Weekly News for February 9, 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 part of February.  We will reassess at the February 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 February 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 wish to join us for Zoom Coffee Hour http://bitly.ws/o5mK. 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
Valentine Exchange 
Flowers, cookies, candies, & cards!
Join us on Sunday, February 13th at 11:30a for a traditional Valentine Exchange. 

Please bring 15-20 Valentines to exchange. I will deliver extras to our friends at home.  

We so look forward to these connections. 💞💕Come share your love.  
We will also be decorating some bags to take to those in shelters in Portland that afternoon – anyone who wants to join me in gifting these is welcome.
February Board and Committee Meetings

February 17 at 6:30 p.m. – Council – Via Zoom

Continuing Meetings

Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom
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
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Kathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline RoseCindy Tompson 
Hank Andolsek and Rosemarie Smith would like to share some joyful news with the congregation that they were married on Saturday 2/5/2022 in a small intimate ceremony with family and close friends at Sunday River. Joyful news indeed!
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 ProductsPlease add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.
Mindfulness Practices for Equanimity
and Even Joy in Difficult Times
Wednesday, March 2nd, will begin an 8-week ‘lunch-hour’ study of mindfulness meditation being offered by the State Street UCC Church in Portland, Maine.  Led by Cheryl Anderson, the class will meet on Zoom, weekly on Wednesdays, 11:00am-12:30pm.  Each session will include guided meditation, teaching, discussion, and weekly suggestions for simple daily mindfulness practices to calm the mind and incline the heart toward joy.  The class will cover the basics of mindfulness meditation as well as provide support for more experienced meditators’ practice.  In this course, we will uncover habits of mind that interfere with our happiness and inner peace and learn practices to retrain the mind toward loving kindness, compassion for self and others, forgiveness, gratitude, equanimity, appreciative joy, and even mindful eating for weight loss.  Rev. Cheryl Anderson is a retired United Church of Christ pastor, having served a congregation in Connecticut for 22 years.  She is also trained and certified to teach Mindfulness Meditation (in the Buddhist tradition) by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.  She teaches Christian spiritual practices as well and is certified by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation to lead contemplative groups and retreats. Cheryl has also studied and taught Non-Violent Communication, and Appreciative Inquiry.

Cheryl Anderson is offering this study to raise money for a desperately needed new heating system at State Street Church, where she is a member.  The suggested donation for the course is $80; but any level of support will be welcome and appreciated.  Registration is limited, so pre-registration is necessary. 
To register, you can either send your name and email address along with a donation check made out to State Street Church at PO Box 4037, Portland, ME 04101 or you can make the donation on line by going to https://statestreetchurch.org/giving/ and clicking on “Give Here.” Enter your donation amount in the Mindfulness Class box.  If you have questions about the class, and to receive some preparatory materials for the class, please email Cheryl directly at pastor.cheryl0319@gmail.com.
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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