Environmental Justice Mission Group Shares Information on NH Interfaith Power and Light’s Faith Climate Justice Voter Campaign
NH Interfaith Power and Light is the newest of 40 affiliates of Interfaith Power and Light, a national organization whose mission is to inspire people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action to address climate change.  Our NH organization formed last year with the help of a grant from the Episcopal Diocese of NH. This year we received a grant from IPL to allow us to focus on the importance of voting with climate in mind, for the sake of all of God’s Creation including future generations. 

Our campaign is focused on the pledge which follows below, climate conversations with our families and friends on the importance of voting and encouraging others to vote, and working to protect access to the ballot to ensure that everyone has the means to vote including expanding vote by mail. If interested, please click on the link below to make the Climate pledge. If so inclined, please share this information with others in your faith community via your enews.

If you would like more information or to volunteer, please reach out to me, Susan Fuller at susan.fuller@nhipl.org

"I am pledging to be a Faith Climate Justice Voter to put love into action for every living creature and for every vulnerable community suffering the impacts of our changing climate, from sea rise, to extreme heat, to devastating droughts, to supercharged storms.
I believe that our nation’s elected leaders and our public policies should reflect our shared values. By pledging to be a consistent voter and vote with climate in mind, I am communicating the values of caring for God’s Creation and our children’s future.”

Pastoral Leadership Development Groups for 2020-2021 are Forming Now
The New Hampshire Conference continues to offer Pastoral Leadership Development Groups (PLDG) for UCC authorized ministers. Pastoral Counseling Services of Manchester administers the groups in covenant with the Conference. Six groups are available. The Association designation is location of the group, so you may choose any of the groups to attend. Participants focus on personal and professional growth by discussion, reading and presentations regarding systems theory, managing difficult situations, and receiving support in a community of colleagues.  

The Pastoral Leadership Development Groups will meet from September 2020 through June 2021. 

Participants pay a fee of $20.00 per session. (Congregations may wish to encourage their pastor's participation by offering to pay this fee.)  Major funding for this program is provided by the Grace Scott Fund for Pastoral Care. 
To learn more:

Make your plans now to take part in this enriching and educational opportunity. 
The Resolution for the Rights of Nature: “Who Will Speak for the Trees?” (The Lorax)
Rev. Dr. Bob Shore-Goss, The Federated Church, Marlborough NH, shares background information on the Rights of Nature Resolution that will be brought to the 2020 Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Conference on October 17th. Continue reading >>

Please Remember in Your Prayers...
The citizens of Zimbabwe as they experience deep hunger, isolation, and the crumbling of their medical system. The lack of medications, anesthesia, and a general strike by doctors and nurses is precipitating a devastating health-care crisis for the average citizen.

Those experiencing serious illness, especially Pam, the wife of the Rev. Kevin Pleas; the Rev. Judy Copeland; and any others whose names are not here mentioned; that God’s healing touch and presence might be with them. We also pray for those who have known and loved the Rev. Dr. Avery Post, former President and General Minister of the United Church of Christ. Dr. Post died September 7, 2020, at his home in Hanover, NH. The story of his life and contributions to the United Church of Christ can be found by clicking here.

O God, in your tender mercy,
Hear our prayers!

Across Our Conference
The Rev. Paula Gile has tendered her resignation as Associate Pastor of the Congregational Church of Laconia, United Church of Christ. Her ministry in that setting will conclude on September 24, 2020. 
The Rev. Kenneth McGarry has resigned from his position as Associate Minister for Youth and Families of First Church of Nashua, United Church of Christ, and has accepted the call of the First Congregational Church of Stoneham, Massachusetts, to be its Pastor. Ken's last Sunday at Nashua will be September 20, 2020. 
The Rev. Deborah Knowlton will retire and conclude her ministry as Pastor and Teacher of the First Congregational Church of Hampton, United Church of Christ, at the end of September 2020.
The Rev. Rebecca Maccini has tendered her resignation as Designated Term Pastor of the Congregational Christian Church, United Church of Christ, of West Franklin. Her ministry at Franklin will conclude on October 31, 2020.
The Rev. Dr. Peter Lovett has accepted the call of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, of Meredith to be their Pastor and Teacher. Peter will begin his ministry at Meredith on November 1, 2020.  

The Rev. Ruth Martz has tendered her resignation from her position as Pastor and Teacher of the Congregational Church of Sanbornton, United Church of Christ, effective November 30, 2020, and is retiring from active ministry. Ruth’s last Sunday at Sanbornton will be November 15. 
Conference Minister
Associate Conference Minister

Sunday Schedule: September 20, 2020
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.

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