Weekly News for June 2, 2021

Youth Group
Youth Group will not meet today. Youth Group will meet next Wednesday, June 9 from 4-5 pm at the church.

In Person Worship to Begin on Sunday, June 6
We will be worshiping in person beginning on June 6. We plan to be outside as much as possible, but if the weather is inclement we will move inside to the Fellowship Hall. At this time we will continue to be masked and socially distanced. Don’t forget your chair!
Coming to church on Sunday?
The food pantry cart will be out on the lawn if you would like to make a donation. Thank you!

Missions Missions put together 20 toiletry and cleaning buckets for Maine Needs based in Portland that will go to whom ever needs them in the state of Maine. “Maine Needs is a grassroots organization, powered by a growing collective of volunteers. We know how resilient people are, but not all of life should be about overcoming adversity. We aim to meet people on the hill they climb and ease stressors by rallying the heart of the community to provide basic needs”. You can read more about them online or on Facebook.


Upcoming Meetings

Trustees will be meeting on Tuesday, June 8 at 6pm via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT09

Diaconate will be meeting on Tuesday, June 8 at 6pm via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89617775399?pwd=Q2dpMnBqeE0rT2hEenF4NG5JUkZTUT09

Council will meet on Thursday, June 17 at 6:30 pm via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09


Message from Pastor Nancy

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

Please keep the following people in your prayers ~

The Family of Dick Baston – Dick passed away on May 30. A reception will be held here at NYCC on Monday, June 14th.


Marion Goff


Sandra Golonka

Richard and Nancy Lowell

Blanche and Jim Mays


Cindy Tompson


STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL NEWS
Strawberries plants are blooming with hope for fabulous berries in June!

The strawberry festival will be held on Saturday, June 26 from 1-3 pm.

The following is a list of dates to remember and also to review and see if you can help!!

Thursday, June 24 Pie plate and berry pick up at the church from 4-6 pm.
Prepping of berries during this time frame also.

Friday, June 25 set up in the fellowship hall 4pm.

Saturday, June 26

10am (weather permitting), set up of outside seating and EZ-up awnings
Prepping of sliced berries

Noon Those working on the festival arrive to double check your station and understand workflow.

1-3pm Festival

After 3 pm Clean up crew

NOTE: We will be following the current CDC guidelines for the festival.

Thanks, Leah Davis
Email lddavis115@gmail.com or mamad115@hotmail.com
Cell 776-3419
Home 829-6266


Pie Recipes

Thank you for baking a pie or pies for the Strawberry Festival. We are including recipes for your use or you may have a favorite of your own. We would appreciate two-crust or lattice-top baked pies. Please, no refrigerated pies. Label the pie box (S) for strawberry or (SR) for Strawberry Rhubarb.

Strawberry Pie
Bake at 350, 1 hr. until golden brown
1 quart strawberries
Mix together and sprinkle over fruit:
3/4 sup sugar
4 Tbs. flour
Pastry for a 2-crust pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Bake at 350, 1 hr. until golden brown
2 cups strawberries
2 cups rhubarb
Mix together and sprinkle over fruit:
1/13 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
Butter top of mixture
Pastry for a 2-crust pie

If you are interested, please respond to this email so that I know whether to move forward with planning at mamad115@hotmail.com

Have a great day,
Leah Davis

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 May 26, 2021

Office Hours for Pastor Joe
Pastor Joe will be in the office on Thursdays from 10:00 -12:00 pm starting this week. If anyone would like to meet with Pastor Joe please stop by.


Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests or pastoral care during pastor Nancy’s sabbatical please contact Deacons Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017. If you wish to speak with Pastor Joe, they will ask him to contact you.


News from the Office
Lyn, our Church Administrator, will be out of the office from June 7 to June 17 for shoulder surgery. While she is out, the office will be covered from 8:30-10:30 am Monday-Wednesday. Pastor Nancy will be in the office on Thursdays from 10:00-12:00 pm(not confirmed). The phones and email will be checked during this time.


