Weekly News for November 23

Join us for Worship! 
We are worshiping in person on Sundays at 9:30 am.  For those who wish to join us online please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.  If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com.  If you wish to make an offering it can be made online through Tithely at https://tithe.ly/give?c=1301940.  You can also give by text: Text “Give” to 883-751-0314.

Choir
The Choir will not meet for rehearsal tonight, 11/27.  We will meet on Sunday for an early rehearsal from 8:00-9:00 am.  

Invitation to Join the Choir
The NYCC Choir cordially invites you to be a Choir Tryer for the Christmas Season. We practice Wednesdays at 6:30 pm and on Sundays at 8:30 am before our service. We promise that you will have a lot of fun and make some beautiful music! 

Church Closed
The church will be closed on 11/23 and 11/24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Tack, O Gud – Thanks to God for My Redeemer                  
Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day 

One of my favorite hymns is a hymn of Thanksgiving from the Swedish Pietist tradition. It was written by August Storm, a Salvation Army officer. Each stanza begins with “Thanks” and expresses gratitude to God for something. But, in the words of Oscar Lovgren, “There are no cheap commodities in the thirty-two thanks found in the song.”

Storm thanks God for “dark and dreary fall” as well as “pleasant, balmy springtime”; for “pain” as well as “pleasure”; for “thorns” as well as “roses.” Storm wrote this hymn before a severe back ailment that left him painfully crippled, but just a year before his death he wrote another poem thanking God for the years of calm and quiet and the years of pain. My that spirit of gratitude fill us this at Thanksgiving and always.

Storm’s hymn was translated into English by Carl Backstrom, and set to a tune composed by J. A Hultman. The latter was known in Sweden and America as the “Sunshine Singer.” He served as pastor of Bethlehem Covenant Church in Worcester, Massachusetts, during and following World War One. I pastored that same congregation from 1984-1997.

Here is the hymn:

1. Thanks to God for my Redeemer,
Thanks for all Thou dost provide!
Thanks for times now but a mem’ry,
Thanks for Jesus by my side!
Thanks for pleasant, balmy springtime,
Thanks for dark and stormy fall!
Thanks for tears by now forgotten,
Thanks for peace within my soul!

2. Thanks for prayers that Thou hast answered,
Thanks for what Thou dost deny!
Thanks for storms that I have weathered,
Thanks for all Thou dost supply!
Thanks for pain, and thanks for pleasure,
Thanks for comfort in despair!
Thanks for grace that none can measure,
Thanks for love beyond compare!

3. Thanks for roses by the wayside,
Thanks for thorns their stems contain!
Thanks for home and thanks for fireside,
Thanks for hope, that sweet refrain!
Thanks for joy and thanks for sorrow,
Thanks for heav’nly peace with Thee!
Thanks for hope in the tomorrow,
Thanks through all eternity!

Grace and peace,
Pastor Paul


Advent and Christmasat North Yarmouth
Congregational Church


Sundays ~ 9:30 am ~ Worship with us
We celebrate Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love, anticipating the One who comes to us as a Child.  Each week we light the Advent Wreath, sing carols of the season, and our gifted choir shares beautiful music as we prepare for Christmas.

Saturday, December 17
10 am—12 noon ~ Nativity Display Open House
Experience the meaning of Christmas as you view a collection of 75 Nativities from around the world, including some special ones for children and the young at heart. Enjoy a cookie and coffee, tea or hot chocolate as you visit with your neighbors.

Christmas Eve, December 24th

5:00 pm ~ Family Christmas Worship
Walk-on Pageant, Choir

11:00 pm ~ Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols

Christmas Day, December 25
No Service ~ The 5 pm Christmas Eve Service
will be available to watch on-line

New Year’s Day, January 1
9:30 am ~ Worship Service with Holy Communion

Annual Reports – Update
To all Chairs of Boards and Committees.  It is time to write your reports for the Annual Report.  The deadline for reports is has been moved to Sunday, January 6. Please adhere to this deadline as the reports need to be compiled and printed and handed out on the 15th.  If you would like to review your report from last year, please let Lyn know, and she will send you the report.  Please send your reports to Lyn in the office at nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com.  Jeanne Chadbourne, Church Clerk


NYCC Clothing Ministry
We would like to add to the food portion of the NYCC Street Ministry with basic warm clothing and accessories.  If you are so moved, please add your contribution to the box in the gathering space.  Most needed and asked for items:
                              Warm socks
                              Waterproof gloves
                              Winter hats
                              Hand warmers
                              Underwear

If you have gently used warm coats, boots, clothing, that you would like to give, please add these to the box, too.  These items will be passed onto Maine Needs or Preble Street.  If you have questions, please email Tracy at tdahlgren1140@gmail.com or Jeanne at jeannechadbourne@aol.com

NYCC COVID-19 GUIDELINES 10/20/22
We have been following CDC guidelines at NYCC

Generally, each person should have up-to-date vaccines and boosters, use masks when in large crowds, and practice social distancing.

Masks are optional at NYCC but if you are not feeling well, we would appreciate your staying home, in particular for a Sunday worship service as the service can be seen on YouTube.

If you do test positive for Covid-19 and you have minor symptoms, then you should isolate for 5 full days (day of symptoms is day 0, isolate for 5 full days thereafter) on day 6 take two antigen tests in a row spaced 48 hours apart and if they are both negative you can remove your mask.

If you have a moderate case or severe case (needing to be hospitalized) please refer to the Maine CDC guidelines general information relating to Covid-19.

Community Food Pantry Donations.
 The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.   We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
 
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygiene Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.  Thank you very much for your ongoing support for the Cumberland Community Food Pantry which supports North Yarmouth families.

Coffee Hour 

We have gone back to our traditional coffee hour with homemade baked goods, fruit, cheese and crackers, etc.  We still have prepackaged goodies as well.

We are very interested in getting a schedule in place which will rotate so that not one person is doing coffee hour every week. We have a signup sheet at church in the gathering space, so please check it out and consider doing the set up and clean up and goodies, or share it with one person setting up, one person cleaning up, and a couple of people baking or bringing other goodies. Thanks all! Marsha Heath

A Note from the Nominating Committee
Friends, it is time to tap your energy by joining one of our church committees. We have several openings and we would welcome your help. (Trustees, Diaconate, Faith Formation, Missions, Nominating Committee, Flower Committee). Please let me know if you are interested. My email is apgraham1@gmail.com or just catch me at church.
Thank you, Annie Graham, NYCC Vice Moderator

Continuing Meetings 

Choir Rehearsal – Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday Morning at 8:30 am in the Sanctuary

Tuesday Gals meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall. 

Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of the month at 7:30 am at Toddy Brook

Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 am.

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Bill Tompson

Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

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Weekly News for November 16,2022

Join us for Worship! 
We are worshiping in person on Sundays at 9:30 am.  For those who wish to join us online please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.  If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com.  If you wish to make an offering it can be made online through Tithely at https://tithe.ly/give?c=1301940.  You can also give by text: Text “Give” to 883-751-0314.

Council Meeting
This is a reminder that the Council will meet on Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 pm in person at the church.


Celtic Advent 
Christmas displays started popping up in many stores as early as September, becoming ubiquitous the day after Halloween. Christmas music blasts over loudspeakers and radios. Many of us say or think, “Please. Let us get through Thanksgiving first.”
 
Black Friday to Christmas Eve day is too often a frenzy of holiday shopping, baking, parties & other activities. Then, on Dec. 26 all the Christmas music & holiday cheer comes to an abrupt halt. The focus turns to New Year’s and beyond.
 
Many people have forgotten that the 12 Days of Christmas begins on Dec. 25th. And the season of Advent — a time of spiritual preparation for Christmas — is ignored.
 
For most Christians Advent begins on the 4th Sunday before Christmas — that’s Nov. 27th this year. And that is what we will observe in our worship services. But in the Celtic spiritual tradition Advent begins on Nov. 15th, with a full 40-day countdown to Christmas (a parallel to the 40 days of Lent preceding Easter.)
 
Either way, Advent is a period of waiting, of anticipation. It is not a passive waiting, however; it is a time to step back from the frenzy of the commercial secular season. A time to breathe in the wonder of creation and incarnation; a time for soul-searching and prayer.
 
Grace & peace,
 
Pastor Paul
 
P.S. If you have access to Facebook I heartily recommend the FB page “Wandering Wisemen” — esp. for families. It is a delightful and whimsical countdown of the days from the beginning of Advent through Christmastide to Epiphany (Jan. 6th) — a full 42 days this year.

