Weekly News for April 14, 2021

Council Meeting

This month’s Council meeting is this Thursday, April 15th at 6:30 p.m. via ZOOM.  The ZOOM connection is contained at the bottom of this e-mail.  We have decided to publish Council minutes once they have been approved by Council members.  Therefore, we are asking the members to review the minutes for last month’s meeting when they receive them from Kathy Whittier in the next day.  Please make note of any corrections or changes that need to be made and be prepared to talk about those changes at this month’s meeting in order to take a vote on the minutes.  Thanks all, Marsha

NYCC Church Council Monthly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZUudeiorzwjHtCZf7TYjShfJb2YijZv3Ada/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGprTkrGtWSuR2DRpwcA4jod_TzmGZEgrd-phmyNxlZUQvwHOAQC7t1Ks6D

Join Zoom Meeting

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Youth Group

Youth Group will meet outdoors at the church on Wednesday, April 21 from 4:30-5:30 pm.  Please remember to wear a mask.

Spring Cleanup

Spring Cleanup at the church has been scheduled for Saturday, April 24th at 9 am.  We will be taking down the remainder of the storm windows and putting up the Screens, and raking the yard.  Please join us with work gloves and a rake.  The more the merrier!   If needed the rain date is May 7.

Thank you, Lyn

When I was teaching I found that if the principal was away for whatever reasons, the school operated without a hitch. We teachers carried on doing what we needed to do. However, If the school secretary was gone for even a few hours, things could deteriorate quickly.

I relate this situation to what our Administrative Assistant means to NYCC. Through a year like no other, Lyn has kept us operating as smoothly as possible, and has done so without skipping a beat. She has taken on extra responsibilities for our virtual services, assisted the financial secretary when we were limited as to how many people could be in the building and all while keeping our every day needs in order.

April 21st is Administrative Professionals Recognition Day.  Wouldn’t it be fun to thank Lyn in our own way…..cards, gifts, phone calls…..just to let her know how much we appreciate her as our Admin Asst. There is no way that this can be carried off as a secret surprise. So, if you are inclined, do whatever and however you wish to show your appreciation. If I can help, please let me know.   Jeanne C.

Habitat for Humanity Walk

Hello friends from area churches,

Greetings from Congregational Church in Cumberland!  We hope you will participate in our 35th annual virtual Springtime Walk during the month of May to support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland.  Walk any of the suggested routes in Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth, or Falmouth, or explore your own path – on a sidewalk or hiking trail.  Any distance and any date would be great.  Please share this information with your members and friends so we can support this vital mission together.

* Sign up to fundraise on your own or as part of a team: https://charity.gofundme.com/springtimewalk2021.

* Bring or find a bag for plogging (picking up trash while walking).

* Walk on the sidewalk or hike on a trail.  Every step helps provide a house for a hard-working family.

* Join the photo scavenger hunt by downloading your photos to win a prize!

* Invite a friend or neighbor to join you.  All ages welcome!

* Read more about Habitat’s mission here: http://habitatportlandme.org/mission/

 Thank you for your support. Happy Spring!

Goal Accomplished!!

We have reached our goal of 100 subscribers to our YouTube channel! 

Here is our new YouTube link:  youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Message from Pastor Nancy

If you or someone you know is struggling in our community, please ask them to email me so we can assess how NYCC church family can help. Thanks, Nancy nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Please keep the following people in your prayers ~

Marion Goff 

Richard and Nancy Lowell – Richard had heart surgery this past Monday

Blanche and Jim Mays

Cindy Tompson

Save the Date

Sat. April 24, 9 AM – Noon

Cumberland Assoc. Spring Meeting

Worship & Business Meeting

Guest Speaker Rev. Paul NIckerson

Re-Launching as a Hybrid Church

Rev. Paul Nickerson

Re-Launching as a Hybrid Church            April 24, 2021

I am delighted that I will be with you at the Cumberland Association meeting on April 24th.   I will be discussing how churches are planning to re-launch public worship, and how to be a hybrid church, both in-person and online.    While we don’t know when we will be able to gather again, now is the time to plan ahead.   Our discussion will include:

Three different ways of having in person and online worship, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.How to speak to four different groups of people who are worshippingTips on how to adapt worship to reach new peopleHow to have a month of celebrations when your church re-opens, engaging the community around you.

