Please help the Men’s Club by signing up to help run their booth at the Cumberland Fair. The sign up board is in the Gathering Space. Thank you.
The Wired Word
Christians respond to what’s in the news – a discussion group for adults led by Sandra Golonka. Are you often in a quandary about how people of faith should respond to what’s going on in the world around us? Join us every Sunday morning beginning on October 1 from 8:30 to 9:15 am in the fellowship hall for a lively discussion of something from the news the past week and how Christians we might think about it and respond to it.
Coffee, Games and Conversation
Tuesdays 12:30-2:30 pm in the fellowship hall. As part of the Living Well in North Yarmouth initiative, join your friends and neighbors for a favorite game, conversation and light refreshments. Come as you are and as often as you are able – you are welcome here!
Living Well Drivers The Living Well Committee is looking for people who would be willing to be a driver occasionally for people living in North Yarmouth. Let Rev. Nancy know if you would be interested in being on the list.
Coffee Hour this Fall
We are looking for two volunteers to host the Coffee Hour following Church Service for the months of September, October, November, and December.
You can sign up for one week, two weeks, three weeks or for the month.
Weeks need not be consecutive.
Please contact Pat Field (846-3049/patrf1@myfairpoint) or Susan Elliott (email@example.com) to sign up.
Thank you. Pat and Susan
Tuesday Gals Christmas Raffle Baskets
The Tuesday Gals are still collecting items for their raffle baskets. All ideas and donations are welcome. The list of items needed is on the poster board above the collection box for donated items which we need badly. Thank you all for you help!
Pet Pantry Needs
Dry Dog Food, Dry Cat Food and Kitty Litter.
Food Pantry Needs
Laundry Detergent. Small sizes work best.
Wednesday, September 20 – Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm
Thursday, September 21 – Church Council – 4:30 am
Monday, September 25 – October Newsletter Deadline
Tuesday, September 26- Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am
Help Request for Chicken Pickup
I need help ! Next Mon., Oct 24th, 500+ lbs of chicken need to be picked up from the Gray Market and brought to the church. Mid to late afternoon would be the best time, especially if it is still so warm outside. Obviously a pick up truck would work really well !
Help Request for Preparing Chickens
And I could really use 1 or 2 folks to help prepare the chickens for cooking. From 8pm to 9:30pm ish on the 24th would do the job. Tracy D helped me last time and it was amazing how fast we did the job. I could do this alone, but it was really so helpful to have a friend with me. Tracy is out of town for this event, If I can’t get the chickens to the church, do you think folks would notice if we substituted hotdogs ? Call me if you can help 829-5166….. Thanks, Jeanne
Monday, October 24 is the Newsletter Deadline. Please get your articles in on time as it is going to be a busy week with Chicken Pie Supper. Thank you.
Pumpkin Carving and Pot Luck
Our annual pumpkin carving and pot luck will be held on Saturday, October 22 at 5:00 pm. Please bring a dish to share and a pumpkin to carve. It is sure to be a fun night!
Christmas Baskets Donations
The needed items/ideas for donations for the baskets is all updated. The list can be seen at same place where the gift box for collections of items is, in the gathering place.
We have 6 baskets left that needs items/ Thank you for any help you can do!
Missions is going to have a “vintage and antique” table at the church fair and are asking for donations to be brought to church for it. The proceeds of this event are to benefit the Pet Place Pantry that Missions sponsors and staffs. Thank you!
Save the Date! Chicken Pie Supper on Friday, Oct. 28
To all you wonderful, enthusiastic volunteers out there,
Please mark your calendars right now and block out these dates:
Oct. 24, Monday, 10:30-11:30 am: Make dough balls
Oct. 25, Tuesday, 1-3:30 pm: Pick chicken
Oct. 27, Thursday, 9-11:30 am: Roll pie bottoms
Oct. 28 Friday, 10:30-noon and 12:30-2:30 pm: Roll pie tops & assemble Chicken Pies!
If working in the kitchen isn’t your thing, we also need a few people who can do tasks of shorter duration; for example, set up the tables, clean up and put things back to normal after the chicken pie supper, etc.
This event is a significant fund-raiser for our church, and it has earned a strong following, serving many people from surrounding towns. When we put on a successful chicken pie supper, we can give back even more to the community at large…it’s a win-win event!
