Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
Office Hours: 9am - 2 pm
Mon., Wed., Fri.
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Welcome to Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

We believe that all people of every age, physical or mental ability, body image, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, social-economic background, family construct and faith tradition are equal in the eyes of God and this congregation. When entering our sanctuary, you will be greeted with a smile, an extended hand and feel the love of Christ surrounding you. 

We are an Open and Affirming congregation.
Here, you are a stranger, but once.

Written by the Social Justice Task Force 
Approved by Hadwen Park Church Trustees, 4/7/04

Judith Hanlon, Pastor
Want more information?  
Call or write our church secretary, Betty Jane, 
at 508-752-7489 or theplaceofgrace@aol.com.
Hunger doesn't 
go on vacation.

Just because it's summer, doesn't mean our Food Pantry is closed.  Non-perishable items are needed.  Please remember the Pantry when doing your grocery shopping.  See our list of needed items.  Bring your donations when you come to worship.  They are an offering of thanks to God.
Gift Idea: Buy Gift Cards 
to benefit our Youth 

“Scrip” is a word that means “substitute money” that you can use at a variety of popular national and local retailers for food, clothing, entertainment, gas, restaurants, etc. You purchase scrip certificates (gift cards) through our program, and our youth missionaries receive a percentage to underwrite their annual summer trips to rehab houses for the elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged. You receive full value for the certificates you purchase; the retailer receives cash up front and repeat business. For more information, contact Gail at gsundlussier@aol.com.
End of Summer 
Worship & Events

Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship. 
Child Care facilities are available for infants through 2-year-olds. A time for 
fellowship and refreshments follows at 11 a.m. 
All are welcome.
  • Sunday, September 6 - Family Worship, 10 a.m. (Come at 9:10 a.m. and sing with the pick-up choir directed by Annie.)
  • Saturday, September 12 - Worcester Pride Parade (HPC will participate - walk with us! It's a great way to support our LGBT brothers and sisters and to promote our great church as well! All are welcome.) Parade starts at 11 a.m. Watch for more information.
  • Sunday, September 13 - Worship & Church School RALLY DAY, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 13 - All-Church Picnic, 1 p.m. to evening, Salem Covenant Camp, Charlton Reservoir. (More info at left.)
  • Sunday, September 20 - Worship & Church School, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 26 - LGBT Asylum Task Force Charity Golf Tournament (see below)
  • Sunday, September 27- Worship & Church School, 10 a.m. Worship will include a Justice Cameo on transgender transitioning. A discussion time will follow worship.  (see more below)

Watch for more information on these and other events which will be posted as details become available. Or contact the church office at theplaceofgrace@aol.com.

Justice Cameos 

The Mission & Social Justice Committee 
is presenting 3-4 minute talks during 
worship about various “isms” that 
separate “them” from “us.” The presenters 
stay after worship for coffee and 
discussion. The first three cameos were on divesting from fossil fuel investment, LGBT asylum work, and the Worcester Fellowship UCC/the homeless.  The next cameo and discussion will be on September 27 and will highlight the transgender journey. Our own Lori Wentworth will speak along with Candace Waldron, author of My Daughter He: Transitioning with our Transgender Children. Join us.  (Future cameos will be on racism and bullying.)

Planting the Seeds for growth

The Growth, Development & Stewardship Committee continues to raise the funds to hire a Christian Education Director. The campaign kicked off on April 26. Members are asked to raise their regular, weekly pledge amount by at least $5 per week. As each $500 is raised, we add a flower to the chart on the wall to the left of the pulpit. (Outright donations are also welcome from anyone.) The garden is growing, but we could use more flowers to reach our goal for this fall: $8,000 for a part-time director. 

If you have not turned in your pledge card for the “Planting the 
Seeds” effort, please do so as soon as possible. (If you need a 
pledge card, they are available in the Narthex.)  Progress reports will be made periodically. 
Please help plant the seeds 
of faith in our young people 
by pledging generously.  
And watch our progress 
on the wall. 

Looking ahead . . .
  • Sunday, October 4 - Fire Prevention & Safety Forum, 11:30 a.m. - Lt. Annmarie Pickett of the Worcester Fire Dept., presenter. (Sponsored by the Health & Wellness Committee)
  • Sunday, October 18 - Worcester CROP Walk.  Everyone is encouraged to participate in this community effort to raise funds to alleviate hunger in the world and here at home.  Watch for more information.
  • Sunday, December 13 - Church School Christmas Pageant, 3 p.m.
They DID come back!