Thank you!
Thank you to all who helped on the cleanup day last Friday!  Having no school allowed for extra help!  Trustees

Annual Reports
To all Chairs of Boards and Committees.  It is time to write your reports for the Annual Report.  The deadline for reports is Friday, December 9 and we have only 1 so far.  Please send your reports to Lyn in the office at nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com.
Jeanne Chadbourne, Church Clerk

Invitation to Join the Choir
The NYCC Choir cordially invites you to be a Choir Tryer for the Christmas Season. We practice Wednesdays at 6:30 and on Sundays at 8:30 before our service. We promise that you will have a lot of fun and make some beautiful music! 🎄

NYCC COVID-19 GUIDELINES 10/20/22
We have been following CDC guidelines at NYCC

Generally, each person should have up-to-date vaccines and boosters, use masks when in large crowds, and practice social distancing.

Masks are optional at NYCC but if you are not feeling well, we would appreciate your staying home, in particular for a Sunday worship service as the service can be seen on YouTube.

If you do test positive for Covid-19 and you have minor symptoms, then you should isolate for 5 full days (day of symptoms is day 0, isolate for 5 full days thereafter) on day 6 take two antigen tests in a row spaced 48 hours apart and if they are both negative you can remove your mask.

If you have a moderate case or severe case (needing to be hospitalized) please refer to the Maine CDC guidelines general information relating to Covid-19.

Community Food Pantry Donations. The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.   We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
 
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygiene Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.  Thank you very much for your ongoing support for the Cumberland Community Food Pantry which supports North Yarmouth families.Hurricanes 2022

Coffee Hour We have gone back to our traditional coffee hour with homemade baked goods, fruit, cheese and crackers, etc.  We still have prepackaged goodies as well.

We are very interested in getting a schedule in place which will rotate so that not one person is doing coffee hour every week.  We have a signup sheet at church in the gathering space, so please check it out and consider doing the set up and clean up and goodies, or share it with one person setting up, one person cleaning up, and a couple of people baking or bringing other goodies. Thanks all! Marsha Heath

A Note from the Nominating Committee
Friends, it is time to tap your energy by joining one of our church committees. We have several openings and we would welcome your help. (Trustees, Diaconate, Faith Formation, Missions, Nominating Committee, Flower Committee). Please let me know if you are interested. My email is apgraham1@gmail.com or just catch me at church.
Thank you, Annie Graham, NYCC Vice Moderator

News from Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday GalsFair Helpers Wanted!
Our fair will be held on Saturday, November 19, from 9:00-2:00 pm.  We are in need of some folks who can help by relieving workers periodically at the tables and filling in where needed at other tasks.  You will not have to stay the whole time—if you can give an hour or so, that’s works for us.  Please let Gail (gail.strattard@maine.rr.com or 450-1612) or Kathy (kwhit119@yahoo.com or 254-7509) or speak to us at church.

Santa’s Workshop Fair Cookie Walk
The Santa’s Workshop Fair is fast approaching on November 19th, and now is the perfect time to break out your favorite recipes and begin baking up a storm to delight our patrons for our Carol’s Cookie Walk and Baked Goods tables.  Decorated sugar cookies are always a big hit but even the simplest chocolate chip cookie is welcomed, along with seasonal breads and pies, yummy brownies and bars, and delicious jams and jellies.  These items can be dropped off  the day before or early morning at the start of the fair.  If pickup is needed, please call Sue at 831-9014 to arrange a time.  Happy baking!

Silent Auction for the Christmas Fair

The 2022 Santa’s Workshop is coming together. We are adding the silent auction back into the fair this year and we need your help! We’re pulling a silent auction together with a small number of gifts.  We’d like a few more!!  Do you have a place in the mountains to offer for skiers?  You can decide the number of days being offered and when the place will be available.  This could be limited to church family if you’d like.  What about a summer cottage for those who like to sit in the sunshine?  Again, you can decide what dates and can limit it to church family. Perhaps you’ve canned fruit and veggies.  Sew, knit, paint a scene?  Or will cook/bake a meal. You choose the menu to be listed on the bid sheet.  Are you a photographer and will take pictures of the winners’ choosing?   You get to choose the date available.  What about lawn mowing, clearing out the garden next spring?  Gift Certificates are always popular!          If you’d like to discuss this, I need you to email me or call.  I’m here and there and hardly know when I’ll be home.  So after 9am to 7:30pm call 233-8914.    2sons@maine.rr.com.   Thank you!

Continuing Meetings

November 17  – Council at 6:30 pm – In Person

Choir Rehearsal – Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday Morning at 8:30 am in the Sanctuary

Tuesday Gals meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall. 

Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of the month at 7:30 am at Toddy Brook

Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 am.


Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Bill Tompson

Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/

Weekly News for November 9, 2022

Join us for Worship! 
We are worshiping in person on Sundays at 9:30 am.  For those who wish to join us online please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.  If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com.  If you wish to make an offering it can be made online through Tithely at https://tithe.ly/give?c=1301940
Fall Church Cleanup Day-DATE CHANGE
Due to expected rain on Saturday, Fall Clean up day has been re-scheduled for this Friday, November 11 starting at 9am.  We will be doing yard work, putting on storm windows and getting the church ready for winter.  Please come join us.  With enough people it won’t take long.
Chicken Pie Sale Work Day
Hi Everybody,Hope you all can make it Thursday, 11/10 at 1 o’clock for assembling chicken and gravy pies for the freezer. The goal is to make approximately 50 chicken and gravy pies.  Thanks to Tuesday’s crew we are well on our way to being ready for the Christmas fair. Thank you to everyone who has had a part in making the Chicken Pie Sale Mission possible.  People are excited that they will be able to purchase our pies at the fair.Thank you,
Mark 207-654-4931
Veterans Day Prayers                                                 
Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
When Congress acted to move many holidays to Mondays, creating more long weekends, Veterans Day remained fixed on November 11. Originally it was called Armistice Day, in remembrance of the end of World War I combat at the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month. After World War II the observance was changed to Veterans Day in honor of the veterans of all wars.Guideposts offers Five Prayers for Veterans:
1) Prayer to Feel Honored
“God, please let every veteran of our nation’s armed forces feel truly and appropriately honored by the attention and appreciation of their fellow citizens. Let no one feel forgotten or neglected. Let every man and woman, young or old, feel the deep and enduring gratitude of our nation and its inhabitants.”
2) Prayer to be Understood
“Father God, You know that it can be difficult for a person who has returned from battle or stressful military service to reintegrate into ‘normal’ everyday life. You know that veterans can feel isolated and alone even in the midst of their friends and families because there are few around who understand their experience. So I ask You to place in the path of our veterans those who do understand (or strive to), that they may feel less alone. Remind them often that while their fellow human beings may never fully comprehend, You see, You know and You identify with them in everything.”
3) Prayer to be Healed
“Lord, You know how deep a warrior’s wounds go. You know the loss that many of our veterans in body and soul. You know the memories that haunt them and the scars that many of them continue to carry.  Please bring healing to those veterans who still hurt. Please grant patience and wisdom to those around them who cannot understand but can sometimes help the healing process. Please apply both natural and supernatural medicine to their wounds.”
4) Prayer to be Rewarded
“Father, please turn your gaze to those men and women who in their military service have sacrificed time, comfort, strength, ambition, health and prosperity for the peace and safety of family and friends and others they’ve never even known. Please reward them a hundredfold for all their sacrifice and service. Bless them far beyond all their expectations. Reward them richly for all they have given.”
5) Prayer to Know You
“Almighty God, You know every veteran by name. You know their deeds, their hard work, and their perseverance. You know their needs, both material and spiritual. Please draw each one closer to you and grant them all the peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7), the peace of Christ to rule in their hearts (Colossians 3:15), and ‘joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand’ forevermore (Psalm 16:11).”What are your Veterans Day prayers? Who will you be praying for?
The Sunday closest to Veterans Day is observed as Veterans Day Remembrance Sunday.Grace & peace,
Pastor Paul
Annual Reports
To all Chairs of Boards and Committees.  It is time to write your reports for the Annual Report.  I would like all reports in by early December to ensure that we are all able to enjoy the holidays unencumbered and that reports are printed and ready to go for the annual meeting.  Please send your reports to Lyn in the office at nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com.
Jeanne Chadbourne, Church Clerk

NYCC COVID-19 GUIDELINES 10/20/22

We have been following CDC guidelines at NYCC

Generally, each person should have up-to-date vaccines and boosters, use masks when in large crowds, and practice social distancing.

Masks are optional at NYCC but if you are not feeling well, we would appreciate your staying home, in particular for a Sunday worship service as the service can be seen on YouTube.

If you do test positive for Covid-19 and you have minor symptoms, then you should isolate for 5 full days (day of symptoms is day 0, isolate for 5 full days thereafter) on day 6 take two antigen tests in a row spaced 48 hours apart and if they are both negative you can remove your mask.

