This Week at HCC


Hingham
Congregational
Church

United Church of Christ

Weekly Newsletter

April 22, 2021

Please note:
If you need financial assistance, please contact Rev. Pete for confidential help at pastor@hccucc.com.
Hi all,
We are all missing each other and our community, and asking if you could send snap shots of yourselves, your family at play or on a walk, or you and your pet...
whatever we could use during the Sunday service to bring our community closer to mind. Just send your phone photos email to Brett Anderson, brettanderson1@aol.com  to be worked into the prelude or other parts of the service. Then keep an eye out for your friends during the service.
Thank you. We look forward to seeing you all!
Search Committee Survey
One of the first tasks to complete was to assemble a survey to the congregation with some targeted questions around what we collectively feel are important characteristics and values a candidate should possess as well as focus areas that would best service HCC.  
The link to the survey is below. The committee would greatly appreciate if you could spend 3-5 minutes to answer the 8 questions ASAP
 

Best,
Justin Macklin - Search Committee Chair
Rosemary Arthur, Angela Scipione, Caitlin English, Alana Snyder, Justin Macklin, Reverend Peter Allen
South Shore Habitat for Humanity
Did you know….. That our church has had a long term covenant relationship with South Shore Habitat for Humanity? This means that we have supported them through prayer, fundraising and participating in building projects. Some of our church members have been part of SSHH builds and they remember the satisfaction of working alongside the new homeowner to create an affordable home and to be part of making positive change in our community.
 
At this time we are re-affirming our commitment to SSHH and we plan to be more active in supporting them and participating in future building projects.
 
South Shore Habitat has an impressive history. It is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and during it’s 35 year history has completed 55 homes in 17 communities located to the south of Boston.  They are continuing to have new projects. We will have more information on SSHH’s projects and how you can participate. In the meantime, we recommend: checking out the web site - https://sshabitat.org/
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
HCC UCC Outreach News
Mission Sunday

Sunday, May 2nd is Mission Sunday. This is a great opportunity to get to know more about the organizations the Church helps through our outreach programs. This year we are pleased to have a speaker, Scottie Wait, The Director of Corporate Engagement from Pine Street Inn who will bring us up to date on how they are meeting
current needs. Pine Street Inn provides important services such as housing, meals, emergency assistance and job training for those in need. Over time they have grown and changed to meet the changing needs of the community.
Also, save the date of Wednesday, May 12th at 7:30pm . Scottie will conduct a virtual tour of Pine Street Inn so we can see how they work to help their clients. We will have more information and a link to the virtual tour coming soon.

Hingham Food Pantry Condiment Drive
 
Hingham Food Pantry is requesting donations of condiments to meet the needs of the people they serve. They are looking for condiments such as mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise and relish. Also items such as salad dressing, barbecue and soy sauce. Please make donations in small bottles or containers.
This drive will start on May 1 and last through May 30. We are still using Covid-19 precautions so please bring your donations to the back porch on the lower level of the Church Office near the parking lot. There will be a specially marked plastic bin for your donations. Monetary contributions are also welcome. You can make donations on the special offering page of the HCC website or write a check to the Hingham Congregational Church with “Hingham Food Pantry” in the memo line. Checks can be mailed, brought to Sunday service or dropped off at the Church office.
Thank You…

Thank you!
For contributing to One Great Hour of Sharing and Wellspring Easter Food Boxes. At this time we have received contributions of $1,025 for OGHS and $1,665 for Wellspring. Your contributions are a big help for these organizations and their mission.
SHARING - GOOD FRIDAY WALK- WRAP-UP
Many, many thanks to the 20 sponsors and the 15 walkers who participated in this year’s Good Friday/Holy Week Walk. So far we have sent in over $2000 to Sharing, Inc., with additional $$$ donated through the HCC website soon to be forwarded as well. If you have not yet made a special offering to this HCC-supported cause, it is not too late to do so. Either send a check made out to Sharing, Inc., or go to hccucc.com and then to Giving > Special Offerings > Other and write in SHARING, INC. Thanks.
Please reach out to
Meredith Anderson if you have any questions.
New Dates for HCC Zoom Café 
First Tuesday of each month at 9:30am.

May 4, June 1

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 731 1464 2117 Passcode: huh390
Please join us for a time of fellowship and conversation!

The Fellowship Committee
Green Tip for the Week
HAPPY EARTH DAY, HCC Family!!!
We hope you are able to celebrate the 51st birthday of Earth Day today or this week in some special way either by DOING something for our fragile planet over and above what you try to do every day - or - by taking some time to learn something new about the needs of our land, our air, our oceans and other water sources.
Home Composting Program

The Town of Hingham in partnership with the Cleaner Greener Hingham Committee are excited to announce a new Home Composting Program. On April 22, 2021 the Town of Hingham will be offering rodent-resistant home composting bins for $25, over 50 percent off the retail price. To obtain a discounted compost bin, please contact the DPW at (781) 741-1430. Act now, supplies are limited!

Composting is a great way to recycle our organic “waste” into a beneficial soil amendment for our yards and gardens. Composting at home can also help reduce the amount of trash we haul annually to Covanta SEMASS. Using the compost in our landscapes helps store carbon in the soil instead of releasing it to the atmosphere. Residents can reduce their trash by 15 to 20 percent or more by composting leaves, grass clippings, garden debris, fruit peels, vegetable scraps, tea bags, coffee grounds, egg shells, paper towels, napkins and even paper bags.   

                                                           Free Composting Workshop
Cleaner Greener Hingham will be offering a free composting workshop on Thursday, April 29th at 7:00 via Zoom. 
                                          Join Zoom Meeting - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83902181930
                                                 Meeting ID: 839 0218 1930 Dial In: 929 205 6099
 
USE WISELY...” HELP US CARE FOR OUR FRAGILE ENVIRONMENT BY REDUCING WASTE.
REDUCE - REFUSE - REUSE - - REPAIR - RECYCLE- ROT (COMPOST)
Hingham Unity Council
The Hingham Pride Project is pleased to announce that this year’s more inclusive Progress pride flag, designed by Daniel Quasar is ready to order! This flag features black and brown stripes to represent people of color and baby blue, pink, and white to include the transgender flag in its design.
To launch this year’s celebration, Progress flag orders accompanied by donations of $50 or more will receive a dozen mini-pride cupcakes baked by Victoria Donnelly, winner of Cupcake Wars. Otherwise, the flags are free, though donations are greatly appreciated. You can make donations and place orders for the Progress flags, Hingham Pride flags, vests, and magnets at hinghamprideproject.org.
Wishing a Happy April Birthday to our HCC family:

3 Emelyn Rowan
7 Caroline Gibson
8 Brett Hale
13 Tucker Rowley, Todd Smith
14 Heather Smith
15 Doug Fortin
17 Max Beal
19 Tom Rowan
21 Audrey Ludley, Eamon Pint
22 Sherry Schib
24 Rebecca Antoine, Timothy Redmond
27 Aila Litchfield, Barbara Gorczyca
28 Davin Thureson, Mats Thureson,
Raymond Childs, Lisa Brini
29 Camden McKenna
30 Daniel Clarke

Wishing a Happy April
Anniversary to:  
23 - Jerry & Beverly Randall - 66 years!
25 - Guillermo & Jody Trinchet - 23 years!