HORIZONS
September 2020
  Hingham Congregational Church, UCC
366 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043
781-749-1276


IN THIS ISSUE
Christian Education
Prayer Requests
Save the Dates
Message from the Senior Pastor

Living into the Unknown

These days, there is so much that seems to divide us: politics, race, income, regional identity, access to health care, and so much more. However, if we really think about the state of our world, there is much more that brings us together.

We are all trying our best to live our lives and fulfill our responsibilities to family and community in the midst of a pandemic. We are all dealing with climate change. We are all facing more unknowns than ever before. 

And as human beings, we fear the unknown most of all. It is no wonder that we are feeling anxious about the future!

That is where faith comes in. As people who are called and committed to trusting God and each other, we can live into the unknown without being debilitated by our fears. And when those fears do threaten to overwhelm us, we have the power of the Spirit to lift us again and we have each other's backs.

I am so grateful to be a part of our HCC community of faith. May we all look to tomorrow with deepening trust in our loving God and in each other.

Pete
Message from the Minister of Christian Education.                 Sept 2020

Dear family and friends,

Hear this Prayer of Impotence from Donna Schaper of the Still Speaking writers' group:
"How do I pray when my job is gone, God? How do I pray when I can't go out, can't find
a test, have a pain in my chest or side, and no one cares? What kind of prayer is
desperation? Do you hear? Do you show up in the unemployment check? And if not?
Then what? Up a creek, that's me, without a paddle."
Schaper offers us here a 21st Psalm. As many of you know, the psalms are full of
lamentation and sadness. In the midst of some, albeit frightening, return to normalcy, we
are encountering economic strife and the continual impacts of this odd place in which
humanity lingers. We cry out with grief, with God, in order to find God and to remember
that God suffers with us. I pray this be so for you. Know that you are not alone in your
lamentation.
Note: The prayer above may be found in a new publication from the Pilgrim Press called
Emerge: Blessings and Rituals for Unsheltering.
Harlow's Harvest continues to be a place for hope if you happen to walk by the church
and check it out. (You'll even find volunteer tomatoes there. As Sarah England
mentioned to me - here we have, "evidence of an invisible faith.") Growth in the midst of
drought. Hope is here.
Thanks to all youth that participated in serving at South Shore's Friends of the Homeless
- that was a huge success and we are appreciative of the time and hard work that was
given. I also caught the smile of a resident as we did yardwork and worked on power
washing - another sign of hope from afar.
We do also still have Vacation Bible School craft packets at the church office if anyone is
looking for activities during Labor Day weekend. Email me if you'd like one and I can
place one or a few in the bin on the church office porch.
As HCC's Anti-Racist group works diligently to explore faith its intersection with equity
for all people, we invite families to join in at home. The church over in Norwell has
compiled an excellent list of resources for families:
Also, we will be getting resources up on the church's website this month so keep watch
for that if you are interested!

Working in concert with the "Back to the Building" Taskforce, the decision has been
made to continue online learning for church school at least through last Sept / early Oct.
We will continue considering options as we find out from families and teachers their
comfort level with in person learning. If you yourself have ideas for non-traditional or
innovative faith learning, please let me know! We are working to compile ideas and give
families options.
If you have not yet filled out this survey for families, please do so:
Similarly, a collaborative decision has been made not to have the annual picnic this year.
We just cannot see a way to do so that is low risk and abides by the town's wishes. The
town was unable to allow our group to reserve Haley Field. We hope next year's picnic
will be the best yet!
Pete and I have begun planning for 2020-2021 confirmation. If you have questions about
this program (for 8th graders typically) please let Pete or me know. We will be contacting
families very soon!
If you yourself or your family is in financial need, please let us know.
Prayers will continue on Wednesday for the time being and they might be more often
once fall sets in - do join if you like, it is a great way to hear God's voice in the chaos.
I hope you will let me know if you'd like to connect via phone, facetime or zoom. I am
happy to set up meetings during this trying time.
I'll be away on September 13th preaching at a church in New Hampshire, but our
children and youth will be in the able hands of Priscilla and Mark Minister on Zoom!
Sending peace,
Rev. Sara
 