Council News
In an effort to better communicate with members and friends of NYCC, we will provide you with a link to the approved minutes of Council’s last meeting every month. Please be sure to read them so that you will know what is currently happening at NYCC! Please click on the link below to take a look at the April minutes. Marsha S. Heath, Moderator

Click here to read April Council Minutes

CHURCH YARD SALE
There has been some interest in having a church yard sale sometime this summer. Is there a committee or a person who would like to spearhead this fundraiser this summer or early fall? Please let me know by calling me at 829-5940 or 653-1966. Thanks! Marsha Heath

CONFERENCE DUES
This is the time of year that our church must pay its conference dues. Conference dues are based on the number of members we have in our congregation. The per member dues is $18.00 for the Maine Conference and the Cumberland Association. If you haven’t done so already, the church would welcome payment from each member in this amount if you are so inclined. Thank you in advance.
Marsha H., Moderator

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Marion Goff


Sandra Golonka – Sandra has been diagnosed with cancer. She will begin Chemotherapy and Radiation treatments. Please send cards to her home. Continued prayers are appreciated.


Richard and Nancy Lowell


Blanche and Jim Mays


Cindy Tompson

In Person Worship to Begin on Sunday, June 6
We will be worshiping in person beginning on June 6. We plan to be outside as much as possible, but if the weather is inclement we will move inside to the Fellowship Hall. At this time we will continue to be masked and socially distanced. Don’t forget your chair!


Strawberry Festival
The Strawberry Festival is back! Plans are underway to hold the festival under tents outside on church grounds following all CDC Guidelines on Saturday, June 26th from 1:00-3:00 pm. If you haven’t already and would like to help please contact Leah D. at mamad115@hotmail.com

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

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
Trustees will be meeting on Tuesday, May 11 at 6pm via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT
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 May 5, 2021

Office Hours for Pastor JoePastor Joe will be in the office on Thursdays from 10:00 -12:00 pm starting this week.  If anyone would like to meet with Pastor Joe please stop by.
Welcome New Members
We are happy to have welcomed six new members at NYCC on Sunday, May 2nd.  They are Jon and Terri Bickford, Alex and Sara Rose, and Cody and Susanellen Stearns.  Welcome to the NYCC church family.  We look forward to getting to know you better!
Upcoming Meetings
Trustees will be meeting on Tuesday, May 11 at 6pm via Zoom  
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT09

Diaconate will be meeting on Tuesday, May 11 at 6pm via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89617775399?pwd=Q2dpMnBqeE0rT2hEenF4NG5JUkZTUT09

Missions will meet on Monday, May 17 at 7 pm via Zoom


Council will meet on Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 pm via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09
BIG ASK – God Welcomes AllWhile I am on sabbatical in May and July,  it would be really nice to have different families sing god welcomes all ( in whatever key works for you).  So you need to record and upload and soon would be great.  

I know I ask a lot from you all and I truly do appreciate it.  Thank you in advance!!!!  

Please let Lyn in the office know when you have uploaded your video at nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com or 829-3644.

Thank you, Pastor Nancy

Here is the link for submitting your video:

https://forms.gle/i85is9aZTUh2p7gy8
Looking for Readers
As Nancy is on sabbatical from May 3 thru may 30, we are making a schedule of readers for those Sunday’s.  As usual we will have a call to worship (more than one reader in household is best, but one will work) and scripture.  We have filled in a few spaces.  The dates are posted below.

May 9 – Jeanne C.   Jeff S.     (FULL)
May 16 – Gail S.   Peter D.   (FULL)
May 23 –   Sharon C.           (Need 1)
May 30 –                                  (Need 2)

Please let Lyn know if you are willing and available nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com.  Lyn can help with recording if needed.  As usual it needs to be done by Wednesday of the week before.
Pastoral Care RequestsFor prayer requests or pastoral care during pastor Nancy’s sabbatical please contact Deacons Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017.  If you wish to speak with Pastor Joe, they will ask him to contact you.
Graduates
Do you have someone graduating from high school or college this year?  Please let us know.  We would like to congratulate them.  nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com 
In Person Worship to Begin in JuneWe are planning to start up in person gatherings in June – yay! We will continue to be masked and socially distanced and will plan to be outside as much as possible.
Message from Kathy and Lois
If you or someone you know is struggling in our community, please Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017 to assess how NYCC church family can help. Thanks, Nancy nyccrevnancy@gmail.com
Trustee News
James & Whitney, Co. Roofing have been hired to replace the roofs over the sanctuary and the office.  Work is slated to begin Thursday, May 6.
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
Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka – Sandra will have her gallbladder removed on May 24.
 Richard and Nancy Lowell – Dick is now home recuperating.

Blanche and Jim MaysCindy Tompson 
Susan Elliott is walking for Habitat
Susan has been walking for HFH for many years.  If you would like to support join her on her walk by supporting Habitat for Humanity there are two ways to do it.

