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@aol.com.
Lenten Worship 
& Other Events
Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m.  
All are welcome! 
  • Children aged 3 - grade 8 begin in worship with their family and are dismissed to Sunday School after about 15 minutes. Mid-September through mid-May, classes are held during the rest of worship. (On Communion Sundays, children begin in their Sunday School classes and come to the sanctuary for Communion with their families.) Mid-May thru mid-September, children are invited to “Children’s Church” for stories and activities during the sermon time. 
  • 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.
  • Wednesday, March 20 - Lenten Light Supper, 6 p.m., and Lenten Service, 7 p.m. Come enjoy fellowship and a light meal (free-will offering) and then meditate on an aspect of our Lenten journey, “Take Nothing with You.”
  • Sunday, March 24 - Family Worship, 10 a.m. Assoc. Pastor Sarah Sund-Lussier preaching; children sit with elders. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, March 27 - Lenten Light Supper, 6 p.m., and Lenten Service, 7 p.m. Come enjoy fellowship and a light meal (free-will offering) and then meditate on an aspect of our Lenten journey, “Take Nothing with You.”
  • Sunday, March 31 - Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 3 - Lenten Light Supper, 6 p.m., and Lenten Service, 7 p.m. Come enjoy fellowship and a light meal (free-will offering) and then meditate on an aspect of our Lenten journey, “Take Nothing with You.”
  • Sunday, April 7 - Worship (with Communion) & Sunday School,10 a.m. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday, April 7 - Ordination Choir practice, 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 7 - Ordination of Sarah Sund-Lussier, 3 p.m. (Robing for processional, 2 p.m.) A collation in Fellowship Hall will follow the service.
  • Monday, April 8 - LGBT Asylum Task Force Community Dinner, 6 p.m. (See more below or at left.)
  • Wednesday, April 10 - Lenten Light Supper, 6 p.m., and Lenten Service, 7 p.m. Come enjoy fellowship and a light meal (free-will offering) and then meditate on an aspect of our Lenten journey, “Take Nothing with You.”
  • Sunday, April 14 - Pancake Breakfast to benefit Youth programming, 8:30-9:45 a.m. (Watch for more info.)
  • Sunday, April 14 - Palm Sunday Worship & Sunday School, 10 a.m. The Rev. Sarah Sund-Lussier preaching. (Choir rehearses at 9 a.m.)
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 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.
HPC Food Pantry Needs Your Help

  • 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
Bad weather?

Watch WCVB-TV3, the Boston Channel, for closings or delays at HPC. You can also check this website, but do not depend on the website alone as it may not have been updated when you visit.
Annual Meeting hit a few highs

The 2019 Annual Meeting of HPC was held on the 5th Sunday of Epiphany, February 10. Several important events happened on that day in addition to the Scout Sunday service reported in the article below. 

  • Ed O’Donnell announced we have reached our goal to fully fund our budget through pledges and gifts of $180,000. The budget was approved. Officers were elected. Committee reports were accepted. 
  • By vote of the congregation, Sarah Sund-Lussier was called to serve as our associate pastor for faith formation and we raised our hands in blessing. (This means we will be planning an ordination and installation soon.) Oh, happy day!
  • Pastor Judy announced that Al Green, director of our LGBT Asylum Seekers Task Force, will receive the City’s Eleanor T. Hawley Human Rights Award at a breakfast on February 23. More celebration and clapping!

See more photos on our Facebook page.

We're on a mission . . .

. . . Well, actually, we're on many 
missions. On Sunday, 
February 24 we celebrated 
Missions Sunday at HPC, 
highlighting the many things 
our members do and have done 
to bring God's Light to this world. We listed many of these efforts on posters around the Sanctuary and look forward to publication of a compilation of those lists. Worship was planned and led by Susan Crimer and the Missions and Social Justice Committee. Thanks to you all!
We're encouraged to embrace/serve all.

Led by Minister of Music Brett Maguire, worship on the Sixth Sunday of Epiphany (February 17) urged us to "draw the circle wide" and care for and serve others. Brett was assisted by two choir members and our expanding choir sang of widening our circle and of peace. This was a perfect precursor for our service on the Seventh Sunday of Epiphany (see above) when we'll celebrate our mission work. Be sure to join us!
For your calendar:
  • Thursday, April 18 - Maundy Thursday Drama of the Last Supper, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20 - Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Sunday, April 21 - Easter Worship (no Sunday School, no coffee hour)
  • Sunday, April 28 - Youth Hot Dog Fundraiser, 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 4 - Supper (5 p.m.) and Talent Show (6 p.m.) to benefit church camperships and Youth Mission Trip
  • Sunday, May 19 - Children’s Sunday Worship
  • Monday-Friday, July 15-19 - Vacation Bible School!

Church Office Hours during Lent:
The office will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays instead of Tuesdays from March thru April 10. (It will also continue to be open on Thursdays and Fridays, 10-2.)
Neither snow nor sleet nor freezing rain . . . 

. . . kept a fair number of our more intrepid members from attending worship on March 10. Part of the reason may have been that it was the first Sunday during Lent or that our friend Zo Tobi was coming back after worship to re-record last fall's song session. (Watch for more about that once his album is published and we are the first song, "Welcome, Welcome!")
Get 'em while you can!
Order this year's HPC Youth Missions t-shirt to support the our youth on their trip to repair the homes of the elderly, disabled or economically disadvantaged in Haslet NJ this summer. 

The design is available in tank top thru pullover hoodie styles; prices range 
from $20-35.

Shirts are 
available for 
a limited 
time.

Act fast!  

To order go to:
www.bonfire.com/hpc-youth-missions-1/
It takes all ages . . .

. . . gender identities, races, ethnicities, sexual preferences, etc. to lead and participate in worship at Hadwen Park Church. All are welcome here.

Come join us!