Weekly News for October 6, 2021

North Yarmouth Congregational Church, UCC3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth, ME 04097

Following CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We are now holding worship service in the sanctuary with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.

Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. We are now meeting in the sanctuary, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream please connect with us on 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

October Pastor’s ponderings….
I have been hearing a theme among us.  Some call it ‘tired of pandemic’, others say ‘why can’t we get back to normal?’  others are just ‘tired’,…

It’s been over 19 months since we first saw the effects of the pandemic in Maine and we have done a number of things to do our part to slow its spread and keep folks safe.  We had more than a year of virtual worship every Sunday morning.  We have had to cancel many events and keep the church doors closed.  We are just now beginning to reopen as we cautiously reconvene in-person worship with masks and social distancing and windows open with a number of folks both near and far still worshipping with us online.  We determined early on that being online was a new wonderful ministry for us and we had amazing pre-recorded worship services – thank you David Myers, videographer extraordinaire and all who willingly and lovingly participated!  Now that we are live streaming worship every Sunday, we want to explore how to enhance what we are doing, making it more interactive wherever we can for the online part of our church family.  We jumped on the zoom wagon for online meetings and discussions and while it took some getting used to, zoom meetings allow people to participate who don’t drive at night etc. and so while we may meet in person, it will probably be hybrid with some folks staying on zoom. 

 It’s been a long time and we are tired.  I am calling it compassion fatigue and we need a boost of energy and enthusiasm.

As I said Sunday, right before the pandemic hit, we had started two wonderful new projects.  A subset of the church council was tasked with reading the book, Completing the Circle:  Reviewing the Ministries of the Congregation by  David R. McMahill.  We had round table question-led discussions about one key ministry – worship. It went well!   We planned to do more to review all the ministries of the church.  We also started an all church read of ‘Sailboat Church: Helping your church rethink its Mission and Practice’ by Joan S. Gray  Then Covid hit and we had two weekly discussions groups on zoom and went chapter by chapter through the book with about 15 people attending.  The big question is are we a ‘sailboat’ church following the wind and under the power of God’s Spirit or are we a ‘rowboat’ church moving under our own power rather than God’s?  It is a thought provoking book and I propose we start again.  We need more than 15 of us participating.  Are you willing to facilitate a small group discussion of Sailboat Church?  There are questions at the end of each chapter if I’m remembering correctly.  Are you willing to be on the Completing the Circle team to help review the different ministries of NYCC?  Please let me know.

Lots to think about and good ways to bring us together and move forward as a faith community and a church family.  (We also want to do just plain fun stuff too!)
Blessings, Pastor Nancy

What is God calling you to?
God is calling each of us to share Gods love and caring in our world.  We do this in many different ways.  Music ministry?  See David Myers-Wakeman.Caring and Worship ministry?   Perhaps you are called to be a deacon.  Social justice and action ministry?  Have you considered serving on missions?   Sharing and teaching your faith?  How about faith formation?  Are you a good reader?  Reading on Sunday morning? See Pastor Nancy.  Are you capable of overseeing the care of our church building and grounds?  Can you imagine how God wants us to use it? Perhaps serving on the trustees is where God is calling you.  Is hospitality and fellowship ministry your passion?  Or just organizing fun events?    Do you LOVE technology and/or making videos?  See Jeff Shorey about becoming part of our tech team!Do you have a new idea for ministry that isn’t mentioned?

Many folks have been serving God in current ministries for a while now and some would like a break.  In addition to the ministries mentioned already, we specifically need to fill the positions of Clerk and Vice Moderator.
 Please let Pastor Nancy or current Vice moderator Jeanne Chadbourne know of your interests.

Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Julie Beggs
Rebeccca Falbo
Lyn Glassock
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Richard and Nancy Lowell
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline Rose
Cindy Tompson 
Marcia Woodward
Blanche Mays is on her way to her new home to live with her daughter and family in California. Her birthday is also coming up on October 30 if you would like to send a card.
Her new address is:  5181 Bordeaux Ave, Irvine, CA  92604

Church Cleanup Day Planned
The Trustees have set up a cleanup day for Saturday, November 13 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  We will be winterizing the church and doing yard cleanup.  Please join us with work gloves and a rake.  The more people that join us the quicker we will get everything done.  More hands make lighter work!  

October Board and Committee Meetings
 Oct. 10 at 10:30 a.m. – Faith Formation in-person at the church

Oct. 12 at 6:00 p.m. – Trustees – In person and Zoom

Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m. – Missions Meeting – Via Zoom

Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. – Pastor Parish Relations Meeting – In-person and on Zoom

Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. – Council – Via Zoom
The annual meeting of the Cumberland Association will be held via ZOOM on Sunday, October 17th at 2:00 p.m.  Rev. Nancy and I will be attending on behalf of our congregation and invite anyone else in the congregation to attend.  Please give me a call at 829-5940, and I will provide you with the ZOOM connection. You may also connect live through Facebook
Thanks, Marsha Heath, Moderator.

