Weekly News for September 7, 2022

Join us for Worship! 
We are worshiping in person in the Fellowship Hall 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.

Not a Children’s Story                                Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
This fall we will be moving through the Narrative Lectionary, which covers the sweep of the story of God and God’s people. On Sunday we began “in the beginning” with the story of Creation. This week we will jump ahead to the account of Noah and the Flood.

Noah and the Animals, the Ark and the Rainbow is a perennial Sunday School favorite – from the days of flannelgraphs to modern digital versions. And who doesn’t love “The Unicorn Song” by the Irish Rovers. (You’ve got that stuck in your head now, don’t you? You’re welcome.) My own fascination with the story began with Bill Cosby’s comic routine on Noah, “Ri-i-i-i-ght!”

But it’s also a story that creates a lot of controversy as people try to prove – or disprove – its historical basis. When I served a church in Worcester, MA, we had members of the Aldrin family in our congregation – relatives of astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, and later, the leader of expeditions to seek Noah’s Ark on the slopes of Mt. Ararat. One can visit the Ark Encounter in Tennessee, complete with a full-size replica of the Ark and information about dinosaurs. (Ironically, a couple of years ago the folks behind the Ark Encounter were involved in a lawsuit against their insurance company over flood damage claims.)

The account of Noah and the Flood is not really a children’s story, nor a prooftext to support of deny Creationism. I invite you to join us in worship on Sunday and find out what it really means for us.

Since Sunday is also the 21st Anniversary of the 9/11 hi-jackings and terror attacks, we will also observe a time of prayer in commemoration.

Grace & peace,
Pastor Paul

Meet our new Interim Pastor
Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
Pastor Day is a native of Quincy, Massachusetts; he has degrees from Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy; North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago; and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He was ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church in 1979, and holds dual standing in the United Church of Christ through the York Association.Pastor Day served Covenant congregations in Michigan, Washington state, and Massachusetts. In 1997 he moved to Portland to become the Executive Director of the Bible Society of Maine. In 2007 he returned to parish ministry serving as pastor of First Congregational Church, U.C.C., in North Berwick, Maine. He has also served as adjunct faculty in several settings, most recently at the University of New England. Pastor Day retired in May 2019. Since that time, he has served as a Bridge Pastor for Stevens Ave. Congregational Church, Portland, and First Congregational Church, Gray; and as an Instructor for the Maine School of Ministry.Paul lives in Portland with his wife of 45 years, Diana, and their dog, Daisy, and cat, Fluffanutta—both rescues. Diana taught Special Education at Scarborough Middle School from 1998 to 2018. They have three daughters and five grandchildren. Paul loves baseball, history, mysteries, travel, photography, and gardening and yardwork.Pastor Day looks forward to getting to know our congregation better in the next few months. He will be leading Sunday services and will be available for urgent pastoral care.Choir RehearsalThe choir will begin meeting on Wednesdays beginning Tonight, September 7 at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary.  We will rehearse on Sunday, September 18 from 8:30-9:00am and sing on that day also.

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.

Continuing Meetings September 11 – Faith Formation Meeting following worship.

September 12 – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
The link will be sent to members of the Missions Committee one week prior to the meeting

September 13  – Trustees at 6:00 pm – Via Zoom and in person
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT09

September 15  – Council at 6:30 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09
Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in person 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.??????BREAD-CHEESE-GRAPES-COOKIES???????Caroline R. and Jeanne C. are planning to continue taking “lunch” to the folks on the street in Portland once a month.  We started doing this as a part of the Grace Street Ministry program, but we needed to end that connection, so we are doing it from us at NYCC. We have found this to be a very, very meaningful experience…….simply giving a hungry or thirsty person something to eat or drink.  And, we might add, they are incredibly thankful.  We get many thank-you’s and bless you’s. 

The bag lunches we put together consisted of a sandwich ( a sliced meat and a slice of cheese) a small bag of chips, a small bag of red grapes (they love them) a couple of cookies and a soda.

Would you be at all interested in helping with a part of this activity by taking care of the bread? Cheese? Cookies? Grapes? Soda? Water?  You get my drift. Without even asking we have already been gifted with a generous cash gift, AND someone has said they want to take care of the chips for as long as we are doing this! 

