November 10th Weekly Word
Fall Church Clean-Up
This Saturday, November 13
9:00am-Noon

Your Operations Team has scheduled Saturday for our fall church clean-up.

There are outdoor tasks such as leaves/debris clean-up, garden clean-out, and indoor tasks that may include windows, dusting, etc.

Bring your rakes, tarps and cleaning supplies. Thank you!
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!
UCC Rockingham Association Fall Meeting

As a church affiliated with the United Church of Christ, we are part of a group of local churches called the Rockingham Association. The Association helps support churches and clergy. We are looking for two delegates who are willing to attend the Zoom gathering on Sunday, November 14th at 2pm (social time beginning at 1:30pm). This is a great way to learn more about the UCC and other local churches. Please contact Pastor Kathy if you are interested.
Service of Remembrance and Lament

Did you miss this special Sunday service a few weeks back? If so, we encourage you to take some time to watch the service.

All of us have faced so many challenges in these past months (and years!); the service is a special time to remember, mourn, and honor our losses. Click here to watch, or click on the picture.
It's Back - The Christmas Craft Fair!
Save the Date: December 4, 2021

HELP WANTED



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.

You can sign up at church, contact Barbara Wallack at bsw91@comcast.net 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
November 14 - November 27

May
The Steeple light
That shines so bright
  In the darkest
   Of the night
Bring comfort, caring,
Celebration & delight
  This November

 In loving memory of Harry Mildonian Jr. by his wife Marcy and children Matt & Amanda
Hampstead Thanksgiving Service

For over twenty years, local clergy and congregations have gathered at the old meeting house for a town Thanksgiving service with the offering going to benefit Isaiah 58. Due to Covid, the service was moved online last year. It will also be held on Zoom this year. The service is at 4pm on Sunday, November 21st. All are welcome to attend. To attend click here
Worship This Week

Please join us in the sanctuary or online at 10am for the
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

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.
Outdoor Coffee Hour

The Worship Team is doing its best to continue to provide our congregation with in-person worship and a chance for connection and conversation.

Given the continuing high rates of Covid in our area, it is not prudent to hold coffee hour indoors at this time. So—we are planning to continue to offer an outdoor coffee hour as long as it is possible.

If there is inclement weather, coffee hour will be cancelled that week. Please plan to bundle up (we are hearty New Englanders after all!) and join each other outside for a warm drink, tasty snacks, and good conversation.
Upper Room -- Thanksgiving Baskets

Now through November 15, we will be collecting the items below for Thanksgiving Baskets for the Upper Room.

This year the Upper Room will be supplying between 100 and 150 Thanksgiving baskets to those in need. They are looking for donations of items from the list below. You can leave your donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall through November 15.

Thank you as always for your generous donations to the Mission Team’s food drives!
Please no fresh items – only shelf-stable, non-expired products.

Cranberry Sauce
Quick Bread Mixes (Pumpkin, Apple, Cranberry, Corn)
Canned Corn
Boxed Potatoes
A Word from Peace & Justice

Greetings! We found this opportunity to view a documentary depicting the dangerous world of potential nuclear war. The film is 45 minutes and followed by a discussion. The information below is taken directly from the NH Conference UCC weekly newsletter: The Weekly News, November 09, 2021 - Volume 13 No. 43

The Peace with Justice Advocates Mission Group Invites You to Join them for The War Game November 16, 2021 - 7:00 PM 

Join the Peace with Justice Advocates Mission Group, in partnership with NH Peace Action, for an important film and discussion: The War Game.

Following the film, renowned noble laurate Dr. Ira Hefland will answer questions.

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this 45-minute film depicts growing conflict between NATO and the USSR resulting in a nuclear attack on Great Britain. Originally written for the BBC, this film was deemed too provocative by the British Broadcasting Company.

World renowned film critic Roger Ebert gave the highest praise, and a perfect score, to The War Game: “They should string up bedsheets between the trees and show “The War Game” in every public park. It should be shown on television, perhaps right after one of those half-witted war series in which none of the stars ever gets killed. It should be shown to the leaders of the world’s nuclear powers, the men who have their fingers on the doomsday button.”

Ira Helfand, MD is a member of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and Immediate Past President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the founding partner of ICAN and itself the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. He is also co-Founder and Past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), IPPNW’s US affiliate. He is active in the Back from the Brink campaign. Dr. Helfand was educated at Harvard College and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Helfand co-authored PSR’s report, Nuclear Famine: 2 Billion at Risk?, which outlines the global health consequences of regional nuclear war. He was a leading medical voice in ICAN’s campaign for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Dr. Helfand addressed government delegations at international conferences on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Oslo, Norway, Narayit, Mexico, and during the May 2016 U.N. Open-Ended Working Group on disarmament in Geneva, and throughout the U.N. General Assembly negotiations in 2017.

This event is free & open to the public. You can Register Here.

The Peace & Justice Team
A Future With Hope - Thank You from Your Stewardship Team

We invited you to send or bring your annual pledge to our annual Stewardship Sunday service. Many of you answered our invitation. The many pledges received and presented at the service were given a symbolic blessing of our faithful financial gifts given in covenant. For this, your Stewardship Team is thankful.

If you have not made a pledge for next year, we welcome your consideration to support the many ministries your planned commitment will fund. Additional pledge cards are available by contacting the church office. Generous, Intentional, and Proportional sharing of our abundance provides funding to maintain and create a better world for all as God intended.
Thank you,
Your Stewardship Team
Missions Opportunities:
This month we help serve on Wednesday, November 24 . If you are interested in volunteering this month, please 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.
Clothing Drive to Support
Epilepsy Foundation and HCC
Now Thru November 23rd

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 23rd 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

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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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 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!
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Hampstead, NH 03841

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