Weekly News for March 24, 2021

Council Meeting

The next Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 pm on Zoom.

Topic: Council Meeting

Time: Mar 25, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Food Pantry Shopping Cart

Simply because we have not been in the church for a year, our shopping cart has lacked activity! (to say the least).  When Missions puts it out on Easter Sunday when we will be worshipping in the church yard, let’s make up for lost opportunities. Any items would be greatly appreciated, but any paper product, shampoo, bath soap, laundry detergent, could be the best items to bring. Good Sheppard Food Bank and government subsidies are all about food. Nonfood items are costs that are covered by folks like us.

Could our shopping cart be overflowing on Easter Day?  The Missions Board hopes so.  Thank you

Easter Donations

In lieu of Easter flowers, we invite you to make a monetary donation to the Cumberland/North Yarmouth Community Food Pantry. This pantry serves many North Yarmouth families.  Each donation goes a long way to benefit our neighbors.

Please send your gift to the church office by Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Holy Week Schedule

Thursday, April 1st ~ 7 pm Virtual Maundy Thursday Communion Worship

Friday, April 2nd ~ 12 noon Virtual Good Friday Reflection

Saturday,  April 3rd ~  11 AM  ZOOM Time for All Ages: Hear the Story

Sunday, April 4th ~  6:15 am  Virtual  Easter Sunrise Worship

                      Easter IN PERSON in Church parking lot

                         9-9:20 am  Breakfast sandwiches served by Diaconate

                         9:30 am Easter Communion Worship

                             Easter Egg Hunt for all ages after worship

                                                             BYO Easter Basket

Zoom Time for All Ages:  Hear the Story

Apr 3, 2021 11:00 AM

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WORKING ON THE CHURCH BY-LAWS

Two years ago it became obvious that some of our current by-laws were not working for the church. Time and “things change” caught up to us. So…..the Church Council gave their blessing to a group of members to start talking to other churches, reading material i.e. books, describing changes churches had made that improved this part of running a church. In order to try a couple of new ideas, or make any temporary changes, it was decided to suspend the by-laws, again temporarily, We did form a Finance Comm. that took on many of the financial responsibilities. We’ve only used this new resource for a year and it seemed to work very well. And then Covid entered and we made little forward motion. Covid has really limited proper communications with the members and for this we are sorry. But moving on we would still like to work on the project and see how we can make running the church a more realistic and practical activity.

Knowing that change is difficult we will be asking for input from the boards and committees of the church as well as anyone who would like to voice their ideas and become a part of this project. To this point, ABSOLUTLY NOTHING HAS BEEN CAST IN STONE ,as they say, and will not be changed until the members say so.

You will be receiving information and given  ways to be involved soon. 

 Hope you do…..get involved…. that is.               

Jeanne C, Patrick S, Priscilla B  …..  ad hoc By-Laws comm

Youth Group

Youth Group will meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 4:30-5:30 pm at the church.  Next up:  April 7 and 21.

Special Offerings

We have two special offering requests this month, one for UCC disaster relief Texas and the other is for our annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering help where there is the greatest need.

Please give as you are able – mail a check to NYCC at 3 Gray Rd, North Yarmouth, ME 04097 or donate online at  https://tithe.ly/give?c=1301940.  Please indicate UCC disaster TX or OGHS on your donation.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.

YAY!   Goal Accomplished!!

We have reached our goal of 100 subscribers to our YouTube channel! 

Here is our new YouTube link:  youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Message from Pastor Nancy

If you or someone you know is struggling in our community, please ask them to email me so we can assess how NYCC church family can help. Thanks, Nancy nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Coffee with Friends, Lent 2021

On March 8, 2021, we began our pilot distance learning book club entitled, Coffee with Friends. The topic for discussion will be personal prayer and we will be reading Fr. James Martin’s New York Times best seller, Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone. Regardless if you are new to personal prayer or nearly a mystic, I think you’ll find many useful insights to enhance your spiritual life.

What makes Coffee with Friends different is that instead of meeting face-to-face on a specific day, time, and location, we will be meeting “virtually” online, at a day and time of your convenience using Google Classroom. Additionally, unlike Facebook or other social media platforms, Google Classroom has the advantage of added privacy. Only those who “enroll” in the “course” have access to whatever is posted or uploaded to the class. Google Classroom can be accessed online using your computer at classroom.google.com or you can download an Android or iOS Google Classroom app for your phone.

How Coffee with Friends works is pretty simple. Each Monday beginning March 8th I will post a brief 3 to 5 minute video summarizing the week’s scheduled readings and offering a few reflection questions to get the conversation going. At your convenience you can post your thoughts, questions, insights, bemusements, wonderings to the group. Anyone enrolled can read, comment, or respond. You can also upload links to items you have found helpful or useful that you would like to share with the group in the resource section.

All that is required to enroll in Coffee with Friends is to have an active Google account and to complete an enrollment process. Both are at no cost. There are no signup fees nor will any banking information be requested. Detail instructions are attached to this email. If you have any difficulties please email me for added support or better still you might ask your school age child or grandchild who probably already are Google Classroom experts by now.

Again, the web-based address is: classroom.google.com. Search for the course entitled, “Coffee with Friends, Lent 2021.” The enrollment or access code is adkhgex. If you have difficulties enrolling yourself, please send me an email. If you know of any friend or relative who may be interested, please feel free to forward this email to them.

