Hancock United Church of Christ, Congregational

1912 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington MA 02421

781-862-4220 | office@hancockchurch.org

An Open and Affirming Church!

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Elevator Hoistway and TV Room

Elevator Hoistway and TV Room

It’s been a long time since we’ve updated you on what’s going on behind closed doors. Here are a few pictures by Paul Topalian. New wires being installed at lower level. Dana’s Old Office! Existing floors removed for the elevator hoistway. New TV Control Room!
Delight in Giving - Dec 18th

Delight in Giving – Dec 18th

Hancock is Giving with Delight! Join us in celebration as we bear witness to our congregation’s commitment to do God’s work here at Hancock Church.  We are delighted to report that as of December 15th, $688,366 has been pledged to support church ministries in 2014.  The average pledge amount is $4, 102 and we thank the 168 individuals and families who have stepped forward to support Worship, Education, Fellowship and Outreach next year. Merry Christmas, Bess Deck, Robin DiGiammarino, Skip Irving, Manuel Navia 2014 Stewardship...
Most Recent Construction Updates

Most Recent Construction Updates

The construction project is in full swing! Please continue using the back entrance to reach the church and our offices. Right now the crew is digging trenches outside, which is forcing the temporary closing of the exit driveway.   See construction photos by Paul Topalian   Things are moving along as planned. The Pearson room has a temporary kitchen set up for the use of the congregation’s needs. All plumbing, electrical and drywall has been finished in this space. A crew has been working to...
Lower Front Entrance Blocked. Please use the rear entrance.

Lower Front Entrance Blocked. Please use the rear entrance.

Tuesday, July 16, 2014 Building Entrance Update: Temporary walls are up, blocking off the lower front entrance. All building access will have to be through the back door, or the handicapped side entrance. Also, don’t be surprised by the large dumpster near the back door! It will only be there for the summer as the construction crew needs it close-by for heavy disposal. On Sundays, the Sanctuary doors and the handicapped side entrance will be open for morning worship. We will do our best to...
We build what is good and lasting.

We build what is good and lasting.

I just returned from the closing ceremony of The Fuller Legacy Build here in Atlantic City where I had time to reflect on all that has happened this week. This was a truly inspiring experience. The fellowship amongst our team was something to treasure. Working with our house captains, Tim and Charlie, two genuine, caring, and funny guys, was one of the major highlights of the week. When you learn that these two have traveled the world as volunteers to build decent housing for those...

Finding the Beloved Community

It started in my basement.  I was matching socks.  Stewart said, “We should go to church.”  We found a church.  I was expecting baptism and organ music and Christmas, even the familiar smell of the hymnals and the cadence of the doxology.  I was expecting all that.  I was not expecting the church to find me back.  To give a name to the glyph appearing through the tapestry of my life, formed over and over, sometimes partially, through some deep and baffling instinct.  Formed sometimes...
We work together to change the world we live in.

We work together to change the world we live in.

   Modern Miracles: When a small group of Hancock members got together 3 years ago to discuss what Hancock could do about the growing problem of hunger in our world, we had no idea how we could accomplish what was felt at the time to be a very ambitious goal of feeding 5,000 people.  At the end of three years, we had found a way to feed 100,000 people and experienced our own version of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Another small group...
We explore faith, seek justice, and pursue the Common Good.

We explore faith, seek justice, and pursue the Common Good.

My Spiritual Compass… Hancock is where I truly feel welcomed and accepted for who I am: a learner, a believer and a seeker.  My community of faith is a blessing, a joy, and an anchor in my life.    When my spiritual compass is upside down and backward, I know, through service, conversation, and prayer, I will be guided to what is right, what is possible, and what is just.  I am lucky to worship  with many whom I consider to be inspiring role models, many...
We believe that God is still speaking.

We believe that God is still speaking.

My Faith Journey:  I’m not sure my faith would have been much of a journey to speak of at this point in my life without Hancock.  I grew up going to Sunday service next to my parents, sister, and grandparents in the same pew every week.  I chose to be confirmed here because of the Covenant of Welcome, and the promise of support in exploring one’s beliefs, not just blindly following what the people “in charge” said was the right thing to believe.  In high...
We affirm the worth of all persons.

We affirm the worth of all persons.

I clearly remember the moment and the circumstances when I first felt the grace and presence of God.  Of course, I would not have used such lofty words then–I was eleven years old and emerging into the rubble and dust after an air attack on our little town in Bavaria. During the years of war before then, the thought that God is by my side and ready to take my hand had already been the most powerful and perhaps the only belief that helped me...