November Covid-19 Update from Rev. Gordon M. Rankin
To the Churches, Clergy, and Friends of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ:

I suspect that we are all aware that our Covid-19 trends are cause for concern. Not only is New Hampshire’s 7-day average of daily new cases the highest it has ever been, but it is over twice as high (208 vs. 102) as the worst time in the spring.

I have said before one of the keys pieces of data I use in assessing the Conference’s recommendation to our local church is positivity rate. I am looking for the positivity rate to stay below 3%. As of this weekend, our statewide Covid positivity rate is at 3.7 percent. The website I use for my county by county assessments is currently down, however earlier in the week Rockingham, Coos, Sullivan, and Strafford (at 5.4%) were all exceeding the 3% threshold with other counties edging quite close.
 
Congregate activities remain the most significant risk factor for Covid transmission. Modification to worship and other activities can help reduce risk but they cannot overcome a continually increasing number of Covid-19 case in the state. 

With all this in mind, the New Hampshire Conference is making the following recommendations: continue reading >>
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November Worship with the UCC Council of Conference Ministers is now Available
The Council of Conference Ministers has prepared another worship service for use in our local churches. It is available now, but is not a date specific service and could be used later as well. 

The service information is posted in the worship resources section of the Staying Safe in a Time of Contagious Diseases page on the Conference website (https://nhcucc.org/caring-for-congregations/staying-safe-in-the-midst-of-contagious-disease/worship-resources).
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December Clergy Check-Ins
All of our December Clergy Check-ins will include a time of celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion together. (Of course, you will need to supply your own elements. You may choose to be traditional and use bread and juice or to be more festive and use hot chocolate and peppermint bark.)

Clergy Check-ins for Local Church Pastors will be on:
  • Wednesday, December 2, 4 to 5:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 3, 10 to 11:30 am


The next Check-in for Chaplains, Counselors and Non-Parish Clergy will take place on Monday, December 7th from 2 to 3 pm.  The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/981363971.
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Please Remember in Your Prayers...
We pray for those who have known and loved the Rev. Robert Andrews, who died peacefully, at home, on November 11, 2020. Rev. Andrews was the faithful and loving pastor at the Westmoreland United Church for 25 years, from 1977 to 2002.

As Covid trends worsen across our state and country, we pray for all those whose lives are directly affected by this pandemic: those who have family and friends who are sick; those who are grieving the loss of a loved one; doctors, nurses, and hospital workers; front-line workers in any setting; teachers and school administrators; those who are not able to be with loved ones during the holiday season; and those who lead during these tumultuous days. 

O God, in your tender mercy,
Hear our prayers!
Across Our Conference
South Congregational Church, Concord has called the Rev. M. Sean Dunker-Bendigo as their Interim Associate Pastor. He will start in mid-January.
Conference Minister
Sunday Schedule: November 29, 2020
The Rev. Gordon Rankin will be worshiping with our NHCUCC congregations via computer from his own home.
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