Please be thinking about how you can help; we have many types of volunteer activities, i.e. something for everyone. To express an interest in helping make this a big success, call Lyn in the office at 829-3644, or email Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance, Mark Heath and Pam Ames
Ten Commandments Discussion
Join Pastor Nancy on Tuesday November 2 at 3:00 pm an exciting and interesting discussion of the Ten Commandments for the 21st century.
We will be utilizing The Ten Commandments: Laws of the Heart. You will find more information on this program in your newsletter.
Pet Place Pantry Needs
Dry Dog Food
Dry Cat Food
Food Pantry Needs
Greetings to all,
It is good to have school back in session, nice interacting with the kids. We are beginning to plan for our Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, how time flies.
This month’s list looks like many previous months lists. The most popular items
boxed mac and cheese
condiments – ketchup, mayonnaise.
personal hygiene items – toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, deoderant
household cleaning supplies
We appreciate your support and involvement.
Donations may be dropped off at the church and will be taken to the pantry. Thank you.
Wednesday, October 19– Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm
Thursday, October 20 – Care Team Ministry Training – 1:00 pm
Thursday, October 20 – Council Meeting – 6:30 pm
Saturday, October 22 – Pet Place Pantry – 9:00 am
Saturday, October 22 – Pumpkin Carving and Pot Luck – 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 23 – Diaconate Retreat – 11:00 am
Monday, October 24 – Newsletter Deadline
Tuesday, October 25– Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am
A Sermon from the North Yarmouth Congregational Church
A sermon offered by the Rev. Nancy J. White in the public worship of the North Yarmouth Congregational Church, UCC of North Yarmouth, Maine on Sunday, October 2, 2016.
‘Grudging Obedience’ Text: Jonah 3,4
For these past two weeks, we have been reading the story of the prophet Jonah. The city of Nineveh, capital of Assyria is barbarian and evil in its ways. The Lord calls on Jonah to go to that city. Instead of responding, Jonah makes a run for it in the opposite direction. But Jonah quickly comes to understand that he has underestimated God in a big way. A violent storm at sea results in Jonah being thrown overboard to save the sailors and the ship. Jonah is drowning when suddenly the Lord commands a big fish to swallow him up. Saved from drowning, Jonah faces death yet again in the belly of the big fish for three days and three nights. Jonah prays to God and God speaks to the fish and it vomits up Jonah on the seashore.
So now, God speaks to Jonah, a second time, telling him to get up on his feet and get going to Nineveh. This time Jonah goes. He goes to Nineveh – which is a very big city taking three days to walk across – he walks for one day and he preaches – “in forty days Nineveh will be destroyed”.
He’s not even into the center of the city yet and the people listen to him and trusting God, they repent of their evil ways – and not just some of the people but all of the people – rich and poor, famous and obscure, leaders and followers – everyone repents, fasting and wearing burlap. They do not wait for a royal decree – in fact, we are told that the people repent before the message even reaches the king. The king observes what the will of the people is and issues a public proclamation for all to repent hoping that God will have mercy on them.
God sees that the people of Nineveh have turned away from their evil ways, and he changes his mind about them and he does not destroy them.
Well, this really ticks Jonah off! And now we learn the real reason that Jonah ran away from God’s call in the first place. He knew God’s heart would soften toward the people of Nineveh when he saw that they changed their ways. And Jonah cries, Foul! Like a petulant child, Jonah says – that’s not fair! I knew you would do this, I knew you were a God of mercy but these people don’t deserve your compassion – they don’t deserve your love!
Jonah is so mad at God, he demands that God kill him – he is better off dead! God tries to talk to Jonah, asking him what he has to be angry about. But Jonah goes off and pouts. God provides a shade tree for Jonah, which Jonah loves but then God sends a worm to wither the tree and Jonah once again is exposed to the blistering heat. So this just makes Jonah angrier yet and he reiterates his desire to die. God once again tries to discuss the situation with Jonah pointing out that Jonah did not plant or water the tree – did nothing to deserve the tree so why should he be angry at losing it? At Jonah’s apparent overreaction regarding the plant, God responds, so then why should I not care for the more than 120,000 people of Nineveh and all the animals?
And there our story ends with a question from God. We are left to ponder the question, Why should God not care about the people of Nineveh and all its animals? Is God’s mercy only meant for us? Or is God’s love so all encompassing that it covers even those who are evil in their ways?
A casual answer to that is, no God’s mercy is not just for us and yes, God’s love is big enough for all creation, but like Jonah, we don’t like it. We live a good life, following God’s commands, so why should people who don’t, get the same compassion that God doles out to us?
