June 29th Weekly Word
Worship This Week

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

Note that the positivity rate for Covid is still higher in our county than we would like it to be. Please consider following Covid protocols until this latest wave subsides. Coffee Hour will continue at smaller tables instead of the long tables.

Please join us for coffee hour after the service.

The service will be live streamed through Facebook Live here or on 3CX here.

July's Communion Sunday will be July 10th due to Pastor Kathy being on vacation July 3rd.

artwork: Metamorphosis © Mary Southard
Special Visitor At This Past Sunday's Service
Al and Marion Lake captured these amazing photos of a fledgling eagle that was watching our outdoor Service this past Sunday, 6/26.
Rising Electricity Costs in New Hampshire
A Note From Al Lake

If you are an Eversource customer, on August 1st your electricity costs could be going up significantly.

If you look at your current Eversource bill, you will see the current cost for electricity is broken into 2 parts. The first part is the SUPPLY cost and the second is the DELIVERY cost. It is the SUPPLY cost that will more than double on August 1, 2022.

Eversource no longer makes (generates) electricity. Eversource buys electricity on the open market and passes the cost onto its customers. In New Hampshire we have the option to purchase the electricity we use from any State approved supplier. It is easy to change the company from which we purchase electricity. Eversource still remains responsible for delivering the electricity to your house and they are still the people to contact if you have any power outages or billing issues.

Why would I want to change my electricity supplier? The BIG reason is COST. On August 1,
2022, the SUPPLY cost will go up from 10.7 Cents/Kilowatt to 22.6 Cents/Kilowatt. That is an increase of 111%. Yes, your SUPPLY costs will more than double.

WHY are supply costs going up so drastically? New England depends on natural gas to both generate electricity and heat homes and businesses, and increasing prices are driving up costs for both. Eversource buys electricity on the open market and sending the increase directly to its customers.

There is something you can do to positively impact your costs, as long as you act before August 1, 2022. The simple solution is to change the company that supplies your electricity to your house. Remember, Eversource will still be the company that gets the electricity to your house and will still be your contact if you have any problems.

Let me use my situation as an example:
My Eversource electricity bill for last month was $172.82.
The Supply portion was $80.57
The Delivery portion was $92.25.

If I use the same number of kilowatts of electricity in August and stayed with Eversource for my SUPPLIER, my supply portion of my bill would increase to $170.00 (that is the 111% increase mentioned above). The delivery portion would stay at $92.25. My total bill in August would now be $262.25!

This massive increase does not have to happen if you are willing to change your Supplier of electricity. Fortunately, I changed my supplier a long-time ago and have a fixed supplier rate for the next 30 months. Because of my supplier change, my August bill will remain at $172.82 based on using the same number of kilowatts.

The Church too has been using this alternate to Eversource for its electricity supplier for a number of years. Several members have also changed and are currently buying electricity from other suppliers.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly. I will even help you change over if you need help!

Presently, there are referral bonuses that could benefit both you and the Church.

Al Lake 603-571-3434 or see me a Church on Sunday
Hampstead Congregational Church
Recognized on 2 Facebook Pages

HCC was recognized on the New Hampshire Food Bank & the Sleep in Heavenly Peace Facebook pages for the ways we have helped their organizations. See Facebook posts below.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Many thanks to our members who volunteered for several years making blankets and layettes for Neighbors Helping Newborns (NHN). The blankets and layettes were donated to area hospitals for newborns.

Due to Covid, people could no longer meet, hospital demand for the blankets/layettes was down and with increasing costs of storage and insurance, NHN could no longer maintain a sustainable organization and unfortunately dissolved in August of 2021. You can read the story on NHN's decision to dissolve here.

NHN distributed their remaining monies to other organizations that had supported them throughout the years. HCC received $1,022. We decided to donate the entire amount to the organization Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a nonprofit that makes beds for foster children. Our donation went to the Rochester, NH chapter and they were very thankful and posted their appreciation on their Facebook page (see below).

To learn more about Sleep in Heavenly Peace check out their website here.
Congratulations To Our Additional Graduates!

The Discipleship Team would like to recognize the following additional students in honor of their achievements:

Connor Jowett graduated from UNH
Kenneth Thurston graduated from University of South Florida
Out of Office
Pastor Kathy Vacation

Pastor Kathy is on vacation now and returning on Tuesday, July 5. Rev. Jim Thomas of Atkinson Congregational Church is providing pastoral coverage during these dates.  Rev. David Yasenka will celebrate worship with HCC this Sunday, July 3.

Communion for July will be celebrated on July 10.
July Birthdays

We are continuing to only list First names and last initial to minimize scamming issues with personal information being shared via electronic documents.

Happy Birthday to:

Kenneth T 7/02
Jonathan C 7/07
Cleo H 7/09
Alanna M 7/12
Rev. Linda S. 7/16
Frank W 7/21
Ginny D 7/31

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

Office summer hours started this week and continue through Thursday, August 25th.

The office will be open from 9AM to Noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Upper Room Devotional

We have copies of the July/August Upper Room devotional available in the foyer to Hadley Hall. If you need a copy mailed to you, please contact the main office.
Bible Study New Day, New Time, & New Location

Bible study has a new day, time, and venue. Meetings are Wednesday morning at 9:30 AM.

We are now meeting at Jane Conradsen's home. If you need the address, you can contact Jane or the church office.

The group study is the gospel of John. All are invited!
A Word from Peace & Justice

For the last two summers we have held a campaign for RIP Medical Debt.

It started with a thought to give our excess garden produce for donations to put toward RIP Medical Debt. It has been a fun way to share our garden bounty for a good cause. We plan to continue again this summer.

So, starting this Sunday bring in any excess produce to share. We will have a donation basket in the foyer for you to drop off anytime, envelopes for monetary donations and bags for carrying the fresh produce home.

The non-profit organization was founded by former medical debt collectors who saw how devastating the burden of medical debt is for millions of families. It is a major cause for middle class families to fall into poverty and destroys the stability for our most vulnerable – the sick, the elderly, the poor, and veterans.

RIP identifies debt being sold by insurance companies of those in or near the poverty level and buys up that debt at a rate of about $100 to purchase $100,000 of debt. Then, RIP forgives the debt. They send a letter to each person for whom they paid off the debt. The picture above is an example of how the expression of compassion has made a difference.

For more information on RIP Medical Debt, direct donations to the organization, and more personal stories by those that have been helped, go to https://ripmedicaldebt.org
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.

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

The New needs for the Food Pantry are:

rice/rice pilaf, ketchup, mustard, Raisin Bran, Cheerios, Special K, salad dressings, coffee.

Please drop off any donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall

Thank you for all your support!
Next volunteer opportunity will be on Wednesday, July 27. 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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We are now on Instagram!
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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 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!
Our Mailing Address:
61 Main Street
Hampstead, NH 03841
Church Summer Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00am to Noon
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