December 28th Weekly Word

January 1st Potluck Breakfast

& Carol Singing

In lieu of a regular worship service on New Year's Day, we will be having a potluck breakfast and carol singing held in Hadley Hall at 10am. Dress comfortably, bring a dish, and come for a festive morning of food and song!

This service won't be streamed on Facebook Live, but will be live streamed on 3CX here

Communion will be held on January 8th when we will celebrate Epiphany, the end of the Christmas Season.

Poinsettias Available

There are some beautiful poinsettias

remaining from our Christmas services.

If you would like one, please stop

by Hadley Hall and take one.

Pastor Kathy Vacation

Pastor Kathy will be out of the office starting on 12/26 and returning on 1/2.

If you have a pastoral need during the week Pastor Kathy is out of the office, please contact the Rev. Linda Lea Snyder, ph. 203-927-5387.

Emerson Village Crafters Donate 15 Blankets to

Project Linus

A very special thank you to Marcia Kneeland and the incredibly talented ladies from Emerson Village for donating blankets to Project Linus!

HCC Missions Team collects blankets of all types and sizes to pass on to this great ministry.

Project Linus' 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.

Prayer Shawls & Baptismal Blankets Needed

Calling crocheters and knitters!

We are in need of some more hand made prayer shawls and baptism blankets. These are given out when people are in need of our care, and when a child is baptized at HCC.

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!

Capital Campaign Update

The Capital Campaign has received an additional $10k in donations and pledges since September, bringing our total to date to $130k or 37% towards our goal of $350k. 

The team is currently preparing an outreach campaign targeting the wider community including local businesses which is planned to start after the first of the year. 

The steeple repair planned for this year has been delayed until next year as our chosen contractor was not able to perform the repairs we had hoped.  

It is our hope that we can encourage additional pledges and/or additional donations over the next two years. Your Capital Campaign Team also encourages anyone to consider donations before the end of this year that might provide potential tax savings. If interested, you have a few weeks before December 31 to contact your tax or financial advisor.

A Successful Christmas Parade Warming Station

On December 11th HCC opened its doors to the public as a place to park, stay warm, and keep children entertained prior to the town Christmas Parade. 

Thanks to the hard work of Anna Salvo, children and adults alike were treated to a hot cocoa station, face painting, prizes, and crafts. Over 50 people attended and were delighted with our hospitality and thoughtfulness. 

Special thanks to Anna Salvo for spearheading the event and to Kari Allard for her help before, during, and after the event.  

Upper Room Devotional

We have 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.

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

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire is hosting another year of the Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks on Sunday afternoons at the Portsmouth Library.

They will be held in person and virtual from 2 - 3:30 from February 5 through March 12. This would be a great time for carpooling for a lunch and the presentation. For information and topics click here.

The Music Corner by Herb Tardiff

George Frederick Handel’s “Messiah”, a timeless masterpiece, was written in 1741 using a libretto by Charles Jennens. Up to this point, Handel had written several oratorios based on larger- than-life Old Testament characters. 

As with many other composers, Handel was nearly broke and was looking for a way to improve his situation. On August 22, 1741, Handel set out to complete this massive work and finished it in 23 days, which is an astonishing feat. On March 27, 1742, the first performance was announced to be held in Dublin. (Believe it or not, this date is also my birthday, though not the year!!!). The first performance was a big success and most of the revenue went to charitable causes. 

January Birthdays

Wishing a very happy birthday to:

Lee C. 01/03 

Tommy M. 01/04 

Matthew K. 01/07 

Dale C. 01/10 

Nancy M. 01/12 

Brendan M. 01/20

Missions Opportunities:

Food Drive to Support

Saint Anne Ecumenical Food Pantry

Holiday Needs

 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

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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