Weekly News for December 1, 2021

North Yarmouth Congregational Church, UCC3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth, ME 04097
207-829-3644


MASKS REQUIRED
Following CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We are now holding worship service in the sanctuary with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.

Join us for Worship! We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. We are now meeting in the sanctuary, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream 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

December Advent Offerings
Wednesday’s Dec 1- Dec 15 (3) from 5-6 pm Prayer with the Pastor.  Where is God leading us?  We will meet downstairs in the community room.

Sundays Dec 5th and Dec 19th from 11-noon in Fellowship Hall.  Hands-on for ALL ages ‘Making room for the Holy’.  Pastor Nancy will be sharing some of her sabbatical experiences inviting all to try it too!

Little Christmas Sunday Dec 12th following worship for everyone! 

Sunday Dec 12th – Spontaneous Christmas pageant (no rehearsal) during worship.  All ages will be invited to join in!

2022 PLEDGES:   A huge thank you to the 33 folks who have responded to the 2022 pledge drive to date. Usually the church receives between 40 and 50 pledges and have, for the last few years, gone in to the new year with some confidence that we were going to be OK financially. If you want to pledge but have forgotten or lost the material sent your way, hopefully this reminder will help.  If you need a pledge card please call the office—829-3644– and we’ll send you one. 

Last year at the end of the year, about $110.000 was pledged by about 45 folks to the general fund for 2021. To date we have received pledges of about $90,000 for 2022. Your pledge counts!

Hygiene Bags for Grace Street
We will be collecting items to make hygiene kits for the unhoused in Portland during the Christmas season. 
 
There is a tote in the gathering space to collect items or kits and quart bags with a list to make shopping easier. 
  
Small Hygiene Bag for Grace Street Ministries
 
Candy Bar
Chapstick
Toothbrush
Band Aids
Trial size:
Shampoo
Lotion
Deodorant
Toothpaste
Kleenex
Bonus Items but not necessary
$5 Dunkin Donuts or Subway cards
Bus passes
 
Pack in Quart Zip Lock Bag and return to church. 

  CHEESE    CHEESE    CHEESE   CHEESE ! 
Don’t forget the cheese sale after church on Dec.12th.  36 pounds of cheese is A LOT of cheese. There are about 35 people in the pews on any given Sunday. I’ll let you do the math!  We hope you can help us out so it doesn’t go to waste.  This is EXTRA Sharp Cabot Cheese. MMM MMM Good. People can stop in on Saturday morning, December 11 from 10:30 to 12 pm or after church on Sunday to purchase cheese.  We will be selling pre-made packets of cheese for $3, $5 and $10 each.  If paying with cash please try to have the correct change.  If paying by check please write the check out to Women’s Fellowship.

News from our Vice-Moderator
As we are closing in on the end of the year, I have been expecting folks to start letting it be known that they would like to take a break from the committee/board positions they have held for the last few years. And, yes, they are letting me know this. It’s my job as Vice Moderator to fill these positions which is becoming more and more difficult every year.   Many held on longer than they needed to because of the awkwardness around the pandemic. AND we can’t thank them enough. When considering this lack of interest (or just needing or wanting a change)  in serving and the fact that we are quite out of compliance with our incredibly outdated by-laws,  I was over the moon, when, from the pulpit, I heard we as a church might be looking into reorganizing the inner workings of our church. Before the pandemic there were discussions and a few new ideas were tried and they are working really really well so far. But folks are uneasy some times with change. Some simply don’t want change and will say, “but this is the way we have always done it,”  or some are fearful of losing control. These are not feelings or reactions that will move NYCC in a refreshing direction. 

I have had a couple of “intense” conversations regarding changing anything, even some ominous “watch what you change” warnings. However, I am not deterred because I believe there is a more efficient organizational model that will take the pressure off having to fill so many slots on the various committees and boards. I would like to hear folks say something like “when there is a discussion on the by-laws I’d like to be in on that.”  Believe me you would be more than welcome.

I have, in my mind, likened what we are proposing to improving the inner working of a timepiece, you know, watch, clock…you get the idea. It will still tell you the time, but might be a more functional timepiece.  Our church will still be all that we want it to be, meeting the spiritual needs of those who seek, and helping folks who are in need. 

