This Week at HCC

Hingham Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

Weekly Newsletter

March 9, 2023


In This Week at HCC

A Note from Rev. Pete

Lenten Services info

Jubilee Calendar

Guild News

Faith Formation News

Outreach News

Ongoing at HCC

Green Tip

Happening This Week at HCC

Save the Dates

Prayer List


A Note from Pete . . .

Dear Friends,

One of the ideas we look at and try to practice in this season of Lent is returning to and reconnecting with God. The Apostle Paul talks about this idea in his letter to the Romans, specifically the way that Jesus facilitates our homecoming. In what ways do you feel distant from the Divine and how might we all reconnect with that “Something Greater” than ourselves? And how does distance from others hurt (or maybe sometimes help) our connection with God?

I look forward to singing, praying, and exploring with you on Sunday!


Workshop on Adult Suicide awareness, prevention, support for the grieving, and self-care —Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Hingham Hull Religious Leaders Association

Hosted by Hingham Congregational Church, United Church of Christ

90 minute program

Special guest speaker and leadership from the Samaritans; opportunity for discussion

Please save the date and invite interested friends to this important event.

Wednesday Evening Lenten Services

March 15, & 22

7:30pm in the Sanctuary

Join us for prayerful time together during this season of Lent.

What is Lent?

Believed to have evolved from the Old English word lencten, Lent takes place during the time when days are lengthening in the northern hemisphere. Traditionally, the 40 days of Lent have been for Christians a time of repentance, sacrifice, and rededication to a faithful relationship with God. In Lent, we invite one another to a more thoughtful, inward spiritual experience. Study, quiet prayer, walking the labyrinth, additional worship experiences, and community service (as a positive form of sacrifice) are some of the ways you might observe Lent alongside your sisters and brothers at Hingham Congregational Church.


Sunday, March 12

Bowling for Books

Carolyn Antoine

Sunday, March 12

Outreach Book Drive for Interfaith Social Services

Lisa Fiascone and the Outreach Board

Sunday, April 2

Story Slam, Part 2

Terri Fortin

Sunday, April 30

Consignment Center 65th Anniversary Celebratory Brunch

Sarah England and Marcia Sinclair

Thursday, May 4

Bargains for Books -

Guild Consignment Center

Sarah England and Marcia Sinclair

Sunday, May 7

Baking for Books, AKA "Spring Baking" Fundraiser

Kathy Beitler and Barbara McGovern

Saturday, May 13

Bottles for Books (Bottle and Can Drive) 10-1pm HCC parking lot

Mary Jenkins

Saturday, June 17

Bottles for Books (Bottle and Can Drive) 10-1pm HCC parking lot

Mary Jenkins

July 4th

Jubilee 4th of July Parade float

Kathi Blair

Sunday, September 17

Community event on our front lawn

Barbara Wollen and Kathi Blair

Fall, 2023

Benefit Concert, details TBA

Steve Waynen

Saturday, November 4

Fall Gala Event

Kathi Blair and Debbie Edmundson


Ongoing Memory Project – collection of YOUR memories and hopes for the future all winter long in Hale Hall during coffee hour. A compilation will be published called “Jubilations” next fall. Contact Karen von Loesecke with YOUR memory!!!!


Also ongoing: Donations can be made to the Book Drive for the Hingham Public Library all winter in Hale Hall, and online.



The Consignment Center will open for the spring season on

Tuesday, March 14! Come in to find Green--and more!

Faith Formation This Week

Church School

This month in church school students will begin exploring the Easter Story. Through science, art and storytelling we will follow Jesus’s story through to Holy Week. 

We still need Sunday school volunteers. As a helper you are not responsible for lesson planning and prep, you are our teacher’s helping hands. We ask volunteers to commit to a three week session. Sign up here:

Calling all Superheroes! Registration is now open for Vacation Bible School!

Sign up HERE

Men's Group

Our next Men's Group will be held Monday 3/13 at 6:30 PM in Hale Hall.

Social time at 6:30

Dinner at 7:00

Discussion to follow.

Can you imagine a drug that costs $3.5mm??  Paul Jeffrey will be talking about the state of the pharmaceutical industry and the complexities around deciding which drugs should be covered under state and national programs. Looking forward to an interesting conversation.

I will provide the meal and soft drinks. Please bring anything else you would like. Suggested donation of $20 to offset food costs.

Please let me know if you can make it so I can get a headcount for food. 

Look forward to seeing you all.





Everyone enjoys having a snack at Coffee Hour, and the Fellowship Board is asking if you can help supply some of the sweets and treats. Perhaps you are baking cookies or muffins and can make some extras, or if you are shopping and can purchase an extra package of treats to share. Most popular items are cookies, muffins, bars, etc. Simply place your items in the Kitchen marked “Fellowship/Coffee Hour” and we will use them the next Sunday or freeze them for future Coffee Hours. The Fellowship Board appreciates any help, as our board provides the treats every Sunday. Thank you!!!



