Weekly News for January 25

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.


No Choir
Due to the weather forecast, there will be no choir rehearsal tonight 1/25/2023


Chicken and Gravy Pie Raffle is Here!

Buy a chance to win one of four delicious home-cooked meals!
Win a delicious chicken & gravy pie dinner with wine and dessert!

Just in time for a cozy Valentine’s Day dinner!

4 lucky winners will each win 2 famous chicken & gravy pies, lovingly baked by the North Yarmouth Congregational Church resident chefs, plus wine and dessert for you to enjoy with the people you love.

Winners can pick up their prize at the church or we can arrange for local delivery. Thank you for your support!

Donations Will Benefit
First Congregational Church, UCC, North Yarmouth Maine

Please share this raffle with your friends and family! (Sharing the link on your Facebook page gets you extra chances to win!)

We truly appreciate your support in these challenging times. Love and blessings from our church family to yours.

Please click on the link below to go to purchase raffle tickets.

Purchase Chicken and Gravy Pie Dinner Tickets Here!
You can also text “chickenpie” to 855-202-2100 to get the link to the raffle!


Thank You!
Dear Church Members and Choir,
Thank you so much for your generous Christmas gift. You are a joy to work with and play for!
Pete Dickson, Organist


Please keep the following people in your prayers

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

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.

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

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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!
Annie


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
Underwear
Scarfs
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.

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.


LOWELL FUNERAL RECEPTION
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!
Annie


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
Underwear
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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85103988353?pwd=ekZOYmV5Zll6d2ZUVk5GSmhuTE9RQT09

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

Weekly News for January 4, 2023


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.

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!
Annie


20 + C + M + B + 23 Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
Friday is the Feast of Epiphany, commemorating the visit of the Magi and marking the end of Christmastide. Matthew does not tell us how many Wise Men came to visit the Christ Child, our carols sing of “We Three Kings.” The number three is based on the three gifts they brought; and identifying them as royalty comes from applying Isaiah 60:3 to the event.

The three gifts – gold, frankincense, and myrrh – point to the three-fold identity of Jesus as Prince of Peace, High Priest, and Atoning Sacrifice. Gold is used for the scepter and crown of the King of kings. Frankincense was burned in the Temple as a sign of the prayers for God’s people offered by the priests. Myrrh was an embalming ointment—a portent of Jesus’ sacrificial death. All three were greatly valued in the world of the Bible.

A whole body of tradition has built up around the Magi/Kings, even to the point of naming them: Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar (or Caspar). The stories vary in identifying which king brought each gift, and from whence each one came. Most traditions think of one king as an old man, one as middle-aged, and the third a young man—thus, representing the three ages of mankind. They are identified as coming from Persia, India, and Ethiopia; or from Asia, Africa, and Europe—representing the three known continents. In short, the Magi are seen to stand for all humanity.

In liturgical churches it has become the practice to “chalk” the doors of one’s house on the Feast of Epiphany with the date and the initials of the Magi and signs of the Cross, thus — 20 + C + M + B + 23— C M B also stands for the Latin prayer Christus Mansionem Benedicat – Christ, Bless this House.” One of my cherished family heirlooms is a cross-stitch done by my Mother’s Mother and framed by my Father’s Father with this prayer-poem:

Bless this house, O Lord, we pray
Make it safe by night and day
Bless the wall and chimney stout
Keeping want and trouble out
Bless this door that it may prove
Ever open to joy and love
May Christ bless each and every home in the coming year.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Paul

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.

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


Annual Reports – It is Time!
To all Chairs of Boards and Committees. It is time to write your reports for the Annual Report. The deadline for reports has been moved to Sunday, January 8. Please adhere to this deadline as the reports need to be compiled and printed and handed out on the 15th. If you would like to review your report from last year, please let Lyn know, and she will send you the report. Please send your reports to Lyn in the office at nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com. Jeanne Chadbourne, Church Clerk


A Note from the Office Administrator
I remember when I was a kid thinking about how old I would be in the year 2000. I was going to be 36! That sounded so old to me then. It is now 2023 (you do the math!) and it seemed back then that we would be living in a futuristic world. That did not happen, but of course we have advanced in many ways, and I am happy to be living and working in a faith based community. I did not make a new years resolution, but I thought of the ways that I am thankful here at NYCC. I am thankful that 14 years ago Rev. Martha and Jeanne took a chance and hired me as the Office Administrator. I am thankful for your Christmas gifts to me. The almond cake and cranberry bread that took center stage at Christmas dinner dessert, the maple syrup that will be used the next time I make pumpkin pancakes, and the monetary gift that I hope that Frank and I can use to help us take a break after our daughter Jordan’s wedding in July. I am blessed, Lyn


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
Underwear
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 8 – Faith Formation will meet in person following worship

January 10 – Trustees will meet in person at 6 p.m.

