Weekly News for January 13, 2021

Bread Exchange
NYCC Exchange – Sunday, January 17th 11:30am
This month will honor each other by exchanging a loaf of bread. Homemade or store-bought are welcome. Sweet or savory are welcome.

To share bread is to share a meal, to share our community, to share our spirit. Consider adding a note to your offering, a wish for its recipient.
Everyone who brings one will leave with one.

Please join us for this socially distant and masked exchange.
If you are unable to attend and would like to participate, Sara Rose will pick up your offering on Saturday and return with your bread on Sunday. Please email or call Lyn.

Call to Annual Meeting

January 10, 2021

To the Members and Officers of the First Congregational Church, UCC of North Yarmouth, Maine:

You are hereby requested to attend the 215th Annual Meeting of the First Congregational Church, UCC, of North Yarmouth, Maine on Sunday, January 24, 2021, at 10:30 am, immediately following the morning worship service. This meeting will be conducted via Zoom.

The following items make up the agenda:
Annual roll call of members. This will be done electronically and explained at the time of the meeting.
Discussion and approval of the Annual Report for 2020
Discussion and approval of the church budget for 2021
Any other business that may legally come before this meeting.

Respectfully.
[signed]
Kathryn H. Whittier, Clerk

In Person Attendance for Annual Meeting

For those who are not able to use zoom for the annual meeting we will have limited (max 10 people) socially distanced seating in the Gathering Space where we will join the The NYCC annual meeting over zoom. You will be able to see and hear all that is going on and you will be able to ask questions, participate in discussions and vote. Please contact Lyn in the office to reserve your spot. Please plan to be there before 9:30 am as we will also join virtual worship there. Pastor Nancy

Gathering Space Hour with Pastor Nancy Meet Nancy on Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 am in the Gathering Space. Bring your own coffee and come and chat!

Annual Meeting
The NYCC annual meeting will be held on Sunday Jan 24th at 10:30am via zoom. The council is asking all officers, board and committee members to continue in their current positions for 2021. If you no longer are able/want to serve, please let Jeanne C. know and the council will attempt to fill the position by appointment for the 2021 year. This annual meeting will be focused on acceptance of reports and approval of the 2021 budget. These reports will be sent by email as soon as they are ready. Please call the office if you need a printed copy. If you need help with zoom, please let Pastor Nancy know and she or another zoom ambassador will walk you through it with a test run.

Annual Meeting Link:
Topic: Annual Meeting
Time: Jan 24, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86884257185?pwd=S0JSQjlwUklpbk1RMXUrby9KbDMyQT09

Meeting ID: 868 8425 7185
Passcode: 504651
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Meeting ID: 868 8425 7185
Passcode: 504651
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdBF5CXwIe

Please keep the following people in your prayers Sharon and Ernie C.
The Falbo Family
Marion G.
Sandra G.
Judy M.
Cindy T.
Lisa S.

PLEDGE ENVELOPES / 2020 GIVING STATEMENTS

Both of these are ready for you. Until January 24th, they will be available in the church office from 8am to 12 noon Monday through Thursday if you are willing and able to pick them up. I will be in the church on Saturday, January 23 from 9-11 am if you can pick them up then. If there are any “giving statements” left after the 24th they will be mailed to you on the 25th. That’s the easy part; mailing pledge packets is bit more involved. I wonder if they might end up in Tennessee? I will deliver these to you if that’s what works best for you. (secretly, I’m hoping you will be able to pick them up! ) Either way, you will have them in hand by the end of January.

*Fellowship dues for 2021 will be $18 per member.

Thank you for your help and understanding,
Jeanne Chadbourne——-Financial Sec.

Online Church Directory
We have noticed that some of our members are using old directories (mail being returned to the church with address unknown). We will be printing an updated directory very soon. You can help us by letting the office know if you have a new address, email or phone number. Have you cancelled your land line and now only use your cell phone? We would like to update that information before a new directory is printed.

You can update your information yourselves by following the instructions the Instructions to sign into the directory at home.

Click on the link below and log in:
Log into the Online Member Directory at https://members.instantchurchdirectory.com/

Follow the instructions to create a log in. Once signed in you can save it to your favorites on your desk top or download the app and place it on your smart phone. When the office updates information it will automatically update yours as well. You can also update your own information. If you don’t have a picture associated with your information you can add one! Once you have made a change a request will come to the office that will need to be approved for the change to be permanent. If you make an update to your own information, please send an email to the office to let Lyn know that it was you who requested the change. Thank you.