If you have a moderate case or severe case (needing to be hospitalized) please refer to the Maine CDC guidelines general information relating to Covid-19.
Community Food Pantry Donations. The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.   We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
 
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygiene Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.  Thank you very much for your ongoing support for the Cumberland Community Food Pantry which supports North Yarmouth families.
Hurricanes 2022 Emergency Appeal from the UCC
Hello friends,
The UCC has issued an appeal to support immediate needs for families and communities affected by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian.  If you would like to give to this cause, please send or bring a check to the church noting Hurricanes 2022 on your check. Your check should be written out to NYCC.
Thank you for considering this appeal. 
Coffee Hour 
We have gone back to our traditional coffee hour with homemade baked goods, fruit, cheese and crackers, etc.  We still have prepackaged goodies as well.

We are very interested in getting a schedule in place which will rotate so that not one person is doing coffee hour every week.  We have a signup sheet at church in the gathering space, so please check it out and consider doing the set up and clean up and goodies, or share it with one person setting up, one person cleaning up, and a couple of people baking or bringing other goodies. Thanks all!

Marsha Heath
A Note from the Nominating Committee
Friends, it is time to tap your energy by joining one of our church committees. We have several openings and we would welcome your help. (Trustees, Diaconate, Faith Formation, Missions, Nominating Committee, Flower Committee). Please let me know if you are interested. My email is apgraham1@gmail.com or just catch me at church.
Thank you, Annie Graham, NYCC Vice Moderator
News from Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday GalsFair Helpers Wanted!
Our fair will be held on Saturday, November 19, from 9:00-2:00 pm.  We are in need of some folks who can help by relieving workers periodically at the tables and filling in where needed at other tasks.  You will not have to stay the whole time—if you can give an hour or so, that’s works for us.  Please let Gail (gail.strattard@maine.rr.com or 450-1612) or Kathy (kwhit119@yahoo.com or 254-7509) or speak to us at church.
Santa’s Workshop Fair Cookie Walk
The Santa’s Workshop Fair is fast approaching on November 19th, and now is the perfect time to break out your favorite recipes and begin baking up a storm to delight our patrons for our Carol’s Cookie Walk and Baked Goods tables.  Decorated sugar cookies are always a big hit but even the simplest chocolate chip cookie is welcomed, along with seasonal breads and pies, yummy brownies and bars, and delicious jams and jellies.  These items can be dropped off  the day before or early morning at the start of the fair.  If pickup is needed, please call Sue at 831-9014 to arrange a time.  Happy baking!
Silent Auction for the Christmas Fair
The 2022 Santa’s Workshop is coming together. We finally held a fair last year after 2 years without a fair.  Bet you can guess why!!  We would like to add the silent auction back into the fair this year and we need your help!We’re pulling a silent auction together with a small number of gifts.  We’d like a few more!!  Do you have a place in the mountains to offer for skiers?  You can decide the number of days being offered and when the place will be available.  This could be limited to church family if you’d like.  What about a summer cottage for those
who like to sit in the sunshine?  Again, you can decide what dates and can limit it to church family.
Perhaps you’ve canned fruit and veggies.  Sew, knit, paint a scene?  Or will cook/bake a meal. You choose the menu to be listed on the bid sheet.  Are you a photographer and will take pictures of the winners’ choosing?   You get to choose the date available.  What about lawn mowing, clearing out the garden next spring?  Gift Certificates are always popular!          If you’d like to discuss this, I need you to email me or call.  I’m here and there and hardly know when I’ll be home.  So after 9am to 7:30pm call 233-8914.    2sons@maine.rr.com.   Thank you!

Candace Smith
Jewelry Request for the Christmas Fair
Are you sure of what’s in your jewelry box or drawer?  Got some items to go with a particular outfit and that’s no longer in your closet?  Tuesday Gals would adore having the items for our guests at the Santa’s Workshop fair.  What about lapel pins, rings, tie tacks, chains for men?  Please bring your items to Lyn in the church office.  Or stop in and chat with Tuesday Gals; we are in the Fellowship Hall starting at 10:00 am. Of course, we’d enjoy seeing you and maybe you’d like a cup of coffee.  Think of the jewelry as getting a new life!!
Continuing Meetings  November 13 – Faith Formation Meeting following worship.

November 14  – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85492866601?pwd=SG04SGQzUC9mNVVudm0xcUt0Ykpzdz09November 17  – Council at 6:30 pm – In PersonChoir Rehearsal – Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday Morning at 8:30 am in the SanctuaryTuesday Gals meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall. 

Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of the month at 7:30 am at Toddy Brook

Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 am.
Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Bill Tompson
Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for November 2




Join us for Worship! We are worshiping in person on Sundays at 9:30 am.  For those who wish to join us online please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.  If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com.  If you wish to make an offering it can be made online through Tithely at https://tithe.ly/give?c=1301940

Memorial Service
There will be a wake for Kris Perkins on Wednesday, Nov 2nd from 4:00-7:00 pm at Lindquist Funeral Home at 1 Mayberry Lane in Yarmouth. The memorial service for Kris will be held on Thursday, November 3rd at 11:00 am at the church with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall. Please keep Kris’ family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as they navigate this difficult time.

Daylight Saving Time ends
Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6, so set your clocks back one hour before bed time on Saturday night or you will be early for church!

Community Food Pantry Donations. 
Help us fill the cart!! 
This Sunday, November 6 is the first Sunday of the month.
The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.   We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
 
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygiene Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.  Thank you very much for your ongoing support for the Cumberland Community Food Pantry which supports North Yarmouth families.Fall Church Cleanup DayFall Clean up day has been scheduled for Saturday, November 12 starting at 9am.

Chicken Pie Sale Work Day Schedule

With the Christmas Fair just three weeks away, we have set up the next Chicken Pie Sale Work Days.

Friday, November 2 at 9am.
Make pie dough and form pie dough balls for the freezer and roll bottoms for the freezer.

Tuesday, November 8 at 1 pm.
Make Pies for the Christmas Fair.

Thursday, November 10 at 1pm.
Make Pies for the Christmas Fair.

The more people we have helping, the more we can accomplish, and the less time we will be in the kitchen.  Many hands make light work as they say!  

For All the Saints Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
It is Tuesday morning, November 1st as I write this note. We survived another Halloween in Portland. This year we had just 4 Trick-or-Treaters. (In 25 years we’ve had anywhere from 2 to 2 dozen. With “Trunk-or-Treats” and other special events, there have been fewer kids out after dark.) I always ask the kids if they want a piece of candy or would like me to do a magic trick for them. Funny—they all prefer the candy. It’s always fun to dress up and to see the kids—and some parents— in their costumes, especially our own grandkids.

Of course, Halloween is a contraction of All Hallows Eve, which means that today is All Hallows Day – better known as All Saints Day. Many saints recognized by the Church have their own days of remembrance — Sts. Peter and Paul, Mary and Elizabeth, Francis and Clare of Assisi, Maximilian Kolbe and Mother Theresa, and so forth. All Saints Day is an occasion to recognize and remember the “ordinary saints” – especially members of the Church who have touched our own lives.

On this coming Sunday, November 6, we will celebrate All Saints Sunday and remember the Ordinary Saints who have influenced us. At the beginning of our worship time we will have the opportunity to speak out loud their names and how they bore witness to God’s grace and love among us. That will, of course, include two of our own who have recently joined the Church Triumphant—Kris Perkins and Marion Goff. I encourage you to add the names of others as well.

We will also celebrate the Communion of Saints as we come to the Lord’s Table, recognizing that “we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses” who have gone before us. We who are still members of the Church Militant draw spiritual nourishment from Word and Sacrament, and encouragement from our unity with all who belong to the Church Triumphant.

“May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, so that you may have all endurance and patience, joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Colossians 1:11-14

Grace and peace to you all,
Pastor Paul

P.S. – Don’t forget to set your alarm to 2:00 am, Sunday morning, so you can get up and turn your clocks back one hour. Avoid the embarrassment and horror of arriving for worship too early! Of course, if you do forget and show up at 8:30 am, you can just pretend you want to join the choir.

NYCC COVID-19 GUIDELINES 10/20/22
We have been following CDC guidelines at NYCC

Generally, each person should have up-to-date vaccines and boosters, use masks when in large crowds, and practice social distancing.

Masks are optional at NYCC but if you are not feeling well, we would appreciate your staying home, in particular for a Sunday worship service as the service can be seen on YouTube.

If you do test positive for Covid-19 and you have minor symptoms, then you should isolate for 5 full days (day of symptoms is day 0, isolate for 5 full days thereafter) on day 6 take two antigen tests in a row spaced 48 hours apart and if they are both negative you can remove your mask.

If you have a moderate case or severe case (needing to be hospitalized) please refer to the Maine CDC guidelines general information relating to Covid-19.

Hurricanes 2022 Emergency Appeal from the UCC
Hello friends,
The UCC has issued an appeal to support immediate needs for families and communities affected by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian.  If you would like to give to this cause, please send or bring a check to the church noting Hurricanes 2022 on your check. Your check should be written out to NYCC.
Thank you for considering this appeal.  

