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For the Week of November 27, 2022
WHY IS IT SO COLD IN HERE?

Dear Church Family,

As you all know, fuel costs are escalating to record levels so that the cost to heat our homes this year is significantly higher than it has ever been. It is even worse for our church with its vast sanctuaries, vaulted ceilings, antique windows . . . and conservative fuel budget. The cost to fill our tanks last month was approximately $3,000.00 with a price per gallon of $5.67. We expect that this will only go up.

In order to reduce the energy cost for this large building, we will be keeping the temperature a bit cooler than normal and using space heaters in the smaller rooms to reduce oil consumption. That being said, we ask that you dress accordingly when coming to church. If you are a person that tends to run cold feel free to bring a blanket to put over your lap or wear an extra layer.

By God's grace it won't be as bad as it was in colonial New England as Scholar Alice Morse Earle wrote:
"The churches were all unheated. Few had stoves until the middle of [the 19th] century. The chill of the damp buildings, never heated from autumn to spring, and closed and dark throughout the week, was hard for everyone to bear. In some of the early log-built meeting houses, fur bags made of wolfskins were nailed to the seats and in church attendants thrust their feet into them. Dogs, too, were permitted to enter the meeting house and lie on their master’s feet. Dog-whippers or dog-pelters were appointed to control and expel them when they became unruly or unbearable."

Maybe it will help to think of our ancestors who walked miles in the snow and sat in unheated buildings all to come and worship God! Or maybe not! Either way, we need to do what we can to ride out this winter together.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Buildings and Grounds on Behalf of the Church Council
ANGELS AMONG US

This year we will be making our Advent Journey while paying attention to the angels (messengers) among us. We will see how Angels are present in the Christmas Story and how they bring messages of more hope, more peace, more love and more joy. Will you LISTEN to these messages?

As you walk into the sanctuary it will be as if you are entering the heavenly realm, with God's Angels all around you. Worship will look a little different but "Do not be afraid!", it won't be so different that you will not recognize it and there will be opportunities for you to participate as a congregation.

THERE'S STILL TIME TO REGISTER!

"Do Not Be Afraid:

Defeating Fear with Hope, Peace, Love and a Wholehearted Life"

During our time together we will be journeying with Dr. Brene Brown, a social worker, researcher and best selling author whose focus is on vulnerability and how we let fear in many forms affect our lives. This is not a bible study although we will use scripture to ground us. Our time will be spent in prayer as well as watching and reflecting on videos presented by Dr. Brown. These meetings will take place ONLINE over Zoom. This is different from the book study we are doing.  Sessions begin December 1 thru December 22nd on Thursdays from noon to 1pm.

REGISTER online here.  Once you have registered, a zoom link will be emailed to you in the confirmation.

NEXT FRIDAY! DECEMBER 2ND!

In March of 2020, all musical events came to a screeching halt.  Worshipping on Sunday mornings at Main Street Congregational UCC in Amesbury, MA quickly became a solemn difficult task when it came to its music ministry.  What was a flourishing choir filled with glorious choral music, was put on a permanent "pause" as society adjusted to a “no singing” environment due to safety and health concerns.   How DOES one continue a music ministry without a choir, without singing, without a congregation?​

In stepped songstress Sarah Moughan Smith to assist Music Minister, Danny Smith.  Graciously, joyfully, and willingly, she was eager to help and do whatever was needed. Facebook and ZOOM worship, and “on film” duets became the norm as the two social distanced, separated by a divider in a nearly empty sanctuary for over a year. For two years, Sarah and Danny pulled out as many stops as they could to keep the music ministry alive and well, as they thrived into the newfound duo that had only been an occasional effort prior to COVID.​

Today, they have a repertoire that has been birthed out of a difficult dark time in everyone’s lives.  This “pandemic repertoire”, doused with a smattering of Advent and Holiday music is what you will experience when you come to their concert(S) on December 2 and 3. Additionally, they will feature special musical guest group, “FortEtude”, also a COVID-birthed singing chorus of 8, directed by Smith as a spinoff from the community chorus he directs, “Voices of Distinction”. 

Two nights of opportunity to hear them; “Out of the Darkness” will be presented on December 2nd in North Hampton, NH at the North Hampton UCC at 7:30pm, and on December 3rd at 7:30pm at the Main Street Congregational UCC in Amesbury, MA. Tickets are available  at the door, with a suggested donation of $15.  It is their hope that you will come "Out of the Darkness" with them, even if just for an evening. Updated information can be found at www.voicesofdistinction.org.

Holiday Poinsettias are now available for order.

ORDER ONLINE:  click here.​

To order and pay with check or cash, download your order form here and leave in the mailbox outside the office or give to Floss Taylor or Gail Hiltunen.​

ORDER DEADLINE: SUNDAY!

(Cans or Boxes)
The Light of Love brought in $975 in 2022 to go towards the ever increasing costs of electricity. Electricity costs to date for 2022 are $2878.  Thank you to all those who lit up the steeple with love. Keep it coming in 2023!
Click to see what's coming up at North Hampton UCC!
Prayers of Joy & Gratitude for: 
  • Our first responders, doctors and nurses· 
  • The joy of Each new day that we receive and its many blessings.
  • The small blessings in life
  •  Our church leadership & many volunteers
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Prayers of Healing, Strength & Comfort for:
  • The people of Ukraine
  • All those who suffer with anxiety and depression
  • John K and his wife Sandy- Paul & Chery's friends
  • Ally G.  God's care and protection
  • Katie, Jackie Sherwin's daughter
  • Eric N.
  • Pat and Rodger
  • Angela, Ceci's friend
  • Jennifer B (Sue L.)
  • Glenn, Jo Jo's Brother in Law
  • Jane, a friend of Gale's
  • Claire: friend of Nancy L.
  • Sarah H (Nancy B's friend)
  • Sarah M 
  • Danielle (Melissa L's friend)
  • Judy S. (Danny's Mom)
  • Family and Friends of Gloria Ajemian
  • Jane S.
  • Those killed & injured at the Club Q LGBT night club in Colorado Springs. May we move beyond hate & ignorance to love & acceptance. 
SUNDAY WORSHIP links are now found only in the Worship Reminder sent out on Sunday Mornings.
 REV. MIKE'S CONTACT INFORMATION

If you are reaching out for non pastoral emergencies such as a prayer request and/or normal church business, please call the church office at (603) 964- 8687 ext. 2, or email  at revmike@uccnorthhampton.org.

For pastoral emergencies ONLY, call 978-484-0049.  



PRAYER CONCERNS AND PRIVACY 
Where our services are streamed, please refrain from using individuals last names unless you have their express permission. Remember that whatever you say will be on the web for all to hear. If you would prefer to have Rev. Mike include the prayer please let him know before Sunday morning.
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