March 30th Weekly Word
Breakfast after Easter Sunrise Service
Can You Help?

Following the sunrise service at Camp Tel Nor, we will be inviting the community back to Hadley Hall for breakfast.

We will be serving breakfast casseroles and pastries. We are looking for volunteers to make casseroles as well as people to donate muffins, scones, hot cross buns, and the like. Donations of butter, jam, juice, and coffee creamer would also be appreciated.
And we are also looking for helpers to set up, serve and/or clean up.

You may drop your goodies off on Saturday, 4/16 or prior to the sunrise service. There will be a sign-up sheet on the table at coffee hour, or contact the office to volunteer

Kari will be coordinating this event--contact her @603-425-4799 with questions/concerns
We are looking forward to getting back to “Friendraising Meals.”
Love remains... One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering this week

This UCC special offering helps communities rebuild following natural disasters, and provides food, medicine, and educational opportunities. This year’s theme is based on the love Paul called the church to in 1 Corinthians 13. In this post-pandemic world, we have rethought what love can look like---via zoom, Facetime, through a window, or from behind a mask. We have also witnessed that love is the basis to a life in community.

Your gift to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering allows love to be put into action. Offerings can be given now through April 3rd. Please designate OGHS on the memo line if writing a check, or just use the special envelopes. Thanks for your generosity!
A Message from
St. Anne's Food Pantry
We are here if you need us

Is buying food a struggle? With all the prices being raised in the grocery stores, it is a struggle for many.

St. Anne's Food Pantry, is here for you when you need help, even if it is just a temporary need. If you are a resident of Hampstead, East Hampstead, Sandown, Danville, Atkinson or you are a member of St. Anne's Church, you are welcome!
We welcome you as friends. You pick out your own products; including fresh produce, deli, bread, desserts, meats and many grocery staples.

Everything is confidential.

Our hours are every Thursday 10AM-Noon & 5PM-6:30PM and every Saturday 8AM-9:30PM (there are limited produce offerings on Saturdays). Please note there are Special Hours for Easter and the Pantry is closed Thursday, 4/7. A special Easter distribution occurs on Saturday, 4/9 - you must register for this special Easter Distribution by Thursday, 3/31. The Food Pantry is closed Holy Week due to Church activities and will reopen with their normal schedule on Thursday, 4/21.

The Food Pantry is located behind the church at 26 Emerson Ave in Hampstead.
Feel free to contact Jacki Colburn, one of the Food Pantry volunteers at
Easter Egg Hunt
 Saturday, April 16th at 10AM

Discipleship will host an Easter egg hunt on Saturday April 16, 2022. The event starts at 10 am with a check-in and activities for the children in Hadley Hall.
The children will then hunt for eggs by age category outside, weather permitting.

Our special guest for this event is the Easter Bunny, who will be available for pictures. This event is open to the community. Please spread the word!
Farewell from Marilyn Lermond

Long-time congregant Marilyn Lermond will be moving to New Jersey on March 30th to be nearer to family.

She wanted to share her new address and offer these words:

"I will miss miss everyone at HCC very, very much I have made some wonderful friends here over the last 20 years.. I will be very happy to receive cards, notes, letters, Church news, personal news. Please keep me posted.   
Love, Marilyn

Marilyn's new address is:
The Chelsea
Room 305
513 Lafayette Rd
Sparta, NJ 07871

We will miss you Marilyn! Thank you for all the love you have shared with our faith community over the past two decades. Blessings on this new stage on your journey!
Worship This Week

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

As we pledge in our covenant, we encourage all who attend in-person worship on Sunday mornings to social distance and wear a mask.

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

artwork: Bear The Beams Of Love © Mary Southard
Recognizing Stress and Supporting our Spiritual Leaders

The Clergy Support Ministry of the NH UCC recently offered some important reminders:

"A recent national poll identified 87% of the respondents saying they were feeling stress at all levels in their lives. This truth is very much part of our spiritual leaders’ and congregants’ lives these days. We have been waging ongoing medical wars on pathogens at the microscopic and community levels. Guns of war now occupy the front lines of media and social networks. Our emotional, spiritual and fiscal resources have been stretched and re-formed in countless ways.