Coffee Hour going Forward
We have gone back to our traditional coffee hour with home made baked goods, fruit, cheese and crackers, etc.  We still have prepackaged goodies as well.

We are very interested in getting a schedule in place which will rotate so that not one person is doing coffee hour every week.  We have a sign up sheet at church in the gathering space, so please check it out and consider doing the set up and clean up and goodies, or share it with one person setting up, one person cleaning up, and a couple of people baking or bring other goodies. Thanks all! Marsha Heath

Annual Reports
It’s not too early for those who will be writing a report for the Annual Report to start their engines, I mean REPORTS, now.  At least thinking about them.  I would like all reports in by early December.  A mere five weeks away!  Please send your reports to Lyn in the office at nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com.
Jeanne Chadbourne, Church Clerk

A Note from the Nominating Committee
Friends, it is time to tap your energy by joining one of our church committees. We have several openings and we would welcome your help. (Trustees, Diaconate, Faith Formation, Missions, Nominating Committee, Flower Committee). Please let me know if you are interested. My email is apgraham1@gmail.com or just catch me at church.
Thank you, Annie Graham, NYCC Vice Moderator

News from Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals

Fair Helpers Wanted!
Our fair will be held on Saturday, November 19, from 9:00-2:00 pm.  We are in need of some folks who can help by relieving workers periodically at the tables and filling in where needed at other tasks.  You will not have to stay the whole time—if you can give an hour or so, that’s works for us.  Please let Gail (gail.strattard@maine.rr.com or 450-1612) or Kathy (kwhit119@yahoo.com or 254-7509) or speak to us at church.


Santa’s Workshop Fair Cookie Walk
The Santa’s Workshop Fair is fast approaching on November 19th, and now is the perfect time to break out your favorite recipes and begin baking up a storm to delight our patrons for our Carol’s Cookie Walk and Baked Goods tables.  Decorated sugar cookies are always a big hit but even the simplest chocolate chip cookie is welcomed, along with seasonal breads and pies, yummy brownies and bars, and delicious jams and jellies.  These items can be dropped off  the day before or early morning at the start of the fair.  If pickup is needed, please call Sue at 831-9014 to arrange a time.  Happy baking!

Silent Auction for the Christmas Fair
The 2022 Santa’s Workshop is coming together. We finally held a fair last year after 2 years without a fair.  Bet you can guess why!!  We would like to add the silent auction back into the fair this year and we need your help!We’re pulling a silent auction together with a small number of gifts.  We’d like a few more!!  Do you have a place in the mountains to offer for skiers?  You can decide the number of days being offered and when the place will be available.  This could be limited to church family if you’d like.  What about a summer cottage for those
who like to sit in the sunshine?  Again, you can decide what dates and can limit it to church family.
Perhaps you’ve canned fruit and veggies.  Sew, knit, paint a scene?  Or will cook/bake a meal. You choose the menu to be listed on the bid sheet.  Are you a photographer and will take pictures of the winners’ choosing?   You get to choose the date available.  What about lawn mowing, clearing out the garden next spring?  Gift Certificates are always popular!          If you’d like to discuss this, I need you to email me or call.  I’m here and there and hardly know when I’ll be home.  So after 9am to 7:30pm call 233-8914.    2sons@maine.rr.com.   Thank you! Candace Smith

Jewelry Request for the Christmas Fair
Are you sure of what’s in your jewelry box or drawer?  Got some items to go with a particular outfit and that’s no longer in your closet?  Tuesday Gals would adore having the items for our guests at the Santa’s Workshop fair.  What about lapel pins, rings, tie tacks, chains for men?  Please bring your items to Lyn in the church office.  Or stop in and chat with Tuesday Gals; we are in the Fellowship Hall starting at 10:00 am. Of course, we’d enjoy seeing you and maybe you’d like a cup of coffee.  Think of the jewelry as getting a new life!!

Continuing Meetings  

November 8 – Trustees at 6 pm in person.

November 13 – Faith Formation Meeting following worship.

November 14  – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
The link will be sent to members of the Missions Committee one week prior to the meeting

November 17  – Council at 6:30 pm – In Person

Choir Rehearsal – Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday Morning at 8:30 am in the Sanctuary

Tuesday Gals meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall. 

Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of the month at 7:30 am at Toddy Brook

Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 am.

Stone Soup LuncheonSunday, November 20th
following worship.
More information coming soon!

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Cathy Bunton and family on the passing of Kris Perkins
The Goff family on the passing of Marion Goff
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Bill Tompson

Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there)
at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for October 26

NYCC COVID-19 GUIDELINES 10/20/22

We have been following CDC guidelines at NYCC

Generally, each person should have up-to-date vaccines and boosters, use masks when in large crowds, and practice social distancing.

Masks are optional at NYCC but if you are not feeling well, we would appreciate your staying home, in particular for a Sunday worship service as the service can be seen on YouTube.

If you do test positive for Covid-19 and you have minor symptoms, then you should isolate for 5 full days (day of symptoms is day 0, isolate for 5 full days thereafter) on day 6 take two antigen tests in a row spaced 48 hours apart and if they are both negative you can remove your mask.

If you have a moderate case or severe case (needing to be hospitalized) please refer to the Maine CDC guidelines general information relating to Covid-19.

Christmas Fair Meeting
There will be an in-person meeting on Saturday, October 29 at 10 am in Fellowship Hall for those who can help at the Christmas Fair.

Pumpkin Party  Sunday, October 30th 
Please join us for pumpkin carving {*BYOPumpkin}, games, treats, and more! 
Costumes are welcome and encouraged. Pizza will be served at 11:30am .Let the spirit move you!

Re-Formation  Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
“Every 500 years the Church has a rummage sale.” So wrote the late Phyllis Tickle in The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why (2008). Tickle surveyed 2,000 years of history since the time of Jesus and concluded that about every 500 years the Church has experienced sweeping changes. The last such change was the Reformation in the 16th century.

This week we observe Reformation Sunday — remembering when Martin Luther posted “95 Theses” (ideas for Church reform) on the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517 — an act that sparked the Protestant Reformation.

It is now 500 years later, and we are witnessing all kinds of change in Church and society. No one knows what the future may hold. We will together seek God’s wisdom and understanding to navigate in these days. For inspiration we will look back to King Solomon’s prayer for wisdom, and some of the wisdom attributed to Solomon in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. 

Speaking of wisdom, our “Time with Children” will share “Wisdom from a Pumpkin.”  Following worship all are welcome to remain for a Pumpkin Party. And, yes, since it’s All Hallow’s Eve Eve, you can even wear your Halloween costume. 😀
Grace and peace,
Pastor Paul
P.S. Something to think about: According to the Bible, who was the wisest person who ever lived? And who was the most foolish person in the Bible?

Fall Church Cleanup Day
Fall Clean up day has been scheduled for Saturday, November 12 starting at 9am.

Hurricanes 2022 Emergency Appeal from the UCC
Hello friends,
The UCC has issued an appeal to support immediate needs for families and communities affected by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian.  If you would like to give to this cause, please send or bring a check to the church noting Hurricanes 2022 on your check.  Thank you for considering this appeal.  

Coffee Hour going Forward
We have gone back to our traditional coffee hour with home made baked goods, fruit, cheese and crackers, etc.  We still have prepackaged goodies as well.

We are very interested in getting a schedule in place which will rotate so that not one person is doing coffee hour every week.  We have a sign up sheet at church in the gathering space, so please check it out and consider doing the set up and clean up and goodies, or share it with one person setting up, one person cleaning up, and a couple of people baking or bring other goodies.
Thanks all! Marsha H.

Annual Reports
It’s not too early for those who will be writing a report for the Annual Report to start their engines, I mean REPORTS, now.  At least thinking about them.  I would like all reports in by early December.  A mere five weeks away!  Please send your reports to Lyn in the office at nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com.
Jeanne Chadbourne, Church Clerk

Daylight Saving Time ends
Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6, so set your clocks back one hour before bed time on Saturday night or you will be early for church!

A Note from the Nominating Committee
Friends, it is time to tap your energy by joining one of our church committees. We have several openings and we would welcome your help. (Trustees, Diaconate, Faith Formation, Missions, Nominating Committee, Flower Committee). Please let me know if you are interested. My email is apgraham1@gmail.com or just catch me at church.
Thank you, Annie Graham, NYCC Vice Moderator

Chicken and Gravy Pie Sale 
This morning was work day #2.  With the help of Beth and Ken K., Norm and Donna S., Lynne C., Marsha W., Annie G., Priscilla B., and Mark H. we made 240 dough balls which is enough for 120 pies. This project took less then 2 hours.  Thank you, everyone for your help!   Stay tuned for the next work date!  We will be rolling and stacking dough for the freezer.