Note from our Moderator  
 
Welcome back!!..? Every year the end of summer feels bittersweet. The winding down of long summer days also means reconnecting and new beginnings. This fall reconnecting and new beginnings are shrouded in more uncertainty than ever. The distress about how to stay healthy and resolve systemic racism is constantly on our minds. Both have implications in how we conduct ourselves on a daily basis.  
HCC is here for us in times of uncertainty. Activist Peggy McIntosh summed up a critical component of faith in moments of despair; "Rather than despair...the trick is to try to hold onto the very feelings that are giving you the most trouble, and trust them to lead you to some new ground, some new way of seeing or being."  
            It is tempting to isolate ourselves at times when we need each other the most. Our HCC family is an unfailing source of support. Help us continue to find ways to stay connected, whether it is because you need it, or because someone in the congregation needs you. We never know how our presence impacts each other. My faith tells me there are answers none of us have yet imagined, but we will get there, together.  
-Lynn Mayo
   
 
        
    
   Weekly
 HCC Virtual Coffee Hour
         Sundays at 11:00 am Via Zoom!
 
 
                     Meeting ID: 737 5647 1043     Passcode: HCC 
 
 
Pilgrim Association
Southern New England Conference United Church of Christ
  
                Invites you to the Ordination of
                 Winston Janusz
    Sunday, September 27 at 4:00 P.M. ONLINE
 
At the request of the Hingham Congregational Church, UCC of Hingham, Massachusetts,
the Pilgrim Association will gather ONLINE in a ZOOM MEETING on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 4:00 P.M. for a Service of Worship to Ordain Winston Janusz to Christian Ministry in the United Church of Christ. Winston has been called to serve as Associate Pastor of the Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester, Minnesota.
 
Instruction:
Meeting ID: 343 177 4084    Password: 820078 
One tap mobile +13126266799,,3431774084#,,1#,    820078# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,3431774084#,,1#,     820078# US (New York)
Dial by your location     +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Find your local number:     https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kTwgJ1XtE
 
Communication: All churches and clergy are reminded of their responsibility to be present at meetings of the Association, represented by both lay and clergy delegates. Each church is responsible to notify their delegates of this meeting. Even though delegates can now sign up for notification, it is still the responsibility of the church to ensure that they communicate the Association meeting dates with their delegates.  
All the best, Rev. Dr. Doug Showalter
Corresponding Scribe, Committee on Ministry Pilgrim Association Southern New England Conference of the
United Church of Christ
 

Call for Fall Music Volunteers!

As we transition to indoor worship this Fall, we are in need of volunteer musicians (especially strings, keyboard, melodic percussion, (non-singers, and non-wind players)). While much research is being done on the spread of aerosols in music ensembles, it is not complete, and we have no cure or vaccine for COVID-19. Our choirs will not gather in person until we are sure it is safe to do so. Senior choir will continue to gather on ZOOM, Thursday nights, 7:30 - 9:00PM, where we will enjoy fellowship, sing-alongs, and create virtual choir anthems. Let me know if you want to join. David Giessow 617-686-2581 David@figgypuddin.com 


Welcome to the HCC Zoom CafĂ©! 

 
          Tracey Kelley and I hope you'll join us on the
           third Wednesday of each month at 10:00am.

So many of us miss the opportunity to socialize with our church family so the Fellowship Board has set up these virtual calls to spend some friendly time together.  We hope you'll drop in to say hello!

Mark you calendar for these upcoming dates:
                September 16     October 21     November 18     December 16 
 
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 950 990 3144     Passcode: HCC 
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,9509903144#,,,,,,0#,,842530# US 
 
You may be new to Zoom or new to using a phone, tablet, or computer for a virtual call.  No worries! If you are having difficulty, please contact Meredith Anderson at Meredith@aol.com or 203-733-4180 and we will get you set up to participate.  
 
We look forward to chatting with you soon!
The Fellowship Board

The Consignment Center Thanks HCC
 
Last March, when it became necessary for us to close our door, we believed we were taking temporary precautions; when weeks turned into months, we knew that we would not resume business until a new season arrived.
 
