also be

able to obtain a special plaque (shown in picture above) that we can affix to the building or display on the property.

Book Discussion Series

Begins Tomorrow

You are invited to join our upcoming book discussion featuring "Tattoos on the Heart," by Fr. Gregory Boyle. This hope-filled and spiritually uplifting book celebrates the strength, compassion and humanity of people often ostracized in our society.

This group, led by Pastor Kathy, will be meeting for five weeks beginning Thursday, May 18th in the Davis Room (upstairs from the sanctuary) at 10am.

If you are interested in learning more, signing up, or getting a book, please contact Pastor Kathy or the office.

Bible Study Group Hiatus

The Wednesday bible study group will be on hiatus while Pastor Kathy's book study is being held over the next five weeks.

Strawberry Festival

Saturday, June 3rd

We need your help!

Are you ready for some Strawberry Shortcake? Our annual Strawberry Festival is happening soon. If you can help in any way on Thursday, 6/1 and/or Saturday, 6/3, it would be greatly appreciated.

Things you can do to help:

  • Thursday--Help with Setup starting at 5PM
  • Saturday--Help with Games - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
  • Saturday--Help with Bake Sale Table - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
  • Saturday--Help with Grilling - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
  • Saturday--Help with Raffle Table - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
  • Saturday--Help with Serving The Shortcake - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
  • Saturday--Help with Plant Table - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
  • Saturday--Help with Cleanup starting at 3:00PM

Signup Sheet is in Hadley Hall or you can contact the office at 603-329-6985 and we will help get you signed up.

Let’s make this event a huge success! 

As always, thank you for your support,

Your Fundraising Team

UCC Rockingham Association

Spring Meeting

Interested in learning more about our wider church? Consider attending our Rockingham Assoc meeting this Sunday, May 21, on Zoom beginning at 2:00pm, or at Deerfield Community Church.

If you are planning to attend, please let Pastor Kathy know. If you'd like to know more about our Association, see the links below.

Join Zoom Meeting

To view file "Agenda Spring 2023.pdf", click this link:

To view the file "2023-2024 budget.xlsx", click this link: 

To view the file "Spring Slate 2023.docx", click this link: 

To view the file "Report of the Capacity Building Taskforce, NHUCC Spring 2023-1.docx", click this link:

From Our Missions Team:

Happenings at HCC

Every month the Ministry Oversite Team meets to discuss what is happening within each of our teams and to make decisions regarding how our church will be run. We thought it important to share some of this information with our members and friends.

This is not a full account of discussed items, just those things that we thought are newsworthy and that are not already published in the Weekly Word or Bulletin.

Ministry Oversight meets the first Thursday of every month, usually via Zoom. If you are

interested in attending a meeting, contact one of our members and a link will be sent to

you. Just a reminder, we are still looking for a clerk to record minutes from these

meetings. We would love to have you on our team. Rev. Kathy and our administrator Maria have updated our membership role, which is officially at 93.

The Worship Team reported there were 20 people who came to HCC to receive ashes

on Ash Wednesday. The Worship Team also spent time cleaning the sanctuary.

Operations has been busy as well. A new threshold was placed in the kitchen entry,

and 2 heater fans were replaced, which will help conserve fuel. They are placing a

small water heater in the kitchen for the summer, which will also save money. Future

concerns include Stepping Stones’ request for locks on all classroom doors and the

need to fix the door leading into Hadley Hall, which does not close properly.

A special thanks to Stepping Stones who donated $1500 toward our heating bill. Also,

a special thanks to those who contributed to the fuel fund. Individual donations totaled


HCC will participate in a Church Bells of New England article and Hampstead’s 275th

anniversary celebration. More to come.

A Word from Peace & Justice

As we watch the trees leaf out, the flowers bloom, and see animal and bird babies emerging, we are continuously reminded of the wonder of our natural world. Creation provides the building blocks of our lives through the cycles of life and death.

