June 30th Weekly Word
Worship Service This Week

Please join us in the sanctuary or online for the Sixth
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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Community Update
Hampstead Fire

Late Tuesday afternoon a fire erupted in a group of four town homes on Norfolk Street in Hampstead. Our own Judy Dobson lives in one of those four homes. Damage is extensive and Judy is staying with daughter Rachel.

Thankfully everyone impacted is safe and physically unharmed.

The victims of the fire can receive clothing/household items thru the Library's Thrift Store free of charge by contacting the Library directly at any time starting today (phone 329-6411) . The Thrift Store has been closed due to the pandemic and will be reopening to the general public starting on July 7th. The Thrift Store is well stocked and does not need any new donations at this time and can fulfill the needs of the fire victims.

The church is also in contact with other Hampstead town officials to see where the community members can help those that are currently displaced from their homes. We will let you know what type of help is needed as soon as we learn.

If you wish to help mitigate the short-term expenses, mail your check to HCC, 61 Main Street, payable to HCC and note your intentions to assist Judy on the memo line.

Our prayers are with Judy and her neighbors during this difficult time.
Office Hours for the Summer
Now thru August 27th, the Church Office will be open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-12 Noon.
Pastor Kathy Summer 2021 Plans
While Pastor Kathy is out on leave, please note the following pastoral coverage.

Rev. Linda Snyder will be providing pastoral coverage (ph. 203-927-5387) from June 28 - July 17.

Rev. Ruth Gallot will provide pastoral coverage (ph. 603-483-8578) from July 18 - August 1.

In addition, Pastor Kathy will be traveling to Wisconsin in late August for her mother's memorial service. Rev. Linda Snyder will be providing pastoral coverage (ph. 203-927-5387) from August 15 - August 29.
Rides Needed To Sunday Services

HCC has some members that wish to come to Church services but they are not driving any more.

Consider putting on your 'Taxi Cap' and driving a member or two. Be it for one Sunday or more! It will be greatly appreciated.

Please reach out to our office at 603-329-6985 or at hcc1752@gmail.com or contact Judy Dobson at 603-329-8321 or at rjdobwood@comcast.net . 

These members will be so happy to be able to come to a service. Thank you.

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

This Sunday Rev. Kathy mentioned the condition of obstetric fistula during her sermon as a condition that has similar effects on women today that the woman in the scripture lesson (Mark 5:21-43) who touched Jesus’ cloak would have suffered.

Obstetric fistula is a childbirth injury caused by obstructed labor for women who have difficult or impossible access to hospitals for surgical delivery. Not only do the infants not survive, the women who do have medical results that make them outcasts in their villages. It was heartbreaking to hear about their plight Sunday. But there is a non-profit organization that has created a network of surgeons in hospitals in Africa and Southeast Asia, the Fistula Foundation. They perform high-quality surgery to cure a woman’s symptoms and restore her health for $586. They only perform obstetric fistula surgery so are very streamlined and effective in their services and they have a plan to end obstetric fistula.

If you would like to know more about the condition; the mission and strategy of the foundation; or how to help visit the Fistula Foundation website.

The 2008 documentary, “A Walk to Beautiful” tells the stories of five women in Ethiopia who have suffered from obstetric fistula and the struggles for treatment. PBS has broken the whole documentary into 6 chapters so that you can watch it in smaller segments. It is available in QuickTime or for Windows Media player here. You can also watch the whole 1 hr 24 min video on Prime or YouTube subscriptions or for free on the Tubi app.

Notes from the Music Director . . .
Sharing some interesting stories and facts with you about famous composers.
Famous Composers Arrested

Bach spent a short time in prison, not necessarily because he had done anything wrong, but because he wanted to leave his powerful employer at the time. Still, he was productive while he was inside jail and rattled off his book of keyboard exercises: the Orgelbuchen.

Franz Schubert was, along with four friends, arrested by a suspicious Viennese police force who were on the look-out for any boisterous gatherings of young people. Apparently, Schubert's gang was exactly that, and he was reprimanded for his use of insulting language to the coppers.

We know that Beethoven was occasionally a dark and tormented sort of soul, but his image really took a beating when he was arrested in the streets of Baden in 1820. Reportedly somewhat worse for the wear, Beethoven had become lost and hungry and was gazing into people's windows. He was promptly arrested by a policeman who mistook him for a tramp and threw him in jail, even when Beethoven insisted he was one of the finest composers of his generation.
Missions Opportunities:
Current Food Pantry Needs:

  • boxed crackers
  • individually wrapped crackers
  • cereal
  • pancake mix and syrup
  • salad dressings
  • boxed pasta salad mixes
  • granola bars
  • barbecue sauce
Food Drive to Support
Saint Anne Ecumenical Food Pantry
Thank you ALL for your generous donations to our continuous drives!! 

For July and August, 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

Next month we help serve on Wednesday, July 28th. Stay tuned for the sign up link.
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!
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
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

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