August 18th Weekly Word
Worship Service This Week

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

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

We hope you will join us in person or online.

Also, we are looking for people to read scripture each week. If you are interested, contact the office.
Pastor Kathy's Installation

Pastor Kathy will (finally!) be officially installed as Pastor and Teacher of Hampstead Congregational Church on Sunday, September 26th, at 2:30pm. Mark your calendars to join us for this special and joyous event!
Can you help with shoveling this winter?

Even though it is hot and sunny right now, winter will come. We are looking for someone to shovel this winter for a person in need in Emerson Village. The person is alone and not mobile enough to be able to shovel.

If you can help, please contact the office at (603) 329-6985 or
Coffee Hour Continues

We are so glad that coffee hour has returned!

We are looking for volunteers to help with coffee hour prep and cleanup (and bringing in snacks). If you can help this Sunday or any following, please contact the Church Office or sign up after service.
Keeping Each Other Safe

Given the updated CDC guidance, and because we are in an area of substantial transmission, we encourage everyone to wear a mask when in worship or other gatherings at the church to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others.
A Word from Peace & Justice

Not long ago we wrote about the Fistula Foundation and their work in treating women suffering from fistula in many parts of the world. One of their hospitals is in Kabul. I received this letter via email today.
The all-female fistula surgeon team at Cure Hospital 
in Kabul, Afghanistan, operates on a fistula patient.
Fistula Foundation: Letter from the CEO

Dear Debra,
Like you, I’ve been engrossed in and troubled by the news and images coming out of Afghanistan this week. Our community has a deep tie to the country. The stakes are high for all Afghans, but I’m particularly concerned for the many vulnerable women with fistula whom we serve, with your support.

One of our longest and most enduring relationships is with Cure Hospital, in the capital city of Kabul, home to our female fistula surgery team. Our first thoughts were about how the Taliban takeover of the city and the chaos unfolding in the streets would impact the team at Cure. Many unknowns remain, but please be assured I plan to keep you updated on our partner’s safety and work in the days ahead. I am relieved and inspired to share with you news I received yesterday afternoon from Be Team International's President and CEO, Dr. Rick Manning, the longtime medical director at Cure Hospital:
It has been a chaotic week in Afghanistan. However, despite the chaos, our hospital has suffered no damage. While neighboring institutions and hospitals were evacuating their premises, our staff remained in place and continued working. Thus, our hospital remained untouched during the 10 hours of anarchy, when no one was in control and during which looters and rioters plundered many facilities. Our security team worked the front gate as per normal protocols. We admitted one person at a time and treated patients according to our protocol, including one Taliban soldier with a head injury.

Cure Hospital was one of our first partners in 2009, when we launched our global mission to be a force against fistula. Cure was initially founded by an American team. However, from the beginning, they’ve been building medical capacity with Afghan doctors and nurses. Indeed, for the last several years, the hospital has been staffed entirely by Afghans. This includes the fistula surgery team, comprised of women.

I’ll leave you with more of Rick’s inspiring words:
Instead of staying hidden in their homes… [the hospital senior management team] went to the hospital and rallied the staff. Together, they took actions that prevented the hospital from suffering any damage and may allow it to continue functioning within the new government.

Now, the city is filled with many desperate and displaced people. We have an opportunity before us. Laboring women will need a safe place to deliver babies. Some of those babies will need our neonatal intensive care unit. Some of those displaced people have clefts deformities. Some have obstetric fistulas. Others have different medical problems for which we are uniquely qualified to treat. We will continue thinking creatively about how we can assist and enable our heroic Afghans to meet these new challenges.
While the initial reports from Kabul are somewhat reassuring, the situation is clearly dynamic. We are hopeful that the new government will see that Cure Hospital is a true asset for Afghan citizens and will allow the fistula surgery team to remain in their posts. Time will tell if this hope becomes a reality.

With gratitude for your support,
Kate Grant
CEO, Fistula Foundation
Thank you from Caroline & Emily McGaffigan
McGaffigan Thank You
Would you like some fresh produce? Is your garden producing crops you can share?

If you’d like some fresh produce, feel free to stop by the foyer of Hadley Hall! Pastor Kathy left some beautiful tomatoes for anyone who can use them.

If you'd like to make a donation, all proceeds go to RIP Medical Debt. Donations can be placed in the basket (on Sunday mornings) or in the lockbox in the foyer.