In Genesis 2:15 humans are commanded to care for God’s creation. Romans 1:20 reminds us that Creation reveals the nature of God. Our lives are intimately connected with all other life on Earth.

The UCC is offering to its congregations Climate Cards of Hope. Children from our churches have illustrated them and the conference is offering them at no charge to the local congregations. The Peace and Justice Team, as part of our Environmental Justice focus, will be making the cards available for members of our church community to take home and send to elected officials requesting that they keep the wonder and beauty of our natural world in mind when making policy.

JOB 12:7-10

7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you.

  Or ask the birds of the air, and they will tell you.

8 Speak to the earth, and it will teach you.

  Or let the fish of the sea tell you.

9 Every one of these knows

  that the hand of the Lord has done this.

10 The life of every creature

  and the breath of all people are in God’s hand.

It is our hope that members who are willing, will take advantage of this opportunity to spread the gospel of “Caring for Creation.”  The cards will be available at coffee hour as well as contact information for our state and congressional representatives.

May Birthdays

Rev. Kathy 5/1

Peter T. 5/16

Conor J. 5/20

Starr S. 5/24

John F. 5/26

Lester K. 5/27

Bea R. 5/27

Rick L. 5/28

Jessica C. 5/31

Scam Emails & Texts

Emails and Texts are often sent, saying they are from Pastor Kathy or another staff member. She (or the HCC staff) will never send out a generic email/text--she'll address it to your name. She will never ask you for money/gift cards over email nor via a text.

Also, any email from Pastor Kathy will always have her signature line on the bottom with her phone number/address.

If in doubt, please contact the church office or Pastor Kathy.

New Hampshire Conference UCC Weekly News

We thought you might enjoy reading the NH Conference UCC weekly newsletter. You can read it with this link.

5/16/2023 Newsletter

Each week, we will update this section of our Weekly Word with the new link

for the current newsletter.

Missions Opportunities:

Food Drive to Support

Saint Anne Ecumenical

Food Pantry

 Currently in need of cereal (no Cheerios), coffee, salad dressings,

pasta sauce, granola bars, Spam, boxes of crackers, grated cheese, mayo

 and ketchup.

Please drop off any donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall

Please, no expired items.

Thank you for all your support!

To sign up for the next volunteer opportunity click here. If you are interested in volunteering contact Jane DeRosa via email at

Volunteer @ Soup Kitchen

The Sonshine Soup Kitchen needs volunteers to prepare and package the food for "To Go Meals." We partner with Atkinson Congregational Church once a month on the 4th Wednesday of the month to help out from 3-6pm.

Blankets for Project Linus

For those of you who have been busy sewing, quilting, knitting, or crocheting, we have an new opportunity to donate those handmade items!

We located a national organization that has local chapters called Project Linus ( This organization's mission is "to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans". Blankets are given to children in need through NH.

*We welcome all styles of blankets made in child-friendly colors/prints.
*Crocheted, knitted, quilted (100% cotton or flannel), fleece….you don’t have to be an expert!
*Blankets must be NEW, HANDMADE and WASHABLE.
*Fabric blankets can be quilted by machine, hand or tied. If you are tying the blanket make sure the ends are trimmed to 1” and the knots are secure.
*Please do not add any embellishments to the blankets such as buttons that could be swallowed by a child.
*If you are using a no-sew fleece pattern, please be sure to trim off both selvages FIRST. Not sure what selvages are? Ask the clerk who is cutting your fleece to please show you, they’re those odd looking edges at the top and bottom of the piece you have, sort of raggy looking.
*We accept all sizes of blankets. We donate to children, infants through teen years, so any size is appropriate. Baby blankets are typically 36”X36” or 36”X42”, toddler-pre-teen are typically about 40”X60”, and teen blankets are at least 60"X72".

Blankets can be dropped off in the entry way of Hadley Hall.

Thank you for your support of this project!
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