This Week at HCC

Hingham
Congregational
Church

United Church of Christ

Weekly Newsletter

February 25, 2021

Please note:
If you need financial assistance, please contact Rev. Pete for confidential help at pastor@hccucc.com.
Search Committee Confirmed!
Last Wednesday, Executive Council approved a search committee to find a new staff member for our church.
Will this new person be an Associate Pastor? A Director of Christian Education? Something else? Making that decision is our first order of business and we need your help. Please look for future communication from the Search Committee as we look and listen for your input. A survey should be ready in a couple of weeks.
Our Search Committee is made up of folks with deep commitments and much experience in the areas of Christian education, youth ministry, worship, pastoral care, and general church leadership. They represent different generations and lengths of association with HCC. They are enthusiastic and hopeful about their task. Please keep the following Search Committee members in your prayers:

Justin Macklin, Chair
Cait English, Scribe
Rosemary Arthur
Angela Scipione
Alana Snyder
Pete Allen
Waking Up White Lenten Book Study
Part of our Lenten discipline is to look deeply inside ourselves and take inventory. From what truths have we been shielded? What lies have we believed? What needs to change within our hearts and minds? Can we embrace the gospel message of wise compassion and allow it to lead us away from racism? Many of you have read Waking Up White, by Debby Irving and found it compelling and instructive. I am planning a two-part study at 11:30 a.m. (just after virtual coffee hour) on Sundays, March 7and 21. Please buy or borrow the book and join in! I hear that the audiobook version is very engaging because the author herself reads the book. No need to register. I will send a Zoom link out to the whole congregation.
Pete
News From The Anti Racism Team
Let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Amos 5:24

Here’s an item from the Hingham Unity Council website. Take a look. Where do you fit in?


We welcome your input as we work to discern our role in dismantling structural racism. Contact Debbie Edmundson at dedmundson@comcast.net
Links and more information will come later.
Please reach out to Meredith Anderson if you have any questions.
New Dates for HCC Zoom Café 

The new dates/times are the 

First Tuesday of each month 
at 9:30am.

March 2 - April 6

May 4 - June 1

The Fellowship Committee
Wednesday Evening Lenten Services
March 3, 10, 17 at 7:30 pm via Zoom

No evening Prayer with Pastors - on those nights

Links to come.
HCC UCC Outreach News:
UCC's One Great Hour of Sharing Annual Offering
 
Our annual offering for OGHS is coming up in March. OGHS has been a giving tradition for our church for over 30 years because it has an important mission – to support
health, education, refugee and emergency relief initiatives in the US and around the world. Just a few examples of how OGHS funds were used in 2020: educated people on how to better deal with Covid, emergency support to victims of the wildfires in Oregon and assistance to refugees in Jordan. These funds have helped people in many countries and with major life challenges. Please consider contributing to OGHS during the month of March .You can donate via HCC’s website, https://hccucc.com/who-we-are/giving/and scroll down to Special Offerings. Or drop off or mail a check with OGHS in the memo line to HCC at 366 Main St., Hingham, MA 02043. Thank you for supporting this important organization.
Easter Food Boxes - virtual


Our Easter Food Boxes for Wellspring in Hull will be virtual again this year! Since we are still not meeting in Church we will follow the plan started last Easter of making donations instead of preparing boxes of food. The need for assistance remains high as people’s lives have been disrupted by illness and unemployment. All donations of any size are greatly appreciated. You may want to donate about what you would spend if you were filling a box with a dinner of ham, vegies, fruit and dessert – about $50 - $70. Wellspring needs to receive donations by 3/29/21. Please get your donation in by March 22. You can donate via HCC’s website https://hccucc.com/who-we-are/giving/ or drop off or mail a check with Wellspring in the memo line to HCC at 366 Main St., Hingham, MA 02043.

Check out Outreaches Annual Report in the Horizons March Issue.
The cost is $15.00/plant
Please get your requests in by Monday March 29th
EASTER FLOWERS
Order lilies, daffodils and tulips to honor and celebrate those you love during this season.
You can either mail a check with flowers written on the memo line to: HCC 366 Main St Hingham MA 02043 or sign up on the website https://hccucc.com/easter-flowers/ If you would like to down load a form , go to: https://hccucc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Easter-Plant-order-form-2019.pdf

If you have any questions, please call the office at 781-749-1276 or email churchoffice@hccucc.com 
Welcome to the . . .

HCC 2021 Fellowship Soup Share! 
For January, February & March lets have a little soup-fun!
We welcome all HCC members and friends to submit their favorite soup or stew recipes for all of us to try. We’ll be able to make, them at home, and see what we think. Then we can vote on our favorites. At the end of the 3 months the chef that submitted the soup/stew with the most votes gets a new apron!
If you or someone you know is not part of FB, they can email Stephanie Minister (sgeorgmini@yahoo.com) and she can add the recipe.
Happy New Year! Stephanie Minister
Super Saturday - Virtual
Something for everyone!
Two Great Days of Virtual Workshops, Networking and Worship
Sign up by March 3rd

March 13, 2021 / March 20, 2021
$10 a class
To register and for more information:
Green Thought for the Week
  KEEPING PLASTICS OUT OF THE WATERWAYS & OCEANS

Here is a “fun” - and instructive - 8 min. video about a beach cleanup - what one person can do to help the environment.
A California univ. professor who led an environmental Workshop several years ago in Plymouth, takes us along on his S. California beach cleanup walk. This could be right here along our nearby Atlantic coast beaches as well. The main message is this: we need to “refuse” whenever we can and keep trash out of our water sources. This means being thoughtful consumers, buying only products we need and will use, products that are “greener” when possible, (recyclable, reusable, natural,…), and disposing of them responsibly. This 8-minute video can get us rethinking the little things we can do to, “Love our Mother.

USE WISELY...” HELP US CARE FOR OUR FRAGILE ENVIRONMENT BY REDUCING WASTE.
REDUCE - REFUSE - REUSE - - REPAIR - RECYCLE- ROT (COMPOST)
Hingham Unity Council sponsoring an upcoming event
What’s it like to be a person of color in Hingham?
The Hingham Unity Council is sponsoring a Race Talk panel discussion on Thursday, February 25 at 7 pm on zoom.

Registration is required.
To register for this event, please go to HinghamUnityCouncil.org
Save the Dates
March 3, 10, 17 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday Evening Lenten Services 
via Zoom - no evening Prayer with Pastors - on those nights

March 28 at 10 am Palm Sunday

April 1 at 7:30 pm Maundy Thursday

April 4 at 10 am Easter Sunday
Wishing a Happy February Birthday to our HCC family.

1 Stoddard Rowley Brian Krumm
2 Caroline Milton
Sophie Kerr
4 Anna Mayo. Jerad Mayo
Eli Smock
Andrew Spaziani,Avery Spaziani
Lynn Muller Waynen
Abby Fortin
10 Beverly Randall, Lucy Burr
11 Jason Scott
1Nick Seibel, August Muller
14 Jeff Pinarchick. Reddie Warwick
15 Tanner Burns 
16 Benjamin Shank, Jean Muller


18 Laurie Barnaby. Sarah Milton
19 Phil Edmundson. David Giessow 
20 Casey Juenumann. Lydia Boer,
Kit Schlosky
21 Emerson Sibley
23 Matt McGuirk. Gardner Duncan, Christian Claydon
25 Colby Burns
26 Cassidy Warwick
27 Jen DiMarzio. Owen Gray
28 Leif Thureson
Wishing a Happy February
Anniversary to:  
Feb 14   John & Penelope Pint                      
Feb 15   Frank & Molly Burr