Weekly News for March 29

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.
Choir Rehearsal Change
The Choir will meet on Thursday, March 30 from 6:30-8:00 pm this week 
Easter Sunday Breakfast
We will be having an Easter Sunday breakfast after the Sunrise Service, approximately around 7:15am,There is a signup sheet on the table in the Gathering Space  if you wish to contribute to this.  If you have any questions, see Sara Rose or Lois Knight

Celebrate Holy Week and Easter with us
All are Welcome!

Palm Sunday – April 2
Worship Service at 9:30 am
Liturgy of the Palms – Liturgy of the Passion – Holy Communion
Join us in person or online.

Maundy Thursday – April 6 
at First Congregational Christian Church of New Gloucester, UCC, 19 Gloucester Hill Rd., New Gloucester
6:00 pm – Soup and Bread Supper provided by our hosts & Worship Service around the tables

Good Friday – April 7 
at First Congregational Church of Gray, UCC, 11 Yarmouth Rd., Gray
7:00 pm – Worship Service – “Seven Words from the Cross”

Easter Worship –  April 9
6:30 am – Sunrise Service at Skyline Farm – 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth
7:15 am – Easter Breakfast at the Church
Join us in the Fellowship Hall as we celebrate Easter morning with breakfast.  There is a signup sheet to bring food items to share in the Gathering Space. 
9:30 am – Easter Worship – Worship Service – Celebration of the Resurrection

Join us in person or on-line
Please submit forms to dedicate Easter flowers by April 2.  
The Things That Make for Peace                Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
Today is Vietnam Veterans Day. Fifty years ago – March 29, 1973 – the last U.S. troops left Saigon. I was in college and still remember the images of helicopters evacuating people from the U.S. embassy.

The year I became eligible for the draft the Selective Service board had instituted a lottery by birthday; my birthday was selected among the first. The day I graduated from high school I received a notice that my status was changed from 1S to 1A, with instructions to report for a physical exam. But I had already been accepted to college. Over the course of the summer I was able to get my status changed to 2S. I would be graduating from college in two months. Now the exemption had become a moot point.

Tragically, the men and women who had served in Vietnam were not given a proper welcome home. The social and political divisions that wracked the country during the war extended to the way we treated those veterans. In the years since – and with other wars and more veterans – we have tried as a nation to make up for our shoddy treatment fifty years ago and strive to honor all those who have served. But we still have a ways to go to provide care for those who have experienced the physical and emotional trauma of war.

The United States and other nations have been engaged in many wars over the years before and since the Vietnam conflict. The war in Ukraine has now past its first anniversary, with more tragedies looming.

When I visited Israel in 1990 our tour guide was a retired colonel in the Israeli Defense Forces. He had been a paratrooper when the Six-Day War broke out in 1967. He told us that he and his men were at the airfield waiting to go to Egypt, but that phase of the war was all but over. Instead, they were taken off the plane and put on a bus. The new plan was to lead the effort to re-take the Old City of Jerusalem, which they accomplished.

The colonel told us that the best way into the Old City from a strategic point was via the Dung Gate. However, with an eye to history, the decision was made to enter via the more heavily defended Zion Gate.

The Zion Gate was the likely point of entry that Jesus made into the city on Palm Sunday. “As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace!’” Luke 19:41-42Jesus still weeps for us and prays that we might truly come to know “the things that make for peace.”

Grace and peace,
Pastor Paul
Once again the folks in our church have responded to the needs of others so generously! $528 is being sent to the Conference for One Great Hour of Sharing. We know all too well, what with the natural disasters right here in our country, and world-wide, that folks are desperately in need of help. And we have responded. Rev. Day informed the church that $.95 of every dollar goes to where the needs are…..overhead is minimal. Thank you so much for your gifts.  Missions Board
Sunday Coffee  and Fellowship Time
There is a signup sheet for the next three (3) months onthe table in the Gathering Space.There is nothing fancy about this!  Bring whatever  you wouldlike.  
Easter Flowers
We are now collecting orders for Easter flowers and dedications.  Please click the button below to print the order form.  Forms can also be found on the Gathering Space table and in the Sunday Bulletin.  We will be accepting orders until April 2.  Flowers will be available for pickup after our 9:30am Easter Service on April 9th.   All plants will have a label with name attached.

Click here for Easter flower order form
Please keep the following people in your prayers

