April 12th Weekly Word

Pictures from Last Week's Easter Celebrations!

Easter Egg Hunt

Sunrise Service at Camp Tel Noar

10am Easter Service

The Easter Egg Hunt was a great success. We had more than 30 children who checked in for the Easter Egg Hunt! They enjoyed egg dying, coloring, and face painting. The Easter bunny, our own Erin McCune, greeted the children as they arrived, and they excitedly hunted for eggs. This event would not have been successful without the many volunteers who helped out in different capacities. Special thanks to Girl Scout Brownie Troop 62841 for all of their help! The Discipleship Team

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Sunrise Service

Such a wonderful mix of worship, community and nature

--notice the line of geese passing by just as the sun rose--

Easter 10am Service

We had a joyous and festive celebration.

Here are the Children's Message and Flowering of the Cross

Pastor Kathy with one of our youngest congregants, Emma, after the 10am Easter service

Happy Easter!

He is Risen, Alleluia!

April 16th & 23rd Services

in Hadley Hall

Just a reminder that for the months of April and May, the 3rd and 4th Sunday worship services will be held in Hadley Hall.

Special thank you to Chris McCune, who runs the tech and streams the services, for being so flexible and accommodating.

There will be no live streaming on April 30th and May 5th

Please consider helping out with technology (or encouraging others to do so) so that we can continue to stream weekly.

Worship This Week

Please join us in Hadley Hall

at 10am on Sunday for the

Second Sunday of Easter

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: "Here Comes the Possible" © Mary Southard

www.ministryofthehearts.org. Used with permission.


Reimagining Church Workshop

Several of us will be attending a workshop on Saturday, April 22 from 9-2 at First Parish, Derry. We are looking for a few more participants! The theme of the workshop is "Church Ministry through Lessons from Theatre Improv." It is guaranteed to be a fun and creative day!

If you are interested in attending, please let Pastor Kathy know.

The Food Truck Festival Needs Your Help

April 29, 2023

The vendors and the entertainment are all set for our 2nd Annual Hampstead Eats Food Truck Festival. If you can help in any way on Saturday, 4/29, it would be greatly appreciated.

Things you can do:

  • Help with Setup starting at 10AM
  • Help with Ticket Sales - multiple timeslots starting at 11:30AM
  • Help with Parking - multiple timeslots starting at 11:30AM
  • Help with the HCC Table - multiple timeslots starting at 11:30AM
  • Help with Cleanup starting at 5:00PM

Contact the office at 603-329-6985 and we will get you signed up.

Let’s make this event a huge success! As always, thank you for your support,

Your Fundraising Team

Loaf & Ladle Success

Thank you everyone who came to the Loaf and Ladle on March 26! What a smashing success! We enjoyed many delicious soups – including chicken noodle, vegan chicken pie, vegetarian chili, corn chowder, lasagna, sausage, minestrone, stuffed pepper and vegan butternut squash – along with some fabulous home baked bread! We followed up with dessert -- many yummy brownies. THANK YOU TO ALL THE WONDERFUL COOKS AND BAKERS!

Al and Marion Lake’s daughter, granddaughter and great-grandchildren all surprised Al with wonderful cupcakes – it was Al’s birthday!

We collected over $300 from the generous offerings – as well as $500 from The Lions Club. All will be donated to NuDay Syria as they continue their mission in aiding families in Syria affected by the massive earthquakes this past February.


The Missions Team 

NuDay Syria Collection Recap

Special thanks to everyone who donated to NuDay’s mission to assist those in Syria who were left homeless from the horrific earthquakes in February. We collected the following items and delivered them to NuDay Syria:

• 32 blankets

• 4 Sleeping bags

• 2 large boxes of food (over 60 individual bags of lentils, beans, and rice)

• 1 bag of personal hygiene products and baby formula

We also collected over $800 for shipping assistance!

We truly appreciate the continued generosity of our community for missions both in our backyard and around the world!! 

The Missions Team

Sewing & Quilting Supplies Available

Any sewing or quilting lovers out there?

We currently have several donated sewing/quilting supplies including books, fabric, batting and cutting matts.

If you are interested just call or stop by the office.

Bible Study Resumes April 19th

Weekly bible study will resume

beginning Wednesday, April 19th at 9:30am

in the Youth Room.  

We hope you'll join us!  

Perennials for the Plant Table

Now that the spring weather is upon us, it is time to dig up and divide those perennials! 

We will be having the plant sale at the Strawberry festival and the perennials are always a good seller. If you dig them now, while the tops are small and the roots are strong, pot them up and care for them, you can avoid the stress and wilt that digging the days before the event can cause. We will have nice, full, healthy looking plants! Please label your plants with as much information as you know: Name, variety, color?  

Thank you, from the plant table team!  

LED Lights Still Available

HCC was gifted some new DFWin 360 degree LED lights. These lights screw into a regular light socket and will allow you to angle each of the 3 sections the way you desire. The lights are $5 each or 5 for $20.  

If you are interested, the lights are located on a table on the left wall of Hadley Hall by the Hospitality Table. A cash box is on the table so you can leave cash or a check made out to HCC with a note of LED lights.

All proceeds will help towards our Capital Campaign.

A Word from Peace & Justice

I read another article about senior long term care issues this past week from The Washington Post. It was about instances where seniors on Medicaid are being evicted from care facilities.

This is an issue in assisted living facilities for seniors who have exhausted their financial resources and have enrolled in Medicare. There are laws that bar nursing homes from evicting residents on Medicare, but they do not apply to assisted living facilities.

This is yet another situation that seniors face because we as a society have not thought through the care needed by an aging population.

Full article.

Steeple Lighting

Steeple lit the week of

April 10th - April 17th

in memory of

Dotti Letoile

from Hampstead Friends

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.

April Birthdays

Debra S. 04/08

Peggy F. 04/11

Ken G. 04/24

Lydia F. 04/27

Ellen M. 04/29

Linda T. 04/29

If you would like your birthday recognized, please call the office to make sure

we have it in our records!

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.

4/11/2023 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, coffee, salad dressings,

pasta sauce, granola bars, grated cheese 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 janederosa@comcast.net.

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 (https://www.facebook.com/projectlinussouthwestnewhampshire/). 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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