Weekly News for April 18

Rummage Sale
It’s that time again for our spring Rummage Sale, which will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 9:00-2:00 in the Fellowship Hall. We will be collecting items DURING THE WEEK OF APRIL 16-20 so that they can be left upstairs and avoid the carrying. We will take clothing, shoes, purses and bags, books and CDs/DVDs, toys, holiday items, linens, china, glassware, tools, and anything salable except electronics. Small appliances only if new in boxes. For more information, please contact Kathy Whittier or Gail Strattard

We have changed our email addresses.

The church email address is now: nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com
Rev. Nancy’s church email is now nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Please change your contacts to reflect the changes. We are still working on importing information into the new gmail so are still using both accounts for now.

Office Hours
April 23-27 – Monday through Thursday 6:45 am to 8:45 am. Off on Friday. Other hours throughout the week as schedule allows. (This is to accommodate a vacation at the Yarmouth Church).

One Great Hour of Sharing
OGHS UPDATE………………….$672.00 !!!!!!

Newsletter Deadline
The deadline for May Newsletter articles is Monday, April 23.

Youth Group News
Spring Talent Show: The Youth Group will be hosting the Spring Talent Show in the Fellowship Hall on the evening of Saturday, May 19th. Start thinking about your hidden talent as we will be inviting ALL church members to perform at this fun community gathering! Proceeds from concessions will fund our year-end outing.

Bible Study
Sundays at 8:30am in Fellowship Hall we will study the book of James. All are welcome. (NO bible study on April 22)

Coffee Hour
We do not have any people signed up for coffee hour in April, May or June (that is as far ahead as we go at a time) and we need some one for next week! As well as the following weeks! Thanks for letting Pat Field and/or Susan Elliott know if you will do it. There will also be a sign-up sheet on the front table.

Spring Work Day
We will hold a Spring Work Day on Saturday, April 28 from 8:00 am to Noon to do yard work, lawn clean up, storm windows/screens, etc. All help is appreciated.

Handicap Access Improvement to Choir Area
Chris Dahlgren will be available after church on Sunday, Sunday, April 22nd to informally explain what we are considering could be done. We recognize that anything of this magnitude at the front of our Sanctuary is very important to the membership and must be carefully considered.

Pet Pantry Needs

Dry Dog Food, Dry Cat Food and Kitty Litter.

Food Pantry Needs

Laundry Detergent or Dish Detergent (medium sizes are better)

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 18

Rummage sale and drop off

AA – 7:00 pm

Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Thursday, April 19

Rummage Sale and Drop off

Saturday, April 21

Men’s Club Breakfast – 7:00 am

Rummage Sale – 9:00 am

Sunday, April 22

Informal Information mtg on Sanctuary Changes

Monday, April 23

Newsletter Article Deadline

Tuesday, April 24

Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

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Weekly News for March 14

Easter Morning Breakfast update: Lots of Purple House bagels on order, a few pounds of bacon in the freezer, plenty of cream cheese in refrigerator. Ellen is bringing juice and Gail is bringing a breakfast entrée . Ellen has also offered to help with clean up! So, you ask…..”What can I do? A fruit bowl and a couple more entrees would be very good. I’ll be prepping the bacon and setting up on Sat. Morning March 31st. If you want to prepare your dish then we can do that. Even if anyone wants to bring eggs for scrambling that would work. Thank you, Jeanne

Save the date– our youth group is organizing an all church talent show for Saturday evening May 19th. So be thinking what talent you can share – it should be fun!

Preble Street
NYCC is serving at Preble Street Sunday Mar 18th dinner 3:30-6:30 pm. If you are still thinking of signing up please do so. We still need more people.
Please go to Preble Street website to sign up as a volunteer in the kitchen and then sign up for one or both of these days under North Yarmouth Congregational Church.

Lent 2018 – Ready for Change

Friday March 16th – 6:00 pm til whenever! All church potluck supper with Expectations/dreams/hopes presentations from all boards, committees, groups, individuals. I am excited to see what everyone comes up with! Church Council will provide beverages and setup. Please bring the following: Alphabetically by last name – A-G brings munchies/salads/side dishes; H-P bring main dish items; Q-Z bring desserts! Clean up-everyone!

Saturday, March 24th – Worship, Drama and Music Rehearsal at 10:00 am.

Sunday, March 25th – Journey to Jerusalem Worship of Drama, readings and music.
We also plan to have some Mission presentations dates TBD.

Thursday, March 29th- Maundy Thursday Worship at 7:00 pm.

