Hadwen Park Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
6 Clover Street, Worcester MA 01603 | 508-752-7489
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Mission and Social Justice Committee
HPC members march in the September 7 Worcester Pride Parade.
Bowling on Sunday, January 26, to raise money for the Youth Missionaries' trip to VA next summer to rehab houses for the elderly and disabled brought HPC friends and families of all ages together for a great time! Thanks for supporting our awesome young people! (See the fun below.)
These awesome teens were among those who spent 24 hours fasting at the church to learn what it's like to have no food, while raising over $400 for the HPC food pantry by detailing cars, asking for donations outside a supermarket, and cooking and serving a pasta dinner to HPC families and others - before breaking their own fast. Do we have great teens or what?
2014 Annual 24-Hour Famine helped feed hungry people
Their efforts were celebrated on Sunday, April 27 when the "fruits of their labors" filled the chancel, their t-shirt slogan graced the pulpit, and guest preacher Dr. Young spoke about our activities showing forth our faith.
Many thanks to these young people and their dedicated leaders - Wendy, Diane, Joanne - and other helpers.
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!
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!
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!
Four HPC members (count them!) appear in this new video about the Open and Affirming movement, which got its start in Massachusetts!
On Sunday, March 15 we heard our first Justice Cameo and many of us stayed for the after-worship workshop on how climate change affects more than the environment and what we can do to help, especially by divesting of fossil fuel dependence and investing. Our presenter was Patrick Cage, an environmental intern with the Mass. Conference, United Church of Christ. Justice Cameo's are presented by the Mission & Social Justice Committee.