July 12th Weekly Word

Restoration of the Weathervane

With the restoration of our steeple almost complete, one of the final touches is

the restoration of the iconic weathervane at the top which will be covered

in 23-carat gold leaf.

Pictures courtesy of Marion Lake & Dave Chin.

"A Journey of Faith" - 250 Years of HCC by Brad Robie

As we watch our steeple being renovated, it's a great time to reflect on the amazing history of Hampstead Congregational Church. Brad Robie's incredible book, "A Journey of Faith" surveys 250 years of HCC from 1752-2002. Copies are available in the church office.

1861 Hampstead Congregational Church building in 1901

Bell cast in 1876 by the Meneely & Kimberly Bell Foundry in Troy, New York. Installed in church on December 23, 1955

New pipe organ installed in front of sanctuary as part of 1901 renovations

Sanctuary, 2023

Worship This Week

Please join us in

the Sanctuary or online at

10am this Sunday for

Seventh 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: "Dance of the Elements" © Mary Southard

www.ministryofthehearts.org. Used with permission.

New UPPER ROOM Devotionals

We have copies of the

July/August Upper Room devotional available

in the foyer to Hadley Hall.

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

A Word From Peace & Justice

After the visit by Rev. Yasenka and his information about Isaiah 58, I remembered an article I had read titled “Why Do Women Stay with Their Abusers? Here’s One Overlooked Reason.” They can’t afford to leave.

Relationship abuse affects 1 in 3 American women and is more than physical abuse. It is often a pattern of behavior of coercion and control that involves emotional abuse, sexual assault, and efforts to isolate and control a partner socially and financially.

Economic abuse was codified as a form of abuse in the 2022 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. It takes the form of persuading or forcing a partner to quit their job. If the partner holds tight the abuser can begin sabotaging the partner’s work by creating situations that make the partner late for work, sabotaging important projects, or showing up at the workplace and causing a scene. Further tightening control the abuser might take control of the partner’s finances by insisting on mingling funds to which the abuser has sole access. All of this makes the victim financially dependent of the abuser and makes it harder for them to leave.

If you have not read the book "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive" by Stephanie Land or seen the Netflix miniseries based on the book, I recommend it for this topic. It is a heartwarming true story of how a single mother managed to battle all of the hurdles of leaving an abusive relationship and brings the topic to life.

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.

7/11/2023 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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Hampstead, NH 03841
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