 If you have extra crops from your garden you would like to share with other church members and help an amazing cause, please bring them to Hadley Hall when you come for Sunday Service, or drop them off in the foyer. Thanks!
Two New Pollinator Gardens
In Front of the Sanctuary
Alan Moyer planting new plants
Dave Chin putting bark mulch and stones down
The beautiful results
Some dead hemlocks were removed and two new pollinator garden areas were planted on both sides of the church entrance. Thank you to Ellen & Chris McCune for funding the planting. Thanks to Alan Moyer, Kari Allard, Ellen & Chris McCune and Dave Chin for all the hard work to make this area look so amazing!
Pastor Kathy's August Plans

Pastor Kathy will be out of the office this week through August 29th. She will be traveling to Wisconsin to celebrate her mom's memorial service. Rev. Linda Lea Snyder will be providing pastoral coverage (ph. 203-927-5387).
Help Us with Faith Formation

Do you want to help children, youth and adults grow in faith, or maybe you'd like to organize community outreach activities? Would you like to see Sunday School at our church continue? Our Discipleship Team needs several people with these interests to keep our faith formation going at HCC. Please let Pastor Kathy know if you are interested in learning more.
Update on Olivia Nolan

In February we shared that Olivia Nolan had joined the US Marine Corps and had just completed her first week of Boot Camp.

Becky & Doug wanted to let everyone know that last month they all went out to 29 Palms in California to visit Olivia at her training base. They were so happy to see her, since they couldn’t see her at her graduation from boot camp at Paris Island.

Olivia will be shipping out to Okinawa Japan on the 23rd of August for 3 years. She was able to get three weeks leave. Olivia is home now; they've been visiting and doing things as a family again.
The family is looking forward to seeing everyone in person while she is home and they thank everyone at church for thinking of and praying for Olivia.

Olivia was grateful for all the letters of support she received from everyone at boot camp. They lifted her spirits and helped her get thru a tough 3 months!

We will try to get Olivia's mailing address in Japan once she gets settled.

Still Amazing Hydrangea Blooms!

These huge hydrangea blooms are still looking as beautiful as the day that Judy Dobson brought them from her Hampstead home.

They are in Hadley Hall for all to enjoy.
Notes from the Music Director . . .
Sharing some interesting stories and facts with you about hymns
The Story Behind What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Joseph Scriven was born in Ireland in 1820. He was educated at Trinity College in Dublin and was engage to be married. The evening before their wedding, Scriven's fiancé drowned. This tragedy coupled with difficult family relationships, caused Joseph to begin following the practices and teaches of the Plymouth Brethren.

Shortly after moving to Canada to become a teacher, Scriven became engaged to Eliza Roche. Tragedy struck again and Eliza passed away from illness shortly before marriage.
Joseph used the tragedies and hardships in life to empathize with the elderly and poor.

Scriven used his time to saw wood for the stoves of those who were handicapped or elderly.
Joseph wrote his famous hymn in 1855 to comfort his mother who still lived in Ireland. He did not seek to be noticed for it, and his authorship was only discovered by accident shortly before his death.

Scriven himself began to experience poor health, financial struggles and depression during his last years of life. To this day, no one knows for sure if Joseph Scriven's death was accident or suicide. He was in a serious depression at the time. A friend reported, "We left him about midnight. I withdrew to an adjoining room, not to sleep, but to watch and wait. You may imagine my surprise and dismay when on visiting the room I found it empty. All attempts to search failed to find a trace of the missing man, until a little after noon the body was discovered in the water nearby, lifeless and cold in death."
Rides Needed To Sunday Services

Lydia Fagan and Erin McCune have offered to provide some of the rides for some HCC members that wish to come to Church services but are no longer driving. We could use others to be backup drivers.

Consider putting on your 'Taxi Cap' and driving a member or two. Be it for one Sunday or more! It will be greatly appreciated.

Please reach out to our office at 603-329-6985 or at

These members will be so happy to be able to come to a service. Thank you.
Office Hours for the Summer
Now thru August 27th, the Church Office will be open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-12 Noon.

Upper Room Devotional

We have copies of the September/October Upper Room devotional available in the foyer to Hadley Hall. If you need a copy mailed to you, please contact the main office.
Missions Opportunities:
Current Food Pantry Needs:

  • boxed crackers
  • individually wrapped crackers
  • cereal
  • pancake mix and syrup
  • salad dressings
  • boxed pasta salad mixes
  • granola bars
  • barbecue sauce
Food Drive to Support
Saint Anne Ecumenical Food Pantry
Thank you ALL for your generous donations to our continuous drives!! 

For July and August, we are going to focus on the needs of St. Anne’s Food Pantry. 
Thank you again for all your support!

Please drop off any donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall

Next month we help serve on Wednesday, August 25th. You can sign up 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 ( 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!
Connect on Facebook
Are you on Facebook? Do you follow Hampstead Congregational Church? Please like our page to know about all the great events in the church. Liking also supports our church when people check us out. If you are already connected, share our good news!

Rev. Kathy also has a page for all who are interested to follow.

We are now on Instagram!
If you are on Instagram, please follow us, and let your friends know about us by sharing our posts! Click this link
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
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 ( 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

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