This Week at HCC – July 9, 2020

This Week at HCC

Hingham Congregational Church
Weekly Newsletter
In This Issue
A Note form Pete
Green Tip
What’s Happening this Week

We are entering
Services will start at 9 am
Hingham Congregational Church UCC’s
Rev Sara Holland’s
Facebook Page is:
YouTube Channel is:
Email is:




Sunday July 12, 2020- 
9:00 am –
Worship Service on HCC’s YouTube Channel:


9:45 am –
One Room Schoolhouse via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 928 4676 6217
Password: 131455

9:45 a.m.,

Watch the live sermon on HCC’s Facebook page:
10:00 am –
Virtual Fellowship Time via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 766 2077 7565  Password: HCC

From the office:
 Please make sure to let the office know when you are going to be in the sanctuary or church building.  We do not want any overlapping.
or 781-749-1276.  Thank you!

A note from Pete…


                       Pete will be away until July 20th.  

Please note: If you need financial assistance, please contact Rev. Sara for confidential help at or 336-225-5113.

A note from Rev Sara…
Dear Church,
This weekend we’ll explore the parable of the sower. We might remember that seeds need good soil. As Jesus says in this parable two times, listen! We hope you are able to check out our YouTube service which will premiere at 9 am or tune in for a live stream from my living at 9:45 am. The Facebook live stream will take place on the Hingham Congregational Church page.
This weekend and moving forward we are going to have one room schoolhouse at 9:45 am rather than 9:30 am.
Vacation Bible School will premiere on July 20th at 9:30 am. Each day that week a new 30 minute video will air; each one will include a theme, lesson, scripture, craft demonstration and songs! If you want to pick up a free craft packet on July 17th between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm, please fill out this form:
Sending peace,
Rev Sara


JULY, 9, 2020
The Back to the Building Task Force has been meeting regularly to discuss and discern safety protocols for returning to worship on the church property. While every decision we make will be subject to change at any given moment depending on UCC, CDC, state and local guidelines and mandates, we are excited to report that at this time we are hoping to provide 3 outdoor Sunday worship services in August. Due to limited space on the lawn, and social distancing guidelines, attendance will be limited and on an RSVP basis. Masks will be required, and worshipers will be asked to bring their own chairs or blankets. If all goes according to the current plan, these services will be on August 16, 23 and 30 (weather permitting). More details will be provided later this month.
We are also working on protocols for returning to indoor worship in the fall. As mentioned in our June 4th update, we are doing everything we can over the summer to properly and thoughtfully prepare for opening. While it is our plan to stay consistent with UCC and CDC guidelines, we continue to monitor the situation in Massachusetts and in Hingham.
During this pre-phase of reopening, staff are working hard to create meaningful virtual worship and will continue to record services in the sanctuary following recommended safety protocols. If there is a silver lining, we learned we can worship “together apart” and we plan to continue streaming services for those who cannot attend church, even after we fully reopen live church services.
We have set up a space on the website for you to communicate to us if you have questions or concerns. Please feel free to use this as a way to share your thoughts with us:
It is out of an abundance of love for our worship community that we continue to make our decisions thoughtfully and cautiously, based on information from science, social evidence, and guidance from the Holy Spirit.
Thank you for your patience.
The Back to the Building Task Force:
Cory Noordzij, Kathi Blair, Tim Redmond, Ray Childs, Mike Whitner, Paul Jeffrey, Kris Shorey, Tracy Allen, Stod Rowley, Pete Allen, Sara Holland, David Giessow, Lynn Mayo.

Weekly HCC Virtual Coffee Hour Sundays at 10:00 am Via Zoom!

Evening Prayer time with Pastors
Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 pm
    Links and reminders will be sent out each morning

                                                     HCC Zoom Café
Join us on Wednesday, July 15th at 10:00 am – 11:00am for a friendly midweek get-together via Zoom!
We are excited to ‘see’ you during this time when we are not able to gather in person.  There’s no agenda – just a good chance to catch up with each other!
Please contact Meredith Anderson at any time at or 203-733-4180 if you need instructions on how to sign on to Zoom.
We look forward to spending time with you and all of our church friends at the HCC Zoom Café!
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 832 3088 9092     Password: HCC

Call for Summer Music Volunteers! 

During July and August, we need YOU to provide music for worship services–this is your chance to record that piano piece you’ve been practicing, make a video singing the solo you have always wanted to hear in church, get your old band back together over Zoom or SoundTrap, practice your dijeridu, make a joyful noise in a music video, for the Sunday service!
For encouragement or more info, text or call David Giessow at 617-686-2581.

