Weekly News for October 12

Join us for Worship! 
We are worshiping in person 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.Choir RehearsalChoir will meet at 8:00 am on Sunday for an early rehearsal.Helpers Needed for a Memorial ServiceHelpers are needed to set up and serve at the reception following the Phillips memorial service on Saturday, October 15.  Please contact Kathy W. at 207-254-7509 or kwhit119@yahoo.com.  Thank you!

Covenant and Commandment                              Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
As I write this we are in the middle of the Jewish festival of Sukkoth, or Booths. Observant Jews construct a temporary shelter in their yard and have their meals there. It is a remembrance of the time that the people of Israel spent in the Wilderness, and a reminder of the fragility of life. Sukkoth marks the conclusion of Israel’s fall festivals which began with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
Immediately following Sukkoth is Simchat Torah – literally, “Rejoicing in the Law” – one of the most joyous celebrations in the synagogue. The day marks the end of the annual cycle of readings from the Torah scroll and the beginning of a new cycle: Deuteronomy 33-34 is read, then the scroll is carried around the synagogue as it is re-wound with much dancing, and finally Genesis 1:1—2:3 is read.
The atmosphere captures the spirit of delight in God’s Law or Teaching reflected in Psalm 19:

The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world. . . .
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
     the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
     the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever;
     the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
     sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. . . .

Indeed, the longest Psalm – the longest chapter in the whole Bible – is Psalm 119 – an acrostic poem celebrating God’s commandments.
In our Sunday services we are following the Narrative Lectionary, which tells the story of God and God’s people through the Bible. This past week and this coming Sunday we are focused on Israel’s time in the Wilderness — specifically on the giving of the Ten Commandments at Sinai. The Commandments are rooted in God’s Covenantal relationship with God’s people: Relationship precedes Regulation; Rescue comes before Rules; Liberation before Laws. God’s Grace always, always, always comes first.
God’s Covenant and Commandments are meant to form God’s people into a “priestly kingdom and a holy nation.” The same image is applied to the Church in the New Testament. Jesus summed God’s Law into the two-fold Great Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind;” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We are considering the Ten Commandments
 as they instruct us how to love God completely and love one another.
Grace & peace,
Pastor Paul
P.S. – I keep my sermons on file. If you would like a transcript of any sermon, please e-mail me and I will be happy to send it to you. 

Coffee Hour going Forward
Beginning this Sunday coffee hour will resume with home made baked goods, fruits and crackers and cheese. We will use up the pre wrapped goodies eventually. We will have a sign up sheet in the gathering space for signing up for making coffee and also bringing baked goods on any given Sunday. Any unused bakery items can be wrapped thoroughly and frozen for future use. Well…. I did not recognize our church kitchen this past Sunday.  It was obvious that some “gremlins of the good kind” had been in and organized, cleaned out, and set up some systems to keep it organized.  Thank you so so much for the great cleanup….and you know who you are!
Marsha Heath, Moderator
PS I will bring some baked goods this Sunday and other yummies!  I will also help with the set up as well.

It’s not too early for those who will be writing a report for the Annual Report to start their engines, I mean REPORTS, now.  At least thinking about them.  It’s uncomfortable for me to hassle, beg, twist arms. or threaten folks to get reports in to Lyn at church office. Sooooo, that is not going to happen. I will send out reminders for the next several weeks and would appreciate reports in by early December. Send to nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com, please.
Jeanne Chadbourne,   Church Clerk

Stewardship Committee for 2023
Lois and Jeanne are looking for a few volunteers to join the Stewardship committee for 2023.
This is a very short term commitment in the next month or two to come together to plan a Stewardship letter, working on the mailings, etc. If you would like to assist, contact Lois Knight either by phone (829-6164) or e-mail – Lknight52@nyccucc

A Note from the Nominating Committee
Friends, it is time to tap your energy by joining one of our church committees. We have several openings and we would welcome your help. (Trustees, Diaconate, Faith Formation, Missions, Nominating Committee, Flower Committee). Please let me know if you are interested. My email is apgraham1@gmail.com or just catch me at church.
Thank you, Annie Graham, NYCC Vice Moderator

Fall Church Cleanup Day
Fall Clean up day has been scheduled for Saturday, November 12 starting at 9am.

News from Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals
The Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals will hold the Christmas fair on Saturday, November 19th, following any CDC guidelines in effect at that time.

