Weekly News for September 7, 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.

Not a Children’s Story                                Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
This fall we will be moving through the Narrative Lectionary, which covers the sweep of the story of God and God’s people. On Sunday we began “in the beginning” with the story of Creation. This week we will jump ahead to the account of Noah and the Flood.

Noah and the Animals, the Ark and the Rainbow is a perennial Sunday School favorite – from the days of flannelgraphs to modern digital versions. And who doesn’t love “The Unicorn Song” by the Irish Rovers. (You’ve got that stuck in your head now, don’t you? You’re welcome.) My own fascination with the story began with Bill Cosby’s comic routine on Noah, “Ri-i-i-i-ght!”

But it’s also a story that creates a lot of controversy as people try to prove – or disprove – its historical basis. When I served a church in Worcester, MA, we had members of the Aldrin family in our congregation – relatives of astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, and later, the leader of expeditions to seek Noah’s Ark on the slopes of Mt. Ararat. One can visit the Ark Encounter in Tennessee, complete with a full-size replica of the Ark and information about dinosaurs. (Ironically, a couple of years ago the folks behind the Ark Encounter were involved in a lawsuit against their insurance company over flood damage claims.)

The account of Noah and the Flood is not really a children’s story, nor a prooftext to support of deny Creationism. I invite you to join us in worship on Sunday and find out what it really means for us.

Since Sunday is also the 21st Anniversary of the 9/11 hi-jackings and terror attacks, we will also observe a time of prayer in commemoration.

Grace & peace,
Pastor Paul

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.Choir RehearsalThe choir will begin meeting on Wednesdays beginning Tonight, September 7 at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary.  We will rehearse on Sunday, September 18 from 8:30-9:00am and sing on that day also.

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.

Continuing Meetings 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 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.??????BREAD-CHEESE-GRAPES-COOKIES???????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/JRekeying the BuildingThe 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.com Thank you.

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
Bill Tompson

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

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