SPAM!

If anyone receives an unusual email that looks like it is from me and it asks for help or for you to buy gift cards for me, please know it is NOT from me. This is not something I would do over email. You can tell this by looking at the actual email address which does not even resemble mine. Please do not respond to it. Nancy

Subscribe to YouTube

We have a YouTube channel! Please go and subscribe to it! If you have more then one email go ahead and subscribe twice!!

Why do we have those cryptic links, you ask?

If we have 100 subscribers, we can get a custom url like ‘Nyccucc’ and then our link will not be so crazy. We are over 81 subscribers! ONLY 19 TO GO!! If you go to our YouTube channel YOU can subscribe- it is free! You will need to put in your email address.

Pastor Nancy

Weekly News for December 2

2021 financial pledge to NYCC

Around 30 new pledges have been received to date…..and thank you so much for these precious gifts. We are in the midst of preparing a new budget for next year and it would be so helpful to have an estimate of what we will be receiving for the new year. Last year we had around 48-50 pledges, so this year is a bit behind. If you have forgotten, it is not too late to send it in, or if you have misplaced the yellow pledge card, Lyn (829-3644) can send you a replacement, OR you can simply write the necessary information on a piece of paper. That would be your name—–amount pledged per week….month or a yearly gift, AND where you wish it to be used, i.e., General Fund, Missions, other (please specify) Thank you for your care and concern in this situation.

Jeanne Chadbourne, Financial Secretary
NYCC
3 Gray Rd.
North Yarmouth, ME 04097

Diaconate Meeting and Trustees Meeting
Both of these group will meet Tuesday, December 8 at 6:15pm via Zoom. As we can’t have 2 zoom meetings going at the same time, we are trying a new feature in zoom called breakout rooms. Everyone from both groups will sign in to the same meeting and then we will use the breakout room feature to separate deacons and trustees. I have split the difference between start times. This is new. I will test it before Tuesday so hopefully it will work smoothly. Patience is appreciated. Nancy

Rev Nancy White is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Trustees/Deacons breakout meeting
Time: Dec 8, 2020 06:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89197851429?pwd=amlTbFY3SFZobzFoNzlyWXVWMHlIUT09

Meeting ID: 891 9785 1429
Passcode: 047327
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,89197851429#,,,,,,0#,,047327# US (Washington D.C)
+13126266799,,89197851429#,,,,,,0#,,047327# US (Chicago)

Dial by your location
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 891 9785 1429
Passcode: 047327
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keJS5MEcvr

Coffee Hour with Nancy
Coffee Hour with Nancy on Thursday, December 10th in the Gathering Space.

Staff Christmas Gifts
An opportunity to wish our staff a Merry Christmas! Despite a most unusual year, and surely not a very positive one, our NYCC staff has turned cartwheels (can you pictures of that) to keep the church a vital part of many of our lives. So, this is your chance to give a little something to them for their holidays. You can send cash or stop by church and hand it to Lyn, or send a check made out to Jeanne Chadbourne clearly marked “Staff Gifts”. It would be good to have your contributions by mid December if you can. Thanks , Jeanne

p.s. Stay safe, do the right thing and don’t share the air!

Jeanne

At Home Advent Packets
We have at home Advent packets available for families and others. Please come by the church to pick one up if you are interested. They will be in a plastic bin outside the church doors. Please look for the envelopes that do not have names on them. If they are all gone please let the office know and we will make more. Advent begins on November 29th.

Huge Thanks for Winter Coats for the homeless

Huge thanks for all the winter coats! We also need thermal underwear and winter gloves. You are a blessing – Thank you!

Face Coverings
There are now holiday themed masks (face coverings) in the container outside the church for anyone interested. Get them while they last!

