Weekly News for November 23

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.  You can also give by text: Text “Give” to 883-751-0314.

The Choir will not meet for rehearsal tonight, 11/27.  We will meet on Sunday for an early rehearsal from 8:00-9:00 am.  

Invitation to Join the Choir
The NYCC Choir cordially invites you to be a Choir Tryer for the Christmas Season. We practice Wednesdays at 6:30 pm and on Sundays at 8:30 am before our service. We promise that you will have a lot of fun and make some beautiful music! 

Church Closed
The church will be closed on 11/23 and 11/24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Tack, O Gud – Thanks to God for My Redeemer                  
Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day 

One of my favorite hymns is a hymn of Thanksgiving from the Swedish Pietist tradition. It was written by August Storm, a Salvation Army officer. Each stanza begins with “Thanks” and expresses gratitude to God for something. But, in the words of Oscar Lovgren, “There are no cheap commodities in the thirty-two thanks found in the song.”

Storm thanks God for “dark and dreary fall” as well as “pleasant, balmy springtime”; for “pain” as well as “pleasure”; for “thorns” as well as “roses.” Storm wrote this hymn before a severe back ailment that left him painfully crippled, but just a year before his death he wrote another poem thanking God for the years of calm and quiet and the years of pain. My that spirit of gratitude fill us this at Thanksgiving and always.

Storm’s hymn was translated into English by Carl Backstrom, and set to a tune composed by J. A Hultman. The latter was known in Sweden and America as the “Sunshine Singer.” He served as pastor of Bethlehem Covenant Church in Worcester, Massachusetts, during and following World War One. I pastored that same congregation from 1984-1997.

Here is the hymn:

1. Thanks to God for my Redeemer,
Thanks for all Thou dost provide!
Thanks for times now but a mem’ry,
Thanks for Jesus by my side!
Thanks for pleasant, balmy springtime,
Thanks for dark and stormy fall!
Thanks for tears by now forgotten,
Thanks for peace within my soul!

2. Thanks for prayers that Thou hast answered,
Thanks for what Thou dost deny!
Thanks for storms that I have weathered,
Thanks for all Thou dost supply!
Thanks for pain, and thanks for pleasure,
Thanks for comfort in despair!
Thanks for grace that none can measure,
Thanks for love beyond compare!

3. Thanks for roses by the wayside,
Thanks for thorns their stems contain!
Thanks for home and thanks for fireside,
Thanks for hope, that sweet refrain!
Thanks for joy and thanks for sorrow,
Thanks for heav’nly peace with Thee!
Thanks for hope in the tomorrow,
Thanks through all eternity!

Grace and peace,
Pastor Paul

Advent and Christmasat North Yarmouth
Congregational Church

Sundays ~ 9:30 am ~ Worship with us
We celebrate Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love, anticipating the One who comes to us as a Child.  Each week we light the Advent Wreath, sing carols of the season, and our gifted choir shares beautiful music as we prepare for Christmas.

Saturday, December 17
10 am—12 noon ~ Nativity Display Open House
Experience the meaning of Christmas as you view a collection of 75 Nativities from around the world, including some special ones for children and the young at heart. Enjoy a cookie and coffee, tea or hot chocolate as you visit with your neighbors.

Christmas Eve, December 24th

5:00 pm ~ Family Christmas Worship
Walk-on Pageant, Choir

11:00 pm ~ Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols

Christmas Day, December 25
No Service ~ The 5 pm Christmas Eve Service
will be available to watch on-line

New Year’s Day, January 1
9:30 am ~ Worship Service with Holy Communion

Annual Reports – Update
To all Chairs of Boards and Committees.  It is time to write your reports for the Annual Report.  The deadline for reports is has been moved to Sunday, January 6. Please adhere to this deadline as the reports need to be compiled and printed and handed out on the 15th.  If you would like to review your report from last year, please let Lyn know, and she will send you the report.  Please send your reports to Lyn in the office at nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com.  Jeanne Chadbourne, Church Clerk

NYCC Clothing Ministry
We would like to add to the food portion of the NYCC Street Ministry with basic warm clothing and accessories.  If you are so moved, please add your contribution to the box in the gathering space.  Most needed and asked for items:
                              Warm socks
                              Waterproof gloves
                              Winter hats
                              Hand warmers

If you have gently used warm coats, boots, clothing, that you would like to give, please add these to the box, too.  These items will be passed onto Maine Needs or Preble Street.  If you have questions, please email Tracy at tdahlgren1140@gmail.com or Jeanne at jeannechadbourne@aol.com

We have been following CDC guidelines at NYCC

Generally, each person should have up-to-date vaccines and boosters, use masks when in large crowds, and practice social distancing.

Masks are optional at NYCC but if you are not feeling well, we would appreciate your staying home, in particular for a Sunday worship service as the service can be seen on YouTube.

If you do test positive for Covid-19 and you have minor symptoms, then you should isolate for 5 full days (day of symptoms is day 0, isolate for 5 full days thereafter) on day 6 take two antigen tests in a row spaced 48 hours apart and if they are both negative you can remove your mask.

If you have a moderate case or severe case (needing to be hospitalized) please refer to the Maine CDC guidelines general information relating to Covid-19.

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.  Thank you very much for your ongoing support for the Cumberland Community Food Pantry which supports North Yarmouth families.

Coffee Hour 

We have gone back to our traditional coffee hour with homemade baked goods, fruit, cheese and crackers, etc.  We still have prepackaged goodies as well.

We are very interested in getting a schedule in place which will rotate so that not one person is doing coffee hour every week. We have a signup sheet at church in the gathering space, so please check it out and consider doing the set up and clean up and goodies, or share it with one person setting up, one person cleaning up, and a couple of people baking or bringing other goodies. Thanks all! Marsha Heath

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

Continuing Meetings 

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 ~

Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
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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