For some reason, it seems to be part of our human nature to want other people to get their ‘just desserts’. It’s like driving by all the rules of the road – obeying the speed limit, not cutting anyone off, – A few years back, on my twice daily 26 mile commute on a two lane road through several towns I always obeyed the up and down speed limit, 35 then 45 then 30, then back to 40. I remember numerous times when drivers tailgated then sped ahead at a light to pass and it always irritated me slightly…. And then one day, after one such driver had cut me off by passing in a no passing zone, I happened to see this same driver pulled over by a cruiser a mile down the road and I admit that I was not unhappy…
Many of you have read the best selling novel, The Shack, a story of one man’s encounter with God after his young daughter is murdered. In the story, God’s redemption is offered even to this murderer. This example may be closer to what Jonah experienced than my inconsiderate driver story. It makes the reader question the whole idea of forgiveness and who deserves it. These are tough questions, no doubt.
For most of us we will never be called on by God to forgive a murderer. But there are certainly people in each of our lives, whom we take issue with. Who would it be difficult for you to share God’s love with? For each of us, the answer will be different. A co-worker, a family member, someone at church, the bully at school, a teacher, a student, a neighbor, someone who has hurt you or someone you love, someone who has lost your trust, someone in business whose ethics are a little shaky? But how do you love that person? Certainly you need to remove yourself from any abusive situation and get help as necessary. But what do you do for those other times? For each person and situation, the answer may be different. Talk with the person to iron out differences; or even take someone with you as you try to do this. Don’t gossip about the person. When confronted, don’t respond in kind. Each situation is different and will require a different response on your part. Listen with an open heart; don’t close your mind before the other person has opened their mouth. Whatever you do, the most important thing is that you pray about it, asking God to help you.
The really amazing thing about the story of Jonah and God is that even after Jonah’s attempt to run away, his less than sincere prayer from the belly of the fish, his anger at God, his sulking and pouting and then anger again about the plant, even after all of that, God tries to reason with him. God didn’t have to explain anything to Jonah but he did – because he loved Jonah. God loved Jonah so much he didn’t want him to be eaten by anger and resentment so he tried to help him.
God knows how difficult it can be to enthusiastically answer his call and he loves us even when we don’t want to do his bidding. He’ll help us as he tried to help Jonah. His love is for everyone and he wants us to get that message to everyone.
God asks us to put aside our anger, our self-righteousness, our prejudices, our fears and reflect the same love to others that we ourselves receive from God. Can we do that? Can we change our hearts? We can with God’s help.
God has called us as a church and as individuals to carry the message. As individuals and as a church, how we will respond?
The story of Jonah leaves us hanging wondering what happens next.
So I ask you,
what happens next?
A Sermon from the North Yarmouth Congregational UCC
A sermon offered by the Rev. Nancy J. White in the public worship of the North Yarmouth Congregational Church, UCC of North Yarmouth, Maine on Sunday, September 25, 2016.
Principal reading is Jonah 2
Last week we were introduced to the prophet Jonah. The city of Nineveh, capital of Assyria is barbarian and evil in its ways. The Lord calls on Jonah to go to that city. Instead of responding, Jonah makes a run for it in the opposite direction. But Jonah quickly comes to understand that he has underestimated God in a big way. A violent storm at sea results in Jonah being thrown overboard to save the sailors and the ship. Jonah is drowning when suddenly the Lord commands a big fish to swallow him up.
This is where we pick up our story today. Jonah is thrown off the ship, probably to drown
but then Jonah is swallowed by the big fish. We are told that Jonah was in the belly of the big fish for three days and three nights. In common language of the day, three days and three nights referred to the amount of time it took to die. If you were a listener of this story when it was originally told, you would have known that Jonah escaped death by drowning
only to die by being swallowed up by a big fish.
Jonah ran from God, got thrown overboard and then swallowed up by a big fish –
he has hit rock-bottom. After three days and three nights, he finally decides to address God. From the very depths of hell, Jonah finally decides to talk to God. And God answers him.
From a purely human perspective, if we had been treated by Jonah the way he treated God,
we probably would have given him the silent treatment, let him stew for awhile. It was a good thing for Jonah that it was the Lord he called on rather than a mere human.
Jonah called to the LORD out of his distress,
and the Lord answered him;
out of the belly of Sheol Jonah cried,
and the Lord heard his voice.
