November 24th Weekly Word
Changes to Coffee Hour

Coffee-Less Coffee Hour
(aka: Social Hour)

It has been wonderful to have a weekly Coffee Hour following Sunday morning worship each week!

Now, however, Covid numbers are surging once again! The Covid percentile for our county is pushing 11%, and the weather is getting colder - not a good combination!

Therefore, in an effort to keep our congregation safe, we will forgo our traditional Coffee Hour and instead offer a “Coffee-Less Coffee Hour”…in other words a “Social Hour”.  Most of us like to “visit” and “catch up with” one another following worship – and that’s a good thing! We will continue to offer that opportunity inside Hadley Hall each Sunday morning, but without coffee and “goodies”.

We ask that everyone please…PLEASE…wear a mask indoors during our time together out of a loving concern and respect for one another. Those who do not wish to wear a mask - or who are unable to do so - are invited to “visit” outdoors instead. We trust that you will understand why we are making this change for now. Thank you!
Worship This Week

Please join us in the sanctuary
or online at 10am for the
First Sunday of Advent

As we pledge in our covenant, we recommend 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.

We hope you will join us!
Advent Booklets Available

Advent begins this Sunday!
We have a wonderful daily Advent devotional booklet available to anyone who wants one. Those who used this resource last Advent loved it!

This Living Compass devotional focuses on practicing patience each day of Advent and beyond.

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 Groups

As we did for Advent and Lent this past year, there will be two weekly discussion groups based on the Advent devotional booklet.

Groups will meet on Monday evenings at 6:30 on Zoom and Tuesday mornings at 10:30 on Zoom and/or in person. We will begin meeting the week of December 6th and will meet for four weeks.

If you are interested, pick up a devotional and contact Pastor Kathy to sign up.

Over 3,000 pounds of donated clothing!

Many thanks to the Fundraising and Missions Teams who joined together to host a Clothing Drive Fundraiser to support the Epilepsy Foundation New England (EFNE) and also raise funds for our church.

We received 100's of bags of donations. So many bags were received that they filled one of the church offices, part of the stage, part of the library, part of the maintenance room and part of the foyer.

Barbara Wallack worked diligently each week weighing and storing all the donated items. We ended up with over 3,000 pounds of clothing! We will know the exact weight and monetary value sometime next week.

Barbara, Dave Chin and Suzanne Finocchiaro helped load the EFNE truck on Tuesday afternoon. We had so many bags that we filled the truck to capacity and EFNE had to come back today to take the remaining bags.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a success!

We will no longer be accepting clothing donations, please bring your clothing donations to your favorite donation location.
Out of Office
Pastor Kathy Vacation

Pastor Kathy is out on vacation returning Monday, 11/29.

Linda Lea Snyder will preside at worship this Sunday, 11/28.

If you have a pastoral need during this time, you can contact the Rev. Dr. Deborah Roof from First Parish Church in Derry at 603-434-0628
Bible Study Changes

Starting next week, the Bible Study group will move the day, the time and the place that they will meet.

The group will start meeting at Jane's house on Fridays.

The time is changing as well and will now go from 1:30PM - 3:30PM. However, there will be social time at 1:30 so it gives everyone time to arrive, visit with each other and start the study at 2PM.
Greens Workshop
Come create items for the craft fair while having fun with friends!

When: Wednesday, Dec. 1 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. 4 at the Christmas Craft Fair.
Missions Christmas Gift Drive
Now - December 12th

The Missions Team will be holding our annual Christmas Gift Drive through December 12th.

This year we are partnering with the Manchester Diaper Pantry and Makeover Ministries. These organizations work to provide area families with diapers, wipes, formula, clothing, and various baby and household items.

The Diaper Pantry's wish list this year includes:

  • Pack and Play cribs - new or gently used - (Amazon & Walmart both have Graco brand cribs listed for $40)
  • Strollers - new or gently used (any type or size including inexpensive umbrella strollers)
  • Boys clothes (sizes 6-12) - new or gently used
  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Baby Wipes

All donated items should be UNWRAPPED, and can be left in the foyer or outside the Church Office. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, checks can made out to HCC and designated "Missions Christmas Drive 2021" on the memo line.

As always, thank you for so generously supporting our church mission activities and making the holidays brighter for some local families!
Christmas Baskets for Nursing Homes
Collecting now thru December 15th

Discipleship will be delivering Christmas Baskets to two nursing homes, Colonial Poplin in Fremont and Pleasant Valley in Derry.

We are asking for donations of individually wrapped candy, and signed Christmas cards for both the nursing home residents and the staff.

Items can be left in the foyer now thru December 15th. Baskets will be delivered on December 18.

Thank you for your donations.
Blue Christmas Service
Sunday, December 12th

We will be offering a Blue Christmas Service of Remembrance, Comfort, and Hope on Sunday, December 12th at 3 pm in person and online.

For so many of us, the holiday season is a time of conflicting emotions. Given the unprecedented grief and loss that we are living through now, we want to provide an opportunity to reflect and come together, knowing that we are not alone in our struggles.

Please spread the word and join us for a contemplative service of prayer, scripture and music. The service will also be live streamed and recorded.
It's Back - The Christmas Craft Fair!
Save the Date: December 4, 2021
9AM - 3PM


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;
  • Make a batch of soup;
  • Man tables at the event;
  • Set up the night before and/or break down after the event;
  • Put out signs around town starting on 11/20 advertising the event;
  • Attend and invite others to attend. Masks will be required in the building.

You can sign up at church, contact Barbara Wallack at or call her at 603-548-8326

Let’s make this the best Christmas Fair ever.

As always, thank you for your support.

Your Fundraising Team
Lora Manning, Ellen McCune, Barbara Wallack, Roxanne McGaffigan, Nancy Cheyne
Steeple Lighting
December 1 - December 15

The HCC steeple is being lit in loving memory of Jeanne & Warren Cooke who were faithful members of our church and community.

Lighting be offered by Jeanne & Warren’s children Sue Cooke, Roger Cooke and Jean Hunt. 
Missions Opportunities:
Next month we help serve on Wednesday, December 22 . If you are interested in volunteering watch for the link to sign up.
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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Rev. Kathy also has a page for all who are interested to follow.

We are now on Instagram!
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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
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Hampstead, NH 03841
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