Efficient and effective……..could these words describe the inner workings of NYCC? 

Jeanne Chadbourne .   Vice Moderator

THANK YOU!
Thank you to the flower/decorating team for making the sanctuary ‘Christmasy’!

House Keeping* We do not have anyone taking care of the kitchen at this time.  If you use any dishes, silverware, etc. please clean them yourselves.  Let them air dry for a few minutes and put them away.  

*If you use the Fellowship Hall for a meeting or gathering please clean the tables off so that they are ready for the next  group.  

* The faucets have been left on in the men’s and women’s restrooms upstairs 3 times in the last 2 months.  The men’s room faucet was just found today so it had been running probably since Sunday, which is 3 days of wasted water.  PLEASE make sure the faucets are off before leaving the restroom.

Thank you for your attention to these matters.

Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Julie Beggs
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward 
Holly HurdKathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline Rose
Cindy Tompson 

Community Food Pantry
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 Hygien Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.

Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy

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

Weekly News for November 24, 2021

North Yarmouth Congregational Church, UCC3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth, ME 04097
207-829-3644

November 24, 2021

MASKS REQUIRED
Following CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We are now holding worship service in the sanctuary with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.

Join us for Worship! We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. We are now meeting in the sanctuary, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream 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

From the Office
The office will be closed from 11/24-25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Lyn will also be taking a vacation day on Monday, November 29.  The office will re-open on Tuesday, November 30.

 
CHEESE    CHEESE    CHEESE   CHEESE !
We have an unopened wheel of delicious Cabot cheese left over from the Holiday Church Fair. These wheels weigh about 35 pounds so you can see that there is a LOT of cheese available for some nibbling, cooking, or what ever you do with cheese. On Sunday Dec.12th, after church, packages of this cheese will be up for sale at a very reasonable price. Let your friends know of this opportunity. All proceeds will go to the Women’s Fellowship. This was their gig.

News from our Vice-Moderator
As we are closing in on the end of the year, I have been expecting folks to start letting it be known that they would like to take a break from the committee/board positions they have held for the last few years. And, yes, they are letting me know this. It’s my job as Vice Moderator to fill these positions which is becoming more and more difficult every year.   Many held on longer than they needed to because of the awkwardness around the pandemic. AND we can’t thank them enough. When considering this lack of interest (or just needing or wanting a change)  in serving and the fact that we are quite out of compliance with our incredibly outdated by-laws,  I was over the moon, when, from the pulpit, I heard we as a church might be looking into reorganizing the inner workings of our church. Before the pandemic there were discussions and a few new ideas were tried and they are working really really well so far. But folks are uneasy some times with change. Some simply don’t want change and will say, “but this is the way we have always done it,”  or some are fearful of losing control. These are not feelings or reactions that will move NYCC in a refreshing direction. 

I have had a couple of “intense” conversations regarding changing anything, even some ominous “watch what you change” warnings. However, I am not deterred because I believe there is a more efficient organizational model that will take the pressure off having to fill so many slots on the various committees and boards. I would like to hear folks say something like “when there is a discussion on the by-laws I’d like to be in on that.”  Believe me you would be more than welcome.

I have, in my mind, likened what we are proposing to improving the inner working of a timepiece, you know, watch, clock…you get the idea. It will still tell you the time, but might be a more functional timepiece.  Our church will still be all that we want it to be, meeting the spiritual needs of those who seek, and helping folks who are in need. 

Efficient and effective……..could these words describe the inner workings of NYCC? 

Jeanne Chadbourne .   Vice ModeratorTHANK YOU!
 The Tuesday Gals/WF had a very successful fair last Saturday, thanks to many folks who helped out in many ways.

So for those of you who worked at the tables, donated baked goods, helped carrying stuff and setting up and taking down tables, made items during the year, and supported the sale by buying our wonderful things, a very sincere thank you! See you next year!


Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~
Julie Beggs
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward 
Holly HurdKathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline RoseCindy Tompson 

Community Food Pantry
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 Hygien Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.

Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy

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

Weekly News for November 21, 2021

North Yarmouth Congregational Church, UCC3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth, ME 04097
207-829-3644




MASKS REQUIRED
Following CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We are now holding worship service in the sanctuary with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.

Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. We are now meeting in the sanctuary, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream 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

Council Meeting
The Council will meet on Thursday, November18 at 6:30 p.m. – Via Zoomhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Kitchen Helper Needed
Mark is in need of a kitchen helper to help with dishes today, Wednesday, Nov. 17 and Thursday, Nov. 18 while he cooking for the Christmas fair.  If you can help please give Mark a call at 651-4931 for more information and scheduling. Thank you!
Christmas Fair NewsWe are still in need of helpers for the Christmas Fair which will be held on Saturday, November 20 from 9:00-2:00 p.m.  Please see or contact Kathy Whittier at (254-7509, kwhit119@yahoo.com) or Gail Strattard at (450-1612, gail.strattard@maine.rr.com.)

Vintage Jewelry NeededWe are in need of vintage jewelry for the Christmas Fair. No broken items or watches, please.  Please drop your donation off at the church office for Dale K.

 Santa’s Workshop Fair Cookie Walk
The Santa’s Workshop Fair is fast approaching on November 20th, and now is the perfect time to break out your favorite recipes and begin baking up a storm to delight our patrons for our Carol’s Cookie Walk and Baked Goods table.  Decorated sugar cookies are always a big hit but even the simplest chocolate chip cookie is welcomed, along with seasonal breads and pies, yummy brownies and bars, and delicious jams and jellies.  These items can be dropped off  the day before or early morning at the start of the fair.  If pickup is needed, please call Sue at 831-9014 to arrange a time.  Happy baking!
Stone Soup Sunday
Sunday, November 21st please join us for Stone Soup Sunday
 Please bring a cooked offering for the pot ~ veggies, pasta, potatoes, chicken, beef, tomatoes! When we each bring of ourselves to share, no one will ever go hungry – by stomach or spirit. We will fill our bellies as we warm our hearts with the abundance created. All are welcome!

Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who helped with cleanup day at the church.  We had plenty of hands helping to rake and putting in storm windows and we made short work of it. 

From the Financial Secretary’s Desk.  
Do you have any questions about how you are doing with your 2021 pledge to NYCC? I can help clear up any questions if you call me- 829-5166 or send an email …jeannechadbourne@aol.com. We did this last year and it worked well. 

We sent out about 100 letters with pledge cards last week. We also know we probably missed folks who have supported NYCC this year and would like to do so in 2022 . We have material ready to go out. I will have a few in church next Sunday or you can call the church and Lyn will send you the package.   

We have known for sometime now that NYCC is a very meaningful part of many of our lives….a real blessing to some and the place they want to be for worship and fellowship. Thank you for helping us to continue being a church for all who want to be a part of our family! Even if you are thousands of miles away! 

Jeanne Chadbourne…….Financial Sec

Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com


Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Julie Beggs
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward 
Holly HurdKathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline Rose
Cindy Tompson 

Community Food Pantry
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 Hygien Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.

Classes offered by MESOM
2022 Spring Classes on ZOOM at the Maine School of Ministry (MESOM):

“Ministry, Mental Health and the Church” – team taught by Chaplain Shelly Snow and Dean Ron Baard

“Spiritual Leadership for a Climate Changed World” – taught by Aram Mitchell of the BTS Center staff, with Guest Speakers

Tuition is $350 per spring course; $175 for Auditing

Hope you can join us for one of these!!!

Please watch for more information and the Registration Link coming soon on the Maine Conference UCC website.

Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy

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

Weekly News for November 10, 2021

MASKS REQUIRED
Following CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We are now holding worship service in the sanctuary with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.
Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. We are now meeting in the sanctuary, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream 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
Sharing during Worship
I am looking for anyone (young, old in between) who would be willing to do a short ‘sharing during worship on Nov 14 about what being part of our faith family at NYCC means to you.  Please contact me asap.  Thanks, Nancy

Church Cleanup Day Planned
The Trustees have set up a cleanup day for Saturday, November 13 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  We will be winterizing the church and doing yard cleanup.  Please join us with work gloves and a rake.  The more people that join us the quicker we will get everything done.  More hands make lighter work!  

