Weekly News for May 10

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.
Quantity vs Quality
Luke wrote about the first Christian Church: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone because many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.      Acts 2:42-47

Jerry Uelsmann, a University of Florida photography professor, famously conducted an experiment on the first day of class. He divided students into two groups. The first was the Quantity Group. Their grade would be based on how many photos they could snap throughout the class. The second was the Quality Group. Their grade would be calculated on the excellence of their photos. 

As the semester progressed, the difference between the two groups became clear. The quantity group freely experimented and improved their skills with practice daily. The quality group, on the other hand, hesitated to take photos and in the end, each produced one photo that was average at best.

The faith of the early church was a daily faith—not a perfect faith. Was every meal the early believers shared the best cooked, or every sermon the most dynamic? Probably not. Yet God’s blessing flowed in response to the church’s daily devotion to him and to each other. Do you practice your faith every day, or are you paralyzed by the desire for perfection? 

God, deliver us from perfectionism. Help us to pursue consistency in our walk with you and fellowship with others, for that is where your blessings lie. Amen.

Grace & peace,
Pastor Paul
Notes from the Church Office

Carpet Cleaning – The Fellowship Hall Carpet is scheduled for cleaning on Friday, May 12 at 8:30 am.  The carpet will need a couple of hours of dying time after the cleaning so the Fellowship Hall will be closed off for the day until 4:30 pm. 

The Greater Freeport Community Chorus will be holding a concert here in the Fellowship Hall on Friday, May 12 at 7 pm.  We have heard from others that this will be a great concert.  There are several members of NYCC in the Chorus, with Jesse Myers-Wakeman as the Conductor.  See the poster below or on the bulletin board.  Hope to see you there!

The Trustees would like to thank all who helped on cleanup day!  And thank you to those who donated the Tony’s donuts and cider for break time.
Donate Roasting Chickens
Hannaford Supermarkets has roasting chickens on sale this week through Saturday for .99 cents per pound.    Your donation will go toward our next chicken pie baking event.  Someone has already donated 4!   Our last pop up sale was very successful!  We sold out of chicken pies and have a few turkey pies still available.  If you choose to make a donation the chickens can be placed in a freezer in the kitchen or in a freezer in the basement freezer room.  If you come in during business hours Lyn would be happy to help with that.   Thank you so much.
Please keep the following people in your prayers
Our prayers are with the family of Ladd Meyerhoff who passed away on May 3.
Our Prayers are with Dan Day and his family on the passing of his wife Connie. 

Diana Day
Sandra and Vince Golonka
Wayne Malloch
Blanche Mays
Cindy Tompson
Open and Affirming Follow-up
In follow up to the video shown this past Sunday after the service, a big thank you to everyone who attended.  It was great to see so many joining in in exploring this subject at this point in time.We will show the video again in June and July, and there is a process recommended for further smaller group discussions. This will be lead in large part by the Deacons.  Stay tuned for more information. 
Food Pantry  
Communion Sunday has been our Sunday for food collection for local food pantries, but  you can add to the grocery cart at any time throughout the month.  Please help us fill the cart with these most needed items.  We are replacing our food pantry item list with food staples most requested by the food pantry. These items include:
Boxed Cereal
Peanut Butter
Granola and Snack Bars
Spaghetti or Macaroni
Canned Fruit
Canned Tuna or Chicken
Jam and Jelly
Non Food such as paper products are always welcome and 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.
Sunday Coffee  and Fellowship Time
There is a signup sheet for the next two months on the table in the Gathering Space. There is nothing fancy about this!  Bring whatever you would like.  
May Meetings
Diaconate – Rescheduled to Sunday, May 14 @ 11 am.  
Faith Formation – Sunday, May 14 @ 11:00 a.m.
Missions – Monday, May 15 @ 7 pm via Zoom
Council – Thursday, 18 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.

Rummage Sale
The Tuesday Gals are now preparing for the rummage sale to be held at NYCC on Saturday May 27 from 9:00-1:00 pm.

Donations will be accepted in the Fellowship Hall from
Monday May 22 through Friday May 26.

Please DO NOT donate:
electronics, VHS, Betamax, DVD’s

Feel free to donate:
Clothing, shoes, pocketbooks, books, puzzles, games and toys, kitchen items, small furniture, tools and seasonal items and, so on. Contact Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Gail Strattard at 450-1612 with any questions or more info.
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.
Strengthen the Church Special Offering
The Strengthen the Church Offering reflects the commitment of all settings of the United Church of Christ to cooperatively build up the UCC.  The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations as we work to become a multicultural/multi-racial, accessible to all Christian movement.  We will be accepting this offering on Sunday, May 28.

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