We are respectfully asking that all faith pledges be made as soon as possible so the finance team can balance our budget and prepare our financial outlays for the following year. 


Go to or click on this QR code to make your faith pledge today.    

Outreach This Week

The United Church of Christ is responding to the devastating earthquake in Syria and Turkey with an appeal to help recovery efforts. You can be assured that the UCC will be there helping those in need. Please give generously by clicking here or by texting UCCDISASTER to 41444.

Thank you, The Board of Outreach

The Pine Street Inn

With precautions in place, the Pine Street Inn in Boston is looking for volunteers once a month (third Monday) to serve the guests on the women’s side along with dessert donations. Please contact Ruth Whitner for details (phone/text: 339-613-7247 or email

Click HERE to order Easter plants online


at 7:00 pm in the Library and on Zoom.   Please contact

Terri Fortin if you have any questions


at 7:00 pm.

A Zoom Link will be sent out

the day of.

*will not be held 3/15, & 3/22*


Bible Study

Thursday Mornings at 9 am in the Library and on Zoom. Please contact Rev. Dr. Peter Allen to connect


Will be meeting every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm on the third floor of the church.

Christopher Larsen <>


Senior Choir Rehearsals are

Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:15 PM.

All are welcome!

Senior Choir Sings, Sundays - 

9AM Rehearsal, 10AM Service.

David Geissow, Choir Director


Will meet this Sunday after church on the 3rd floor.

Please direct questions to Ed B.

                   GREEN THOUGHT OF THE WEEK


  Just Creation: Shalom for God’s Home

   March 16-18 • Online Conference

This 3-session hybrid conference, held at Columbia Seminary (Decatur, GA) and online, brings together well-known theologians, scientists, activists, and artists to reflect on ways for the church to move forward during a time of precipitous climate change, catastrophic loss of biodiversity, and rapid proliferation of pollutants, especially as the costs of such changes are distributed inequitably around the world.  A variety of workshops are held throughout the day from 8AM until about 6PM from which to choose. For more information and to register, use link below.


 source: Creation Care Network News



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March 9 - 6:00pm Meditation

7:30pm Senior Choir Rehearsal

March 12 - Worship, Fellowship

Outreach Book Drive begins

11:15 am - Jr. Choir, 3rd floor

3-5:00 pm Bowling @ South Shore Country Club

5:00 pm Confirmation Class

The service will be posted on Pete's Facebook page and on Hingham Congregational, Hingham MA, in the afternoon. The Bulletin and Announcements may be viewed on:

March 13 - 6:30 pm Men's Group

March 14 - 7:00 pm Tuesday Evening Bible Study

March 15 - 7:30 pm Evening Lenten Service

No Wednesday Evening Prayer

Executive Council Meeting

March 16 - 9:00 am Growing in Faith Together (G.I.F.T.)

7:30 pm Senior Choir Rehearsal

Save the Dates:

March 15, 22 - 7:30 pm Evening Lenten Services

April 2 - Palm Sunday, 175th Jubilee Story Slam pt. 2

April 6 - Maundy Thursday

April 9 - Easter Sunday

May 18- 5:00pm Women's Dinner, Linden Ponds

  • Gerald Jones
  • Friends and family of Al Carpenter, who passed away recently
  • Jen DiMarzio's friend, Sarina
  • Michael Sardina's mom, Thelma Sardina
  • David Giessow's brother Don, in hospice
  •  Andy Parmelee
  •  The People of Ukraine
  •  Candy Heath
  •  Barbara McGovern’s nephew Brendan, and his wife, Oksana, photo journalists living in Kyiv.
  •  Terri Fortin’s friend, Diane
  •   Nancy Hansberry's sister, Sue
  •  The Ahmadi family from Afghanistan, who are now in the US
  •   Nancie Mooney
  •  Friends and family of Ron Schram, who passed away recently
  •   Ryan Lamonde, prayers for peace and courage

Wishing a Happy March Birthday

to our HCC family.

1 Eric Whitner,

2 John Gillig, Warren Brini, Melissa Anderson

3 Holly Moriarty,

4 Owen Burleigh

5 Clay Harbert

6 Jerry Randall, Meghan Rowan

12 Meghan Sloan

13 Clark Ricciardelli

16 Lauren Edmundson

17 James Ricciardelli

18 Tyler Anderson, Gerald Jones

19 Maarten Noordzij,Camille Boer, Alex Pinto


20 Caroline Nilsen,

Lynn Anderson,

Susan Passaretti

22 Hunter Schilb, Elena Smith,

23 Jody Nash

24 Clark Vialle

26 Whitney Hall,

Duncan Burleigh,

27 Caryl Sullivan, Alex Gorczyca,

Connor Cease

28 Avi Lev

30 Richard Hollander

31 Alex Pinarchick