SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 12th at 10 am
Worship, Sunday School, Picnic,
Games, Dunk Tank and
Consignment Center Donation Day!!!!

The Fellowship & CE Committee's invite you to join us for lunch & fun after service on Sept 12. Lunch & games are being planned to welcome you all back. We'll be keeping the patio doors open & having tables in & outdoors.

HORIZONS
September 2021
Monthly Newsletter
Hingham Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
366 Main St,
Hingham MA 02043
hccucc.com
Note from our Moderator
I am writing this note from Minnesota where we are seeing my family for the first time in nearly two years. As we were getting ready for the trip, I was deleting past electronic boarding passes from my phone and realized the last time we had set foot in my home state was January 1, 2020. While it was only 20 months ago, in some ways it seems like a completely different era. 
 
On top of the complicated emotions of “going home” to a place that is very different in light of Covid and protests for racial justice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, my heart is breaking for the people of New Orleans and the cruel irony of Hurricane Ida making landfall in Louisiana 16 years to the day that Hurricane Katrina led to the historic flooding of the city. I pray for the people there –those who evacuated to safety and, especially, those who lacked the resources to do so. I also pray for our country and for collective wisdom to take the necessary steps to protect our earth and mitigate worsening environmental catastrophe. At the same time, the revival, restoration, and rebuilding of the city after Hurricane Katrina gives me hope. The strength and resilience of the people brought the city back. Neighbor helping neighbor in the face of incredible uncertainty always inspires me. 
 
The impending arrival of autumn always lifts my spirit too. The return to a more predictable routine. The crispness in the air. The beauty in the turn of the leaves. The simplicity of hot apple cider. Even taking a moment to consider the fall brings me joy. I am also greatly looking forward to seeing many of you around HCC in the coming season and sharing a smile.
 
-John Wayne Pint
The last Sunday before we shut down March 8, 2020
A NOTE FROM CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
There are many reasons to love September; pumpkin spice, the cooler evenings, apple picking...but my favorite reason is the return of children at church! We have missed all of those faces! Miss Priscilla and I are readying the classrooms for a fun, busy year of church school. We were lucky enough to see some of those wonderful children last week at Vacation Bible School. It was truly a blessing to reconnect after such a long absence.
Rachel Scott will be joining Kim Carbonneau in the nursery this year! Two veteran baby whisperers to watch your littles until age 3!
We understand families have different comfort levels during these times and details about COVID safety for church school will be forthcoming.
Hope to see your children in the coming year!
Blessings,
Miss Jen
TWO Sunday School Teachers Needed
We are in need of a Sunday School Teacher (Paid Position) for our younger grades and our Middle School Children, beginning September 12 – Homecoming Sunday - through June 2022. If you are energetic, and love children, please speak with Jen DiMarzio.
CONFIRMATION 2021-2022
Anyone entering 8th grade, or if you missed the last confirmation class and would like to be confirmed now, please email the office (churchoffice@hccucc.com) or Rev. Pete (pastor@hccucc.com)

JOIN THE CHOIR!!
 
Senior Choir season runs from the first Thursday after Labor Day through June. We rehearse on Thursday evenings at the church and sing almost every Sunday. High School students and adults are welcome. We sing a wide variety of music from different historical periods and styles. You don’t have to be a really good singer or read music well to sing with us – that’s what rehearsals are for, as choir members help one another find their way.
We are informal and friendly, we laugh a lot, we care about each other, and we have a great time singing together. Why not pick a Thursday night and come give us a try? It would be great to have you with us.

Senior Choir Resumes, Thursday, September 9, 7:30-9:15PM rehearsal at church;
Sunday, September 12, 9AM Warm-up for the 10AM Service.
Contact David Giessow for more information: 617-686-2581 cell; David@figgypuddin.com

Out of an abundance of caution and following guidance from professional organizations and agencies (ACDA, NAfME, CDC, DESE), we will start our Fall with the following protocols:

  •            Choir members are vaccinated
  •            We will wear masks while singing
  •            We will practice physical distancing
  •            We will open windows as weather permits
  •            We will end rehearsals at 8:30
 JUNIOR CHOIR THIS FALL

