February 15th Weekly Word

Help Syrian Earthquake Survivors

Due to the devastating earthquake, NuDay Syria is looking for donations to send from their warehouse in Derry to those in Syria.

We are serving as a collection hub for donations. Donations will be accepted at HCC through the rest of February. **We currently have plenty of clothing.

Their highest priority needs right now are:

  • Monetary donations for shipping costs
  • Hygiene Items
  • Baby Formula
  • Blankets
  • Dried beans, rice, and lentils

Please drop off in the collection bins in the foyer in Hadley Hall. For any questions, or to give monetary donations, please contact the office or see https://www.nudaysyria.org/. We thank you for your generosity!

Ashes to Go

On Ash Wednesday, February 22nd, we will be offering ashes to go from 10am-11am and from 4pm-5pm.

Pull into the circular driveway in front of the church to receive ashes from Rev. Kathy to mark the beginning of our Lenten journey.

The ashes we receive will remind us of our need for God, and of the call to follow God in Lent and every season.

Please consider stopping by! All are welcome!

In Memorium

We are sad to share the news that Roxanne McGaffigan's

grandmother and long-time Hampstead resident Marie Hurley

passed into eternal life this past weekend.

Please remember her husband Cleo and their family in your prayers.

May Marie rest in peace and may

her memory be a blessing.

“What does the Lord require of you?

What does the Lord require of you?"

       "Justice, kindness, walk humbly with your God.

To seek justice and love kindness and walk humbly with your God.”

For the past few weeks we have been singing/learning this hymn at worship. This week we are hoping to try singing it as a simple round. Below is a link to a small group singing it in this way. You can click on the link below and listen to it – and perhaps even sing along! S

What Does The Lord Require of You (The Micah Song) | FirstPresMV Church Choir | June 2020 - YouTube

Fuel Assistance Donation

The cost of heat has increased for us all, and HCC is no exception. Between this past December and January, our fuel bills have totaled over $4000!

We graciously ask you to consider a heat donation in these next weeks.

Or perhaps you could include a heat donation with your pledge donation this month.  Thanks for your consideration.

Operations Team

Worship This Week

Please join us in Hadley Hall

at 10am on Sunday for the

Transfiguration Sunday

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: "Being in the Presence" © Mary Southard

www.ministryofthehearts.org. Used with permission.

This Sunday--we hope to see you!

Lenten Reflection Booklets

Available For All!

Lent begins on February 22nd.

We have a wonderful daily Lenten devotional booklet available to anyone who wants one. Those who used this resource in the past have really enjoyed it.

This Living Compass devotional focuses on practicing compassion for ourselves, others, and all of creation.

Please consider using the booklet this Lent. Copies are available in the foyer of Hadley Hall, at worship services, or contact the church office and we can send one to you.

Lenten Discussion Groups

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

on Thursday mornings in the Davis Room at 10:00am.

The booklet "Living Well Through Lent 2023" will guide our discussions on how to live compassionately.

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

HCC Teams

Help Wanted Join Our Team

Open Positions at HCC

Our congregation is looking for someone to fill the position of clerk--they take notes and participate at the monthly Ministry Oversight meetings and at the annual congregational meeting. This is an essential position in our church that we need to get filled by March 2.

We are looking for an at-large member who can serve the church by participating in Ministry Oversight. It is a small time commitment but gives you an active role in the life and decision making of our church.

We are also looking for people to serve on our Operations Team--those who take care of our building and grounds. Chris McCune has served as chair of Operations for several years and is stepping down, so we are in need of someone willing to chair this important team. Thank you Chris for ALL the time and energy you have spent in ministry to our church these past years.

Of course, anyone who is interested can join our teams or groups at any time. Looking to get more involved in Missions, Worship, Discipleship, Stewardship, Operations, Peace and Justice, Fundraising, or Hospitality? If so, there is a place for you!

Interested? Let Fred Malcolm, Pastor Kathy, or a member of the team know.

Thank You From

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

"On behalf of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Inc., its members, sponsors, volunteers and bed recipients, we would like to thank you for your generous donation of $1,022.

Many people don't know there are so many kids sleeping on the floor or in other uncomfortable situations and SHP aims to solve this crisis. This would not be possible without your generosity.

Our mission is to see that NO KID SLEEPS ON THE FLOOR IN OUR TOWN"

2022 Year-End Statements

The Q4 year-end donations statements for 2022 were emailed/mailed two weeks ago. If you did not receive an emailed statement, please contact the office and Maria can help.

Please make sure to read through your statements to assure that

everything looks correct.

