Our 350th Anniversary
We encourage your engagement with the history of our church. If, for example, you are a descendant of Rev. William Williams, or you were present in person when the congregation voted to join the UCC, or if you would like to share some other information or anecdote about the church, please add it through the comment section. In this way, the history of our church is made more alive.
Youth Group Flower Sale - May 16th.
The church Youth Group is again this year running a Spring Flower Sale. If you are not on the church email list and would like to receive an order form, please drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The order deadline is May 10th.
Thank you for supporting the young people of the congregation.
Good Friday, April 10th
Jesus’ closing words to us from John's account of the Last Supper are “Love one another.” The Board of Deacons will give us a chance to put this commandment into practice on Good Friday.
During the time that the church is open from noon until 3:30pm, a large container will be placed by the sidewalk off of Billings Way. We are conducting a “Drive By Food Drive.”
Donations may be dropped off with a quick stop. The Food Bank has issued an urgent appeal for help. So many of our neighbours have lost jobs. The economy is in a recession. More people than ever need food assistance. If you can help in kind, thank you.
If you can help with a monetary donation which goes even further, please come inside the church and a collection basket will be at the entrance to the sanctuary. Please make checks payable to "The Western Mass Food Bank." For every $1 we donate the Food Bank is able to provide 4 meals. For every $1 we donate they can purchase $7 worth of food.
On Good Friday, let us remember Jesus’ sacrifice both spiritually and charitably. Please share this announcement with your friends. Thank you.
So we have time on our hands. The pandemic has forced us to spend time at home. Too much television will rot the brain. Instead, let's read "To Kill a Mocking Bird," and then talk about it once this confinement is over. There is a theme of separation that runs throughout this marvelous book. Maybe the pandemic will open that up to us. If you're interested, please let me know.
CHANGE OF PLANS FROM EARLIER POSTING!!!
I am sorry to say, but we have decided to cancel meeting in church for our Service tomorrow due to concerns raised by the Corona Virus pandemic. I hate having to do this, but it is prudent.
So that we may maintain some sort of corporate worship, we will gather together in the virtual reality of live streaming. This will begin as our custom at 10AM and last about 30 minutes. I will share some of the prayers from the bulletin, the Bible readings, a short sermon and some announcements.
This will be my first attempt at this. It should be interesting to say the least!
If you are on the church's email list, you will be receiving an email with instructions on how to participate in our virtual worship.
If you are not on the list and would like to participate, please send me an email at email@example.com and I will forward the log in instructions to you.
We are doing this to protect the physical health of those who worship with us, and we are doing this to care for the spiritual health of the same. This is still Lent, a deeply spiritual time. It won't be the same, but I hope you'll join us in "the cloud" for worship tomorrow.
Our Lenten Discussion is still taking place on Wednesday, March 11th, at the Montague Congregational Church, beginning at 7:00pm.
However, Rev. Sherril Willis will present at that time. Rev. Candi Ashenden will then present on the 25th in Hatfield.
This Wednesday, February 26th, is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Season of Lent. Lent's 40 days draw us back to Jesus' 40 days in the desert after His baptism by John.
During this period of solitude, Jesus confronted His temptations and emerged stronger in His conviction to be and to do what God intended.
Lent is our opportunity of introspection and examination. It is our chance to re-focus our lives and to give them a more profound spiritual grounding and direction.
The whole of the season is in front of us. This is our opportunity to make the most of it.
I invite you to journey with us at Hatfield Congregational Church. Please feel free to join us at worship, at Bible study or at our Lenten Discussions, the schedule of which is below.
A crucified Saviour is a daunting task to contemplate, but one well worth these coming 40 days.
Thank you to the Youth Group members and their families for this evening's Spaghetti Supper. They volunteered their time and even some of the ingredients.
Thank you also to Stop and Shop Supermarket in Northampton, Big Y Supermarket in Northampton, Hatfield Beef and the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant in Hadley for their very generous donations.
Thank you to Sue M. for her famous hot fudge sauce, and to Carol and Joann for taking care of dessert prep., and to all those who baked brownies for us.
The profits from this evening's supper will allow our young people to plan more activities, so thank you also to the 80 of you who supported our efforts this evening. Much appreciated.
"Back from the Brink"
Faith, love and chitchat.
Sunday 10-11am (9:30am July + August)
Children Sunday School 10-11am
Nursery care available during worship