Weekly News for January 15

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 women’s fellowship will be providing a reception after Nancy Lowell’s funeral on Saturday, January 14 at 11:00 am. We are looking for bakers and for a few to help serve and clean up. Please let Kathy Whittier (254-7509 or kwhit119@yahoo.com) know if you can help. Thanks!

A Huge Thank You
A HUGE THANK-YOU to all the folks who got your article for the annual report to Lyn. She can now get the full report assembled, and they should be available for you on this Sunday, Jan 15th in preparation for the Annual meeting on the 22nd of January at 10:30 am, or as soon after church as possible.

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!

250 Years of Amazing Grace

On January 1, 1773, Rev. John Newton read a poem he had composed for his sermon that morning in Olney, England. The poem began, “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.”

The poem was based on his sermon text: “Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: ‘Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?’” 1st Chronicles 17:16

But it was also autobiographical. Newton was the captain of a slave trading ship in 1748. During a severe storm at sea he feared for his life, and prayed for deliverance. His prayer was answered. Newton gave up the sea and became a minister, as well as a fervent abolitionist.

Newton lost his eyesight in his later years, but praised God that he was no longer spiritually blind.

“Amazing Grace” was first published in The Olney Hymns in 1779 — a project of Newton and fellow poet William Cowper. In the 19th century it was set to the tune “New Britain” —and is perhaps the most well-known and widely-sung hymn of all time.

Join us on Sunday as we explore more about God’s Amazing Grace as it applies to the church. We will begin a series of three messages from 1st Corinthians, chapter 1.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Paul

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

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.

NYCC Street Ministry
NYCC STREET MINISTRY is trying something different. Buying breakfast treats from a national chain was proving rather expensive and we were able to serve so few people, soooo…..we found out about Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches, were told they tasted really good and cost a little over $1.00 apiece ! You can’t beat that with a stick ! We also will be making our own coffee and using the urns from church kitchen. We are excited to try this. Yes, there will be a little more prep time but it should be very doable.
Speaking of easy, you folks are making it so easy for us to offer warm hats, warm socks, warm scarves, sweet treats, hygiene bags and hand warmers to those in need. We have enough of these items to get us through January. The one item we could use some help with is warm gloves. We are incredibly thankful for all you do for this ministry.
Caroline and Jeanne

P.S. Does anyone have a thermal bag that hold heat that we can borrow for a couple of months to transport the sandwiches to Portland.

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 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 ~

The family of Nancy Lowell

The family of Roscoe Dennison
Sandra Golonka
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward
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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