October 6th Weekly Word
Video Montage and Pictures of Pastor Kathy's Installation

Tommy Bastian put together a wonderful video montage and took many pictures of the Service and celebration for Pastor Kathy's Installation.

Thank you Tommy for sharing your gifts with us in making this beautiful video.

Click here to watch the video

Click here to see all the pictures
A Future With Hope - A note from Your Stewardship Team

By now most of you have received a letter from Your Stewardship Team announcing the beginning of our Stewardship Campaign for 2022. And, if you were at church last Sunday, you heard David Chin speak to the beginning of this annual campaign.

This year we have centered our campaign around "A Future With Hope."

At HCC that is who we are: a waystation of hope along life's way. It's the same reason God chose to be born with us as Jesus of Nazareth, to help build bridges of connection and companionship. And, even when this pandemic is a distant memory, the world will still be full of needs.

Remembering these needs, we ask each of you to be INTENTIONAL in your giving. This means that you develop a plan for your annual giving to the church and then follow through. If you are a new member or friend of HCC, you may not realize that this is an important part of being a church member or a friend.

In October of every calendar year, each of us decides how much we will pledge for the upcoming year. Each of us then can decide if we want to give a portion of that amount each week, each month or yearly. This helps each steward be intentional in their giving for the coming year.

Thank you, Your Stewardship Team
A Word from Peace & Justice 

Help Monarch butterflies and support other wildlife in New Hampshire!  

There was an article from UNH Cooperative Extension and NH Fish and Game calling for New Hampshire residents to collect the seed pods of the common milkweed plant. Collected seeds will be spread by the NH Dept of Transportation along the highways in designated conservation corridors. These are areas where native perennials have been planted to support pollinators. Milkweed is important because it supports a variety of pollinators and wildlife in addition to being the exclusive host for Monarch butterflies to lay eggs and for the caterpillars to feed. Milkweed has been disappearing for the last 20 years resulting in an 80% decrease in the eastern Monarch population. Individuals can help the state increase the volume of milkweed plants by collecting seed pods. This would be a great project for families and schools.

The collection period is going on now through October 30. The pods in my yard are not quite ready yet and I will keep watching them until they get to the dry grey/brown stage.

Collecting Milkweed Pods - taken directly from the UNH website
  • Only collect the pods when they are dry and grey/brown. If the center seam pops with gentle pressure, they can be harvested.  
  • Store the pods in paper bags; plastic bags will collect unwanted moisture.  
  • Write the date and county collected on the bag.  
  • Keep the pods in a cool, dry place until you deliver them to the collection site.  
  • Leave some pods (25%) on the plants to also allow for natural dispersal. 

There are several collection sites throughout NH with the closest site at the UNH Extension Rockingham County Office, 113 North Road in Brentwood. A collection bin is located outside the front entrance.

We are gathering bags at HCC and the Peace & Justice Group will drive them to Brentwood. A collection basket is conveniently located in Hadley Hall.

If you decide to participate, consider sharing a photo of you harvesting and delivering your pods so we can include it in our Weekly Word.

Unsure of what milkweed pods and seeds look like? See the entire UNH article here:

story submitted by Debra Sawyer

Missing USPS Mail

We have some missing USPS mail from this past weekend.

If you mailed us something last week, please call the church office at 603.329.6985 to confirm we received it.

Thank you for your help in this matter!
Worship This Week

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

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.

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.
Clergy Appreciation Day!

Did you know that this Sunday, October 10th, is National Clergy Appreciation Day.

Yes, it is a real thing and is celebrated every year on the second Sunday of October - check out the history of this day here.
The Blessing of the Animals

From a small Toy Poodle all the way up to a Great Dane, Pastor Kathy blessed approximately 20 animals this past Sunday. Several dogs along with their humans, showed up for the initial short service of thanksgiving at 1PM and then later, people showed up for a drive-thru blessing of their pets.

Pastor Kathy even blessed a horse and a cat via their pictures.

Every animal blessed went home with a special prayer card commemorating the event.

If you would like a pet blessing card, please contact or stop by the office.
Knights of Columbus Oktoberfest
Food Trucks & Music
Saturday, October 9th
Clothing Drive to Support
Epilepsy Foundation and HCC
Now Thru The End Of November

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

Simply clean out your closet and ask your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same. You will be decluttering, recycling, and doing good all at the same time!

Clothing drives account for more than 50% of the EFNE budget so they can really use our help. We in turn get paid for every pound of clothes we collect!

Wondering how much can be raised through used clothing? Global Goods Foundation raised $650 for community-based projects. Weare Middle School raised a whopping $6,700 for their 8th grade class trip. And thanks to Barbara Dennis, we already have 191 pounds of clothing donated to us from the Hampstead Library Thrift Store.

What are we looking for? First and foremost, all items must be clean and in good condition. They include the following:

  • Clothing
  • Outerwear
  • Footwear (shoes, boots, heels, etc.)
  • Accessories (belts, socks, ties, scarves, hats, etc.
  • Backpacks and handbags
  • Costumes & dress-up clothes
  • Household fabrics (bedding, sofa covers, tablecloths, towels, etc.)

Please place items in trash bags and leave them in the foyer of Hadley Hall at your convenience now thru the end of November. If you have a large quantity of bags, contact Barbara Wallack at 603-548-8326, and she will do her best to pick them up.
As always, we thank you for your support--
Fundraising Team and Mission Team
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), fmalcolm2001@yahoo.com, or Pastor Kathy. 
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 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

Next month we help serve on Wednesday, October 27 . 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 (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!
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 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!
Our Mailing Address:
61 Main Street
Hampstead, NH 03841

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