Candidate for the Position of Associate Conference Minister to be Elected at the New Hampshire Conference Annual Meeting
The Reverend Sara Marean
The New Hampshire Conference Board of Directors and Conference Minister, the Reverend Gordon Rankin, recommend to the 221st Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Conference the election of the Reverend Sara Marean to serve as our next Associate Conference Minister. 

Reverend Marean is a graduate of Earlham College and Harvard University Divinity School. She was Ordained in 2001. Reverend Marean has served churches in Minnesota and Massachusetts. For the past eight years, she has served as Pastor at the First Congregational Church (FCC) of Wilmot (NH), UCC.
Reverend Marean has been active in the life of the Conference serving for the past several years on the Wider Church Relations Ministry Team. She has demonstrated passion for the Ukama Partnership and has visited our UCCZ colleagues in Zimbabwe. She also helped lead FCC Wilmot through the process of becoming the New Hampshire Conference’s second Racial Justice Church.

The Associate Conference Minister Search Advisory Team noted Reverend Marean’s pastoral heart, her commitment to justice of all types, and how her faith shines through all she does. She will bring to her work as part of the Conference Staff a vision and passion for what the church is and what it will be. She writes in her profile: “I am deeply passionate about the church. As I see the world around us crack and certain populations lash out at others, I have come to believe ever more deeply in the necessity of church. Our denomination is a voice in a world of hate calling for love. As our nation and world become ever more divided, and extremist voices become ever more prevalent, the UCC has the ability to speak forcefully and emphatically for a faith based on compassion, justice for all God’s children, the sacred nature of the earth on which we live, and systems built on equality.”

Delegates and Authorized Ministers will have the opportunity to attend a virtual Meet and Greet with Reverend Marean on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. She will also be available to greet those who are attending the Annual Meeting in person from 8:00 to 8:45 am on October 15th at the Grappone Center. Reverend Marean will be our preacher for the Annual Meeting opening worship service. The election will take place later in the morning session of the Meeting. 

With a favorable election, Reverend Marean is expected to start as our Associate Conference Minister early in 2023. 
PATHWAYS Theological Education Announces Winter Term Course Schedule
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Whether you are called to a pastoral role, a congregational or community leader seeking new skills, or a curious inquirer, PATHWAYS has courses to expand your thinking, enhance your knowledge, and exhilarate your soul.

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  • Winter 1 Term courses beginning in January 2023, including UCC History and Polity and a new Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE accredited CPE).

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Please Remember in Your Prayers...
As the Puerto Rico, Cuba, Florida, and coastal states recover from the powerful hurricane Ian, let us pray for the many who are vulnerable to injury and illness and the loss of housing, and those who are rushing to bring them care.

In this time of political and social polarities, let us remember our pastors and churches as they endeavor to bear witness to God’s desire for a just and loving human community. The recent highlighting of ‘woke’ churches reminds us that such witness can come at a cost, and so let us be vigilant in our prayer and support of those who bear witness.

O God, in your tender mercy,
Hear our prayers!
Across Our Conference
Please join us in welcoming Atkinson Congregational Church in Atkinson, NH, as a newly-certified Open and Affirming congregation! The church’s ONA Covenant reads: Jesus didn't turn anyone away, and neither do we. As an Open & Affirming church, Atkinson Congregational Church, the Light on the Hill, makes a public covenant to celebrate and welcome people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. We uphold the dignity and worth of each person and families in all their diverse forms. All are welcome to participate in the full life and ministry of our congregation and to worship alongside us as we grow together in faith. “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” (John 13:34)

The Rev. Neil Wilson has announced his resignation from the role of Pastor and Teacher of the Laconia Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, and his retirement from active ministry. Neil’s last Sunday at Laconia will be October 23, 2022.

The Southwest Association of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ will gather at the United Church in Acworth, United Church of Christ, to install Ms. Maureen Adams as Pastor and Teacher at 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 30, 2022.

The Rockingham Association of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ will gather at the Newfields Community Church for a Service of Installation for the Rev. Cheryl Stromski at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 30, 2022.

The Southwest Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 06, 2022 at 1:00 PM via Zoom.

The Grafton Orange Sullivan Association will hold its Fall Meeting on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 2:00 PM via Zoom.
Conference Minister
Associate Conference Minister

Sunday Schedule: October 9, 2022

Rev. Gordon Rankin will be preaching at First Congregational Church of Hampton, United Church of Christ, where the Rev. Linda Hey has just concluded her service as Interim Minister.

Rev. Richard Slater will be preaching at Plymouth Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, where the Rev. Sara Holland serves as Pastor and Teacher.
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