Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
508-752-7489
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
gracelift@aol.com
Want more information?  
Call or write our church secretary, Betty Jane, 
at 508-752-7489 or theplaceofgrace@aol.com.
Lenten Worship 
& Events

Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship.J
Nursery care for infants through 3-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 by 15 minutes after the close of the service. September thru mid-May, children aged 3 through high school sit with their parents/guardians in worship until excused to their Sunday School classes. (On Communion Sundays, grades 6-8 remain in the sanctuary throughout the service.) At 11 a.m., a time for fellowship and refreshments follows worship. All are welcome. Look for more information on the events below either here or on our Facebook page. Or contact the church office at theplaceofgrace@aol.com.
  • Wednesday, February 21 - Lenten Supper, 6 p.m. & Worship, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 25 - Second Sunday in Lent - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Adult Choir practice, 8:45 a.m.; Kids Choir practice, 9:30 a.m. Please be prompt.)
  • Sunday, February 25 - Lenten Book Discussion: Queer Virtue, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (See more at left.)
  • Wednesday, February 28 - Lenten Supper, 6 p.m. & Worship, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 4 - Third Sunday in Lent - Worship with Communion & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Pick-up Choir practice for all ages/all voices, 8:45 a.m.; Kids Choir practice, 9:30 a.m. Please be prompt.)
  • Sunday, March 4 - Lenten Book Discussion: Queer Virtue, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (See more at left.)
  • Wednesday, March 7 - Lenten Supper, 6 p.m. & Worship, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 11 - Fourth Sunday in Lent - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Adult Choir practice, 8:45 a.m.; Kids Choir practice, 9:30 a.m. Please be prompt.)
  • Sunday, March 4 - Social Justice Book Reading, 4 p.m. (See details below.)
  • Sunday, March 4 - Lenten Book Discussion: Queer Virtue, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (See more at left.)
  • Wednesday, March 7 - Lenten Supper, 6 p.m. & Worship, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 18 - Fifth Sunday in Lent - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Adult Choir practice, 8:45 a.m.; Kids Choir practice, 9:30 a.m. Please be prompt.)
  • Sunday, March 4 - Lenten Book Discussion: Queer Virtue, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (See more at left.)
  • Wednesday, March 7 - Lenten Supper, 6 p.m. & Worship, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 18 - PALM SUNDAY Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Adult Choir practice, 8:45 a.m.; Kids Choir practice, 9:30 a.m. Please be prompt.)

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.
Attention youth!

Join one of our youth groups or the fun of it!

Joanne and Michael head up the Junior High Youth Group for 5th-7th graders. They meet 11 a.m. (following worship) until 12:45 p.m. Contact them to be on their list to contact about activities. 

Ralph will lead the Senior High Youth Group for 8th-12th graders beginning at 1 p.m. following the Confirmation Class. If you are interested in joining, please let him know so he can add you to the contact list.

Also, keep an eye on our HPC Youth page on Facebook for up-to-date info on youth doings.
Come sing every 
first Sunday!

All ages and abilities of singers are invited to join the First Sunday Pick-up Choir. Come at 8:45 a.m. and learn the music to sing at the 10 a.m. service that day.

If you can make the commitment to practice at 7 p.m. every Wednesday and at 8:45 a.m. every Sunday, you are invited to join the Adult Choir that sings each Sunday.

Children are invited to come each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for a 15-minute practice. (Don’t be late!) The Kids Choir sings in worship as often as possible.

All rehearsals are held in the sanctuary. Contact Annie for more information. 
Hunger is always with us.

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.  They are an offering of thanks to God.
HPC Food Pantry
Kids are busy again at HPC

The third Sunday after Epiphany, January 21, was an active day again at HPC - especially for the kids. Christian Ed Director Sarah Sund-Lussier kept their attention at the beginning of worship with a story before their Sunday School classes. Then, the Junior Youth Group served hot dogs, beans, brown bread and apple crisp to church members to raise funds for our Food Pantry. You make us proud! In addition, the Confirmation Class and the Senior Youth Group met after worship. Phew! Busy day.
"On my honor, I will do my best . . ."

Scout Sunday at HPC, February 4, began at 8:30 a.m. when our Boy Scout Troop 22 started serving pancakes and sausage to their families, friends and the many church members who came out to support them. It continued at 10 a.m. with worship that featured the Scouts helping as greeters, readers and singers,  taking up the offering and helping serve Communion. After worship, they served coffee and a cake celebrating their first anniversary as a re-chartered troop under HPC's hosting. So glad to have you back!
What can progressive 
Christianity learn from 
its LGBTQ brothers 
and sisters?

This Lent, you are invited to gather on five Sunday evenings at 6:30 at the church for an hour of discussion based on The Rev. Elizabeth Edman's book, Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know about Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity (Beacon Press, 2016). The series begins on Sunday, February 18.

"This isn't about sexuality," Edman says. "It's about Jesus' demand that we challenge - 'queer' - simplistic, black and white thinking that pits us against each other." Each discussion, led by our Interim CE Director Sarah Sund-Lussier, will be introduced by a short video. For more information about our series, click here. Contact Sarah if you plan to come or have questions at ssundlussier@gmail.com or at 978.798.0026.
Save the Date!
2018 LGBT Task Force Gala
Saturday, October 27 - DCU Center Ballroom
Lovers and Fools: 
A Theme for our 
2018 Lenten Journey

This year, Ash Wednesday occurs on Valentine’s Day - a day of silly love, chocolates, hearts and dinner out. A day that recalls love and honors love. 

Easter falls on April Fools Day. From a rational point of view, the resurrection is foolishness! It is mystery and a bit scary.

Thus, we’ll look at Lovers and Fools as we travel immersed in our deep love of Jesus Christ - foolishly as we believe in the mystery of resurrection for God’s son and for all of us.

Come Wednesdays to our Lenten Suppers (6 p.m.) for fellowship and/or our Lenten Services (7 p.m.) for worship, February 21 - March 21.

Sunday School
Like our adults, the children in our Sunday School will prepare their hearts for Easter 
and reflect on their own faith journey. To 
enhance what is explored in class, Sarah 
Sund-Lussier, our Director of Christian Education, suggests that families use at home the Lenten devotions found in the booklet “An Illustrated Lent for Families.” The activities and discussion topics are suitable for all ages. Pick up a copy at the church or send an email to ssundlussier@gmail.com.

Mission & Social Justice 
Book Reading
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of 
a Family & Culture in Crisis
by J. D. Vance
Sunday, March 4 - 4 pm.

"From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class through the author’s own story of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town. … A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country." Come even if you haven't read the book.

RSVP if you will attend: rhowarth71@charter.net. Location and directions will be provided upon RSVP.
Lots going on in Lent

Wednesday evening suppers followed by quiet, introspective worship . . . stimulating book discussions . . . thoughtful choir anthems . . . children searching for Jesus . . . ministries to the hungry and persecuted . . . times of fellowship . . . all encompassed within a very different theme.

Join us! Pray with us. Light a candle of hope for a loved one. Be nourished in body, mind and soul.

(See our list of events at right and full details in the items on this page.)