Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603  | 508-752-7489
Office Hours: 9 am - 2 pm  |  Tues., Thurs., 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
gracelift@aol.com
Want more information?  
Call or write our church secretary, Sharon, 
at 508-752-7489 or theplaceofgracehadwen@aol.com.
Winter & Lenten Worship 
& Other Events
Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m.  
All are welcome! 
  • Children aged 3 - grade 8 begin in worship with their family and are dismissed to Sunday School after about 15 minutes. Mid-September through mid-May, classes are held during the rest of worship. (On Communion Sundays, children begin in their Sunday School classes and come to the sanctuary for Communion with their families.) Mid-May thru mid-September, children are invited to “Children’s Church” for stories and activities during the sermon time. 
  • Throughout the year, a time for fellowship and refreshments is held downstairs after worship. 
Look for more information on the events below either here or on our Facebook page or contact the church office.

  • Sunday, February 24, Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. Missions Sunday with Susan Crimer leading worship. (See more at left.)
  • Sunday, February 24, Realm Cafe, 11 a.m. If you haven't accessed your profile or uploaded your photo to our member directory on our secure online website for members only, see Pastor Sarah during coffee hour. With correct contact information and your photo in Realm, other members can reach you and get to know you better. We'd love to see you in the cloud!
  • Saturday, March 2 - Cub Scout Pinewood Derby, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to come and cheer on the contestants!
  • Sunday, March 3 - Transfiguration Sunday - Worship with Communion & Sunday School, 10 a.m. Pastor Judy preaching. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, March 6 - Ash Wednesday Service, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 10 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
  • Monday, March 11 - LGBT Asylum Task Force Community Dinner, 6 p.m. (See more information elsewhere on this page.)
  • Wednesday, March 13 - Lenten Light Supper, 6 p.m., and Lenten Service, 7 p.m. Come enjoy fellowship and a light meal (free-will offering) and then meditate on an aspect of our Lenten journey, “Take Nothing with You.”
  • Friday, March 15 - 2&1 Adult Fellowship Potluck Supper & Program (TBA), 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 17 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, March 20 - Lenten Light Supper, 6 p.m., and Lenten Service, 7 p.m. Come enjoy fellowship and a light meal (free-will offering) and then meditate on an aspect of our Lenten journey, “Take Nothing with You.”
  • Sunday, March 24 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. Assoc. Pastor Sarah Sund-Lussier preaching. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, March 27 - Lenten Light Supper, 6 p.m., and Lenten Service, 7 p.m. Come enjoy fellowship and a light meal (free-will offering) and then meditate on an aspect of our Lenten journey, “Take Nothing with You.”
  • Sunday, March 31 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m

While Pastor Judy is away, please contact Sharon Collins (508.335.2181)​ or Susanne Hubbard (508.885.6336) if care is needed in an emergency.
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 the church 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.
HPC Food Pantry Needs Your Help

  • Donations:  Our Food Pantry is continually in use by those in need. Thus, it is always open to donations of non-perishable items.  Please remember the Pantry when doing your grocery shopping.  See our list of needed items. Or pick up one of the specially marked bags in our Narthex or on the stair landing. Bring your donations when you come to worship. Or write a check to HPC with "Food Pantry" in the memo line and put it in the offering plate.  Think of it as an offering of thanks to God.
  • Volunteering:  Are you available on Mondays or Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.? Sign up for a day to staff the Pantry. See a description of the need and instructions for signing up on the Food Pantry Page
Bad weather?

Watch WCVB-TV3, the Boston Channel, for closings or delays at HPC. You can also check this website, but do not depend on the website alone as it may not have been updated when you visit.
Annual Meeting hit a few highs

The 2019 Annual Meeting of HPC was held on the 5th Sunday of Epiphany, February 10. Several important events happened on that day in addition to the Scout Sunday service reported in the article below. 

  • Ed O’Donnell announced we have reached our goal to fully fund our budget through pledges and gifts of $180,000. The budget was approved. Officers were elected. Committee reports were accepted. 
  • By vote of the congregation, Sarah Sund-Lussier was called to serve as our associate pastor for faith formation and we raised our hands in blessing. (This means we will be planning an ordination and installation soon.) Oh, happy day!
  • Pastor Judy announced that Al Green, director of our LGBT Asylum Seekers Task Force, will receive the City’s Eleanor T. Hawley Human Rights Award at a breakfast on February 23. More celebration and clapping!

See more photos on our Facebook page.

On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and . . . to help other people at all times . . .

These words from the Scout Oath opened Scout Sunday 2019 at HPC. After serving a fundraising pancake and sausage breakfast in Fellowship Hall, our Scout Troop 22 and Cub Pack 22 and their leaders led worship in the Sanctuary on February 10. After a skit that led into the opening hymn, they shared many Boy Scout traditions, reflected on what Scouting means in their lives, and led the congregation in prayers and liturgy. What a blessing to see these fine young people rising to follow Jesus’ teachings, which can be found in Scouting values.

See more photos on our Facebook page.

We're on a mission . . .

. . . Well, actually, we're on many missions. 
Our church has many "official" missions. In 
addition, many members have several individual 
missions as well - volunteer work we do through other organizations or totally on our own. Sunday, February 24 is Missions Sunday at HPC and we'll celebrate all the work we do to bring God's Light to this world. Come at 10 a.m. to shine a light on what you do now or have done in the past. Or just come to recognize the work of others. If you like, bring a symbol of that work - a t-shirt, a rally banner or poster, Scout sash, a tale of your experience. We'll make a list of all the ways HPC serves God's world. (Sponsored by the Mission & Social Justice Committee)
We're encouraged to embrace/serve all.

Led by Minister of Music Brett Maguire, worship on the Sixth Sunday of Epiphany (February 17) urged us to "draw the circle wide" and care for and serve others. Brett was assisted by two choir members and our expanding choir sang of widening our circle and of peace. This was a perfect precursor for our service on the Seventh Sunday of Epiphany (see above) when we'll celebrate our mission work. Be sure to join us!
For your calendar:
  • Sunday, April 14 - Pancake Breakfast (Youth fundraiser), 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 18 - Maundy Thursday Drama of the Last Supper, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20 - Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Sunday, April 21 - Easter Worship (no Sunday School, no coffee hour)
  • Sunday, April 28 - Youth Hot Dog Fundraiser, 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 4 - Supper (5 p.m.) and Talent Show (6 p.m.) to benefit church camperships and Youth Mission Trip
  • Sunday, May 19 - Children’s Sunday Worship
  • Monday-Friday, July 15-19 - Vacation Bible School!