In this prayer, Jonah acknowledges God’s power without ever really admitting his own role in his current circumstances. He pretty much blames God for everything and then asks God to get him out of the mess he is in. God, silent throughout Jonah’s prayer still does not say a word directly to Jonah but commands the fish to vomit him out on dry land.
So after unsuccessfully avoiding God, finally Jonah calls on God for help. There are scholars who take this prayer or psalm at face value and believe that Jonah was finally acknowledging that God was supreme in his life and was repentant of his actions. There are other scholars who interpret this psalm as satiric – Jonah sort-of mocking God, not really sincere in his repentance – he’s at the bottom, has no where to go but up, so might as well call on God.
Even though the words of the Psalm appear to acknowledge God’s power, Jonah takes no responsibility for his plight. And if you read it carefully, you note that in this prayer, Jonah refers to himself either as subject or object 26 times in 8 verses – sort of egotistical.
So some scholars maintain that Jonah is not truly repentant here.
As I was thinking about this myself, I realized that it doesn’t actually matter. Only God knows the heart of Jonah.
And God rescues him. And God rescues him from the depths of hell. God brings Jonah back from death. God is God of all places, all times, all things, all creatures, AND now we understand that God is God even over death. God has heard Jonah’s cry and has answered it with compassion.
When things are OK with us, don’t we often go through life with minimal thought of God.
And then when something happens that we don’t understand or feel we don’t deserve,
then we call on God in our distress, in our anger, in our sorrow and we expect God to respond.
Tragic circumstances may be the result of our own actions or life choices or they may be totally out of our control.
Are there times when you feel very alone and far from God and God’s love?
• Maybe you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy;
• have you lost a loved one and you grieve alone while the world moves on;
• have you lost your job and your self-esteem is at an all time low;
• are you depressed and feel like you no longer want to exist;
• are you being bullied at school, shunned by friends, ridiculed;
• have you been passed over yet again for that promotion at work;
• do you have a loved one with a catastrophic illness or injury;
• are you in a spiritual desert feeling like you come to church week after week without encountering the presence of God.,
• the list goes on.
Each of us faces times when we are in dark despair – there are times in each of our lives when we feel like we are in the belly of the big fish, so far away from God, we cannot reach him.
We may be in such despair that there seems no way out, there is no light at the end of the tunnel, nothing will ever be the same again. How do we know that God is with us?
For some of us, we know that God is with us because we have experienced God’s presence in the past time and time again and we know even if we cannot feel God’s presence, that God is indeed with us. We know from scripture that even the heroes of our faith struggled with this and needed to be reminded of God’s presence often. Even Jesus felt alone as he hung on the cross.
Sometimes God’s presence is made real to us through the presence of people who just come and ‘be’ with us while we are in the belly of the whale – they don’t have to have all the answers – they just are with us.
Jonah called out to God in his despair. We need to ask for help too. Ask for prayer, read scripture, call a friend to just come and sit with you.
God uses other people, people not unlike Jonah, people just like us to bring the light of God’s
love into our world.
I have had many discussions with people who not only don’t ask for help, they refuse it when it’s offered. They do not want to put anyone out so they refuse the help of others. Accepting the help of others in both small and big ways accomplishes two things. It allows someone else to be the answer to prayer – to answer God’s call in their life. And while it may not significantly alter whatever your physical circumstances are, it serves to reassure you of God’s love for you and that is a powerful thing.
God loves you with an enormous love.
No matter where your heart is – God loves you.
When you are in the belly of the big fish take this message from Paul’s letter to the Romans, 8:38-39 and read it :
“For I am convinced
that neither death,
nor life, nor angels,
nor things present,
nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Tape it to your bathroom mirror, tape it to your dashboard,
carry it with you in your pocket – read it aloud each and every day.
Let it be a little spark of light in your darkness until God frees you from the belly of the big fish.
A Sermon from the North Yarmouth Congregational Church
A sermon offered by the Rev. Nancy J. White in the public worship of the First Congregational Church of North Yarmouth, UCC of North Yarmouth, Maine on August 14, 2016.
Principal Reading Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Today’s scripture reading from Hebrews finishes up one of the best known chapters in the Bible on faith. This chapter starts with a concise definition of faith that may sound familiar, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” ‘the assurance of things hoped for’ – in the Greek, the word for assurance has a quality of ‘reality’ and hope in Biblical terms means more than what it has come to mean in our culture today. It is more than just a wish – it is an expectation – our hope in God and God’s promises for us are what we can rightly expect – we are assured that God will come through in all things. It is the ‘conviction of things not seen’ – in Greek the word for conviction has a connotation of ‘evidence’ meaning that people of faith have insight into God’s promises – a world that human understanding does not really comprehend. We do not always see the fruition of God’s promises and yet through faith we know that God will deliver on all that is promised. Faith in God is a sure thing even during suffering and trials. In Christ Jesus we are promised an amazing eternal life with God – so amazing that for centuries song writers and poets and the writers of the Bible have tried to describe it and yet we still find it difficult to define.