We are working to be ready to sell Chicken and Gravy Pies, Gravy and Dough Balls at the Christmas Fair on November 19th.  

Why are we doing this?

The Proceeds from selling these items will be going to different mission projects that are important to the church.  First up will be new choir robes.   Please share your ideas!

We hope you will join us to make this project successful.   

For our safety in the small kitchen area we are all being asked to wear a mask. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mark Heath at 653-4931.

News from Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals
The Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals will hold the Christmas fair on Saturday, November 19th, following any CDC guidelines in effect at that time.

We will need workers – Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.  Help setting up on fair day, day of fair work, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.  There will be an in-person meeting on Saturday, October 29 at 10 am for those who can help.  If you cannot come or don’t want to meet in person at this time, please let Kathy(254-7509, kwhit119@yahoo.com or Gail (207-450-1612, gail.strattard@maine.rr.com) know. 

We hope you will help us make this fair a success.  Proceeds from the fair go to Women’s Fellowship and are used for church and benevolence purposes. Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.. help setting up, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.

Santa’s Workshop Fair Cookie Walk
The Santa’s Workshop Fair is fast approaching on November 19th, and now is the perfect time to break out your favorite recipes and begin baking up a storm to delight our patrons for our Carol’s Cookie Walk and Baked Goods table.  Decorated sugar cookies are always a big hit but even the simplest chocolate chip cookie is welcomed, along with seasonal breads and pies, yummy brownies and bars, and delicious jams and jellies.  These items can be dropped off  the day before or early morning at the start of the fair.  If pickup is needed, please call Sue at 831-9014 to arrange a time.  Happy baking!

Silent Auction for the Christmas Fair

The 2022 Santa’s Workshop is coming together. We finally held a fair last year after 2 years without a fair.  Bet you can guess why!!  We would like to add the silent auction back into the fair this year and we need your help!We’re pulling a silent auction together with a small number of gifts.  We’d like a few more!!  Do you have a place in the mountains to offer for skiers?  You can decide the number of days being offered and when the place will be available.  This could be limited to church family if you’d like.  What about a summer cottage for those
who like to sit in the sunshine?  Again, you can decide what dates and can limit it to church family.
Perhaps you’ve canned fruit and veggies.  Sew, knit, paint a scene?  Or will cook/bake a meal. You choose the menu to be listed on the bid sheet.  Are you a photographer and will take pictures of the winners’ choosing?   You get to choose the date available.  What about lawn mowing, clearing out the garden next spring?  Gift Certificates are always popular!          If you’d like to discuss this, I need you to email me or call.  I’m here and there and hardly know when I’ll be home.  So after 9am to 7:30pm call 233-8914.    2sons@maine.rr.com.   Thank you! Candace Smith

Jewelry Request for the Christmas Fair
Are you sure of what’s in your jewelry box or drawer?  Got some items to go with a particular outfit and that’s no longer in your closet?  Tuesday Gals would adore having the items for our guests at the Santa’s Workshop fair.  What about lapel pins, rings, tie tacks, chains for men?  Please bring your items to Lyn in the church office.  Or stop in and chat with Tuesday Gals; we are in the Fellowship Hall starting at 10:00 am. Of course, we’d enjoy seeing you and maybe you’d like a cup of coffee.  Think of the jewelry as getting a new life!!

Continuing Meetings  November 8 – Trustees at 6 pm in person.

November 13 – Faith Formation Meeting following worship.

November 14  – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
The link will be sent to members of the Missions Committee one week prior to the meeting

November 17  – Council at 6:30 pm – In Person

Choir Rehearsal – Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday Morning at 8:30 am in the Sanctuary

Tuesday Gals meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall. 

Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of the month at 7:30 am at Toddy Brook

Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 am.

Stone Soup Luncheon
Sunday, November 20th following worship. More information coming soon!

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Kris Perkins and Cathy Bunton
Bill Tompson

Community Food Pantry Donations. The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.  We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
 
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygiene Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.

Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for October 19, 2022



Join us for Worship!
We are worshiping in person on Sundays at 9:30 am.  For those who wish to join us online please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.  If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com.  If you wish to make an offering it can be made online through Tithely at https://tithe.ly/give?c=1301940

Christmas Fair Meeting
There will be an in-person meeting on Saturday, October 29 at 10 am in Fellowship Hall for those who can help at the Christmas Fair.

Hurricanes 2022 Emergency Appeal from the UCC
Hello friends,
The UCC has issued an appeal to support immediate needs for families and communities affected by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian.  If you would like to give to this cause, please send or bring a check to the church noting Hurricanes 2022 on your check. Thank you for considering this appeal. 

A TRIMMED BUSH…….    
What a difference it makes when the bushes have been cut back, over-growth removed, trees cut back or down……all of these happened last week when Leah, Gary and Lois got serious about cleaning up the front of the church buildings. Not only were there way too many out- of -control plants and greenery, but it was hiding our very attractive church buildings. (now the buildings seem to be saying, “whew, we can breath again! ) I saw at least 2 large trailer loads of of debris taken away and plans are already in the pipeline for fresh plantings with a more easily controlled landscaping plan in mind. So, between George and his lawnmowing / trimming care and Gary, Leah and Lois doing a major clean out, NYCC is looking real good. Thank you so much for caring. 

Coffee Hour going Forward
Coffee hour will resume with home made baked goods, fruits and crackers and cheese. We will use up the pre wrapped goodies eventually. We will have a sign up sheet in the gathering space for signing up for making coffee and also bringing baked goods on any given Sunday. Any unused bakery items can be wrapped thoroughly and frozen for future use. Marsha Heath, Moderator

Annual Reports
It’s not too early for those who will be writing a report for the Annual Report to start their engines, I mean REPORTS, now.  At least thinking about them.  It’s uncomfortable for me to hassle, beg, twist arms. or threaten folks to get reports in to Lyn at church office. Sooooo, that is not going to happen. I will send out reminders for the next several weeks and would appreciate reports in by early December. Send to nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com, please.
Jeanne Chadbourne,   Church Clerk

A Note from the Men’s Club
The Men’s Club would like to thank all, particularly the Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals for the cookies, fudge and bars to sell.  This effort helped make our booth at Cumberland Fair a success this year. North Yarmouth Congregational Church Men’s Club

A Note from the Nominating Committee
Friends, it is time to tap your energy by joining one of our church committees. We have several openings and we would welcome your help. (Trustees, Diaconate, Faith Formation, Missions, Nominating Committee, Flower Committee). Please let me know if you are interested. My email is apgraham1@gmail.com or just catch me at church.
Thank you, Annie Graham, NYCC Vice Moderator

Fall Church Cleanup Day
Fall Clean up day has been scheduled for Saturday, November 12 starting at 9am.

News from Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday GalsThe Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals will hold the Christmas fair on Saturday, November 19th, following any CDC guidelines in effect at that time.

We will need workers – Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.  Help setting up on fair day, day of fair work, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.  There will be an in-person meeting on Saturday, October 29 at 10 am for those who can help.  If you cannot come or don’t want to meet in person at this time, please let Kathy(254-7509, kwhit119@yahoo.com or Gail (207-450-1612, gail.strattard@maine.rr.com) know. 

We hope you will help us make this fair a success.  Proceeds from the fair go to Women’s Fellowship and are used for church and benevolence purposes. Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.. help setting up, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.

Santa’s Workshop Fair Cookie Walk
The Santa’s Workshop Fair is fast approaching on November 19th, and now is the perfect time to break out your favorite recipes and begin baking up a storm to delight our patrons for our Carol’s Cookie Walk and Baked Goods table.  Decorated sugar cookies are always a big hit but even the simplest chocolate chip cookie is welcomed, along with seasonal breads and pies, yummy brownies and bars, and delicious jams and jellies.  These items can be dropped off  the day before or early morning at the start of the fair.  If pickup is needed, please call Sue at 831-9014 to arrange a time.  Happy baking!

Silent Auction for the Christmas Fair
The 2022 Santa’s Workshop is coming together. We finally held a fair last year after 2 years without a fair.  Bet you can guess why!!  We would like to add the silent auction back into the fair this year and we need your help!

We’re pulling a silent auction together with a small number of gifts.  We’d like a few more!!  Do you have a place in the mountains to offer for skiers?  You can decide the number of days being offered and when the place will be available.  This could be limited to church family if you’d like.  What about a summer cottage for those
who like to sit in the sunshine?  Again, you can decide what dates and can limit it to church family.