We will need workers – Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.  Help setting up on fair day, day of fair work, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.  There will be an in-person meeting to be announced for those who can help.  If you cannot come or don’t want to meet in person at this time, please let Kathy(254-7509, kwhit119@yahoo.com or Gail (207-450-1612, gail.strattard@maine.rr.com) know. 

We hope you will help us make this fair a success.  Proceeds from the fair go to Women’s Fellowship and are used for church and benevolence purposes. Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.. help setting up, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.Silent Auction for the Christmas FairThe 2022 Santa’s Workshop is coming together. We finally held a fair last year after 2 years without a fair.  Bet you can guess why!!  We would like to add the silent auction back into the fair this year and we need your help!We’re pulling a silent auction together with a small number of gifts.  We’d like a few more!!  Do you have a place in the mountains to offer for skiers?  You can decide the number of days being offered and when the place will be available.  This could be limited to church family if you’d like.  What about a summer cottage for those
who like to sit in the sunshine?  Again, you can decide what dates and can limit it to church family.
Perhaps you’ve canned fruit and veggies.  Sew, knit, paint a scene?  Or will cook/bake a meal. You choose the menu to be listed on the bid sheet.  Are you a photographer and will take pictures of the winners’ choosing?   You get to choose the date available.  What about lawn mowing, clearing out the garden next spring?  Gift Certificates are always popular!          If you’d like to discuss this, I need you to email me or call.  I’m here and there and hardly know when I’ll be home.  So after 9am to 7:30pm call 233-8914.    2sons@maine.rr.com.   Thank you! Candace Smith

Jewelry Request for the Christmas Fair
Are you sure of what’s in your jewelry box or drawer?  Got some items to go with a particular outfit and that’s no longer in your closet?  Tuesday Gals would adore having the items for our guests at the Santa’s Workshop fair.  What about lapel pins, rings, tie tacks, chains for men?  Please bring your items to Lyn in the church office.  Or stop in and chat with Tuesday Gals; we are in the Fellowship Hall starting at 10:00 am. Of course, we’d enjoy seeing you and maybe you’d like a cup of coffee.  Think of the jewelry as getting a new life!!

Kitchen and Supplies
Now that we can hopefully open up and begin utilizing the kitchen space for functions, the kitchen and supply area was in need of some TLC. Jeanne and I have tackled the kitchen drawers, cupboards, and supplies. There is still plenty to be done as far as cleaning the area but that can be another day!

All of the wire shelving, drawers and cupboards have been straightened up and labeled for ease of use for all. Many items that were in boxes have been put into see through tubs so that it should be easier to see what we have in them without having to take them off the shelf. We have consolidated the supplies and thrown any items that were past the expiration date.  The wire shelving in the kitchen has what is needed to function as a kitchen.  There is also a dedicated area on this shelving for items for coffee hour after church.
The excess supplies are on the wire shelving in the closet where the chairs and tables are kept. You should be able to access them from the back hall off the kitchen. Before purchasing any paper/disposable items for a function, please check the wire racks and use off from them instead of buying more. There are two tubs of disposable cups and plenty of disposable utensils on the wire racks in the table/chair closet.The wires racks in the back hall have current paper supplies, plastic cutlery, take out container and dishes. Paper towels, paper napkins, coffee carafes, igloo punch/water jug are on the higher wire shelving in the back hall. On top of the refrigerator are the food processors with all attachments, apple peeler, mandolin slicer, electric hand mixer and the food scales. On top of the freezer is the warming lamp, 30 cup coffee maker and three air pots.There were many plates and dishes that I am sure someone will miss when they get ready to have their next home gathering. We have placed them on a table in the Fellowship Hall for all to look over and take what is yours home.  If some of these were intended for use at the church, please leave them with a note and we will get them to the correct cupboard.
In closing, we would like to ask that everyone using the space be considerate of the next person and be sure to put items used back where you found them and to leave the area in great shape for the next person using it.  We are so fortunate to have such a lovely space to use and enjoy.  There will be a description of and layout of the kitchen posted on the bulletin board for your reference. Thank you, Leah Davis and Jeanne Chadbourne

Continuing Meetings October 17  – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom

October 20  – Council at 6:30 pm – In Person

Choir Rehearsal – Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday Morning at 8:30 am in the Sanctuary

Tuesday Gals meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am 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.

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Kris Perkins and Cathy Bunton
Bill Tompson

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.

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

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