Weekly News for December 14, 2022

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.

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
We are in need of volunteers for the Christmas Pageant.  This is a narrated program, so there is no dialog and no lines to learn.  Rehearsals will take place on December 11 and 18.  The pageant will be performed on Christmas Eve, December 24 at the 5 pm family service.  Please, come join us!

Nativity Display Open House
Saturday, December 17
Fellowship Hall
10:00 am – 12 noon
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.

This is how it happened…This is how it happened…I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the door to the front room and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out from behind the Christmas tree. He placed his finger over his mouth so I would not cry out. “What are you doing?” I started to ask. The words choked up in my throat, and I saw he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone. Gone was the eager, boisterous soul we all know. He then answered me with a simple statement. “TEACH THE CHILDREN!” I was puzzled; what did he mean? He anticipated my question, and with one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the tree. As I stood bewildered, Santa said, “Teach the children! Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that now-a-days Christmas has forgotten.”Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it before the mantle. “Teach the children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man’s thoughts turning toward heaven.” He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR. “Teach the children that the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of His promise.” He then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDLE. “Teach the children that the candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of He who displaces the darkness.” Once again he reached into his bag and removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree. “Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature of love.Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.” He then pulled from his bag an ornament of himself. “Teach the children that I, St. Nick ( Santa Claus ) symbolize the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December.” He then brought out a HOLLY LEAF. “Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Savior. The red holly represents the blood shed by Him.” Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said, “Teach the children that God so loved the world that HE gave HIS only begotten SON…” “Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.

“Teach the children that the wise men bowed before the Holy BABE and presented HIM with gold, frankincense and myrrh. We should always give gifts in the same spirit of the wise men.”Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a CANDY CANE and hung it on the tree. “Teach the children that the candy cane represents the shepherds’ crook. The crook on the staff helps to bring back strayed sheep to the flock. The candy cane is the symbol that we are our brother’s keeper.” He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL. “Teach the children that it was the angels that heralded in the glorious news of the Savior’s birth. The angels sang ‘Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will toward men.” Suddenly I heard a soft twinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out a BELL. “Teach the children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell, it should ring mankind to the fold. The bell symbolizes guidance and return.” Santa looked back and was pleased.He looked back at me and I saw that the twinkle was back in his eyes. He said, “Remember, teach the children the true meaning of Christmas and do not put me in the center, for I am but a humble servant of the One that is, and I bow down to worship HIM, our LORD, our GOD…..

(Source unknown.)Paul Day
revpaulday@gmail.com

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! 
Advent and Christmas
at 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


Thank you Cumberland County 4H Swiners!!

We would like to thank the members of the Cumberland County 4H Swiners, who held their banquet here in the Fellowship Hall last week.  As part of their banquet the kids donated non-perishables to our food pantry cart.  The items were delivered to the Harrison Food Bank, who were in the most need.  It is small things like this that make a big impact in our world.

KUDOS ! To the Faith Formation Committee
The simple celebration after church of  “Little Christmas” was very “sweet”. Yes, there were tons of cookies, with a smattering of other goodies to be shared by any and all, but what was so special was to observe our church family just relaxing with a cup of coffee and a cookie, of course, in lively (or quiet) conversations at tables attractively decorated  for the season. Well done Sara, Lois, Gail, Jess and Janine and all the other little Christmas elves who had any part in this very pleasant after church get-together.  Thank-you !

2023 Pledges
Thank you to all of you that have returned your 2023 tithing pledge cards.  The pledge cards help 
the finance committee plan for the coming year income and expenses.  If you have any questions or
concerns, please see or contact me.Sunday, December 18th, we will have a dedication of pledge tithing cards for the year 2023. Lois Knight

Annual Reports 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  Street Ministry Update
Caroline and I are going into our cold weather mode as of November and will stay with that plan until warm weather returns …..can we say April ? The menu will be hot breakfast sandwiches and hot coffee. This worked really well last year. Missions is supporting us with this plan. We won’t be giving out as many meals as we do when it’s warm, but the folks do like these treats.  If you are so inclined we could always use financial help with this project  OR  we are hoping you will put together hygiene bags  (they don’t have to be large bags) which could include small items, small being the operative word, such as a bar of soap, sani wipes, toothbrushes/paste, deodorant, shaving gear, you get my drift…….and perhaps a wrapped candy bar AND they really like chocolate, always puts a smile on their faces.  You don’t know how much your moral and or financial support is appreciated. Just know that it is!   Jeanne

PS   Hygiene bags can be left in office or brought to church on Sundays. We’ll  just give them out as they come in. Our trips to Portland are scheduled for the last week of the every month.NYCC Clothing MinistryWe 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
                              Underwear
These items will be handed out with the lunches when the NYCC crew visits Portland. 

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

NYCC COVID-19 GUIDELINES 10/20/22

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

Christmas Fund Special Offering

The Christmas Fund has been caring for active and retired clergy and lay employees of the United Church of Christ for over 100 years, providing emergency grants, supplementation of small annuities and health premiums, Christmas “Thank You” gift checks each December to our lower-income retirees.

This year, we rejoice at the opening of possibilities for gathering and worshipping together again, as we anticipate the good news of great joy at Christmas. Still, challenges remain for many of our pastoral leaders who continue to experience loss of income as congregations struggle with budget shortfalls.

Please show your continued gratitude for our active and retired UCC clergy who need our support by giving generously to the Christmas Fund this year. We will take this offering on Christmas Eve at the 5pm and 11pm services.

Continuing Meetings 
December 15  – 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 ~
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward 
Nancy Lowell
Wayne MalockBlanche 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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