Weekly News for March 27

A Message from Friends
Janet, Harland and I have officially moved to our permanent residence in Topsham, ME as of March 13th. Our address is 21 Amethyst Dr, Topsham, 04086. Therefore we have moved our membership to the UCC in Brunswick. I must say we will miss everyone and everything about NYUCC! A SPECIAL PLACE with very SPECIAL PEOPLE doing the work of Christ INDEED!!
BE WELL, Janet Grinis, Roger Nadeau and Harland Nadeau

New Computer for the Office
With many thanks to Gary Davis and Chris Dahlgren, we now have a new computer in the office. They went out and purchased it for us and began the setup. The old one gave us 9 faithful years and was ready to go. With that said, I have not figured out how to get everything I need back. i.e., I can’t update the online calendar or use Word and the computer is not talking to the printer. I am sure there is more that I will discover as I go to do something. I will be working on those issues tomorrow. How will I be printing the bulletin and the Newsletter? I don’t know at this point, but if I get stuck here First Parish will let me print there. I will get everything up and running as soon as possible. Thank you, Lyn

Food Pantry Volunteers needed
Are you interested in helping at the Cumberland/North Yarmouth Food Pantry? A fun, social time helping others shop for food. The job would include helping people shop. The ability to stand for two hours and carry bags weighing up to 15 lbs is needed. Confidentiality is a must, too

A two hour commitment on the 2nd Friday of the month. Shifts are from 2:45 to 4:30 and from 4:30 to 6:00. Be a volunteer or back up when someone can’t make it.

More questions, ask Tracy at 207-233-3655 or tdahlgren1140@gmail.com or any Missions Committee Member.

Grief Support Group
The Grief Support Group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 1 pm for tea and conversation. This will be an informal time together to share how we are doing and whatever is on our hearts as we support one another in our grief. Depending on the size of the group we will either meet in my office or the Fellowship Hall. If this sounds like something for you, I hope you will come. Our next meeting will take place on March 21.

All Church Game Night
Our annual All Church Game Night will take place on Saturday, March 30 at 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall.
More information to come.

Coffee Hour
Please consider hosting this wonderful time together for one week or
more in the coming year. It is up to you what you bring to share. You
may put on a pot of coffee or use the single serve machine (especially
nice now that we have reusable coffee pods) There will be a sign up
sheet in the Gathering Space.

Pilgrim Lodge
Registration is now open for Pilgrim Lodge. Check out the many camps that are available this summer. There is a schedule posted on the bulletin board or you can pick up a brochure in the Fellowship Hall.

STORM CLOSING procedure for NYCC
If we close/cancel church due to weather conditions we will post on WCSH, WGME, our FB page and we will change the church voicemail. A decision will be made by 7:00 am Sunday morning.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, March 27
LENTEN STUDY CANCELLED TONIGHT
Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm
AA – 7:00 pm

Friday, March 29
Yoga – 2:00 pm

Saturday, March 30
All Pot Luck and Church Game Night – 5:30 pm

Sunday, March 31
Youth Choir – 9:00 am
Worship – 9:30 am
Drama Club – 11:00 am
Women’s AA – 7 pm

Tuesday, April 2
WF/Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am
Greely Boy’s Hockey Banquet – 5:00 pm
Zumba – 6:30 pm

Wednesday, April 3
Lenten Study – 6:00 pm
Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm
AA – 7:00 pm

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

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

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

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Weekly News for February 27, 2019

Events

Friday Lunch
Our next Friday lunch will take place on Friday, March 1 from 11:30-12:30 pm. Come enjoy fresh haddock chowder with a biscuit, a special, desserts and drinks. Come for the delicious lunch and great conversation. There is no charge for lunch. Any money donated will be given to help those in need.

Ash Wednesday Gathering – for everyone!
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of lent and it is on March 6th this year. Please plan to bring a dish to share at 5:30pm on Wednesday March 6 and stay for an interactive worship time from 6 to 6:45 pm. We will be making nail crosses and considering what Jesus meant when he said, “take up your cross and follow me”. We will prepare the sanctuary for the six weeks of lent by changing the paraments to purple (cloths on pulpit and communion table). We will also make ashes from last year’s palm branches and then receive ashes as we close our worship time together. Please plan to be there for this wonderful family/inter-generational time together!

Storytelling Through Song Embellishment – An “Ornamentation Conversation”
The Graduate Lecture Recital of David Myers, Jr., Tenor
Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campu

Grief Support Group
Starting March 7th, we will met on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 1 pm for tea and conversation. This will be an informal time together to share how we are doing and whatever is on our hearts as we support one another in our grief. Depending on the size of the group we will either meet in my office or the Fellowship Hall. If this sounds like something for you, I hope you will come.

