This Week at HCC

A Note from Pete  
Dear Friends,
I hope you are all in a safe, warm, dry place today as the snow falls and the wind blows.
This Sunday, we kick off our annual Epiphany Festival of the Arts with Jazz Sunday. Ed Broms, from the South Shore Conservatory, will once again lead a talented group of musicians as we celebrate the ways that jazz can be a powerful vehicle for spiritual experience.
On January 21, we will display visual art (drawings, paintings, sculpture, etc.) created by members and friends of the congregation, both in the sanctuary and in Hale Fellowship Hall. Please bring your piece to the church office by Wednesday, the 17th. Children’s pieces are welcome!
See you soon,
Pete

A note from Sara…   
 
Dear Church,
This Sunday is going to be wonderful for all ages – Jazz Sunday, Children’s Church, the sacrament of communion, and as always – coffee hour!
We are happy to have people go ahead and sign up to shepherd (assist teachers in church school) for 2018! Follow this link to do so:
If you have questions about what shepherding entails, please do ask.
I am sending you all peace and warmth for the upcoming day of snow and wind.
Pete, Tracy and I are compiling a list of current college and university first year students – if there is such a person in your family, send their mailing address to one of us or to Kate in the office.
Finally, many people in our congregation know that the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday brings with it an important opportunity for community connections with folks around Hingham and Hull. Hingham Hull Religious Leaders Association cordially invites you to participate in volunteering or donating to feed hungry people that holiday weekend. To donate go to:  give.classy.org/hinghammlk 
If you follow the link you will see there are many time slots open. If you want to write a check it could be made out to the Outreach Program and given to Pete, Sara, or Kate in the office. This is a really good way to commemorate MLK Jr.; we already some HCCers signed for the 11 am time slot!
Coming up: 
Jan. 5th – 6th, Friday – Saturday – Men’s Retreat
Jan. 7th, Sunday – Children’s Church
Jan. 7th, Sunday – HS youth meeting and discussion (time to be sent out)
Jan. 10th, Wednesday, 6;30 pm – confirmation meeting
Jan. 10th, Wednesday, 7 – 9 pm – Ladies Lounge
Please let us know if you have questions!

Peace of Christ,

Sara

Please keep in your prayers…
  • Tom Arthur
  • Susan Sardina, who will have back surgery tomorrow
  • Angela Scipione, whose mother died recently
  • Ron DuBois, Kay Doherty’s husband
  • The family of Alice Kost, who passed away recently
  • Jane Thorell, Mark’s Mom
  • Willis Ertman, Debbie Edmundson’s Dad
  • Barbara Minerva, Jeff Collins’ sister
  • The Thomson family, friends of Jessica McIver
  • Tom Studley
  • Mary Jenkins, whose father passed away recently
  • Barbara Healy, Terri Fortin’s Mom
  • Galen Hersey
  • Katie and Betsy, friends of Dan Kelleher
  • Helen Gudmand
  • Don Giessow, David’s brother
  • Joe Ludley, Mark Ludley’s father
  • Susan Randall Harbert
  • Bill Ketchum, Member in Discernment
  • Suzy Burba, student at Andover Newton and Member in Discernment
  • All those affected by violence in the world; our prayer is for love, justice, and peace.

Epiphany Festival of the Arts

Throughout the month of January we will again celebrate Epiphany through the creativity of the arts. Please join in this exciting time!
We can look forward to:
January 7: Jazz Sunday, with talented musicians from the South Shore Conservatory.
January 14: MLK Weekend, featuring traditional and modern spirituals
January 21: Visual art by members of the congregation will be displayed in the sanctuary and in Hale Fellowship Hall. Please bring your piece to the church office by January 17. We’d love to include your work!
January 28: Choir Sunday. All of our choirs will perform.
February 4: Earth Harmony, a folk group whose songs express a deep faith and a call to social justice, will be our guests.
Art and Spirituality Field Trip to the MFA -meet at 11:30 at HCC.