If it would be to your liking to help with this activity, please talk to Caroline R. or Jeanne C. and see where you can fill in a need.

Thanks a bunch!     C/JRekeying the BuildingThe rekeying of the building has started.  When the main doors have been rekeyed, a notice will go out.  Hopefully next week.  The key blanks have been ordered.

We will have a limited number of keys made and will have a lock box installed at the door that will house a key.  Those who need a key will get one and those who only need a key occasionally can use the lockbox.  This will also take the worry out of losing a key.

When the new keys are assigned we will make a list so we will know who has keys. 

If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Lyn in the office at 829-3644 or nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com Thank you.

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
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Weekly News for August 31, 2022

Join us for Worship! 
We are worshiping in person in the Fellowship Hall 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.
Meet our new Interim Pastor
Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
Pastor Day is a native of Quincy, Massachusetts; he has degrees from Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy; North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago; and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He was ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church in 1979, and holds dual standing in the United Church of Christ through the York Association.

Pastor Day served Covenant congregations in Michigan, Washington state, and Massachusetts. In 1997 he moved to Portland to become the Executive Director of the Bible Society of Maine. In 2007 he returned to parish ministry serving as pastor of First Congregational Church, U.C.C., in North Berwick, Maine. He has also served as adjunct faculty in several settings, most recently at the University of New England. Pastor Day retired in May 2019. Since that time, he has served as a Bridge Pastor for Stevens Ave. Congregational Church, Portland, and First Congregational Church, Gray; and as an Instructor for the Maine School of Ministry.

Paul lives in Portland with his wife of 45 years, Diana, and their dog, Daisy, and cat, Fluffanutta—both rescues. Diana taught Special Education at Scarborough Middle School from 1998 to 2018. They have three daughters and five grandchildren. Paul loves baseball, history, mysteries, travel, photography, and gardening and yardwork.

Pastor Day looks forward to getting to know our congregation better in the next few months. He will be leading Sunday services and will be available for urgent pastoral care.
An Introduction to the Narrative Lectionary               
Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day 
You may have read my brief biographical sketch. I would like to add a little about my preaching style and intention for the next weeks and months as God would have us worshiping together.

I am primarily a “Lectionary” preacher: that is, I have generally followed the appointed Bible readings for each Sunday. The advantages of following a lectionary are two-fold: First, the lectionary represents a consensus of a large part of the Church to bring forth the “whole counsel of God” and serves as a discipline to keep a preacher from riding one’s own “hobby horse.” Second, because the lectionary is followed by many congregations, across denominational lines, it serves as a reminder of our unity in Christ.

The most widely used calendar of readings is called the Revised Common Lectionary. It is used by Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, and many other Protestant churches. Four Scripture readings are appointed for each Sunday of the year – an Old Testament lesson, a Psalm, an Epistle, and the Gospel. The RCL works on a 3-year cycle, beginning with the First Sunday of Advent and ending with Thanksgiving and the Reign of Christ Sunday. The themes are determined by the Gospel reading: Year A follows Matthew; Year B, Mark; and Year C, Luke; with readings from John sprinkled throughout the three years.

Recently, an alternative Narrative Lectionary has been developed. The Narrative Lectionary is built on the Bible’s Story of God and God’s people, and follows the School Year, September through June. It begins with readings on Creation, the Patriarchs and Prophets in the fall. Advent through Easter covers the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. After Easter comes the story of the early Church. Summer offers monthly studies in various biblical books. The Narrative Lectionary is on a 4-year cycle based on each of the four Gospels, but the themes are determined by the sweep of the Bible’s long story.
      
We will begin in September with Year One of the Narrative Lectionary. I hope that you may find it informative, enlightening, and inspiring as we find ourselves in the long story of God and God’s people.
Grace to you, and peace,
Pastor Paul
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.
??????BREAD-CHEESE-GRAPES-COOKIES???????
Caroline R. and Jeanne C. are planning to continue taking “lunch” to the folks on the street in Portland once a month.  We started doing this as a part of the Grace Street Ministry program, but we needed to end that connection, so we are doing it from us at NYCC. We have found this to be a very, very meaningful experience…….simply giving a hungry or thirsty person something to eat or drink.  And, we might add, they are incredibly thankful.  We get many thank-you’s and bless you’s. 