Opportunities to Serve

Coffee Hour
Please consider hosting this wonderful time together for one week or
more in the coming year. It is up to you what you bring to share. You
may put on a pot of coffee or use the single serve machine (especially
nice now that we have reusable coffee pods) There will be a sign up
sheet in the Gathering Space.

Other Items of Interest

STORM CLOSING procedure for NYCC
If we close/cancel church due to weather conditions we will post on WCSH, WGME, our FB page and we will change the church voicemail. A decision will be made by 7:00 am Sunday morning.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 27
Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm
AA – 7:00 pm

Friday, March 1
Friday Lunch – 11:30 – 12:30 am

Sunday, March 3
Worship – 9:30 am
Christian Education – 11:00 am
Women’s AA – 7 pm

Monday, March 4
Yoga – 2:00 pm

Tuesday, March 5
WF/Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am
Zumba – 6:30 pm

Wednesday, March 6
Ash Wednesday Potluck – 5:30 pm
Ash Wednesday Service – 6:00 pm
AA – 7:00 pm

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

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

Weekly News for November 7

Fall Cleanup
Fall Church Cleanup will take place this Saturday, November 10 at 9:00 am weather permitting. It is time to get the church yard looking spiffy for the holidays and get those storm windows on. Please think about stopping by and helping for however long you have available. If we have enough people it won’t take long. As they say, “Many hands make light work!” If you have any questions, please contact Gary Davis at 829-6266.

Christmas Fair News

Jewelry Table
The Christmas Fair folks are looking for gently used jewelry for the jewelry table. If you have some jewelry that you no longer wear would you consider donating it to the Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals for the fair?! You can give it to a Tuesday Gal or bring it into the office and Lyn will make sure that they get it. Thank you!

Pet Place Pantry/Christmas Fair
The Pet Place Pantry, sponsored by the Missions Committee, will have a table at the church fair where it will sell vintage and antique items donated to the Pet Place Pantry as different from “Trash and Treasures.” All proceeds from the sale will go directly to the Pet Place Pantry. We are looking for a variety of vintage or antique items, not just glass or china. All we ask is that the item be in good usable condition, and with glass or china, no chips or cracks. Vintage or antique jewelry can also be donated, just let us know that it goes on the Pet Place Pantry table and not the jewelry table. Nice linens, silver or anything else antique or vintage that you would like to donate are most welcome. The items can be brought to church. If they are brought to church, please put a note with them that they are for the Pet Place Pantry so Lyn can call Dale to come and get them. Thank you for your support of the Pet Place Pantry.

Silent Auction
Do you have a craft where you create an item that might draw some nice bids at the Fair’s Silent Auction? Pat Field’s wooden crèche figures come to mind. Do you own/work at a business that might donate a Gift Card? Please think of a good donation that would draw interest (and bids) to the Silent Auction tables at the Christmas Fair. Many of our regulars enjoy bidding on new, fresh items and gift cards; sometimes a bidding war even breaks out!

Fellowship Hall
Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals and their Elf friends will be taking over the Fellowship Hall Wednesday, November 14 -17 to prepare and host the Christmas Fair.

Youth Group
In addition, the youth group will be partnering with the Cumberland Congregational Church’s youth group in December to create small care packages to be distributed during the holiday season. We are asking church members to help contribute items needed for the packages and will have collections baskets at church. We will be collecting:

New socks – men’s, women’s, and youth
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Floss
Water bottles
Chapstick
Small toys/stuffed animals
Women’s hygiene products
Deodorant
Mittens/gloves
Scarf
Tissue packs
Granola bars, etc.

Thank you!

February 2019 Chicken Pie Sale
We are now taking orders for chicken pies and gravy for our February chicken pie sale. A 10 inch pie is $18 and a pint of gravy is $5. Please contact the office or reply to this email to order. There is also an order form on the office desk to place your order.

Coffee Hour
Please consider hosting this wonderful time together for one week or more in the coming year. It is up to you what you bring to share. You may put on a pot of coffee or use the single serve machine (especially nice now that we have reusable coffee pods😇) There will be a sign up sheet in the Gathering Space. Thank you, Pastor Nancy

Senior Luncheon (55 years and older)
Gather with friends for lunch at noon, Wednesday, November 14 at Sacred Heart Church Hall, 326 Main Street, Yarmouth. This lunch is free and takes place on the second Wednesday of each month. Sacred Heart Hall is handicap accessible. Plan on staying for the Aging with Grace Fall Symposium following the luncheon if you wish.

Yoga
Yoga is held on Monday and Friday at 2 pm in the Rec Room.

