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 theplaceofgrace@aol.com.
Fall Worship & Events
Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m.  
All are welcome! 
  • Nursery care for infants through 2+ year-olds, staffed by a professional child care worker, is available in the nursery just off the sanctuary. Parents may leave their children at 9:45 and must pick them up no later than 15 minutes after the close of the service. 
  • 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, October 14 - Worship with a Baptism & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Choir practices at 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, October 14 - Junior Youth Group, 11:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 16 - Youth Missions Fundraiser at PapaGino's Pizzeria, 4-9 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 18 - Scouts Court of Honor, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, October 19 - Adult Fellowship Potluck Supper, 6 p.m. & Program (Brett Maguire introduces us to our organ and leads a sing-a-long), 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 21 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Choir practices at 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, October 21 - Senior Youth Group, 11:15 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 27 - LGBT Asylum Task Force Gala, 5:30 p.m., DCU Center Ballroom. Buy Tickets here.
  • Sunday, October 28 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Choir practices at 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, October 28 - Junior Youth Group, 11:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 28 - Halloween Celebration, 5-7 p.m.
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
Looking ahead . . .

Put these dates on your calendar:
  • Saturday, November 10 - All-Church Fall Clean Up, begins at 8 a.m.
  • Friday, November 16 - Adult Fellowship Potluck & Program, 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 17 - Youth Pie Bake & Sleepover
  • Sunday, November 18 - Youth Missions Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, 8 a.m.
  • Sunday, November 18 - Stewardship Sunday, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, November 18 - Youth Pie Sale!, 11 a.m.
  • ​Wednesday, November 21 - Thanksgiving Eve Service, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 1 - Greening of the Church, 10 a.m. til done!
  • Sunday, December 9 - All-Church Carolling, after worship
  • Saturday, December 15 - Pageant rehearsal, 9-11 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 16 - Sunday School Pageant, 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 22 - Youth Groups Cookie Baking, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 23 - Cookie Sale, 11 a.m.
  • Monday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 20 - Youth Hot Dog Fundraiser
Rally Day brought us back for a new year!

Many Protestant churches use the first Sunday of the school year to re-assemble parents, children, longtime members and visiting seekers for a new year of worship and Christian education. And so did we on September 9 - Rally Day! School-bound children and work-bound adults brought backpacks and briefcases for a blessing by the congregation. Under Brett’s direction, the choir sang two lovely and appropriate songs used in Jewish temples at this time of year - Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. 

Clearly, the choir was happy to be back in the chancel. YOU are welcome to join them on Wednesday nights at 7:00 and Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. for practice. Join the fun!

LGBT Ministry celebrated!

September 22 was LGBT Sunday at HPC and we highlighted our ministry to and with LGBT asylum seekers. The sermon on "Love & Gratitude" was delivered by Al Green, who directs that ministry. Several of those seeking asylum assisted with readings and prayers and by lifting their voices in song. Thank you all for your inspiration. The congregation was invited to contribute to this ministry, especially by attending the gala to be held at the DCU Center on October 27. You come, too! (See more photos of LGBT Sunday on our Facebook page.)
Help save the lives of LGBT people from around the world!

Come to the 2018 Gala on
Sat., October 27
5:30-9:30 p.m.
DCU Center, Worcester MA

More information and registration:
http://www.lgbtasylum.org/gala.html
"Welcome! Rise up! Glory!"

Sunday, October 7 will be remembered at HPC not only as World-wide Communion Sunday, but also as the day on which a Jewish gospel folk-rock artist from California came to make beautiful music with us. 

Zo Tobi, who writes and sings 
music with an uplifting social and 
spiritual message, was on hand 
to begin recording his 
forthcoming album “for spiritual, 
socially conscious people to be 
refueled, lift up their voices 
together, and be empowered to 
play their part in creating a world 
that works for all.”

Zo chose HPC for the first song 
on the “Something Beautiful” 
album because of its LGBT 
ministry. He invited our choir and 
other church members to record 
the various choruses and the 
bridge and brought his production 
crew along with technicians from Long View Farm Studios in North Brookfield. Thirty HPC people spent a little over two hours working on “Welcome, Welcome.” Then the crew interviewed several individuals about their lives and their experience with HPC and its meaning in their lives. The interviews will be part of videos that will be on the album and also part of a web presence.  

For the next few months, Zo and his crew will visit other organizations around the country to work on other songs. Look for the finished album and several familiar voices and faces late next spring!

For more on Zo Tobi, visit his website.
Help the Youth Missions group 
raise funds for its 2019 trip!

Eat at PapaGino's Pizzeria, 459 Southbridge St., Auburn, on Tuesday, October 16 between 4 and 9 p.m. - eat-in, take-out and delivery orders included. Youth Missions raises 20% of your purchases with the certificate you can download here.