1.  Click here to donate online at https://charity.gofundme.com/springtimewalk2021.  Click on Donation, then pick her team (Susan&Bella).

2.  Write a check to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland and write (Susan&Bella) in the memo line.  Send checks to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, Att: Laura Duplissis, 659 Warren Avenue Portland, ME 04103.
Help for the HomelessIt’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 April 28, 2021

BIG ASK – God Welcomes All

While I am on sabbatical in May and July, it would be really nice to have different families sing god welcomes all (in whatever key works for you).  So you need to record and upload and soon would be great.  I know I ask a lot from you all and I truly do appreciate it.  Thank you in advance!!!!  Please let Lyn in the office know when you have uploaded your video at nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com or 846-3644. Thank you, Pastor Nancy

Here is the link for submitting your video:

https://forms.gle/i85is9aZTUh2p7gy8

Looking for Readers

As Nancy is on sabbatical from May 3 thru May 30, we are making a schedule of readers for those Sunday’s.  As usual we will have a call to worship (more than one reader in household is best, but one will work) and scripture.  We have filled in a few spaces.  The dates are posted below.

May 9 – Jeanne C.   Jeff S.     (FULL)

May 16 – Gail S.                      (Need 1)

May 23 –                                  (Need 2)

May 30 –                                  (Need 2)

Please let Lyn know if you are willing and available nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com.  Lyn can help with recording if needed.  As usual it needs to be done by Wednesday of the week before.

Pastoral Care Requests

For prayer requests or pastoral care during pastor Nancy’s sabbatical please contact Deacons Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017.  If you wish to speak with Pastor Joe, they will ask him to contact you.

Spring Cleanup

Thanks to all who helped on church cleanup day!  We had good weather and we were able to get everything done. 

In Person Worship

There will be an In-person parking lot worship on Sunday, May 2- bring a lawn chair and wear a mask!  Worship for the rest of May will be virtual. We are planning to start up in person gatherings in June – yay! We will continue to be masked and socially distanced and will plan to be outside as much as possible.

Youth Group

Youth Group meeting on Friday April 30 to go help move Grace Street Ministry storage closet at Williston Immanuel church in Portland-  be at church at 3:30 pm…. we will go visit baby goats at From Away Farm this Sunday after worship….. no other youth groups until June.

Trustee News

James & Whitney, Co. Roofing have been hired to replace the roofs over the sanctuary and the office.  Work is now slated to begin this coming Monday, May 3 due to weather.

Sabbatical leave

It’s that time! I have now been your pastor for about

5 1/2 years and it is time for sabbatical. Due to Covid-19 I will be doing it in a new way. I am taking 4 weeks in May (3rd- 30th) and then I will be back in June and will take my second 4 weeks in July. As I will not be traveling, I will be observing Sabbath rest at home along with some self-study. The Diaconate has hired Rev Joseph Connelly (see bio below) to cover worship and emergency pastoral care. More details to come next week. Thank you for providing me the opportunity for this sabbatical time.

Blessings, Pastor Nancy

Biography of Rev. Mr. Joseph Connolly

After a 23 year pastorate the Rev. Mr. Joseph (call me Joe) Connolly, retired as the Pastor and Teacher of the United Church of Christ, First Congregational of Norwich, New York in 2019.  Norwich is in a very rural Upstate area.  He was the longest serving pastor the church had seen in its 200+ years.  Rev. Connolly had a previous career as a writer as a playwright and as a songwriter (lyricist).  He is a member of the Dramatist Guild, A.S.C.A.P., and had material performed Off -Broadway.  Yes (full confession), he is a native of New York City.  Joe’s wife, Bonnie Scott Connolly, was a long time resident of Brunswick when she and Joe met.  How did they meet?  Joe is the best friend of her cousin and he was visiting Maine with him.  Bonnie and Joe hit it off right away (in part because they are both fond of puns).  When they met Bonnie was an award winning staff photographer on the Brunswick Times Record.  They moved to Bangor when First Parish Church in Brunswick sponsored Joe at Bangor Theological Seminary.

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

Message from Kathy and Lois

If you or someone you know is struggling in our community, please Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017 to assess how NYCC church family can help. Thanks, Nancy nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Please keep the following people in your prayers ~

Marion Goff 

Sandra Golonka – Sandra will have her gallbladder removed and they will biopsy the tumor.  This will probably happen within the next couple of weeks.

Richard and Nancy Lowell – Dick is now home recuperating.

