Weekly News for April 11, 2018

Youth Group News
April 15th: The youth group will travel to Harpswell for a church community service project and fundraiser. We will be helping Pastor Nancy with a series of yardwork projects, so please dress appropriately. Lunch will follow.

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.

Patriots’ Day
Monday, April 16 is Patriots’ Day. (Patriots’ Day commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, which were fought near Boston in 1775.  Maine was a province of Massachusetts until it became a State in 1820). The Church office will be closed.

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.

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

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, April 15th and Sunday, April 20th 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.

Missions Presentation
The Missions Board’s presentation of their work and projects this past Sunday was amazingly wonderful and so thorough ! They are right out there helping people in need ……….local and world wide. NYCC is blessed AND involved.
Kudos, Missions folks

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 11

Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

 

Thursday, April 12

Bible Study – 2:00 pm

 

Saturday, April 14

Pet Place Pantry – 9:00-10:00 am

 

Sunday, April 15

Bible Study – 8:30 am

Informal Information mtg on Sanctuary Changes

Youth Group– 11:00 am

 

Monday, April 16

Patriots’ Day – Office Closed

Rummage Sale Drop Off and Set Up

 

Tuesday, April 17

Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Rummage Sale Drop Off and Set Up

 

 

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Weekly News for March 21

Easter Morning Breakfast update: ………we could really use a couple of entrees and a fruit bowl. Donna Smith is bringing fruit, but 1 more would be good. There are plenty of eggs at the church , which really should be used, sooner rather than later !

The Church Council needs to meet, There are a couple of items that need our attention. So…..Let’s go for Thursday April 5th at 4:30.

Lent 2018 – Ready for Change

Friday, 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.

Newsletter Article Deadline – Monday, March 26

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 21– Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Thursday, March 22 – Bible Study – 2:00 pm

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

Sunday, March 25 – Youth Group – 11:00 am

Tuesday, March 27 – Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Weekly News for February 28

Friday Lunch
Our next Friday Lunch will be held on March 2 from 11:30-1:00 pm. We will be serving Haddock Chowder and a biscuit, a special of some kind and a choice of two desserts with a beverage. Come enjoy a delicious lunch and good conversation.

Youth Group
The youth group will meet March 4th after church. We will share a meal and discuss with Pastor Nancy our hopes and dreams. We will also begin to plan the Spring Talent Show hosted by the Youth Group. Start thinking about your hidden talent as we will be inviting ALL church members to perform at this fun community gathering.

CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
…..Wed. March 7th…..5:30 Different day, different time! On the agenda:(1) Establish a consistent meeting time (2) Prepare for March 16th church supper agenda ( this is the important piece )(3) Any other items of importance. We will be through in time to accommodate choir rehearsal, It would be super if we had all boards and committees represented. Hope to see you there. Jeanne

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.

Game Night

CE will be sponsoring an all church “Game Night” on Saturday March 3, from 5:30-7:30PM. We had a great time with this last year. We’re asking each family to bring a pizza to share or a dish to share. There will be a sign-up sheet in the gathering space. Games of all sorts will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. I wonder who will win the “Oreo on your forehead” game? Whoever it is, we’re all sure to have a good time.

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

Wednesday, February 28 – Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Friday, March 2 – Friday Lunch – 11:30-1:00 pm

Saturday, March 3 – Game Night – 5:30 pm

Sunday,March 4– Youth Group – 11:00 am

Sunday, March 4– Christian Ed. – 11:00 am

Sunday, March 4 – Diaconate – 11:00 am

Tuesday, March 6 – Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Weekly News for February 21

Newsletter Deadline
The newsletter deadline has come and gone. If you have an article for the newsletter please get it to by Thursday morning. I will go to print Thursday afternoon. Thank you.

THURSDAY COUNCIL MEETING CANCELLED
It was decided to cancel the Church Council meeting for this Thursday and encourage you to attend the Retreat on Sat. To reflect on church and your role as one if its leaders. Hope you can make it there. Jeanne

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.

Lent 2018 – Ready for Change

All Boards and Committees: please let me know when your first meeting is as I want to be sure to attend! I will help you understand how to come up with your expectations! So far I have Missions meeting after worship on February 11th, a Trustee’s meeting on February 18th, Finance on February 21st, hopefully CE on February 25th, and Council on February 22. Deacons, when are we meeting?

Saturday February 24th from 9-noon – leadership retreat for all board and committee members and officers of the church – a time to reflect on your role as a leader at NYCC – no preparation required. Coffee and muffins or some such will be provided.

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

Wednesday, February 21 – Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 21 – Finance Meeting – ?

Saturday, February 24 – Leadership Retreat – 9:00 am

Sunday, February 25 – Drama Club – 11:00 am

Sunday, February 25 – Christian Ed. – 11:00 am

Tuesday, February 28 – Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

 

Weekly News for February 14

Ash Wednesday – Tonight

Ash Wednesday soup supper at 5:30 with Ash Wednesday Service at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Soup is provided.

Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 19 is Presidents’ Day. The office will be closed. Monday also the newsletter article deadline. Please feel free to send in your articles, then I can start on the newsletter bright and early Tuesday morning! Thanks, Lyn

Trustees Meeting
The Trustees will meet on February 18 at 11:00 am.

COUNCIL MEETING?
Yes, we need to get together soon, so for the immediate future, let’s meet next Thursday, Feb. 22 at 4:30 pm. We may want to make different meeting time arrangements going forward. If you have elected a Chair, great, if not could another member attend the meeting ? Hopefully, we will establish some goals or improve our meetings so that we have a plan for 2018 ……..other than meeting because it’s a certain time of the month.
Thank-you, Jeanne

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.

Lent 2018 – Ready for Change

All Boards and Committees: please let me know when your first meeting is as I want to be sure to attend! I will help you understand how to come up with your expectations! So far I have Missions meeting after worship on February 11th, a Trustee’s meeting on February 18th, Finance on February 21st, hopefully CE on February 25th, and Council on February 22. Deacons, when are we meeting?

February 14th – 5:30 pm soup supper and 6 pm – Ash Wednesday service in the Fellowship hall.

Saturday February 24th from 9-noon – leadership retreat for all board and committee members and officers of the church – a time to reflect on your role as a leader at NYCC – no preparation required. Coffee and muffins or some such will be provided.

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.

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

Sunday, February 18 – Trustees – 11:00 am

Monday, February 19 – Presidents’ Day – Office Closed

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

Wednesday, February 21 – Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

 

Weekly News for January 31

Conference Dues
Conference Dues for 2018 are $15.34. An even $15. is fine.

Youth Group
Youth group will meet Sunday the 4th following church service in the community room – lunch will be provided. 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.

Mission Committee
The Mission Committee will be meeting on Sunday, February 11 at 11:00 am

Pet Pantry Needs

Dry Dog Food, Dry Cat Food and Kitty Litter.

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

Save the Week of February 9, 2018 for Building Chicken Pies

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.

Now we need enthusiastic volunteers who would like to be part of a fun-loving team to create 350 chicken pies! Bring a friend along, too.

Please block out these dates in your 2018 calendars and let Pam know if you can help:

– February 5, Monday, 1-3 pm, weigh and create dough balls (need 8 volunteers)

– February 6, Tuesday, 1-4 pm pick chicken (need 8 volunteers)

– 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).

Thank you in advance for blocking out the week of February 5-9. We sincerely appreciate any and all help you can give. Just the aromas in the kitchen will be enough to cheer you up during this bleak time of year…to say nothing of the fellowship we’ll all enjoy!

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.

~Mark Heath and Pam Ames (james2@maine.rr.com or 829-5708)

A Special Thank You!

Dear Friends, Thank you so much for the monetary gift at Christmas time. It certainly came in handy during the holidays. As your Sexton, I sure can’t wait to get the parking lot paved. “Pavement Capital Campaign?” Hint Hint!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 31 – Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Friday, February 2 – Friday Lunch – 11:30 am

Sunday, February 4– CE Mtg– 11:00 am

Sunday, February 4 – Youth Group – 11:00 am

Tuesday, February 6– Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Friday, February 9 – Chicken Pie Sale – 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Sunday, February 11 – Missions Mtg. – 11:00 am

Weekly News for January 10

Council Meeting
There will be a Council meeting on Thursday (tomorrow) at 4:30 pm. The meeting will include – Budget presentation, presentation of New Slate of Committees and Boards, plan for Annual Meeting, other items we need to tend to.The Council should approve both the budget and the Nominations before they go to Annual meeting. Jeanne

2018 pledge envelopes
2018 pledge envelopes are on Gathering Place table. I’ve been asked if I remember a persons pledge card break-out, ie.how much to missions or general fund….no I don’t, but the computer does! So, you do not have to write any figures on the envelope. If you add a donation to something in addition to your original pledge to Gen. Fund, or missions, that needs to be noted. Jeanne

Annual Meeting
Sunday January 21st right after church. . Members and friends are encouraged to attend church and the meeting. The church is in a pretty positive place right now and I am hoping for a positive meeting as we move on into the new year. Some interesting ideas are floating around, different ways of problem solving, less rigidity in our organization, etc. We could have some fun! Jeanne

Office Closed
The office will be closed on Monday, January 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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

Food Pantry Needs

Laundry Detergent (small-medium sizes are better)

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 10 – Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Thursday, January 11 – Council – 4:30 pm

Saturday, January 13 – Pet Place Pantry – 9:00 am

Sunday, January 14– Drama Club / Trustees– 11:00 am

Tuesday, January 16 – Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am