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.
Summer Worship & 
Events & a lot more!

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, July 26 - Family Worship, 10 a.m. Special music by Father Musaala and Jess Hanam; welcome back to our campers; a reporter from the Worcester Sun will be with us.  How about YOU?
  • Sunday, August 2 - Family Worship, 10 a.m. (Come at 9 a.m. and sing in the pick-up choir.)
  • Monday-Friday, August 3-7 - VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, 9 a.m. - noon each day.  (See details at left.)
  • Friday, August 7 - VBS Performance & Hot Dog Lunch, 11 a.m.  Come listen to the children show/tell what they learned and stay for lunch.
  • Sunday, August 9 - Family Worship with songs by the VBS children, 10 a.m. Guest preacher: The Rev. Marilyn Wilcox
  • Sunday, August 16 - Family Worship, 10 a.m. Guest preacher: Sarah Sund-Lusier, our own seminarian!
  • Sunday, August 23 - Family Worship, 10 a.m. Guest preacher: The Rev. Dr. Sam Young
  • Sunday, August 30 - Family Worship, 10 a.m. (Come at 9 a.m. and sing in the pick-up choir.)

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 in the Conference Room. 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. Join us.

Looking for a meaningful experience this summer?

If you are a young person, consider attending a church camp.  If you are a teen, an adult, a couple, or a family with young children, think about Star Island.  See more on our Summer Opportunities page.
Planting the Seeds Update

The Growth, Development & Stewardship Committee is raising 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 . . .

  • Saturday, September 12 - Worcester Pride Parade (HPC will participate - walk with us!)
  • 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. (Note this event has been moved from Labor Day to Rally Day.)
  • Saturday, September 26 - Fall for Freedom Charity Golf Tournament to benefit LGBT Asylum Support Task Force.  (See more info below.)
  • Sunday, September 27 - Justice Cameo during worship and discussion after on the transgender journey
  • 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, December 13 - Church School Christmas Pageant, 3 p.m.
We celebrated Music and Missionaries!

Worship on Sunday, June 21 was anything but humdrum.  Instrumental music and choir accompaniment were performed by world-renowned organist Mark Thallander and our own Minister of Music Anne Arsenault, who also conducted the choir. The 16 youth and adults heading for Scranton PA on June 28 for a week of mission work were commissioned with prayer and the laying on of hands. Our memory nails were dedicated. The nails will be used by the missionaries when they rehab homes for the elderly and disabled; each person memorialized or honored by a nail will be remembered.   
Bright and Early!

Activities at HPC started early on the last Sunday of June. A dozen youth and four advisors left from the church parking lot at 8 a.m. bound for Scranton PA where they will spend a week bringing homes up to code for those who could not otherwise afford the repairs.  During the week, our members will use Memory Nails provided by other members to honor or remember a loved one as our missionaries build ramps, repair roofs and fences, replace eave troughs, fix floors, etc. for elderly, disabled and economically challenged residents.  Each evening, they will socialize and study with hundreds of other Christian youth and adults from all over the country.  We look forward to their return and to hearing compelling stories of discovery and inner growth.  June 28 also saw six kids step up and awe us as that Sunday's Pick-up Choir.  And, sadly, we heard Wesley say farewell and thanks.  Cheer up.  He says he'll come back and visit often.
They're ba-ack!

Our 16 youth and adult Home Repair Missionaries are back from their week-long workcamp in Scranton PA. Don't miss worship over the next few weeks as we hear stories of how their work transformed the homes of those who could not do the work themselves and how the experiences of service transformed the lives of our missionaries.  See photos on our 2015 Mission Trip page.
New Members and a Baptism!

July 12 was a warm summer Sunday outside, but inside our hearts were warm, too, as we baptized a beautiful young woman (Cynthia) who told us about her experiences as one of our Youth Missionaries, as we welcomed four new members (Harold, Ellen, Eddie and Doreen), as we remembered a dear and faithful
 friend (Jan), and as both children and 
adults sang in our Pick-up Choir. 
Welcome, friends!  We are so blessed!
Vacation Bible School
August 3-7, 9 a.m. to noon

Children ages 5 through grade 7 are invited to explore God's word through arts and crafts, storytelling, music and games.  The cost is free and snacks will be provided.  Children should bring a water bottle (labeled with their name), a bathing suit and towel. Parents and friends are invited to hear the children tell about their week at a performance and hot dog lunch beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 7.  All children are welcome whether or not they are members of the HPC family.  

To register, call the church office at 508-752-7489 or email theplaceofgrace@aol.com.  Questions: Contact  stpierre35@charter.net.
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)
(Register by 7/15/15 for early bird special: $120 per/$480 foursome.)
Dinner only: $35 per person
For more information and to register (by 9/15/15) go to: http://lgbtasylum.org/golf.htm

July 19: Another busy and happy summer Sunday

Kids heading off to Silver Lake (church camp) in CT were consecrated. "Father M" taught us a song, and members of the congregation took the parts of Jesus and his disciples as the scripture lesson was told.

So if you think not much goes on in the summer, thank again!