This month’s Council meeting is this Thursday, April 15th at 6:30 p.m. via ZOOM. The ZOOM connection is contained at the bottom of this e-mail. We have decided to publish Council minutes once they have been approved by Council members. Therefore, we are asking the members to review the minutes for last month’s meeting when they receive them from Kathy Whittier in the next day. Please make note of any corrections or changes that need to be made and be prepared to talk about those changes at this month’s meeting in order to take a vote on the minutes. Thanks all, Marsha
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Youth Group will meet outdoors at the church on Wednesday, April 21 from 4:30-5:30 pm. Please remember to wear a mask.
Spring Cleanup at the church has been scheduled for Saturday, April 24th at 9 am. We will be taking down the remainder of the storm windows and putting up the Screens, and raking the yard. Please join us with work gloves and a rake. The more the merrier! If needed the rain date is May 7.
Thank you, Lyn
When I was teaching I found that if the principal was away for whatever reasons, the school operated without a hitch. We teachers carried on doing what we needed to do. However, If the school secretary was gone for even a few hours, things could deteriorate quickly.
I relate this situation to what our Administrative Assistant means to NYCC. Through a year like no other, Lyn has kept us operating as smoothly as possible, and has done so without skipping a beat. She has taken on extra responsibilities for our virtual services, assisted the financial secretary when we were limited as to how many people could be in the building and all while keeping our every day needs in order.
April 21st is Administrative Professionals Recognition Day. Wouldn’t it be fun to thank Lyn in our own way…..cards, gifts, phone calls…..just to let her know how much we appreciate her as our Admin Asst. There is no way that this can be carried off as a secret surprise. So, if you are inclined, do whatever and however you wish to show your appreciation. If I can help, please let me know. Jeanne C.
Habitat for Humanity Walk
Hello friends from area churches,
Greetings from Congregational Church in Cumberland! We hope you will participate in our 35th annual virtual Springtime Walk during the month of May to support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland. Walk any of the suggested routes in Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth, or Falmouth, or explore your own path – on a sidewalk or hiking trail. Any distance and any date would be great. Please share this information with your members and friends so we can support this vital mission together.
* Sign up to fundraise on your own or as part of a team: https://charity.gofundme.com/springtimewalk2021.
* Bring or find a bag for plogging (picking up trash while walking).
* Walk on the sidewalk or hike on a trail. Every step helps provide a house for a hard-working family.
* Join the photo scavenger hunt by downloading your photos to win a prize!
* Invite a friend or neighbor to join you. All ages welcome!
* Read more about Habitat’s mission here: http://habitatportlandme.org/mission/
Thank you for your support. Happy Spring!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep the following people in your prayers ~
Richard and Nancy Lowell – Richard had heart surgery this past Monday
Blanche and Jim Mays
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
It’s spring! Thank you all for your continued support for Grace Street Ministries. Please hold on all winter gear until next year. Warm weather needs include travel size toiletries including sunscreen and lip balm. And of course gift cards for places like Dunkin Donuts($5) and grocery stores- Hannaford’s, Shaws and Market Basket($10.). Any fast food chain in Portland will work as well. Thank you! Pastor Nancy
Links for Recurring Zoom Meetings and Worship
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 youtube.com/c/nyccucc
Join us for zoom coffee hour following worship. (Approx. 10:15AM)