Rev. Paul Nickerson is a United Church of Christ pastor, who has served churches in New England, been part of a Conference Staff, and for the past 13 years has been a full-time trainer, coach and consultant for churches all over the country.    Paul lives in Beverly, MA, with his wife, Rev. Dr. Marlayna Schmidt, who is an Intentional Interim Minister.

Help for the Homeless

It’s spring!  Thank you all for your continued support for Grace Street Ministries.  Please hold on all winter gear until next year. Warm weather needs include travel size toiletries including sunscreen and lip balm. And of course gift cards for places like Dunkin Donuts($5) and grocery stores- Hannaford’s, Shaws and Market Basket($10.). Any fast food chain in Portland will work as well.  Thank you!  Pastor Nancy

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               youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Join us for zoom coffee hour following worship. (Approx. 10:15AM)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83955604677?pwd=UXBQYTB0b0lFZ2FhVHB6d0dVTTJYZz09

Weekly News for March 24, 2021

Council Meeting

The next Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 pm on Zoom.

Topic: Council Meeting

Time: Mar 25, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Monthly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZUudeiorzwjHtCZf7TYjShfJb2YijZv3Ada/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGprTkrGtWSuR2DRpwcA4jod_TzmGZEgrd-phmyNxlZUQvwHOAQC7t1Ks6D

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 813 2101 7944

Passcode: 481907

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Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kfTRsLleV

Food Pantry Shopping Cart

Simply because we have not been in the church for a year, our shopping cart has lacked activity! (to say the least).  When Missions puts it out on Easter Sunday when we will be worshipping in the church yard, let’s make up for lost opportunities. Any items would be greatly appreciated, but any paper product, shampoo, bath soap, laundry detergent, could be the best items to bring. Good Sheppard Food Bank and government subsidies are all about food. Nonfood items are costs that are covered by folks like us.

Could our shopping cart be overflowing on Easter Day?  The Missions Board hopes so.  Thank you

Easter Donations

In lieu of Easter flowers, we invite you to make a monetary donation to the Cumberland/North Yarmouth Community Food Pantry. This pantry serves many North Yarmouth families.  Each donation goes a long way to benefit our neighbors.

Please send your gift to the church office by Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Holy Week Schedule

Thursday, April 1st ~ 7 pm Virtual Maundy Thursday Communion Worship

Friday, April 2nd ~ 12 noon Virtual Good Friday Reflection

Saturday,  April 3rd ~  11 AM  ZOOM Time for All Ages: Hear the Story

Sunday, April 4th ~  6:15 am  Virtual  Easter Sunrise Worship

                      Easter IN PERSON in Church parking lot

                         9-9:20 am  Breakfast sandwiches served by Diaconate

                         9:30 am Easter Communion Worship

                             Easter Egg Hunt for all ages after worship

                                                             BYO Easter Basket

Zoom Time for All Ages:  Hear the Story

Apr 3, 2021 11:00 AM

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 814 5539 6104

Passcode: 916604

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        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Meeting ID: 814 5539 6104

Passcode: 916604

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keOAFSvPw

WORKING ON THE CHURCH BY-LAWS

Two years ago it became obvious that some of our current by-laws were not working for the church. Time and “things change” caught up to us. So…..the Church Council gave their blessing to a group of members to start talking to other churches, reading material i.e. books, describing changes churches had made that improved this part of running a church. In order to try a couple of new ideas, or make any temporary changes, it was decided to suspend the by-laws, again temporarily, We did form a Finance Comm. that took on many of the financial responsibilities. We’ve only used this new resource for a year and it seemed to work very well. And then Covid entered and we made little forward motion. Covid has really limited proper communications with the members and for this we are sorry. But moving on we would still like to work on the project and see how we can make running the church a more realistic and practical activity.

