March 8th Weekly Word

Welcoming Our Newest Members

This Sunday, March 12th, we will be celebrating and welcoming

four new members into our faith community!

Please plan to join in this uplifting worship service and special reception afterwards!

Lynn & Paul D'Adamo

Paul & Lynn moved to Hampstead, NH from North Attleboro, MA in February 2020.

Paul and Lynn have been married since 1986 and have two children, Elise (and husband Aaron) in Bedford, NH and Alan in Nashville, TN. They are the proud grandparents of Lydia and Emily, children of Elise and Aaron.

Paul & Lynn were members of the Four Corners Community Chapel (Congregational Church) in Cumberland, RI for over 30 years, serving on several Boards and Committees including Stewardship, Missions, Deacons, Church Communications, and Church Council. 

We look forward to participating in all aspects of Hampstead Congregational Church and the Hampstead community. 

Janet Kliska

I'm originally from Methuen, MA. I have one sister Kathryn who lives in Pelham.

Don and I have been married for 52 years and have 3 sons, 4 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

I worked for our family business from the time I was 15 to when I retired at 62.

I have been a Methodist all my life and the last 35 years or so have regularly attended two UCC churches.

We have lived in Hampsted for 5+ years.

Don and I have enjoyed many years of traveling, including boating and RVing. We also both enjoy

golf and day trips around New England.

Judy Ross

Judy lives in Hampstead with her dog, Teddy. She has two sons, one daughter and three grandchildren.

Several years ago she attended Hampstead Congregational with her friend, Juanita, who most of you know.

She looks forward to Pastor Kathy's Sunday sermons, as they are relevant and uplifting in difficult times.

Members of the congregation are most welcoming and dedicated to supporting the church. Judy is happy to become a member of Hampstead Congregational.

Worship This Week

Please join us in Hadley Hall

at 10am on Sunday for the

Third Sunday of Lent

New Member Sunday

Please join us for a special reception for our new members 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: "Runaway Galaxy" © Mary Southard Used with permission.

Farewell to Jane Conradsen

Jane is moving on to the next stage of her life. Last Sunday was her final service at HCC. We appreciate all her ministry with and to us these past 20+ years. She will be greatly missed.

As of 4/1/23, her new address will be: 7 Fox Run Lane, #22, West Lebanon, NH 03784. Her phone number will remain the same.

Good luck and Godspeed, Jane!

Lenten Discussion Group

All are invited to join our Lenten discussion group. We are meeting on Thursday mornings in the Davis Room (upstairs from the sanctuary) at 10:00am. Even if you can only make it for one or two sessions, please stop by!

The booklet "Living Well Through Lent 2023" will guide our discussions on how to live compassionately. We still have a few copies left in the foyer.

No prior experience in groups is needed. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Pastor Kathy.

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.

Please come and support NuDay Syria.

Missions could use your help making brownies.

Contact the office if you can provide some for the event.

A Word from Peace and Justice

RIP Medical Debt released their 2022 Annual Report and the difference they are making in family's lives is amazing. In 2022 they received $42 million to relieve $1,771,663,816 in medical debt for 1,872,998 families. You can read more details about RIP's donation sources and distribution of debt relief in the Report linked above.


To see more about how they work and their mission or to share with friends go to their website.

The BHTNH Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks:

The last Tea Talk for this year will be this coming Sunday. They are held live in person or virtually. Recordings of earlier talks in this series are also available. The full calendar of presentations with descriptions and registration information along with links to watch previous talks is here.

Music Corner by Herb Tardiff

George Frideric Handel: 

Born in Halle, Germany, in 1685, George Frideric Handel was among the greatest composers of the Baroque era. Handel’s operas, organ concertos, oratorios, and anthems made him famous with his crowning achievement the “Messiah”.

Handel moved to Great Britain as a young man and eventually became a British citizen.

Here are some interesting facts:

1. George’s father did not approve of his music affinity and his mother snuck a harpsichord in the attic for him to practice.

2. He started playing at the age of 5 and composed his first work at the age of 9. He also studied the harpsichord, organ, violin and oboe.

3. Handel almost died from a duel with a fellow musician over a dispute about who was going to conduct a performance. A large button on Handel’s coat kept the sword from penetrating his body.

4. Although he lived to be 74 years old, Handel was plagued by health issues throughout his life. `At the age of 52, Handel suffered a stroke. Many considered his quick recovery a miracle because they didn’t expect him to perform again. He also suffered from cataracts and was blinded during a botched surgery to remove them in 1751 today.

March Birthdays

Tom M. 03/13 

Chloe S. 03/19 

Chris M. 03/23 

Dave C. 02/12 

Tom S. 03/25 

Al L. 03/26 

Herb T. 03/27

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

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.

3/7/2023 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!

To sign up for the next volunteer opportunity click here. If you are interested in volunteering contact Jane DeRosa via email at

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 ( 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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