Chapter 11 of Hebrews contains a litany of Biblical personalities and how each was faithful against all odds.
For most of chapter eleven we hear detailed accounts of the faith of famous characters of the Bible, starting at the beginning: Noah, Abraham and Sarah, and Moses. Noah respected God’s warning that all the earth would be destroyed by a massive flood and that only Noah’s family would be saved and so by faith Noah built a huge boat that would house Noah’s family and two of every type of animal. Noah was mocked and laughed at – but his faith kept him strong and he persevered. God promised Abraham descendants – ‘as many as the stars of of the heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand’ and yet he was without children until he and Sarah had their firstborn when they were 100 and 90 years old. The descendants of Abraham are the foundations of our faith but Abraham himself never saw that – and now we still sing about how Father Abraham had many children and we are all descendants. Moses, a Hebrew baby, was raised by the daughter of the Egyptian king while that same king enslaved the Hebrew people. At the age of eighty, God called Moses to lead the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt and Moses had faith God would protect them against the king’s massive army. After leading God’s people through the wilderness for forty years, their descendants finally made it to the land God promised but Moses died before reaching it.
Then in today’s lesson, the list escalates. We quickly hear of the Hebrews, led by Moses, crossing the Red Sea on dry land; we hear how the unscalable walls of Jericho – the city God promised to the Israelites – fell after a long siege with just the blowing of trumpets and the loud cry of God’s people; we hear of a prostitute, Rahab, the only inhabitant of Jericho who was saved from death because she aided the Israelites. Then we hear of how numerous others persevered even through amazing hardships or torture, imprisonment, even death for their faith in God.
Their faith – ‘the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen.’
This lesson on the heroes of our faith tells us that we are surrounded by a great ‘cloud of witnesses’ – we are surrounded – both those we just read about in Hebrews and those whom we have known of in our own lives. These are the people we should be looking to, to help shape our own lives. Here at North Yarmouth Congregational Church, there are many who have gone before us who have guided us by their lives of faith in God. There are many now who still help us see the path we should take.
In our culture today, things are more complex than ever and the lines between right choices and not so good choices seem to blur. We rush about trying to be good neighbors and good citizens and good parents and good workers and good volunteers, good brothers and sisters, good examples for our youth,
the list goes on.
As in the litany of biblical heroes of faith, earthly life goes on with or without God in it.
Those who are faithful, find themselves confidently expectant in God’s promises even in the midst of strife.
They are able to persevere through all of life’s struggles knowing that God has something better in store for them – something so amazing and wonderful, that any earthly struggle can be endured. How do they do that? How do we do that? We build our faith. We work on our relationship with God through daily prayer and study of the stories of the bible where we learn of people just like ourselves who struggled and at times even despaired – the Bible is full of them. And just like anyone trying to become good at something, we practice our faith daily.
And the good news is we don’t have to do it alone. We are part of a faith community,
a faith family, a wonderful group of people whom God has brought together in Christ – ‘so great a cloud of witnesses’ – past and present – our faith family. We bolster our own faith by sharing the faith stories of others. We listen to the stories of those who have gone before us. We need to share our individual faith stories with our faith community, our church family.
Are we comfortable doing that? We should be. Last week I mentioned how many of us do wonderful ministries of volunteering in our community. I am thinking it would be really wonderful if sometime soon we had a special time where we can learn about what different volunteer ministries are happening right here in our own church family. I hope and pray that part of that will be each person sharing what their particular volunteer work means to them and how they meet God there.
We share our inmost thoughts and feelings with those we are closest to, don’t we? As a church family, do we know each other well enough, are we close enough to trust each other with our deepest feelings,with our ‘God moments’? As a faith family, we need to get to know one another and we need to be intentional about it. I have known of folks who have revealed to me a real reticence about talking with and socializing with people at fellowship time following worship – this is way out of their comfort zone and yet they come and mingle because they are looking for connections with people in their faith family. So if socializing is an area where you are comfortable, seek out someone whom you don’t know very well and chat with them instead of spending your time speaking to people you already know well.