Knowing that change is difficult we will be asking for input from the boards and committees of the church as well as anyone who would like to voice their ideas and become a part of this project. To this point, ABSOLUTLY NOTHING HAS BEEN CAST IN STONE ,as they say, and will not be changed until the members say so.

You will be receiving information and given  ways to be involved soon. 

 Hope you do…..get involved…. that is.               

Jeanne C, Patrick S, Priscilla B  …..  ad hoc By-Laws comm

Youth Group

Youth Group will meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 4:30-5:30 pm at the church.  Next up:  April 7 and 21.

Special Offerings

We have two special offering requests this month, one for UCC disaster relief Texas and the other is for our annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering help where there is the greatest need.

Please give as you are able – mail a check to NYCC at 3 Gray Rd, North Yarmouth, ME 04097 or donate online at  https://tithe.ly/give?c=1301940.  Please indicate UCC disaster TX or OGHS on your donation.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.

YAY!   Goal Accomplished!!

We have reached our goal of 100 subscribers to our YouTube channel! 

Here is our new YouTube link:  youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Message from Pastor Nancy

If you or someone you know is struggling in our community, please ask them to email me so we can assess how NYCC church family can help. Thanks, Nancy nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Coffee with Friends, Lent 2021

On March 8, 2021, we began our pilot distance learning book club entitled, Coffee with Friends. The topic for discussion will be personal prayer and we will be reading Fr. James Martin’s New York Times best seller, Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone. Regardless if you are new to personal prayer or nearly a mystic, I think you’ll find many useful insights to enhance your spiritual life.

What makes Coffee with Friends different is that instead of meeting face-to-face on a specific day, time, and location, we will be meeting “virtually” online, at a day and time of your convenience using Google Classroom. Additionally, unlike Facebook or other social media platforms, Google Classroom has the advantage of added privacy. Only those who “enroll” in the “course” have access to whatever is posted or uploaded to the class. Google Classroom can be accessed online using your computer at classroom.google.com or you can download an Android or iOS Google Classroom app for your phone.

How Coffee with Friends works is pretty simple. Each Monday beginning March 8th I will post a brief 3 to 5 minute video summarizing the week’s scheduled readings and offering a few reflection questions to get the conversation going. At your convenience you can post your thoughts, questions, insights, bemusements, wonderings to the group. Anyone enrolled can read, comment, or respond. You can also upload links to items you have found helpful or useful that you would like to share with the group in the resource section.

All that is required to enroll in Coffee with Friends is to have an active Google account and to complete an enrollment process. Both are at no cost. There are no signup fees nor will any banking information be requested. Detail instructions are attached to this email. If you have any difficulties please email me for added support or better still you might ask your school age child or grandchild who probably already are Google Classroom experts by now.

Again, the web-based address is: classroom.google.com. Search for the course entitled, “Coffee with Friends, Lent 2021.” The enrollment or access code is adkhgex. If you have difficulties enrolling yourself, please send me an email. If you know of any friend or relative who may be interested, please feel free to forward this email to them.

Thanks for considering joining us for our pilot on-line book club. I’m looking forward to learning with you.  Click here for  Enrollment Instruction Sheet

Mark Falbo, Faith Formation Committee, North Yarmouth Congregational Church UCC

Please keep the following people in your prayers

Terri Bickford

Sharon and Ernie Clark

Marion Goff   is moving to Bay Square at 27 Forest Falls Drive, Room 304, Yarmouth, ME 04096 if you would like to send a card.

Blanche and Jim Mays

Cindy Tompson

Pilgrim Lodge

103 Pilgrim Lodge Lane

West Gardiner, ME 04345

Phone: 207-724-3200

Fax: 207-724-3732

Dear PL Camper Families,

We have collectively endured a year like no other, and while there is hope that 2021 will end on a healthier note than 2020, life is anything but certain these days. Given so many unknowns, we are sharing our decision about camp with you as soon as possible. Members of the Pilgrim Lodge Leadership Team and the Maine Conference UCC Board of Directors have made the decision to continue our pause on traditional summer camp for the summer of 2021. We undertook months of thoughtful and deliberate analysis which brought us to this solemn decision.

