Baked Potato Bar Dinner, Auditor Needed, Neighbors in Need Collection, Blessing of the Animals, Spiritual Practices Series, and more!
September 28th Weekly Word
Neighbors in Need UCC Special Offering thru 10/2
The Neighbors in Need offering, which we will collect again this Sunday, October 2, supports the UCC’s ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.
Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.
One-third of the offering supports the UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM). Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These churches and their pastors are supported by CAIM.
Donations can be put in the special envelopes in the offering plate or given to the office. If you are donating by check, please designate Neighbors in Need or NIN in the subject line. Thanks for your continued generosity.
Enhance Your Faith This Fall with a Spiritual Practices Series
Starts Tomorrow, 9/29
Join Pastor Kathy this fall for a four-week series, “Enhancing Your Well-being with Spiritual Practices.” Each session will be about an hour long and will include learning about and trying different spiritual practices.
Session will be held in-person on Thursday mornings at 10:00am in the Davis room upstairs from the sanctuary, beginning tomorrow Thursday, September 29th.
Contact the office or Pastor with any questions.
Looking for a Church Member
Willing to be our Auditor
Do you like doing analysis? If so, maybe you can help us out.
The Operations Team is looking for a church member who will be willing to be our auditor.
If you might be interested, please reach out to the church office and we will get you in touch with the correct people so you can learn more about this important church role.
Food Pantry Donations
Thank you all for such a generous outpouring of food items for St. Anne’s Food Pantry!
Here are a few facts about the Food Pantry:
For over thirty years, St. Anne’s Food Pantry has served families in need from the towns of Hampstead, Atkinson, East Hampstead, Danville and Sandown. The woman who originally started the Food Pantry is still active with the pantry and delivers food to families who don’t have their own transportation!
Most recipients go to the Food Pantry on Thursdays and/or Saturdays; there are specific hours it is open. Check out their webpage here. Currently, the Food Pantry serves over 145 families each month. There has been a greater increase over the past couple of years and the Food Pantry anticipates an even larger increase this winter due to economic conditions.
Some of the most popular food items are pasta items and canned goods containing meat and pasta. Popular items such as fresh vegetables, meat and eggs are purchased and/or donated weekly by Hannaford in East Hampstead.
So far this year (through September), Hampstead Congregational Church has donated over 450 items – including over 16 pounds of pasta, 23 packages of rice, 116 cans including vegetables, pasta & meat, beans and tuna! St. Anne’s Food Pantry has let us know that they are very appreciative of our ongoing support.
The current needs for the pantry are: hearty/meaty soups, salad dressings, coffee, tea, cereal, flour and sugar. These items can be dropped off in the bin located in our foyer. We reach out to the pantry frequently to get their current needs and include those current needs in our Weekly Word and our bulletin.
Again, THANK YOU for your caring and generosity,
The Missions Team
Baked Potato Bar
We will be holding our next Community Supper on Saturday, 10/15 from 4:00-6:00pm. Please mark your calendars, and plan to bring your friends!
We always can use donations to help keep the costs of the dinners down so everyone who wants or needs a meal, can attend. Anything you can provide is greatly appreciated. There is a signup sheet in the social hall. Sign up during coffee hour, or contact the office. Cash or Market Basket Gift Cards are also an easy way to contribute and can be dropped off with Suzanne in the office.
Help for setting up, serving and clean-up is always appreciated as well.
Thank you - Your Community Meal Group
Blessing of the Animals
Please join us on Sunday, October 16th in front of the Church, for a Blessing of the Animals! There will be a short prayer at 1pm, but you can drop by anytime between 1pm and 2:30pm.
We invite you to bring your pets on leashes or in carriers, or bring a picture of your pet to be blessed. Please pass the word on to your neighbors and friends.
Pets are one of our greatest gifts, especially in these challenging days, and we want to take time to celebrate and show our gratitude for them.
Did You Know...
Did you know that you can check for yourself if the steeple is available to be lit? Did you know you can also check if one of the church rooms is available for you to use?
Our church calendar is updated with all the events, the rooms where those events are held, and all steeple lightings. You can see it from our website by clicking on "New To HCC" on the menu located at the top of the web page and then selecting the HCC Calendar. The calendar now displays right within our website.
