Weekly News for September 9, 2020

Trustees Meeting The next Trustees meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 9 at 6 pm outside at the church.

Disaster Relief – Helping those in need
There are many in our nation needing help following disaster – the gulf coast from hurricane Laura and in California because of the wildfires. We will be collecting donations and sending them to UCC disaster relief (100% of funds designated for disaster relief to the United Church of Christ are used for disaster relief and rehabilitation programming). Please give as you are able – please include a note that your donation is for UCC disaster relief – mail a check to NYCC at 3 Gray Rd, North Yarmouth, ME 04097 or donate online at https://tithe.ly/give

From Pastor Nancy Sunday evening I had an email from one of our home bound members that they had been unable to get either our FB or our YouTube link to work that morning for worship. Her son helped her just go to YouTube and do a search for NYCC. It worked! Yay for the helpers!
Why do we have those cryptic links, you ask?
We do have a YouTube channel. If we have 100 subscribers, we can get a custom url like ‘Nyccucc’ and then our link will not be so crazy. We currently have 25 subscribers. If you go to our YouTube channel YOU can subscribe- it is free! You will need to put in your email address.
Pastor Nancy

Confirmation
Confirmation class will meet via zoom on every other Wednesday from 7-8 pm starting Wednesday September 16th. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82376446430?pwd=WWJ2UndOenBQd1BLL1NydGNYKyt6UT09

More From Pastor Nancy Chicken Pie Event: After meeting with Mark Heath and Pam Ames and some discussion about possibilities for this event it was decided that it would be too difficult to do it safely so it will be cancelled this year. Pam and Mark put a lot of thought into this and tried to figure out a safe way to do something but in the end this was the decision.

We also will not hold any 1st Friday lunches through year end and Tuesday gals have decided to cancel the Christmas fair.

I know this is all difficult for everyone but it is ok. We will be ok. It is ok to feel bad about this. And we will get through this pandemic with God’s help. We will be ok – better than ever – ‘see I am doing a new thing’ Isaiah 43:19.

Consider taking this opportunity to consider what new things God is calling us to do.

On an up note, faith formation is planning to hold a safe scaled down outside version of the pumpkin party on Saturday afternoon October 24th – more details to come on that. In Christ, Nancy

All Church Discussion All church discussion about Jesus, the church, and anti-racism. This will be a guided discussion with weekly questions to consider for six weeks every other Sunday – no prep required. Join us in our first hybrid series of in person at church socially distanced with masks in fellowship hall with the option of joining from home over zoom. We will meet on Sunday afternoons starting September 13 at 2pm for one hour. (Sep 13, sep 27, oct 11, oct 25, Nov 8, nov 22).
Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87344116383?pwd=UE1vNDZvZ1lLdGtuK2VZRjUxZ0J3dz09

From the Diaconate ~ Upcoming outdoor in person worship opportunities:
Sunday, September 20th and Sunday, October 11th at 9:30 am – this will be outside at church – BYO chair and mask – social distancing will be observed. The parking lot will be open for parking during these services. These services will be live-streamed on the NYCC FB page for those not joining us in person.


Fill the basket for the Cumberland Food Pantry
Thank you to everyone who contributed to overflowing the grocery cart with non-perishable food and other items for those in need during our outdoor service in August. We will wheel out the cart for our next outdoor services on September 20 and October 11.

Links for Recurring Zoom Meetings and Worship

Diaconate: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89617775399?pwd=Q2dpMnBqeE0rT2hEenF4NG5JUkZTUT09
Council: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09
Trustees: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83582115294?pwd=K3NnVXZVMENieWFod0UxZkxMUHhJQT09
Tuesday Gals: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83989985429?pwd=TzF2N2ZtMW1JbEJqc3BuWHUxdHpIUT09
Confirmation Class: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82376446430?pwd=WWJ2UndOenBQd1BLL1NydGNYKyt6UT09
Access worship video on the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NYCC04097/ (you do not need to be a FB user – just click past the create account box to get to our public page)
OR you may access it directly on our youtube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfpqlTAslXE8sARi5SSJWlQ
Join us for zoom coffee hour following worship. (Approx. 10:15AM)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83955604677?pwd=UXBQYTB0b0lFZ2FhVHB6d0dVTTJYZz09

News for March 18

CHURCH BUILDING CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak and the need for social distancing we are suspending all in person activities and gatherings (with the exception of AA) at the church building through March 31, 2020.

