May 24th Weekly Word

Fiber Arts This Saturday

The Fiber Arts group (knitting, crochet, hand work, etc.) meets the 4th Saturday each month from 10am-noon in Hadley Hall.

All skill levels are welcome and no commitment is needed. Just drop in when you can.

We hope you'll join us!

Strawberry Festival

Saturday, June 3rd

We need your help!

Are you ready for some Strawberry Shortcake? Our annual Strawberry Festival is happening soon. If you can help in any way on Thursday, 6/1 and/or Saturday, 6/3, it would be greatly appreciated.

Another way to help--donate baked goods--they can be dropped off Friday, 6/2.

Things you can do to help:

  • Thursday--Help with Setup starting at 5PM
  • Saturday--Help with Games - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
  • Saturday--Help with Bake Sale Table - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
  • Saturday--Help with Grilling - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
  • Saturday--Help with Raffle Table - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
  • Saturday--Help with Serving The Shortcake - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
  • Saturday--Help with Plant Table - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
  • Saturday--Help with Cleanup starting at 3:00PM

Signup Sheet is in Hadley Hall or you can contact the office at 603-329-6985 and we will help get you signed up.

Let’s make this event a huge success! 

As always, thank you for your support,

Your Fundraising Team

Worship This Week

Please join us in Hadley Hall or online

at 10am this Sunday for

The Celebration of 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: "Illumination" © Mary Southard Used with permission.

Operations Thank You

Your Operations Team wishes to thank those able to help with our annual Spring Clean Up.

Scouts from our local scout troop included;

Michael G., Brady B., Gunner B., Jaxon Z., Thomas C., Brodan K., Nolan K., Connor S., Logan D., and Caden M. There were also two Dads, including Mr. Z.

The following church family members included Marion Lake, Donna Hanson, Linda Tilden, David Daniels, Fred Malcolm, Herb Tardiff, Sam Longbook and David Chin.

Thank you for a job well done.

Thank You From NH Food Bank for our Food Truck Festival

"On behalf of the NH Food Bank and those we serve, thank you for collecting food to help us serve those in need. The total weight of the food HCC donated was 243 pounds, which amounts to 203 meals for the hungry."

"We are grateful to you for springing into action this season to help our efforts in reaching a more food secure New Hampshire."

Nancy Mellitt

Director of Development

Update From Capital Campaign Team

NH State Register of Historic Places

The Capital Campaign team has been exploring grants that may help fund the ongoing work on our 1861 building, such as the steeple repair, and possibly the restoration of the historic sanctuary windows.

For example, last December we applied for a grant from the Methuen Festival of Trees, whose proceeds provide funding to preserve buildings and monuments in the Merrimack Valley. In order to qualify, the property must have historical, cultural, or architectural value (or all three). Like other grant programs, their foundation prefers to see restorations that preserve a building’s historic form, materials and integrity.

Two other grant foundations we are looking into are New Hampshire’s Land and

Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), and the National Fund for Sacred

Places. Eligibility is much tougher for these: Both programs require that your property

be listed in either the National Register of Historic Places or the State Register of

Historic Places.

That’s what led us to pursue a State Register listing, a task we have been working on

for the past few months. It required the submission of an “Individual Inventory Form” to

the NH Division of Historical Resources, a document that includes the building’s

historical background and role in the town’s development, architectural description,

location map, statement of significance, bibliography, and reference photos. The final

version was 24 pages, with 70 footnotes and 28 photos! Many thanks to Brad Robie who put this document together!

Last week, we heard back from the state and we are pleased to report that they have

determined our property is eligible for listing in the New Hampshire State Register

of Historic Places. Final approval by the State Historical Resources Council will take

place at its quarterly meeting on July 31!

The New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places is “… an honorary listing that

encourages the protection of significant buildings, districts, sites, landscapes, structures

or objects that are meaningful in the history, architecture, archeology, engineering, or

traditions of New Hampshire residents and communities.”

In addition to honorary recognition, listing in the State Register results in qualification for

state financial assistance for preservation projects, such as historic preservation grants

and funding from sources such as the aforementioned LCHIP program. We will also be

able to obtain a special plaque (shown in picture above) that we can affix to the building or display on the property.

From Our Missions Team:

Happenings at HCC

Every month the Ministry Oversite Team meets to discuss what is happening within each of our teams and to make decisions regarding how our church will be run. We thought it important to share some of this information with our members and friends.

This is not a full account of discussed items, just those things that we thought are newsworthy and that are not already published in the Weekly Word or Bulletin.

Ministry Oversight meets the first Thursday of every month, usually via Zoom. If you are

interested in attending a meeting, contact one of our members and a link will be sent to

you. Just a reminder, we are still looking for a clerk to record minutes from these

meetings. We would love to have you on our team. Rev. Kathy and our administrator Maria have updated our membership role, which is officially at 93.

The Worship Team reported there were 20 people who came to HCC to receive ashes

on Ash Wednesday. The Worship Team also spent time cleaning the sanctuary.

Operations has been busy as well. A new threshold was placed in the kitchen entry,

and 2 heater fans were replaced, which will help conserve fuel. They are placing a

small water heater in the kitchen for the summer, which will also save money. Future

concerns include Stepping Stones’ request for locks on all classroom doors and the

need to fix the door leading into Hadley Hall, which does not close properly.

A special thanks to Stepping Stones who donated $1500 toward our heating bill. Also,

a special thanks to those who contributed to the fuel fund. Individual donations totaled


HCC will participate in a Church Bells of New England article and Hampstead’s 275th

anniversary celebration. More to come.

A Word from Peace & Justice

I had seen an article about birds and birdsong on mental wellbeing in healthy adults.

In light of Rev. Kathy's sermon last Sunday on mental health I thought I would share it because even those not suffering from mental illness can use some respite from the world.

See the article from Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

Hear songs from Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

May Birthdays

Rev. Kathy 5/1

Peter T. 5/16

Conor J. 5/20

Starr S. 5/24

John F. 5/26

Lester K. 5/27

Bea R. 5/27

Rick L. 5/28

Jessica C. 5/31

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.

5/23/2023 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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