Hancock United Church of Christ, Congregational

1912 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington MA 02421

781-862-4220 | office@hancockchurch.org

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Education and Small Groups
"Getting Real with God" a Mini-Lenten Retreat, Mar. 14

“Getting Real with God” a Mini-Lenten Retreat, Mar. 14

Join Student Minister Nancy Rottman for a mini-retreat during Lent: Getting Real with God: Reclaiming the Christian Spiritual Practice of Lament NOTE: The Lenten Mini-Retreat has been changed from Friday and Saturday to just Saturday. Saturday, March 14, 8am-2pm Pearson Room Saturday morning coffee, and lunch provided. Join Student Minister Nancy Rottman for a mini-retreat during Lent to learn more about the power of lament to deepen our relationship with God and one another. During our time together we’ll explore the history of lament within Christian...
Introduction to Children's Christian Education and Christian Service

Introduction to Children’s Christian Education and Christian Service

Nominating Committee Highlights Children’s Christian Education and Christian Service Hancock Church is a community. Communities support one another. Participation in the work of the church is the quickest way to get to know one another and to be in a position to support one another. Over the next few weeks, the Nominating Committee will be discussing the work performed by the committees of Hancock Church. Please, as you read these notes, consider what gifts you have to contribute to the Hancock community and choose some...
Introduction to Adult Ed and Parish Life Committees

Introduction to Adult Ed and Parish Life Committees

The Nominating Committee will have a series of announcements to introduce the various committees of the church! The first two are Adult Education and Parish Life. When Jesus was baptized by John, he became a member of the community that had formed around John. When we are baptized, we join a long line of brothers and sisters who were baptized by other brothers and sisters who were baptized by other brothers and sisters all the way back to John. In a sense, Jesus is our...

HEAT Open Meeting, 11/16

HEAT After Church Program This Sunday, 11:15am in Kathie Stuart We are all seeing storms get fiercer, droughts affecting our farms, and ice melting in the Arctic. We wonder how we are going to pay for all the damage from the storms and still make changes to our infrastructure if things keep getting worse. If you are as concerned as I, come hear what several members of our church have been doing to reduce their use of fossil fuels. We will hear about: Using heat...
Meditation & Centering Prayer, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, & Nov. 12

Meditation & Centering Prayer, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, & Nov. 12

Beginning Wednesday Oct. 29, 7PM in Clark Hall Talk & new series of workshops: Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12 Stan Goldin PhD., Harvard Medical School/Cognitive Rhythms Collaborative  Give it a try, learn about what brain research is saying about its benefits. There is growing interest in appreciating and directly experiencing the benefits of regular meditation. The Christian contemplative tradition adds another dimension of benefit to those of secular mindfulness meditation-the chance to experience and deepen our relationship with a Divine Presence that we call God.  An introduction...
Listen Learn Pray - Pearson Room Sessions

Listen Learn Pray – Pearson Room Sessions

“Listen. Learn. Pray.”  Your Offering. Our Theme. On Faith Promise Sunday in 2013, we circled words describing how we offer ourselves to Hancock beyond our financial contributions. The top three words circled were: Listen, Learn, and Pray. In one sense, they’re simply verbs. They’re likely things we do often without giving them too much thought. However, we must remember that Listening, Learning, and Praying, are powerful acts with the ability to affect change in our hearts, in our churches, and in the world. With that in mind,...
Summer Pastor's Class 2014

Summer Pastor’s Class 2014

Back by popular demand, the weekly “Pastor’s Class” will return for our summer theme. Working in tandem with Alex, Craig Zaehring has stepped up to lead the group in thoughtful conversation. The class will resume on Sunday, June 29th at 9:00 AM in Pearson. This group will continue throughout the summer based on interest from the congregation, so be sure to join us each week for a discussion of that morning’s scripture and Biblical character. On the 29th we’ll begin our time together exploring the...
Deciding on Divestment from Fossil Fuels, May 14th

Deciding on Divestment from Fossil Fuels, May 14th

Deciding on Divestment from Fossil Fuels Wednesday, May 14, 7pm From religious congregations to universities to kitchen tables nationwide, people are debating divestment.Burning fossil fuels is the largest single contributor to human-caused climate change.If it is wrong to disrupt the planet’s life systems, is it wrong to profit from such destruction? Should we get rid of our investments in the fossil fuel industry? All are invited.Presenters:Rev. Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ.  Cindy Davidson,...
Interfaith Garden Blessings & Celebration, May 18th

Interfaith Garden Blessings & Celebration, May 18th

Dear Friends, I would like to invite you all back to the Garden on Sunday, 5/18th at 2pm for a special event to celebrate our 5th season. Clergy from around Lexington will be there to participate and deliver Blessings for the Garden. There will be some refreshments as well as an opportunity for folks to create their own blessing by decorating blank 12″ wooden stakes with blessings or garden motifs. One side will have the handcrafted blessings and the other blank side allows us to...
Neuroscience, Spiritual Experience, & Christian Contemplative Practice, Sundays May 4, 18, 25th

Neuroscience, Spiritual Experience, & Christian Contemplative Practice, Sundays May 4, 18, 25th

Neuroscience, Spiritual Experience, & Christian Contemplative Practice Sundays May 4, 18, 25 at 8:30am, Dining Hall With Hancock’s  Dr. Stan Goldin (Cognitive Rhythms Collaborative, Harvard Medical School). What is modern neuroscience telling us about the evolution of the human brain-are we really just smarter apes? Bestselling atheist authors claim that neuroscience & evolutionary biology have”proven” that the spiritual underpinnings of religious faith are delusions created within the brain. But they’re wrong: Cutting edge neuroscience is now exploring questions previously owned by philosophy & theology, and is telling a very...