Perhaps you’ve canned fruit and veggies.  Sew, knit, paint a scene?  Or will cook/bake a meal. You choose the menu to be listed on the bid sheet.  Are you a photographer and will take pictures of the winners’ choosing?   You get to choose the date available.  What about lawn mowing, clearing out the garden next spring?  Gift Certificates are always popular!          If you’d like to discuss this, I need you to email me or call.  I’m here and there and hardly know when I’ll be home.  So after 9am to 7:30pm call 233-8914.    2sons@maine.rr.com.   Thank you! Candace Smith

Jewelry Request for the Christmas Fair
Are you sure of what’s in your jewelry box or drawer?  Got some items to go with a particular outfit and that’s no longer in your closet?  Tuesday Gals would adore having the items for our guests at the Santa’s Workshop fair.  What about lapel pins, rings, tie tacks, chains for men?  Please bring your items to Lyn in the church office.  Or stop in and chat with Tuesday Gals; we are in the Fellowship Hall starting at 10:00 am. Of course, we’d enjoy seeing you and maybe you’d like a cup of coffee.  Think of the jewelry as getting a new life!!

Continuing Meetings 

October 20  – Council at 6:30 pm – In Person

Choir Rehearsal – Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday Morning at 8:30 am in the Sanctuary

Tuesday Gals meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall. 

Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of the month at 7:30 am at Toddy Brook

Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 am.

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Kris Perkins and Cathy Bunton
Bill Tompson

Community Food Pantry Donations. 
The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.  We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
 
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygiene Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.

Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for October 12




Join us for Worship! 
We are worshiping in person on Sundays at 9:30 am.  For those who wish to join us online please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.  If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com.  If you wish to make an offering it can be made online through Tithely at https://tithe.ly/give?c=1301940

Masks Optional
Masks are now optional in the church building as transmission rates in Cumberland County have decreased. Please use your own judgement regarding wearing one.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall.Choir RehearsalChoir will meet at 8:00 am on Sunday for an early rehearsal.Helpers Needed for a Memorial ServiceHelpers are needed to set up and serve at the reception following the Phillips memorial service on Saturday, October 15.  Please contact Kathy W. at 207-254-7509 or kwhit119@yahoo.com.  Thank you!

Covenant and Commandment                              Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
As I write this we are in the middle of the Jewish festival of Sukkoth, or Booths. Observant Jews construct a temporary shelter in their yard and have their meals there. It is a remembrance of the time that the people of Israel spent in the Wilderness, and a reminder of the fragility of life. Sukkoth marks the conclusion of Israel’s fall festivals which began with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
Immediately following Sukkoth is Simchat Torah – literally, “Rejoicing in the Law” – one of the most joyous celebrations in the synagogue. The day marks the end of the annual cycle of readings from the Torah scroll and the beginning of a new cycle: Deuteronomy 33-34 is read, then the scroll is carried around the synagogue as it is re-wound with much dancing, and finally Genesis 1:1—2:3 is read.
The atmosphere captures the spirit of delight in God’s Law or Teaching reflected in Psalm 19:

The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world. . . .
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
     the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
     the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever;
     the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
     sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. . . .

Indeed, the longest Psalm – the longest chapter in the whole Bible – is Psalm 119 – an acrostic poem celebrating God’s commandments.
In our Sunday services we are following the Narrative Lectionary, which tells the story of God and God’s people through the Bible. This past week and this coming Sunday we are focused on Israel’s time in the Wilderness — specifically on the giving of the Ten Commandments at Sinai. The Commandments are rooted in God’s Covenantal relationship with God’s people: Relationship precedes Regulation; Rescue comes before Rules; Liberation before Laws. God’s Grace always, always, always comes first.
God’s Covenant and Commandments are meant to form God’s people into a “priestly kingdom and a holy nation.” The same image is applied to the Church in the New Testament. Jesus summed God’s Law into the two-fold Great Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind;” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We are considering the Ten Commandments
 as they instruct us how to love God completely and love one another.
Grace & peace,
Pastor Paul
P.S. – I keep my sermons on file. If you would like a transcript of any sermon, please e-mail me and I will be happy to send it to you. 

Coffee Hour going Forward
Beginning this Sunday coffee hour will resume with home made baked goods, fruits and crackers and cheese. We will use up the pre wrapped goodies eventually. We will have a sign up sheet in the gathering space for signing up for making coffee and also bringing baked goods on any given Sunday. Any unused bakery items can be wrapped thoroughly and frozen for future use. Well…. I did not recognize our church kitchen this past Sunday.  It was obvious that some “gremlins of the good kind” had been in and organized, cleaned out, and set up some systems to keep it organized.  Thank you so so much for the great cleanup….and you know who you are!
Marsha Heath, Moderator
PS I will bring some baked goods this Sunday and other yummies!  I will also help with the set up as well.

MANNUAL  REPORTS????……IT’S ONLY OCTOBER !!
It’s not too early for those who will be writing a report for the Annual Report to start their engines, I mean REPORTS, now.  At least thinking about them.  It’s uncomfortable for me to hassle, beg, twist arms. or threaten folks to get reports in to Lyn at church office. Sooooo, that is not going to happen. I will send out reminders for the next several weeks and would appreciate reports in by early December. Send to nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com, please.
Jeanne Chadbourne,   Church Clerk

Stewardship Committee for 2023
Lois and Jeanne are looking for a few volunteers to join the Stewardship committee for 2023.
This is a very short term commitment in the next month or two to come together to plan a Stewardship letter, working on the mailings, etc. If you would like to assist, contact Lois Knight either by phone (829-6164) or e-mail – Lknight52@nyccucc

A Note from the Nominating Committee
Friends, it is time to tap your energy by joining one of our church committees. We have several openings and we would welcome your help. (Trustees, Diaconate, Faith Formation, Missions, Nominating Committee, Flower Committee). Please let me know if you are interested. My email is apgraham1@gmail.com or just catch me at church.
Thank you, Annie Graham, NYCC Vice Moderator

Fall Church Cleanup Day
Fall Clean up day has been scheduled for Saturday, November 12 starting at 9am.

News from Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals
The Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals will hold the Christmas fair on Saturday, November 19th, following any CDC guidelines in effect at that time.

We will need workers – Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.  Help setting up on fair day, day of fair work, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.  There will be an in-person meeting to be announced for those who can help.  If you cannot come or don’t want to meet in person at this time, please let Kathy(254-7509, kwhit119@yahoo.com or Gail (207-450-1612, gail.strattard@maine.rr.com) know. 

We hope you will help us make this fair a success.  Proceeds from the fair go to Women’s Fellowship and are used for church and benevolence purposes. Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.. help setting up, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.Silent Auction for the Christmas FairThe 2022 Santa’s Workshop is coming together. We finally held a fair last year after 2 years without a fair.  Bet you can guess why!!  We would like to add the silent auction back into the fair this year and we need your help!We’re pulling a silent auction together with a small number of gifts.  We’d like a few more!!  Do you have a place in the mountains to offer for skiers?  You can decide the number of days being offered and when the place will be available.  This could be limited to church family if you’d like.  What about a summer cottage for those
who like to sit in the sunshine?  Again, you can decide what dates and can limit it to church family.
Perhaps you’ve canned fruit and veggies.  Sew, knit, paint a scene?  Or will cook/bake a meal. You choose the menu to be listed on the bid sheet.  Are you a photographer and will take pictures of the winners’ choosing?   You get to choose the date available.  What about lawn mowing, clearing out the garden next spring?  Gift Certificates are always popular!          If you’d like to discuss this, I need you to email me or call.  I’m here and there and hardly know when I’ll be home.  So after 9am to 7:30pm call 233-8914.    2sons@maine.rr.com.   Thank you! Candace Smith

Jewelry Request for the Christmas Fair
Are you sure of what’s in your jewelry box or drawer?  Got some items to go with a particular outfit and that’s no longer in your closet?  Tuesday Gals would adore having the items for our guests at the Santa’s Workshop fair.  What about lapel pins, rings, tie tacks, chains for men?  Please bring your items to Lyn in the church office.  Or stop in and chat with Tuesday Gals; we are in the Fellowship Hall starting at 10:00 am. Of course, we’d enjoy seeing you and maybe you’d like a cup of coffee.  Think of the jewelry as getting a new life!!

Kitchen and Supplies
Now that we can hopefully open up and begin utilizing the kitchen space for functions, the kitchen and supply area was in need of some TLC. Jeanne and I have tackled the kitchen drawers, cupboards, and supplies. There is still plenty to be done as far as cleaning the area but that can be another day!