Sadly, we will not be able to begin the 2020-21 season in September. Amid the uncertainty, a poll of our volunteer staff indicated that the vast majority of our workers
felt it would neither be safe to engage regularly with the public nor encourage them to
frequent our business. The unknowns of the pandemic's potential, along with the local schools' decisions to offer virtual classes and the church's undetermined timeline for building use have confirmed this decision.
 
Despite the loss of economy and diminished local ministry, we remain grateful for the continued support of Hingham Congregational Church. While many other small businesses and charitable agencies have experienced permanent closure, the Consignment Center remains confident in the future because HCC provides space and building resources for our endeavors. Unlike those whose doors are closed forever, our door
will open again.
 
In unfortunate times, we are most fortunate, and take this opportunity to thank
Hingham Congregational Church for its sponsorship.

 
Growing in Faith Together (G.I.F.T.)
 
Every Thursday Morning at 9 am will continue in a virtual format. 
Please contact Rev. Dr. Peter Allen to connect (pastor@hccucc.com).
 
Attention Seniors of Hingham: 
The Hingham Link is available to help in anyway they can.
Need any kind of assistance:   https://www.hinghamlink.com/needhelp
People can also e-mail us at HinghamLink@gmail.com or call us at (781) 908-0590. 
GREEN TIP OF THE WEEK:
       
        HINGHAM WATER RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE  
 
Our local drought continues unabated. A reminder about Hingham Water restrictions: Aquarion - now Weir River Water System - customers should use the following irrigation schedule - Households with an even number street address may irrigate on Sunday and Wednesday from 12:01 am to 10 am or 6 pm to Midnight. Those who have an odd number street address may irrigate on Saturday and Tuesday during those same hours. Watering with a handheld hose is permitted anytime.

"USE WISELY..."  HELP US CARE FOR OUR FRAGILE ENVIRONMENT BY REDUCING WASTE.
REDUCE - REFUSE - REUSE - RECYCLE - REPAIR - REPURPOSE - ROT(compost)   
 
Thank you  
Thank you for all your prayers for my brother Don. Though he will never be cancer free, he has been off chemotherapy for several months and is stable for now.
David Giessow
 


             
       Please keep in  
            your prayers...  
 
 
  • Loved ones of Mary Souther, who passed away recently: Ginger Baxter, Breanne Garland, Haleigh Spirito, Georgette Baxter, Ashley Baxter & grandchildren who are enduring damaging storms.
  • Prayers for the family of Nancy Tiffin who died in mid-August, (a former member of HCC) Her daughters Sarah and Anne and her husband Jim who is at North Hill in Needham. Kate Kallis officiated at the graveside service on 8/25 at the Newton Cemetery
  • People enduring damaging recent natural disasters
  • Caryl Sullivan's Friend Gilen Frias
  • Bruce Allen, Pete's father
  • Amy Ricketts, whose father died recently
  • Jane Kungie, Eileen Hutchins' daughter, recovering from surgery
  • The family of Ed Murphy, who passed away recently: Janet Murphy, Kathi Blair, Tracey Denelle, Daryl Denelle
  • Peter Allen, recovering from surgery
  • Elly Hughes, and her family
  • Al Carpenter 
  • Ryan Lamonde, prayers for peace and courage
  • All of those working to better their mental health
  • People in abusive households
  • All brave essential employees
  • Candy Heath's sister and brother-in-law, Marylin and Brad
  • Allan Bacon, Carolyn Antoine's brother
  • Peter Edson
  • Tom Hulbert
  • Children and youth with atypical routines at this time, especially those with food insecurity 
  • Suzy Burba approved for ordination, pending call
  • Daryl Denelle, seeking ordination
  • All those affected by the corona virus in the world.

