Weekly News for January 18

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.

Annual Meeting Reminder
REMINDER to all members:

The 217th annual meeting of the North Yarmouth Congregational Church is next Sunday, January 22, 2023, immediately after the church service which is at approximately 10:30 a.m. A quorum of 30 members is required for the meeting to begin so please plan to join us for this important meeting. Thank you!

Annual Reports
Want an Annual Report before next Sunday? They are on the Gathering Place table. Office will be open 7:30 – noon Wed and Thursday or before the meeting on Sunday. Jeanne

Council Meeting Reminder

The Council will meet on Thursday, January 19 in person at 6:30 p.m. at the church.

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!

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

In the Church Calendar January 18th commemorates the Confession of Peter.

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist but others Elijah and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 13:16-19)

The day also marks the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which has been observed annually since 1908. The octave ends on January 25th, which celebrates the Conversion of Paul. (see Acts 9:1-9)

The founders deliberately bracketed the Week of Prayer between the days honoring the two greatest leaders of the early church. For unity does not mean uniformity. Peter and Paul were quite different from each other, and often disagreed. One time Paul had to stand up to Peter when he was not practicing what he preached. (see Galatians 2:11-12)

For his part, Peter thought that Paul’s letters were hard to understand. (see 2 Peter 3:16)

Our unity is based on Jesus Christ. I hold dual ordination standing in the Evangelical Covenant Church and the United Church of Christ. The two denominations share the same motto: Conjuncti in Christo — United in Christ. Indeed, the whole world-wide Church is united in Christ regardless of nationalities, languages, denominations, or theological traditions. And in each local parish or congregation we are united in Christ.

During this week we join our prayers with Jesus’ own prayer: “I ask not only on behalf of these but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-21)

Grace & 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

Thank You!
Thank you to Marcia W. for the window wind blockers for the Sanctuary. What a difference they have made. And we might save a little fuel, too!

Dear Church Family,

Thank you very much for the monetary gift I received on Christmas Eve. It will surely be put to good use. I am amazed, thinking, as I approach my 22nd year as your sexton! Where has the time gone? I often think of the dear friends we have lost over the years as I vacuum between the pews in the sanctuary. My mind wanders to by-gone years and thinking “oh that’s where so-and-so used to sit” and “oh yes, Charlotte Lawrence sat here” and “yes Carol Black sat in the Hamilton/Black pew with George! “And this was Marge and Carol Wallace’s pew”! History….and now we have new friends!!!!

As we go forward into this next year, I pray that the church(the people) will find the future to be kind, positive, happy and healthy and generous. Thanks again, Mark

Please keep the following people in your prayers

Sandra and Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward
Wayne Malloch
Blanche Mays
Cindy Tompson

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

Thank you all for your generosity. Carloads of clothing have been donated and bags of gloves, hats and socks have been given out. The warm winter wear is making lives easier for those living outside and new Mainers who have arrived with next to nothing. Thank you, your generosity is astounding.

The Clothing Ministry of NYCC collects basic warm clothing and accessories to be given out by the NYCC Street Ministry or donated to Maine Needs or Preble Street. If you are so moved, please add your contribution to the boxes in the gathering space. Most needed and asked for items:
Warm Socks
Waterproof Gloves
Hand Warmers
These items will be given out with the lunches when the NYCC crew visits Portland.

If you have gently used warm coats, boots, snow pants, warm clothing, that you would like to give, please add these to the boxes, too. These items will be donated to Maine Needs or Preble Street. Questions, please ask Jeanne or Tracy.

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 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.
*Tuesday Gals will not be meeting on January 31.

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.


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