February 9th Weekly Word
HCC Annual Meeting Sunday, Feb 20th, at 11am
on Zoom & Telephone

Our 269th Annual Meeting will be held on February 20, 2022, following worship. We will hold it online and you can join the meeting here.

There is an option for people to call in if they cannot attend online by calling (929) 205-6099.
When asked, enter meeting ID: 875 7698 3296
and then passcode: 654854

Worship on February 20th will be online only.

On Monday, 2/7, the annual report with the proposed budget was emailed out to all members with email addresses and USPS mailed out to all other members. We have a few hard copies of the report in the foyer to Hadley Hall.

You can also access the annual report with the proposed budget here

If you have any questions that you would like to submit for the meeting, please email or call the church office prior to next Thursday, 2/17 and they will be submitted to the appropriate team chair prior to the meeting.

We hope you can attend this celebration of the wonderful ministry we have done over the past year!
We Need Your Help

You might remember back in October we reported in the Weekly Word that we had USPS mail missing from our Church mailbox.

We ask you to please validate all the donations we have listed on your recently emailed/mailed 2021 year-end statement, specifically around October when we had USPS mail missing.

If you notice any check #'s/donations missing from your donation statement, please contact the office as soon as possible.

Thank you!
Notes From Operations
Steeple Repair & Church Painting

With the annual meeting coming up, we would like to give you a preview of one of the items that requires a vote. 

As anyone who has looked up at the steeple can see, it is disappearing. Every time we have a storm or even a strong gust of wind, parts of the steeple are blowing off.

As you drive into the church parking lot, you will notice the paint falling off of the church. We need to paint the church to keep it from rotting away.

Usually, Operations quietly does the work in the background and we try not to get in front of the church. In this case, we have added an addendum to the annual budget that requires a vote of the congregation to fund the needed repairs.  

The cost of repairing the steeple and painting the church comes to about $85,000. We have the funds in our accounts to cover the cost. We need your approval to spend those funds.

I have spoken in front of the church a couple times asking for help raising the money to replace the funds we use. We have also been asking for someone to lead a capital campaign to help replace the funds.

With or without the capital campaign, we need to repair the building. The campaign will allow us to replace the funds quicker and reduce the number of times you will need to listen to me asking for money. We have some money that has been donated specifically for these building repairs, but we need your help, both with the vote for the expenditure and with your donation to fund the project.

We also have a challenge going on for two weeks. We have a family that will match donations designated for the building repairs up to a total of $1,000! This challenge is only in place for the next 2 weeks. Please donate and watch your donation double in value.

Thank you,
Chris, Chair Operations Team
Baptism Cover
Worship This Week

Please join us in the sanctuary
or online at 10am for
the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
Celebration of the Baptism of
Zoey Ella Wallack

As we pledge in our covenant, we strongly advocate that everyone who attends in-person worship on Sunday mornings wear a mask during the entire service.

The service will be live-streamed through Facebook Live here or on 3CX here.
Sharing the Good News about HCC

The houses of worship in the greater Derry area are considering putting on a "House of Worship Fair" where folks in the surrounding communities can come to learn about our faith communities and see if they are interested in attending.

In order for HCC to be represented, we need a contact person who would be able to be on a planning team to share ideas, attend some meetings, and to help plan the event (which is tentatively planned for May 2022).

Would you consider sharing your gifts in this way?

If so, please contact Pastor Kathy at pastorkathyucc@gmail.com or let the office know.
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Valentine's Baskets for Parkland

The Discipleship team will be delivering three Valentine's Day baskets to Parkland hospital for the staff caring for COVID-19 patients. They have done so much for so long--this is a wonderful way we can show our love and support!

We are in need of a few things:
·      Cards with a personal message for the staff as a whole
·      Monetary donations that will go towards giving each of them a
small gift card. Please earmark donations for "Valentine's
baskets for Parkland." 

Please have cards in (there is a basket in the entrance to Hadley Hall) by tomorrow, February 10th. We will collect funds for the gift cards for another week.

Thank you for your generosity!
A Word from Peace and Justice

Recently there was a story on NH Public Radio about the barriers that Section 8 Housing voucher recipients face. It follows the experience of one woman but is a fairly typical situation for many recipients.

Susan Bell had a series of health issues resulting in hospitalizations. The fallout resulted in her deciding to leave her apartment in Dover. She had to live in her car while she searched for another apartment. She found that few landlords will even accept applications that disclose that the applicant is coming with a Section 8 voucher.