Links for Recurring Zoom Meetings and Worship

Council: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Tuesday Gals: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83989985429?pwd=TzF2N2ZtMW1JbEJqc3BuWHUxdHpIUT09

Access worship video on the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NYCC04097/ (you do not need to be a FB user – just click past the create account box to get to our public page)

OR you may access it directly on our youtube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfpqlTAslXE8sARi5SSJWlQ

Join us for zoom coffee hour following worship. (Approx. 10:15AM)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83955604677?pwd=UXBQYTB0b0lFZ2FhVHB6d0dVTTJYZz09

Weekly News for November 25, 2020

Confirmation
Confirmation class will meet on November 25 on zoom from 7-8pm – studying the UCC statement of faith and the NYCC church covenant and ongoing individual projects. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82376446430?pwd=WWJ2UndOenBQd1BLL1NydGNYKyt6UT09

Coffee Hour with Nancy
There will be no Coffee Hour with Nancy on December 3rd. We will meet on Wednesday, December 2nd from 9:00-10:00 am instead.

2021 financial pledge to NYCC
Around 25 new pledges have been received to date…..and thank you so much for these precious gifts. We are in the midst of preparing a new budget for next year and it would be so helpful to have an estimate of what we will be receiving for the new year. Last year we had around 48 -50 pledges, so this year is a bit behind. If you have forgotten, it is not too late to send it in, or if you have misplaced the yellow pledge card, Lyn (829-3644) can send you a replacement, OR you can simply write the necessary information on a piece of paper. That would be your name—–amount pledged per week….month or a yearly gift, AND where you wish it to be used, i.e., General Fund, Missions, other (please specify ) Thank you for your care and concern in this situation.

Jeanne Chadbourne, Financial Secretary
NYCC
3 Gray Rd.
North Yarmouth, ME 04097

Staff Christmas Gifts
An opportunity to wish our staff a Merry Christmas! Despite a most unusual year, and surely not a very positive one, our NYCC staff has turned cartwheels (can you pictures of that) to keep the church a vital part of many of our lives. So, this is your chance to give a little something to them for their holidays. You can send cash or stop by church and hand it to Lyn, or send a check made out to Jeanne Chadbourne clearly marked “Staff Gifts”. It would be good to have your contributions by mid December if you can. Thanks , Jeanne

p.s. Stay safe, do the right thing and don’t share the air!
Jeanne

At Home Advent Packets
We have at home Advent packets available for families and others. Please come by the church to pick one up if you are interested. They will be in a plastic bin outside the church doors. Please look for the envelopes that do not have names on them. If they are all gone please let the office know and we will make more. Advent begins on November 29th.

Subscribe to Youtube
We have a YouTube channel! Please go and subscribe to it! If you have more then one email go ahead and subscribe twice!!

Why do we have those cryptic links, you ask?

If we have 100 subscribers, we can get a custom url like ‘Nyccucc’ and then our link will not be so crazy. We currently have 68 subscribers. If you go to our YouTube channel YOU can subscribe- it is free! You will need to put in your email address. Pastor Nancy

Huge Thanks for Winter Coats for the homeless
Huge thanks for all the winter coats! We also need thermal underwear and winter gloves. You are a blessing – Thank you!

Face Coverings
There are now holiday themed masks (face coverings) in the container outside the church for anyone interested. The first batch put out yesterday is already gone. Get them while they last!

Links for Recurring Zoom Meetings and Worship
Diaconate: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89617775399?pwd=Q2dpMnBqeE0rT2hEenF4NG5JUkZTUT09

Council: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Trustees: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81555670822?pwd=RmVVbGM2VjAxYUxSU0cwTXpvWVc5UT09

Tuesday Gals: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83989985429?pwd=TzF2N2ZtMW1JbEJqc3BuWHUxdHpIUT09

Confirmation Class: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82376446430?pwd=WWJ2UndOenBQd1BLL1NydGNYKyt6UT09

Access worship video on the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NYCC04097/ (you do not need to be a FB user – just click past the create account box to get to our public page)

OR you may access it directly on our youtube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfpqlTAslXE8sARi5SSJWlQ

Join us for zoom coffee hour following worship. (Approx. 10:15AM)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83955604677?pwd=UXBQYTB0b0lFZ2FhVHB6d0dVTTJYZz09

Weekly News for September 9, 2020

Trustees Meeting The next Trustees meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 9 at 6 pm outside at the church.