HCC SEPTEMBER CALENDAR

 1
 7:00 pm
Racial Justice Group 
 2
 7:00 pm
Prayer Time with Pastors

 7:15 pm
Board of Deacons Meeting
 3
 9:00 am
Growing in Faith Together (G.I.F.T) 
 6
 9:00 am
Outside Communion Sunday Service by reservation

to be posted later
Communion worship service on HCC YouTube Channel  

 9:00 am
Live service on Rev. Pete's Facebook Page:  
 
10:00 am
Church School via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 851 7230 3162     Passcode: 953107

11:00 am
Weekly HCC Virtual Coffee Hour via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 737 5647 1043     Passcode: HCC 
 7
   
Labor Day Office Closed   
 9
 7:00 pm
Evening Prayer with Pastors  

 7:30 pm
Board of Christian Education

 7:30 pm
Board of Outreach
10
 9:00 am
Growing in Faith Together (G.I.F.T) 
13
10:00 am
Sunday Worship Service by reservation
 
to be posted
Worship service on HCC YouTube Channel  

10:00 am
Live Service on Rev. Pete's Facebook Page:  

10:45 am
Church School via zoom:
Meeting ID: 819 0957 2941.    Passcode:156979

11:00 am
Weekly HCC Virtual Coffee Hour via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 737 5647 1043     Passcode: HCC
16
10:00 am
HCC Zoom Cafe 
Meeting ID: 950 990 3144     Passcode: HCC 
 
 7:00 pm
Evening Prayer with Pastors  

 7:30 pm
Executive Council
17
 9:00 am
Growing in Faith Together (G.I.F.T.)
20
10:00 am
Sunday Worship Service by reservation- Just Peace Sunday and exploration of Matthew's The Laborers in the Vineyard

to be posted
Worship service on HCC YouTube Channel  

10:00 am
Live Service on Rev. Pete's Facebook Page:  

10:45 am
Church School via zoom:
Meeting ID: 819 0957 2941.    Passcode:156979

11:00 am
Weekly HCC Virtual Coffee Hour via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 737 5647 1043     Passcode: HCC 
23
 7:00 pm
Evening Prayer with Pastors 
24
 9:00 am
Growing in Faith Together (G.I.F.T.)
27
10:00 am
Sunday Worship Service by reservation

to be posted
Worship service on HCC YouTube Channel  

10:00 am
Live Service on Rev. Pete's Facebook Page:  
 
10:45 am
Church School via zoom:
Meeting ID: 819 0957 2941.    Passcode:156979

11:00 am
Weekly HCC Virtual Coffee Hour via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 737 5647 1043     Passcode: HCC 

 4:00 pm
Ordination of Winston Janusz - online- see above
 
Please contact the church office if you have any questions or changes to the above 
 
  Wishing a happy September birthday to our HCC family: 
 
  
1
Tom Hulbert 
15
Kaylyn McKenna 
25
Frank Burr 
2
Matthew Wilson 
16
Christopher Johnson 
 
Clair Trinchet 
4
Emma Peterson 
19
Kiernan Pinto 
26 
Ryan Thiebauth 
Christopher Garland    
 
Jake Brini 
 
George Davis 
   
Alexandra Holmes 
 
Michael Brini 
27 
Kelly McGuirk 
William Ketchum 
 
Andrew Nilsen 
28 
Carol Ertman 
Ronald Schram  
20
Graham Bates 
 
Brendan Kerr  
Bruce Shorey 
21 
Ellie Fortin 
30
Meredith Hollander 
9
Phoenix Pint 
22
Lucy Nash 
 
Emily vonLoesecke 
10 
Peri Butterworth 
23 
Kristine Coughlin 
 
Amanda Cease 
 
Amber Whitner 
 
Megan Milton 
 
 
11 Margaret Sebestyen 
 
Kristina Pryor 
 
 
12
Betty Hulbert 
24
Thomas Ricciardelli 
 
 
 
Emma Burleigh 
 
 
 
 
 
Wishing a happy September anniversary to:
  
     Sept 3      Dave & Diane Thureson              Sept 12     Dana & Amanda Cease     
     Sept 4      James & Laurel Cosman              Sept 15     Clark & Nancy Vialle  
     Sept 5      Lincoln & Debbie Rathnam          Sept 18     Stoddard & Kerrin Rowley 
     Sept 7      Mark Krumm & Kathy Beitler     Sept 22     Robert & Wendy Blomberg *30 years! 
                                           Sept 25     Eric & Amber Whitner