April 26th Weekly Word

The Food Truck Festival Needs Your Help


The vendors and the entertainment are all set for our 3rd Annual Hampstead Eats Food Truck Festival. If you can help in any way, it would be greatly appreciated.

Things you can do:

  • Help with Setup starting at 10AM
  • Help with Ticket Sales - multiple timeslots starting at 11:30AM
  • Help with Parking - multiple timeslots starting at 11:30AM
  • Help with the HCC Table - multiple timeslots starting at 11:30AM
  • Help with Cleanup starting at 5:00PM

Contact the office at 603-329-6985 and we will get you signed up.

Let’s make this event a huge success! As always, thank you for your support,

Your Fundraising Team

Worship This Week--

The service WILL BE livestreamed.

Thanks to Julian for helping us continue to offer live streaming!

Please join us in the Sanctuary or online

at 10am this Sunday for the

Fourth Sunday of Easter

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: "Circle of Life: Spring" © Mary Southard

www.ministryofthehearts.org. Used with permission.

Book Discussion Series in May/June

All are invited to join our upcoming book discussion featuring "Tattoos on the Heart," by Fr. Gregory Boyle. This hope-filled and spiritually uplifting book celebrates the strength, compassion and humanity of people often ostracized in our society.

This group, led by Pastor Kathy, will be meeting for five weeks beginning Thursday, May 18th in the Davis Room (upstairs from the sanctuary) at 10am.

If you are interested in learning more, signing up, or getting a book, please contact Pastor Kathy or the office.

Upper Room Devotional

We have copies of the May/June Upper Room devotional available in the foyer of Hadley Hall.

Please stop by and get your copy.

If you need a copy mailed to you, please contact the main office.


Pastor Kathy Continuing Ed

Pastor Kathy will be out of the office from Thursday, May 4th-Wednesday, May 10th, for a week of continuing education. She will be attending a retreat during that time.

The Rev. Linda Lea Snyder will be celebrating worship on May 7th and offering needed pastoral care.

Happy 90th Birthday Ken Gilson!!

From Our Missions Team:

And our Worship Team Twins Linda and Judy

(no they didn't plan it! )

Capital Campaign Update

Donations and pledges to our church’s Capital Campaign are currently a remarkable $154k or 44% towards our goal of $350k.

Our Capital Campaign continues to receive pledged funds as well as new funding. Several grants are being pursued to help us to continue growing our funds to reach our goal. Related to this, we are in the process of submitting paperwork and photographs to the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources with the goal of adding us to the state's Register of Historic Places, which some of the larger grants require in order for our building to be eligible.

Restoration and repair of our steeple will begin late spring or summer. 

We are also looking into restoring our sanctuary windows. A potential vendor is willing to coordinate scheduling this work to match our available Capital Campaign funding. This may be an opportunity for new Capital Campaign pledges and donations. There are 18 windows in our sanctuary. Eight window bays have two windows each.

Would you consider a donation to cover a window restoration? If you are interested, please contact any member of the Capital Campaign Team or you can leave your name with the office.

Our Capital Campaign is growing but we have not reached our ultimate goal. It is our hope that we can encourage additional pledges and/or additional donations over the next two years. Since it is tax season, donations you make this year could result in potential tax savings next year. Contact your tax preparer or financial advisor for more information.

Bible Study Postponed Until May 3rd

Weekly bible study will resume beginning Wednesday, May 3rd at 9:30am in the Youth Room.  

We hope you'll join us! 

UCC Special Offering Thanks

Thanks to all who helped contribute to our UCC special offering for One Great Hour of Sharing. Their focus this year is on alleviating hunger in our country. Our congregation raised $1,293 for this effort.

A Word from Peace & Justice

Many of us are interested in recycling to help reduce our impact on the environment, but sometimes it is confusing.

Our single stream curb pickup of recyclables is convenient, but how much of what we put in the bin contaminates to entire truckload? This has been a concern in recent years since China stopped accepting many shiploads of recyclables because too much of the load contained items that would clog up and damage the machinery that sorts the single stream into various components. The confusion comes because not all sorting technology is the same and the recycling market for local markets is not the same.

The Washington Post had an article recently about this problem. It gives a cool annotated detailed diagram sorting process used in Manassas, Va. as an example of the newer technologies. It also includes a “quiz” to help with deciding what can and can’t go in the curbside recycle bins wherever you are. A guiding slogan “If in doubt, throw it out” is shared to prevent the sorting facility from overload of contaminating items. There was also a link to The Recycling Partnership where you can get answers about your local recycling market.


Diagram from Washington Post, “You’re probably recycling wrong. This quiz will help you sort it out”, April 20, 2023

May Birthdays

Rev. Kathy 5/1

Peter T. 5/16

Conor J. 5/20

Starr S. 5/24

John F. 5/26

Lester K. 5/27

Bea R. 5/27

Rick L. 5/28

Jessica C. 5/31

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.

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.

4/25/2023 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

 Currently in need of cereal, coffee, salad dressings,

pasta sauce, granola bars, grated cheese and ketchup.

Please drop off any donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall

Please, no expired items.

Thank you for all your support!

To sign up for the next volunteer opportunity click here. 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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