May 12th Weekly Word
Worship this Week

Sunday at 10am, we will be outside again for worship

The service will be held in front of the church building. Please plan to bring a chair, social distance, and wear a mask.
If you are concerned about the uneven ground, please enter by the sidewalk on the other side of the church--next to the road--the surface is more even on that side.

The service will also be live streamed through Facebook Live here or on 3CX here. We hope you will join us in person or online.
We Need You!
On Saturday, June 5th, our church will be hosting the Strawberry Festival.

Volunteers are needed to make this a successful church event. You can sign up for a few hours, or more or less...whatever you are available.

Sign up here or call Ellen McCune at 603-329-5811, or email ellen.mccune@cgmtech.com to volunteer or if you have any questions.

Your help is needed and appreciated!!
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Lawn Mowing Volunteer Needed
A member of our Church is looking for a volunteer to mow their small yard in Hampstead from now until June 1st. Depending on the amount of rain, the mowing would need to be done once or twice a week. A lawn mower is provided.  

If interested, please contact Al or Marion Lake @ 603-571-3434 or 603-289-1690.
Wanted: an iPad
We have a few members that would love to watch our weekly live-streamed services, but they need our help.

Do you have an iPad you aren't using and are willing to donate? If so, contact our church office @ 603-329-6985. This will allow them to join our services. Thanks!
Graduation Sunday June 6th
Please plan to join us on Sunday, June 6th for a special service to honor our graduates from 2020 and 2021. We have an amazing group of young people graduating from both high school and middle school, and we are honored to recognize them as they move to the next stage of their lives.
We have already collected 1,123 diapers! Thank you! Also, if you prefer to donate money, the Diaper Pantry is glad to buy what they most need. All donations are much needed and appreciated.
A Word from Peace & Justice--on our Diaper Drive

Our Mission Team is requesting diapers and wipes during the month of May for the Manchester Diaper Pantry. The pantry distributes items from 9am – 11am on the first and third Saturday of each month from its location at 40 Ronald Street, Manchester. The pantry is a collaboration between Amoskeag Health and the Makeover Ministry of Orchard Christian Church.

You know that food insecurity is a big problem and that food pantries across the state are working tirelessly to support families in need of food. But you may be wondering why a diaper pantry is needed. Well, the food pantries do not generally have diapers or feminine products or much in the way of toiletries or pet food. Since the national safety net programs do not recognize diapers as a basic need, there is no product or monetary subsidy for them to be provided. And these products are expensive. Diapers cost $80 to $100 per month for one child. This is the cost of a week’s worth of food for a small household that is thrifty with food purchases and doesn’t buy much in the way of soda or chips.

What are some of the consequences of no diapers for low-income families? Insufficient diapers expose infants to potential health risks. Most child care centers – even free and subsidized ones – require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers (12 diapers). So parents cannot go to work or school if they can’t leave their baby at child care.

This is a bigger drain on the economy than you might think – I was really surprised reading the fact sheets. One in 3 families struggles with diaper needs. Of these families, 57% who also rely on child care miss an average of 4 days of work/school a month because they didn’t have diapers.

So bring in those diapers and wipes (especially sizes 3 and up) and drop them in the foyer of Hadley Hall through the month of May. Questions? Call 603-329-6985.

No child wet behind!
An Amazing Day At The Food Truck Festival!!
Hampstead Eats Thank You

We did it! Hampstead Eats was a success because of the congregation’s support and volunteer efforts. It was a beautiful day, with lots of hungry people The event was attended by an estimated 1,500 people, who got a taste from our eight food trucks. There were many smiling faces, many people listening to the amazing musical performers, relaxing, and having a great time. Together, we were able to raise nearly $6,800 for the church and the New Hampshire Food Bank.  

My sincerest gratitude to Lora Manning, Barbara Wallack and Ellen McCune who were major contributors ensuring the vision of Hampstead Eats came to fruition; this event would not have happened without them. A special thank you to Rev. Kathy, Chris McCune and David Chin for their assistance before, during and after Hampstead Eats. Also, many thanks to everyone who manned the church, water and flower tables, and to all of those who just pitched in during the day. The value of your help is immeasurable.

Yours in gratitude, Roxanne McGaffigan
Be part of our Special Music this Spring and Summer
Calling all Singers & Musicians...

If you like to sing or play an instrument, please consider volunteering your talent for one or more Sunday services.

Our Spring-Summer worship services are less formal than others, and the people in our congregation especially appreciate all the music that is offered in an outdoor setting.

Contact Judy Dobson at 603-329-8321 to volunteer or to learn more.
Looking for Tech Volunteers
Do you like to work with technology?
Then we need you!
We are looking for a few more people to volunteer on Sunday mornings to livestream our services.
Currently, we have two volunteers switching livestreaming every other week. We are looking for at least two more volunteers allowing each volunteer to livestream one Sunday a month.
After 2-3 days of training, the volunteer position would be a 3-hour commitment one Sunday morning a month.
If weather permits, our Spring and Summer services will be held outside.
If you are interested, please contact the church office @ 603-329-6985.
Only 3 More Weeks Until Our Next Big Event!
The Strawberry Festival will be held outside on Saturday, June 5th with safety protocols in place. Crafters have responded enthusiastically and slots are just about sold out!

We need your help. As in previous years we will have a raffle table, bake table, and a plant table.
  • Please ask local businesses you frequent to make a donation to our raffle table.
  • Make a raffle basket. Ideas: Children’s Beach Fun—Gardening—Cookout—Carwash, etc.
  • As your perennials come up, separate and pot them for the plant table.
  • Get Baking!

Sign up to volunteer here. As always, your help is needed and greatly appreciated.
Missions Opportunities:
Strengthen the Church - UCC Special Offering - Now through June1st

The funds raised through this offering support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations. By your giving, you build up the Body of Christ.

As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults.

The STC offering will be for the rest of May. You can bring a STC offering with you any Sunday or send it to the Church office. Checks can be made out to Hampstead Congregational Church with the memo line designating "UCC Strengthen the Church Special Offering".

As always, thank you for your continued generosity and support of our UCC special offerings!
·Sun Screen
·Bottled Water
·Non-Perishable Snacks including individual packages of:
·Granola Bars
·Goldfish
·Pretzels
·Fruit Snacks
·Peanut Butter or Cheese filled
Crackers
·Cookies
Food Drive
Until June 30, we will be collecting the items for the Upper Room’s summer session.

This summer, the Upper Room’s older youth will be spending time on outdoor community service projects and the younger youth will be spending time on outside activities including hikes. 

You can leave your donations in the foyer of the church any time. Please no fresh items – only shelf-stable, non-expired products.

Thank you as always for your generous donations to the Mission Team’s community needs drives! 


This month we help serve on Wednesday, May 26th. To sign up, click 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.




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 bassinet in the entry way of Hadley Hall.
Thank you for your support of this project!
Scam Emails
Emails are often sent, saying they are from Pastor Kathy or another staff member. She (or they) 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, it will always have her signature line on the bottom with her phone number/address. If in doubt, please call or send an email to pastorkathyucc@gmail.com.
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
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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