This Week at HCC

This Week at HCC
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Looking forward to seeing
you in worship
Sunday, October 20, 10:00 am
Hingham Congregational Church  
378 Main Street, Hingham MA 02043
Hingham Congregational Church Newsletter
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October 20 –  

10 am Worship

Rev. Rev. Jim Antal Preaching,
Presentation on Climate Change by Jim Antal during  

fellowship hour, Last day for Auction donations, Confirmation Class




October 27-  

10 am Worship, Breakfast Club, Carrot Sunday, Gala Fundraiser during fellowship hour, Beautiful Boy, book discussion, Middle School Youth Group, Service Trip Meeting.

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In This Issue
A Note form Pete
Winter Coat Drive
A Note from Sara
Green Team presents Jim Antal
Special Coffee Hour
HCC Off Broadway
Pine Street Inn Meal
Carrot Sunday
Off Broadway Gala
TRR #7
Green Tip
Alter Flowers
What’s Happening this Week

A note from Pete…  
Dear Friends,
We will have a special guest on Sunday morning. Former Massachusetts UCC Conference Minister, Jim Antal, who is a climate crisis activist and leading voice for our denomination, will bring a message of urgency and hope. As Christians, we cherish God’s creation, we acknowledge the truth about climate change, and yet we do not despair. Please come to hear Jim’s message, both during worship and afterwards in Hale Fellowship Hall. This is a rare opportunity to engage on a deeper level a topic that is relevant to all of us and to our neighbors throughout the world.

Rev. Dr. Peter Allen

Senior Pastor,
Hingham Congregational Church,
United Church of Christ


Cell: 203-522-3685

Church Office:

Winter Coat Drive –
Drop off at Hingham Atlantic Bagel


Warm winter coats, boots and sweatshirts are needed in all sizes – Adults-Teens and Kids.
Your donations will benefit Boston Area Refugees who are clients of the International Institute of New England ( IINE).
Coat drive runs until Sunday, Oct 20.
For information – pls TEXT Mary Jenkins 617-797-7686.

A note from Reverend Sara …
Dear Church,
I got married!! Thanks for your love and support!   See you next week!
Sending peace,
Oct. 8th – 22nd – Rev. Sara away for wedding and mini-moon. Please direct pastoral concerns to Rev. Pete – and church school concerns to Jen DiMarzio –

Green Team presents Jim Antal: On Sunday, October 20th
Rev. Antal
 Jim Antal, former Massachusetts UCC conference minister and president, nationally known climate activist, and author of Climate Church, Climate World, will be preaching to our congregation and leading a discussion after worship that will explore the shared values we must embrace to build a clean, safe, healthy and viable future. Jim will help us address questions like
  • How can the church support individuals, families, leaders and communities as they live into these values?
  • How can we be part of a real movement, learning from and/or working with other communities of faith that may be further down this path?
Jim’s presence will inform and likely stir passion – please make every effort to participate!

Join us at Coffee Hour this Sunday

Join us at Coffee Hour this Sunday for a taste of what’s to come at HCC Off Broadway on 11/2! You’ll be treated to an absolutely delightful performance of “The Book Report”, from “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown!”. Listen to the talented quartet of Tracy Allen, Lynn Anderson, Ed Bartholomew and Todd Swavey, accompanied by Eileen Hutchins, as you purchase your tickets for the fundraiser!

HCC Off Broadway – Silent and Live Auction Items are needed.
Exciting auction items for the HCC Off Broadway Fall Fundraiser on November 2 are coming in; however, more items are still needed. Donation forms (due October 20) are available at HCC on Sunday mornings and online at Just scroll down and select Auction Donations Needed. Forms may be submitted online, mailed to the HCC Office at 366 Main Street Hingham, MA 02043, or emailed to Barbara McGovern at
For more information, please contact Ruth Whitner,, Barbara McGovern at, or Karen Von Loesecke,

Pine Street Inn Meal on Monday, October 21, 2019

  • Kitchen help is needed on Monday morning, October 21 at 8:00 AM in the HCC kitchen.
  • Donations of desserts are needed. Cookies, bars, cupcakes, and brownies are easy to serve and enjoyed by our friends at Pine Street Inn.  Please drop off donations on Sunday morning, October 20, or on Monday morning, October 21, before 9:00AM and label desserts – Pine Street Inn.
    If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Whitner,

Carrot Sunday
The Board of Outreach is collecting one-pound bags of carrots for the Hingham Food Pantry. Please bring carrots in on Carrot Sunday, October 27. Look for collection boxes in the narthex and in Hale Hall.


