Weekly News for January 4, 2023

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.

A Note from the Nominating Committee
Dear Friends, we need you! We have several vacancies on our committees and we need your energy and wisdom to fill the slots. We have openings for the Deacons, the Trustees, Faith Formation, and the Tech Team. Please let me know as soon as you can if you are interested. My email is apgraham1@gmail.com
Many thanks and Happy New Year!

20 + C + M + B + 23 Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
Friday is the Feast of Epiphany, commemorating the visit of the Magi and marking the end of Christmastide. Matthew does not tell us how many Wise Men came to visit the Christ Child, our carols sing of “We Three Kings.” The number three is based on the three gifts they brought; and identifying them as royalty comes from applying Isaiah 60:3 to the event.

The three gifts – gold, frankincense, and myrrh – point to the three-fold identity of Jesus as Prince of Peace, High Priest, and Atoning Sacrifice. Gold is used for the scepter and crown of the King of kings. Frankincense was burned in the Temple as a sign of the prayers for God’s people offered by the priests. Myrrh was an embalming ointment—a portent of Jesus’ sacrificial death. All three were greatly valued in the world of the Bible.

A whole body of tradition has built up around the Magi/Kings, even to the point of naming them: Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar (or Caspar). The stories vary in identifying which king brought each gift, and from whence each one came. Most traditions think of one king as an old man, one as middle-aged, and the third a young man—thus, representing the three ages of mankind. They are identified as coming from Persia, India, and Ethiopia; or from Asia, Africa, and Europe—representing the three known continents. In short, the Magi are seen to stand for all humanity.

In liturgical churches it has become the practice to “chalk” the doors of one’s house on the Feast of Epiphany with the date and the initials of the Magi and signs of the Cross, thus — 20 + C + M + B + 23— C M B also stands for the Latin prayer Christus Mansionem Benedicat – Christ, Bless this House.” One of my cherished family heirlooms is a cross-stitch done by my Mother’s Mother and framed by my Father’s Father with this prayer-poem:

Bless this house, O Lord, we pray
Make it safe by night and day
Bless the wall and chimney stout
Keeping want and trouble out
Bless this door that it may prove
Ever open to joy and love
May Christ bless each and every home in the coming year.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Paul

Shoveling at the church this Winter

We could use your help!

Brandon Moon will be plowing the parking lot again this winter and will make sure that we can get in on Sundays and keep us cleared out during the week. The Scouts have volunteered to shovel the walkways and egresses on the weekends if the snow accumulation is two inches or more. Otherwise, we — as in church members — should lightly sweep and/or shovel the snow ourselves. No one should do this if they don’t feel up to it. But having a list of willing folks to lend a hand would be great. If you would like to be on the list to help shovel please contact Kristi at 207-522-2607 or fromawayfarmfamily1972@gmail.com.

Annual Meeting Discussion-Benevolence Giving Allocation

Hello friends,

At the Annual Meeting, The Missions Committee members would like you to consider changing the way benevolence giving is allocated. Below are a few details to consider.

Currently, your benevolence giving is split 50/50. 50% to the missions fund (OCLM) that is managed by the committee and 50% to the UCC-mission fund (OCWM).

We’d like to change the split to 70/30. 70% to the local fund(OCLM) and 30% to the UCC (OCWM). This change would allow us to target the missions chosen by you and the committee. We can better support local missions like the NYCC Street Ministry, Community Food Pantry, Harrison Food Bank to name a few. So many have been hit hard by the rising cost of basic needs, food, fuel, housing. With more local funds, we can help our neighbors.

As a congregation, we have supported OCWM. In addition to 50% of our benevolence giving, we have given to disaster relief($685 in 2022) and special offerings like One Great Hour of Sharing($323), Neighbors in Need($225), Christmas Fund($543) and Strengthen the Church($124).

For a small church, we do a great job helping others.

No need for a decision now. We wanted to provide information before the meeting to help with your decision.

OCLM = Our Church’s Local Mission
OCWM= Our Church’s Wider Mission

Annual Reports – It is Time!
To all Chairs of Boards and Committees. It is time to write your reports for the Annual Report. The deadline for reports has been moved to Sunday, January 8. 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

A Note from the Office Administrator
I remember when I was a kid thinking about how old I would be in the year 2000. I was going to be 36! That sounded so old to me then. It is now 2023 (you do the math!) and it seemed back then that we would be living in a futuristic world. That did not happen, but of course we have advanced in many ways, and I am happy to be living and working in a faith based community. I did not make a new years resolution, but I thought of the ways that I am thankful here at NYCC. I am thankful that 14 years ago Rev. Martha and Jeanne took a chance and hired me as the Office Administrator. I am thankful for your Christmas gifts to me. The almond cake and cranberry bread that took center stage at Christmas dinner dessert, the maple syrup that will be used the next time I make pumpkin pancakes, and the monetary gift that I hope that Frank and I can use to help us take a break after our daughter Jordan’s wedding in July. I am blessed, Lyn

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
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.

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.

There is a signup sheet at church in the gathering space, so please check it out and consider doing the setup 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

January Meetings

January 8 – Faith Formation will meet in person following worship

January 10 – Trustees will meet in person at 6 p.m.

January 16 – Missions will meet in person at 7 p.m. via Zoom

January 19 – Council will meet in person at 6:30 p.m.

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

Tuesday Gals meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of the month at 7:30 a.m. at Toddy Brook

Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Sandra Golonka
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward
Nancy Lowell
Wayne Malloch
Blanche Mays
Cindy 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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