Disaster Relief – Helping those in need
There are many in our nation needing help following disaster – the gulf coast from hurricane Laura and in California because of the wildfires. We will be collecting donations and sending them to UCC disaster relief (100% of funds designated for disaster relief to the United Church of Christ are used for disaster relief and rehabilitation programming). Please give as you are able – please include a note that your donation is for UCC disaster relief – mail a check to NYCC at 3 Gray Rd, North Yarmouth, ME 04097 or donate online at https://tithe.ly/give

From Pastor Nancy Sunday evening I had an email from one of our home bound members that they had been unable to get either our FB or our YouTube link to work that morning for worship. Her son helped her just go to YouTube and do a search for NYCC. It worked! Yay for the helpers!
Why do we have those cryptic links, you ask?
We do have a YouTube channel. If we have 100 subscribers, we can get a custom url like ‘Nyccucc’ and then our link will not be so crazy. We currently have 25 subscribers. If you go to our YouTube channel YOU can subscribe- it is free! You will need to put in your email address.
Pastor Nancy

Confirmation
Confirmation class will meet via zoom on every other Wednesday from 7-8 pm starting Wednesday September 16th. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82376446430?pwd=WWJ2UndOenBQd1BLL1NydGNYKyt6UT09

More From Pastor Nancy Chicken Pie Event: After meeting with Mark Heath and Pam Ames and some discussion about possibilities for this event it was decided that it would be too difficult to do it safely so it will be cancelled this year. Pam and Mark put a lot of thought into this and tried to figure out a safe way to do something but in the end this was the decision.

We also will not hold any 1st Friday lunches through year end and Tuesday gals have decided to cancel the Christmas fair.

I know this is all difficult for everyone but it is ok. We will be ok. It is ok to feel bad about this. And we will get through this pandemic with God’s help. We will be ok – better than ever – ‘see I am doing a new thing’ Isaiah 43:19.

Consider taking this opportunity to consider what new things God is calling us to do.

On an up note, faith formation is planning to hold a safe scaled down outside version of the pumpkin party on Saturday afternoon October 24th – more details to come on that. In Christ, Nancy

All Church Discussion All church discussion about Jesus, the church, and anti-racism. This will be a guided discussion with weekly questions to consider for six weeks every other Sunday – no prep required. Join us in our first hybrid series of in person at church socially distanced with masks in fellowship hall with the option of joining from home over zoom. We will meet on Sunday afternoons starting September 13 at 2pm for one hour. (Sep 13, sep 27, oct 11, oct 25, Nov 8, nov 22).
Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87344116383?pwd=UE1vNDZvZ1lLdGtuK2VZRjUxZ0J3dz09

From the Diaconate ~ Upcoming outdoor in person worship opportunities:
Sunday, September 20th and Sunday, October 11th at 9:30 am – this will be outside at church – BYO chair and mask – social distancing will be observed. The parking lot will be open for parking during these services. These services will be live-streamed on the NYCC FB page for those not joining us in person.


Fill the basket for the Cumberland Food Pantry
Thank you to everyone who contributed to overflowing the grocery cart with non-perishable food and other items for those in need during our outdoor service in August. We will wheel out the cart for our next outdoor services on September 20 and October 11.

Links for Recurring Zoom Meetings and Worship

Diaconate: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89617775399?pwd=Q2dpMnBqeE0rT2hEenF4NG5JUkZTUT09
Council: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09
Trustees: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83582115294?pwd=K3NnVXZVMENieWFod0UxZkxMUHhJQT09
Tuesday Gals: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83989985429?pwd=TzF2N2ZtMW1JbEJqc3BuWHUxdHpIUT09
Confirmation Class: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82376446430?pwd=WWJ2UndOenBQd1BLL1NydGNYKyt6UT09
Access worship video on the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NYCC04097/ (you do not need to be a FB user – just click past the create account box to get to our public page)
OR you may access it directly on our youtube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfpqlTAslXE8sARi5SSJWlQ
Join us for zoom coffee hour following worship. (Approx. 10:15AM)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83955604677?pwd=UXBQYTB0b0lFZ2FhVHB6d0dVTTJYZz09

News for March 18

CHURCH BUILDING CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak and the need for social distancing we are suspending all in person activities and gatherings (with the exception of AA) at the church building through March 31, 2020.

WORSHIP SERVICES
Please join us for live-streaming of our worship service on our church facebook page. You do not need to be a user of facebook to view it – here is a link:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2510017165883072&id=96521427301