       ***DON’T MISS THE FUN!***
Sunday, October 27, and Sunday, November 3 –  
Join us during Coffee Hour for:
Kids Games
The Return of the Famous Basket Raffle
The Wishing Wall
A Broadway Musical Performance you WON’T want to miss
Saturday Night, November 2, 6-10 p.m.
In the HCC Hale Fellowship Hall
Dinner, Entertainment and Live and Silent Auction
MC’s Jen Dimarzio and Doug McCaig
Tickets for the evening event are on sale for $45 per person at coffee hour on October 20 and 27, on the website at, or by calling the church office.
Tickets price includes appetizers, dinner, dessert and tons of fabulous entertainment. Cash Bar.
For questions, contact Libby King or Kathi Blair

***Third Rock Report #7 – October 10, 2019
This report aims to serve as a go-to source of climate change news and developments, locally, nationally, and globally — because we’re all in this together.***
Why 2020 is a key year for climate action:  “We could try to decrease [emissions] even faster over subsequent years, but if we don’t get to that first critical reduction by 2030, it becomes very difficult to see a way that we can limit warming below that dangerous 1.5 degrees Celsius.”  — Michael Mann, atmospheric scientist, Penn State U.
In late September a new UN climate report asserted that
Growing coastal flooding is inevitable, and damage to corals and other marine life has already been unleashed. But, importantly, scientists say the world still has time to avert even more severe consequences.
Last month we witnessed youth around the world rallying to fight climate change.  While their apparent focus was on our planet’s health, they’re also concerned about how climate change is affecting children’s well being.
An innovative way of counting North America’s animal aviators has led to the shocking discovery that there are 2.9 billion fewer birds taking wing now that there were 50 years ago, a decline of 29%.  Habitat loss and greater use of pesticides are largely to blame for this “full-blown crisis.”
We think of northern Russia as a most frigid land, but temperatures have soared there and Siberia’s permafrost is melting, undermining the very ground, disrupting homes and livelihoods of more than 5.4 million people…and releasing more carbon into our atmosphere.
Yesterday bankrupt PG&E began  cutting power for nearly 800,000 California customers due to wildfire risk. The outages are part of what is the largest pre-emptive power blackout ever. The company warned that “any of its more than 5 million electric customers” could have power shut off due to intricacies of the lines: “For planning purposes, PG&E suggests customers prepare for outages that could last several days.” The company’s shut-off map was not accessible at the utility’s website, but some media had it handy.
Meanwhile insurers are retreating from insuring homes in California’s high risk wildfire areas, dropping homeowners from policies and forcing purchases of costlier coverage from alternate carriers.

The Boston Globe recently ramped up its coverage; let’s hope that’s permanent.  Most prominent is the late-September multi-page special report on climate change and Cape Cod, At the Edge of a Warming World (plus short video).  See also Climate Commandos, about smart people on the case in Greater Boston, and Demand Changes on the environmental impact we don’t know we have, paired with Remember, We’re Not Powerless.  And the City of Boston updated its Climate Action Plan this month.

Last but not least, here’s a dramatic climate change related flood -recovery story from Endicott City, MD, a damaged and divided community that may yet come together.
-Jeff Collins

GREEN TIP of the week:
                         JIM ANTAL
to speak during and after this Sunday’s service. Come be part of the discussion downstairs following church.  What are our shared values needed to build a clean, safe, healthy, and viable future?  What is the church’s role in supporting all of us – parents, families, teachers, community and national leaders… in this mission? Can we, should we, how can we get involved in this movement?
– REPURPOSE – ROT(compost)  

Altar Flowers Sign Up

Help beautify our Sanctuary with flowers!
Please consider choosing a Sunday to provide Altar Flowers in celebration or in memory of a loved one.

    Please keep in your prayers…
  • Doug Fortin, who’s mother passed away recently
  • Family and friends of David Burr
  • Peter Edson
  • The family and friends of Jim Dolphin who passed away recently
  • Meredith Anderson
  • BJ Gorczyca
  • Lynn Wellings, Erin Childs’ mother
  • Betty and Tom Hulbert
  • Don Giessow, David’s Brother
  • Vic Soldat, Nancie Mooney’s brother
  • Neil Boylan, Cheryl Pinarchick’s, father
  • Suzy Burba, Winston Janusz, and Bill Ketchum, Members in Discernment
  • All those affected by violence in the world; our prayer is for love, justice, and peace.

What’s Happening This Week

October 8-22 Rev. Sara away- Please direct pastoral concerns to Rev. Pete – and church school concerns to Jen DiMarzio –
October 20  10:00 am Rev. Jim Antal Preaching
  11:20 am
Tickets on sale for Off Broadway Fundraiser
Last day for auction donations  
  11:30 am Environmental Discussion with Jim Antal
  6:30 pm Confirmation with sponsors
October 21   8:00 am Pine Street Meal Prep
October 22   7:00 pm Tuesday Night Bible Study
October 23   7:00 pm Ladies Lounge Fellowship and faith for women RSVP here:
October 24   9:00 am Growing in Faith Together (G.I.F.T)
  11:30 am Pastor Sara’s Open Office Hours at Brewed Awakenings
 Oct 27  Carrot Sunday!
11:20 am Off Broadway Fundraiser Activities during coffee hour
11:30 am Beautiful Boy Book Study
 4:00 pm Middle School Youth Group
 6:30 pm High School service trip meeting, guardians to attend – IMPORTANT! 
Oct 29
 6:30 pm Confirmation Class
Nov 2  6:00 pm  Off Broadway Gala 
Nov 3 11:20 am Off Broadway Fundraiser Activities during coffee hour
12:00 pm Newcomers Luncheon in Hale Fellowship Hall
 5:00 pm Pizza & Prayer
 6:30 pm Confirmation
Nov 4  7:30 pm Meditation Monday
Nov 24 Tree Lot Set Up
Nov 29  Unloading Trees and Set Up