January 11th Weekly Word

MLK Service of Celebration & Remembrance Sunday 7pm

If you would like a way to remember the life, witness and message of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we'll be gathering to remember, celebrate and be challenged this Sunday, January 15th @ 7pm at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church (187 East Road, Hampstead)

All are invited. Guest Speaker: Mr. Terry Robinson from Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire

Atkinson Congregational Church, Hampstead Congregational Church, UCC & St. Christopher's Episcopal Church are gathering together to support this event.

Worship This Week

Please join us at 10am on Sunday for the Second Sunday After the Epiphany

Coffee hour 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: "Winter Branches" © Mary Southard

www.ministryofthehearts.org. Used with permission.

Looking for a New Clerk

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

Our congregation is looking for someone to fill the position of clerk. The main responsibilities of the role are to take notes and participate at the month Ministry Oversight meetings and at the annual congregational meeting. Membership in the congregation is required for this position.

The position will begin in early February before our congregational meeting. If you are interested or would like to learn more, please contact the church office.

Please consider if you could help our church by filling this vital role.

Project Linus Thank You

"Thank you so much for the donation of yarn in November and the wonderful assortment of blankets, hats, mittens, etc. that you donated in December. We have shared the yarn with other "blanketeers" and the blankets and other knit and crocheted items have gone out in various deliveries to warm and comfort children in need.

Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness!"

Robyn, Project Linus

Epiphany Stars

On the day that we remember the star that led the magi to Jesus, we pass out star shapes with a printed word on each. We invited everyone to take a star word

to carry with you in the new year as a symbol for prayer and reflection.

If you did not attend Sunday's service and would like an Epiphany Star, please contact the office and we will be happy to give you one.

Annual Meeting Coming Soon

Our 270th Annual Meeting will be held in Hadley Hall on

February 12, 2023, following worship.

Please plan to attend this special event in the life of our congregation. Stay tuned for the annual report and more information.

New HCC Member & Friends

Directory Coming Soon

We are getting ready to print our HCC Members and Friends directory.

If you do not want your information published in this printing, please contact the office ASAP.

If you have a new picture that you would like to add to your profile,

please email it to hcc1752@gmail.com

Prayer Shawls Needed

Calling crocheters and knitters!

We are in need of some more handmade prayer shawls. These are given out when people are in need of our care.

We have given out over 40 prayers shawls and baptismal blankets in the past few years, and folks really appreciate this ministry.

Drop them off in the office or give them to Pastor Kathy. Thanks in advance!

January Birthdays

Lee C. 01/03

Thomas M. 01/04

Matthew K. 01/07

Dale C. 01/10

Nancy M. 01/12

Brendan M. 01/20

If you would like your birthday recognized, please call the office to make sure we have it in

our records!

Steeple Lightings

Light our steeple to honor a loved one.

Perfect for memorials, weddings,

birthdays, anniversaries and more.

Call the office

at 603-329-6985

A Word from Peace & Justice

WMUR reported on Monday that the city of Manchester will be evicting a homeless encampment at Pine and Manchester Streets. A letter from the city notified those in the encampment that beginning on Monday at 9am residents are to vacate the area. Those who remain at noon next Tuesday will receive a citation.

An encampment resident told WMUR that he does not want to be there but there is no place to go. Manchester's Emergency Operations Center says that a community response team of nonprofits will be in the area to assist residents. There are a couple of warming stations - like the newly-opened Cashin center and at 1269 Café at 465 Union Street - for short term shelter.

Manchester is one of 13 cities in New Hampshire dealing with the lack of affordable housing and what they view as a lack of state support. The Emergency Operations Center said it is looking for suitable space for a 24/7 emergency shelter, due to the lack of capacity at state-funded shelters across New Hampshire. They plan to release more information on an additional sheltering location.

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.

1/10/23 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, December 28th. 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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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 (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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