September 8th Weekly Word
A Request: Your Emergency Contact Info

If something were to happen to you, our church wants to support you and your family. If you are unable to be reached, how can we connect with you/your loved ones? If you are willing, please send us the name and number(s) of someone to reach in case of emergency. We will add this information to our database so that Pastor Kathy can reach out if there is ever a need. You can call 603-329-6985, email, or stop by the church office with this information. Thank you!
In Memoriam

We are sad to share the news that John "Jack" Clayton, Jr., husband of Dale Clayton and son-in-law of Claire Hubley, passed away on the 7th.

Visitation will be held here at HCC on Saturday, September 25th starting at 10AM followed by a service at 11AM.

The obituary can be read here.

May Jack rest in peace, and may his family be comforted.
Ad-hoc Team Forming for Building Capital Campaign

We are looking for some people who love our church and would be willing to help with a capital campaign to raise funds for renovation of the steeple and other building projects. Perhaps you have skills in marketing or fundraising, or are interested in historic preservation, or in making connections within our local community. Perhaps you simply love our church community and want it to thrive for decades to come! To learn more, to volunteer, or to share ideas, please contact Fred Malcolm (603-661-2418),, or Pastor Kathy. 
Worship This Week

Please join us in the sanctuary or online at 10am for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

We hope you will join us in person or online.

Following the service, all are invited to an outdoor coffee hour! "Goodies" will be on a table outside of Hadley Hall. There will be chairs available for those who would like to sit.

We are also looking for volunteers to read scripture at worship, and/or to help with coffee hour prep and cleanup. If you can help, please contact the Church Office or sign up after service.
Because we Care for Each Other

Because we care for each other…and in keeping with the latest Covid guidelines for our area…we are asking that everyone who attends in-person worship on Sunday mornings wear a mask during the entire service. Our numbers and the ample size of our sanctuary make social distancing not only possible, but also easy to maintain.

In addition, we are now going to set up our Coffee Hour outdoors instead of indoors. You will find our “goodies” on a table outside of Hadley Hall. We will also have a supply of chairs available for those who want to sit instead of stand.
Out of Office
Out of Office

Pastor Kathy will be attending the New Hampshire Conference Clergy Convocation/Retreat this upcoming Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 13-15. She will be out of the office, but will be available by email or phone.
We are looking for some pictures of Pastor Kathy from any service and/or Church event.

Please contact the office at 603-329-6985 if you have any you are willing to share. Thanks for your help!
Pastor Kathy's Installation

On Sunday, September 26th at 10am, we will hold a worship service of celebration to recognize Rev. Kathy Youzwak as Pastor of Hampstead Congregational Church.

The service will be held outside and a reception with light refreshments will follow. The service will also be live streamed on Facebook.

Please plan to join us in person or online for this joyous celebration!
Would you like some fresh produce? Is your garden producing crops you can share?

If you’d like some fresh produce, feel free to stop by the foyer of Hadley Hall!

If you'd like to make a donation, all proceeds go to RIP Medical Debt. Donations can be placed in the basket (on Sunday mornings) or in the lockbox in the foyer.
If you have extra crops from your garden you would like to share with other church members and help an amazing cause, please bring them to Hadley Hall when you come for Sunday Service, or drop them off in the foyer. Thanks!
Consider Attending the Annual NH Conference UCC Meeting:

(stay up-to-date by visiting the UCC Meeting website)
Help Us with Faith Formation

Would you like to see Sunday School at our church continue? Do you want to help children, youth and adults grow in faith? Our Discipleship Team needs several people with these interests to keep our faith formation going at HCC. Please let Pastor Kathy know if you are interested in learning more.
A Word From Peace & Justice

 We received another update from the Fistula Foundation on the Cure Hospital in Kabul . . .

Upper Room Devotional

We have copies of the September/October Upper Room devotional available in the foyer to Hadley Hall. If you need a copy mailed to you, please contact the main office.
Missions Opportunities:
Current Food Pantry Needs:
  • muffin mix/quick bread mix
  • cereal
  • boxes of crackers
  • grated cheese
  • ketchup
  • barbecue sauce
  • canned ravioli
  • beefaroni
  • jelly - any flavor other than grape 
  • laundry detergent
  • vegetable oil
Food Drive to Support
Saint Anne Ecumenical Food Pantry
Thank you ALL for your generous donations to our continuous drives!! 

For September and October we are going to focus on the needs of St. Anne’s Food Pantry. 
Thank you again for all your support!

Please drop off any donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall

This month we help serve on Wednesday, September 22 . You can sign-up here.
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!
Connect on Facebook
Are you on Facebook? Do you follow Hampstead Congregational Church? Please like our page to know about all the great events in the church. Liking also supports our church when people check us out. If you are already connected, share our good news!

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
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!
Our Mailing Address:
61 Main Street
Hampstead, NH 03841

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