June 14th Weekly Word

The long-awaited restoration of our steeple is underway!

These are the two brave souls who are working very hard to make our steeple shine!

Gordon (L) and Michael (R). To learn more about their work, click here.

Thank You Picnic on 6/21 for

Steeple Workers

If you haven't had a chance to stop in and take a look at the steeple repair, please do. They estimate another week or two to finish. 

As a thank you for their hard work, we are planning a thank you picnic starting at 5:00pm on Wednesday, June 21st and would like everyone to join us. 

We will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and baked beans. If you can bring a dish that would be great. If not, just come and be part of the celebration.

Stepping Stones

Steeple Fund Donation

A very special "thank you" to

Stepping Stones School

for their amazing donation of $500

toward our steeple restoration!

UCC Strengthen the Church Special Offering June 14th-27th

For the next two weeks, we will be collecting a special offering for the UCC Strengthen the Church initiative.

Strengthen the Church is an opportunity for your gifts to sustain not just our growing, renewing and birthing churches, but also to ensure that the holy ground they create is where extravagant welcome of our beloved Jesus is embodied for all.

The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations. 

Enjoy this short video from the UCC about our mission. Thank you for your generosity!

Worship This Week

Please join us in

the Sanctuary or online

at 10am this Sunday for

Third Sunday After Pentecost

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 the Cities With Love" © Mary Southard

www.ministryofthehearts.org. Used with permission.

"Tattoos on the Heart" Movie

Open to All 6/22

On Thursday, June 22nd at 10am we will be showing "G-Dog", a documentary about Father Greg Boyle's incredible journey as he develops and launches the most successful gang intervention and rehab program in the US. Our book group has been enjoying learning about Father Greg (known as G-Dog) and his work with Homeboy Industries.

All are welcome to join in Hadley Hall for the screening of this remarkable story of courage, compassion and amazing transformation. To learn more, click here.

Outdoor Worship

Sunday, June 25th

We will be resuming our much-loved outdoor worship services!

Outdoor worship will be held at 10am on Sunday, June 25th 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.

The service will continue to be live streamed through Facebook and 3CX.

Bible Study Resumes June 28th

Bible study will begin again on Thursday, June 25th at 9:30am in the Youth Room.

All are welcome!

Summer Office Hours

Starting Monday, June 19th and ending August 31st, the Church Office will be open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-12 Noon.

Congratulations Graduates

We congratulate all of our graduates on a job well done, and wish them all the best in their next endeavors.

Brendan Mulhall earned his Master's in Wildlife Ecology from Texas State University.

Bridget Mulhall earned her Bachelor's in Sociology from the University of Tampa.

William McGaffigan graduated from Royal Academy. He will be attending North Bennett

Street School in Boston this fall to study furniture making.

Connor West is graduating from Salem, NH High School.

Steeple Lighting

Steeple lit June 12th - June 18th

In Memory of

Denis Currier

From Hampstead Friends


For All Dads Past & Present

Happy Father's Day

A Word from Peace & Justice

There was an article in NH Business Review last week about the housing crisis. They labeled it as a “human rights issue”. They quoted Elissa Margolin, director of Housing Action NH, “Something as basic as a home shouldn’t be hard to access.” This is in the face of the continuing dramatic increase of home prices and continuing declines in availability creating a situation where New Hampshire families struggle to find a home.

The most recent statewide housing needs assessment reveals that the current shortage of 23,500 housing units will build to 60,000 housing units by 2030. This shortage has already caused workforce shortages (people having accepted jobs then having to decline because they cannot find housing) in every industry and an increase in homelessness. Rental units continue to be in extremely short supply with a vacancy rate of 0.5 percent. To translate that to actual renters it means that if 10 percent (7400 renters) of lower-income renters wanted to move (say for a job opportunity or family concerns) there would be about 350 affordable units to choose from. 

Affordable Housing Fund and Invest NH have secured funding with the help of Housing Action NH which has also helped with legislative solutions. The article cites two bills in the senate – SB 145 and SB 231. SB 145 will help towns and cities with housing grants and with programs to fight the “not in my backyard” mentality. SB 231 creates funding for affordable housing and homelessness support and establishes a first ever housing tax credit. They are also looking at alternatives to Section 8 vouchers which in this market are not as effective as they once were.

But to address the shortage of units there is a new push to study zoning starting with a zoning atlas created by the Center for Ethics at Saint Anselm College. It is expected to be a valuable tool for researcher, policy-makers, planners, community leaders, builder and developers, advocates and others who need to understand NH’s zoning requirements in order to address zoning challenges.

See the full article here.

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.

6/13/2023 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 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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