HORIZONS
June 2021

Monthly Newsletter

Hingham Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
366 Main St,
Hingham MA 02043
hccucc.com
A Note from Our Moderator
I feel a deep sense of honor that the congregation of HCC elected me as moderator for the next biennium. I am grateful to have worked alongside Lynn Mayo for the past year – her calm and steady leadership demonstrated an exemplary model to follow.
 
Sitting down to write this, it occurred to me that – as a (relative) newcomer HCC – many in our congregation might not know me that well. So, in the spirit of emerging from the pandemic and eagerly anticipated face-to-face gatherings, I thought I’d share some basic information about me.
I am originally from Minnesota and studied physics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis before heading to the other end of the Mississippi River for law school in New Orleans at Tulane University. I moved to New England in 2004 and worked in private law firm practice as an intellectual property attorney until 2011 when I left to join the world’s largest lighting company as it led the transition to energy-efficient LED lighting. My role involved negotiating licenses with lighting companies that used patented technology, often unwittingly. In 2020, mid-pandemic, I accepted a new job licensing patents on behalf of a group of licensors in the video compression industry, which I enjoy (realizing that this career probably sounds more exciting to some than to others). 
 
On Valentine’s Day 2014, I married Penelope at a small ceremony in New Zealand, where she is from and her family remains. My three kids Eamon (12), Phoenix (almost 6) and Danica (almost 3) could often be seen (and heard) around HCC on Sundays and will again soon.
 
For interests, I love spending time with family, traveling, reading, biking, solving crossword puzzles, and playing golf. A lifelong dream is to be a contestant on Jeopardy! I auditioned in-person for Sports Jeopardy! before it went on hiatus (I thought I had a good chance of being selected since one of my interview stories made the producer tear up, but oh well).  
 
Now, you know a bit more about me! I am very much looking forward to seeing you all again, learning more about you, and serving HCC. 
 
-John Wayne Pint
Attention Graduates and Proud Parents!
We would like to honor you at an upcoming service. Please send your name, school, degree and future plans to: churchoffice@hccucc.com.

HCC UCC - Outreach News

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to the Hingham Food Pantry Condiment Drive. We had record breaking contributions this year and the Food Pantry is very grateful. There continue to be many families that are experiencing food insecurity and your contributions are important at this time.

Also,coming up this month, Outreach will start the annual Back-to-school Backpack drive. Watch for more details coming out next week on how to contribute.

Thanks again for all you do to support the worthy organizations that are part of our Outreach Program. Our commitments to these organizations make a positive difference in our community and people in need.
HCC Anti-Racism Group
The Pilgrim Church in Sherborn partners with the Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain and together they have produced a thought-provoking video about the church’s role in understanding and resisting racism. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch it.

Debbie Edmundson dedmundson@comcast.net
The Farm To Food Pantry program
Do you like to cook? Does it make you sad to see good food go to waste? If you answered yes, please consider signing up for a Farm to Food Pantry program to help save food from the trash by preparing value added products to share with local food pantries. 
In partnership with Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset and their Farm to Food Pantry food rescue program we will be preparing sauces, soups, casseroles, and pestos to share.
We would especially love to have our youth participate and we encourage them to visit Holly Hill Farm to learn how food grows and to understand why growing organically is better for human health and better for the environment.

The Farm To Food Pantry program started in 2012 with this vision and insight:
  • Educate participants (teens and adults) about organic and regenerative agriculture techniques.
  • Help participants understand that not everyone can afford to shop at the grocery store and that approximately 7% of our neighbors experience food insecurity. 
  • COVID-19 increased food that, even amongst our seemingly affluent local communities. 
  • The food pantry at Wellspring in Hull experienced a 38% increase in clients in 2020 compared to 2019.
  • Growing food is resource intensive in terms of labor, time, and precious natural resources so rescuing food that is past its prime and preparing value-added products helps save food from the trash and benefits everyone. 
  • Holly Hill Farm composts approximately 1,500 lbs. of food waste per week in our farm’s composting system. Volunteers will learn about the important environmental benefits of making and using compost on our farm fields.

Holly Hill Farm envisions bringing food from the farm (grown in the Farm to Food Pantry garden or gleaned from the fields) to HCC’s kitchen several times this growing season to prepare sauces, soups, casseroles, and pestos.