I am so ready for Jr. Choir to restart, but I know we still need to be very careful, given the rising number of COVID cases in the Hingham area and because children remain unvaccinated.
So this is the plan at this point: We will delay the start of our rehearsals a few weeks to see how schools are doing. When we DO begin, we will do so following safety guidelines for children by rehearsing OUTdoors whenever possible. When rehearsing INdoors we will be a) providing as much air circulation as possible, b) distancing the singers, c) wearing masks, and d) keeping rehearsals shorter than in the past. NOT the way I would prefer to do it! But - operating with these guidelines, I would love to know who would feel comfortable with their children joining Jr. Choir this fall. Please e-mail me at jeeko@comcast.net with your thoughts, concerns, and (hopefully) interest.
Yours Hopefully, Mr. B. and Mrs. England
GIFT - Growing in Faith Bible Study - Returns
G.I.F.T. will start up again beginning on Thursday September 9th at 9:00 am. To sign up please email Rev. Pete at pastor@hccucc.com.
Prayer Time with Pastor - Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
Prayer time with Pastor has started up. All are welcome to join via zoom to share your prayers with others. Zoom links will be sent out on Wednesday afternoons.
Tuesday Night Bible Study Returns
We will begin on Tuesday, September 14th at 7:00 pm
We will be starting the year via zoom (as Covid protocols change we may add in person as well but will always have a zoom option)
We will be starting the year studying Exodus
New people are encouraged and welcomed.
For information anyone can contact either me –
Terri Fortin at terrifortin@comcast.net or 781 817-6650
Or Todd Anderson at toddkanderson78@gmail.com
GUILD Consignment Center Begins New Season!
The Consignment Center flag will unfurl on Tuesday, September 14, when doors open again for a new 2021-22 season. After closing unexpectedly last year, we are delighted to resume business and celebrate the 65th anniversary of the work that was initiated in 1956.
In order to have a sampling of merchandise ready for the public on that day, a Donation Offering will be accepted at HCC on Sunday, September 12. Baskets for small items will be on hand in the vestry, and the Consignment Center will be open downstairs after the morning service to receive larger gifts. The racks were emptied in March, 2020, so we will be glad to receive fall clothing for men, women, and children (clean, current, and in good repair) as well as jewelry and accessories, household goods, small appliances, artwork, games, puzzles, toys, and kitchenware. View www.guildconsignment.org for details about donation requirements, and also items which we cannot accept.  
 
A meeting for new and returning volunteers will be held at 10am on Thursday, September 9, when an important information session (guidelines, scheduling, updates) will be followed by cleaning and site setup. Volunteers will return on Monday, September 13, to sort, tag, and arrange donations and displays.
 
Regular business hours return each week on Tuesdays (10am-7pm), Wednesdays ( 10am-1pm), Thursdays (10am-6pm) and Saturdays (10am-1pm).
 
Please stop in to meet our staff, browse, and gain a glimpse of the GUILD’s purpose and mission throughout the decades. We hope to make this year especially enlightening, prosperous, and fun for all.
Blessing of the Animals
September 26 at 2 pm

Please bring your pet(s) to the patio at HCC for a blessing on Sunday, September 26, at 2 p.m. You can also bring a photo of your pet. We will share a song and a brief liturgy and each pet will receive a blessing. This is a cherished tradition that we are bringing back after missing it last year. Please join us!
Outreach News
A big thank you to everyone who helped with the backpack
drive! 
This was a successful partnership with Staples, and HCC filled 53 backpacks as well as cash donations for seven more.
 Interfaith Social Services was very grateful!

Hi Kids! 
As you’re sorting to get ready for school, please consider donating fall clothes and toys that you’ve outgrown.
Household items for dorms and apartments are also welcome.

HCC Homecoming September
12 is Consignment Center Sunday!
The Farm To Food Pantry program

This summer, with dire weather happening in the US and around the world, there is clear evidence that the negative effect of climate change is happening NOW.

Kit Schlosky set up a partnership with Holly Hill Farm for this volunteer event to make food for the food pantry with donations from Holy Hill Farm. With Fall harvest season fast approaching the Farm to Food Pantry program looks forward to more opportunities to bring freshly processed produce to local food pantries. The response so far has been fabulous!

We are looking for additional people to become certified food managers to help oversee events. The class is an online, video based format that is really interesting and easy to follow. Please contact Kit Schlosky at 781 915 7299 or knschlosky@gmail.com for more information.
HCC Staff Member Profile:
Jen DiMarzio, Head Teacher
Most of you know Jen DiMarzio, but if you don’t, here are a few things that we appreciate about her!
She’s been a member of HCC since 2013.
She’s been teaching our children since 2014.
She filled in as our Interim Office Manager before Susanne arrived.
She's a wonderful musician and singer.
She has three beautiful and brilliant daughters, Sage, Neve, and Millie.
She's engaged to Ken Rogers, “The Bacon Guy.”
She led Vacation Bible School this summer and the kids and volunteers had a blast!
She's our Head Teacher and is providing essential leadership as we look forward to welcoming an Associate Pastor this fall.