It is important to acknowledge “out loud” and “up front” the stress of these times. No kidding, this has been and will continue to be hard times for all of us.

Many of our clergy and spiritual leaders have shown tremendous talents of creativity and resilience in these past years. Acknowledging these efforts is one of the best stress relieving and affirming responses we can make.  So, congregants, “If you notice something…SAY something” to show appreciation and affirmation. A written note, an in-person conversation to express appreciation, a kind gift of acknowledgement, an intentional mention in a prayer of gratitude are some ways we can nurture clergy and lay leaders in these demanding times."
April Birthdays

Happy Birthday to:

Debra Sawyer 4/8
Peggy Favorat 4/11
Linda Tilden 4/29
Ellen McCune 4/29

A Word from Peace & Justice

The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire located in Portsmouth is hosting a Good Friday Stations of the Cross in partnership with St. John’s Episcopal Church. Many groups in recent years have offered Good Friday walks to highlight modern injustices and brokenness in our world. This is an opportunity to learn and experience the Stations of the Cross through the lens of descendants of slaves on a local walk through the Black Heritage Trail sites.

2022 Good Friday Tour
Sankofa Scholar & Tour Guide: Angela Matthews

BHTNH in partnership with St. John’s Episcopal Church will host a Good Friday Walk that will stop at 14 sites on the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail symbolically representing the 14 Stations of the Cross. There will be an in-person walk on Wednesday, April 13 with a virtual tour at 2:00 pm on Friday.

The in-person Walk will begin at 10:30 at our offices at 222 Court Street and end at noon at the African Burial Ground Memorial. You are also invited to join the Seacoast Community Lunch at Middle Street Baptist Church immediately following the tour.

The tour will be offered for free, and guests are welcome to make a donation in compassionate remembrance.

For those who cannot attend in person, the Walk will be offered virtually on Friday, April 15 at 2:00 PM.

Register for in-person Walk here
Register for virtual Walk here
Our phenomenal music director, Herb Tardiff, was honored last Sunday for his ministry to our congregation!
The Food Truck Festival Needs Your Help
April 30, 2022

Please consider signing up for any of the open slots listed in this link or call the office at 603-329-6985 and we will assist in getting you signed up.
Music in The Bulletin

With copyright laws, we are challenged with providing you quality copies of the actual music for the hymns in our bulletin and online. We have decided we will only print the words to the songs going forward. The hymns are from our Chalice or New Century Hymnals.

If you would like to have the music in front of you, you are welcome to come to the office and pick up hymnals to keep at home.
Order forms will be in the foyer of Hadley Hall and also in the Sanctuary
 Holy Week at HCC--Please Join Us!

Sunday, April 10th - 10:00 am
Palm Sunday Worship in Sanctuary/Online
Thursday, April 14th - 7:00 pm
Maundy Thursday Service of Shadows in Sanctuary/Online
Easter Sunday, April 17th - 6:00 am
Easter Sunrise Service
Sunset Lake Shore, Camp Tel Noar
167 Main St, Hampstead, NH
Immediately following the Sunrise Service,
please join us for a breakfast in church social hall
Easter Sunday, April 17th - 10:00 am
Easter Worship Celebration in Sanctuary/Online
Steeple Lit through April 2

In Memory of Arthur McCusker
From HCC Women's Bible Study

Steeple to be lit April 3 - April 9

In Loving Memory of Brandon Wood
Cyndi & Nicole Wood - Until We Meet Again

Rockingham VNA & Hospice
Additional Spring Offerings
Back In Person
Missions Opportunities:
Easter Food Drive to Support
Saint Anne Ecumenical Food Pantry

The New needs for the Easter Distribution are:
Assorted Spices
Muffin mix
Quick Bread mix
Rice Pilaf
Boxed Crackers

Please drop off any donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall

Thank you for all your support!
Next month we help serve on Wednesday, April 27. If you are interested in volunteering contact Jane DeRosa via email
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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Our Mailing Address:
61 Main Street
Hampstead, NH 03841
Church Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00am to 3:00pm
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