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@gmail.com.
Lenten Worship
and Events

Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m.  
All are welcome! 
  • Mid-September thru late-May: Children aged 3 - grade 8 attend Sunday School classes during worship. Late-May thru mid-September, children attend worship with their families and are invited to Children’s Church during the sermon for stories and activities. 
  • 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.
  • Wednesday, February 26 - ASH WEDNESDAY Worship, 7 p.m. (Lent begins the following day.)
  • Thursday, February 27 - Book Discussion: Persepolis I & II, 7 p.m. (See more info elsewhere on this page.)
  • Saturday, February 29 - HPC Inter-generational Community Movie Night with snacks, 6 p.m. (Movie: It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood featuring Tom Hanks)
  • Sunday, March 1 - Worship, Communion & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, March 3 - Papa Gino's Fundraiser for Youth Missions, 4-9 p.m., 459 Southbridge St., Auburn. Download the flyer, bring it with you and 20% of your purchase (dine in or take out) will go toward sending our kids to work camp this summer. 
  • Wednesday, March 4 - First Lenten Supper & Worship Service, 6-8 p.m. (Free-will offering taken for supper.) All are welcome.
  • Sunday, March 8 - Family Worship, 10 a.m. (No Sunday School; Pick-up Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
  • Monday, March 9 - LGBT Asylum Task Force Community Dinner, 6 p.m. All are welcome.
  • Wednesday, March 11 - Second Lenten Supper & Worship Service, 6-8 p.m. All are welcome. (Free-will offering taken for supper.)
  • Sunday, March 15 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, March 15 - Youth Hot Dog Fundraiser, 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18 - Third Lenten Supper & Worship Service, 6-8 p.m. All are welcome. (Free-will offering taken for supper.)
  • Friday, March 20 - Family Potluck & Program: PROJECT COYOTE, 6-8 p.m. (See details elsewhere on this page.) 
  • Sunday, March 22 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, March 25 - Fourth Lenten Supper & Worship Service, 6-8 p.m. All are welcome. (Free-will offering taken for supper.)
  • Saturday, March 28 - Game Night for Grown-ups, 6 p.m. (Includes food!)
  • Sunday, March 29 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.) The Junior Youth Group will visit Worcester Fellowship after worship.

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 ($30/2 vases, $15/1 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.
Help the HPC Food Pantry 
feed hungry neighbors!

  • 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
Save these dates:

  • Sunday, April 5 - Youth Missions Pancake Breakfast
  • Thursday, April 9 - Maundy Thursday Service, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 2 - Spaghetti Supper & Talent Show, 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 17 - Children's Sunday Service, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 31 - Pentecost & Confirmation Sunday, 10 a.m.
  • Monday - Friday, July 13-17 - Vacation Bible School
  • Sunday - Saturday, July 19-25 - Youth Mission Trip (Rochester, NY)
Inclement weather?  Check your email and our Facebook page for announcement of cancellations.
Holy kazam, Robin! 
It's Marjane!

Persepolis I & II by Marjane 
Satrapi is not to be laughed at, but 
is written and illustrated in a 
'graphic comic' style. The memoir 
of a girl growing up in Iran during 
the Iranian Revolution, and her experiences growing through adolescence abroad and in Iran, is the topic of a book discussion group that is meeting at the church on Thursdays, at 7 p.m. The discussion is part of a series sponsored by the Missions & Social Justice Committee that focuses on historical and social justice topics. Other books to be studied will be announced later. All are welcome. Books may be purchased at any major bookstore.
Scout Sunday!
HPC’s own BSA Troop/Pack 22 celebrated Scout Sunday on February 9 by leading our worship service. Boys and their leaders conducted all parts of the liturgy and presented meditations, testimony and songs, demonstrating their commitment to God, their families, and the Scouting community. HPC is truly blessed by the presence among us of these fine young men, who also cooked and served a delicious pancake breakfast before worship! 
For more photos, visit our Facebook page.
Confirmation Class reaches out

Our confirmands were among area young people (ages 13 and up) and their leaders who spent 20 hours immersed in ministry to the homeless February 7-8. “Reach Out Worcester” is a program of the Worcester Area Mission Society and Worcester Fellowship, a UCC church that meets outdoors on the Worcester Common. This year’s event, which was based at All Saints Episcopal Church, gave participants experience with the social issues and assets of urban communities like Worcester while engaging in hands-on service with fellow community members. For more information about the program, visit wamsworks.org
Hot Dog Fundraiser coming back! 

Rescheduled to Sunday, March 15 - 11 a.m. (after worship)
  • $5 per person 
  • Hot dogs with all the fixings (chili, cheese, sauerkraut, onions)
  • Side of vegetarian beans
  • Dessert!
Proceeds go toward the Youth Group's visit to Worcester Fellowship on March 29.
Learn to value our predators!

Come to a potluck supper for families, 
couples and singles on Friday, 
March 20 at 6 p.m. to learn how coyotes 
are beneficial to our local ecosystem. We’ll 
hear a presentation by a speaker from 
Project Coyote, a national non-profit 
organization whose mission is to promote 
compassionate conservation and 
coexistence between people and wildlife 
through education, science and advocacy. 

Bring your own place setting so we don’t have to do the dishes. But don’t forget to bring something to share - a main dish, hot veg, salad or dessert. Supper is at 6 p.m. sharp. Program starts at 7. Come learn to live safely and peacefully with wildlife.

There's a new way to request prayer!
Our Touch of God's Grace Prayer Ministry has created a new place to request prayers for people or situations of concern. Stop by the new center in the Narthex, write out your concern and add it to the the clothesline or tack it to the Board. (Fold it for a little privacy.) "Light" a candle if you wish. Prayer Ministry members will use your concerns for the focus of their prayers. Many thanks to Karen and Marc for crafting this attractive center.
Isn't it wonderful . . .

. . . to see the choir loft as full as it was on February 23 - and to hear their wonderful voices lifted together in praise. Thank you all for sharing your talents and to Brett, our minister of music, for bringing out their best. And thank you to members - clergy and lay - who filled our pulpit while Pastor Judy was on vacation. Here Dr. Sam Young presents a first-person sermon, portraying Simon Peter.