Thank you, Jen DiMarzio! We know that our children are in faithful and loving hands as we move into the 2021-2022 program year.
Something Beautiful!
Would you like to take a moment to escape and 
listen to something beautiful?! 

For a very enjoyable half hour, 
please listen to a Virtual Concert by Violinist Kai Waynen at 

Kai has recorded a recital in our sanctuary on YouTube. 
He hopes to raise money with half going to HCC and 
half for the Dream Award Scholarship Fund. 
 
To listen to a performance from May of 2015 at HCC go to:
 
You may find more information about the 
Dream Award Scholarship at: 
 
To make a donation you may mail a check to 
HCCUCC, 366 Main St, Hingham MA 02048 
with “Dream Award Scholarship” on the memo line 
go to special offering and select 
Dream Award Scholarship Fund.
 
Thank you for your generosity and thank you to Kai for sharing his talent in such a kind and thoughtful way.
September's Monthly Green Thought
CLIMATE CHANGE QUIZ
MATERIALS & WASTE MANAGEMENT
This climate quiz, begun three months ago, continues here.* 
Rank the following in 1-4 order, 1 being the most impactful on our Earth’s environment.
They are all important, but some have a larger impact than others.
 
  1. Build with “greener” cement compounds
  2. Use water more efficiently
  3. Increase household recycling
  4. Clean up chemicals in our refrigerators and air conditioners

Let's do our part to keep today and tomorrow from being worse.

“USE WISELY...” HELP US CARE FOR OUR FRAGILE ENVIRONMENT BY REDUCING WASTE.
REDUCE - REFUSE - REUSE - REPAIR - RECYCLE- ROT (COMPOST
Super Saturday Registration is Now Open!
Register Early classes fill
For more information and a list of workshops and lectures offered, please visit:
Super Saturday
Saturday, October 2, 2021
 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
With the uncertainty of Covid,
the October Super Saturday will again be virtual. 
Our priority is the safety of our attendees.
Building on God's Promises:
A Time of Personal Renewal
From the Office
Please be sure to call the office before scheduling anything at the church. We are welcoming a few outside groups to use the church spaces this fall.

Copies of The Upper Room for September-October are available in the sanctuary or I would be glad to mail you one if you would like.
Vacation Bible School 
was back !!!
And oh the fun volunteers and children had !
HCC Volunteers at Friends of the Homeless
Recently, a generous group of HCC teens and adults spent a couple of days helping out at the family shelter run by the Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore in Norwell. Many thanks to the following for your caring efforts: Nick Gorczycka, Gary Gorczycka, Nick Seibel, Callie Cease, Amanda Cease, Griffin Burns, and Pete Allen. Thanks also to our hosts at Friends of the Homeless!

Please keep in 

       your prayers...
  • Mat MacIver and his family, especially Jack and Maren
  • Priscilla Anderson, on the passing of her mother
  • The people of Haiti,Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Afghanistan, the returning solders and refugees.
  • Stephanie Minister’s cousin, Doreen Kiley.
  • Nancie Mooney
  • Bud and Connie Thompson
  • Friends of Mark Beck, Mike & Tamara Newberry, with health concerns,
  • Nick Nasson, with health concerns
  • Peter Edson’s sister, Dale, with health concerns
  • Al Carpenter 
  • Ryan Lamonde, prayers for peace and courage 
  • People in abusive households
  • Allan Bacon, Carolyn Antoine's brother 
  • Peter Edson
  • Daryl Denelle, seeking ordination

Wishing a Happy September
Birthday to our HCC family
Wishing a happy September anniversary to:  
3   Dave & Diane Thureson
4   James & Laurel Cosman - 50th anniversary
5  Lincoln & Debbie Rathnam
7 Mark Krumm & Kathy Beitler
12 Dana & Amanda Cease
15  Clark & Nancy Vialle
18  Stoddard & Kerrin Rowley
What's happening in September at HCC?
THE ANSWERS TO THIS MONTHS QUIZ
 
ANSWERS TO ABOVE QUIZ:
#1 - (d) Clean up chemicals in our refrigerators
#2 - (a) Build with “greener" cement compounds
#3 - (b) Use water more efficiently
#4 - (c) Increase household recycling
 
COMMENTS: a, b, & c would all help slow climate change. But the chemicals used in our refrigerators and A/C units trap thousands of times more heat than CO2, so containing them is essential to stopping global warming. 

* This quiz provided by Project Drawdown . Check out their website at- https://drawdown.org