June 23rd Weekly Word
Worship Service This Week

Please join us in the sanctuary or online for the Fifth
Sunday of Pentecost

The service will also be live-streamed through Facebook Live here or on 3CX here. We hope you will join us in person or online.

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Hampstead Independence Day Celebration
June 26th
Looking For Volunteers

The Hampstead Civic Club will be holding its annual Independence Day celebration on Saturday, June 26th. As we have in the past, HCC will be running the kid’s games as part of our fundraising efforts.

We are looking for volunteers to run the games and sell tickets.

Games start at 4 p.m. and end just before the fireworks start, around 9 p.m. There are 2 time slots of 2 ½ hours each where we could use your help; 4:00-6:30 and 6:30-9:00.

We need 14 volunteers for each time slot. Adults and children are welcome to volunteer. Any time you can give would be greatly appreciated. To sign up, click HERE OR email Barbara Wallack at bsw91@comcast.net OR call Barbara at 603-548-8326.

Your support is greatly appreciated.
An Update from Pastor Kathy (Summer 2021 Plans)
Recently it has become clear to me that in order to stay healthy and have the time and space I need to grieve the loss of my mother, I need an extended time of leave from professional responsibilities. I will be taking five weeks of extended leave beginning on June 28 and ending August 1. Rev. Linda Snyder will be providing pastoral coverage (ph. 203-927-5387)

It is a blessing to have the support of the HCC leadership team (MO) as well as the Association's Committee on Church and Ministry. I look forward to returning well-rested and ready to continue the strong ministry that is Hampstead Congregational Church.

In addition, I will be traveling to Wisconsin in late August for my mother's memorial service.

I appreciate your care and concern, and I am so grateful to be a part of this congregation.
Office Hours for the Summer
Starting June 28th and ending August 27th, the Church Office will be open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-12 Noon.

Scam Emails

Emails are often sent, saying they are from Pastor Kathy or another staff member. She (or they) 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, it 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.

Upper Room Devotional

We have a few copies of the July/August Upper Room devotional available in the foyer to Hadley Hall. If you need a copy mailed to you, please contact the main office.
Bible Study Is Meeting Weekly
All Are Invited!

Right now we are studying the parables of Jesus. This study will take readers back in time to understand how the original Jewish audience heard the stories.

We meet every Thursday at 10 am at Jeanne Stalker 's home.

For more information, or to get the address to attend, contact Linda Tilden at latdet50@comcast.net or call 978-973-7681.
UCC General Synod -
July 11th-18th

The national gathering of the UCC is happening this summer, and for the first time ever it is virtual--so all are invited to attend!

General Synod is a marvelous and interesting event that brings thousands of people together from churches all around the country.
We have scholarships for anyone interested--
Once you register you have access to all aspects of General Synod, including worship, optional events, business, over 50 workshops, exhibit hall, keynote speakers and much more.
To learn more about this year's online event click here
A Word from Peace & Justice

The United Nations defines human trafficking as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons for the purpose of exploitation.”

The exploitation is in the form of sex work, forced labor, or organ removal and selling. Humans caught in this are like raw material that can be bought and sold and because of extreme poverty and lack of prospects are lured or tricked into slavery by promises for a better future. They are then brought into another country and find themselves into a position of dependence through debt bondage, violence, and/or drugs. GlobalAct, a non-governmental association based in Switzerland, estimates that there are 27 million slaves worldwide, more than during any other time in history.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline has a full list of what populations in the US are vulnerable and or the signs of modern slavery. While anyone can become a victim, people of color and LGBTQ+ people are more likely to experience trafficking. Some vulnerabilities are unstable living situations, undocumented immigrants, have run away or are involved in the juvenile justice or welfare system, or have experienced sexual or domestic violence in the past.

They also list a number of situations that should raise concerns. If you know
  • someone whose would-be employer refused to give the worker a signed contract or asks them to sign a contract in a language they can’t read 
  • someone whose would-be employer collects fees from the worker for the opportunity to work in a job
  • a person who is offered a job opportunity that is too good to be true and/or requires them to move far away and the recruiter avoids answering questions or provide details about the job.
  • a person who is given overwhelming numbers of gifts or money by someone much older or a big financial status difference in a romantic relationship
  • a person who is developing an close relationship with someone known only on social media

New Hampshire is not unaffected. Since 2007 there have been 457 contacts to the National Hotline from NH resulting in 71 cases with 193 victims who reported a high number of indicators of human trafficking. The full statistics broken by year can be found HERE.

To report suspected human trafficking: Call 1-888-373-7888 ( TTY: 711) | *Text 233733

Notes from the Music Director . . .
Sharing some interesting stories and facts with you about famous composers.
Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel, (born March 7, 1875, Ciboure, France—died December 28, 1937, Paris), French composer of Swiss-Basque descent.

Ravel was fascinated with small objects. His house, which is now a museum, resembles an over-sized doll’s house: a tiny cottage that was made to accommodate his small stature (about 5’2”) with smaller-than-average doorways and unusually low ceilings and even a miniature ornamental garden out the back. Ravel filled his tiny house with mechanical toys and was convinced that mechanical objects had a musical soul.
His animism also extended to clothes, for Ravel was renowned for snappy dressing. Once on tour, he delayed a concert for half an hour while the soprano soloist anxiously dashed to the station to collect the correct evening shoes that the composer had left behind in his luggage. The show must go on… but only with the appropriate footwear.

A Thank You from The Food Bank
For Funds Raised at our Food Truck Festival
A Thank You from the Upper Room
for our donations for their Summer Sessions
Missions Opportunities:
·Sun Screen
·Bottled Water
·Non-Perishable Snacks including individual packages of:
·Granola Bars
·Fruit Snacks
·Peanut Butter or Cheese filled
Food Drive
Until June 30, we will be collecting the items for the Upper Room’s summer session.

This summer, the Upper Room’s older youth will be spending time on outdoor community service projects and the younger youth will be spending time on outside activities including hikes. 

You can leave your donations in the foyer of the church any time. Please no fresh items – only shelf-stable, non-expired products.

Thank you as always for your generous donations to the Mission Team’s community needs drives! 

This month we help serve on Wednesday, June 23rd. To sign up, click 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 (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 bassinet in the entry way of Hadley Hall.
Thank you for your support of this project!
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Rev. Kathy also has a page for all who are interested to follow.

We are now on Instagram!
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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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Hampstead, NH 03841

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