Sandra and Vince Golonka
Wayne Malloch
Blanche Mays
Ladd Meyerhoff
Cindy Tompson
Chicken and Gravy Pie / Turkey and Gravy Pie Sale
Thank you to everyone who participated in the making and selling of pies and gravy.  We had a successful pie making time and sale, and had a great time doing it.  We sold 125 pies during the sale period and have sold more since.  We still have Turkey and Gravy Pies and Chicken and Gravy Pies for sale.  There are also a few pints of gravy available.
Cost:  9″ pie – $24 each.
        pint of poultry gravy – $6. 
If you would like to purchase a pie this will be ongoing until we sell out.  On a Sunday you can reach out to Mark, Marsha, Lois or Leah.  If it is during the week the office is open Monday-Thursday 8am-12 pm.  Help yourself to a pie in the freezer (We will keep the kitchen hallway freezer stocked), and then pay Lyn or leave payment in cash or check on the office desk.  If you have any questions call the office at 829-3644.
Conference Dues
Conference dues for each church are calculated on the number of members reported as of the last years fiscal term.  This is regardless of whether they attend or not, but are on the membership list at the end of the year.The dues this year are $19.00 per member.  This amounts to about $1,820.00 for this year. This is a “chunk of change” for our church as we are watching our budget very carefully.It would be greatly appreciated if you could help us by remitting your portion of the dues. If you have remitted payment already, it is greatly appreciated!If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lois Knight, Financial Secretary.
 NYCC Street Ministry
We are well stocked up on cold weather items such as socks, gloves and hats.  Thank you so much.  We are now going to begin to stock up on the warmer weather items such as light weight socks, t-shirts and underwear.  We will bring these items to Portland, along with breakfast sandwiches and coffee. If you are so inclined any of these items would be greatly appreciated. Jeanne
NYCC Clothing Ministry
Thank you for your generosity.  Many are warmer and living easier lives because of your donations.  Spring is here an clothing needs have changed.

The Clothing Ministry of NYCC collects basic clothing and accessories to be given out by the NYCC Street Ministry or donated to Maine Needs or the Freeport Thrift Store.  If you are so moved, please add your contribution to the boxes in the gathering space.  Most needed and asked for items:
Baseball Hats                                                                                                 
These items will be given out with the lunches when the NYCC crew visits Portland.

If you have gently used spring coats, shoes, spring clothing, like long sleeve and short sleeve t-shirts, leggings, sweatpants or jeans that you would like to give, please add these to the boxes, too.  These items will be donated to Maine Needs or Freeport Thrift Store.  Questions, please ask Jeanne or Tracy.
Food Pantry 
Communion Sunday has been our Sunday for food collection for local food pantries. SNAP benefits do not cover household or personal hygiene products.  So, if you are moved to donate, please consider donating items like:
Shampoo and conditioner
Feminine Hygiene Products
Body Wash
Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Laundry Detergent
Dish Soap
Canned and nonperishable food products are always needed, too.
Thank you for your generosity,  This food will be distributed where it is most needed,  the Cumberland Food Pantry or Harrison Food Bank.
*SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
A Message from our ModeratorThe following article on “Alive and Thrive at any Size” includes a list of educational sessions which are provided by Marisa Laviola, our conference minister.  They cover mainline churches and the changes we are seeing in our congregations, i.e. dwindling numbers in the pews plus more.  I plan to attend the April session which is on a Saturday.  Is there anyone else who would like to attend with me or go to another session?  Call me at 207-653-1966.

Maine Conference
United Church of Christ
This spring, Marisa will be offering a vitality workshop, Alive & Thrive at Any Size, at four locations around the state. The workshops focus on church vitality for the 21st century, including the topics of:
  Becoming a mission church: reaching out into the greater communityEngaging community partners for mission“Right-sizing” governance to prevent burnout as numbers in the pews decreaseCreative ways for pastors and lay leaders to work togetherReaching the unchurched and inviting them into the life of the churchMarisa has presented these workshops many times as ACM in Penn Central Conference. Typically, they are geared toward smaller churches that are struggling to consider their future in the 21st century. All churches are invited because all of us are struggling with this question, no matter the size.
Please register for the following event: Winthrop Congregational Church – April 22
All workshops are 9am to 3pm, bring your own lunch
Morning coffee and drinks for lunch are provided
Questions? Contact Marisa mlaviola@maineucc.org 

Rev. Dr. Marisa Laviola
Conference Minister
April Meetings
Diaconate – Sunday, April 2 @11:00 am
Missions – Monday, April 10 @ 7 pm via Zoom
Trustees – Tuesday, April 11 @ 6 pm
Council – Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 pm
Choir Rehearsal – Wednesday Nights at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday Morning at 8:30 am
                              Choir will meet on April 5 from 6:30-8:00 pm.
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.
Register for Camp TODAY!Programming for all ages
You are welcome here!
Scholarships are available for all sessions.  Apply online by May 15, 2023
To sign up, visit www.pilgrimlodge.org
207-724-3200, info@ pilgrimlodge.orgPilgrim Lodge is a amp lovingly provided by the Maine Conference United Church of Christ since 1956.
Chakra Shenanigans is a fun, educational, and interactive program designed to teach families about chakras (energy centers in our bodies), their importance to our health and well-being, and how to care for them.This workshop is appropriate for children ages 6 and up, and their parents. Working in partnership with each other, parents and children will learn how to check each other’s chakras and move blocked energy. Participants will make a pendulum in the class and receive a set of chakra stones, setting them up for success to continue supporting each other after the program!When children are empowered with tools and techniques to support the well-being of family members, they become partners in the holistic health of the family.Registration fee includes one adult and up to three childrenHere is the link for registration.  The April 1st class will be held at the North Yarmouth Congregational Church.  https://dancingjaguarinspirations.thrivecart.com/chakra-shenanigans-yarmouth-4-1-23/Here is the link to the FB event posted on social media.
Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

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