Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
508-752-7489
Office Hours: 9am - 2 pm
Mon., Wed., 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, Betty Jane, 
at 508-752-7489 or theplaceofgrace@aol.com.
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Food Pantry:
Non-perishable items are needed for 
our Food Pantry which is seeing increased 
use this winter.  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.
HPC Youth Missionary
Scrip Fundraiser

“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 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.
End-of-Summer Events & Worship
Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship.  Child Care is provided for infants through 2-year-olds.  All are welcome!
  • Sunday, August 31 - Pick-up Choir practices, 9 a.m. (Come sing "Lord of the Dance!"); Worship, 10 a.m.  Families worship together.
  • Monday, September 1 - All-Church Labor Day Family Outing: Games, swimming, boating, singing, food, fun.  Details at left.
  • Sunday, September 7 - Worship, Communion & Church School Rally Day, 10 a.m. Families worship together.  Dr. Dawn Clark will assist Pastor Judy Hanlon with Communion.  Minister of Music Anne Arsenault will sing "Let It Go!" from "Frozen." The adult choir will also sing.  After worship, register your children for Church School during the fellowship hour downstairs. 
  • Sunday, September 14 - Worship & Church School, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 21 - Gospelfest (to benefit AIDS Project Worcester), 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 21 - Worship with a Baptism & Church School, 10 a.m.  (Children will start in worship with their families and be dismissed to their classrooms after the baptism.)
  • Saturday, September 27 - Spaghetti Supper (to benefit our Youth Missionaries), 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 28 - Worship & Church School, 10 a.m.

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
Four HPC members (count them!) appear in the new video about the Open and Affirming movement, which got its start in Massachusetts!  Watch it at http://vimeo.com/98662691.  
Celebrating another great VBS!
With songs and puppets, the Vacation Bible School kids led worship on July 20, presenting all they had learned during their week of fun and faith.

The 2014 Youth Missionaries and their leaders were commissioned on July 20 . . .
And travelled to Dinwiddie, VA, on July 27; they went to work the next day.
Our 13 youth and 4 adults were divided among more than 50 work crews of Christian youth and adults from all over the country.  Their days were spent rehabbing the homes of elderly, disabled or economically disadvantaged people. Incorporated into the program were Bible study, worship, shared meals and recreational time.The crew members learned to work as a team and to trust each other. Many found the week a life-changing event.
One way money was raised for the trip was selling "memory" nails, which were then used in building and repair projects.  Each nail carried the remembrance of a specific person.
All work and no play . . . NOT!
Annual HPC Labor Day Family Picnic coming up!
Monday, September 1, 2014
Noon until everyone goes home!  
(Rain or shine!)
Salem Covenant Camp, Charlton

1 p.m. - Potluck Picnic 
2 p.m. - Games/Relays for all ages!
3 p.m. - Recreation: volleyball, swimming, horseshoes, canoeing/kayaking (bring your own boats/gear), ping-pong, board games, lawn games
5 p.m. - Worship/Sing-a-long
6 p.m. - Supper: Hot dogs prepared by Youth Group (bring donation or bring your own meat to grill); lunch potluck leftovers; dessert squares provided by Youth Group and Church Council.
Evening - Campfire with sing-along, s'mores; swing dancing in the Lodge

Bring: Eating utensils, paper plates/cups, napkins, non-alcoholic drinks, trash bag; cooler; generous casserole, salad or dessert to share; sunscreen, bug spray, first aid; lawn chairs/blanket; lawn/board games; bathing suits/towels; musical instruments; dance music CDs; sweaters for cool evening

Venue: Wheelchair accessible Lodge with full kitchen, bathrooms, screened porch; playing field; picnic tables; waterfront down a long, steep incline with swim area, raft (no lifeguard - parents must supervise children).  Location for your GPS: 30 Pineland Drive, Charlton, MA 01507.  There will be signs to follow as well.
Looking ahead . . . 

Make sure these dates are on your calendar and watch for more information to come.

  • Saturday, October 4 - LGBT Asylum Task Force Hope for Their Futures Golf Tournament, Cyprian Keyes Golf Club, Boyleston
  • Friday, October 31 - Annual Halloween Trunk or Treat, 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 15 - Chicken Parmesan Dinner (to benefit Youth Missionaries), 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 26 - Thanksgiving Eve Service, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 29 - Greening of the Church, 9 a.m.