March 29th Weekly Word

Palm Sunday Worship

Please join us in the Sanctuary

at 10am on Sunday as we celebrate Palm Sunday with Communion as well.

Please join us for coffee hour in Hadley Hall

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: "Gloria" © Mary Southard Used with permission.

Service of Shadows

*Would you like to be a reader at this service? Please let Pastor Kathy know.

At 7 pm next Thursday, April 6, we will hold a reflective Service of Shadows in person and online. We will hear scripture and music, and will reflect on Jesus' final days through the perspectives of those closest to him. Join us for this deeply meaningful and important service.

If you can't join live, please take some time on Good Friday to watch and reflect.

Easter Breakfast

Come Celebrate the Rising of the Son!  

Following the sunrise service at Camp Tel Noar, we will be gathering for a potluck breakfast in Hadley Hall. Let that wonderful feeling of new life flow over to your new day by sharing a meal with friends and family.

You are invited to bring a breakfast dish or treat to share. Kari will have the ovens on before the service if you would like to drop of a casserole to keep warm. Muffins, pastries, hot cross buns, whatever we have, we will be glad of it and share.  

Last year we had enough to serve breakfast again after the 10:00 service, which was quite a treat, enjoyed by many.  

We hope to see you there.

The Hospitality Team

Easter Worship Celebration at 10am

Please join us for a joyful and festive Easter Celebration at 10am on Easter Sunday. At the end of the service you will be invited to flower the cross. After the service plan to join us in Hadley Hall to finish off the Easter Breakfast goodies.

Perennials for the Plant Table

Now that the spring weather is upon us, it is time to dig up and divide those perennials! 

We will be having the plant sale at the Strawberry festival and the perennials are always a good seller. If you dig them now, while the tops are small and the roots are strong, pot them up and care for them, you can avoid the stress and wilt that digging the days before the event can cause. We will have nice, full, healthy looking plants! Please label your plants with as much information as you know: Name, variety, color?  

Thank you, from the plant table team!  

Hampstead Lions Club Donates $500 to HCC

to help NuDay Syria

We are so grateful for the wider community support we receive for the mission work we do!

LED Lights Still Available

HCC was gifted some new DFWin 360 degree LED lights. These lights screw into a regular light socket and will allow you to angle each of the 3 sections the way you desire. The lights are $5 each or 5 for $20.  

If you are interested, the lights are located on a table on the left wall of Hadley Hall by the Hospitality Table. A cash box is on the table so you can leave cash or a check made out to HCC with a note of LED lights.

All proceeds will help towards our Capital Campaign.

A Word from Peace and Justice

Recently I read an article in the Washington Post about the expense for long term senior care. It starts with the story of a couple that even with owning a home, with savings, pensions and Social Security and a daughter pitching in $500/month there was not enough money to pay for the husband’s Alzheimer’s care. The wife had sold their boat and her husband’s pickup and abandoned her own retirement plans just to try to pay the $72,000 a year care cost which is more than her $64,000 annual salary.

This is just the beginning of a crisis in the extraordinary costs for specialized care that many seniors are not prepared for. The aging baby boomers number around 73 million and the oldest of them turn 77 this year. The impact of their care needs pose a huge challenge to the U.S. economy as individual families face the expenses that are ruinous. The dilemma is most difficult for those in the economic middle. They can’t afford the care on their own, but the qualification threshold for federal safety-net insurance is too high. It is projected that 18 million middle-income seniors will require care for moderate to severe needs and be unable to pay for it according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

To compound the problem there is a shortage of home care aides and nursing homes are overly institutional and are geared to the most disabled. Assisted-living facilities are appropriate for many because of the homelike environment they provide, but an apartment cost starts at $60,000 a year. Locked units for dementia patients run more than $80,000 a year. Even if a home care aide can be found the cost is on the order of $56,000 a year. Nursing homes cost $120,000 a year.

One problem that led us here is the lack of an insurance pool that people can buy into. There is health insurance and long-term disability insurance, but no senior care insurance. Medicare does not pay for these expenses either. Some policy discussions are urgently needed as the number of seniors needing assistance will quickly become a crisis.

See full article. An NBC article with more details is available by going to CNBC and searching for the title, "The Cost of Long-term Care Is Rising Amid Staffing Shortages. How to recover these expenses."

Music Corner by Herb Tardiff

Franz Schubert, January 31st, 1797– November 19th, 1828

Franz Schubert was one of the most prolific composers in the history of classical music and is credited as one of the early pioneers of the Romantic era in music.

In addition to his contributions in writing lieder, Schubert wrote a number of chamber works for string quartet and quintet, solo piano pieces, and symphonies that are still regularly performed today.

Schubert's last two requests before he died were that he hear a performance of Beethoven's String Quartet #14 one last time and that he be buried next to Beethoven after he passed. Both wishes were fulfilled. 

By the time Schubert had died at age 31, he had written over 1,000 pieces of music.

Steeple Lighting

Steeple lit the week of

April 1st - April 7th

in memory of

Ezra Alvarez

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.

April Birthdays

Debra S. 04/08

Peggy F. 04/11

Ken G. 04/24

Lydia F. 04/27

Ellen M. 04/29

Linda T. 04/29

If you would like your birthday recognized, please call the office to make sure

we have it in our records!

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.

3/28/2023 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

 Grated cheese, salad dressing, pasta sauce, quick bread/muffin mix,

hearty/meaty soups (Chunky, Progresso), boxed crackers, hot cocoa,

cereal (Cheerios & Multigrain Cheerios).

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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