Thanks for considering joining us for our pilot on-line book club. I’m looking forward to learning with you.  Click here for  Enrollment Instruction Sheet

Mark Falbo, Faith Formation Committee, North Yarmouth Congregational Church UCC

Please keep the following people in your prayers

Terri Bickford

Sharon and Ernie Clark

Marion Goff   is moving to Bay Square at 27 Forest Falls Drive, Room 304, Yarmouth, ME 04096 if you would like to send a card.

Blanche and Jim Mays

Cindy Tompson

Pilgrim Lodge

103 Pilgrim Lodge Lane

West Gardiner, ME 04345

Phone: 207-724-3200

Fax: 207-724-3732

Dear PL Camper Families,

We have collectively endured a year like no other, and while there is hope that 2021 will end on a healthier note than 2020, life is anything but certain these days. Given so many unknowns, we are sharing our decision about camp with you as soon as possible. Members of the Pilgrim Lodge Leadership Team and the Maine Conference UCC Board of Directors have made the decision to continue our pause on traditional summer camp for the summer of 2021. We undertook months of thoughtful and deliberate analysis which brought us to this solemn decision.

We are saddened that we are not able to host week-long summer camps at PL again this summer, but we are confident it’s the right decision to protect the health and safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers. Based on the state guidance in place at the time of our decision, we could not ensure a completely safe experience for all using our traditional camp model. Additionally, given the many COVID-related restrictions, alterations that would be needed to staffing models, and limits on the number of campers, fully opening and staffing PL for this summer does not make good financial sense.

We are devoted to continuing PL’s mission to emphasize spiritual and outdoor exploration, personal growth, and authentic self-expression in a safe environment, and intentional community to affirm individual sacredness.

Pilgrim Lodge relies upon the revenue from summer camp fees to not only run the camps in the summer but to support the site and its year-round staff. Our core staff team will spend this summer maintaining PL, fundraising, and preparing for a return to camp in 2022. Supporters really stepped up to get PL through 2020 and allow us to move toward sustainability. In 2020, more than 300 individuals and families and 28 churches and associations donated to keep PL going for another year. Your donation will be put to use to help ensure PL’s presence and programs continue long after this pandemic has passed. Donate online at http://www.pilgrimlodge.org/giving/ or send your donation to Pilgrim Lodge, 103 Pilgrim Lodge Lane, West Gardiner, ME 04345.

We are heartbroken at the thought of another summer without traditional camps, and we know your camper and family will likely be disappointed as well. Please know that we are doing all in our power to create some safe opportunities to get people to PL this summer, and we are looking at offering day passes to come take a swim, walk the labyrinth or the nature trails, and maybe enjoy some ice cream. This is in the planning stages and official updates via email, social media and pilgrimlodge.org will be posted as soon as possible. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the PL office at 207-724-3200 if you have any questions.

Yours in the spirit of Pilgrim Lodge,

Rev. Marraine Kettell, Chair, Pilgrim Lodge Leadership Team

Karen Steelhammer, Camp Registrar

Pilgrim Lodge Leadership Team: Laura Barrantes, Rev. Marcia Charles, Allison DiMatteo, Ben Haskell, Xander Keiter, Stephenie Michaud, Megan Williams, and Rev. Marraine Kettell, Chair

Save the Date

Sat. April 24, 9 AM – Noon

Cumberland Assoc. Spring Meeting

Worship & Business Meeting

Guest Speaker Rev. Paul NIckerson

Re-Launching as a Hybrid Church

Rev. Paul Nickerson

Re-Launching as a Hybrid Church            April 24, 2021

I am delighted that I will be with you at the Cumberland Association meeting on April 24th.   I will be discussing how churches are planning to re-launch public worship, and how to be a hybrid church, both in-person and online.    While we don’t know when we will be able to gather again, now is the time to plan ahead.   Our discussion will include:

Three different ways of having in person and online worship, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.How to speak to four different groups of people who are worshippingTips on how to adapt worship to reach new peopleHow to have a month of celebrations when your church re-opens, engaging the community around you.

Rev. Paul Nickerson is a United Church of Christ pastor, who has served churches in New England, been part of a Conference Staff, and for the past 13 years has been a full-time trainer, coach and consultant for churches all over the country.    Paul lives in Beverly, MA, with his wife, Rev. Dr. Marlayna Schmidt, who is an Intentional Interim Minister.

Help for the Homeless

Spring is here!  Please do not bring any more winter clothes.  As we get into spring, I will let you know what the needs are. We do however

always welcome/need $5 Dunkin Donut cards and $10 cards for Hannaford, Market Basket, and Shaws or travel size toiletries such as shampoo, lotion, etc. Thank you for all your wonderful support! Pastor Nancy

Links for Recurring Zoom Meetings and Worship

Council: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Tuesday Gals:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83989985429?pwd=TzF2N2ZtMW1JbEJqc3BuWHUxdHpIUT09

Access worship video on the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NYCC04097/ (you do not need to be a FB user – just click past the create account box to get to our public page)

OR you may access it directly on our youtube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at               https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfpqlTAslXE8sARi5SSJWlQ

Join us for zoom coffee hour following worship. (Approx. 10:15AM)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83955604677?pwd=UXBQYTB0b0lFZ2FhVHB6d0dVTTJYZz09

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