Weekly News for January 12, 2022

Covid Precautions Update
The Omicron variant is surging especially after the holidays with lots of wonderful family and friends indoor gatherings.  While it is reported to not be as awful as previous variants, there are way more people contracting it and the healthcare system is overwhelmed and vulnerable folks are still at high risk. At my request, the council has agreed to go entirely remote with worship for the month of January and we will reassess at the January Council meeting. This decision was very difficult.  Many other churches and organizations are also agonizing over how to move forward.  In an abundance of caution and an effort to help and love our neighbors and each other,  join me in prayer that we will be through this soon knowing that God is always with us.  

Please join us on YouTube as we gather for worship on Sundays at 9:30am.  I would really like to know who is there so if you sign in early please identify yourselves and there will be a couple spots for you to respond to during worship and we will take online prayer requests over chat   during prayer time as well.

In Christ, Pastor Nancy
Masks Required
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.  Thank you.
Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping online only for the month of January on Sunday at 9:30 am.  For those who wish to join us online 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.  If you wish to make an offering it can be made online through Tithely at https://tithe.ly/give?c=1301940
Annual Meeting to be Postponed
The Annual Meeting of the church will not be held on Sunday, January 23, as previously mentioned. Because the church is closed for the month of January, it would make holding the Annual Meeting more difficult. The Council will be meeting on Thursday, January 20, and one of the agenda items will be to discuss whether to open the church to in-person worship. The decision made at Council will also take Annual Meeting into account — ideally we would like to be able to schedule an in-person Annual Meeting for early February.  After the Council meeting, we will announce the date of Annual Meeting and whether it will be in person. The date of the meeting will determine when the Annual Report will be sent out (via email, with some printed copies available), and this will also be announced. For any questions, please contact Pastor Nancy.
January Board and Committee Meetings
January 16 at 12:00 p.m. Nominating Committee Meeting outside at the church weather permitting.  If inclement weather the meeting will be via Zoom.

January 20 at 6:30 p.m. – Council – Via Zoom

Continuing Meetings

Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom
Please get your committee’s or board’s ANNUAL REPORT to Kathy Whittier before SUNDAY, JANUARY 7.  Reports (except Treasurer) should be in Word format.  For any questions, please contact Kathy at 254-7509 or kwhit119@yahoo.com.  Thanks!
Reports due from:
Vice Moderator
Faith Formation
Choir Director
Men’s Club
Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals
From Financial Secretary’s Desk:

1)      ??????2022 Conference Dues??????    $19.00
          The truth is, the real figure is $18.94, but really !

2)   Because we are not having “in church” services for awhile and you may be putting together your 2021 tax data, you may need your 2021 giving record.  Soooo this coming Sat. if it is not storming, Caroline and I are going to deliver them to you. This will be great fun for us. If you are not home, I will leave them inside your storm door if possible (they could be mailed, but what fun is that ). For those who have pledge books they will also be delivered. If you live far away, your statements are in the mail.

3)   We are in the process of relooking, making adjustments, thinking creatively etc. about the 2022 church budget. Our pledged giving and our basic needs didn’t quite line up. If you have any inclination to pledge, but have not done so, it would help so much.

Jeanne Chadbourne, Financial Sec.
The Betty White Challenge
and the
NYCC Pet Pantry Mission 

The Challenge that is sweeping social media:  Honor Betty’s memory by everyone donating $5 or $10 (or whatever) to a nonprofit that helps animals.
Donate on January 17th, which would have been her 100th birthday., to support her lifelong passion, animal welfare.
A passion shared by those who support the NYCC Pet Pantry Mission. 
The Pet Pantry Mission helps many local families and at the same time helps their pets that provide companionship and joy to them, so important during these pandemic times.
Would you consider honoring Betty’s passion and the NYCC Pet Pantry Mission by donating $5 or so on January 17th?
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
James Black
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Kathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline RoseCindy Tompson 

Bread Exchange ~ Sunday, January 16th 11:30 am
Relationships develop when we care for one another. Hospitality focuses on serving and caring for another person. In restaurants, we are served bread first as a sign of welcoming and generosity or bounty. Abraham not only offered bread, but he instructed his wife to use the finest flour to make the bread [Genesis 18:6]. He offered his guests the best food.

David chose to honor the memory of his dear friend Jonathon with continual hospitality to his son Mephibosheth. In 1 Samuel 9:7 David said he would show him kindness and Mephibosheth would eat bread at his table continually. David showed extravagance. These examples remind us to give our best to others and be hospitable to strangers and relatives of friends. Relaxing at meals with bread inspires conversation and sharing what’s important, including our faith.
When God guided the Israelites through the wilderness, he gave them bread daily in the form of manna showing them, He was continually with them and providing for their needs. 

The account of Jesus feeding thousands of people with bread and fish shows extravagant love. The miracle went beyond mere food. It showed us the compassion of Jesus and his ability to provide much more than we need seen in the baskets of leftovers. [John 6]
Bread is made from several basic ingredients. Each one reminds us of a characteristic of Jesus.
·    Wheat or other grain: Jesus used a golden kernel of wheat being buried in the ground to produce a great crop to explain His need to die and be buried to bring great glory [John 12:23-24].
·    Oil used in anointing prophets and kings reflects Christ, the Anointed One. Oil tenderizes the bread and Jesus, and His forgiveness makes our hearts tender.
·    Unleavened reflects sinlessness of Christ. The leavening used in the bread of Pentecost [Leviticus 23:15-17] reminds us of the growing kingdom of God. Jesus used leaven to illustrate how the kingdom of God spreads and grows [Matthew 13:33]. The transforming ability of Jesus who causes us to rise to heaven.
·    Eggs bring the golden color to bread and add fullness to the taste. Eggs are used to depict the tomb. Jesus spoke of eggs as a good gift [Luke 11:12-13]. He brings fullness to our lives.
·    Water (liquids) cause steam within a loaf of bread that causes additional rising. Jesus provides water that springs up to eternal life [John 4:14].
Please join us at NYCC for a parking lot exchange of a loaf of bread ~ masked and socially distant. Please add a note of encouragement, good wishes, or a prayer for the recipient. May we feed one another’s mind, body, and spirit. We need all Jesus provides to satisfy our souls.
I am happy to pick up and deliver bread to anyone unable to attend ~ Sara Rose 829-2037
Thank you!
Dear Church Family,
Thank you so much for monetary gift during the holidays.  It means so much to know how much I am appreciated!!   Where has the time gone as I approach my 21st year as Sexton?!  It has honestly been a fun ride.  I am looking ahead to 2022 hoping everyone stays safe….Thanks again, Mark.
Community Food Pantry
The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.  We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygien Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.
Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  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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