This panel discussion is sponsored by HEADS Up - Hatfield Embraces Acceptance and Dismantles Stigma. This is a timely and important discussion. Please think about attending and entering the conversation.
Saturday, February 8th, 5 - 6:30pm
Tickets are now available for purchase for the Youth Group Spaghetti Supper at the church on Saturday, February 8th from 5 - 6:30pm.
The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.
The meal is spaghetti (gluten free is available), meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and beverage.
Ticket purchases may be made at church on Sunday mornings or arranged by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for supporting this Youth Group fundraiser.
Hatfield's 350th Anniversary
The Town of Hatfield and Hatfield Congregational Church both celebrate their 350th anniversary in 2020 (although the church is 3 weeks older than the town).
Incorporation Day, May 31st, is the actual date that the town was incorporated as distinct from Hadley. Below is the flier published by the 350th Steering Committee noting their plans for the day, a Sunday quite fortunately.
Invitations are being shared with elected federal and state officials.
Events will be at the church and on the lawn adjacent to the church, behind the library.
Please make sure to mark your calendars. It should be a fun and informative day.
A Service of nine lessons and carols was developed in 1880 by Bp. Edward White Benson. This Service was then adapted as a Christmas choral festival in 1918 by Eric Milner-White, dean at King's College, Cambridge, England. This is the basis of our Christmas Eve worship.
I hear that the weather may be a bit uncertain tomorrow morning (Nov. 24th), but if it's safe for you to come join us for worship at 10AM, we have a guest soloist joining us at our Service.
Brianna Rzeznik is a violist and she will be joining Anthony Tracia, our music minister, to add a special something to our last Sunday of the church year celebration. Hope to see you then.
Plus, we'll be talking about "Backward Sunday" with the young people and the freedom to be different is the sermon title.
Throughout the month of November, we are collecting monetary and non-perishable food donations for our "Horn of Plenty" collection for the Northampton Area Survival Center. Please bring your donations to church on Sunday. A small wagon is located at the entrance. This will then be brought forward by the youth during the Children's Sermon and placed in our cornucopia. Thank you for your generosity.
Guest speaker at church Sunday, November 10th: Dr. Ira Helfand
On August 18th, Rev. Dr. Peter Kakos joined us for worship and shared a few words of greeting. At that time, he mentioned the resolution that he had presented at the 32nd General Synod of the United Church of Christ that was held in Milwaukee from June 21st - 25th.
The resolution called for the United States to pull “Back From The Brink” and Prevent Nuclear War. The motion passed by a huge margin.
To read the entirety of the resolution, please click on this link:
After our worship Service, Rev. Kakos was invited to our Church Council meeting to speak more on the topic. At that meeting, our Church Council decided to move forward with presenting the resolution to the entire congregation for discussion and possible action.
With this in mind, we have invited Dr. Ira Helfand to address the congregation for about 10 minutes at the end of this Sunday's Service, November 10th.
Dr. Helfand is the co-chair, Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee and is an emergency medicine physician in Northampton, Massachusetts
Ira Helfand, MD is co-chair of Physicians for Social Responsibility’s (PSR) Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee and also serves as co-president of PSR’s global federation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).
Dr. Helfand has worked for many years as an emergency room physician and now practices internal medicine at an urgent care center.
Dr. Helfand represents IPPNW at the annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. He is also a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)’s International Steering Committee.
Dr. Helfand co-authored PSR’s report, Nuclear Famine: 2 Billion at Risk?, which outlines the global health consequences of regional nuclear war. He was a leading medical voice in ICAN’s campaign for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Dr. Helfand addressed national delegations at international conferences on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Oslo, Norway, Narayit, Mexico, and Vienna, Austria, during the May 2016 U.N. Open-Ended Working Group on disarmament in Geneva, and throughout the U.N. General Assembly negotiations in 2017.
We invite any and all to come to our worship Service this Sunday and to hear Dr. Helfand's presentation. There will be an opportunity to ask him questions.
With the information presented in the resolution and in Dr. Helfand's address to the congregation, we will then be better prepared to discuss and to then vote as to whether or not our congregation wishes to sign the UCC resolution on nuclear disarmament.
This vote is planned for our Annual Meeting on January 19, 2020.
What a great addition to the evening. First the Roast Pork Supper (don't forget to reserve your ticket!) and then Dixieland Stomp. Mark those calendars.
Marcia, Ed, Bill, Jan, Jeannie and Linda getting the applesauce ready for the November 2nd Pork Roast Supper. Hope to see you there!
Faith, love and chitchat.
Sunday 10-11am (9:30am July + August)
Children Sunday School 10-11am
Nursery care available during worship