Sunday, April 1st Easter Sunrise Worship at Skyline Farm at 6:30 am with breakfast following then worship at NYCC at 9:30 am.

Rock Bottom – You are invited to write a word on a rock that represents what you are turning away from or turning toward this lent, or that reflects your feelings about the changes coming in the church or in your personal life. Use a word or draw a picture. The rocks will be placed on the communion table during lent. So please do a rock and put it on the communion table. Watch how our changing rocks will grow.

Good Friday Walk

The Good Friday Walk for Habitat for Humanity will take place on March 30. To sign up as a fundraiser and to walk or run go to: http://www.crowdrise.com/2018GoodFridayWalk.

One Great Hour of Sharing

The One Great Hour of Sharing special offering will be taken on March 18 and 25th. One Great Hour is a Christian effort to empower, provide water, supply food, and give relief from disasters. Water Projects: We currently have projects in over 20 countries. Hunger Relief: See how we are feeding the hungry all over the world. Disaster Relief: Not just immediate responses, but long-term commitment.

Pet Pantry Needs

Dry Dog Food, Dry Cat Food and Kitty Litter.


Food Pantry Needs

Laundry Detergent or Dish Detergent (medium sizes are better)


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 14– Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Thursday, March 15 – Bible Study – 2:00 pm

Friday, March 16 – All Church Potluck

Saturday, March 17 – Men’s Club Breakfast – 7:00 am

Tuesday, March 20 – Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Weekly News for March 7

Council meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled. We have rescheduled it for Sunday after church, although there may be another meeting
scheduled, we’ll do the best we can. We don’t have a huge agenda………1) establishing a master meeting schedule, ( which we need badly) 2) prepping somewhat for the dinner/conversation meeting on the 16th.

Easter Morning Breakfast !!!!!! I usually don’t ask for help on this event but folks always ask “what can I do?” So, my thoughts…….I want to bring delicious bagels and cream cheese, bacon and sausage. Will a few of you fill in with breakfast casseroles, fruit , juice or whatever might be enjoyed by about 35-40′ hungry for breakfast’ eaters? I’ll do set up and dishes and I know some of you will help with clean-up! Right? Jeanne

Due to the snow storm, Thursday afternoon Bible study will not meet this week. We will start on Thursday March 15th at 2pm

Save the date– our youth group is organizing an all church talent show for Saturday evening May 19th. So be thinking what talent you can share – it should be fun!

Choir is also canceled for tonight.

Daylight Saving Time Begins
Remember to change your clocks ahead by one hour this Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 11.

Preble Street
NYCC serving at Preble Street Sunday Mar 18th dinner 3:30-6:30pm and Saturday April 28th for lunch 1030am to 130pm.
Please go to Preble Street website to sign up as a volunteer in the kitchen and then sign up for one or both of these days under North Yarmouth Congregational Church.

Lent 2018 – Ready for Change

Friday March 16th – 6:00 pm til whenever! All church potluck supper with Expectations/dreams/hopes presentations from all boards, committees, groups, individuals. I am excited to see what everyone comes up with! Church Council will provide beverages and setup. Please bring the following: Alphabetically by last name – A-G brings munchies/salads/side dishes; H-P bring main dish items; Q-Z bring desserts! Clean up-everyone!

Sunday, March 25th – Journey to Jerusalem Worship of Drama, readings and music.

We also plan to have some Mission presentations dates TBD.

Thursday, March 29th- Maundy Thursday Worship at 7:00 pm.

Sunday, April 1st Easter Sunrise Worship at Skyline Farm with breakfast following then worship at NYCC at 9:30 am.

Rock Bottom – You are invited to write a word on a rock that represents what you are turning away from or turning toward this lent, or that reflects your feelings about the changes coming in the church or in your personal life. Use a word or draw a picture. The rocks will be placed on the communion table during lent. So please do a rock and put it on the communion table. Watch how our changing rocks will grow.

Missions – Missions has scheduled a meeting for Sunday, March 11 at 11:00 am

Pet Pantry Needs

Dry Dog Food, Dry Cat Food and Kitty Litter.

Food Pantry Needs

Laundry Detergent or Dish Detergent (medium sizes are better)

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 10 – Pet Place Pantry – 9:00 am

Sunday,March 11– Drama Club– 11:00 am

Sunday, March 11– Missions – 11:00 am

Sunday, March 11 – Trustees – 11:00 am

Sunday, March 11 – Council – 11:00 am

Tuesday, March 13 – Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Wednesday, March 14– Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

 

Weekly News for February 7, 2018

Chicken Pie Sale Week is Here!

