August 16th Weekly Word

Ice Cream Social

Thank you to all who came to enjoy ice cream and fellowship on Sunday!

Outdoor Worship

Sunday August 27th

Outdoor worship will be held at 10am on

Sunday, August 27th in the back parking lot.

Please plan to bring a chair and join us for this special service. Coffee hour will be held after the service in Hadley Hall.

Book Discussion Series Coming Soon

All are invited to join our upcoming book discussion featuring "Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved" by Kate Bowler. This inspiring book is about finding faith and making sense of life's challenges.

This group, led by Pastor Kathy, will be meeting for five weeks beginning Thursday, August 31st in the Davis Room (upstairs from the sanctuary) at 10am.

Books are available to pick up in the foyer.

If you are interested in learning more or signing up, please contact Pastor Kathy next week.

Out of Office

Pastor Kathy Vacation

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

Rev. Lois Pinton 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).

Worship This Week

Please join us

in the Sanctuary or online at

10am this Sunday for

Twelfth 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: Kari Allard

Coffee hour host: Kari Allard

artwork: "Amazed by Wonder" © Mary Southard Used with permission.

Fiber Arts Cancelled This Month

Fiber Arts will not be meeting Saturday, August 26th.

We hope to see everyone in September!

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

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.

We are in need of plastic bags to put the veggies in, so if you have any extra, please drop them off in the foyer next to the veggie baskets.

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.

A Word From Peace & Justice

This summer we will continue to support RIP Medical Debt relief by giving our excess garden produce for donations to support their mission. We will have a donation basket and bags for carrying fresh produce home in Hadley Hall during coffee hour and in the foyer during the week. Bring or pick up produce any time.

The non-profit organization was founded by former medical debt collectors who saw how devastating the burden of medical debt is for millions of families. It is a major cause for middle class families to fall into poverty and destroys the stability for our most vulnerable – the sick, the elderly, the poor, and veterans. Currently nearly 1 in 2 Americans must choose between paying off medical debt and getting basic necessities.

RIP identifies debt being sold by insurance companies of those in or near the poverty level and buys up that debt at a rate of about $1 to purchase $100 of debt. Then, RIP forgives the debt. So the person gets a letter from RIP saying the debt is forgiven rather than a letter or call from a debt collector! Here is an example of how the expression of compassion has made a difference.

For more information, direct donations, and more personal stories go to

The Music Corner by Herb Tardiff

John Williams (1932-present)

John Williams is the most prolific and widely honored living composer of film music and the most Oscar-nominated man alive.


He also worked as a jazz pianist in both clubs and on recordings and played the piano on the soundtrack of “Peter Gun”.

Williams has received 50 Academy Award nominations. His movie credits include:

Jaws (1975), Superman - The Movie (1978), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982), Jurassic Park (1993), 

Schindler's List (1994), Seven Years in Tibet (1997) and Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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 14th through August 20th

in loving memory for

Vern Randell

Love, Your family & 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.

8/15/2023 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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