We are saddened that we are not able to host week-long summer camps at PL again this summer, but we are confident it’s the right decision to protect the health and safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers. Based on the state guidance in place at the time of our decision, we could not ensure a completely safe experience for all using our traditional camp model. Additionally, given the many COVID-related restrictions, alterations that would be needed to staffing models, and limits on the number of campers, fully opening and staffing PL for this summer does not make good financial sense.

We are devoted to continuing PL’s mission to emphasize spiritual and outdoor exploration, personal growth, and authentic self-expression in a safe environment, and intentional community to affirm individual sacredness.

Pilgrim Lodge relies upon the revenue from summer camp fees to not only run the camps in the summer but to support the site and its year-round staff. Our core staff team will spend this summer maintaining PL, fundraising, and preparing for a return to camp in 2022. Supporters really stepped up to get PL through 2020 and allow us to move toward sustainability. In 2020, more than 300 individuals and families and 28 churches and associations donated to keep PL going for another year. Your donation will be put to use to help ensure PL’s presence and programs continue long after this pandemic has passed. Donate online at http://www.pilgrimlodge.org/giving/ or send your donation to Pilgrim Lodge, 103 Pilgrim Lodge Lane, West Gardiner, ME 04345.

We are heartbroken at the thought of another summer without traditional camps, and we know your camper and family will likely be disappointed as well. Please know that we are doing all in our power to create some safe opportunities to get people to PL this summer, and we are looking at offering day passes to come take a swim, walk the labyrinth or the nature trails, and maybe enjoy some ice cream. This is in the planning stages and official updates via email, social media and pilgrimlodge.org will be posted as soon as possible. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the PL office at 207-724-3200 if you have any questions.

Yours in the spirit of Pilgrim Lodge,

Rev. Marraine Kettell, Chair, Pilgrim Lodge Leadership Team

Karen Steelhammer, Camp Registrar

Pilgrim Lodge Leadership Team: Laura Barrantes, Rev. Marcia Charles, Allison DiMatteo, Ben Haskell, Xander Keiter, Stephenie Michaud, Megan Williams, and Rev. Marraine Kettell, Chair

Save the Date

Sat. April 24, 9 AM – Noon

Cumberland Assoc. Spring Meeting

Worship & Business Meeting

Guest Speaker Rev. Paul NIckerson

Re-Launching as a Hybrid Church

Rev. Paul Nickerson

Re-Launching as a Hybrid Church            April 24, 2021

I am delighted that I will be with you at the Cumberland Association meeting on April 24th.   I will be discussing how churches are planning to re-launch public worship, and how to be a hybrid church, both in-person and online.    While we don’t know when we will be able to gather again, now is the time to plan ahead.   Our discussion will include:

Three different ways of having in person and online worship, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.How to speak to four different groups of people who are worshippingTips on how to adapt worship to reach new peopleHow to have a month of celebrations when your church re-opens, engaging the community around you.

Rev. Paul Nickerson is a United Church of Christ pastor, who has served churches in New England, been part of a Conference Staff, and for the past 13 years has been a full-time trainer, coach and consultant for churches all over the country.    Paul lives in Beverly, MA, with his wife, Rev. Dr. Marlayna Schmidt, who is an Intentional Interim Minister.

Help for the Homeless

Spring is here!  Please do not bring any more winter clothes.  As we get into spring, I will let you know what the needs are. We do however

always welcome/need $5 Dunkin Donut cards and $10 cards for Hannaford, Market Basket, and Shaws or travel size toiletries such as shampoo, lotion, etc. Thank you for all your wonderful support! Pastor Nancy

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 March 17, 2021

Easter Sunday Services

April 4, 2021

6:15 am  A live virtual Sunrise service.  Everyone is invited to go outside to see where the sun rises at your house and watch on your device.

9:00-9:20 am Breakfast sandwiches outside at church.

9:30 am  Outside Easter Service.  Live streamed and in person.  We are planning an outdoor Easter worship for April 4th at 9:30 am.  If weather doesn’t permit we will worship in the fellowship hall where we can open windows.  More and more of us are fully vaccinated -yay! – that is wonderful but even so CDC is still recommending continued social distancing with masks for any gatherings in public.

