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Nancy Rottman, Congregational Care Coordinator

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We are pleased to welcome Nancy Rottman back to Hancock Church, serving next year as our Congregational Care Coordinator during her final year of seminary at Andover Newton.  Nancy has been a Student Minister the last two years.  She will begin her work in September.  Welcome, Nancy!
Paul Shupe will be away from Hancock from July 29-August 8, traveling to Colorado to visit family, and for his annual wilderness trip with his friends from his days at Vanderbilt Divinity School.  Nancy Rottman will be working during these days to provide worship leadership and pastoral care.

A Note from Acting Minister Pam Cochrane

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Hancock Family,

Change is upon us, indeed! Come June 30th, my two roles as Director of Faith Formation and Acting Minister will end and you will prepare for the arrival of David Clark, your new student minister and Director of Faith Formation as well as a new Second Minister to join the staff.

It has been a privilege to walk with you these past five years and be a part of the transformation that has taken place at Hancock not only in our building but in vision and spirit.

I, too, have been transformed wearing many hats at Hancock as your Acting Director of Children’s Ministries, Director of Children’s Ministries, Hancock Fellow, Seminarian, and Acting Minister of Faith Formation. You have watched me grow into my call to full time ministry and supported me at every step. My experiences at Hancock have shaped me and will guide me. Now entering the search and call process myself, I will seek a call that honors all my gifts and experience.

It is with hope and grace, I pray for Hancock’s continuing growth and deepening practice of faith so that this sacred place will continue to grow for good rooted on the green in the name of Christ. The possibilities ahead are limitless, so as I have said before, walk boldly, dispel the fear of change and have faith in each other and those called to serve Hancock United Church of Christ. I look forward to celebrating with you all on the 14th and serving through the 28th of June. If I don’t find you, I hope you will find me in the weeks ahead, so that I can say thank you and bless you for all the gifts you have shared with me.

in faith,

Pam
Pam’s Ecclesiastical Counceil will be held at the Congregational Church of Harvard at 7:00 PM on June 3, 2015. The address 5 Still River Road Harvard, MA.

Note from Acting Minister Alex Shea Will

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Good People,

 

As you likely know, we’ve been on parallel journeys this past year. As you have been discerning who your next settled minister might be, I’ve been discerning where God might be calling me next. While your search committee has been reading profiles and conducting interviews, I’ve been sending off my profile and attending interviews. After many months, I’m pleased to tell you that I’ve discerned where God is calling me next: I’ve accepted a call to serve as the settled Associate Pastor at South Church in Andover, MA. While I’m thrilled to accept this call and continue my journey, there is still ministry left for us to do together! My last Sunday at Hancock will be on June 14. I’ll preach that morning and also at The Well – I pray you’ll come to one of those services. Not simply because it’s my last Sunday, but rather because I want to tell each of you how thankful I am for the ways you’ve loved me and taught me how to be a minister. I’m looking forward to the coming month and the work we have left to do.

 

Much love and many blessings,

 

Alex

Mark Morgan Sabbatical

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My wife, Amy, and I are pleased to announce that we will soon be welcoming a new little boy into our family! His name is Hugh, and he is a beautiful 18 month old living in an orphanage in Shanxi province in China. We have embarked on this adoption proceeding for the past 18 months or so, working with an agency that places children with special needs. Hugh was born with cleft lip and palate, which is easily repaired here. Owen is greatly looking forward to having a little brother! We will be traveling to China for two weeks at the end of June to bring him home. I will be out on paternity leave during that time.

Upon our arrival home, I will be taking all of my vacation time, and will also embark on my sabbatical time. Under the provisions of my contract, and in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the American Guild of Organists for sacred music musicians, I have a 6 week sabbatical every six years here at Hancock. I have not yet firmed up my plans for this time (for obvious reasons!) but expect it to include a great deal of practicing, study, and composing. As a result of these three things, I will be on leave from Hancock starting June 24th and will be returning to Sunday worship on Celebration Sunday, September 20th. Marilyn Becker will be ably filling the gaps over the summer and through the first few weeks of the fall. I would like to thank the Hancock community for this time away and I look forward to coming back, sharing stories, introducing the new kiddo, and getting back to work!

 

Gratefully,

 

Mark Morgan
Director of Music

Introducing Our New Student Minister David Clark!

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Starting this coming Fall, David Clark will be our new Student Minister and Director of Faith Formation. He’ll be working with our youth and young families. Here’s a little introduction:

David is a native of the beautiful state of Maine and has just completed his first year at Andover Newton Theological School. He is a third generation MDiv on his father’s side and is excited to pursue a life in ministry. His spiritual life began as a child at the UCC summer camp, Pilgrim Lodge where he counseled, volunteered, and for the past four years served as the assistant director. He’s worked in residential student life at his alma mater the University of South Maine, as a youth counselor with Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, and taught in many environments such as churches, adult eds, and at the college level. He’s thrilled to be a newly accepted member to the Hancock team and cannot wait to begin in the fall.