August 25th Weekly Word
Worship Service This Week

Please join us in the sanctuary or online at 10am for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The service will be live-streamed through Facebook Live here  or on 3CX here.

We hope you will join us in person or online.

Also, we are looking for people to read scripture each week. If you are interested, contact the office.
Because we care for each other

Because we care for each other…and in keeping with the latest Covid guidelines for our area…we are asking that everyone who attends in-person worship on Sunday mornings wear a mask during the entire service. Our numbers and the ample size of our sanctuary make social distancing not only possible, but also easy to maintain.

In addition, we are now going to set up our Coffee Hour outdoors instead of indoors. You will find our “goodies” on a table outside of Hadley Hall. We will also have a supply of chairs available for those who want to sit instead of stand.
We are looking for some pictures of Pastor Kathy from any service and/or Church event.

Please contact the office at 603-329-6985 if you have any you are willing to share. Thanks for your help!
Pastor Kathy's Installation

Pastor Kathy will (finally!) be officially installed as Pastor and Teacher of Hampstead Congregational Church on Sunday, September 26th, at 2:30pm. Mark your calendars to join us for this special and joyous event!
Coffee Hour Continues

We are so glad that coffee hour has returned!

Starting this Sunday, we will be setting up outdoors instead of indoors. "Goodies" will be on a table outside of Hadley Hall. There will be chairs available for those who would like to sit.

We are looking for volunteers to help with coffee hour prep and cleanup (and bringing in snacks). If you can help this Sunday or any following, please contact the Church Office or sign up after service.
Would you like some fresh produce? Is your garden producing crops you can share?

If you’d like some fresh produce, feel free to stop by the foyer of Hadley Hall! Currently there are tomatoes, squash, beans, peppers and cucumbers for anyone who can use them.

If you'd like to make a donation, all proceeds go to RIP Medical Debt. Donations can be placed in the basket (on Sunday mornings) or in the lockbox in the foyer.

 If you have extra crops from your garden you would like to share with other church members and help an amazing cause, please bring them to Hadley Hall when you come for Sunday Service, or drop them off in the foyer. Thanks!
Can you help with shoveling this winter?

Even though it is hot and sunny right now, winter will come. We are looking for someone to shovel this winter for a person in need in Emerson Village. The person is alone and not mobile enough to be able to shovel.

If you can help, please contact the office at (603) 329-6985 or
A Word from Peace & Justice

Not long ago we wrote about the Fistula Foundation and their work in treating women suffering from fistula in many parts of the world. One of their hospitals is in Kabul. I received this letter via email today.
The all-female fistula surgeon team at Cure Hospital 
in Kabul, Afghanistan, operates on a fistula patient.
Fistula Foundation: Letter from the CEO

Dear Debra,
Like you, I’ve been engrossed in and troubled by the news and images coming out of Afghanistan this week. Our community has a deep tie to the country. The stakes are high for all Afghans, but I’m particularly concerned for the many vulnerable women with fistula whom we serve, with your support.

One of our longest and most enduring relationships is with Cure Hospital, in the capital city of Kabul, home to our female fistula surgery team. Our first thoughts were about how the Taliban takeover of the city and the chaos unfolding in the streets would impact the team at Cure. Many unknowns remain, but please be assured I plan to keep you updated on our partner’s safety and work in the days ahead. I am relieved and inspired to share with you news I received yesterday afternoon from Be Team International's President and CEO, Dr. Rick Manning, the longtime medical director at Cure Hospital:
It has been a chaotic week in Afghanistan. However, despite the chaos, our hospital has suffered no damage. While neighboring institutions and hospitals were evacuating their premises, our staff remained in place and continued working. Thus, our hospital remained untouched during the 10 hours of anarchy, when no one was in control and during which looters and rioters plundered many facilities. Our security team worked the front gate as per normal protocols. We admitted one person at a time and treated patients according to our protocol, including one Taliban soldier with a head injury.

Cure Hospital was one of our first partners in 2009, when we launched our global mission to be a force against fistula. Cure was initially founded by an American team. However, from the beginning, they’ve been building medical capacity with Afghan doctors and nurses. Indeed, for the last several years, the hospital has been staffed entirely by Afghans. This includes the fistula surgery team, comprised of women.

I’ll leave you with more of Rick’s inspiring words:
Instead of staying hidden in their homes… [the hospital senior management team] went to the hospital and rallied the staff. Together, they took actions that prevented the hospital from suffering any damage and may allow it to continue functioning within the new government.