Our 16 youth and adult Home Repair Missionaries returned in July from their week-long workcamp in Scranton PA. They'll be telling stories of how their work transformed the homes of those who could not do the work themselves and how the experiences of service transformed their own lives during various worship services this summer.  Don't miss their stories!  See photos on our 2015 Mission Trip page.
Children ages 5 through grade 7 explored God's word through arts and crafts, storytelling, music and games - including water games on the lawn to keep 'em cool. Parents and friends heard the children tell about their week at a hot dog lunch on Friday, August 7.  Many thanks to Joanne and her team for the great effort to plan, organize and lead this week of activities for our children! 
Fall for Freedom 
Charity Golf Tournament
to benefit the LGBT Asylum Task Force
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Cyprian Keyes Golf Club, 242 E. Temple St., Boylston

$150 per person/$600 per foursome  (Dinner included)
(Extended deadline: Register by 8/31/15 for early bird special: $120 per/$480 foursome.)
Dinner only: $35 per person

If you don't golf, there are other ways to support this effort.
  • Donate art, antiques, golf equipment, gift certificates for the Golf Tourney Raffle. (Contact Pastor Judy at gracelift@aol.com if you have something to donate.)
  • Attend the awards dinner or buy a ticket for someone else!  (Go to URL below.)

For more information and to register go to: http://lgbtasylum.org/golf.htm

August began in a special way!

Morning worship on August 2 was very special - moving music by the Pick-up Choir, Pastor Judy and Fr. Anthony Musaala; a sermon by Fr. Musaala; and the sacrament of Holy Communion. Fr. Musaala is a Catholic priest from Uganda as well as a gospel star and human rights activist who has been visiting us for a few weeks.

In the afternoon, Fr. Musaala presented an International Hymn Fest of spirited African songs, old favorites and his own beautiful, contemplative Christian music. There was singing and dancing in the aisles. A free-will offering was taken to benefit HPC's work with LGBT asylum seekers and Fr. Musaala's ministries in Kenya. Guests were invited to enjoy a light supper prepared by our own Carlton Martin.  
Guest preachers added variety . . . 
Summer is often the time when guests are invited to fill our pulpit.  We are privileged to have several "clergy-types" among our membership. The Rev. Marilyn Wilcox (middle) spoke on August 9; our seminarian Sarah Sund-Lussier (above) spoke on August 16. The Rev. Dr. Sam Young (right) led worship on August 23.
Sunday, September 13, 2015

  • 10 a.m. - Bring your children for WORSHIP and CHURCH SCHOOL REGISTRATION.  Then, head to the Evangelical Covenant Camp on Charlton Reservoir for our annual ALL-CHURCH PICNIC!  (Call the church office for directions.)
  • 1 p.m. - PICNIC/POTLUCK - Bring a generous dish to share (casserole, salad, dessert). Full kitchen facilities available. Also bring paper plates/cups, silverware, non-alcoholic beverages, a cooler/ice, bag to remove your own trash. 
  • 2 p.m. - Group GAMES for all ages.
  • 3 p.m. - FREE TIME for swimming, napping, boating, table/lawn games. Bring towels, swimsuits, kayaks & gear, lawn chairs, games, bug spray, sunscreen, etc.
  • 5 p.m. - WORSHIP & SING-A-LONG
  • 6 p.m. - HOT DOG ROAST compliments of the Youth Group and leftovers from lunch. 
  • 6:30 p.m. - MUSIC/DANCING - Bring your CDs, musical instruments. Dance and sing 'til you can't anymore.

Choir season begins! 

Exciting news: We will now have a
Pick-Up Choir AND a Rehearsal Choir 
every Sunday!

ALL ages and levels of musical knowledge and experience are welcome to participate. We only ask for a love of the spirit, music, and a willingness to learn.

Starting the first full week of September, Rehearsal Choir will practice in the sanctuary on Wednesday evenings, 7-9 p.m. , and Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m. The Pick-Up Choir will join the Sunday morning rehearsal at 9:10 a.m. Please come in your Sunday best and with a song in your heart, either one Sunday or every Sunday, as you are able!  

Please email Annie Arsenault (annie4music@gmail.com) with any questions.
Remember a special 
person or event.

There are dates available on the flower calendar. Why not provide flowers for the communion table in memory or honor of a loved one or in celebration of a special event? The calendar is posted in the narthex as you enter the church. Add your name to the date you want, fill out a form and leave it and a check ($25/2 vases, $12.50/1 vase) in the inbox outside BJ's office or mail it to the church. You may also bring your own flowers; just be sure to sign up and that the flowers are in place by 9:30 before worship begins.

August ended in Song!

Our last service in August featured a hymn sing with several people (old and young) sharing stories about they favorite hymns.  Pastor Judy told the story of Paul and Silas singing while they were in prison with other prisoners listening to them.

The coffee hour was hosted by our Youth Missionaries who also presented a slideshow of their work trip this summer to Scranton PA. On display were two tables full of food they brought to donate to our Food Pantry.  After coffee hour, there was a meeting of all those interested in the 2016 mission trip. Contact Ralph if you couldn't be there but are interested in going.

Let's hear a cheer 
for our youth!