The bible study group will take time off starting now through October 26th due to the spiritual practice study Pastor Kathy will be leading beginning on September 29th.
The bible study group will resume on Wednesday. November 2nd, at Jane C's home at 9:30 am.
We are continuing to only list first names and last initial to minimize scamming issues with personal information being shared via electronic documents.
Lloyd T 10/2
Carolyn C 10/3
Karen C 10/5
Jackie L 10/6
Eric K 10/15
Judy D 10/26
Marcy M 10/31
If you would like your birthday recognized, please call the office to make sure we have it in our records!
Fiber Arts Gathering
This past Saturday, Bea Randall led another successful gathering for people interested in fiber arts in Hadley Hall.
The next gathering will be Saturday, October 22 at 10am - spread the word and come join us!
A Word from Peace and Justice
Isaiah 58 continues to work on the mission of helping people “with food, clothing, housing, and other issues of justice”. Recently they have been renovating trailers in Salem to provide temporary shelter for the housing insecure in Western Rockingham County. Here is a recent Facebook announcement with pictures of a unit at Friendship Drive in Salem that will be ready soon.
The post also asks for the community to participate in their Annual Charity Benefit on October 6 to help Isaiah continue their important work - learn more about the benefit here.
Isaiah 58 also takes donations of clothing and furniture to distribute free to those in need, they have a donation center in Salem. Isaiah provides counseling and financial mentoring to clients at Isaiah's Hampstead office to help clients reach sustainability in maintaining their own housing. To learn more about Isaiah and its mission, check out their website here.
On a more “root of the problem” mission, Isaiah 58, along with St. David’s Episcopal Church, has been spearheading a community initiative to combat the critical shortage of affordable housing in this area. This work began back in June after the tenants of Westgate Arms in Salem received eviction notices when the landlord planned renovations - read the Lawrence Eagle Tribune story here.
Recycling for Community Benches
During Coffee Hour this past Sunday, the topic of recycling those specialized plastic wrappers came up. I decided to share the information from an article written last year on recycling.
Consumer Reports had an informative article about plastic recycling last year. Its tag line was "Think that all of what you toss in the recycling bin actually gets recycled? Think again." The full article had some shocking statistics about single-stream recycling. It explains where most of the plastic goes and what steps individuals can take to limit plastic waste. Some of the suggestions are actually easy to do, and some maybe not be as easy. Read the article here.
A woman in East Hampstead is volunteering her time and helping the cause by collecting plastic film and bags to recycle into benches for the community. She partners with the Trex Community Recycling Program where for every 500 pounds of clean plastic film, Trex will donate a four-foot composite bench. To date, she has collected over 8,500 pounds of plastic and donated 17 Trex benches to the local community including the Hampstead Conservation trails. She is now working on the 18th bench to donate! That 18th bench is going to be donated to our very own Stepping Stones!
The collected items are everyday plastic items that many people just throw in with their regular trash. The goal is to promote recycling and keep these items out of our landfills. Our benefit will be a "forever bench" for our community. The items that are accepted are:
Grocery and retail bags
Dry cleaning bags
Wood pellet bags
Plastic shipping bags
No cellophane or hard plastic. All plastic must be clean, dry, and free of food residue.
You can drop off plastic in the recycling bin set up at the end of the driveway at 30 Collins Drive, East Hampstead (Blue house with black shutters).
now - September 29
In loving memory of Michele Hughes
Always in our hearts
The Steeple will be Lit
October 2 - October 8
in loving memory of Bob & Lois Chase and their son Gary Chase.
Lighting being offered by family members Lauren Chase Stuck & Scott Chase.
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.
Each week, we will update this section of our Weekly Word with the new link for the current newsletter.
Food Drive to Support
Saint Anne Ecumenical Food Pantry
The New needs for the Food Pantry are:
hearty/meaty soups, salad dressings, coffee, tea, cereal, flour and sugar
Please drop off any donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall
Thank you for all your support!
Next volunteer opportunity will be next, Wednesday, October 26th. If you are interested in volunteering, you can contact Jane DeRosa via email at email@example.com.
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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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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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