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 ~


Sandra Golonka
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward
Nancy Lowell
Wayne Malloch
Blanche Mays
Cindy Tompson


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Weekly News for December 21


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.

Advent and Christmas
at North Yarmouth
Congregational Church

Sundays ~ 9:30 am ~ Worship with us
We celebrate Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love, anticipating the One who comes to us as a Child. Each week we light the Advent Wreath, sing carols of the season, and our gifted choir shares beautiful music as we prepare for Christmas.

Christmas Eve, December 24th

5:00 pm ~ Family Christmas Worship
Walk-on Pageant, Choir

11:00 pm ~ Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols

Christmas Day, December 25
No Service ~ The 5 pm Christmas Eve Service
will be available to watch on-line

New Year’s Day, January 1
9:30 am ~ Worship Service with Holy Communion

A Note from Council
Please note that our offering on Christmas Eve has traditionally been donated to retired clergy and will be this year as well. All loose offerings, ie. cash and checks, will go to this benefit.

Please be sure to use your offering envelope at this service to give your usual weekly/monthly offering for the benefit of the church as there will be no service on Christmas Day. Thank you!


Christmas Fund Special Offering

The Christmas Fund has been caring for active and retired clergy and lay employees of the United Church of Christ for over 100 years, providing emergency grants, supplementation of small annuities and health premiums, Christmas “Thank You” gift checks each December to our lower-income retirees.

This year, we rejoice at the opening of possibilities for gathering and worshipping together again, as we anticipate the good news of great joy at Christmas. Still, challenges remain for many of our pastoral leaders who continue to experience loss of income as congregations struggle with budget shortfalls.

Please show your continued gratitude for our active and retired UCC clergy who need our support by giving generously to the Christmas Fund this year.

We will take this offering on Christmas Eve at the 5pm and 11pm services.


The 12 Days of Christmas
Note: This article comes from a United Methodist Church website.

After months of planning and anticipation, Christmas appears to be over all too quickly. On Dec.26, retailers tell us we are in the after-Christmas season of returns, exchanges, and more sales. The church calendar however, tells us it is still Christmas.

The 12 days we sing about in that crazy song, are a real season, sometimes called Christmastide or the days after Christmas leading to Epiphany on January 6. During this season, we continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Word of God made flesh who made his home among us.

To help celebrate the season, here are 12 creative, simple ideas that have nothing to do with partridges or lords-a-leaping.

HAVE A SILENT NIGHT
One evening, turn off everything electronic and share Christmas memories. Go through old photos. Watch family movies (you might need to turn on the television for that). Ask others to tell of their favorite family Christmas tradition, and a joy-filled memory of a Christmas past. Spend a few moments talking about the Christmas story and the characters with whom you most
relate.

SING THE SONGS OF CHRISTMAS
We sing many Christmas carols without thinking much about the words. Take some time to research the lyrics of songs as you sing them. Where is the author biblically accurate? Where did she or he take poetic license? This is a great way to learn the biblical accounts of the Christmas story and some of the symbolism used.

REMEMBER THE REFUGEES
One of the crises in our world this year is the number of refugees risking their lives to leave war-torn nations to find places of safety and peace. If a church or another organization in your area is sponsoring refugees, find out how you can help. Offer your support and prayers. Additionally, make efforts to be a person of radical hospitality by welcoming the stranger, giving
food to the hungry, visiting church members who do not get out, and opening your home to family and friends who are alone.

DON’T RETURN — GIVE
Rather than returning the ugly sweater you’ll never wear or the kitchen gadget you’ll never use, give it away! Many places and individuals will benefit from those unwanted items. The sweater will keep someone warm, and the gadget will be sold in a secondhand store to generate funds for a ministry.

PRAY THROUGH YOUR UN-DECORATING
As you put away the Christmas decorations, consider the symbols of the tree and evergreens, the Nativity, the wreath, and more. Pray that those these signs may get packed away for 11 months, the spirit of Christ will continue to be alive in you throughout the year ahead.

TRAVEL BY A DIFFERENT ROUTE
The Christmas story contains several journeys — Mary visits Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph travel to be taxed, the Wise Men follow the star to Bethlehem, and Jesus and his family move to Egypt when King Herod orders the slaughter of baby boys. Many of us go on special journeys over Christmas, in addition to the time we spend in the car every day.

Consider traveling by a different route. Maybe that means taking the back way home from work or stopping by that roadside attraction as you return from Grandmother’s house. Let the new journey remind you that we are to follow Jesus wherever he leads.

