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Kelly Rogers                         2-6
Joan Delosh                          2-6
Pastor Norma                        2-7
Karen Hadlock                      2-7
Gary Hill                                2-15
Karrie Bowman                    2-15
Tara Atherton                       2-15

Donna Hadlock                    2-18
Samantha Salamacha           2-19
Jim Avallone                         2-21
Penny Simons                       2-21
Connie Wortman                  2-24
Dean Hill                               2-26
Lana Storie                            2-28

Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Pot Luck Dinner Sunday, February 3

Ordination & Installation of New Officers Sunday, February 10
Lenten Program for 2019- Please mark your calendars!!
Ash Wednesday Service: March 6 in the Chapel(time TBD)
Thursday evening Soup Suppers with Contemplative Study  March 14, 21, 28; April 4,11 5:30 PM in the Dining Hall.  We will be using Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations from the Center for Action and Contemplation. If you would like to begin receiving Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations by email (at no cost!) please sign up at

Maundy Thursday Soup Supper and Communion
April 18, 5:30 PM
Preparers of soup are needed! 
If you would like to prepare a crock pot of soup for a Thursday evening, please sign up
on the list on the Dining Hall bulletin board!

Thank You
January Gratitude List
Christmas Season Cleanup on Epiphany Sunday

Lynn DeCondo, Kennon Gardner, Savannah Rathbun, Jennifer McGregor, Joan Hadlock, Pete Atherton, Tom Gordnier, Marilyn Hunter, Jen Gardner, and more
And follow up
Jackie Washburn, Gregg Bush, Randy Kraft
All Annual Report Contributors & Preparers
Lynn DeCondo & Greg Washburn
Nominating Committee:
Jennifer McGregor, Dick Watson, Jackie Washburn, Kennon Gardner, Evelyn Saphier
Those who have completed terms of service:
Ruling Elders: Jennifer McGregor, Ann Root,
Denise Diana (12/18)
Deacons: Jackie Washburn, Joan Delosh (10/18)
Snow Removers: Mark Scarlett and the Perretta Family
Sand spreaders: Pete Atherton & Tom Gordnier
Mindfulness Meditation Teacher: Nancy Chase
And all those anonymous givers of time, talent, food, etc….
Church Library
Watch for newly built bookshelves!!
Soon the books we share and borrow will be in place on two newly built book cabinets in the Christian Education wing.  The remaining books from Pastor Cathy’s library will join the books currently available for borrowing.  Tom Gordnier designed and built the shelves, and contributed many many January hours of labor.
Thank you, Tom!!

Happy browsing and reading!

Winter is the perfect time for a good book,
A cup of hot chocolate and a blanket.

Nonfiction Book recommendations for your personal study and group conversation:
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think
You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are,
by Brene’ Brown
(Brene’ Brown teaches from her research on vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.  Ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness are presented.)
Outside the lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith,  by Mihee Kim-Kort
(Mihee Kim-Kort is a wife, a mom, and a Presbyterian minister.  And she’s queer.  But instead of pushing her away from God, her queerness has brought her closer to Jesus and taught her how to love better.  Outside the Lines shows us how God, in Jesus, loves us in a queer and radical way.  Whenever we love ourselves and our neighbors with the boundary-breaking love of God, we live out queer spirituality in the world.)

Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved, by Kate Bowler
(Kate is a professor, wife, mom, daughter who lives with cancer. She gives an upfront look at what that means for her and how others might extend appreciated care and words to those who live with an incurable disease.)
Becoming, by Michelle Obama
Tattoos on the Heart, by Gregory Boyle  
                (The power of unconditional love.)
Barking at the Choir, by Gregory Boyle
Fiction: The Storied Life of A.J. Fickry: A Novel, by Gabrielle Zevin

(Eventually some of these books may be found in the church library, but in the meantime you may want to seek them out at the local library or from an online distributor. Some of them belong to members including Rev. Evon.    All of them can be found on Amazon)
Opportunities to offer Compassionate Service
First Tuesday Morning Worship
at RiverLedge in Ogdensburg