Some state lawmakers are looking at how to bar that practice and have House Bill 1291 that would designate it as one of the unlawful discriminatory practices under the state’s human rights statute. Housing advocates see the bill as a key tool to preventing a systemic discrimination that force many beneficiaries of section 8 assistance into homelessness.

Bell’s voucher will cover up to $1,310 a month for a one-bedroom apartment and 30% of that ($393) must come from her fixed disability income. But there is a shortage of housing of all types in New Hampshire and especially so for affordable apartments. If she cannot find an apartment within 60 days the voucher is reclaimed (She can receive 2 30-day extensions). But the scarcity of apartments within the voucher criteria is becoming steadily worse. In 2021, 1581 vouchers were issued by NH Housing Finance Authority and 294 expired because recipients could not find eligible housing. The success rate for finding housing with a section 8 voucher has fallen from 90% to 60% in six years.

The article expands on the story by including views of a variety of stakeholders, including landlords. It is a difficult problem that needs attention. Susan Bell, age 55, is currently living with her parents.

Read the entire article here.

Related NHPR stories about Manchester housing: current crisis and how it got this way

Opportunities from NHUCC as listed in The Weekly News - January 25, 2022 - Volume 14 No. 04

Peace with Justice Advocates Mission Group Invites You to Engage and Respond to a Call for Peace Passed at General Synod 33

Your congregation’s witness is vital to our UCC vision of peace with justice. When General Synod 33 passed a “Declaration for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel” last summer, delegates called on every local congregation to get involved in advocating for that “just peace.” We’ve created a page of accessible resources for church leaders, mission teams and pastor to use; each of our communities can do something!

Take a look at those resources now: https://www.ccdurham.org/a-cry-for-hope-solidarity/

Also:

UCC Webinar - When Disaster Strikes: Faith Communities Responding with Equity and Justice

Faith communities are often on the frontlines of responding to climate-related disasters. More than a spirit of goodwill is required to effectively respond and minister in such critically important times. Because disasters often expose, widen, and exacerbate the gaps of pre-existing disparities, it is essential that communities of faith prioritize and hold fast in their commitments to equity and justice.

This webinar will equip faith communities with the knowledge and awareness required to act in accordance with our values. Our featured speakers will be Marcus Coleman, Jr., from FEMA’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Marcie Roth from the World Institute on Disability, and the Rev. Fred Meade from the UCC’s Disaster Resource & Response Team for the Southern New England Conference.

Debra will have a recording of this Webinar. If you are interested in this topic for possible ministry, contact her at dcpsawyer@gmail.com. Please let Debra know in the next week or so and a plan for how to move forward can be made.


Debra Sawyer
Bible Study

Bible Study continues on Fridays in the Davis Room.

We will start at 1:30 to 1:45 or 2:00 depending on how much yakking we do but no later than 2. 

If you need help with the lift to the second floor let Jeanne Stalker know by calling her at 603-770-8515 either beforehand or when you arrive, whichever is easier for you.
Hampstead Public Library
Pavilion Brick Campaign

The Hampstead Public Library Board of Trustees plans to build a 20 x 40 ft. shingle-roofed, pavilion (similar to Ordway Park) on the front lawn to facilitate outdoor programs and events.

If you would like to consider helping this campaign, you can buy a brick here.
Steeple Lighting
thru February 14


In Memory of Donald Bell Sr.  Love, Andy & Barbara

And

In Memory of Pastor Kathy’s Mother, Helen Motyka, from the Staff Relations Team
Missions Opportunities:
Food Drive to Support
Saint Anne Ecumenical Food Pantry

For the next couple of months, we are going to focus on the needs of St. Anne’s Food Pantry. 

The current needs are:
salad dressings
cans of coffee
flour
sugar
containers of grated cheese
ketchup

Please drop off any donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall

Thank you for all your support!
This month we help serve on Wednesday, February 23. If you are interested in volunteering contact Jane DeRosa via email
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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Rev. Kathy also has a page for all who are interested to follow.

We are now on Instagram!
If you are on Instagram, please follow us, and let your friends know about us by sharing our posts! Click this link
Scam Emails

Emails 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--she'll address it to your name. She will never ask you for money/gift cards over email.

Also, any email from Pastor Kathy will always have her signature line on the bottom with her phone number/address.

If in doubt, please call the church or send an email to pastorkathyucc@gmail.com.
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 (hcc1752@gmail.com) 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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Hampstead, NH 03841
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