January 5th Weekly Word
Worship This Week

Please join us in the sanctuary
or online at 10am for
Epiphany Sunday
and celebrate Communion together

As we pledge in our covenant, we strongly advocate 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.
Bible Study

Bible Study will resume this Friday, January 7th in the Davis Room.

We will start at 1:30 to 1:45 or 2:00 depending on how much yakking we do but no later than 2. 

Our reading will start the Part Two: Constructive portion of the book, page 63 through 71.

If you need help with the lift to the second floor let Jeanne Stalker know by calling her at 603-770-8515 either beforehand or when you arrive, whichever is easier for you.
New Member Sunday

On January 23rd we will be welcoming several new members into our congregation.

Would you be interested in learning more about membership and Hampstead Congregational Church? Church members have a voice and vote in our annual meetings, and membership is a sign of the covenant we share as a church community.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Pastor Kathy.
Message from Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones School does not need toys, books, nor puzzles. Recently, we've had people dropping boxes of items off on the stage and the school can't use these items.

Please bring your toys, books, puzzles and other items to your favorite donation center where they will be put to good use.

If Stepping Stones does have any needs, we will be sure to share those needs in our weekly word.
Sermon from 12/26 Service

We have been asked to share a link to Pastor Kathy's sermon from this past Sunday's Service.

Feel free to share with others.
Links to Christmas Eve Service & 12/26 Service

In case you missed the services, or you want to watch them again, here are the links to the full Christmas Eve Service and full 12/26 Service.

Steeple Lighting
January 6 - January 31

The HCC steeple is being lit for Douglas J. Torosian

Lit in loving memory by his sister Laurie Torosian
Isaiah 58 Thank You

Isaiah 58 thanks the HCC community for our recent donation of $500 to help with homelessness in our county.

Your support of HCC helps us to minister to others in our local area!

Great Turnout For Our Christmas Eve Service

We had about 70 people join us outside for caroling and worship on Christmas Eve. It was a little bit chilly, but the music, candles and message warmed us all.

Thank you to the Hampstead Lions Club for providing the luminaries that lined our driveway again this year.
Blanket Thank You!!

The Missions team would like to send out a big thank you to everyone who has been working hard making beautiful blankets for Project Linus. 13 Blankets were donated last week and they posted our donation to Facebook with the following note;

"These wonderful blankets were made by members of the Hampstead Congregational Church, UCC Mission Group.
Thank you, all, so very much... several of them went to various hospitals and agencies recently, comforting and warming children in need."

If you wish to follow the Southwest NH chapter of Project Linus on Facebook and see all the good work they are doing, you can find them at Project Linus Southwest NH Chapter Serving the Monadnock Region. They also pass along thank you notes and photos from recipients which is always nice to see.

Thank you for continuing to share your talents and bring comfort to those in need!
Shiny Floors of Hadley Hall

Chris McCune and Al & Marion Lake worked hard last week to clean and wax the Hadley Hall floors.

The floors look fabulous! Thanks Chris, Al & Marion!
Thank You from the Diaper Pantry
Upper Room Devotional

We have a few copies of the January/February Upper Room devotional available in the foyer to Hadley Hall. If you need a copy mailed to you, please contact the main office.
Missions Opportunities:
This month we help serve on Wednesday, January 26. If you are interested in volunteering contact Jane DeRosa via email
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
Church Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00am to 3:00pm

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