WORSHIP SERVICES
Please join us for live-streaming of our worship service on our church facebook page. You do not need to be a user of facebook to view it – here is a link:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2510017165883072&id=96521427301

Weekly News for September 18

Vacation
Pastor Nancy is on vacation from August 30th through September 22nd.  Emergency pastoral coverage will be provided by Rev Richard Hyde at Gray CC (cell phone 202 422 5598) from Sept 7th thru the 22nd.

Chicken Pie Supper
The Chicken Pie Supper will be held on Friday, October 25.  We will run the supper in the same fashion as last year with two seatings at 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm. We will be selling tickets prior to the supper. 

Here is how this will work:

How will we buy our tickets?
The church will sell tickets on Sunday, October 6, from 1-3 p.m.
People can reserve tickets in 3 ways:
-in person here at the church
-by phone, 829-3644 or 829-4597
-by email. (nyccchickenpie@gmail.com)  NO EMAILS PRIOR TO OCTOBER 6 at 1 p.m. will be accepted.  We will only accept emails that arrive between 1-3 p.m.

UCC Disaster Donations      
$1,268.00!!!  This is the amount of money that NYCC will be sending to the Bahamian Disaster Fund  as of today, 09/18. Friday Lunch earmarked the money they took in last Friday and a generous gift was given through  NYCC because they believed that nothing was taken off the top for administration or “other” expenses. And they are right. It all goes where the givers expect it to.  We will continue to accept donations if you are so inclined. Thank-you so much.    Jeanne

Parking Lot Paving
And speaking of donations we still are open for your help with our “Paving the Way ” project. If you have promised a specific amount, but haven’t sent it in, that would be appreciated, because we will be receiving bills (in fact we already have …..for the dirt work ) and we kind of need to know where we actually stand. A couple of folks have said they were intending to give, but haven’t gotten around to it. Excellent time for you to do it!    Again, thank you seems so lame compared to how we really feel.  Jeanne

Church Committees
We are also still waiting for a few folks to step up for service on a church committee. If you have questions, please ask Rev. Nancy, committee chairs, or Jeanne. The committees and Boards are making a real effort to streamline the time commitment involved, trying to avoid evening meetings, etc. We know lives are a lot different today then they were when our governance document was written years ago. Jeanne
P.S.  Truth be told, we really aren’t terribly concerned about By-Laws, but the committees do need help doing the work of the church.

Opportunities to Serve

Food Pantry Needs
Paper Goods – Paper Towels, Toilet Tissue, Facial Tissues

Pet Pantry Needs
Biggest Need:  Kitty Litter, if possible scoop-able.
Dry cat food in small or large bags
Dry Dog food in 17-20 pound bags (It is better to give out a larger bag as mixing two different brands of smaller dog food to make enough is hard on dogs digestive systems.

This Weeks Calendar

Wednesday, September 18
Choir – 7pm
AA – 7 pm

Thursday, September 19
Retired Clergy Luncheon – 11am
Yoga – 2 pm

Saturday, September 21
Men’s Club Breakfast – 7:00 am

Sunday, September 22
Worship – 9:30 am

Monday, September 23
Yoga – 2pm

Tuesday, September 24
WF/Tuesday Gals 

Wednesday, September 25
Closing the Circle – 5:30 pm
Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm
AA – 7:00 pm

Gentle Reminder
Please turn the lights off behind you when you leave your space. Thank you.

Weekly News for September 11

Vacation
Pastor Nancy is on vacation from August 30th through September 22nd.  Emergency pastoral coverage will be provided by Rev Richard Hyde at Gray CC (cell phone 202 422 5598) from Sept 7th thru the 22nd.

Parking Lot Paving 

Site has been completed on the parking lot. We will be scheduling the paving as soon as possible.  We will let you know when that happens.  We are still accepting donations for the parking lot paving if you would like to help. Thank you, Trustees
Chicken Pie Supper
The Chicken Pie Supper will be held on Friday, October 25.  We will run the supper in the same fashion as last year with two seatings at 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm. We will be selling tickets prior to the supper.

Here is how this will work:

How will we buy our tickets?
The church will sell tickets on Sunday, October 6, from 1-3 p.m.
People can reserve tickets in 3 ways:
-in person here at the church
-by phone, 829-3644 or 829-4597
-by email. (nyccchickenpie@gmail.com)  NO EMAILS PRIOR TO OCTOBER 6 at 1 p.m. will be accepted.  We will only accept emails that arrive between 1-3 p.m.

Opportunities to Serve

Food Pantry Needs
Paper Goods – Paper Towels, Toilet Tissue, Facial Tissues

Pet Pantry Needs
Biggest Need:  Kitty Litter, if possible scoop-able.
Dry cat food in small or large bags
Dry Dog food in 17-20 pound bags (It is better to give out a larger bag as mixing two different brands of smaller dog food to make enough is hard on dogs digestive systems.