All of the wire shelving, drawers and cupboards have been straightened up and labeled for ease of use for all. Many items that were in boxes have been put into see through tubs so that it should be easier to see what we have in them without having to take them off the shelf. We have consolidated the supplies and thrown any items that were past the expiration date.  The wire shelving in the kitchen has what is needed to function as a kitchen.  There is also a dedicated area on this shelving for items for coffee hour after church.
The excess supplies are on the wire shelving in the closet where the chairs and tables are kept. You should be able to access them from the back hall off the kitchen. Before purchasing any paper/disposable items for a function, please check the wire racks and use off from them instead of buying more. There are two tubs of disposable cups and plenty of disposable utensils on the wire racks in the table/chair closet.The wires racks in the back hall have current paper supplies, plastic cutlery, take out container and dishes. Paper towels, paper napkins, coffee carafes, igloo punch/water jug are on the higher wire shelving in the back hall. On top of the refrigerator are the food processors with all attachments, apple peeler, mandolin slicer, electric hand mixer and the food scales. On top of the freezer is the warming lamp, 30 cup coffee maker and three air pots.There were many plates and dishes that I am sure someone will miss when they get ready to have their next home gathering. We have placed them on a table in the Fellowship Hall for all to look over and take what is yours home.  If some of these were intended for use at the church, please leave them with a note and we will get them to the correct cupboard.
In closing, we would like to ask that everyone using the space be considerate of the next person and be sure to put items used back where you found them and to leave the area in great shape for the next person using it.  We are so fortunate to have such a lovely space to use and enjoy.  There will be a description of and layout of the kitchen posted on the bulletin board for your reference. Thank you, Leah Davis and Jeanne Chadbourne

Continuing Meetings October 17  – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87350737036?pwd=aWdCRmR5eGJaMkxBYndZTGk0NUlZdz09

October 20  – Council at 6:30 pm – In Person

Choir Rehearsal – Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday Morning at 8:30 am in the Sanctuary

Tuesday Gals meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall. 

Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of the month at 7:30 am at Toddy Brook

Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 am.

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Kris Perkins and Cathy Bunton
Bill Tompson

Community Food Pantry Donations. 
The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.  We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
 
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygiene Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.

Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for October 2, 2002



Join us for Worship! 
We are worshiping in person on Sundays at 9:30 am.  For those who wish to join us online please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.  If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com.  If you wish to make an offering it can be made online through Tithely at https://tithe.ly/give?c=1301940

Masks Optional
Masks are now optional in the church building as transmission rates in Cumberland County have decreased. Please use your own judgement regarding wearing one.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall.

Welcome back to church! We are celebrating our Sanctuary Worship and return of the choir with a picnic right after church this Sunday, October 2nd. We will be having pulled pork for sandwiches and asking that everyone bring a salad, casserole or dessert to share.

If you have been feeling cooped up, here is your chance to break bread with your church family and and rekindle that feeling of togetherness! Marsha Heath Moderator

Pastor’s Note
Coming Home                                                                            Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
Earlier this month my high school Class of 1970 held its 50th Reunion (postponed from 2020 due to Covid-19). I was not able to attend but saw lots of pictures posted by former classmates. As I scanned them all I could think was, “Who ARE all these OLD people?!?!” I couldn’t recognize a soul! In my defense, it was a class of over 500, and I’ve kept in touch with only a couple of them.
I was reminded of the adage from the title of Thomas Wolfe’s novel You Can’t Go Home Again. Indeed, my hometown has changed so much since I left almost 50 years ago. And, of course, I’ve changed, too.
Next October my college graduating class will have its 50th Reunion at the annual Homecoming weekend. I will probably attend. It was a much smaller class and I have kept in touch with quite a few of my college chums. I know it will feel strange to be in a room with so many OLD people. But I also know that I will feel welcome. For, as Robert Frost said, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.”
This Sunday, October 2, is Homecoming Sunday at North Yarmouth Congregational Church. It is not just for church members and friends, or alumni (former members) of the congregation. We extend a warm welcome to all! The Psalmist proclaimed:
The Joy of Worship in the Temple
How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints,
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
    to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
    my King and my God.
Happy are those who live in your house,
    ever singing your praise.                                                Selah
       Psalm 84:1-4 (New Revised Standard Version)
We will begin at 9:30 a.m. with worship in the sanctuary. We will celebrate World Communion Sunday, recognizing our unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.  We have been following the Narrative Lectionary, which looks at the story of God and God’s people throughout the Bible. This week we will see the roots of Communion in God’s rescue of the Israelites celebrated in the Passover meal. Eugene Peterson translates the title “Lord of hosts” as “God-of-the-Angel-Armies.” (The Message) The image is a strong reminder of God’s might in freeing God’s people from slavery in Egypt. In Christ God sets us free from sin and all that would oppress us. All who trust in God and God’s love as revealed in Jesus are welcome at the Lord’s Table.
In the early church, communion was often part of a larger meal – a “Love Feast.” In the same way, following worship we will have a Church Picnic. We will have pulled pork sandwiches. Bring a salad, casserole or dessert to share, if you are able. And bring family, friends, and neighbors to share our fellowship. May all find a warm welcome in this church-home, and wherever we may be, may we always find ourselves “at home” with God.
1-2 What a beautiful home, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!
    I’ve always longed to live in a place like this,
Always dreamed of a room in your house,
    where I could sing for joy to God-alive!
3-4 Birds find nooks and crannies in your house,
    sparrows and swallows make nests there.
They lay their eggs and raise their young,
    singing their songs in the place where we worship.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies! King! God!
    How blessed they are to live and sing there!
5-7 And how blessed all those in whom you live,
    whose lives become roads you travel;
They wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks,
    discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain!
God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and
    at the last turn—Zion! God in full view!
8-9 God-of-the-Angel-Armies, listen:
    O God of Jacob, open your ears—I’m praying!
Look at our shields, glistening in the sun,
    our faces, shining with your gracious anointing.
10-12 One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship,
    beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches.
I’d rather scrub floors in the house of my God
    than be honored as a guest in the palace of sin.
All sunshine and sovereign is God,
    generous in gifts and glory.
He doesn’t scrimp with his traveling companions.
    It’s smooth sailing all the way with God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
       Psalm 84 (The Message)

“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”
         United Church of Christ

Grace & peace,
Pastor Paul

Community Food Pantry Donations. This Sunday is the first Sunday of the month. 
It has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.  We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
 
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygiene Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.

Neighbors in Need Special Offering 
In 2022, the Neighbors in Need “BEHOLD!” offering focuses on an economic justice. With inflation impacting all of our households, we wanted to provide a way to discuss this through a faith lens. Join us by promoting this year’s NIN “Behold!” campaign at your church. As you may recall, one-third of the offering supports Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds are used by Justice and Witness Ministries to provide grants to UCC churches and organizations as well as supporting a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. We will collect this offering on October 2.Stewardship Committee for 2023
 Lois and Jeanne are looking for a few volunteers to join the

Stewardship committee for 2023
 
This is a very short term commitment in the next month or two to come together to plan a Stewardship letter, working on the mailings, etc. 
 
If you would like to assist, contact Lois Knight either by phone (829-6164) or e-mail – Lknight52@nyccucc

 SEPTEMBER’S  NYCC STREET MINISTRY
 We tried something new and it worked really, really well! Because several folks gave us a cash donation, or bought 50 bag of chips, we were able to build 24 lunches, (we were doing 12) to take to Portland on Mon. Sept. 26th. But the good news is that we asked folks to help after church on Sunday to make sandwiches, and fix up the bags of grapes and you did! In no time we had lunches ready to go. Thank you so much for being a part of this outreach NYCC does each month. We wish you could experience the most rewarding part and that is the extreme gratitude with which the lunches are received. The thank you’s or the blessings we receive are amazing and very heartfelt.  C/J

Stay tuned for when clothing, or other necessities, etc.  may become a part of our mission. Other folks taking the lead on this would be wonderful.  

CLUTTERED KITCHEN
We have a situation at NYCC that we should try to correct. Everyone has a “junk” drawer in their house. Right? Well our church apparently has an entire “junk room”, and unfortunately it is the kitchen. The kitchen isn’t used nearly as much today as it was pre-pandemic when, because it was so busy it tended to be kept in decent order. Today, however, the corners, the dishwasher, the counters, the shelves….you get my drift……are on overload with “junk”. Or if it isn’t junk, it belongs someplace else. In short, please help this situation by washing and putting away anything you use, clean the counters, but most of all don’t just leave it for someone else to put away or find the place it belongs (Yes, you can put damp dishes and silverware where they belong).

News from Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals
The Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals will hold the Christmas fair on Saturday, November 19th, following any CDC guidelines in effect at that time.We will need workers – Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.  Help setting up on fair day, day of fair work, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.  There will be an in-person meeting on Saturday, October 16th at 10:00 am for those who can help.  If you cannot come or don’t want to meet in person at this time, please let Kathy(254-7509, kwhit119@yahoo.com or Gail (207-450-1612, gail.strattard@maine.rr.com) know. We hope you will help us make this fair a success.  Proceeds from the fair go to Women’s Fellowship and are used for church and benevolence purposes. Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.. help setting up, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.

