Weekly Email from Pastor Terry

January 17, 2021 - Second Sunday After Epiphany

                                                    WEEKLY GOOD NEWS EMAIL

First Congregational Church of Hanover, Massachusetts

An Open and Affirming Church of the United Church of Christ

From Pastor Terry



Scripture Lesson: John 1:43-51

Sermon: Faith by Referral

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR on Sunday, January 17 at 10:30. https://zoom.us/j/92797351249?pwd=QXZJQXlEOEFtZ0xPM1llcGxLU1dodz09
Meeting ID: 944 9754 1799; Passcode: 73851


This pandemic has changed a lot of things.  One is that we have not had lay readers as part of the leadership of worship.  I am inviting you to read the Call to Worship, Invocation and Scripture for any of the upcoming Sundays.  You can record it at home and send it on to Don White who will edit this into the Sunday service along with music by Chad and words by me.  Just send me an email with the date you would like to read and I will send the information on to you. 

OUTREACH AND SERVICE: Please contact Karen Tripp (trippklt@aol.com) to sign up for providing the April meal to MainSpring.


ANNUAL STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN:  Please submit your pledge for 2021 as soon as possible.  Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.   

2021 PLEDGE ENVELOPES are available at the church office.  Come by Tuesday or Thursday between 9 and 2 to pick up your set.  Knock loudly on the door to Riley Hall and it shall be opened.


Meeting ID: 933 7534 9480; Password: 006430



Meeting ID: 584 865 4652; Password: 531416

ANNUAL MEETING SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7 on Zoom at 10:30 am in place of Coffee Hour.

THRIFT SHOP : CLOSED until further notice.

EVERYDAY – if you miss seeing someone from church give them a call!

YOUR OFFERING: Please consider the following options for your weekly offering: 1) Make an online donation to FCC Hanover on our website https://www.fcchanover.org/give-gift/; 2) Mail your check to FCC Hanover, 17 Silver Street, Hanover, MA 02339; 3) Set up an auto- bill pay through your bankYour financial support and your prayer support are much appreciated.

CELEBRATIONS AND CONCERNS: Please email your celebrations and concerns to John Terry or to the church office. 

Let’s celebrate:  Major celebration for the ZOOM coffee hour last week, which featured a discussion with Hanover Selectwoman Vanessa O’Connor.  Thanks to the members of the Social Concerns Committee for putting this together. 

Please pray for:

• Family of Andrew Gockel (pictured above), husband of Paula, former Deacon and Junior High Fellowship Youth Leader, who passed January 5; condolences and messages for his family may be expressed by visiting: www.StrongHancock.com.
• Family of Diane Kofton, friend of Ginny Hunt, who passed January 7
• Dale Kelly, sister of Ellen Blanchard, fighting Covid
• Bunny Hagland and family, friend of Ginny Hunt, now in hospice
• Linda Peterson, cousin of Ginny Hunt, with late stage Alzheimer’s
• Joseph Balich, brother of Louise Jackson, with COVID, as well as her parents who had direct contact with Joseph
• Andrew, Jeannie and James White, family of Don and Lynn White, with serious concerns about COVID
• Carol McHugh, friend of Ruth Hall, with ovarian cancer
• Jim Vaille, recovering at home


Last week we experienced one of the most difficult weeks in the history of our nation.  Next week a new administration will be sworn in.  I think it is well to recall the words of President Lincoln in his two inaugural addresses. 

Lincoln became president in 1861 as the southern states were leaving the Union.  He concluded his address by saying, “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Four years later, Lincoln was preparing to unify the nation after the Civil War, though he would be killed within a month.  In the second inaugural address he concluded: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” 

Pray for it.