The bag lunches we put together consisted of a sandwich ( a sliced meat and a slice of cheese) a small bag of chips, a small bag of red grapes (they love them) a couple of cookies and a soda.

Would you be at all interested in helping with a part of this activity by taking care of the bread? Cheese? Cookies? Grapes? Soda? Water?  You get my drift. Without even asking we have already been gifted with a generous cash gift, AND someone has said they want to take care of the chips for as long as we are doing this! 

If it would be to your liking to help with this activity, please talk to Caroline R. or Jeanne C. and see where you can fill in a need.

Thanks a bunch!     C/J
Rekeying the Building
The rekeying of the building has started.  When the main doors have been rekeyed, a notice will go out.  Hopefully next week.  The key blanks have been ordered. We will have a limited number of keys made and will have a lock box installed at the door that will house a key.  Those who need a key will get one and those who only need a key occasionally can use the lockbox.  This will also take the worry out of losing a key. When the new keys are assigned we will make a list so we will know who has keys. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Lyn in the office at 829-3644 or nyarmouthccucc@gmail.comThank you.
Continuing Meetings September – Diaconate at 6:30 pm via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89733746228?pwd=WW5OeGJLUXE1MnZpMkM4TlpkaGNLUT09

September 11 – Faith Formation Meeting following worship.

September 12 – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
The link will be sent to members of the Missions Committee one week prior to the meeting

September 13  – Trustees at 6:00 pm – Via Zoom and in person
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT09

September 15  – Council at 6:30 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09
 Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in person in Fellowship HallMen’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 ~

Jon Bickford
Mark Falbo
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 August 21, 2022

Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping in person in the Fellowship Hall 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.

Church Indoor Yard Saleon
Saturday, August 20
from
9:00 am – 1:00 pm. 
  
in
Fellowship Hall

Come shop in air-conditioned comfort!
———————–
Do you have items that you would like to donate to the sale? 
We would love to have them.
NO Clothing
NO Electronics 

Dropoff at church will be Friday, August 19 from, 9:00-12:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm. If these times do no work contact Gary at 831-1254 and a time can be arranged for drop off.
 
Set up on Friday, August 19.
If you have questions or if you can help out setting up, during the sale or clean up, call Gary Davis at 831-1254
A Note from Pastor Nancy
Thank you all for your love, support, BBQ with all the trimmings, generous gifts and quite a fun and meaningful retirement day – it was fantastic and so are you!  All the best, Nancy.
Rekeying the Building
After years of using the same key for the church building, having no idea how many keys are out there, and who has them, we have made the decision to re-key.  We will have a limited number of keys made and will have a lock box installed at the door that will house a key.  Those who need a key will get one and those who only need a key occasionally can use the lockbox.  This will also take the worry out of losing a key.When the new keys are assigned we will make a list so we will know who has keys. The plan is to complete this project in August.  We will put out a notice as soon as this is done.If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Lyn in the office at 829-3644 or nyarmouthccucc@gmail.comThank you.
Continuing Meetings
August 18  – Council at 6:30 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in person 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 ~

Jon Bickford
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.

Weekly News for August 10, 2022

Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping in person in the Fellowship Hall 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.


Church Indoor Yard Sale
on
Saturday, August 20
from
9:00 am – 1:00 pm. 
  
in
Fellowship Hall

Come shop in air-conditioned comfort!
———————–
Do you have items that you would like to donate to the sale? 
We would love to have them.
 
Drop off your items the week of August 15
drop-off times to be determined.

NO Clothing
NO Electronics
 
Set up on Friday, August 19.
If you have questions or if you can help out setting up, during the sale or clean up, call Gary Davis at 831-1254
Rekeying the Building
After years of using the same key for the church building, having no idea how many keys are out there, and who has them, we have made the decision to re-key.  We will have a limited number of keys made and will have a lock box installed at the door that will house a key.  Those who need a key will get one and those who only need a key occasionally can use the lockbox.  This will also take the worry out of losing a key.

When the new keys are assigned we will make a list so we will know who has keys. The plan is to complete this project in August.  We will put out a notice as soon as this is done.

If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Lyn in the office at 829-3644 or nyarmouthccucc@gmail.comThank you.
Continuing Meetings
August 18  – Council at 6:30 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in person 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 ~

Jon Bickford
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.