 This Weeks Calendar

Wednesday, September 11
AA – 7 pm

Thursday, September 12
Yoga – 2 pm

Saturday, September 14
Pet Place Pantry – 9:00 am

Sunday, September 15
Worship – 9:30 am

Monday, September 16
Yoga – 2pm
Missions – 5:30 pm

Tuesday, September 17
WF/Tuesday Gals in Shapleigh

Wednesday, September 18
Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm
AA – 7:00 pm

New Office Hours
Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday  8:30-11:30 am
Thursday 8:00-3:00 pm

Weekly News for August 14

Church Yard Sale
The Church Yard Sale is set for August 17 from 9:00 to 1:00 pm. Contributions will be collected up until August 16th. Please no used computers, tv’s or broken items.  Please contact Gary Davis at 831-1254 or Priscilla Brobst at 829-3480 before dropping off any questionable items.

Please use nyccrevnancy@gmail.com  when you send email to Pastor Nancy.  Thanks!

Summer office hours 
Monday and Wednesday 6:30-8:30 am
Tuesday and Thursday 6:30-8:30 am and 12:15-3:00 pm

Vacation
Lyn will be on vacation from August 19-23.  The office will not be open, but Rev. Nancy will be available.  

Church Council will meet on Sunday, August 25th, after the church service.  As you may recall, we did not have a meeting in July.  We hope you all had a great long summer.  Please try to be present or have a member of your committee present because Rev. Nancy will be leaving on vacation in September, and we will be planning for Homecoming in late September as well.  Marsha Heath, Moderator

Grief Support Group
The Grief Support Group will meet on Thursday, August 22 at 1:00 pm.  

The mysterious disappearance of the blue cart?????? Apparently it crumbled a couple of months ago and was last seen in the dumpster. Case closed!

PAVING THE WAY       
This Week….$505.00!   Getting us to the $47,700.00 mark. which includes $5,000.00 in promised gifts . So, as we continue to support this project, and without saying the same thing over and over, I am having trouble expressing gratitude on behalf of our church. But you get my drift. You’re the best!   Jeanne

A Note from the Nominating Committee
It is not too early to start thinking about your interest in serving the church by becoming a member of a board or committee or an officer. If you are now serving one of these positions, are you planning on staying on?,,,,( we hope you are as it is becoming more difficult year after year to fill the slots prescribed by our By-Laws.) The  boards that could use a new member or two are Trustees, Deacons, Christen Ed, and Missions, There may be officers who would appreciate a break. If you are interested, please speak to or ask questions of Rev. Nancy, Annie Graham, Cindy Tompson, or Jeanne Chadbourne. That would be the Nominating Committee.

FYI
The Church Council is in the very early stages of addressing the the need to “do” things differently than we are now as far as structure and governing the church. The By-Laws etc., have not kept up with the changes, or the way folks are doing life today. There are other more efficient forms of church governance that certainly would accommodate our busier life styles. I am looking forward to continuing this study. Any comments? Ideas? Suggestions? It would be especially helpful to hear from folks who are interested in doing their part, but can’t make a commitment to monthly meetings, or indefinite time constraints.  Jeanne   

Missions
Missions is collecting school supplies needed in Machias.  We are collecting until the end of August and then will send them to the Machias Church to be dispersed to school children in need.  There will be a box in the Gathering space.  If you wish to help here is the list of items needed.  Thank you!
boxes of crayons
glue
scissors
pencil cases
pens and pencils
spiral bound notebooks

New Email Address
Pat Field has a new email address.  Her new address is pfield334@gmail.com.
 
Opportunities to Serve

Food Pantry Needs
Paper Goods – Paper Towels, Toilet Tissue, Facial Tissues

Pet Pantry Needs
Biggest Need:  Kitty Litter, if possible scoop-able.
Dry cat and dog food, smaller bags if possible

This Weeks Calendar

Wednesday, August 14
AA – 7 pm

Thursday, August 15
Yoga – 2 pm

Saturday, August 17
Men’s Club Breakfast – 7:00 am
Church Yard Sale – 9:00-1:00 pm

Sunday, August 18
Worship – 9:30 am

Monday, August 19
Yoga – 2 pm

Tuesday, August 20
WF/Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Wednesday, August 21
AA – 7:00 pm

Gentle Reminder
Please turn the lights off behind you when you leave your space. Thank you.
Please make sure that the water is shut off in the bathrooms when you leave.  The hot water was left running in the ladies upstairs bathroom sink from Sunday late morning to Monday morning.