If it does not, please contact the office.

Join Us For a Movie!

A Word (or two) from

Peace and Justice

This edition is a catalog of opportunities.

"The Jesus Revolution" movie group outing:

Have you seen the trailer for the new movie “The Jesus Revolution?” It is based on a true story of a church opening its doors and hearts to “others” and seeing how the spirit moves in them in new and different ways.

The Peace and Justice Team would love to get a group together to go see the movie together. It is showing at the AMC cinema in Londonderry on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 1:00. The theater is right around the corner from my house, so we can gather at my house for an afternoon snack with discussion after the movie.

If you are interested, let Deb Sawyer or me know. My email is kariallard1@msn.com.

Let’s get out in the world again, and open our hearts and minds.


Kari Allard

See the trailer here.

The BHTNH Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks:

The full calendar of presentations with descriptions and registration information along with links to watch previous talks is here.

Music Corner by Herb Tardiff

Classical Composers and Their Medical Challenges

Beethoven suffered from gradual hearing loss from 1796 until total deafness in 1984. He tried several hearing aids such as ear trumpets and conversation books.  This deafness did not deter Ludwig from composing most of his famous works. His final, unquestionably the most famous, Ninth Symphony was directed by the composer himself and he did not hear the thunderous applause of the audience at its conclusion.

Many other composers have suffered from many different maladies but were able to overcome these obstacles to produce magnificent works that we enjoy today.

February Birthdays

Jill G. 02/04 

Erin C. 02/05 

Terri M. 02/05 

Dave C. 02/12 

Barbara W. 02/13 

Charles C. 02/14 

Lois B. 02/19

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

"Thank You" From Project Linus NH

to Volunteers

This thank you from a local blanket recipient was posted by the Project Linus Southwest NH Chapter and we wanted to share it with you as a reminder of how your gifts of time, money, materials, talents, and small acts of kindness are making a big impact. The Missions team is so grateful to all those who respond to our appeals and support all our events and causes!

"This is why we do what we do. . .an email we received earlier today (edited for length):

A simple reminder from our family to yours. Our daughter loves your blanket.

I want to stop and take a moment to truly thank you for the most beautiful quilt blanket for our teen daughter. Recently, she has been hospitalized, and had been transferred to four different hospitals after a ruptured appendicitis. The fear upon our daughter's face as well as the excruciating pain she was in told us we were in a lot of trouble you see she had been to Franklin Hospital and then transferred to Laconia hospital, but they decided to transfer her one last time to Concord Hospital, upon arrival, at Concord Hospital, she was greeted by the most beautiful Madeline traveling, blanket quilt. It sat neatly at the foot of her bed. My daughter looked up at me with the most beautiful blue eyes of hers, and was just astonished at the quality and the thoughtfulness.

My husband and I are both 100% disabled veterans and I have a brain tumor as well and we were planning to go on vacation to complete my bucket list before things progress but sometimes God has other plans. You see we spent nearly $7200 in flights and tickets in the last year to purchase a ton of experiences as I had planned to travel Germany, Rome, Italy, and Venice. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel, and there are no refunds so our daughter was so heartbroken, but it was as if God was wrapping us in love, because the blanket was the most beautiful Madeleine travel adventures blanket and she said to me, mom look, we can travel and have this as our memory. She has since been transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital in critical condition, unfortunately she had been held at hospitals for too long and they had transferred her to a total of four different hospitals before realizing she was septic. My husband and I have lost complete trust in people. We tried to get our baby girl help over and over. . . and my baby girl nearly died. We would end up having to go in emergency again, and more drains placed as well as a colostomy bag.

We still have an uphill battle but I want to tell you just how much something so simple as a blanket really, really put things into perspective for us. God is good and people are good and my daughter wanted me to tell you that you have restored her faith in humanity.

How can that be? You don’t know us and we don’t know you, but your simple act of kindness really opened up our daughter's heart at a time when they told us she shouldn’t be here and she was just so stuck on the kindness of you and your blanket and she held on. When we didn’t know if she was going to make it through the night, we wrapped her up in a blanket and just sobbed. We made it through the night and then another. We have a long road ahead of us but please don’t you ever stop doing this. You don’t know how much it helps some of us. We are so prideful and private. But your generosity really changed how my daughter perceives humanity.

Thank you for doing the right thing when no one’s looking..." (Posted on Project Linus Southwest NH Chapter Serving the Monadnock Region Facebook page on February 11th, 2023)

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.

2/14/2023 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!

Next volunteer opportunity will be Wednesday, February 22nd. 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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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.

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!
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