HAVE MEALTIME DEVOTIONS
Each of the 12 days of Christmas, spend some time during a meal for family reflection. Ask questions. Share concerns. Tell stories. Give thanks. Sense the presence of Jesus among you.

PRAY FOR THE PERSECUTED
Those of us privileged to live in places where we are free to pursue our faith sometimes forget there are people in other places whose celebrations of Christmas could come at the cost of their freedom or lives. Read about Christians and others being persecuted for their faith in places like Syria and Nigeria, a pastor recently imprisoned in North Korea, and others. Then take some special time to pray for them.

RECORD AHA! MOMENTS
Christmas can be a time of important moments you do not want to forget. A quiet moment with a relative may remind you of the importance of family. A worship service may give you new insight into how to live as a follower of Jesus. A frustrating experience in a store may encourage you to be more patient. Write those insights some place you can return in the weeks and months ahead for a reminder.

PLANT A TREE
At Christmas, we celebrate the gift of new, eternal life we have received in Christ. The evergreen trees we decorate are a symbol of everlasting life. Planting a tree or caring for the earth in another way can serve as a wonderful reminder of our call to be people who celebrate life.

BEGIN A FAITHFUL INTENTION
Many people make New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight or give up an unhealthy habit. Consider a faithful intention this year to help you grow in your spiritual life. Rather than waiting until January 1 to begin, start during the Christmas season.

BE A PERSON OF PEACE
We may not be able to do much to promote world peace, but we have the power to make the world around us more peaceful. Spend the twelve days of Christmas practicing ways you can eliminate harsh words, anger, and other negative attitudes from your life.

Grace to you, and peace!
Pastor Paul


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.


A Note from the Office Administrator
We have had two folks connected to the church, that I know, who have had there technical devices hacked. I was asked whether it might have come from the church computer also being hacked. I do not know if this could be the case (our computer person said no), but please be reassured that the office computer system has been cleaned up and purged of all unnecessary items as of last Thursday. If someone did get into this computer to steal emails they are not there now. Thank you, Lyn

Also, I will be on vacation from December 26-29, and will return to the office on Tuesday, January 3. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

A Poem of Christmas

Christmas is more than a day at the end of the year
More than a day of joy and good cheer
Christmas is really
God’s pattern of living
To be followed each day by unselfish giving
Then Peace on Earth will come to stay
When we live Christmas every day

Submitted by Candace Smith
Author Unknown


Annual Reports
To all Chairs of Boards and Committees. It is time to write your reports for the Annual Report. The deadline for reports is has been moved to Sunday, January 6. Please adhere to this deadline as the reports need to be compiled and printed and handed out on the 15th. If you would like to review your report from last year, please let Lyn know, and she will send you the report. Please send your reports to Lyn in the office at nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com. Jeanne Chadbourne, Church Clerk

NYCC Street Ministry Update
Caroline and I are going into our cold weather mode as of November and will stay with that plan until warm weather returns …..can we say April ? The menu will be hot breakfast sandwiches and hot coffee. This worked really well last year. Missions is supporting us with this plan. We won’t be giving out as many meals as we do when it’s warm, but the folks do like these treats. If you are so inclined we could always use financial help with this project OR we are hoping you will put together hygiene bags (they don’t have to be large bags) which could include small items, small being the operative word, such as a bar of soap, sani wipes, toothbrushes/paste, deodorant, shaving gear, you get my drift…….and perhaps a wrapped candy bar AND they really like chocolate, always puts a smile on their faces.

You don’t know how much your moral and or financial support is appreciated. Just know that it is! Jeanne

PS Hygiene bags can be left in office or brought to church on Sundays. We’ll just give them out as they come in. Our trips to Portland are scheduled for the last week of the every month.


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
Underwear
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.

We are very interested in getting a schedule in place which will rotate so that not one person is doing coffee hour every week. We have a signup sheet at church in the gathering space, so please check it out and consider doing the set up 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


A Note from the Nominating Committee
Friends, it is time to tap your energy by joining one of our church committees. We have several openings and we would welcome your help. (Trustees, Diaconate, Faith Formation, Missions, Nominating Committee, Flower Committee). Please let me know if you are interested. My email is apgraham1@gmail.com or just catch me at church.
Thank you, Annie Graham, NYCC Vice Moderator

January Meetings

January 1 – Diaconate will meet in person following worship

January 8 – Faith Formation will meet in person following worship

January 9 – Trustees will meet in person at 6 p.m.

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 ~

Sandra Golonka
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward
Nancy Lowell
Wayne Malloch
Blanche Mays
Cindy Tompson


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