Participants will learn culinary skills and also understand that the food they are preparing will feed those who can’t afford to purchase food in a grocery store.

If you're looking for meaningful ways to give back to your community, and this program appeals to you please contact Kit Schlosky for more details at knschlosky@gmail.com or by calling 781-915-7299.
Thank you! Vaccinated youth are welcomed to participate as well.

They'll be starting June 19th! Details in TW@HCC.
The Hingham Unity Council
Hingham Unity Council has events coming up in June, including a candidates’ forum, a drive-in movie night, a race talk focusing on Asian American Pacific Islanders in Hingham, and a book discussion. Take a look and sign up!
Check out their website, hinghamunity.org for more information.
CURBING CLIMATE CHANGE QUIZ - JUNE
OUR FOOD
This climate quiz, begun two 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.
a) Compost your food waste
b) Eat a plant-heavy diet
c) Throw away less food
d) Cook over clean stoves
 
Rank them and then look farther down the page for the correct answers.
*This quick little quiz is made available by Project Drawdown. (“Drawdown”— the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline)

“USE WISELY...” HELP US CARE FOR OUR FRAGILE ENVIRONMENT BY REDUCING WASTE.
REDUCE - REFUSE - REUSE - REPAIR - RECYCLE- ROT (COMPOST
ONGOING AT HCC
Evening Prayer Time
with Pastors

Wednesday Evenings
at
7:00 pm

Links will be sent out on Wednesdays
Growing in Faith Together
Bible Study 
(G.I.F.T.)
Thursday Mornings at 9 am 
in a virtual format.
Please contact
Rev. Dr. Peter Allen to connect (pastor@hccucc.com).
Call for Summer
Music Volunteers!
During July and August, we need YOU to provide music for worship services--this is your chance to perform that piano piece you've been practicing, sing the solo you have always wanted to hear in church, get your old band back together, or practice your Theremin, and make a joyful noise during the Sunday service!
For encouragement or more info, call David Giessow at 617-686-2581 or email David@figgypuddin.com
Tuesday Night Bible Study until June 8th
Tuesday night bible study via zoom at 7:00 pm. 

To get more information, please speak with Paul Jeffery (pauljeffrey888@gmail.com), Terri Fortin (terrifortin@comcast.net) , Todd Anderson (toddkanderson78@gmail.com)

Please keep in 

       your prayers...

  • Nancy Mooney
  • Bud and Connie Thompson
  • Elise England, 14 year old recovering from surgery
  • Susan Wells, facing surgery
  • Karin Sloan, whose father passed away recently
  • Stoddard Rowley’s father, Phil Rowley, with health concerns
  • Friends of Mark Beck, Mike & Tamara Newberry, with health concerns,
  • Nick Nasson, with health concerns
  • Peter Edson’s sister, Dale, with health concerns
  • Ann Holmes, Priscilla Anderson’s mother
  • 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 June
Birthday to our HCC family.

Wishing a Happy June 
Anniversary to:  
5 - Mark & Kristina Pryor
11 - David & Karen vonLoesecke
13 - Steve & Helga Garland
15 - Todd & Lynn Anderson,
17 - Matt & Stacy Havens
22 -Roger & Nancy Hoit
23 - Page & Jonathan Shank
25 - Laura & Frank Spaziani
27 - Phil & Debbie Edmundson - 40 years
Jeff & Heather Collins - 40 years
Tom & Meghan Rowan
28 - Lynne Powell Pinto & Donald Pinto
29 - Tim & Jody Nash
What's happening in June at HCC?
ANSWERS TO CLIMATE QUIZ
Climate Quiz - Ranked Answers For OUR FOOD
  1. Throw away less food** (= taking 529 million cars off the road)
  2. Eat a plant-heavy diet (= taking 496 million cars off the road)
  3. Cook over clean stoves (= taking 119 million cars off the road 
  4. Compost your food waste (= taking 17.1 million cars off the road)
(**According to Project Drawdown, roughly a third of the world’s food is never eaten, which means land and resources used and greenhouse gases emitted in producing it were unnecessary. Interventions can reduce loss and waste, as food moves from farm to fork, thereby reducing overall demand.)  
                For more information visit http://drawdown.org