Jewelry Request for the Christmas Fair
Are you sure of what’s in your jewelry box or drawer?  Got some items to go with a particular outfit and that’s no longer in your closet?  Tuesday Gals would adore having the items for our guests at the Santa’s Workshop fair.  What about lapel pins, rings, tie tacks, chains for men?  Please bring your items to Lyn in the church office.  Or stop in and chat with Tuesday Gals; we are in the Fellowship Hall starting at 10:00 am. Of course, we’d enjoy seeing you and maybe you’d like a cup of coffee.  Think of the jewelry as getting a new life!!Church Building Re-KeyedThe re-keying project has been completed.  All doors except the pastor’s door and the daycare door have been re-keyed.  All Committee Chairs have been issued a new key.  If you have not picked yours up yet, it will be in your mailbox at the church.  The office is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30-12:00 noon to pick up your key or get lock box instructions.  If you will be using the new lockbox that is now installed.  You can contact Lyn for Instructions at 829-3644 or 615-1650 if it is not during office hours.The “key” to this project is to get a list of names of all of those who now have a new key, and a list of names of those who have the combination to the lockbox.  If you have any questions or concerns please let the office know at 829-3644 or nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com

Continuing Meetings 

October 4 – Diaconate at 6:30 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89733746228?pwd=WW5OeGJLUXE1MnZpMkM4TlpkaGNLUT09

October 10 – Faith Formation Meeting following worship.

October 11 – Trustees at 6:00 pm –  In person

October 17  – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
The link will be sent to members of the Missions Committee one week prior to the meeting

October 20  – Council at 6:30 pm – In Person

Choir Rehearsal – Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday Morning at 8:30 am in the Sanctuary

Tuesday Gals meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall.

Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of the month at 7:30 am at Toddy Brook

Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 am.
If you have any questions contact Annie Graham at 207-712-8253

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Kris Perkins and Cathy Bunton

Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for September 21




Join us for Worship! We are worshiping in person on Sundays at 9:30 am.  For those who wish to join us online please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.  If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com.  If you wish to make an offering it can be made online through Tithely at https://tithe.ly/give?c=1301940

Masks Optional
Masks are now optional in the church building as transmission rates in Cumberland County have decreased. Please use your own judgement regarding wearing one.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall.

CONVERSATION !!!    COFFEE !!   PACKING LUNCHES ????
Join us for a time of conversation, coffee and assembling lunches for our Portland friends this coming Sunday after church. It is an opportunity for us to help put the lunches together and just enjoy being/working with church friends for a short time.  Everything needed for the lunches will be there. In other words just bring yourself.  Don’t feel like building lunches?  You can do some heavy looking on !

Jewelry Request for the Christmas Fair
Are you sure of what’s in your jewelry box or drawer?  Got some items to go with a particular outfit and that’s no longer in your closet?  Tuesday Gals would adore having the items for our guests at the Santa’s Workshop fair.  What about lapel pins, rings, tie tacks, chains for men?  Please bring your items to Lyn in the church office.  Or stop in and chat with Tuesday Gals; we are in the Fellowship Hall starting at 10:00 am. Of course, we’d enjoy seeing you and maybe you’d like a cup of coffee.  Think of the jewelry as getting a new life!!

Church Building Re-Keyed
The re-keying project has been completed.  All doors except the pastor’s door and the daycare door have been re-keyed.  All Committee Chairs have been issued a new key.  If you have not picked yours up yet, it will be in your mailbox at the church.  The office is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30-12:00 noon to pick up your key or get lock box instructions.  If you will be using the new lockbox that is now installed.  You can contact Lyn for Instructions at 829-3644 or 615-1650 if it is not during office hours.The “key” to this project is to get a list of names of all of those who now have a new key, and a list of names of those who have the combination to the lockbox.  If you have any questions or concerns please let the office know at 829-3644 or nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com


Neighbors in Need Special Offering 
In 2022, the Neighbors in Need “BEHOLD!” offering focuses on an economic justice. With inflation impacting all of our households, we wanted to provide a way to discuss this through a faith lens. Join us by promoting this year’s NIN “Behold!” campaign at your church. As you may recall, one-third of the offering supports Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds are used by Justice and Witness Ministries to provide grants to UCC churches and organizations as well as supporting a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. We will collect this offering on October 2.

Continuing Meetings 

October 4 – Diaconate at 6:30 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89733746228?pwd=WW5OeGJLUXE1MnZpMkM4TlpkaGNLUT09

October 10 – Faith Formation Meeting following worship.

October 11 – Trustees at 6:00 pm –  In person

October 17  – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
The link will be sent to members of the Missions Committee one week prior to the meeting

October 20  – Council at 6:30 pm – In Person

Choir Rehearsal – Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday Morning at 8:30 am in the Sanctuary

Tuesday Gals meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall.

Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of the month at 7:30 am at Toddy Brook

Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 am.

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Kris Perkins and Cathy Bunton

Community Food Pantry Donations. The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.  We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
 
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygiene Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.

Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for September 14, 2022

Join us for Worship! 
We are back in the Sanctuary!
We are now worshiping in person in the Sanctuary on Sundays at 9:30 am.  For those who wish to join us online please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.  If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com.  If you wish to make an offering it can be made online through Tithely at https://tithe.ly/give?c=1301940

Masks Optional
Masks are now optional in the church building as transmission rates in Cumberland County have decreased. Please use your own judgement regarding wearing one.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall.

Covenant-Making God                   Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
As my brief bio sketch mentions, I was ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church and hold dual status with the United Church of Christ through the York Association. In my ministry I served the Community Covenant Church of Clear Lake, WA, and Bethlehem Covenant Church in Worcester, MA, among other places.
Covenant is not a widely used word, however, so it has led to some interesting mail. I regularly received letters addressed to the Convenient Community Church – well, we were easily accessible. In heavily Roman Catholic Worcester my mail was addressed to Bethlehem Convent Church – I never did find the nuns! In our increasingly secular society the problem is not limited to Covenant churches; in North Berwick we would get mail for the First Congressional Church – didn’t they know about the separation of the church and the state?
Covenant is, of course, a biblical word. The word covenant (Hebrew berit) comes from royalty. A king made a “covenant” or “treaty” with other kings – a “covenant of peace.” A king also could make a covenant with his subjects – for example, promising protection in exchange for obedience and paying taxes or tribute. Usually a covenant was a transaction, involving mutual promises and responsibilities. In the same way, the Bible sometimes refers to the covenant between God and God’s people.
Many Congregational churches have “Church Covenants” – for example, members pledge themselves to mutual care, spiritual edification, and support of ministry to the community. But, the Bible also uses berit – covenant – to refer to God’s unilateral, unconditional promises – God’s grace! In fact, the very first use of the word “covenant” in the Bible is God’s call to Noah in Genesis 6:18. Then, we read of God’s covenant with Noah (and the whole earth) seven times after the Flood. Seven is a sacred number in Hebrew thought: if anything is repeated seven times we need to pay attention! (Genesis 9:1-17) God set no conditions on Noah in making his covenant promise, with the rainbow as a sign of God’s grace. Our covenant with God is rooted in God’s steadfast love and unconditional love!
In the same way, may our church covenant be rooted in steadfast love for one another and grace extended to one another. Last Sunday we looked at the Noahic Covenant. This coming Sunday we will consider the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 12:1-9) and our calling as God’s people. Note: We will be worshiping in the sanctuary. Join us in person or on-line as you are able.
Grace & peace, Paul

Continuing Meetings 
September 22  – Council at 6:30 pm – in Person 
Tuesday Gals – Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall
Choir – Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm and on Sundays 8:30-9:00 am in the Sanctuary
Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of each month at 7:30 am at Toddy Brook
Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 am.


Neighbors in Need Special Offering 
In 2022, the Neighbors in Need “BEHOLD!” offering focuses on an economic justice. With inflation impacting all of our households, we wanted to provide a way to discuss this through a faith lens. Join us by promoting this year’s NIN “Behold!” campaign at your church. As you may recall, one-third of the offering supports Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds are used by Justice and Witness Ministries to provide grants to UCC churches and organizations as well as supporting a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. We will collect this offering on October 2.

Community Food Pantry Donations. This Sunday, the first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.  We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
 
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygiene Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.

Church Building Re-Keyed
The re-keying project has been completed.  All doors except the pastor’s door and the daycare door have been re-keyed.  All Committee Chairs have been issued a new key.  If you have not picked yours up yet, it will be in your mailbox at the church.  The office is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30-12:00 noon to pick up your key or get lock box instructions.  If you will be using the new lockbox that is now installed.  You can contact Lyn for Instructions at 829-3644 or 615-1650 if it is not during office hours.

The “key” to this project is to get a list of names of all of those who now have a new key, and a list of names of those who have the combination to the lockbox.  

If you have any questions or concerns please let the office know at 829-3644 or nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com 

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~
Jon Bickford
Mark Falbo
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Kris Perkins and Cathy Bunton
Bill Tompson

Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc