May 11th Weekly Word
Strawberry Festival
Volunteers Needed

Are you ready for some Strawberry Shortcake? Our annual Strawberry Festival is happening soon. If you can help in any way on Friday, 6/3 and/or Saturday, 6/4, it would be greatly appreciated.

Things you can do to help:

Friday: Help with Setup starting at 5PM

Saturday: Help with Games - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
Help with Bake Sale Table - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
Help with Grilling - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
Help with Raffle Table - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
Help with Serving The Shortcake - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
Help with Plant Table - multiple timeslots starting at 8:30AM
Help with Cleanup starting at 3:00PM

You can sign up here or you can contact the office at 603-329-6985 and we will help get you signed up.

Let’s make this event a huge success!

As always, thank you for your support,
Your Fundraising Team
In Memoriam

We are sad to share the news that a long-time member of HCC, Stan Lapham, passed away last Sunday, May 1.

Stanley’s Life Celebration will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022, from 4 PM to 6 PM at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Plaistow, NH. The memorial service will be held here on Saturday, May 14 starting at 11 AM. All are invited to a luncheon in Hadley Hall after the service.

The obituary can be read here on the Brookside website.

May Stan rest in peace, and may his family be comforted.
Baptism Cover
Worship This Week

Please join us in the sanctuary
or online at 10am for the
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Celebration of Baptism

Note that the positivity rate for Covid is again high in our county (over 10%). Please consider following Covid protocols until this latest wave subsides.

Please join us for coffee hour after the service.

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

 artwork: Child of the Universe © Mary Southard
Hampstead Eats - The Food Truck Festival was a tremendous success! A Great Day, Great Food, Great Music!

Thank you everyone for making Hampstead Eats a successful event again this year. We raised over $5200 for the church, and a portion will be donated to the New Hampshire food bank.

The event was well attended with over 1,100 people coming to sample the nine food trucks and listen to the three musical ensembles.

I’d like to give a very special thank you to Ellen McCune, Barbara Wallack, and Lora Manning for helping this project takeoff. Also, much gratitude to Chris McCune and Dave Chin for their support and to everyone else who lent a helping hand. The Pinkerton Academy JROTC cadets played an important part in making the event a success as well.

We were lucky to have good weather to go along with the good food. One vendor commented how it was such a happy and pleasant venue to be at. What a great testament to our congregation and community!

The New Hampshire food bank collected many large boxes of food and hundreds of dollars; and here is a note from them thanking HCC.

Thanks and love to all for supporting Hampstead Eats - Roxanne McGaffigan
UCC Rockingham Association
Sunday, May 22 @2pm

We are looking for a few participants from HCC!

You are invited to attend the UCC Rockingham Association Spring Meeting on Sunday, May 22, 2022 on Zoom. Social time will begin at 1:45pm followed by the business meeting at 2pm.

At our Spring meeting we will vote on the slate of nominees. We will be filling four slots. One of the ways you can serve our larger UCC church is by helping out in our Association.

Please prayerfully consider helping serve the larger church as:
Rockingham Association Executive Committee:
  • Moderator - fill out the term that ends 2024
  • Treasurer
  • Member at Large
  • Committee on Church and Ministry member

If you are interested in attending, or interested in learning more about the meeting or positions available, please connect with Pastor Kathy. Thanks for your consideration!
Another Finals Week Care Package Received

Mackenzie Finocchiaro received the "Finals Week Care Package" and sent HCC the following thank you via email.

Hello everyone at HCC!

I received the care package you sent me for my Finals Week at Boston University! Thank you for all the goodies - especially the yummy baked goods!

It means so much that you thought of me and sent this fabulous box of goodies.

I can't believe my "final" final as a BU student is tomorrow and I will be graduating next week.

Wishing you all the best!

Mackenzie Finocchiaro

A Word from Peace & Justice

BHTNH Historic Marker Unveiling Event
Saturday, May 13 @ 11: 00 AM
Golden Brook School , Windham, NH 

Join us in Windham as the Black Heritage Trail of NH, in partnership with the Windham African American Committee, unveils a new historic marker to honor the enslaved African Americans buried in the Windham town cemetery. 

Last year, Shelley Walcott, a former WMUR News anchor, read an article in her local paper about unmarked graves of enslaved African Americans in her local cemetery. She immediately reached out to the Trail to share this information and to add the site to our statewide marker project.

Read more here
May Birthdays

Going forward we are only listing First names and last initial to minimize scamming issues with personal information being shared via electronic documents.

Happy Birthday to:

Pastor Kathy 5/01
Courtney N 5/02
Boden H 5/12
Tucker H 5/12
Marie H 5/14
Brendan L 5/15
Peter T 5/16
Conor J 5/20
Michael S 5/21
Kirsten H 5/21
Benjamin B 5/22
Starr S 5/24
Lester K 5/27
Bea R 5/27
Rick L 5/28
Jessica C 5/31

If you would like your birthday recognized, please call the office to make sure we have it in our records!
Missions Opportunities:
Food Drive to Support
Saint Anne Ecumenical Food Pantry

The New needs for the Food Pantry are:
canned ravioli (or similar)
salad dressings
cans of grated cheese
pasta sauce

Please drop off any donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall

Thank you for all your support!
Next volunteer opportunity will be on Wednesday, May 25. 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 ( 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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Scam Emails & Texts

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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
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Our Mailing Address:
61 Main Street
Hampstead, NH 03841
Church Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00am to 3:00pm
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