Now, the city is filled with many desperate and displaced people. We have an opportunity before us. Laboring women will need a safe place to deliver babies. Some of those babies will need our neonatal intensive care unit. Some of those displaced people have clefts deformities. Some have obstetric fistulas. Others have different medical problems for which we are uniquely qualified to treat. We will continue thinking creatively about how we can assist and enable our heroic Afghans to meet these new challenges.
While the initial reports from Kabul are somewhat reassuring, the situation is clearly dynamic. We are hopeful that the new government will see that Cure Hospital is a true asset for Afghan citizens and will allow the fistula surgery team to remain in their posts. Time will tell if this hope becomes a reality.

With gratitude for your support,
Kate Grant
CEO, Fistula Foundation
Thank you from Caroline & Emily McGaffigan
McGaffigan Thank You
Pastor Kathy's August Plans

Pastor Kathy will be back in the office on Monday, August 30 after traveling to Wisconsin. Rev. Linda Lea Snyder will be providing pastoral coverage (ph. 203-927-5387) from now through August 29.
Help Us with Faith Formation

Do you want to help children, youth and adults grow in faith, or maybe you'd like to organize community outreach activities? Would you like to see Sunday School at our church continue? Our Discipleship Team needs several people with these interests to keep our faith formation going at HCC. Please let Pastor Kathy know if you are interested in learning more.
Notes from the Music Director . . .
Sharing some interesting stories and facts with you about hymns
The Story Behind
Nearer My God To Thee

Sarah Flower was born February 22, 1805 in Essex, England, the second daughter of Bejamin and Eliza Flower.

Sarah grew up in a home surrounded by poetry and song writing. Sarah married William Bridges Adams and moved to London where she attended the independent church of William Johnson Fox.

She contributed thirteen hymns to his Hymns and Anthems, one of them being "Nearer, My God to Thee". This hymn was written to follow the pastors sermon on Genesis 28:11-19, known as the story of Jacob's ladder, or Jacob's dream.

Sarah wrote the hymn in a week and her sister Eliza composed the tune.
Rides Needed To Sunday Services

Lydia Fagan and Erin McCune have offered to provide some of the rides for some HCC members that wish to come to Church services but are no longer driving. We could use others to be backup drivers.

Consider putting on your 'Taxi Cap' and driving a member or two. Be it for one Sunday or more! It will be greatly appreciated.

Please reach out to our office at 603-329-6985 or at

These members will be so happy to be able to come to a service. Thank you.
Last days of Summer Office Hours
This is the last week the Church Office will be open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-12 Noon.

Normal office hours of 9am-3pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday will start back up on Monday, August 30.

Upper Room Devotional

We have copies of the September/October Upper Room devotional available in the foyer to Hadley Hall. If you need a copy mailed to you, please contact the main office.
Missions Opportunities:
Current Food Pantry Needs:

  • boxed crackers
  • individually wrapped crackers
  • cereal
  • pancake mix and syrup
  • salad dressings
  • boxed pasta salad mixes
  • granola bars
  • barbecue sauce
Food Drive to Support
Saint Anne Ecumenical Food Pantry
Thank you ALL for your generous donations to our continuous drives!! 

For July and August, we are going to focus on the needs of St. Anne’s Food Pantry. 
Thank you again for all your support!

Please drop off any donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall

Next month we help serve on Wednesday, September 22 . Watch for the link to sign up.
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!
Connect on Facebook
Are you on Facebook? Do you follow Hampstead Congregational Church? Please like our page to know about all the great events in the church. Liking also supports our church when people check us out. If you are already connected, share our good news!

Rev. Kathy also has a page for all who are interested to follow.

We are now on Instagram!
If you are on Instagram, please follow us, and let your friends know about us by sharing our posts! Click this link
Scam Emails

Emails 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--she'll address it to your name. She will never ask you for money/gift cards over email.

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

If in doubt, please call the church or send an email to
Want to get the word out about what’s happening at HCC? If you want to publicize your event or remind the congregation about something, please email the office ( by Wednesday at noon so that your information can be included in that week’s Weekly Word. Feel free to send in information up to three weeks in advance of an upcoming event. We want all of the congregation (not just the Team leaders) to be empowered to get the word out about all the activities that are happening at Hampstead Congregational Church!
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Hampstead, NH 03841

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