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.
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.
​Gift Idea: Buy Gift Cards 
to benefit our Youth 
Missionaries

“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.
Four HPC members (count them!) appear in this new video about the Open and Affirming movement, which got its start in Massachusetts!  
Worship & Events 
during Epiphany

Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m. for 
worship and Church School. Child 
Care is provided for infants through 
2-year-olds. A time for fellowship and refreshments follows Sunday worship at 11 a.m. All are welcome.
  • Sunday, February 1 - 4th Sunday after Epiphany - Worship with Communion & Church School, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 8 - 5th Sunday after Epiphany - Worship with Baptism & Church School, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 15 - Transfiguration Sunday - 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.

Save the date . . .

  • Sunday, March 8 - All-Church Roller Skating Party, 5-7 p.m. at Skylite Rink, Worcester.  Sponsored by the Christian Ed. Committee.  More information will be forthcoming.​
Mystery 
Dinner Theater
a great success!

Our Youth MIssionaries raised funds for their 2015 trip to rehab homes in Scranton PA by presenting a play, along with a roast chicken dinner, on January 10.  "Suspect Hollywood" was great fun; the actors really good; the dinner yummy; and the audience appreciative.  Thanks to all who came out to support our young people and to organizer Gail Sund-Lussier and the many other adults who worked on this project!  Huzzah!
It's SUPER BOWL OF CHILI time again!

Order a 20 oz. bowl (serves two) of delicious chili to eat while you watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 1 and benefit our Youth Missionaries at the same time!  Help our youth and advisors get to Scranton PA this summer to rehab homes for the elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged.  Reserve one or more tubs ($8 each) now by contacting tealover54@yahoo.com.  And, thanks!
Summer IS coming!

If cold, snow and ice are not your cup of tea, picture yourself sipping a Lime Rickey sitting in a rocker on a porch overlooking a small harbor where sun-dappled sailboats breeze in and out. Warm yourself up by thinking about a few days or a week at one of the United Church of Christ’s most beautiful summer retreat/conference centers - Star Island.

Ten miles out from Portsmouth NH (a 50-min. ferry ride) lie the Isles of Shoals - nine small, rocky islands, one of which is Star Island where religious retreats and conferences have been held since the early 1900s. Owned and operated by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association, there are two weeks and one weekend specifically planned for UCC members. Here are this year’s UCC events:

  • Star Gathering 1 Family Conference - Sat., August 1 - Sat., August 8
"Spirituality and Recovery" led by the Rev. Emily Heath; worship led by the Rev. Dr. Adam Herlson; separate activities for children

  • Star Gathering 1 Youth Conference - Sat., August 1 - Sat., August 8
“What is Holy to You?” led by David Clark for youth entering grades 9-13 (high school graduates)

  • Star Gathering 2 Family Conference - Sat., August 8 - Sat., August 15
"Race and Religion" led by Prof. Warren Goldstein; worship by the Rev. Donna Schaper; separate activities for children

  • Star Gathering 2 Youth Conference - Sat., August 8 - Sat., August 15
“Adulthood in the 21st Century: Stars or Islands?” led by the Rev. Brian Gruhn for youth entering grades 9-13 (high school graduates)

  • Laity Family Weekend (Labor Day Weekend) - Fri., September 4 or Sat., September 5 to Mon., September 7
"Spiritual Approach to Personal Wellness" led by the Rev. Robert Fellows; separate activities for young people

Many other activities are offered in addition to the speakers’ programs; conferees may opt in or out of any of them. You can choose to get heavily involved or do nothing but eat and sleep. The food is terrific and the beds are comfy. First-timers are offered a 30% discount on room and board. Financial aid for those who need it is available by application to the Star Island UCC Board. Full information on programming, speakers, costs and much more is available at www.starisland.org. Or contact Sam or Cindy at cynsam@charter.net.

Above:
Some familiar 
day-trippers
visit Star Island and
try out the porch
rockers.

Right:
Morning wake-up
singers serenade
in a cottage,
foretell the day's
events and list the breakfast menu.  Coffee is always available on the porch beginning at 7 a.m. Ahh!

Below:
Teens gather for an impromptu jam session on the front porch.
Looking toward 

Merriam-Webster defines Lent 
as the 40 weekdays from Ash 
Wednesday to Easter observed by the Roman Catholic, Eastern, and some Protestant churches as a period of penitence and fasting.

At Hadwen Park, we use the time to reflect more seriously on our faith and practice, guided by a theme.  In 2015 our theme will be "Giving It Up for Lent."  Each week, we'll focus on a something we could put aside: control, expectations, superiority, enemies, our lives, popularity (Palm Sunday) and death (Easter).

Our Lenten Journey begins with our Ash Wednesday Service at 7 p.m. on February 18; includes 10 a.m. Sunday services, 6 p.m. Wednesday suppers and 7 p.m. Wednesday services (Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25); 10 a.m. Palm Sunday Service (March 29);  7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service (April 2) and ends triumphantly with our 10 a.m. Easter Sunday Service (April 5).

Come reflect with us.  All are welcome.