                                       Invitation to Racial Justice Working Group 
Dear Members and Friends of HCC,
What do you see as your role in this moment of societal tension and growth? As we each have our own perspective with regard to race and racism, we acknowledge that the signage at the church has inspired many and caused others to ask good questions. The purpose of the “HCC – Social Justice – Black Lives Matter” sign is to point to Jesus’ call for justice. However, it’s important to include the whole congregation in this discussion. To that end, we are putting together a focus group of 10 people who will explore race and privilege and lead the church in a process of discernment, goal setting, and action. All perspectives will be held with love. We will aim for compassionate conversations.
If you are interested in being a part of this focus group, please email our moderator, Lynn Mayo at, Rev. Pete at, and Rev. Sara at (Please email all three of us). The group will begin meeting in mid July.
Pete and Sara
Micah 6:8
…what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

A Note from the Hingham Food Pantry
For those families who may need assistance
(please call the pantry if this is your first visit- 781 749 1671).Our next distribution is: Tuesday, 7/14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

We will be accepting donations on:  Monday, 7/13 from 2:30 pm to 4 pm and
                                                       Wednesday, 7/15 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Our present list of needs are:
Beef stew, Canned fruit, Granola bars
Peanut butter or cheese sandwich crackers
Granulated sugar (one or two-pound bags or boxes)
Grape or strawberry jelly
Canned spaghetti is a great way to order donations online.  Items can be sent to Brooke Bartletta (note the “t” in Bartletta), 52 Fearing Road, Hingham, MA 02043
Monetary donations are also always welcome.  Checks may be made out and mailed to:
Hingham Food Pantry, 685 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043 or
Venmo @Brooke-Bartletta (note the “t” in Bartletta)
with a note of Hingham Food Pantry in the “What’s It For” section.  Brooke will provide Hingham Food Pantry with a check.
We are truly grateful for everything you do for us.

Once again, HCC’S Board of Outreach is coordinating a Backpack drive with Quincy’s Interfaith Social Services to provide families in need with school-ready backpacks for children in time for the new school year. This school year, the need is greater than ever due to many families suffering with economic instability due to COVID-related unemployment and the fact that children will be expected to bring all their own supplies to school instead of sharing among classmates.
There are two ways you can participate in this great cause:
  1. By going to Staples, Wal-Mart, Target, or a store of your choice and buying a backpack provisioned with the list below. (preferable).
  2. By making a donation to HCC earmarked for “ISS Back Pack Drive.” We will make a one-time contribution from HCC to ISS to support the drive.
The Interfaith Social Services ( is one of many great local organizations that you and the HCC support. The Back Pack Drive kicks off our annual Outreach calendar year and is a very positive contribution to the local community. ISS information on this can be found at
Please drop off the Backpacks in the designated plastic bin on the Church Office front porch by Sunday July 26. Thank you in advance for your help and support.
The Board of Outreach
Backpack Program Wish List:
Fill a backpack with these supplies. Backpacks should be generic and gender-neutral, if possible.
  • 2 spiral notebooks
  • 2 composition notebooks
  • 3 pocket folders
  • #2 pencils
  • colored pencils
  • washable markers
  • crayons
  • glue stick
  • pens (black or blue)
  • 2 highlighters



During the coming weeks “Green Tips” will feature ideas that can be found on. Check out the website for additional info. About these tips, some of which will be summarized here.
1) Go PLANT-BASED and COMPOST:  If you have a little more time at home these days, make a resolution to eat more plants – those vitamin-rich fruits and veggies. Canned or dried beans and rice are easy to prepare and nutritious. Store the leftovers for a future meal to reduce food waste. Produce that has gone bad can be composted for gardening.

Suggestion – go to for earth-friendly ideas


           Please keep in
                    your prayers…
  • Peter Allen, facing surgery
  • Elly Hughes, whose brother died recently
  • Deb Redmond, whose mom died recently
  • Al Carpenter
  • Jeff Collins, whose mom died recently and his father Mike Collins
  • Helen Scoville, whose father died recently
  • Family and friends of Eleanore Keenan, Margery Price’s sister, who died recently
  • Family and friends of Vic Soldat, Nancie Mooney’s brother, who died recently
  • Ryan Lamonde, prayers for peace and courage
  • All of those working to better their mental healt
  • People in abusive households
  • Sarah England’s daughter and son-in-law, Audrey and Tom, who lost their home to fire. Prayers for wisdom and stamina.
  • Breanne Garland’s grandmother, Mary Souther, who is in the hospital.
  • All brave essential employees
  • Candy Heath’s sister and brother-in-law, Marylin and Brad
  • Rod Ells, Pat’s husband
  • Allan Bacon, Carolyn Antoine’s brother
  • Peter Edson
  • Tom Hulbert
  • Don Geissow, David’s brother
  • Children and youth with atypical routines at this time, especially those with food insecurity
  • Suzy Burba and Winston Janusz, approved for ordination, pending call
  • Daryl Denelle, seeking ordination
  • All those affected by the corona virus in the world.

                               This Week at HCC
July 9
 7:00 pm
Ladies Lounge:
Meeting ID: 944 8657 0309
Password: 233249
July 12
 9:00 am
Full Worship Service on HCC YouTube Channel
One Room Schoolhouse via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 928 4676 6217     Password: 131455
  9:45 am
Live Sermon on HCC’s Facebook Page:
 10:00 am
Weekly HCC Virtual Coffee Hour via Zoom:
July 13
 7:00 pm
Prayer time with Pastors via Zoom – link to come
July 15
10:00 am

HCC Zoom Cafe

Meeting ID: 832 3088 9092     Password: HCC
 7:00 pm
Prayer time with Pastors via Zoom – link to come
 7:30 pm
Executive Council