United Church Funds Offers Article with Helpful Tips on Creating a Gift Acceptance Policy
A Gift Acceptance Policy is an essential but often overlooked section of endowment governance. Matthew Wagner, Vice President of Institutional Relationships, has prepared this article that lays out practices and strategies in creating a Gift Acceptance Policy.
Horton Center Welcomes 2021 with Open Arms and Great Hopes for the Summer!
I think we are all ready to put 2020 behind us and get started on a new, safe, and healthy year. We are planning to be in person at camp this year and praying we'll be seeing COVID19 receding in the rear-view mirror by summertime!

Those in the camping world in New Hampshire are expecting to see the rollout in late January or early February, of new guidelines for camps to open in person in 2021. While we are sure it will look different than usual, we are confident that the important things that we do and learn and experience at Horton Center will still be at the center of our time on the mountain. Things like building sacred community, making new friends, having fun outdoors, meaningful worship on Chapel Rock, and taking safe risks in a loving accepting group of peers and fantastic adult volunteers!

Remember registration is open now and you can check out our offerings at HortonCenter.org and sign up as soon as you're ready!

We have a great lineup of fun, exciting, and intriguing camp sessions for all your beloved campers and even a few for adults!

Our Deans are in place and we are finishing up hiring the summer staff! We are looking forward to beginning training next month to be ready for the summer. Thank you Zoom!

We cannot wait to see you on Pine Mountain this summer!

As always you can call (603-545-9660) or email Tim (thughes@nhcucc.org) with any questions. Have a safe and healthy start to 2021!


Tivvi Paré - Assistant Director/Summer Director
Tim Hughes - Executive Director 

Horton Center
New Hampshire Conference
United Church of Christ
Anthems, Preludes, and Postludes for Online Worship Available Free
College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, Vermont is freely sharing its collection of worship music videos to all UCC churches for use in online worship services.

The collection is available at:

There you’ll find dozens of favorite anthems, preludes and postludes (choral & instrumental) from a wide range of styles, periods and composers. You are welcome to let us know when you include these in your worship, so we can lift each other up in our prayers - thankful for the gift of connections near and far.
Open and Affirming Zoom Gathering January 30, 2021
Sponsored by the ONA Concerns Mission Group of the NH Conference of the UCC all are invited to join us for a Zoom Gathering on Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

Event activities include:·
  • A Worship Service led by Rev. Carlos Jauhola-Straight
  • A Keynote webinar with Andy Lang, Executive Director, UCC ONA Coalition
  • A Panel discussion with Andy Lang, Carol Soucy, Rev. Michael Denny & Rev. Gordon Rankin
  • A special poetry reading by award winning poet, James Crews.

Please Remember in Your Prayers...
In a week in which happenings in our country have shocked and dismayed us, we offer prayers for those who have lost their lives or been harmed as well as their loved ones, for justice to triumph over power, and for truth and love to be restored as the foundation of our civil discourse and decision-making.

O God, in your tender mercy,
Hear our prayers!
Across Our Conference
The Rev. Paul Gibbons concluded his ministry at the Charlestown Congregational Church on December 31, 2020. 

Sanbornton Congregational, United Church of Christ has called the Rev. Paula Gile as their Interim Pastor. She started her ministry in Sanbornton on January 1, 2021.

The First Congregational Church of Hanover Center, United Church of Christ has called Christopher Green to serve as their Pastor. The church is yoked with the First Baptist Church of Hanover. Mr. Green is preparing for his ordination in the American Baptist Church and will begin his service in Hanover mid-January.

Rev. Roger Spinney will conclude his interim ministry with the First Congregational Church - First Baptist Church of Hanover in January.
Conference Minister
Sunday Schedule: January 17, 2021
The Rev. Gordon Rankin and the Rev. Richard Slater will be worshiping with our NHCUCC congregations via computer from their own homes.
Weekly News
The Weekly News is published to promote the mission and ministry of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ.

These announcements are intended to be brief, timely, and of a general interest to our Conference readers. Supportive links are provided whenever they are available. We encourage you to forward these materials to others in your church using the link below and to share them in your bulletins and local church newsletters.

Send your items to WeeklyNews@nhcucc.org.The deadline for submitting items for the next issue is Thursday at 12:00 PM.
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