This Week at HCC

A Note from Pete. . .  
Dear Friends,
Homecoming Sunday is this weekend. I hope to see all of you in worship and that you will be able to stay afterward for our annual picnic, complete with yummy food and yard games! Please dress informally and look forward to reconnecting with your church family.
I will be preaching on a passage from the Gospel of Mark about an encounter Jesus had with a woman who was very different from him. How do we deal with difference, especially when we are trying to create community?
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

A note from Sara …
Dear Church,
We’ll be so excited to see you all this Sunday. We hope for a grand re-entry to church school and worship. Come and see your friends, come and hear good news, come to connect!
We need shepherds for this weekend! Sign up here:
As we get back into the church school season, I want to be sure all guardians and parents know where to turn if they need to register children for our Sunday morning programs. As has been the case the past two years, registration will carry over for continuing students; if your kiddo(s) is/are new or they are now of preK age (3 by Sept. 1, 2018), they may be registered here:
While we will welcome Jillian Flaherty and Libby Coley as teachers this Sunday, we are still looking for one more teacher for the elementary age. Please let us know if you have any leads or if you might like to share the class with someone! Curriculum is provided and all teachers receive the loving support of the Board of Christian Education as well as the Minister of Christian Education.
MaryLou Fitzsimmons could use your help getting to church; if you are willing to assist in this important endeavor, please follow this link:
Coming up:
Sept. 8th, Saturday, 10:30 am – Church School teacher training; focusing on safety, HCC policies, mandated reporting, organization and basics of church school protocol
Sept. 8th, Saturday, 2:00 – 3:30 pm – “Rise Up For Climate” at First Parish UU at 19 Town Square, Plymouth, MA; this event is to raise awareness; email Sara for more details if interested.
Sept. 9th, Sunday, 10:00 am – Church School begins!
Sept. 9th, Sunday, 11:15 am – Homecoming picnic for everyone. The boards of Fellowship and Christian Education hope you will come to reconnect. Come in more casual church clothes that day or bring something to change into. If you have a lawn game you’d like to bring and share with your church family, please email me at
Sept. 9th, Sunday, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Middle School youth group
Sept. 9th, Sunday, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – High School youth group (the overlap between these two will be time for substantial snack or meal)
Peace of Christ,

Please keep in your prayers…
  • Todd Smith, whose father died recently
  • Pam Gillig, facing health concerns
  • Liz Sullivan, friend of Jen Dimarzio
  • Bob O’Day
  • Tom Arthur
  • Jane Thorell, Mark’s Mom
  • Galen Hersey
  • Katie and Betsy, friends of Dan Kelleher
  • Sara M. Holland, Suzy Burba, and Bill Ketchum, Members in Discernment
  • All those affected by violence in the world; our prayer is for love, justice, and peace.

All Boards Meeting –
Sunday Sept 16, 12 – 2 pm
All-Boards Meeting, Sunday, September 16, Noon-2:00 pm  There will be a meeting of church officers and the current members of all HCC Boards – Christian Education, Deacons, Fellowship, Outreach, Stewardship and Trustees – after worship on Sunday, September 16th, from noon to 2:00 pm. Lunch will be served. We will be providing important information and discussing the themes and key initiatives at HCC for the coming year.

Spend a little time singing in a choir each week and it can make you healthier, happier, more confident, more popular, and can add years to your life.
Senior Choir season runs from the first Thursday after Labor Day until around the 20th of June. We rehearse on Thursday evenings at the church and sing almost every Sunday. High School students and adults are welcome. We sing a wide variety of music from different historical periods and styles. You don’t have to be a really good singer or read music well to sing with us – that’s what rehearsals are for, as choir members help one another find their way.
We are informal and friendly, we laugh a lot, we care about each other, and we have a great time singing together. Why not pick a Thursday night and come give us a try? It would be great to have you with us.
 Senior Choir Resumes, Thursday, September 6, 7:30-9:15PM rehearsal at church; Sunday, September 9, 9AM Warm- the 10AM Service. Contact David Giessow for more information: 617-686-2581 cell; 
Not able to commit every week? The Folk Choir members enjoy practicing and singing in Sunday morning worship about once a month. Terri Fortin is our organizer; musical leadership is offered by Steve Waynen, Ed Bartholomew and other members. We enjoy singing a variety of Folk-Rock music, coordinating our music with other elements of worship. We have a great time singing and raising our voices in worship to God! Contact Terri Fortin (781) 740-1485 and ask to be added to the folk choir email list so you will know when we sing next. We will sing Bruce Springstein’s Into the Fire on September 9. We will rehearse at the church at 6:30 PM on September 6 and at 8:45 AM on September 9.
Handbell Choir.
If you are interested in joining the handbell choir, contact Todd Swavey. 


