Weekly News for July 28, 2021

Join us for Worship!

We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. At this time because of the heat we are worshipping in the Fellowship Hall.  At this time we are still following CDC guidelines and are requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream please connect with us YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.   If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com

Pastor Nancy on Vacation

Pastor Nancy will be on vacation from August 3-16. Rev. Ed. DeLong will be our guest pastor for August 1 and 8th.

Pastoral Care Requests

For prayer requests or pastoral care during pastor Nancy’s sabbatical please contact Deacons Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017.

Message from Kathy and Lois

If you or someone you know is struggling in our community, please Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017 to assess how NYCC church family can help.

News from the Missions Committee

Dear Friends,

                 Just a quick update of what has been going on at the Missions Committee.  10%, $7,500, of Pat’s gift to the church was designated for the Local Missions Funds.  Committee members meet and decided that the funds should help those in Maine with food or basic need insecurities.  With lots of discussion and research, we decided to send $1000 to five Maine organizations.   The folks receiving the funds have sent wonderful, moving thank you notes.  Pat would be so pleased.

$1000 Maine Needs—P O Box 4174, Portland ME 04101.  They strive to help people meet their basic material needs by providing clothing, hygiene products, household items and other necessities in an environment of dignity and compassion.  Both their website http://www.maineneeds.org and Facebook page Maine Needs have a lot of information about what they are doing.

 $1000 Food Shepherds Food Bank PO Box 1807, Auburn, ME 04211.   The $1000 will provide 3000 meals @ 33 cents per meal.    Their website is http://www.gsfb.org.

 $1000 Machias Food Pantry, 9 Center Street, Machias. ME 04091.  The funds will be used to build a larger facility as the need in the area is growing.

 $1000 Harrison Food Bank, PO Box 112 Harrison, ME  04040.  The Food Bank provides food to those in need in Harrison, Waterford and surrounding areas.  Currently they are feeding 500 families per week.  During the pandemic, they have waived the paperwork for town requirements to get food because no one should be hungry.

$1000 to the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Perry, Maine.  The funds will be used to purchase winter clothing for the children.

The remaining $2,500 will be used for Thanksgiving and Christmas giving.   Peace and Prayers, Tracy       

Yard Sale

There will be a yard sale at the church on Saturday, August 21 from 1-3 pm.                                                    If you have any questions, please contact Gary Davis at 831-1254.                                                              Accepting donations Now.  No clothing. 

AROUND and ABOUT

So…..what’s happening at our church, you might ask?   Certainly we are not back to normal at this point. We are trying to stay within the latest Covid-19  guide-lines, but it’s surprising how normal Sunday worship is. Yes, we are in the Fellowship Hall which we usually are this time of year.  All the windows are open, and the fans are on high! Folks are respecting a discreet distance from one another. And an oft heard question is, “are you vaccinated?” It seems like everyone is except the younger folks who keep their masks on.   It seems quite safe. Peter is at the piano and we are singing.  This could all change in a heartbeat as the Covid-Delta Variant is taking hold everywhere.  Don’t throw your masks out yet!

Kathy W. has arranged for Sunday service coverage until Pastor Nancy returns and they, Pastor Joe, and Pastor Ed,  have given us some excellent worship services. We have had 3 funerals in the last 6 weeks and Lois K. has really worked hard and put in many, many hours to see that these events are “up to NYCC standards” even though not much has been done in our kitchen as far as food prep is concerned. The families have been so understanding of the restrictions under which we are working. A lot of setting up and tearing down of Fellowship Hall, but a willingness on everyone’s part, especially the families, to help with this has been much appreciated. This past Saturday I went to the church about 8:30ish to check on something (the funeral service was at 11:00) Lois was already there. I went back to church to take the mail in about 3:30 and Lois was still there!  A huge shout out of thanks to Lois. Lois does have some willing and able helpers with these events.

It’s hard to use the word lawn when talking about the green, brown, yellow stuff growing around our building, but with George B.’s tender care, mowing trimming etc., the grounds are looking quite good. George, thank you so much for mowing and also for your daily mouse/snake patrol. Lyn appreciates your diligence!

Speaking of Lyn! Under very awkward conditions Lyn has been critically instrumental in keeping the church operating in its usual “do it right” mode. She has had extremely little use of her right arm after shoulder surgery, and this on top of an abundance of extra work, extra bulletins, accommodating 4 different pastors, bookkeeping chores, weekly newsletters, and other usual stuff she never said “I can’t do this”. She accepted my offer to be her right arm on the computer upstairs as she kept up her financial responsibilities, and I have never pushed anyone’s patience buttons as far as I did hers. She never said a word, but I knew how trying it must have been. I’m not proficient on a computer with 2 good arms!

The Trustees are continuing to plug away at their “needs to be taken care of” list. The Deacons have had extra duties with the extra services. Missions is keeping up with pet pantry and was so pleased to help 5 organizations in the state with a financial gift from the money we received from Pat Field’s will.

And last but not least, you folks are being so faithful with your financial support. This time of year sometimes can be a bit dicey with the bottom line, but thanks to you, our finances are OK. I’m not going to brag on this too much, just incredibly thankful for your support.

I would be totally remiss if I didn’t acknowledge and stand in awe of our techie team! Nate S. Jeff S. Vince G. and Caroline R. are sending out our Sunday services, and they are faithful to the core doing this. We still have a following from folks who live away and of course, our faithful members who are opting to stay at home.  Isn’t it good that they can “be” with us on Sunday mornings! THANK YOU, TECH TEAM!

Respectfully,  Jeanne,  VM

Please keep the following people in your prayers ~

Julie Beggs

Marion Goff 

Sandra Golonka

Vince Golonka

Richard and Nancy Lowell

Blanche and Jim Mays

Lin Tompson Murphy

Cindy Tompson

Help for the Homeless

Summer needs for Grace Street Ministries:  new socks men and women’s – ankle and crew – white.  New men’s boxer briefs – M L XL.  Sports bras- new.  Consignment ready summer clothes – t-shirts, shorts, etc., and I have created a list on Amazon of personal care travel size items:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/5BE4ICKT49WW?ref_=wl_share

You can order off that list and have it shipped to my home address or you can just use it for ideas and purchase elsewhere.  I will make Ziplock bags of stuff to give out. 

 I will not be doing Tuesdays during my sabbatical but will give items to Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen for them to hand out.  Thank you, Nancy

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

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