January 26th Weekly Word
2021 Year End Statements

On Monday, 1/24 we sent out the 2021 Year End Donation Statements. Where we had an email address, we emailed your statement. If we didn't have an email address, we USPS mailed your statement.

If you didn't get your statement, please contact the office and we will work on getting your copy to you.
Update From Fall Clothing Drive

As you may remember, the Fundraising and Missions Teams joined together to host a Clothing Drive Fundraiser last fall to support the Epilepsy Foundation New England (EFNE) and also raise funds for our church.

The totals are in, and we donated a total of 3,412 pounds of clothing! The church will be receiving a check for $511. The EFNE also will receive monies from this successful drive; clothing drives like ours account for half of EFNE's budget.

Barbara Wallack worked diligently each week weighing and storing all the donated items as well as working closely with the EFNE.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a success!
Looking for Information

We are updating our database and are asking for special dates in your lives that we can honor and remember. We would appreciate knowing any of the following:

A Birthday
A Wedding Anniversary
A Life Event

Also, if you have not done so, please let us know of an emergency contact in case there is a situation in which we cannot reach you.

Please contact the church office and we will update our system with your information. Thanks!
Valentine's Basket for Parkland

The Discipleship team will be delivering a Valentine's Day basket to Parkland hospital for the nursing staff caring for COVID-19 patients. They have done so much for so long--this is a wonderful way we can show our love and support!

We are in need of cards with a personal message for the staff as a whole (we are not giving cards to individuals as we have done for other drives) as well as individually wrapped Valentine's candy.

We are also accepting monetary donations that will go towards giving each of them a small gift card. Please earmark donations for "Valentine's basket for Parkland."

Please have all donations in by Thursday, February 10th. There is a basket setup in the entrance to Hadley Hall.

Thank you for your generosity!
Foyer Artwork

Our administrator, Suzanne Finocchiaro regularly updates the foyer with season relevant art for all those entering to enjoy.

This past week she created this framed piece with 12 different layers of paper. When it is backlit, the light shines through the windows of the church and the steeple and the snow "glistens".

She created this piece as it reminded her so much of how our own HCC steeple looks at night.
Worship This Week

Please join us in the sanctuary
or online at 10am for
the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

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.
Light the Steeple!

Have you ever lit the steeple in honor of someone? This gesture has become a wonderful ministry to our church and our wider community. It's becoming very popular!

We have updated the request form to align with some of the changes we have made with the lighting process. Please consider lighting the steeple for someone, and spread the word that the whole community is invited to honor folks this way.

You can access the updated form here.
UCC Special Offering
Now - January 31st
The Veterans of the Cross
“Good news. . . Great joy. . . All the people!” Luke 2:10

This offering cares for active and retired clergy and lay employees of the UCC by providing emergency grants and other help to those struggling.

Due to the pandemic, the emergency financial needs of many who serve the church have increased dramatically, and our support is welcome.

Watch the video above for more information.

HCC will be receiving donations for The Veterans of the Cross now through January 31st.

Please send or drop off donations and earmark them for "The Veterans of the Cross."

Thank you, as always, for your generosity for these important mission opportunities.
Save the Date

Our 269th Annual Meeting will be held online on February 20, 2022, following worship. Worship on February 20th will be online only.

Please plan to attend this special event online. Stay tuned for the annual report and more information.

A Word from Peace and Justice

Along with all of the other concerns during this pandemic time, we have seen a rise in overdose deaths across the country. The American Medical Association report concludes that the COVID pandemic has made the crisis worse and that every state has seen a spike in overdoses. With that in mind the UCC encourages churches to respond to this rise in US overdose deaths. Because local churches can play important roles in this effort the Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention Ministries is inviting people to a webinar on February 2 at 6pm:

A “UCC Substance Use and Overdose Town Hall,” Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. ET. Interested people can email Poellot to receive updates or watch the “Events” page at ucc.org for a registration link to be posted.

Erica Poellot who coordinates the ministry said of the webinar that its core message is “People who use drugs are beloved by God.” She also points out that with the current sharp increase the time for action is urgent. The ministry cites this report: “A recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics showed that, for the first time, drug overdose deaths topped 100,000 in a year.”

She further mentions the issues surrounding this rise. The unregulated supply of cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin that are now often cut with fentanyl is clearly a big problem. But also is the way drug use is talked about and punished. Focusing on crime makes it harder for folks to be safe and to get the support and care they need. This focus leads “to increased marginalization and isolation, and to violence, entrenched poverty, and trauma.”

Stigma, she said, “is the core driver of harm for people who use drugs and their loved ones and communities.” And that is where the church and other compassionate allies can help. Poellot then cited five examples of work being done by local churches, one of them in Orono, Maine. Churches can also push for good local laws, by advocating for “non-coercive, evidence-based treatment.” For other ideas:
  • Contact her “to help you develop an overdose response plan for your congregation and obtain naloxone.”
  • Use “Spirit of Harm Reduction: A Toolkit for Communities of Faith Confronting Overdose” with a church discussion group.
  • “Challenge the stigmatization of substance use by using stigma-free language to talk about the issue.”
  • “Hold a harm reduction supply drive for a local harm reduction organization.”
  • “Hold a conversation series or listening session on overdose and substance use in your congregation or community.”
  • “Hold an awareness event and service of remembrance on International Overdose Awareness Day” next August.
  • “Preach and teach on the stigma of substance use.”
  • “Post local harm reduction, mutual aid, and other evidence-based treatment resources in your church.”
  • “Donate to UCC Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention Ministries.”

In conclusion she said that local churches have spiritual tools for the work. “It is about working to examine and revision the language we use to talk about people who use drugs, understanding the power of naming to harm or to heal.”

The challenge is “to examine the many ways we have institutionalized the othering and dehumanizing of people who use drugs, and being willing to co-create new ones in partnership with people,” she said. “And most importantly it is about tearing down barriers to connection, and returning people to community, understanding that community is where the healing, the magic, the life-giving happens.”

Click here for the entire article from UCC News.

Your Peace & Justice Team

Our Conference is again offering some highly valuable workshops for us. These will be held online from February 8 - 17.
Here are the workshops offered:

Coping with Pandemic Losses  
Developing Healthy Pastoral Relations Committees 
Copyright Compliance for Local Churches 
The Shared Pastorate: An Historical Model for Modern Times 
Open and Affirming – What’s In a Name? 
Becoming a Racial Justice Church 
Mental Health & The Local Church 
Inside Out: Ministry to Those Who Won’t Come to Church Rebuilding Connection and Community in Your Youth Ministry 
Becoming a Creation Justice Church 
Welcoming Our Afghan Neighbors Ten Tips for Hybrid Church 

Click here for the event brochure to learn more about the workshops.

Stay up-to-date on this event by visiting:

If you have further questions, please speak with Pastor Kathy
Food Drive to Support
Saint Anne Ecumenical Food Pantry

For the next couple of months, we are going to focus on the needs of St. Anne’s Food Pantry. 

The current needs are:
salad dressings
cans of coffee
containers of grated cheese

Please drop off any donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall

Thank you for all your support!
Bible Study

Bible Study continues on Fridays 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. 

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.
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
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!
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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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