Honoring Local Veterans
The Town of North Yarmouth wants to honor our local veterans and is looking photos.  If you would like to contribute photos of local veterans please contact Bill Tompson at 829-5253 or c_t_at_home@hotmail.com.

Pastor Appreciation
It may be a UCC thing or a wider celebration, but Pastor Appreciation Day is celebrated by NYCC in October. Why?, you ask. Because Pastor Appreciation Day is celebrated by other UCC churches in October.  Last year, under very challenging conditions our church had a lot of fun ( it was one of our brighter moments in a pretty dreary year) putting together a mini-celebration thanking Pastor Nancy for her leadership, outstanding virtual services, and simply caring about our church. I’m hoping we want to do it again this year while we continue to operate under rather  “strained” circumstances.

There will be an opportunity to add to the celebration table simply by turning a gift/card into the office, or give it to Jeanne C. who will get it on the table.

The last Sunday of the month, OCTOBER 31…….boo! ……will be the day we say “thank-you ! 

So grateful for all you folks do for NYCC.    Jeanne

News from Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals 
Yes, there will be a Church Fair and we need your help!
The Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals have decided to hold an in-person fair on Saturday, November 20th, following all masking and social distancing guidelines in effect at that time.

We will need workers – folks to help with setup, day of fair work, and cleanup.  There will be an in-person meeting on Saturday, October 16th at 10:00 am for those who can help.  If you cannot come or don’t want to meet in person at this time, please let Kathy(254-7509, kwhit119@yahoo.com or Gail (207-450-1612, gail.strattard@maine.rr.com) know.  We will also follow masking and social distancing guidelines for this meeting.

We hope you will help us make this fair a success.  Proceeds from the fair go to Women’s Fellowship and are used for church and benevolence purposes.

Community Food Pantry
The Community Food Pantry serves people and families from North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Pownal and New Glouscester.  The pantry is open every other Friday from 3:00-6:00 pm. and currently serves over 80 families.  Our church supports the pantry with money and food donations.  We collect food donations in the grocery cart in the Gathering Space.  With the pandemic and fewer people in the church, the food donations have been less.  So, in hopes of having more food donations, on the first Sunday of the month, Communion Sunday, we are asking those attending church to bring something for the food cart.  Or if you won’t be at the service, drop something by when you can. 
As of 8/11 the list of Food Pantry needs include: 
Traditional baked beans (No other beans)   
Box cake and frosting
Italian and Ranch Dressing                                                   
Maple syrup
Canned corn or peas                                                            
Chicken or beef gravy                                                           
Coffee-Medium Roast
Pasta sauce                                                                         
 Cranberry juice
School snacks, protein bars                                                  
Pain relievers
Chips & salsa                                                                       
Ritz or Triscuit crackers

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space.

Marcia Woodward entered this beautiful vestment that she lovingly made for the church in the Cumberland Fair and Garnered a first place ribbon !!

UCC appeals for disaster Relief
 If you would like to help with disaster relief for Ida, Haiti or other disasters you may do so directly with the UCC or send a check to church or donate online at Tithely, and we will send it in to UCC Disaster relief efforts. You may also make a gift by mailing a check made payable to the United Church of Christ, to PO Box 71957, Cleveland OH, 44194. Please be sure to note where you would like your contribution to go on your check in the memo section, or in an attached letter.

Help for the Homeless
Preble street outreach collaborative (SOC) efforts:  as you know, I am one of the co-pastors at Grace Street Ministry, a street ministry for those experiencing homelessness in Portland.  Over the last year or so, we have been helping with the SOC at Preble Street.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays we help distribute meals throughout the city in the mornings and late afternoons.  It has been an enriching experience as we have added that to our ministry.  On Sundays we offer a prayer service with communion at 11:00am.  A recent addition – from 12-2pm on Sundays we join with Preble Street to offer whatever clothes, and other items like toiletries we can in Deering Oaks Park right across the street from the PO.  

My schedule is to work in Portland on the 2 last Tuesdays of each month (3 if a five Tuesday month) and the last Sunday of the month.

I am hoping that you might consider bringing in special donations for the last Sunday outreach.  New men’s boxers and women’s underwear and t-shirts and bras, consignment ready other clothing items ( jeans, sweat pants, hoodies) etc., toiletries, bottled water, individually packaged snacks.  If you want to come join me on a last Sunday that would be great!  

Other items as continued needs for Tuesdays include Hannaford cards, DD cards,  single ride metro bus passes.

Thank you,  pastor Nancy Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

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