Weekly News for August 4, 2021

From our Moderator
The church has recently learned that 2 attendees of the Pride funeral on Saturday, July 24th
have tested positive for Covid. As of this writing we do not know the date of the positive tests). As you know, we require masks to be worn in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall. Masks may only be removed in Fellowship Hall to either drink or eat. Also, all windows in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall were open during the funeral and reception.

The Maine CDC has advised that if you attended the funeral and wore a mask and/or had been vaccinated, there should be no concern.

Tuesday, August 3rd, is the 10th day from the date of the funeral and crucial time period for
infection; therefore, we felt it was prudent to advise our congregation in the event that anyone in attendance has experienced cold-like symptoms or worse. If so, please contact
your health care provider for testing. Please let us know if you test positive. Thanks all. Marsha Heath, Moderator

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

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
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

Church Yard Sale
There will be a Yard Sale at church on Saturday, August 21 from 1-3 pm.
If you have any questions please contact Gary Davis at 831-1254.

NOW ACCEPTING DONATIONS!
No clothing will be accepted.
Please save your items until set up day on August 20th if possible. If not, please put items in the Rec Room (under Fellowship Hall).

Stillspeaking Daily Devotional – United Church of Christ Forms of Assistance

by Martha Spong | published on Aug 2, 2021

And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. – 1 Corinthians 12:28 (NRSV)

As a coach working with pastors, I often close a session with a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the person I’m coaching, for the gifts and talents God has given them for ministry, and for the ways those gifts are being used and developed for the good of God’s kin-dom. They are inspiring preachers, fine administrators, dedicated educators, and compassionate pastors, but rare is the one who excels at all these roles all the time. Whether they partner with colleagues or work collaboratively with church leaders, one of their most important tasks is to identify and support the gifts of others for the good of the church and the world.

Paul, in his letter to the church at Corinth, points out that we all have different capacities and that they are all needed in our faith communities. My favorite mentioned in verse 28 is “forms of assistance.” It brings to mind the volunteers who organized a Pet Pantry at the UCC church in North Yarmouth, Maine, providing dearly needed help to lower- or fixed-income people in the neighborhood. Not only did they see the need, they inspired others to care and to contribute time, funds, and material goods. Vision, compassion, generosity, and practicality were the gifts given to them by God.

What is your gift? How are you using it? Believe me, someone needs what you have been given and what you have to give.

Prayer
Holy One, we thank you for the capacities you have given us. Help us to see what is needed and to use our strengths to serve you. Amen.

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