Weekly News for April 5

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.

Celebrate Holy Week and Easter with us
All are Welcome!

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-in person only7:15 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 Service – Celebration of the Resurrection
Join us in person or on-line

Winter to Spring                                                          Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day

Dear Friends,

It’s Hump Day! The middle of Holy Week. The Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday lie before us. We need Lent. We need Holy Week. We need the Triduum. As difficult as they are, we need them in order to enter into the Easter celebration of Resurrection with a proper spirit and mind-set.

I share, with permission, a poem-pray written by a colleague and friend:

God of My Life, 

The changeover from the lifelessness of winter 
to the liveliness of spring is inherently messy.

Snow melts to reveal organic debris
and man-made detritus littering the ground.

Crocuses push up through soggy soil and fallen twigs. 
Sometimes, they are interred by a late snowfall. 

Weather conditions shift by the hour, fluctuating 
between gentle, sunny warmth and biting, turbulent cold. 

So it is with the soul. 

Coming fully alive in you is a messy process
of discovering and unlearning, building up and tearing down.

Some things you lay bare in me are beautiful, or clearly will be; 
others are fit only to be rooted out and discarded.  

Uncovering those parts of me  that reflect your image
happens in fits and starts, testing my patience. 

One moment I revel in your light and love – then in the next
I resist you, withdrawing back into the cold dimness.

Help me to keep leaning into the changeover. 
Help me to keep trusting you in the messiness. 

Let it be so!

— Donald K. Nelson, ad gloriam Dei
Alive and Thrive Workshop
Friday is the deadline to register for the Alive and Thrive Workshop at the Winthrop Congregational Church, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Saturday, April 22. Join Marsha Heath and Pastor Paul Day in person, or attend on-line.Register NOWALIVE AND THRIVE AT ANY SIZE!  in Winthrop on April 22
Registration will be closed for Winthrop this coming Friday, April 7.
Winthrop Congregational Church – April 22
The workshop is from 9am to 3pm, bring your own lunch
Morning coffee and drinks for lunch are provided

Hybrid option is available

Questions? Contact Marisa mlaviola@maineucc.org 

Rev. Dr. Marisa Laviola
Conference Minister

Sunday Coffee  and Fellowship Time
There is a signup sheet for the next three (3) months on the table in the Gathering Space. There is nothing fancy about this!  Bring whatever  you would like.  

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.

NYCCSM in the Park Behind Trader Joe’s
Saturday April 1st was a damp, drizzly raw day. Caroline and I almost didn’t go to Portland because we didn’t know whether we would find any folks out and about, or whether they would be hunkered down and hard to find. Because it wasn’t freezing the “warming shelters” were probably not open.  We decided not to pack lunches because we would have had trouble keeping them warm and dry. So…we took 10 $10.00 Dunkin cards that the Missions Board had given us and set out to see what we would find. We had been told that there were often times folks “camped” out behind Trader Joe’s on Marginal Way.  Well, they were right . We couldn’t believe the size of the encampment! Many more tents than Dunkin cards. We ventured in among the tents and in less than a minute the cards were gone. We know all too well that we cannot always meet the needs of all these folks, but it was good to know that 10 of them could get a warm meal. Hopefully the end of April we will be able to meet them in the park where we have much better conditions to be with them. Thank you for the tremendous support many of you give us. Couldn’t do it without you.    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

April Meetings
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
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.org
Pilgrim Lodge is a camp lovingly provided by the Maine Conference United Church of Christ since 1956.

Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

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