April 6th Weekly Word
Sunday, April 10th - 10:00 am
Palm Sunday Worship in Sanctuary/Online
Thursday, April 14th - 7:00 pm
Maundy Thursday Service of Shadows in Sanctuary/Online
Easter Sunday, April 17th - 6:00 am
Easter Sunrise Service
Sunset Lake Shore, Camp Tel Noar
167 Main St, Hampstead, NH - please no parking on the grass
Immediately following the Sunrise Service,
please join us for a breakfast in church social hall
Easter Sunday, April 17th - 10:00 am
Easter Worship Celebration in Sanctuary/Online
Service of Shadows

At 7 pm next Thursday, April 14th, we will hold a reflective Service of Shadows in person and online. We will hear scripture and music, and will reflect on Jesus' final days through the perspectives of those closest to him. Join us for this deeply meaningful and important service.
If you can't join live, please take some time on Good Friday to watch and reflect.
Breakfast after Easter Sunrise Service
Can You Help?

Following the sunrise service at Camp Tel -Noar, we will be inviting the community back to Hadley Hall for breakfast.

We will be serving breakfast casseroles and pastries. We are looking for volunteers to make casseroles as well as people to donate muffins, scones, hot cross buns, and the like. Donations of butter, jam, juice, and coffee creamer would also be appreciated.
And we are also looking for helpers to set up, serve and/or clean up.

You may drop your goodies off on Saturday, 4/16 or prior to the sunrise service. There will be a sign-up sheet on the table at coffee hour, or contact the office to volunteer

Kari will be coordinating this event--contact her @603-425-4799 with questions/concerns
We are looking forward to getting back to “Friendraising Meals.”
Split Those Perennials
The Strawberry Festival

Fellow gardeners, 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 perennials are always a good seller.

If you dig your perennials 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 just before the event can cause. By doing this now, we will have nice, full, healthy-looking plants for the Strawberry Festival!

Please label your plants with as much information as you know: Name, variety, and color.

Thank you, from the plant table team!
Recognizing Stress and Supporting our Spiritual Leaders

The Clergy Support Ministry of the NH UCC recently offered some important reminders:

"A recent national poll identified 87% of the respondents saying they were feeling stress at all levels in their lives. This truth is very much part of our spiritual leaders’ and congregants’ lives these days. We have been waging ongoing medical wars on pathogens at the microscopic and community levels. Guns of war now occupy the front lines of media and social networks. Our emotional, spiritual and fiscal resources have been stretched and re-formed in countless ways.

It is important to acknowledge “out loud” and “up front” the stress of these times. No kidding, this has been and will continue to be hard times for all of us.

Many of our clergy and spiritual leaders have shown tremendous talents of creativity and resilience in these past years. Acknowledging these efforts is one of the best stress relieving and affirming responses we can make.  So, congregants, “If you notice something…SAY something” to show appreciation and affirmation. A written note, an in-person conversation to express appreciation, a kind gift of acknowledgement, an intentional mention in a prayer of gratitude are some ways we can nurture clergy and lay leaders in these demanding times."
Worship This Week

Please join us in the sanctuary
or online at 10am for the
Palm Sunday Service

As we pledge in our covenant, we encourage all who attend in-person worship on Sunday mornings to social distance and wear a mask.

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

Happy Birthday to:

Debra Sawyer 4/8
Peggy Favorat 4/11
Linda Tilden 4/29
Ellen McCune 4/29

A Word from Peace & Justice

What is Juneteenth?

Well, for one thing, it is the newest state holiday in New Hampshire. Governor Sununu signed into law on June 19 last year a bill to officially recognize and celebrate Juneteenth in New Hampshire.

But why? What does it really recognize?

The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire based in Portsmouth gives the answer. Additionally, it is offering several events in June to celebrate and understand the importance of Juneteenth to Black Americans and to all Americans. One I am particularly interested in is a performance of the Howard University Gospel Choir.

See more information here.

A Message from
St. Anne's Food Pantry
We are here if you need us

Is buying food a struggle? With all the prices being raised in the grocery stores, it is a struggle for many.

St. Anne's Food Pantry, is here for you when you need help, even if it is just a temporary need. If you are a resident of Hampstead, East Hampstead, Sandown, Danville, Atkinson or you are a member of St. Anne's Church, you are welcome!
We welcome you as friends. You pick out your own products; including fresh produce, deli, bread, desserts, meats and many grocery staples.

Everything is confidential.

Our hours are every Thursday 10AM-Noon & 5PM-6:30PM and every Saturday 8AM-9:30PM (there are limited produce offerings on Saturdays). Please note there are Special Hours for Easter and the Pantry is closed Thursday, 4/7. A special Easter distribution occurs on Saturday, 4/9 - you must register for this special Easter Distribution - contact pantry volunteer, Jacki Colburn ASAP if you want to be included in the Easter Distribution. The Food Pantry is closed Holy Week due to Church activities and will reopen with their normal schedule on Thursday, 4/21.

The Food Pantry is located behind the church at 26 Emerson Ave in Hampstead.
Feel free to contact Jacki Colburn, one of the Food Pantry volunteers at jackicolburn@myfairpoint.net
The Food Truck Festival Needs Your Help
April 30, 2022

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, 4/30, it would be greatly appreciated.

Things you can do on April 30:
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

You can sign up here 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
Barbara Wallack, Ellen McCune, Roxanne McGaffigan,
Lora Manning, Nancy Cheyne
Order forms will be in the foyer of Hadley Hall and also in the Sanctuary
Steeple Lit through April 9

In Loving Memory of Brandon Wood
Cyndi & Nicole Wood - Until We Meet Again

Rockingham VNA & Hospice
Additional Spring Offerings
Back In Person
Missions Opportunities:
Food Drive to Support
Saint Anne Ecumenical Food Pantry

The New needs for the Food Pantry are:
canned ravioli (or similar)
salad dressings
cans of grated cheese
pasta sauce

Please drop off any donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall

Thank you for all your support!
This month we help serve on Wednesday, April 27. If you are interested in volunteering contact Jane DeRosa via email
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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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 pastorkathyucc@gmail.com.
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 (hcc1752@gmail.com) 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!
Our Mailing Address:
61 Main Street
Hampstead, NH 03841
Church Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00am to 3:00pm
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