Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603  | 508-752-7489
Office Hours: 9 am - 2 pm  |  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, Sharon, 
at 508-752-7489 or theplaceofgracehadwen@gmail.com.
Winter 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.
  • Sunday, January 26 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. This is YOUTH SUNDAY; the Rev. Sarah Sund-Lussier is preaching and our young people will lead the service. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
  • Thursday, January 30 - Book Discussion, 7 p.m. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (See more at left.)
  • Sunday, February 2 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. The Rev. Paul Ricard is preaching. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, February 2 - Super Bowl of Chili Fundraiser for our Youth Missionaries, 11 a.m. (Don't forget to order yours!)
  • Sunday, February 9 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. This is SCOUT SUNDAY and our Scout troops will lead worship. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
  • Monday, February 10 - LGBT Asylum Task Force Community Dinner, 6 p.m. All are welcome. (See more below.)
  • Sunday, February 16 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. The Rev. Sarah Sund-Lussier is preaching. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.; congregation ANNUAL MEETING begins directly following worship.)
  • Sunday, February 23 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Sam Young is preaching.
  • Wednesday, February 26 - ASH WEDNESDAY Worship, 7 p.m. (Lent will begin on Thursday.)

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.
Advent/Christmas season fed our souls

A favorite carol tells us "... how silently the wondrous gift is given." And, yes, on that first Christmas, the gift to us of God's son may have a fairly quiet affair. But at HPC, there were only a few calm and silent moments. It was a busy time of reaching out to our community and members through food baskets, caroling, Mitten Tree gifts, Benevolence gifts and other, unseen acts of kindness. There were also parties and gatherings, and wonderful worship led by young and old as we first awaited and then celebrated Jesus' birth through music, ancient readings, candlelight, storytelling and special decorations. All this took a lot of work and planning. Thanks to all who had a role. Here are a few photos (in no particular order).
Youth Group Hot Dog Fundraiser

POSTPONED to Sunday, ??? - 11 a.m. 
(Keep an eye out for announcement of new date.)

  • $5 per person
  • Hot dogs with all the fixings (chili, cheese, sauerkraut, onions)
  • Side of vegetarian beans and dessert!

Proceeds go toward the Youth Group's visit to Worcester Fellowship in the spring.
LGBT Asylum Task Force Sunday observed

On January 12 we celebrated our ministry supporting new beginnings for LGBTQ individuals from across the globe who come to us while they seek asylum in the United States from life-threatening laws and injustice in their own countries. Several current asylum seekers took part in the service, which included a sermon titled "Extravagant Welcome" by Ministry Director Al Green, the testimony of one of our newest seekers, and carefully chosen scripture, hymns and choral anthems. We are blessed by the presence of these extraordinary people in our midst.
2 & 1 Adult Fellowship enjoys food, fellowship and some bizarre facts

Couples and singles of a certain age tested each other's cooking at their monthly potluck supper on January 17. After supper and conversation, they were entertained by "Miss Myrtle Mills" who lectured on the Myths and Miracles of Victorian Medicine. 
We need the staying power of our faith . . .

. . .to sustain ourselves and the work we are called to do in the world. That's the good word we heard from Dr. Sam on Sunday, February 19. Appropriately, the service began with words from youth mission trip members about their experiences last summer and with words of thanks from Brett, our minister of music, to Bob, who built a bookcase for the choir's music binders. 
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, will be the topic of a book discussion group that will begin meeting at the church on Thursday, January 30, at 7 p.m. The discussion is part of a series sponsored by the Missions & Social Justice Committee that will focus 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.