In our culture today, many young families are far removed from relatives and loved ones. This coming year, we will be having a confirmation class for youth in 7th grade and older. Each youth will be looking for a ‘non-relative’ mentor who will help guide them, pray for them and support them on this journey. The hope here is that mentors will share some of their own experiences of their faith journeys and that in turn our young people will feel supported and safe enough to share their thoughts and questions with their mentors. There are no rules here but our hope is that this will grow relationships between some whose daily paths do not ordinarily cross.
Growing in faith also means growing in our relationship with God. Part of that and only part is personal time of study and prayer; the other part is time with other believers studying the bible and exploring faith issues.
Join a Bible study or start one of your own. One way to start would be to just get together with a small group of people and read a book from the bible and discuss it. Or you can use a study guide – there are many available. Meet in someone’s home – rotate who brings refreshments – allow time to build relationships centered around the Word of God. A gathering such as this, will help you grow in faith and get to know each other on a different level than here on Sunday morning.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus is the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
Surrounded by our faith family, together, always look to Jesus for guidance and help.
Keep your focus on Jesus and you will not be disappointed. For the joy of the Lord will be yours.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in his wonderful face,
and the things of earth will turn strangely dim,
In the light of his glory and grace.
God has provided something better for each of us and it is fulfilled in Jesus the Christ.
Summer Office Hours
Monday and Wednesday – 7:00-8:30 am
Tuesday and Thursday – 7:00-8:30 am and 12:15 to 3:00 pm
The September newsletter deadline has been moved to the week of August 15-19. Lyn will be on vacation August 22-26. Please get your articles in as soon as you can.
Vacation Office Coverage
The office will be closed during Lyn’s vacation week, August 22-26. Jeanne will come by to bring in the mail and phone messages will be checked daily.
Spruce Up to Lift Up Capital Campaign
Don’t forget the Matching Fund opportunity that will help so much as the Church Trustees are trying to raise $12,000 to paint the church steeple and the outside of Fellowship Hall and replace carpeting in Fellowship Hall. The painting of the church has been completed and looks beautiful. This campaign will finish up September 11. Thank you!
Missing Dolly – and it’s NOT a Barbie!
It is red and orange. If anyone has seen it or knows where it is please return it to the community room downstairs. It belongs to the Tuesday Gals and we miss it! Thank you!
This and That
1) The next council meeting has been set for this Sunday, after church. It would be great if the chairs could be there, but if you can’t could you please arrange for another member of your committee to sub for you? There are a few items that need to be addressed fairly soon. We will save the ” What are we looking forward to for our church?”, for a less busy time this fall.
If you are around on the 18th you may want to catch the “Concert on the Village Green” featuring the Greely High School State Championship Jazz Band. They are under the direction of Kevin Rollins…..local boy and teacher at Greely.
2 ) Remember when NYCC had the best float in the FunDay parade? If we did one now it would be a good way to get our church out there. There are lots of new folks in town, a show of support for the community, “see, we are not just a stodgy tired church…..we have fun, too ! Surely we could get a pick- up truck or a wagon/trailer ……….select a theme and away we go. Any takers to head this off?
3) The church looks amazingly beautiful !
Christmas Baskets Donations.
We Need help to filling the raffle baskets. There is a list of the items needed in front of the basket for donated goods. The collection basket/box is located in the Gathering Space. We appreciate all the help to make the Christmas Basket Raffle a success! If anyone would rather donate money instead of shopping, we will do the shopping! All you need to do is let Terri, or any of the Tuesday gals aware of the money donation! All of the TUESDAY GALS thank you for all your HELP!
Pet Place Pantry Needs
Dry Dog Food
Dry Cat Food
Food Pantry Needs
Greetings to all of you,
What a nice cool spring we are having. I hope you all have had a chance to be out enjoying it.
Traffic continues to be steady at the pantry. We seem to be serving about 35-40 families a week. Now that summer is almost here donations tend to slow down so your help will be invaluable.
soups – beef, chowders
boxed mac and cheese
personal hygiene items
We continue to be thankful for all your support and donations. It truly is a community pantry.
Donations may be dropped off at the church and will be taken to the pantry. Thank you.
Saturday, August 13 – Pet Place Pantry – 9:00-10:00 am
Sunday, August 14 – Trustees – 11:00 am
Tuesday, August 16 – Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am
Saturday, August 20 – Men’s Club Breakfast – 7:00 am