November 16th Weekly Word

Fall Church Clean-Up

Rescheduled to This

Saturday, November 19


Your Operations Team requests your help this Saturday due to rain last weekend. There are outdoor tasks, such as leaves and debris clean-up, and garden clean-out, and indoor tasks that may include windows, dusting, etc. Bring your rakes and tarps and cleaning supplies. You may also help provide snacks and water for the volunteers.

Many hands make light work.

Thank you,

Your Operations Team 


Hampstead Thanksgiving Service

at the Meeting House

This Sunday at 4pm

For over twenty years, local clergy and congregations have gathered at the Hampstead Old Meeting House for a town Thanksgiving service with the offering going to benefit

Isaiah 58. This year we are so happy to have the community service back in-person.

Please plan on joining us this Sunday at 20 Emerson Ave. The message this year was written by our own Brad Robie--come to hear how folks worshipped in the 1700s!

Advent Devotional Available

Advent begins next Sunday, November 27th.

We have a wonderful daily Advent devotional booklet available to anyone who wants one. This year's devotional focuses on practicing simplicity each day of Advent and beyond.

Those who used this resource in the past have loved it--so please pick up one for yourself this year.

Copies are available in the foyer of Hadley Hall, or if you would like one sent to you, please contact the church office.


Advent Discussion Group

Using the Living Compass devotional (described above), we will have a 4-week discussion group starting on Thursday, December 1st. We will meet upstairs in the Davis Room (large room at end of hall) at 10am. Sessions will run for about 90 minutes, and all are welcome. Our discussions will be based off the reflections and discussion questions provided in the booklet. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Pastor Kathy.

The Promise Mary Southard

Worship This Week

Please join us in our Sanctuary

or online at 10am for

Reign of Christ Sunday

Coffee hour will be held in Hadley Hall after the service. We hope you will join us.

The service will be live streamed through Facebook Live here or on 3CX here.

artwork: The Promise © Mary Southard

It's Back - The Christmas Craft Fair!

Save the Date: December 3, 2022


The crafters are all ready to go. We are completely booked. Now we need your help to make our annual Christmas Craft Fair a success. If you can help in any way it would be greatly appreciated.

Things you can do:

Provide baked goods;

Donate raffle items;

Staff tables at the event;

Help set up before the event on Thursday, Dec 1, or help break down after the event;

Make soup;

Attend and invite others to attend.

Sign-up sheets are located outside of the office, or call/email the office to sign up.

Let’s make this the best Christmas Fair ever!

As always, thank you for your support.

Your Fundraising Team


Greens Workshop

Create items for the craft fair while having fun with friends!

When: Wednesday, Nov. 30th at 6:30pm

Where: Hadley Hall

What to Bring: Scissors, clippers/pruners for greens

We will be decorating wreaths and making swags and centerpieces out of greens. Kari will be leading, teaching and directing, so even if you have never done anything like this before, come join us. We always have so much fun! Bring a friend and make it a “night out.”

Ahead of time: If you have any pine, hemlock, spruce, holly, or any other kind of evergreen in your yard that you could cut and bring in, please bring it in ahead of time. We can store it in the basement. Collect pine cones, birch branches, winterberry and any other interesting natural finds that could be used as well.

Kari will be providing ornaments, ribbons etc. for decorating.

All the products we create will be for sale on Saturday, Dec. 3rd at the Christmas Craft Fair.

Would You Like To Donate

a "Gift Bag" for Seniors in Need?

Saint Anne's Food Pantry is looking to hand out holiday Gift Bags to their Seniors.

They are looking for gift bags that contain items like: hot chocolate, hard candy, chocolates, coffee, hand lotion, large print crossword Puzzle Books, note cards, books of stamps, pocket tissues.

There will be a collection box labeled, "St. Anne's Food Pantry" that will be located at St. Anne's, downstairs. Please put a label on the Gift Bag that says AILEEN WALL.

Gift bags needed by Sunday, Dec 11th.

For more details, please contact Aileen at

The Food Pantry thanks you for your support!