Two area events, in support of the national “Rise For Climate” mobilization, are taking place on Saturday, Sept.  8. Information on each is below.
PLYMOUTH – Educational forum at First Parish UU Church, 19 Town Square from 2-3:30. Sponsored by the SS and Upper Cape chapters of the Citizens Climate Lobby.    Contact Ed & Janet Bartholomew for more info. and carpooling.
EAST BOSTON – Event sponsored by and held at E. Boston Mem. Park, Porter St., starting at noon. If you have interest in this event, go to the Action Network website (link below):

HCC Jr. Choir will resume
September 16th!
Rehearsal at 11:20 am
3rd Floor

Guild Consignment Center
The Consignment Center will open its doors on Tuesday, September 11, to begin a new season.
Business resumes on:
Tuesdays (10am-7pm),
Wednesdays (10am-1pm),
Thursdays (10am-6pm) and Saturdays (10am-1pm).
Consigning is accepted every Tuesday and Thursday.
We are still seeking additional volunteers and can schedule your involvement to fit your lifestyle!
Contact Sarah England, Marcia Sinclair or Gail Sheilds.


Do you miss our longtime HCC member and leader Jonathan Harlow’s infectious enthusiasm and smile? I know I do!  Or how about Carolyn’s dry humor and loving friendship?  Unforgettable.  Jonathan, CK and their children Jack, Leigh and Will were important members of our HCC family and we can keep their spirit among us by supporting the Jimmy Fund.  Here is how to help:
Once again, Lynne Powell-Pinto and a team (Heels for Harlow!) of other dedicated Hingham friends and family of the Harlow’s are participating in the Jimmy Fund Walk on 9/23/18 to support cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  The money raised goes directly to the Multiple Myeloma research team that developed the treatments that extended Carolyn’s life long beyond expectations.  Every dollar helps!
Please consider a donation of any amount by 9/23/18 by following this link:
Or by logging onto the Jimmy Fund website and find the “Find a Walker” box on the left and type in Powell-Pinto.
Or by mailing or dropping off a check made out to the “Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk” to Lynne at 27 Maryknoll Dr.  Hingham, MA 02043
Bless you for supporting the Jimmy Fund walk in memory of our special friends Jonathan and Carolyn!   Lynne

Sanctuary Team
Are you interested in how our sanctuary looks on Sunday mornings and during other services? Each Sunday, holiday, and special even calls for a slightly different look. Flowers, candles, banners, works of art, and everyday objects can be used to enhance our experience of worship. We are forming a new team of perhaps three people to help prepare the sanctuary for Sundays and other occasions. It could mean arranging for flowers or helping to taking part in a more ambitious project. The demands on your time will be low and there will be no committee meetings. Please let Pennie Baltera,, know if you would like to take part.

What’s Happening This Week 
Sept 8  10:30 am   Sunday School Teacher  

       2:00 – 3:30 pm – “Rise Up For Climate”

                      First Parish UU at 19 Town  

                      Square, Plymouth, MA

Sept 9  10:00 am   Homecoming Sunday Worship
                       Sunday School begins

12:00 pm   Homecoming Picnic

                     (on Church Grounds)

         4-5:30 pm  Middle School Youth Group
         5:30-6 pm  High School Youth Group
Save the Date:
Sept 10  6:30 pm  Men’s Group @ The Meadows
Sept 14  6:00 pm  Community Game Night
Sept 16 11:05 am  Confirmation Informational  
Sept 16 12:00 pm  ALL BOARDS MTG – light  
                     lunch and childcare provided.