Pledge and Hymn Sing Sunday
Sunday November 21st will be our pledge Sunday – you should have received a letter and pledge card during the past few days.  Also that Sunday will be a hymn sing Sunday, so I am looking for hymns (one verse only) that are favorites – especially appropriate if they focus on thankfulness or what God has done for you etc. – I need these ahead of time please. Deadline for hymns is November 14th.  Also that Sunday will be an all-church potluck with fun and lots of ‘thankful’ type activities – more details coming!
From the Financial Secretary’s Desk.  
Do you have any questions about how you are doing with your 2021 pledge to NYCC? I can help clear up any questions if you call me- 829-5166 or send an email …jeannechadbourne@aol.com. We did this last year and it worked well. 

We sent out about 100 letters with pledge cards last week. We also know we probably missed folks who have supported NYCC this year and would like to do so in 2022 . We have material ready to go out. I will have a few in church next Sunday or you can call the church and Lyn will send you the package.   

We have known for sometime now that NYCC is a very meaningful part of many of our lives….a real blessing to some and the place they want to be for worship and fellowship. Thank you for helping us to continue being a church for all who want to be a part of our family! Even if you are thousands of miles away! 

Jeanne Chadbourne…….Financial Sec

Prayer Shawl dedication- this Sunday November 14th during worship – if you have any ready please bring them in! 
Pastor Nancy
Christmas Fair News
We are still in need of helpers for the Christmas Fair which will be held on Saturday, November 20 from 9:00-2:00 p.m.  Please see or contact Kathy Whittier at (254-7509, kwhit119@yahoo.com) or Gail Strattard at (450-1612, gail.strattard@maine.rr.com.)
Vintage Jewelry Needed
We are in need of vintage jewelry for the Christmas Fair. No broken items or watches, please.  Please drop your donation off at the church office for Dale K. 
Santa’s Workshop Fair Cookie Walk
The Santa’s Workshop Fair is fast approaching on November 20th, and now is the perfect time to break out your favorite recipes and begin baking up a storm to delight our patrons for our Carol’s Cookie Walk and Baked Goods table.  Decorated sugar cookies are always a big hit but even the simplest chocolate chip cookie is welcomed, along with seasonal breads and pies, yummy brownies and bars, and delicious jams and jellies.  These items can be dropped off  the day before or early morning at the start of the fair.  If pickup is needed, please call Sue at 831-9014 to arrange a time.  Happy baking!

Stone Soup SundaySunday, November 21st please join us for Stone Soup Sunday
 Please bring a cooked offering for the pot ~ veggies, pasta, potatoes, chicken, beef, tomatoes!
When we each bring of ourselves to share, no one will ever go hungry – by stomach or spirit.
We will fill our bellies as we warm our hearts with the abundance created. All are welcome!
November Board and Committee MeetingsFaith Formation – Sunday, November 14 following worship 
Council – November 18 at 6:30 p.m. – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09
Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Pam Ames and Family on the loss of her mother in-law
Julie Beggs
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward
Holly Hurd
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline RoseCindy Tompson 
Community Food Pantry
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 Hygien Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.
Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy
 
Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for November 3,2021

MASKS REQUIRED
Following CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We are now holding worship service in the sanctuary with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.
Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. We are now meeting in the sanctuary, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream 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
Sharing during Worship
I am looking for anyone (young, old in between) who would be willing to do a short ‘sharing during worship on Nov 14 about what being part of our faith family at NYCC means to you.  Please contact me asap.  Thanks, Nancy

Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 7. 
 Remember to turn your clocks back by one hour on Saturday, November 6 to get that extra hour of sleep!
 
Stewardship 2022
It’s in the mail!  In a few days you’ll receive a letter, with pledge card and return envelope enclosed from NYCC asking you to consider your financial support and your service support going into 2022. As we have shared with you on a number of occasions recently, your financial support has been incredibly faithful as we have experienced the fallout and felt the impact of a global disease. It appears we are ending the year with a bit of a surplus, however as we start doing more in the church we know that things like utilities will increase. Between faithful members’ pledges and those folks who are sharing our Sunday services from afar can we say we are indeed blessed? 