Weekly News for July 27, 2022


Join us for Worship! We are now worshiping in person in the Fellowship Hall 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 OptionalMasks are now optional in the church building, however the Maine CDC has recommended wearing them for the time being indoors as the Covid infection rate has increased significantly in recent weeks. Please use your own judgement regarding wearing one.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall.
Rekeying the BuildingAfter years of using the same key for the church building, having no idea how many keys are out there, and who has them, we have made the decision to re-key.  We will have a limited number of keys made, and will have a lock box installed at the door that will house a key.  Those who need a key will get one and those who only need a key occasionally can use the lockbox.  When the new keys are assigned we will make a list so we will know who has keys. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Lyn in the office at 829-3644 or nyarmouthccucc@gmail.comThank you.

Continuing Meetings 
August 9  – Trustees at 6:00 pm – Via Zoom and or in person
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT09

August 18  – Council at 6:30 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in person 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

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.

Weekly News for July 13, 2022

Join us for Worship! 
We are worshiping in person in the Fellowship Hall 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, however the Maine CDC has recommended wearing them for the time being indoors as the Covid infection rate has increased significantly in recent weeks. Please use your own judgement regarding wearing one.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall.
OOPS!!!!
In the last couple of weeks the following miss-steps have been noted. (1) front door on church left unlocked, (2) big room downstairs–lights left on, (3) stage lights in fellowship hall -left on, (4) portable fan left running, (5) outside back door into kitchen/pantry area  left open and stairwell lights left on. 
End of OOPS?   Well, wouldn’t that be a good idea? !
TWO REASONS TO CELEBRATE
Huge thank-you’s to Leah D. and Nancy W. for spearheading the “auction” and the Strawberry Festival . Both events were wonderfully successful, tons of fun and they helped the church financially.  Both of these figures are not necessarily final as folks are still sending in money. To Date the “auction” looks to be showing about $850.00  and the Strawberry Festival  about $2,600.00.  To all who led and helped a huge  thank-you is in order !
Continuing Meetings and Events
July 21  – Council at 6:30 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in person 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.
Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com
Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Cindy & 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.

Weekly News for June 15, 2022


Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 25 from 1-3 pm
Mark your calendars!
Help Needed for the festival.
~Bussing tables, replenishing tables, or other tasks that arise.
~Set up and break down of festival
on Saturday morning 10 am, 
and Saturday afternoon after 3pm.

~EZ Up canopies are needed also. If you can help with any of the above, please let Leah Davis know at 829-6266
Pie Recipes
Thank you for baking a pie or pies for the Strawberry Festival.  We are including recipes for your use or you may have a favorite of your own.  We would appreciate two-crust or lattice-top baked pies.  Please, no refrigerated pies.  Label the pie box (S) for strawberry or (SR) for Strawberry Rhubarb.

Strawberry Pie
Bake at 350, 1 hr. until golden brown
1 quart strawberries
Mix together and sprinkle over fruit:
3/4 sup sugar
4 Tbs. flour
Pastry for a 2-crust pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Bake at 350, 1 hr. until golden brown
2 cups strawberries
2 cups rhubarb
Mix together and sprinkle over fruit:
1/13 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
Butter top of mixture
Pastry for a 2-crust pie
Masks Optional
Masks are now optional in the church building, however the Maine CDC has recommended wearing them for the time being indoors as the Covid infection rate has increased significantly in recent weeks. Please use your own judgement regarding wearing one.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall.
Join us for Worship! 
We are now 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
This is a THREE SHOUT-OUTS OF THANKS
A huge thank- you to George B. for his care of the lawns at NYCC. He mows a lawn that would be a challenge to anyone and makes it look so nice, he weed whacks, and trims the shrubs and bushes, which results in a very attractive setting for our church. AND he mowed the other side of the road when we needed extra parking space for a service a couple of weeks ago.

George’s effort is complimented big time by Lois and her work in and on the gardens. It may be my imagination (isn’t every spring more beautiful than the last?) but they have looked so gorgeous this year. The flowering shrubs exploded with beautiful blooms, the weeds disappeared from the gardens….it all looks so welcoming and well tended because of the work that Lois does.