Call to Meeting with Date Change
To the Members of the Hingham Congregational Church:
In accordance with Article VI, section 2 of the Bylaws, the members of the Hingham Congregational Church are hereby notified that the Congregational Annual Finance Meeting of the Church will take place on Sunday, January 28, 2018, in the sanctuary of the church immediately following the 10:00 a.m.worship service for the following purposes:
  1. To review pledges received to date;
  2. To receive reports of the Endowment & Memorial Fund Committee and all Boards and Committees having financial accountabilities;
  3. To receive the report from the Capital Campaign Committee;
  4. To receive the report from the Buildings and Grounds Task Force;
  5. To review the proposed budget for 2018; and
  6. To transact any other business that may properly come before the meeting.
 This is an important meeting and attendance by all members of the Congregation is requested. Child care will be provided during the meeting.
Pam Bates
Clerk

Board of Outreach News
 
 Blanket and Tool Sunday, January 28.
 
In January, our Board of Outreach will provide a giving opportunity to Church World Service.  As always, please do not feel obligated to participate in all of Outreach’s many programs but perhaps donate to the ones that touch your heart throughout the year.
Annually, we support Church World Service by collecting funds for blanket distribution. CWS helps families in the United States and around the world recover from disasters and displacement.  With our help, they have been able to move closer to their goal of a world where everyone has enough to eat, a voice that is heard, and a place to call home.
For more information, see the CWS Blankets and Tools Facebook page.  Please look for the special contribution envelopes in the pews on January 28th. Thank you.

Men’s Group
January 8th 6:30PM – Hale Hall
This month will feature a special presentation from Jim Cosman who will share pictures of his trip to South Africa and talk about the impact of Apartheid there. Meet at 6:30 to socialize, dinner at 7:00, and Jim at 8:00.
Suggested donation for food and drink is $20 but don’t let that hold you back.
 Please RSVP so we can get a head count for food. If you want to be removed from this list, please let me know. Neil Connolly   hinghamneil@gmail.com201.294.8705

JR. CHOIR AT HCC

 

 Jr. Choir Notes
Rehearsal this Sunday!

Guild Consignment Center
The Consignment Center is gathering gift bags!  As you sort out and begin to put away Christmas items this month, keep in mind that the Consignment Center can use any surplus or gently used paper gift bags to build reserves for the 2018 Giving Twice event.  Last month’s enthusiastic shoppers depleted our supply of bags and tissue (a growth problem!), so we will
gladly accept your “too much of a good thing” as you clean closets and drawers.
Another way to share in Green Church practice!
Regular business hours:  
Tuesday (10am-8pm),
Wednesday (10am-1pm)
Thursday (10am-6pm)
Saturday (10am-1pm)
Consigning will be accepted every Tuesday and Thursday. Come in soon to see our refurbished shop!

Men’s Retreat Coming Jan 5 – 6
Sign up this Sunday!
All men of the church are invited and encouraged to attend the Men’s Retreat at Cedar Hill Retreat Center in Cohasset January 5-6. Our time together will begin with dinner on Friday and end with dinner on Saturday. Come away with your brothers and let God’s Spirit refresh your soul! The sign up sheet will be in the sanctuary after worship. You can also register by emailing Pete at pastor@hccucc.com
  

Women’s Retreat – January 19/20
Sign-up this Sunday!
 
This is a great time or reflection, relaxation and fellowship at Miramar Retreat Center
If you have any questions about the retreat or scholarships,  please talk to Sara.

What’s Happening This Week
 
Jan 4      7:30 pm   Christian Education Meeting
Jan 5/6  6:00 pm   Men’s Retreat
Jan 7    10:00 am   Worship
              TBA        HS Youth Meeting
Jan 8      6:30 pm   Men’s Group
Jan 10    6:30 pm   Confirmation
              7:00 pm   Ladies Lounge
Jan 11    9:00 am   Growing in Faith Together
Save the Date:
Jan 17                    Artwork Deadline!! for Sunday
                                               the 21st
Jan 19/20              Women’s Retreat

Volunteer Opportunities
The Department of Children and Families isactively recruiting foster parents on the South Shore.We are searching for individuals or families with the love and patience to help foster children aged 0-22 years.
Our goal is to provide our foster children with a supportive and healing environment in a home in their community until they can be reunited with their families or another plan can be made.
If you are thinking about becoming a foster parent, you can learn more about the application process and the supports provided by the Department of Children and Families. Please call Kara Hemingway at 508-894-3957 
 
NVNA and Hospice, has an immediate need for volunteers to assist in the community and at The Pat Roche Hospice Home.  Please contact Kelly Tammaro, Volunteer Coordinator, 781-610-1427, ktammaro@nvna.orgThank you