March 1st Weekly Word

Lenten Discussion Group

Beginning Tomorrow

All are invited to join our Lenten discussion group. We will be meeting for six weeks beginning March 2nd

on Thursday mornings in the Davis Room (upstairs from the sanctuary) at 10:00am.

The booklet "Living Well Through Lent 2023" will guide our discussions on how to live compassionately. We still have a few copies left in the foyer.

No prior experience in groups is needed. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Pastor Kathy.

New Member Sunday

Next Sunday, March 12th, we will be celebrating and welcoming four new members into our faith community!

Please plan to join in this uplifting worship service. More information about our newest members will be in next week's Weekly Word and bulletin.

Community Dinner a Wonderful Success!

Our recent Community Chicken Dinner was a great event! About 90 people from the community and the congregation joined us for an afternoon of friendship and fellowship. Special thank you to the Girl Scouts for helping!

Save the Date

Community Loaf and Ladle

March 26--11am

Missions will be offering a Loaf and Ladle soup lunch (soup, bread and brownies) after worship on March 26. We will be advertising this to the community.

Spread the word--proceeds benefit NuDay Syria.

Upper Room Devotional

We have copies of the March/April Upper Room devotional available in the foyer to Hadley Hall. If you need a copy mailed to you, please contact the main office.

Worship This Week

Please join us in Hadley Hall

at 10am on Sunday for the

Second Sunday of Lent with Communion

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: "Our Daily Bread" © Mary Southard Used with permission.

Happy 1st birthday to Emma--daughter of Alanna and granddaughter of Tommy Bastian and Kathleen Wilson


A Word from Peace and Justice

In the news this week was an article from NHPR on the progress of a bill in the state legislature to begin addressing New Hampshire's housing crisis. The senate supports SB 231-FN which would allocate $75 million to accelerate housing projects and expand homeless services. See the details here. Click on the bill link to see the Senate sponsors. 

There was also an article a week or so back from NHPR outlining some of the complex issues surrounding homelessness and how state leaders are trying to "rethink" the state's response. See that article here.

The BHTNH Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks:

There are two more talks in the series held live in person or virtually. Recordings of earlier talks in this series are also available. The full calendar of presentations with descriptions and registration information along with links to watch previous talks is here.

HCC Teams

Music Corner by Herb Tardiff

George Frideric Handel: 

Born in Halle, Germany, in 1685, George Frideric Handel was among the greatest composers of the Baroque era. Handel’s operas, organ concertos, oratorios, and anthems made him famous with his crowning achievement the “Messiah”.

Handel moved to Great Britain as a young man and eventually became a British citizen.

Here are some interesting facts:

1. George’s father did not approve of his music affinity and his mother snuck a harpsichord in the attic for him to practice.

2. He started playing at the age of 5 and composed his first work at the age of 9. He also studied the harpsichord, organ, violin and oboe.

3. Handel almost died from a duel with a fellow musician over a dispute about who was going to conduct a performance. A large button on Handel’s coat kept the sword from penetrating his body.

4. Although he lived to be 74 years old, Handel was plagued by health issues throughout his life. `At the age of 52, Handel suffered a stroke. Many considered his quick recovery a miracle because they didn’t expect him to perform again. He also suffered from cataracts and was blinded during a botched surgery to remove them in 1751 today.

March Birthdays

Tom M. 03/13 

Chloe S. 03/19 

Chris M. 03/23 

Dave C. 02/12 

Tom S. 03/25 

Al L. 03/26 

Herb T. 03/27

If you would like your birthday recognized, please call the office to make sure we have it in our records!

Steeple Lighting

February 26 - March 5

The HCC steeple is being lit

in loving memory of

Bob & Lois Chase and their son Gary Chase.

Lighting being offered by family members

Lauren Chase Stuck & Scott Chase.

March 3 - March 6

The HCC steeple is being lit in memory of

Shelby Copeland Evans

Lighting being offered by family members

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.

2/28/2023 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

 Grated cheese, salad dressing, pasta sauce, quick bread/muffin mix,

hearty/meaty soups (Chunky, Progresso), boxed crackers, hot cocoa,

cereal (Cheerios & Multigrain Cheerios).

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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