August 9th Weekly Word

This Sunday!

Please share widely --These community events are a major ministry of HCC:

In Memoriam

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of a former HCC congregant and Hampstead resident, David Copeland.

David's memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 26th at 11am in our sanctuary followed by a luncheon in Hadley Hall.

May David rest in peace, and his family be comforted.

David's Obituary is here

Out of Office

Pastor Kathy Vacation

Pastor Kathy is on vacation August 14th - 20th.

Rev. Lois Pinto will preside at worship service on Sunday, August 20th.

If a pastoral emergency arises, please contact Rev. Linda Lea Snyder at (ph. 203-927-5387).

Would you like some fresh produce? Is your garden producing crops you can share?

Hopefully, by this weekend, some fresh garden goods will be available after the Sunday service.

If you'd like to make a donation, all proceeds go to RIP Medical Debt. Donations can be placed in the basket (on Sunday mornings) or in the lockbox in the foyer.

If you have extra crops from your garden you would like to share with other church members and help an amazing cause, please bring them to Hadley Hall when you come for Sunday Service, or drop them off in the foyer. Thanks!

Sharing Our Gifts

Do you enjoy children? Would you like to help them learn about and embrace our faith?

The Discipleship team is looking for some Sunday school assistance.

This position is to assist in Sunday school when needed, most likely a few times a year. A background check is needed, so that we can comply with our safe-child guidelines. The church office will supply the application and the church will pay the fee.

The assistant is not responsible for lesson plans or teaching, but may assist with a class project. We currently have two children who are a joy to work with. This is a great way to share your gifts and help our young people.

If interested please see Linda Tilden or the church office.

A Special Thank You

Special thanks to Ing Goenowan and David Chin for all of their hard work weeding the grounds around our church this summer. Take a look around!

They have done a beautiful job.

Worship This Week

Please join us

in the Sanctuary or online at

10am this Sunday for

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

with Communion

Coffee hour will be held after the service in Hadley Hall.

We hope you will join us

in person or online.

The service will be

live streamed through

Facebook Live here

or on 3CX here

Reader: David Chin

Coffee hour hosts: Bob & Marge O'Brien

artwork: "Abundant Harvest" © Mary Southard Used with permission.


our Offering Plates

The offering time is as much a part of Sunday morning service as singing, preaching, or praying. “But as any church leader will tell you, the average churchgoer’s habits have changed quite a bit since the 1800s. Church giving methods have been long overdue for an update.” (

As a congregation we offer gifts of “time and talent” to our church in support of its ministry and outreach. Those gifts vary according to individual interests and abilities – and what an awesome variety of gifts that produces!

When it comes to financial giving, our individuality comes into play as well. Passing an offering plate from person to person during each worship service used to be “the way” to give and collect financial gifts from people who gathered each Sunday morning – but not anymore.

How do YOU give? Do you give cash… or via check or electronic giving? Do you give every single week, each month, or in one total amount each year? Do you place your financial support in an offering plate…or send it in via mail or direct deposit? You might be surprised to learn the many different ways we individually offer financial support to our church.

Our beautiful brass offering plates are no longer passed from person to person each Sunday because methods of giving have become so varied – and ALL methods are welcome! We also recognize the gift of hospitality, and there can be deep discomfort and awkwardness when that plate is put in front of anyone, perhaps most especially newcomers. Instead of passing the plates, one plate is located at each entrance/exit to the sanctuary for the convenience of the Giver. The plates are identified and pointed out during our “offering reflection” for those who are visitors to our church. We are also now labeling the plates to make them more easily seen.

However YOU choose to give of yourself, THANK YOU!

Your Worship Team

August 13

August 27

September 10

September 24


Oct 1,15,22

October 8

October 29

Ice Cream Social

Outdoor Service

Sunday School Begins

Associate Conference Minister Visits

Stewardship Month

Worship in Hadley Hall

Welcoming Sunday

Stewardship Sunday

A Word From Peace & Justice

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire is unveiling an historic marker in Derry on August 5. It celebrates William Hobdy, a ragtime musician and the first Black business owner (1899) in Derry.

The festivities include a Pop-Up Museum in the Derry Opera House, a Raffle, the unveiling and dedication of the marker, Ice Cream, and as long as supplies last, a special brew of pre-prohibition style lager on tap and Hop Knot pretzels at Rockingham Brewing. It sounds like a great afternoon!

More information and times for events see the full article.

The Music Corner by Herb Tardiff

Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi was a 17th and 18th century composer who’s become one of the most renowned figures in European classical music.

Vivaldi was one of the most prolific composers of the Baroque era writing hundreds of compositions. He was a virtuoso violinist in his own right. Vivaldi taught music at an orphanage working mostly with girls. 

I have had the pleasure of performing some of his compositions. Vivaldi’s Gloria is still performed today in many Christmas celebrations. 

Vivaldi also was an ordained priest though his focus was on musical composition. One of his most famous pieces is the “Four Seasons”. He was also an inspiration to Bach and other baroque composers.

Scam Texts & Emails

A few weeks ago, a number of congregants received a scam text "from Rev. Kathy." This was sent from an unknown phone number, not Pastor Kathy's cell phone. The text said it was an urgent request. Those who called/texted were asked to send gift cards.

Thankfully many reached out quickly and realized it was a scam.

Please know that Pastor Kathy will never ask you for money/gift cards over email nor via a text. And if there is something urgent, Pastor Kathy will reach out via phone. Scammers are often successful due to the "urgent" nature of their communication.

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.

These scams are increasingly common, and many church communities were texted on Friday.

Steeple Lighting

Steeple lit August 2nd through August 9th


Geroge "Buddy" Pratt

8 years gone, forever in our hearts.

Our angel always shining bright.

Love, Your wife, children, grandchildren & friends

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.

8/8/2023 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 (no Cheerios), coffee, salad dressings,

pasta sauce, granola bars, Spam, boxes of crackers, grated cheese, mayo

 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

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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