Weekly News for August 31, 2022

Join us for Worship! 
We are worshiping in person in the Fellowship Hall on Sundays 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
Masks Optional
Masks are now optional in the church building as transmission rates in Cumberland County have decreased. Please use your own judgement regarding wearing one.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall.
Meet our new Interim Pastor
Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
Pastor Day is a native of Quincy, Massachusetts; he has degrees from Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy; North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago; and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He was ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church in 1979, and holds dual standing in the United Church of Christ through the York Association.

Pastor Day served Covenant congregations in Michigan, Washington state, and Massachusetts. In 1997 he moved to Portland to become the Executive Director of the Bible Society of Maine. In 2007 he returned to parish ministry serving as pastor of First Congregational Church, U.C.C., in North Berwick, Maine. He has also served as adjunct faculty in several settings, most recently at the University of New England. Pastor Day retired in May 2019. Since that time, he has served as a Bridge Pastor for Stevens Ave. Congregational Church, Portland, and First Congregational Church, Gray; and as an Instructor for the Maine School of Ministry.

Paul lives in Portland with his wife of 45 years, Diana, and their dog, Daisy, and cat, Fluffanutta—both rescues. Diana taught Special Education at Scarborough Middle School from 1998 to 2018. They have three daughters and five grandchildren. Paul loves baseball, history, mysteries, travel, photography, and gardening and yardwork.

Pastor Day looks forward to getting to know our congregation better in the next few months. He will be leading Sunday services and will be available for urgent pastoral care.
An Introduction to the Narrative Lectionary               
Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day 
You may have read my brief biographical sketch. I would like to add a little about my preaching style and intention for the next weeks and months as God would have us worshiping together.

I am primarily a “Lectionary” preacher: that is, I have generally followed the appointed Bible readings for each Sunday. The advantages of following a lectionary are two-fold: First, the lectionary represents a consensus of a large part of the Church to bring forth the “whole counsel of God” and serves as a discipline to keep a preacher from riding one’s own “hobby horse.” Second, because the lectionary is followed by many congregations, across denominational lines, it serves as a reminder of our unity in Christ.

The most widely used calendar of readings is called the Revised Common Lectionary. It is used by Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, and many other Protestant churches. Four Scripture readings are appointed for each Sunday of the year – an Old Testament lesson, a Psalm, an Epistle, and the Gospel. The RCL works on a 3-year cycle, beginning with the First Sunday of Advent and ending with Thanksgiving and the Reign of Christ Sunday. The themes are determined by the Gospel reading: Year A follows Matthew; Year B, Mark; and Year C, Luke; with readings from John sprinkled throughout the three years.

Recently, an alternative Narrative Lectionary has been developed. The Narrative Lectionary is built on the Bible’s Story of God and God’s people, and follows the School Year, September through June. It begins with readings on Creation, the Patriarchs and Prophets in the fall. Advent through Easter covers the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. After Easter comes the story of the early Church. Summer offers monthly studies in various biblical books. The Narrative Lectionary is on a 4-year cycle based on each of the four Gospels, but the themes are determined by the sweep of the Bible’s long story.
We will begin in September with Year One of the Narrative Lectionary. I hope that you may find it informative, enlightening, and inspiring as we find ourselves in the long story of God and God’s people.
Grace to you, and peace,
Pastor Paul
Community Food Pantry Donations. 
This Sunday, 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.
Caroline R. and Jeanne C. are planning to continue taking “lunch” to the folks on the street in Portland once a month.  We started doing this as a part of the Grace Street Ministry program, but we needed to end that connection, so we are doing it from us at NYCC. We have found this to be a very, very meaningful experience…….simply giving a hungry or thirsty person something to eat or drink.  And, we might add, they are incredibly thankful.  We get many thank-you’s and bless you’s. 

The bag lunches we put together consisted of a sandwich ( a sliced meat and a slice of cheese) a small bag of chips, a small bag of red grapes (they love them) a couple of cookies and a soda.

Would you be at all interested in helping with a part of this activity by taking care of the bread? Cheese? Cookies? Grapes? Soda? Water?  You get my drift. Without even asking we have already been gifted with a generous cash gift, AND someone has said they want to take care of the chips for as long as we are doing this! 

If it would be to your liking to help with this activity, please talk to Caroline R. or Jeanne C. and see where you can fill in a need.

Thanks a bunch!     C/J
Rekeying the Building
The rekeying of the building has started.  When the main doors have been rekeyed, a notice will go out.  Hopefully next week.  The key blanks have been ordered. We will have a limited number of keys made and will have a lock box installed at the door that will house a key.  Those who need a key will get one and those who only need a key occasionally can use the lockbox.  This will also take the worry out of losing a key. When the new keys are assigned we will make a list so we will know who has keys. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Lyn in the office at 829-3644 or nyarmouthccucc@gmail.comThank you.
Continuing Meetings September – Diaconate at 6:30 pm via Zoom

September 11 – Faith Formation Meeting following worship.

September 12 – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
The link will be sent to members of the Missions Committee one week prior to the meeting

September 13  – Trustees at 6:00 pm – Via Zoom and in person

September 15  – Council at 6:30 pm – Via Zoom
 Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in person in Fellowship HallMen’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.
Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Jon Bickford
Mark Falbo
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Kris Perkins and Cathy Bunton
Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

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