The holidays are over. When will we see our loved ones again? Our “snowbird" friends are in Florida. Because of climate change, there is lots of cold rain and ice but very little snow. Our woods and lawns are brown and sere.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how to be fully alive in this seemingly dead time of year.
I encourage all of us to be in worship as often as possible to absorb the warmth of God’s Spirit and of our amazing, vibrant, supportive community. I encourage us to exercise as much as possible, even if that means walking in the cold rain. I encourage us to read something new and stimulating. I suggest listening to uplifting music or making music (if you are a singer or instrumentalist). Have you ever tried drawing or painting? What about dancing lessons? I challenge you and myself to reach out to those with whom we have lost touch. Reunions bring true joy.
Even in the deep midwinter, the light of God is real and can brings us to life.
MESSAGE FROM THE MODERATOR
In reflecting on 2023, I think we can safely say that Hingham Congregational Church had a very good year. We had so many successes related to our 175 Jubilee, and other positive events as well. Most recently in December, we can report on a highly successful tree sale and 3 beautiful Christmas Eve Services. Thank you to all who led these efforts.
But it’s time to turn the page to 2024 . The best way to maintain our momentum is to stay focused on our hopes and dreams for the future and to continue to be involved in the mission of the church. And one way you can do that is to participate in the governance of the church. It is the tradition of a congregational church that the members of the congregation are the governing body. HCC is no different. This means we need members to attend our annual January Finance meeting after church on Sunday, January 21st. At this meeting a quorum of church membership is required to review the financial health of the church, hear reports from our Endowment and Memorial committee and the finance committee, and to vote on the church budget for 2024. The Financial team and the Executive Council have been working hard to prepare for this meeting. We have an active membership and we know you care about the health of our church, so we hope to see you there.
Your voice and vote is extremely important. Please mark your calendars and be part of the Congregational process. If you cannot attend in person, you may attend by Zoom.
MUSIC WITH CHILDREN
Singing with HCC’s children will continue throughout February. Some Sundays this will take place during the Church School hour, and some after church with Mrs. England & Mr. B. on the third floor. The hope is to share our young voices with the congregation in worship whenever possible. We encourage your children to join us as often as possible, as we believe that singing is an important expression of our Christian faith.
Thank you for your continued support of our Faith Formation programming.
Director of Faith Formation HCC UCC
The Consignment Center Leaps into February
The shortest month gains another day this year, and we have events and provisions to fill them all.
Wacky Wednesday pops up again February 7 to give you with a deep discount (50% off) in a yet undetermined area. Stop in for a surprise bargain! Plan now for Valentine’s Day; this is the place to find one-of-a-kind gifts for
Special friends and family members who make your life better in one-of-a-kind ways. We will be open during the upcoming School Vacation Week. Envision a Staycation Field Trip to discover craft materials, games, puzzles along with boots, cocoa mugs and crockpots.
Our annual winter clearance begins on Tuesday, February 27. Consignors who do not want their items to be included in the sales must pick up their propertiesby Thursday, February 22. All merchandise will be sold at Half-Price on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 27-28; further reductions are taken during Dollar Days on Thursday, February 29 and Saturday, March 2. The Center will be closed for the week of March 3-9 to allow for charity distributions, cleaning, and preparing new inventory for the spring season that will begin on Tuesday, March 12.
An urgent appeal: Help UCC give humanitarian aid to people amid war in Gaza, Palestine and Israel: Please see the article on ucc.orgThe UCC church is asking that we advocate for a cease fire, access for humanitarian assistance, and for the core issues to be addressed. At the same time, we invite your financial support to undergird the work of our partners with whom we have had a long-standing relationship. Your gifts will make an impact and a difference on those who are suffering so greatly during these days of lamentation and suffering. The two actions go hand-in-hand. Thank you for your generosity.
Pine Street Inn: Two volunteers are needed to help serve a meal at the Pine Street Inn on March 18th. For more information about serving the evening meal at Pine Street Inn, contact Ruth Whitner by email at email@example.com or by phone or text at 339-613-7247.
GREEN TIP FOR THE MONTH:
HOW ABOUT A “GREEN" SUPER BOWL PARTY?
If you are hosting or planning to attend a Super Bowl party on Feb. 11 (yes, we know the Patriots are kindly allowing other teams to play this year!), how about trying to make the party as “green” as possible. With a little extra thought and preparation, perhaps we can be just a bit kinder to our Mother by reducing the number of single-use utensils and other party-ware which will just be trashed. Just a thought! Our Mother will thank you.
“USE WISELY...” HELPUS CARE FOR OUR FRAGILE ENVIRONMENT BY REDUCING WASTE.
REDUCE - REFUSE - REUSE - - REPAIR - RECYCLE
- ROT (COMPOST)
Please celebrate your valentine(s) by joining the Company of Broadway Favorites for Charity as they present this year’s revue on Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary at Hingham Congregational Church, 378 Main St. It will be a fabulous evening of solo and ensemble performances from cherished Broadway shows such as Cabaret, Kinky Boots, Jekyll & Hyde, Gypsy, Hairspray, Little Women and many more. You won’t want to miss it!
2024 will be the 15th year! of sharing our voices with the South Shore community to raise much-needed funds for Horizons for Homeless Children, a Boston area based social service organization whose mission is to “preserve the power of childhood” through their meaningful support services to marginalized children and families. Tickets may be purchased by visiting Broadwayfavoritesforcharity.ludus.com or calling Sally Davenport, the concert underwriter, at 781-749-7826. Basic tickets are $35 or, for $50 you receive admission for one and provide an additional direct donation of $15 to Horizons for Homeless Children.
Plan a fun night out. Reserve your tickets right now!
We are respectfully requesting that faith pledges be submitted as early as possible. Go to www.hccucc.com/pledge-card/ or click on this QR code to make your faith pledge today.