Hammond Presbyterian Church has been well represented one Tuesday a month by worship leaders interacting with residents, singing hymns, reading scripture, praying and sharing a message of love. The joy comes in receiving love from them in the process.  Beginning February 5, HPC will be responsible for continuing this relationship on the first Tuesday of each month.  Volunteers are welcome, and you may be assured that you will receive just as much if not more than you give.  Rev. Evon prepares a simple service and those who go with her help by distributing songbooks, talking with residents, shaking hands , smiling a lot, giving and receiving hugs and if willing reading scripture or leading a prayer.  Rosie Salamacha, Joan Delosh, Liz Scarlett, and Tom Gordnier would  be the folks to ask about their experience if you are interested in participating!  Even if you participate a couple of times during the year it would be greatly appreciated. You would be welcome to ride with Rev. Evon, meeting in the pastor’s study at 9:10 AM.  Meeting at the nursing home at 9:55 AM for the 10:00 AM service is also an option. 
 Talking Drum Drumming Circle
Hammond Community Center
Second Tuesdays
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
February 12        March 12             April 9
No talent required-
Just a willingness to have fun and drum in community!!
If you have a drum or percussion instrument please bring it (maracas, claves, rain stick, tambourine, etc.)
Everyone is welcome!
Questions? ask Steve Goobic or Evon Lloyd
The drum is calling You!!
Imagine if every church
became a place where everyone is safe,
but no one is comfortable.  Imagine if every church
became a place where we told one another the truth. 
We might just create sanctuary.
--Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church
Feeling Good
By Tara Atherton
This morning, I woke up, made my bed, made breakfast for the kids, tidied up my living room, had a hot cup of coffee (if you are a parent, you know that having a hot cup of coffee is rare), got my work out and shower all done before 8:30am. I feel accomplished and I feel good. I’ve been desperately trying to catch up on everything in my life and I’ve been feeling like I’m two steps behind where I should be. And with that feeling, I always beat up on myself a bit. “Why didn’t I get all that laundry done today?” or “Where did I put my coffee? Its ice cold and there’s two sips left in it….” I know I’m not the only one who does this. Everyone I talk to, at some point in the conversation will beat themselves up for either not doing something, or overdoing something else. Its days like this though, when I feel good like this, I just want to sit still and absorb as much as this feeling as possible. Then I start thinking, as I’m absorbing, the dishes aren’t getting done, the laundry isn’t getting folded, keep going, you’ve enjoyed this moment long enough.

My guilt free day though is on Sunday. I don’t want to be rushed, I don’t want to work out, I want to relax and absorb. I enjoy sitting at church and absorbing the feeling of God’s love in our congregation. I find myself snuggling with my daughter until she runs off to Sunday school, then snuggling with my “other daughter” who escaped her mom’s arms to be with me, and feeling the kids absorb the warmth that God is putting in our souls. There’s a feeling of accomplishment with that and after service that continued feeling of good continues to flow. It’s one of the only times, that I don’t beat myself up, because there is nothing important to beat myself up over. The laundry will be there tomorrow, and the coffee can be thrown in the microwave for 30 seconds to get heated up, but absorbing God’s love feels good.
Family Game Night

Join us Sunday nights February 10 and February 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the dining room for an evening of fun, games and shared snacks. Back by popular demand, some of you may remember the fun we had when this was started while Norma Murphy was our interim minister. Bring playing cards, simple puzzles, favorite board games, and snacks to share. All ages are welcome. Come by yourself, come with a friend, come with your family and be a part of our church family game night.
 Spaghetti Dinner

Don’t feel like cooking on February 13th, come to Noah’s Ark Italian Dinner. The Hammond Presbyterian Church has graciously allowed us to use their fellowship hall for the dinner. Menu includes: Lasagna, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Bread and Dessert. Meatless options are available. Cost is Adults $10, Children ages 5-12 $5, and Children Under the age of 5 is FREE! Dinner will be served from 4:30pm-7pm. Take out will be available. All proceeds will be used to improve the playground at Noah’s Ark Preschool. Come hungry, leave happy.

 Josh Heikkila, our missionary co-worker in West Africa, talks in his newsletter about the many languages of Christianity. In Ghana, many churches were associated with specific language groups. It is now understood that when you speak to God in your mother tongue, and listen for God to speak to you in that same local language, it becomes easier to embrace Christian faith as your own.  By engaging in local languages and traditions, Christianity has become woven into the fabric of the culture, so that it is no longer seen as a foreign religion spoken in a foreign language.  However, in West Africa, there are hundreds of languages spoken which can isolate you from other ethnic groups who speak something different. Even when Nigerian migrants from the south move to the north, it is necessary to train leaders in the Hausa language spoken in the region, in order to teach religious ideas.. Rev. Heikkila has worked in West Africa for many years and has seen growth in the churches there.  Some groups have started schools and health clinics and training programs for young people.  One area he does mention is his enjoyment of attending local worship, where music and dancing often open or close worship services.

     Joan Hadlock

The next Hammond Food Pantry will be Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m at the Hammond Fire Hall.  All income eligible families are encouraged to come to receive free food.  If possible, please bring a box for the food.  Also on the same day, the Food Sense program will be held.  This is open to everyone and must be ordered and paid for ahead of time.  All items are listed on a monthly menu and include a unit of food for $20.50, and a selection of specials which may be ordered separately.  These foods include meats and fish, fresh produce, canned good and packaged meals. Anyone interested in receiving information about the Food Pantry or Food Sense programs may contact Joan Hadlock 324-5517.
A Tribute to Mary Oliver

            The Poet Mary Oliver died January 17th, 2019 at the age of 83 and even though I never met her and heard her voice only one time when she was being interviewed on the radio, I feel as though I have lost an old friend. Of the 20 Volumes she wrote, John and I own 10. We used to give them to each other as Christmas and birthday gifts as a way to justify buying more of her books.

            I am very fortunate to have married a poet. Through his own poetry writing and our reading together the poetry of others, he opened up a world I might not have explored on my own. Poems are meant to be read aloud which John and I and friends have frequently done. I picked “The Summer Day” as an example of Mary Oliver’s poetry. Read it silently, then read it aloud into the room. Then if you are lucky, find a friend to read it aloud with. This may be the Beginning of a lovely adventure.
Liz Scarlett

The Summer Day-Mary Oliver-1992

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean-

the one who flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaw back and forth instead of up and down-

Who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?


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