Easter Donations

In lieu of Easter flowers, we invite you to make a monetary donation to the Cumberland/North Yarmouth Community Food Pantry. This pantry serves many North Yarmouth families.  Each donation goes a long way to benefit our neighbors. Please send your gift to the church office by Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Food Pantry Shopping Cart

Simply because we have not been in the church for a year, our shopping cart has lacked activity! (to say the least).  When Missions puts it out on Easter Sunday when we will be worshipping in the church yard, let’s make up for lost opportunities. Any items would be greatly appreciated, but any paper product, shampoo, bath soap, laundry detergent, could be the best items to bring. Good Sheppard Food Bank and government subsidies are all about food. Nonfood items are costs that are covered by folks like us. Could our shopping cart be overflowing on Easter Day?  The missions Board hopes so.  Thank you

Council Meeting

The next Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 pm on Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Special Offerings

We have two special offering requests this month, one for UCC disaster relief Texas and the other is for our annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering help where there is the greatest need. Please give as you are able – mail a check to NYCC at 3 Gray Rd, North Yarmouth, ME 04097 or donate online at  https://tithe.ly/give?c=1301940.  Please indicate UCC disaster TX or OGHS on your donation.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Save the Date

Sat. April 24, 9 AM – Noon

Cumberland Assoc. Spring Meeting Worship & Business Meeting

Guest Speaker Rev. Paul NIckerson

Rev. Paul Nickerson

Re-Launching as a Hybrid Church    

I am delighted that I will be with you at the Cumberland Association meeting on April 24th.   I will be discussing how churches are planning to re-launch public worship, and how to be a hybrid church, both in-person and online.    While we don’t know when we will be able to gather again, now is the time to plan ahead.   Our discussion will include:

Three different ways of having in person and online worship, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.How to speak to four different groups of people who are worshippingTips on how to adapt worship to reach new peopleHow to have a month of celebrations when your church re-opens, engaging the community around you.

Rev. Paul Nickerson is a United Church of Christ pastor, who has served churches in New England, been part of a Conference Staff, and for the past 13 years has been a full-time trainer, coach and consultant for churches all over the country.    Paul lives in Beverly, MA, with his wife, Rev. Dr. Marlayna Schmidt, who is an Intentional Interim Minister.

Message from Pastor Nancy

If you or someone you know is struggling in our community, please ask them to email me so we can assess how NYCC church family can help. Thanks, Nancy nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Coffee with Friends, Lent 2021

On March 8, 2021, we began our pilot distance learning book club entitled, Coffee with Friends. The topic for discussion will be personal prayer and we will be reading Fr. James Martin’s New York Times best seller, Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone. Regardless if you are new to personal prayer or nearly a mystic, I think you’ll find many useful insights to enhance your spiritual life.

What makes Coffee with Friends different is that instead of meeting face-to-face on a specific day, time, and location, we will be meeting “virtually” online, at a day and time of your convenience using Google Classroom. Additionally, unlike Facebook or other social media platforms, Google Classroom has the advantage of added privacy. Only those who “enroll” in the “course” have access to whatever is posted or uploaded to the class. Google Classroom can be accessed online using your computer at classroom.google.com or you can download an Android or iOS Google Classroom app for your phone.

How Coffee with Friends works is pretty simple. Each Monday beginning March 8th I will post a brief 3 to 5 minute video summarizing the week’s scheduled readings and offering a few reflection questions to get the conversation going. At your convenience you can post your thoughts, questions, insights, bemusements, wonderings to the group. Anyone enrolled can read, comment, or respond. You can also upload links to items you have found helpful or useful that you would like to share with the group in the resource section.

All that is required to enroll in Coffee with Friends is to have an active Google account and to complete an enrollment process. Both are at no cost. There are no signup fees nor will any banking information be requested. Detail instructions are attached to this email. If you have any difficulties please email me for added support or better still you might ask your school age child or grandchild who probably already are Google Classroom experts by now.

