September 1st Weekly Word
A Request: Your Emergency Contact Info

If something were to happen to you, our church wants to support you and your family. If you are unable to be reached, how can we connect with you/your loved ones? If you are willing, please send us the name and number(s) of someone to reach in case of emergency. We will add this information to our database so that Pastor Kathy can reach out if there is ever a need. You can call 603-329-6985, email, or stop by the church office with this information. Thank you!
Worship Service This Week

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

Please bring a cracker/bread and water/juice for celebrating communion

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

We hope you will join us in person or online.
We are also 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

On Sunday, September 16th at 10am, a service of celebration will be held to recognize Rev. Kathy Youzwak as Pastor of Hampstead Congregational Church. The service will be held outside and a reception with light refreshments will follow. The service will also be live streamed on Facebook. Please join us in person or online for this joyous celebration!
Join Us for Coffee Hour

We are so glad that coffee hour has returned!
Currently 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!

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 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
Help Us with Faith Formation

Would you like to see Sunday School at our church continue? Do you want to help children, youth and adults grow in faith? 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 Abide With Me

Henry Lyte was left an orphan at the age of nine and was taken in by a kind Irish minister named Dr. Robert Borrows. Even though Dr. Borrows had five children of his own, he took Henry in and paid for his schooling. Henry followed in Dr. Borrows footsteps and attended Trinity College in Dublin, where he won prizes and scholarships for poetry.

Henry graduated in 1814 and became an ordained ministry of the Church of England.
Henry overworked himself taking care of the sick and soon had to visit France to regain health.

Henry and his wife Anna spent their days carrying for the sick and needy every single day and visiting warmer France in the winter. Henry became ill with tuberculosis and was not expected to live much longer. At the age of 45, Henry prepared a farewell speech for the morning of September 4, 1847 which included the lyrics of Abide With Me. Henry Lyte passed away 10 weeks after preaching his farewell sermon.

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:
  • muffin mix/quick bread mix
  • cereal
  • boxes of crackers
  • grated cheese
  • ketchup
  • barbecue sauce
  • canned ravioli
  • beefaroni
  • jelly - any flavor other than grape 
  • laundry detergent
  • vegetable oil
Food Drive to Support
Saint Anne Ecumenical Food Pantry
Thank you ALL for your generous donations to our continuous drives!! 

For September and October 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

This month we help serve on Wednesday, September 22 . You can sign-up here.
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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