Service support?…..never heard those words used to describe committee and board membership.  Many of the present members of the various committees have served longer than usual because of not being able to do any of our work in the usual manner. They need a break. If you are interested in helping please chat with Pastor Nancy, Annie G. Cindy T. or Jeanne C. (chair of the nominating comm. by default, just because that is part of the Vice Moderator’s job.) Thank you. 
Thank you from Pastor Nancy!
Thank you all for a wonderful pastors appreciation Sunday. I was overwhelmed by the generosity and the fun with which everyone greeted me with lovely little gifts and cards and from a troll with a Bee hat on that we’re calling Mr. B at our house and cards with butterflies on them – you all know how much I love butterflies!  And a journal for helping me keep some mindfulness time and a lovely gift certificate for some self pampering time, a beautiful cyclamen plant, and beautiful cards with words that moved me to tears.  And thank you for your other generous gifts which I will use thoughtfully.  Thank you all for your support over these last 18 months –  it has been a crazy and challenging journey and we pray that we will continue to go through this together in good fashion and come out on the other side with a new way of dealing with life and Church.  Thank you also to the kids and for the presentation and to David for his kind words as we were waiting for the kids. It was wonderful!  Also a shout out to David for the beautiful cake!  Our Halloween party was big fun – thank you to the Faith Formation team for planning and setting up and cleaning up after.  You are all a blessing to me!  With love, Pastor Nancy

Pledge and Hymn Sing Sunday
Sunday November 21st will be our pledge Sunday – you should be receiving a letter and pledge card soon.  Also that Sunday will be a hymn sing Sunday, so I am looking for hymns (one verse only) that are favorites – especially appropriate if they focus on thankfulness or what God has done for you etc. – I need these ahead of time please. Deadline for hymns is November 14th.  Also that Sunday will be an all-church potluck with fun and lots of ‘thankful’ type activities – more details coming!
Christmas Fair News
We are still in need of helpers for the Christmas Fair which will be held on Saturday, November 20 from 9:00-2:00 p.m.  Please see or contact Kathy Whittier at (254-7509, kwhit119@yahoo.com) or Gail Strattard at (450-1612, gail.strattard@maine.rr.com.)
Santa’s Workshop Fair Cookie Walk
The Santa’s Workshop Fair is fast approaching on November 20th, and now is the perfect time to break out your favorite recipes and begin baking up a storm to delight our patrons for our Carol’s Cookie Walk and Baked Goods table.  Decorated sugar cookies are always a big hit but even the simplest chocolate chip cookie is welcomed, along with seasonal breads and pies, yummy brownies and bars, and delicious jams and jellies.  These items can be dropped off  the day before or early morning at the start of the fair.  If pickup is needed, please call Sue at 831-9014 to arrange a time.  Happy baking!
November Board and Committee Meetings
November 7 – Faith Formation Meeting – following worship in Fellowship Hall

November 8 – Missions via Zoom

November 9 at 6:00 p.m. – Trustees – In person and Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT09

November 18 at 6:30 p.m. – Council – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09
Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com
Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~
Julie Beggs
Rebeccca Falbo
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward – Dot is currently at Mid Coast Senior Heath Center Nursing & Rehab at Bodwell Nursing Home, 58 Baribeau Drive Brunswick ME 04011 if you would like to send a card.  She is also able to receive visitors.
Holly HurdBlanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline RoseCindy Tompson 

Church Cleanup Day Planned
The Trustees have set up a cleanup day for Saturday, November 13 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  We will be winterizing the church and doing yard cleanup.  Please join us with work gloves and a rake.  The more people that join us the quicker we will get everything done.  More hands make lighter work!  
Community Food Pantry
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 Hygien Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.
UCC appeals for disaster Relief 
If you would like to help with disaster relief for Ida, Haiti or other disasters you may do so directly with the UCC or send a check to church or donate online at Tithely, and we will send it in to UCC Disaster relief efforts.You may also make a gift by mailing a check made payable to the United Church of Christ, to PO Box 71957, Cleveland OH, 44194. Please be sure to note where you would like your contribution to go on your check in the memo section, or in an attached letter.
Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy
 
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