Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603
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
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.
Events & Worship
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 worship at 11 a.m.  All are welcome.
  • Saturday, November 22 - Youth Group Pie Bake, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (See at left.)
  • Sunday, November 23 - Family Thanksgiving Sunday with reception of new members and dedication of 2015 pledges. Bring a friend! Come back if you haven't attended church in a while!  (Children will worship with their parents - there is no Church School session today.)
  • Sunday, November 23 - New Member Reception, 5 p.m. at Pastor Judy's home.  Come meet and greet our new members.  Everyone welcome.  (Call Pastor Judy for address and directions.)
  • Tuesday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Basket Assembly Session, 8 a.m. 
  • Wednesday, November 26 - Thanksgiving Eve Service, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 29 - Greening of the Church, 9 a.m. (Preparing the sanctuary for Advent)

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 this new video about the Open and Affirming movement, which got its start in Massachusetts!  
HPC walkers and donors
help relieve hunger!

The Hadwen Park team of walkers (see 
photo below) and donors raised $1000 to 
help relieve world hunger during Worcester's annual Church World Service CROP WALK on Sunday, October 19.  HPC was the top fundraiser in the city, contributing 10% of the total $10,000 raised.  25% of the funds raised will remain in the Worcester area to help fight hunger locally.  Congratulations and thanks to all walkers and donors.  Go HPC!  
Kids Choir practices
Sunday mornings.

All children of the church are invited to become part of HPC's music ministry by joining  the "Kids Choir."  Our Minister of Music Anne Arsenault works with children every Sunday morning at 9:30 in Fellowship Hall.  (Rehearsals are just 15 minutes long, so it is important that all children are in place and ready to sing at 9:30.)  The choir will sing during worship when a song is learned and ready to offer to God!
Totenfest - remembering our saints

On Sunday, November 2 we spoke the names of loved ones who passed from this life in the last year as we brought forward and lit a representative candle for each. From the German Evangelical side of our denomination comes this Totenfest ("Festival of the Dead") celebration. It was a moving part of our service, which included Communion with all the saints - living and dead - of Hadwen Park and elsewhere.
Looking ahead . . .

Here are some dates for your calendar.

  • Sunday, November 30 - First Sunday of Advent, 10 a.m. Worship & Church School
  • Thursday, December 4 - Blue Christmas Service, 7 p.m. (See below.)
  • Saturday, December 6 - Advent Fair, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (See below.)
  • Saturday, December 13 - Ham & Bean Supper, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 17 - LGBT Asylum Task Force Fundraiser, 4-6 p.m., NUCafe (See below.)
  • Sunday, December 14 - Children's Christmas Pageant, 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 21 - Choir Christmas Cantata, 10 a.m.; Cookie Sale to benefit Youth Missionaries, after worship; All-Church Caroling, after worship
  • Wednesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 10 - Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, 5-8 p.m.  "Suspect Hollywood" and a roast chicken dinner will help the Youth Missionaries get to PA in 2015.  Watch for more information; tickets will be on sale on Sunday mornings.
  • Sunday, March 8 - All-Church Roller Skating Party, 5-7 p.m. at Skylight Rink

More information on these events will be forthcoming.​
Feel Blue at the 

You are not alone if the holidays remind 
you of loss or bring a feeling of loneliness 
or sadness.  Acknowledge these feelings and be assured that God's presence is not only for those who rejoice at this season but is also for those who mourn and struggle. Join us for our "Blue Christmas" service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 4.
Annual Youth Group Pie Bake
Why peel all those apples yourself?

To provide Christmas stockings for 
16 children at YOU, Inc. residential 
facilities, the Youth Group will peel 
apples, mix and roll pastry crust 
and assemble pies just in time for 
your Thanksgiving dinner!  

Please place your order with Wendy at wendyioburk@gmail.com with your choice of baked or unbaked pie(s) at $9 each.  Or sign up on the sheet in Fellowship Hall.  (Be sure not to place two orders - one by email, one by signing up.) The pies can be picked up in Fellowship Hall on Saturday afternoon, November 22 or Sunday, November 23 after worship.

Youth Group Members: Arrive at 8 a.m. on the 22nd for pie-baking. Bring along work gloves and warm clothes as some church clean up (inside and out) will also be on the agenda.  Interested Adults: You are welcome to lend a hand, too! We should be done by 3 p.m.
Rehearsing for our Christmas Pageant

Calling all Church School Children!  Make sure that Sunday afternoon, December 14 at 4 p.m. is reserved on your calendar to participate in our annual retelling of the Christmas story.  There is a role for everyone - angel, shepherd, stable animal, singer, etc.  

Rehearsals will take place every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. during the regular Church School time. Parents: Please be prompt.  (Better yet, bring your children at 9:30 to work with our minister of music - see Kids Choir info at left.)

Then, invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends to witness "the greatest story ever told" on December 14.
50 Thanksgiving Baskets to be assembled and distributed

A long tradition of HPC is the gift of the food stuffs to make a complete Thanksgiving dinner for 50 families in our community who would otherwise have "slim pickins" on this American feast day.  

If you feel called to contribute toward this effort, you have two options:
  • Donate $30 to fund a basket (check made out to HPC with "Thanksgiving Basket" as the memo) and/or
  • Show up to help assemble the baskets at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, November 25.

If you can't do it now, hold the thought - we do the same at Christmas!
Advent Fair with 
Worcester Fellowship!

Saturday, December 6
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
  • Crafts, Music, Food
  • Christmas Season Fun
  • Mingle with Fellowship Neighbors
  • All are welcome!
Giving Thanks

HPC and LGBT Task Force members were among those on November 18 who thanked Worcester's City Council and mayor for the proclamation in support of trans rights and banning anti-trans discrimination in the City of Worcester, including in public accommodations.