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

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

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 7
The Wired Word – 6:00 pm
Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 10
Pet Place Pantry – 9:00 am
Fall Cleanup – 9:00 am

Sunday, November 11
The Gospel of Mark – 8:30 am
Worship – 9:30 am
Diaconate – 11:00 am

Tuesday, November 13
WF/Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Wednesday, November 14
The Wired Word – 6:00 pm
Trustees – 6:00 pm
Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Thursday, November 15
Christmas Fair Setup

Friday, November 16
Christmas Fair Setup

Saturday, November 17
Men’s Club Breakfast – 7:00 am
Christmas Fair – 9:00 am

Weekly News for October 31

Happy Halloween!

Daylight Saving Time Ends
Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 4. Remember to turn your clocks back one hour before bedtime on Saturday night.

Friday Lunch
The next Friday Lunch is this Friday, November 3 from 11:30-12:30 pm. We will be offering Haddock Chowder with a biscuit, a special, dessert and drinks. Come join us!

All Saints Day – Celebrating Their Lives – our loved ones and the saints of the church who have died this year or in years past – A Service of Holy Communion for All Saints Day will be held this coming Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 9:30am. Please consider bringing a small picture or other item of remembrance with you to be placed on a table during worship (to be taken home with you following worship).

Grace Street Ministry has been given a huge gift of socks for the winter by one church – so we probably have enough for now. We do still need winter coats and gloves (especially for men). Thank you for your continued generosity!
Rodie MacCormack is now at Hawthorne House in Freeport and has just started hospice care. She would welcome visitors.

Talent Show
Fall Talent Show is here! The Youth Group will be hosting the Fall Talent Show on the evening of Saturday, November 3rd at 6:30 pm. We have been rehearsing the songs, skits, and readings, as this is a church wide event. We hope to see everyone come out and join us in celebrating our combined talents. Youth Group will provide concessions at the intermission, with proceeds funding this year’s outings.

Christmas Fair Notes

Jewelry Table
The Christmas Fair folks are looking for gently used jewelry for the jewelry table. If you have some jewelry that you no longer wear would you consider donating it to the Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals for the fair?! You can give it to a Tuesday Gal or bring it into the office and Lyn will make sure that they get it. Thank you!

Pet Place Pantry/Christmas Fair
The Pet Place Pantry, sponsored by the Missions Committee, will have a table at the church fair where it will sell vintage and antique items donated to the Pet Place Pantry. All proceeds from the sale will go directly to the Pet Place Pantry. We are looking for a variety of vintage or antique items, not just glass or china. All we ask is that the item be in good usable condition, and with glass or china, no chips or cracks. Vintage or antique jewelry can also be donated, just let us know that it goes on the Pet Place Pantry table and not the jewelry table. Nice linens, silver or anything else antique or vintage that you would like to donate are most welcome. The items can be brought to church. If they are brought to church, please put a note with them that they are for the Pet Place Pantry so Lyn can call Dale to come and get them. Thank you for your support of the Pet Place Pantry.

Silent Auction
Do you have a craft where you create an item that might draw some nice bids at the Fair’s Silent Auction? Pat Field’s wooden crèche figures come to mind. Do you own/work at a business that might donate a Gift Card? Please think of a good donation that would draw interest (and bids) to the Silent Auction tables at the Christmas Fair. Many of our regulars enjoy bidding on new, fresh items and gift cards; sometimes a bidding war even breaks out!

Youth Group
In addition, the youth group will be partnering with the Cumberland Congregational Church’s youth group in December to create small care packages to be distributed during the holiday season. We are asking church members to help contribute items needed for the packages and will have collections baskets at church. We will be collecting:
New socks – men’s, women’s, and youth
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Floss
Water bottles
Chapstick
Small toys/stuffed animals
Women’s hygiene products
Deodorant
Mittens/gloves
Scarf
Tissue packs
Granola bars, etc.

February 2019 Chicken Pie Sale
We are now taking orders for chicken pies and gravy for our February chicken pie sale. A 10 inch pie is $18 and a pint of gravy is $5. Please contact the office or reply to this email to order. There is also an order form on the office desk to place your order.

Coffee Hour
Please consider hosting this wonderful time together for one week or more in the coming year. It is up to you what you bring to share. You may put on a pot of coffee or use the single serve machine (especially nice now that we have reusable coffee pods😇) There will be a sign up sheet in the Gathering Space. Thank you, Pastor Nancy

The Wired Word
The Wired Word meeting Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm beginning on September 12th – a Christian discussion facilitated by Rev Nancy of our how faith intersects with current events in our world.

Yoga
Yoga is held on Monday and Friday at 2 pm in the Rec Room.

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

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

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 31
The Wired Word – 6:00 pm
Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm

Friday, November 2
Friday Lunch – 11:30-12:30 pm

Sunday, November 4
The Gospel of Mark – 8:30 am
Worship – 9:30 am
Youth Group – 11:00 am
Christian Education – 11:00 am

Tuesday, November 6
WF/Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Wednesday, November 7
The Wired Word – 6:00 pm
Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Weekly News for October 3

Friday Lunch
Our next Friday Lunch is this Friday, October 5 from 11:30-12:30 pm. We will be serving Fish Chowder with a biscuit, a special, desserts and drinks. Please join us!

After worship fellowship time (aka coffee hour, aka lemonade hour) is a vital part of our church life together. It is when we greet new people who have joined us for worship as well as connecting with those we have known for years. For some it is the only time during the week when we connect with our church family. Thank you to all of you who acted as hosts last year, to Jeanne Chadbourne who acted as host over the summer and to Donna and Norm Smith these past 2 weeks as we gear up for a new year. Please consider hosting this wonderful time together for one week or more in the coming year. It is up to you what you bring to share. You may put on a pot of coffee or use the single serve machine (especially nice now that we have reusable coffee pods😇) There will be a sign up sheet in the Gathering Space. Thank you, Pastor Nancy

Decorate for Chicken Pie Supper!
We are looking for someone who would like to volunteer to decorate the outside of the church for the chicken pie supper. We need 2 cornstalks, one large and one small pumpkin, three Mums in different colors and one bale of hay. If you would like to take on this challenge please let Mark know or reply to this email.

Trencher in the Gathering Space
Each year we place the Mark’s big Trencher bowl on the Gathering Space table. This decorates the table for the chicken pie supper and beyond. This year we are looking for help to fill. We are looking for gourds and squash. If you would like your items back after we are done please put your initials on the back of your item.

Youth Group
October is finally here and that means so is Youth Group!
We will be joining the congregational pot-luck October 7th following service to catch up on our busy summers, pick up projects we left off with, and plan for the coming year! During this time we invite church members to come share ideas of how they think the youth group can be involved in the church community. Additionally, if you have not submitted a photo for the church directory we will gladly take your picture or upload one you bring in.

We will see you after service in the fellowship hall; grab a plate and come on over to our table, whether you’re a returning member or a first-timer. All junior high- and high-school youth are welcome!

Talent Show
It’s already time to start thinking about the Fall Talent Show! The Youth Group will be hosting the Fall Talent Show on the evening of Saturday, November 3rd at 6:30 pm. It is time to rehearse the songs, skits, and reading you had planned, as this is a church wide event. We hope to see everyone come out and join us in celebrating our combined talents. Youth Group will provide concessions at the intermission, with proceeds funding this year’s outings.

Found
We have a cover to a dvd call “Old Maine Swedish Farms.” We believe it came in with a prayer shawl. If this is yours please let us know.

The Wired Word
The Wired Word meeting Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm beginning on September 12th – a Christian discussion facilitated by Rev Nancy of our how faith intersects with current events in our world.

The Gospel of Mark
A Sunday morning study of the Gospel of Mark facilitated by Sandra Golonka from 8:30-9:15am starting Sunday September 16th. The group will explore the book of Mark from beginning to end.

Exploring the Bible
What is the Bible? The first of three sessions to be followed in the winter/spring by introducing the Old and New Testament. Each study is 6 weeks in length. There is a participant book available for $12. Tuesdays at 3:00 pm.

Tuesday Gals
The Tuesday Gals are putting together two new Raffle Baskets. As always we appreciate all donations.

One is Mainly Maine
Ideas for the Mainly Maine basket include: food items made here in Maine, such as B& M Bake Beans, can Brown Bread, taffy and chocolates, jams and jellies, relish, any decor, books and paper products.

The new basket we are starting is Kitchen/Baking
Ideas for this basket is dishtowels/dishcloths, placements, bowls, trays, cooking utensils, pans, baking pans, fry pans, measuring cups and spoons, cutting board, dish soap, pot scrubbers, cookie cutters, seasonings, frosting and sprinkles.
Any items anyone has for these baskets will help us a lot.
There is lists of ideas posted in the gathering space If you prefer not to shop, cash donations are greatly appreciated and we will do the shopping. I want to thank those who have given me cash donations and to let you know it sure is helping us fill the baskets.
Thank you all so very much,
Terri Bickford/Tuesday Gals

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

Food Pantry Needs

Baby and Toddler Food

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 3
The Wired Word – 6:00 pm
Choir Rehearsal 7:00pm

Friday, October 5
Friday Lunch – 11:30-12:30 pm

Sunday, October 7
The Gospel of Mark – 8:30 am
Worship – 9:30 am
Homecoming Potluck – After Worship
Missions – after potluck
Youth Group – after potluck

Monday, October 8
Columbus Day
Indigenous Peoples Day
Office Closed

Tuesday, October 9
WF/Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am
Exploring the Bible – 3:00 pm
Zumba – 6:30 pm

Wednesday, October 10
The Wired Word – 6:00 pm
Trustess – 6:00 pm
Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm