February 8th Weekly Word

Help Syrian Earthquake Survivors

Due to the devastating earthquake that occurred Monday in Syria and Turkey, NuDay Syria is looking for donations to send from their warehouse in Derry to those in Syria.

We are serving as a collection hub for donations. Donations will be accepted at HCC through the rest of February

Their highest priority needs right now are:

  • Baby Formula
  • Blankets
  • Dried beans, rice, and lentils
  • Monetary donations for shipping costs

Please drop off in the collection bins in the foyer in Hadley Hall. For any questions, or to give monetary donations, please contact the office or see https://www.nudaysyria.org/. We thank you for your generosity!

HCC Annual Meeting This Sunday

Our 270th Annual Meeting will be held this Sunday, February 12, 2023 in Hadley Hall following worship. Please attend this vital gathering, as we look back at this past year’s accomplishments and look ahead to God’s call in our congregational life this year.

A quorum of members is needed.

The 2022 annual report was e-mailed/mailed to each member family last week. If you did not receive it, please contact the office or click here to get it online.

Please take some time to read the reports and familiarize yourself with the proposed budget for 2023.

Fuel Assistance Donation

The cost of heat has increased for us all, and HCC is no exception. Between this past December and January, our fuel bills have totaled over $4000!

We graciously ask you to consider a heat donation in these next weeks.

We will include envelopes in the bulletins this Sunday and next.

Or perhaps you could include a heat donation with your pledge donation this month.  Thanks for your consideration.

Operations Team

Help Wanted Join Our Team

Open Positions at HCC

Are you looking for a way to serve the church in the new year?

We have several open positions on our teams and executive board.

Our congregation is looking for someone to fill the position of clerk--they take notes and participate at the monthly Ministry Oversight meetings and at the annual congregational meeting.

We are looking for an at-large member who can serve the church by participating in Ministry Oversight. It is a small time commitment but gives you an active role in the life and decision making of our church.

We are also looking for people to serve on our Operations Team--those who take care of our building and grounds. Chris McCune has served as chair of Operations for several years and is stepping down, so we are in need of someone willing to chair this important team. Thank you Chris for ALL the time and energy you have spent in ministry to our church these past years.

Of course, anyone who is interested can join our teams or groups at any time. Looking to get more involved in Missions, Worship, Discipleship, Stewardship, Operations, Peace and Justice, Fundraising, or Hospitality? If so, there is a place for you!

Interested? Let Fred Malcolm, Pastor Kathy, or a member of the team know.

2022 Year-End Statements

The Q4 year-end donations statements for 2022 were emailed last week. If you did not receive an emailed statement, please contact the office and Maria can help.

If we don't have an email address on file for you, we mailed you a paper statement on Monday, February 6th.  

Please make sure to read through your statements

to assure that everything looks correct. If it does not, please contact the office.

Worship This Week

Please join us in Hadley Hall

at 10am on Sunday for the

Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany

Our annual meeting will be held in Hadley Hall

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: "Circle of Life: Winter" © Mary Southard

www.ministryofthehearts.org. Used with permission.

Lenten Reflection Booklets

Available For All!

Lent begins on February 22nd.

We have a wonderful daily Lenten devotional booklet available to anyone who wants one. Those who used this resource in the past have really enjoyed it.

This Living Compass devotional focuses on practicing compassion for ourselves, others, and all of creation.

Please consider using the booklet this Lent. Copies are available in the foyer of Hadley Hall, at worship services, or contact the church office and we can send one to you.

Ashes to Go

On Ash Wednesday, February 22nd, we will be offering ashes to go from 10am-11am and from 4pm-5pm.

Pull into the circular driveway in front of the church to receive ashes from Rev. Kathy to mark the beginning of our Lenten journey.

The ashes we receive will remind us of our need for God, and of the call to follow God in Lent and every season.

Please consider stopping by!

Save the date for our next community dinner--

Perhaps you can bring goods or help out at the dinner itself. Sign up sheets are in Hadley Hall. Or, call or email the office to sign up. Hope to see you then!

A Word (or two) from

Peace and Justice

I attended the virtual version of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire Tea Talk this past Sunday. It was about the history of Indigenous and Black Americans. One thing that stood out to me was the presentation by a professor of black history emphasizing the importance of starting with Black history in Africa. Many slaves brought skills as well as a culture from their homeland with them. This recognition gives them a humanity that is too often lost when Black American history begins with the time of enslavement. This was just one interesting insight to share that has stuck with me this week.

The next talk is this Sunday: “The Paradox of Education for Black & Brown Children”

After that: Sunday, February 19, 2023 "Beyond Forty Acres": Land Ownership, and Black Wealth All of the descriptions and registration information for the Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks can be found here.

We also want to share a way to donate through UCC to the relief work from the unimaginably devastating 7.8 earthquake in Turkey. Turkey and Syria Earthquake Appeal link for donation options.

Music Corner by Herb Tardiff

Some of the most famous composers started early in life writing music. Mozart, for instance, started playing piano at the age of three and wrote his first piece at the age of five. This composition was a string trio with a fairly complicated style. Not bad for a five-year old. At the age of six, Mozart toured with his father and sister and mastered the harpsichord and the violin.

Even though Mozart died fairly young, he still composed a vast collection of symphonies, instrumental works and operas. One of his most famous pieces is the “Requiem” which is performed quite often throughout the world. Mozart passed away before completing the “Requiem” which was ultimately finished by one of his students.

Can you imagine the output of Mozart if he lived to the age of 60 or 70? 

February Birthdays

Jill G. 02/04 

Erin C. 02/05 

Terri M. 02/05 

Dave C. 02/12 

Barbara W. 02/13 

Charles C. 02/14 

Lois B. 02/19

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.

2/7/2023 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

 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, January 25th. If you are interested in volunteering contact Jane DeRosa via email at 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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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.

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