Blanche and Jim Mays

Cindy Tompson

Susan Elliott is walking for Habitat

Susan has been walking for HFH for many years.  If you would like to support join her on her walk by supporting Habitat for Humanity there are two ways to do it.

1.  Click here to donate online at https://charity.gofundme.com/springtimewalk2021.  Click on Donation, then pick her team (Susan&Bella).

2.  Write a check to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland and write (Susan&Bella) in the memo line.  Send checks to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, Att: Laura Duplissis, 659 Warren Avenue Portland, ME 04103.

Habitat for Humanity Walk

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!

From the Church Administrator

Thank you all very much for the lovely cards, ecards, flowers, lunch and gifts given to me for Administrative Professionals Day.  They are all so lovely.  I am excited to begin my 11th year here helping to build a new website, continuing to record music with our organists and others as needed along with my daily routine. I am still sewing for the mask basket (500 masks to date for NYCC), and pray for the day we will no longer need them.  Again, thank you for your thoughtfulness. Love, Lyn

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 April 21, 2021

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 1 at 9 am.

Youth Group

No youth group today – check with pastor Nancy for reschedule!

In Person Worship

There will be an In person parking lot worship on Sunday, May 2- bring a lawn chair and wear a mask!

Cumberland Assoc. Spring Meeting

Sat. April 24, 9 AM – Noon

Worship & Business Meeting

Guest Speaker Rev. Paul NIckerson

Re-Launching as a Hybrid Church

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85231694136?pwd=MGt1Zlorek9KQzJmUGU1TFlkKytEdz09

Sabbatical leave

It’s that time! I have now been your pastor for about
5 1/2 years and it is time for sabbatical. Due to Covid 19 I will be doing it in a new way. I am taking 4 weeks in May ( 3rd- 30th) and then I will be back in June and will take my second 4 weeks in July. As I will not be traveling , I will be observing sabbath rest at home along with some self study. The Diaconate has hired Rev Joseph Connelly (see bio below) to cover worship and emergency pastoral care. More details to come next week. Thank you for providing me the opportunity for this sabbatical time. Blessings, Pastor Nancy

Rev. Mr. Joseph Connolly

After a 23 year pastorate the Rev. Mr. Joseph (call me Joe) Connolly, retired as the  Pastor and Teacher of the United Church of Christ, First Congregational of Norwich, New York in 2019.  Norwich is in a very rural Upstate area.  He was the longest serving pastor the church had seen in its 200+ years.  Rev. Connolly had a previous career as a writer as a playwright and as a songwriter (lyricist).  He is a member of the Dramatist Guild, A.S.C.A.P., and had material performed Off -Broadway.  Yes (full confession), he is a native of New York City.  Joe’s wife, Bonnie Scott Connolly, was a long time resident of Brunswick when she and Joe met.  How did they meet?  Joe is the best friend of her cousin and he was visiting Maine with him.  Bonnie and Joe hit it off right away (in part because they are both fond of puns).  When they met Bonnie was an award winning staff photographer on the Brunswick Times Record.  They moved to Bangor when First Parish Church in Brunswick sponsored Joe at Bangor Theological Seminary.

Council News

In an effort to better communicate with members and friends of NYCC, we will provide you with a link to the approved minutes of Council’s last meeting every month.  Please be sure to read them so that you will know what is currently happening at NYCC!  Please click on the link below to take a look at the March minutes.   Marsha S. Heath, Moderator

Read Council Minutes:  https://bit.ly/3gr993B

Trustee News

James & Whitney, Co. Roofing have been hired to replace the roofs over the sanctuary and the office.  Work is slated to begin this coming Tuesday, April 27.

Access Worship

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

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  

Sandra Golonka – Sandra had an ultrasound and a tumor in her Gallbladder was found.  She will be undergoing a cholecystectomy ASAP to remove her gallbladder. 

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

Blanche and Jim Mays

Cindy Tompson 

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!

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 

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

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

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

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

Meeting ID: 813 2101 7944

Passcode: 481907

One tap mobile

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Meeting ID: 813 2101 7944

Passcode: 481907

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81455396104?pwd=c2dZUFZJTEpUcmFPYlNYeW9ZN2o2UT09

Meeting ID: 814 5539 6104

Passcode: 916604

One tap mobile

+16465588656,,81455396104#,,,,*916604# US (New York)

+13017158592,,81455396104#,,,,*916604# US (Washington DC)

Dial by your location

        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

        +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 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
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Meeting ID: 868 8425 7185
Passcode: 504651
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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