Weekly News for May 11, 2020

Call to Congregational Meeting

DATE: May 1, 2022

A Congregational meeting of the First Congregational Church, UCC, North Yarmouth, Maine will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2022, following worship service, for the following purposes:

To consider and approve the names of the Pastoral Search Committee
To act on any other business that may come before the members of this congregation.
Respectfully submitted,
Jeanne Chadbourne, Clerk

Welcome Statement, further discussion—We are planning to have additional discussions about the church welcome statement following the conclusion of the May 15th congregational meeting. As a reminder, we approved this statement at our recent annual meeting. We agreed that it will be treated as a living document, in need of periodic review and discussion. Please join us on the 15th for additional discussion of this important document.  Thank you! Marsha Heath, Moderator

Our church “family” is feeling the economic constraints that families everywhere are experiencing. Our budget is being challenged with really high utility bills, office supplies have gone up….you know the story.  And then we have the situation that occurred over the weekend where the hot water faucet was left on in the men’s room and I ‘ve heard, it felt like a sauna in there on Monday morning. This not only wasted a lot of hot water, but think what effect it will have on the power bill.  Also a back door was left open at least one overnight.

Some situations we can control, some we cannot, but one positive way we can do something that will help a little is for folks to consider paying their share of the Conference dues. We were billed $1912.92 for our membership.  To date folks have sent in $366.00.  The dues are about $19.00 per person. 

There are several factors affecting our finances….lower than expected pledges, little loose offering, (because we have not been in church on Sunday morning), certainly the pandemic, and for sure, inflation. We have a couple of new fund raisers in the works, Lyn is successfully getting rentals for space usage. Our strawberry festival and yard sale have helped significantly.  If anyone has any ideas to help out, let someone know. From the Financial Secretary’s Desk

Masks Optional
Masks are now optional in the church building.  Please use your own judgement regarding wearing one.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall.

Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping in person on Sundays at 9:30 am with the exception of May 8. 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

Community Food Pantry Donations. 
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 Hygiene Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.

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 ~
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Cindy & Bill Tompson 

Do you have high school or college graduates in your family this year?  We would like to know so that we can recognize them.  Please send us an email or call the office at 829-3644.  Please let us know what your graduate is planning after graduation.    Click here to send an email

Continuing Meetings and Events

May 19  – Council at 6:30 p.m. – Via Zoom

May 23 – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
The link will be sent to members of the Missions Committee one week prior to the meeting

Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in person in Fellowship Hall

Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of the month at 7:30 am at Toddy Brook

Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 am.
North Yarmouth Historical Society
invites you to come to a heartfelt and fun program:

Growing Up in North Yarmouth: Hear a story, tell a story!
Sunday, May 15, 3:00 PM
North Yarmouth Community Center
120 Memorial Hwy, North Yarmouth
mid-afternoon drinks and snacks

Questions? nyhs1680@gmail.com

Pilgrim Lodge
Pilgrim Lodge is Maine’s UCC camp and we would love to see you this season! We have programming for children of all ages, adults, and families. Our programming ranges from Camp Pride to Hogwarts to Adult Chill to Grandparents and Grandchildren to Expedition Everyone to everything in-between. We absolutely love welcoming new folks, especially you! To learn more, please visit: https://www.pilgrimlodge.org/.” We also encourage churches to use the 2019 promo video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaVUdiAn700&t=176s) to get folks excited about this upcoming season.

Pilgrim Lodge Scholarships Now Availabile!As Pilgrim Lodge re-opens this summer, we seek to welcome campers through scholarships to make camp accessible. The deadline to apply for scholarships is May 15. Additionally, there are some additional fun discount options available when you bring a friend as a first-time camper or by registering for more than one full-week session. All information about Pilgrim Lodge discounts and scholarships can be found here on the Pilgrim Lodge website.  For more information or to activate a discount, contact Karen by email at karen@pilgrimlodge.org or call the office at 207-724-3200.

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

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