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

 

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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

 

Weekly News for January 3, 2018

NO FRIDAY LUNCH IN JANUARY – See you in February!

Youth Group

It’s hard to believe 2018 is here and we’ve already had 3 months of youth group! Youth group members, please join us January 7th for lunch as we discuss what the coming year will hold.

During our meeting on the 7th, we will decide what to do on the 21st – stay tuned for more updates. See you all in 2018!

Do you have a report for the Annual Meeting Report? Kathy would be so appreciative of folks meeting the Jan. 4, 2018 deadline for your report. Thanks !

A Note from the Nominating Committee
We have openings on all of our committees at this time. Please think it over and let us know if you are interested in a position on one of our committees. If you have any questions, we would be glad to answer them for you. Thank you, Pat Field, Pam Ames and Butch Goff.

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

Food Pantry Needs

Bath Tissue

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 3 – Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Friday, January 5 – Friday Lunch – 11:30-1:00 pm

Sunday, January 7– Youth Group / CE Mtg.– 11:00 am

Thursday, January 11 – Council – 4:30 pm

Weekly News for December 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly News for December 6

Advent Study
Advent Study will take place tonight at the church at 6:00 pm.

Membership Dues/Pledges
It’s never too late to 1) pay your 2017 conference membership dues ($17) and 2) return your 2018 pledge card. We have had 39 cards returned to date with an amazingly generous response from you ! I think our church is blessed beyond measure. What a way to go into Advent and to celebrate the birth of Jesus and to be able to continue doing His work at a most respectful level.

Annual Meeting
Do you have a report for the Annual Meeting Report ? Kathy would be so appreciative of folks meeting the Jan. 4, 2018 deadline for your report. Thanks!

Pageant
Kudos to Janine and Company for a wonderful, fun, meaningful kick- off pageant for our Christmas Celebration. Well Done

Chicken Pie Sales

We are still taking orders for the Chicken Pie Sale to be held on Friday, February 9 from 2:00-5:00 pm. There are only 11 pies and 40 gravy still available, so if you haven’t ordered your pie and wish to, do it soon! The cost of a 10 inch pie will be $18 and a pint of gravy will be $5. You can order by replying to this email, calling the office at 829-3644 or if you are at the church fill out the order sheet on the office desk.


A Note from the Nominating Committee

We have openings on all of our committees at this time. Please think it over and let us know if you are interested in a position on one of our committees. If you have any questions, we would be glad to answer them for you. Thank you, Pat Field, Pam Ames and Butch Goff.

Coffee, Games and Conversation
Tuesdays 12:30-2:30 pm in the fellowship hall. As part of the Living Well in North Yarmouth initiative, join your friends and neighbors for a favorite game, conversation and light refreshments. Come as you are and as often as you are able – you are welcome here!

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

Food Pantry Needs

Bath Tissue

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 6– Advent Study – 6:00 pm

Wednesday, December 6– Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 9 – Friday Lunch – 11:30-1:00 pm

Sunday, December 10 – Trustees – 11:00 am

Sunday, December 10 – Drama Club – 11:00 am