June 9th Weekly Word
Worship Service This Week

Please join us in the sanctuary or online for our celebration of Communion Sunday.

Please bring a piece of bread/cracker and water/juice for Communion.

We ask that those attending wear masks and social distance as is recommended.

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.
Bible Study Is Meeting Weekly
All Are Invited!

Right now we are studying the parables of Jesus. This study will take readers back in time to understand how the original Jewish audience heard the stories.

We meet every Thursday at 10 am at Jeanne Stalker 's home.

For more information, or to get the address to attend, contact Linda Tilden at latdet50@comcast.net or call 978-973-7681.
Sunday, June 20th (Father’s Day)

Please join us right after service for an Ice Cream Social. The Missions Team will be serving Ice Cream Sundaes with all the "fixins" outside of Hadley Hall.

Donations will benefit Isaiah 58 NH.
An Update from Pastor Kathy (Summer 2021 Plans)
I will be out of the office for a continuing education week from Monday, June 14-Sunday, June 20. Rev. Linda Snyder will be providing pastoral coverage (ph. 203-927-5387).

Recently it has become clear to me that in order to stay healthy and have the time and space I need to grieve the loss of my mother, I need an extended time of leave from professional responsibilities. I will be taking five weeks of extended leave beginning on June 28 and ending August 1.

It is a blessing to have the support of the HCC leadership team (MO) as well as the Association's Committee on Church and Ministry. I look forward to returning well-rested and ready to continue the strong ministry that is Hampstead Congregational Church.

In addition, I will be traveling to Wisconsin in late August for my mother's memorial service.

I appreciate your care and concern, and I am so grateful to be a part of this congregation.
Steeple Lighting

The Steeple will be lit by The Finocchiaro Family from June 7th – June 13th.

The lighting recognizes the Hampstead students from Pinkerton Academy's class of 2021. The members of the graduating class of 2021 are Super Heroes for making it through the hardest Senior year that any PA Senior class has ever experienced.

Congratulations PA Class of 2021!

The Finocchiaros are so proud of their daughter Madison and her Hampstead graduating friends: Vera Backman, Ella Burroughs, Skyler Gacek, Arica Hassler & Madison Henry.
UCC General Synod -
July 11th-18th

The national gathering of the UCC is happening this summer, and for the first time ever it is virtual--so all are invited to attend!

General Synod is a marvelous and interesting event that brings thousands of people together from churches all around the country.
We have scholarships for anyone interested--
Once you register you have access to all aspects of General Synod, including worship, optional events, business, over 50 workshops, exhibit hall, keynote speakers and much more. Please contact Pastor Kathy for more info.

To learn more about this year's online event click here
Recognition of the Graduates

On Sunday, June 6th, we recognized the following 2020 and 2021 graduates.

Middle School: Tommy Manning and Alan Moyer (2020), Noelle West and Caroline McGaffigan

High School: Seneca Moyer (2020), Eric Kuhl, Abby Jowett, Sarah Manning, Emily McGaffigan, and Madison Finocchiaro

College: Matthew Kostandin

Congratulations graduates!
Strawberry Festival -- 50th Anniversary -- Successful!!!

Can you believe this was our Strawberry Festival's 50th anniversary? And once again, due to everyone’s support, our annual Strawberry Festival was a tremendous success.

Throughout the day, there was a steady flow of people enjoying this, now greatly anticipated, annual community event.

Thanks to all who volunteered to make the day go so well. Whether you were part of the setup/cleanup, you baked some delicious goodies, you donated a raffle item, or you assisted at different stations during the day, it was all greatly appreciated.

A special thank you to Julian Malcolm who organized our used books and setup a book sale table!

Appreciating your continued support—The Fundraising Team
Loaner's Closet for Durable Medical Equipment

Community Caregivers, located at 6 West Broadway Unit #6 in Derry, operates the Loaner’s Closet for Durable Medical Equipment

Used durable medical equipment is available for loan at no charge for as long as needed for Individuals and/or service providers

Loaner's Closet is looking for the following items and would put these items to good use:

Common Items Requested: (*denotes most requested items)
Bath seats*, bed assist rails*, blood pressure kits, canes, commodes, gait belts, grabbers, hearing aides, knee scooters*, manual wheelchairs*, raised toilet seats, rollators*, sock aids, transfer benches*, transport wheelchairs*, versa frames, and bariatric equipment* of all types.

Consumable Items Requested:
 Adult diapers, pull ups, under pads, Hearing Aide batteries, rubber gloves and supplemental drinks.

Items currently NOT NEEDED due to an abundance:
Crutches, Walking Boots, and Standard Wheel Walkers

For more information and up-to-date equipment needs, visit the Loaner's Closet page here
A Word from Peace & Justice

Food Insecurity in New Hampshire. We mention this term a lot, but what is food insecurity in terms of policy discussions? From the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI) “food insecurity is a measure that estimates the number of households experiencing a lack of food due to insufficient money or other resources over time.” They also note that it correlates, or tracks, with overall economic conditions. Also families who are most at risk of losing income during economic declines are most likely to suffer food insecurity.

This condition would be bad enough if it had only temporary and narrow effects that would go away with food support from pantries and soup kitchens and with securing a job. But the effects do not end with a new job. The NHFPI states that “Food insecurity has profound negative effects on children and adults alike, and compounds hardship for individuals and families.”

The report shares that high rates of food insecurity remained in New Hampshire after the 2007-2009 recession even as it declined nationwide. They cited limited income growth for low-wage workers. More recent data showed that this was changing just before the COVID-19 shutdowns. But again, the low-wage workers were impacted the most with closures. The report goes in great detail about levels of food insecurity by geographic areas, over time, job growth areas, and poverty and unemployment rates.

The negative effects of food insecurity are physical and psychological. Those who experience food insecurity are more likely to have poorer overall health. Children are more likely to experience developmental impairments, perform poorly in school, and have a higher rate of behavior and social problems. Research of long-term effects of childhood food insecurity is showing that they tend to have a lower quality of life as adults compared to those who did not suffer food insecurity as a child.

We are called to witness the hardship of these families and advocate for policies that help them avoid food insecurity. The report concludes with this statement: “Providing aid to vulnerable populations most impacted by economic downturns is key to mitigating financial hardships and stimulating the economy. As the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis continue to effect Granite Staters, relevant policies and support programs for the people most effected, and for those with the fewest resources, will be central in helping ensure all individuals and families are able to access food and for mitigating food insecurity during and after the COVID-19 crisis.”

You can read the full report here

Notes from the Music Director . . .
Sharing some interesting stories and facts with you about famous composers.
Ludwig van Beethoven
The Eroica
(aka the controversy
that almost was)

Even though Beethoven’s third is a disruptive work in that no symphony composed prior to it had such complexity and contrasting tones, its controversy stems from the fact that it was originally titled “the Bonaparte”. Beethoven
had envisioned the work as a tribute to a heroic ruler who would inspire Europe to become a humanist, libertarian and egalitarian society.

We clearly see that the huge first movement musically narrates the “hero’s” struggle, while the second slow movement–actually a funeral march–deals with his death mourned in grand, public style. The Scherzo and the finale celebrate the hero’s legacy. When Beethoven got word from Ferdinand Ries that Napoleon had proclaimed himself Emperor, he reportedly defaced the dedication. Just imagine the heap of analytical studies had Beethoven maintained the original dedication.
Missions Opportunities:
·Sun Screen
·Bottled Water
·Non-Perishable Snacks including individual packages of:
·Granola Bars
·Fruit Snacks
·Peanut Butter or Cheese filled
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, June 23rd. 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.
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