Weekly News for April 21, 2021

Spring Cleanup 

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 1 at 9 am.

Youth Group

No youth group today – check with pastor Nancy for reschedule!

In Person Worship

There will be an In person parking lot worship on Sunday, May 2- bring a lawn chair and wear a mask!

Cumberland Assoc. Spring Meeting

Sat. April 24, 9 AM – Noon

Worship & Business Meeting

Guest Speaker Rev. Paul NIckerson

Re-Launching as a Hybrid Church

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85231694136?pwd=MGt1Zlorek9KQzJmUGU1TFlkKytEdz09

Sabbatical leave

It’s that time! I have now been your pastor for about
5 1/2 years and it is time for sabbatical. Due to Covid 19 I will be doing it in a new way. I am taking 4 weeks in May ( 3rd- 30th) and then I will be back in June and will take my second 4 weeks in July. As I will not be traveling , I will be observing sabbath rest at home along with some self study. The Diaconate has hired Rev Joseph Connelly (see bio below) to cover worship and emergency pastoral care. More details to come next week. Thank you for providing me the opportunity for this sabbatical time. Blessings, Pastor Nancy

Rev. Mr. Joseph Connolly

After a 23 year pastorate the Rev. Mr. Joseph (call me Joe) Connolly, retired as the  Pastor and Teacher of the United Church of Christ, First Congregational of Norwich, New York in 2019.  Norwich is in a very rural Upstate area.  He was the longest serving pastor the church had seen in its 200+ years.  Rev. Connolly had a previous career as a writer as a playwright and as a songwriter (lyricist).  He is a member of the Dramatist Guild, A.S.C.A.P., and had material performed Off -Broadway.  Yes (full confession), he is a native of New York City.  Joe’s wife, Bonnie Scott Connolly, was a long time resident of Brunswick when she and Joe met.  How did they meet?  Joe is the best friend of her cousin and he was visiting Maine with him.  Bonnie and Joe hit it off right away (in part because they are both fond of puns).  When they met Bonnie was an award winning staff photographer on the Brunswick Times Record.  They moved to Bangor when First Parish Church in Brunswick sponsored Joe at Bangor Theological Seminary.

Council News

In an effort to better communicate with members and friends of NYCC, we will provide you with a link to the approved minutes of Council’s last meeting every month.  Please be sure to read them so that you will know what is currently happening at NYCC!  Please click on the link below to take a look at the March minutes.   Marsha S. Heath, Moderator

Read Council Minutes:  https://bit.ly/3gr993B

Trustee News

James & Whitney, Co. Roofing have been hired to replace the roofs over the sanctuary and the office.  Work is slated to begin this coming Tuesday, April 27.

Access 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

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

Please keep the following people in your prayers ~

Marion Goff  

Sandra Golonka – Sandra had an ultrasound and a tumor in her Gallbladder was found.  She will be undergoing a cholecystectomy ASAP to remove her gallbladder. 

Richard and Nancy Lowell – Richard had heart surgery this past Monday

Blanche and Jim Mays

Cindy Tompson 

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!

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 

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