Updated Directories Coming--

New Pictures Wanted!

We are getting ready to print our HCC Members and Friends directory (last printing was in 2018).

We would love to get a current photo of you/your family to include in our updated directory, especially if you are a new member or friend.

Please email a current photo for our directory to

Message from the

Interfaith Choir

You may have heard that the Interfaith Choir of the Greater Derry and Londonderry Area has started up again after a 2-year hiatus. We were very excited to regroup and we have a great selection of music planned for our Free December Holiday Concert!

This year, we will be having just one public concert on Sunday, December 4 at 4PM in the sanctuary of Hampstead Congregational Church. There will be refreshments in Hadley Hall immediately following the concert.


Welcome to Maura Mulhall

As Our New Auditor

We are happy to announce that Maura Mulhall has accepted the role of Auditor for HCC.

Maura served as treasurer at HCC for many years, and we are so grateful that she has stepped into this new role.

The Scammers Are At It Again

A member recently received the above email, and it looks like it came from Pastor Kathy. This email is scam.

How would you know this is not really from Pastor Kathy?

There are three things in this email that will alert you to it being a scam are:

  1. Pastor Kathy will NEVER ask for money via email.
  2. The email address is not Pastor Kathy's real email address.
  3. The grammar is bad, and we all know Pastor Kathy has terrific grammar!

If you are ever unsure about an email from Pastor or the church, please contact us

at (603) 329-6985.

Steeple Lighting

Now - November 19

The nights are long

with autumn chill,

as the Church steeple

light shines

at the top of the hill.

May gratitude, hope

& kindness still

cover our town with

lasting goodwill.

In loving memory of

Harry Mildonian, Jr

By Marcy, Matt, Amanda & Family

A Word From Peace & Justice

As we continue to reflect on our Native brothers and sisters experiences during American Indian Heritage Month here is some moving information about how Native people suffered in colonial and expanding America.

We the People - The Three Most Misunderstood Words in US History

Here is a video of the TED Talk by Mark Charles, a Native American Activist and author.

What was the Doctrine of Discovery? Here is a primary source document:

How does the United Church of Christ view the Doctrine of Discovery today? Read the results from UCC after General Synod 29 here.


Debra Sawyer

An Update From Peace & Justice

We recently learned that there is now only one location for plastic drop off for the TREX Bench Program. It is now at the Hampstead Town Garage exclusively.

The Music Corner by Herb Tardiff

Giovanni de Palestrina

Originally born in 1625 as Giovanni Pierluigi, Palestrina acquired his full professional title through his place of birth, a small town outside of Rome, Italy by the same name. Typical of names in the 1600’s, a person’s last name was derived from the city or town that they were

born in.

As a child, he was relocated to Rome and quickly became initiated as a choir boy for the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica. From 1537 to 1539, he spent his time at the basilica studying music.

Shortly after his time as a student, he was hired as organist and singer at his hometown

cathedral. Palestrina's hard work at this position caught the eye of the future Pope Julius III, who was serving as bishop of the cathedral.

Palestrina wrote religious music for the Catholic church including 250 motets, several masses and many hymns. He clarified the polyphonic style (4 or 5 voices) which was later emulated by Bach and Beethoven and other famous composers.

November Birthdays

We are continuing to only list first names and last initial to minimize scamming issues with personal information being shared via electronic documents.

Erin M 11/2

Garrett M 11/6

Patrick M 11/18

Mariah T 11/22

Maria A 11/23

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.

11/15/22 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

Holiday Needs

 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!

Next volunteer opportunity will be Wednesday, November 23rd. If you are interested in volunteering, you can sign up here or 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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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.

Want to get the word out about what’s happening at HCC? If you want to publicize your event or remind the congregation about something, please email the office ( by Wednesday at noon so that your information can be included in that week’s Weekly Word. Feel free to send in information up to three weeks in advance of an upcoming event. We want all of the congregation (not just the Team leaders) to be empowered to get the word out about all the activities that are happening at Hampstead Congregational Church!
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