The February 9th CHICKEN PIE SALE is a significant fund-raiser for our church, which helps us, in turn, be able to give back to the community at large…it’s a win-win! We have many enthusiastic patrons who have already ordered our delicious chicken pies and incomparable gravy.

We have already made the dough, turned it into dough balls, picked chickens and the roasting for the gravy is in process. Here what is next!

– February 8, Thursday, 8-11 am, roll pie bottoms (need 8 volunteers)
– February 9, Friday, 9-11 am, roll pie tops (need 8 volunteers)
11:30-2:30 pm, assemble those yummy chicken pies to be boxed and sold (need 10 volunteers)

Friday, February 9 volunteers: We will be taking a lunch break so please bring your own or a potluck lunch to share……or you can go home for lunch.

Also during that week, we’re looking for volunteers to perform other tasks, such as assembling the pie boxes, cutting up frozen chicken from Sysco, daily dishwashing/kitchen clean up (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) and help making the gravy (Thursday 9-1:30).

There will be a Volunteer sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space for the Chicken Pie Sale. Hopefully, there will be a task of interest to you.

Trustees Meeting Postponed
The Trustees has been postponed from Feb. 11 to February 18 at 11:00 am.

Ash Wednesday Service
There will be an Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, February 14 at 6:00 pm

Youth Group
Departing from our tradition of meeting on the third Sunday, youth group will NOT meet on February 18th. Instead, youth will have the option to travel to Camp Wilmot in Wilmot, NH the following weekend. Departing Friday the 23rd and returning Sunday the 25th, the group will be joining several other church groups at a youth retreat. Please see Jeremy or Shelby for additional information.

Pet Pantry Needs
Dry Dog Food, Dry Cat Food and Kitty Litter.

Food Pantry Needs
Laundry Detergent (small-medium sizes are better)

Upcoming Events
Saturday, February 10 – Pet Place Pantry – 9:00 am
Sunday, February 11– Missions – 11:00 am
Sunday, February 11 – Drama Club – 11:00 am
Tuesday, February 13– Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am
Wednesday, February 14 – Ash Wednesday Service – 6:00 pm

Weekly News for December 20

Christmas Eve Services
Grace Street Ministry Service at Preble St., Portland – 4:30 pm
NYCC Family Worship – 6:30 pm
Christmas Communion and Candlelight
Worship – 11:00 pm

No January Newsletter
So my devotion this morning is all about the busy-ness of the season. And I recall that we have a newsletter deadline for January coming next week. In light of the fact that we have annual meeting for January and everyone is busy with reports, and the craziness yet sacredness of the next couple of weeks, I am making a pastoral/executive decision that we will NOT have a January newsletter. Any news that needs to be shared can be done so in Wednesday emails and or announcements.

Christmas Fund
On Christmas Eve we will be collecting for the annual Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the
Emergency Fund through the UCC. This Christmas Fund provides UCC congregations and members an opportunity
to reach out in kindheartedness to those who have faithfully shepherded our Church and who now find themselves facing
unexpected financial needs.

In 2016, UCC congregations and members generously contributed $1,563,260 to the Offering. This enabled the United
Church Board for Ministerial Assistance, the charitable arm of the Pension Boards, to provide, on behalf of the whole Church,
Supplementation of Small Annuities, Retiree Health Premium Supplementation, Emergency Grants, and Christmas “Thank
You” Gift Checks to individuals and families in need.

The theme of the 2017 Christmas Fund Offering is Shepherding the Light, and the goal this year is to raise $1.7 million to
help support these ministries of light and love. The recipients of these gifts have faithfully served the church and now, in their
time of need, we can be the church to them. Thank you for your support.

Church Council Members….please note. There is NO council meeting this month. We will meet the 2nd Thursday in January, hopefully with a completed 2018 budget. Hold the date ! Thank you. Jeanne

10 more days to 1 ( pay $17 membership dues for 2017, 2) return 2018 pledge card. The results of our recent stewardship drive are to be celebrated ! You are so supportive of our church and what we can do for others. Blessings, blessings, blessings all around !

End of year 2017 giving statements will be sent out very early in Jan. 2018. If, upon receiving your statement, you find that you have missed your giving goal , any make up donations will be accepted ( she said, tongue in cheek ).

Lyn on Vacation
Lyn will be on vacation December 26,27,28.

Weekly News for September 20, 2017

Men’s Club
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 (829-3903/susandayelliott@hotmail.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.

Upcoming Events

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