WOW! WOW ! and WOW! for the gift of $4,000.00 to the general NYCC budget from the Women’s Fellowship group. This gift will help so much as our church works it way, financially, through Covid related issues, increased expenses for utilities, and low “in person”  church attendance due to “you know what).  The good news around this is, folks are keeping their promises and faithfully sending in their pledges. We have much for which to be thankful!
Continuing Meetings and Events
 June 16  – Council at 6:30 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Choir will be off for the summer after this coming Sunday, June 19.

Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in person 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.
Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com
Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Cindy & 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.
Message from the Cumberland Association 
Did you know there are more than 32,000 mothers in America- many from conservative,  Christian backgrounds -who fully accept their LGBTQ+ children?Spread across the country but connected through private Facebook groups, they call themselves “mama bears” because while their love is warm and fuzzy, they fight ferociously to make the world kinder and safer for all LGBTQ+ people. Although some may have grown up as fundamentalist, evangelical Christians, mama bears are willing to risk losing friends, family, and faith communities to keep their offspring safe—even if it challenges their belief systems and rips their worlds apart.
MAMA BEARS is an intimate, thought-provoking exploration of the journeys taken by Sara Cunningham and Kimberly Shappley, two “mama bears” —whose profound love for their LGBTQ children has turned them into fierce advocates for the entire queer community — and Tammi Terrell Morris, a young African American lesbian whose struggle for self-acceptance perfectly exemplifies why the mama bears are so vitally important.
Williston-Immanuel United Church will be screening this award winning film next Friday, June 17 at 7pm. Admission is FREE! 156 High Street, Portland. Enter the church from Deering Street. The film will be shown on PBS in 2023.
Pilgrim Lodge
Pilgrim Lodge is Maine’s UCC camp and we would love to see you this season! We have programming for children of all ages, adults, and families. Our programming ranges from Camp Pride to Hogwarts to Adult Chill to Grandparents and Grandchildren to Expedition Everyone to everything in-between. We absolutely love welcoming new folks, especially you! To learn more, please visit: https://www.pilgrimlodge.org/.” We also encourage churches to use the 2019 promo video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaVUdiAn700&t=176s) to get folks excited about this upcoming season.
Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for June 8, 2022

Youth Sunday
Join us for Youth Sunday, June 12th – we will also be celebrating Pentecost that day. Wear something red, yellow or orange to church!   

AND Following worship we will have a ‘what’ I did during the pandemic’ auction/sale to have some fun and raise a little money for the church.  Bring whatever you like that represents something you did during the pandemic! And think of what you want for a minimum bid!

High School

Emma Bickford
Graduating from Gray-New Gloucester High School
Attending Vermont Technical College to become a Veterinary Technician
Granddaughter of Jon and Terri Bickford
 
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Black

Graduated from Bourne High School in Cape Cod, MA.
Attending College in South Carolina to study Forensic Science
Granddaughter of George Black

Don Strawbridge
Graduating from Greely High School
Attending the Air Force Academy
Son of Patrick Strawbridge and Kristi Wright

Ellie Whittier
Graduating from Freeport High School
Attending Ohio State to study Nursing
Daughter of Linda Whittier, Granddaughter of Kathy Whittier

Katie Whittier
Graduating from Freeport High School
Taking a gap year
Daughter of Linda Whittier, Granddaughter of Kathy Whittier

College

Madelyne Day
Graduated with a degree in Pharmacy
Grand-Niece of Susan Day Elliott

Ellie Dickson
Graduated from Point Park University – Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Fine Arts
Daughter of Peter Dickson and Rachel Farrington

Devan Glassock
Graduated from the University of Southern Maine – Majored in Theater & Minored in Honors
Daughter of Frank and Lyn Glassock 
Plans to teach English as a second language in Seoul, South Korea.

Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 25 from 1-3 pm
Mark your calendars!
Help Needed for the festival.
~Bussing tables, replenishing tables, or other tasks that arise.
~Set up and break down of festival
on Saturday morning 10 am, 
and Saturday afternoon after 3pm.

~EZ Up canopies are needed also.If you can help with any of the above, please let Leah Davis know at 829-6266
Pie Recipes
Thank you for baking a pie or pies for the Strawberry Festival.  We are including recipes for your use or you may have a favorite of your own.  We would appreciate two-crust or lattice-top baked pies.  Please, no refrigerated pies.  Label the pie box (S) for strawberry or (SR) for Strawberry Rhubarb.