Again, the web-based address is: classroom.google.com. Search for the course entitled, “Coffee with Friends, Lent 2021.” The enrollment or access code is adkhgex. If you have difficulties enrolling yourself, please send me an email. If you know of any friend or relative who may be interested, please feel free to forward this email to them.

Thanks for considering joining us for our pilot on-line book club. I’m looking forward to learning with you.  Click here for  Enrollment Instruction Sheet. Mark F., Faith Formation Committee

NYCC Worship videos!!!!!

From David:  Anyone who is interested in creating worship videos is more than welcome to step in and do so from time to time. I think it would be a good thing to have something different – and I keep thinking more and more that we have so many talented and creative folks who may have something really awesome to offer!  Any one interested?????? Please talk to David and/or Pastor Nancy–

Please keep the following people in your prayers

Terri Bickford

Sharon and Ernie Clark

Marion Goff   is now at Bay Square at Room 302, 27 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, ME 04096 if you would like to send a card.

Blanche and Jim Mays

Cindy Tompson

Adding Birthdates to our Directory

We have folks in our church who enjoy sending a note on birthdays so we have added birthdates that we have on file to the directory.  All the dates that are in at this point had prior approval and where from a list that we used for the newsletter.  Take a look at the online directory.  If you do not see your birthdate there and would like to add please request through the online app or let the office know and it will be added.  Just month and day.  Birth year is not required!

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 and 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 – Goal Accomplished!!

We now have 100 subscribers to our YouTube channel!  Thank you to everyone who subscribed.  Now we can get a custom url like ‘Nyccucc’ and then our link will not be so crazy.

If you haven’t subscribed and still want to please do.  The more the merrier!  If you go to our YouTube channel YOU can subscribe- it is free!  You will need to put in your email address. Pastor Nancy

Help for the Homeless

As I write this I have just experienced the coldest day of our winter in

Portland. Thank you all for the abundance of winter duds – they are

greatly appreciated. As I am well stocked with winter gear and I know

spring is coming soon, please do not bring me anymore winter things. As we get into spring, I will let you know what the needs are. We do however

always welcome/need $5 Dunkin Donut cards and $10 cards for Hannaford, Market Basket, and Shaws or travel size toiletries such as shampoo, lotion, etc. Thank you for all your wonderful support! Pastor Nancy

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 February 10, 2021

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!

Message from Pastor Nancy

If you or someone you know is struggling in our community, please ask them to email me so we can assess how NYCC church family can help. Thanks, Nancy nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Valentine Exchange
Join us on Sunday, February 14th at 11:30am for a traditional Valentine Exchange. 

Please bring 25 Valentines to hand out to friends. I will deliver extras to our friends at home.  We so look forward to these connections.    Sara Rose

On-Call Snow Shovelers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to be on-call snow shovelers from 2/12 to 2/21.  Our regular volunteer family will not be available during this time.

The shoveling includes the 8 entrances around the church whenever there is an inch of snow or more.

If you don’t have church keys, simply bring your own shovel. 

If you are interested please contact Kristi W. at klwright72@yahoo.com.

PLEDGE ENVELOPES ANYONE?????
Slowly, but surely, the pledge envelopes are being picked up from the office. Thank you for doing that. There are a few left and I would like for you to have them if you want or need them. Please call the office and we will get them to you if you are not able to get to the church. 829-3644.   Jeanne. 

NYCC Worship videos!!!!!

From David:  Anyone who is interested in creating worship videos is more than welcome to step in and do so from time to time. I think it would be a good thing to have something different – and I keep thinking more and more that we have so many talented and creative folks who may have something really awesome to offer!  Any one interested?????? Please talk to David and/or Pastor Nancy

Please keep the following people in your prayers
Sara Balvin—Recovering from Covid-19.
Terri Bickford
Sharon and Ernie Clark
Marion Goff  
Blanche and Jim Mays
Cindy Tompson 
Bud and Trudy Sappington – Bud’s brother in-law, Mike Avery, passed away from Covid-19 last weekend.
Lisa Schumaker

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

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
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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