Strawberry Pie
Bake at 350, 1 hr. until golden brown
1 quart strawberries
Mix together and sprinkle over fruit:
3/4 sup sugar
4 Tbs. flour
Pastry for a 2-crust pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Bake at 350, 1 hr. until golden brown
2 cups strawberries
2 cups rhubarb
Mix together and sprinkle over fruit:
1/13 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
Butter top of mixture
Pastry for a 2-crust pie
Masks Optional
Masks are now optional in the church building, however the Maine CDC has recommended wearing them for the time being indoors as the Covid infection rate has increased significantly in recent weeks. Please use your own judgement regarding wearing one.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall.
Join us for Worship! 
We are now 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
Continuing Meetings and Events
 June 12 – Faith Formation Meeting following worship.

June 13 – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82012011187?pwd=bjJiZ3F2S0huRHpQdVN0cUlEeHg1Zz09

June 14  – Trustees at 6:00 pm – Via Zoom and in person
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT09

June 16  – Council at 6:30 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in person 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.
Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com
Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Cindy & 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.
Pilgrim Lodge
Pilgrim Lodge is Maine’s UCC camp and we would love to see you this season! We have programming for children of all ages, adults, and families. Our programming ranges from Camp Pride to Hogwarts to Adult Chill to Grandparents and Grandchildren to Expedition Everyone to everything in-between. We absolutely love welcoming new folks, especially you! To learn more, please visit: https://www.pilgrimlodge.org/.” We also encourage churches to use the 2019 promo video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaVUdiAn700&t=176s) to get folks excited about this upcoming season.
Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for June 1, 2002

From Pastor Nancy
A huge thank you to my church family for all you did to make Shelby’s Celebration of Life so meaningful.  Thank you to those who cleaned and prepared the church and cleaned up after. Thank you to the car parkers.  Thank you to our church staff for handling so many things and getting all the bulletins done and arranging for flowers to be delivered.  Thank you to the tech team for setting us up and live-streaming (245 views!) with overflow in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you to our child care team for helping with the little ones. Thank you to our kitchen crew (WF and others) for organizing a beautiful reception.  Thank you to all who brought food.  Thank you also to those who packed up leftovers to be taken to Portland on Sunday for those who are not housed, and thank you to those who helped me do that. Thank you to our wonderful musician. Thank you to Deacons plus greeting all those who came.  Thank you to the Diaconate for reaching out to Jeremy and JoJo and Ellie with Hannaford and gas cards.  Most of all, thank you for your graciousness in allowing me the space to both be a Pastor and a mourner  – this has meant more than I can express.  Blessings, Pastor Nancy

Strengthen the Church Offering this Sunday
 The Strengthen the Church offering supports the expansion of ministry and growth of UCC local congregations. Your support of this offering will help the UCC fulfill on its commitment to creating a just world for all by investing in new ministries and practices that meet the emerging needs of local communities. 
As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults.
Strengthen the Church Offering this Sunday
The Strengthen the Church offering supports the expansion of ministry and growth of UCC local congregations. Your support of this offering will help the UCC fulfill on its commitment to creating a just world for all by investing in new ministries and practices that meet the emerging needs of local communities. 
As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults.

Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 25 from 1-3 pm
Mark your calendars!
Help Needed for the festival.
~Bussing tables, replenishing tables, or other tasks that arise.~Set up and break down of festival
on Saturday morning 10 am, 
and Saturday afternoon after 3pm.

~EZ Up canopies are needed also.
If you can help with any of the above, please let Leah Davis know at 829-6266
Youth Sunday
Join us for Youth Sunday, June 12th – we will also be celebrating Pentecost that day. Wear something red, yellow or orange to church!   

AND Following worship we will have a ‘what’ I did during the pandemic’ auction/sale to have some fun and raise a little money for the church.  Bring whatever you like that represents something you did during the pandemic! And think of what you want for a minimum bid!
Conference Dues
Just a reminder that we were billed $1912.92 for our membership dues.  To date folks have sent in $616.00.  The dues are about $19.00 per person.  Please consider paying your share of the Conference dues.From the Financial Secretary’s Desk
Masks Optional
Masks are now optional in the church building, however the Maine CDC has recommended wearing them for the time being indoors as the Covid infection rate has increased significantly in recent weeks. Please use your own judgement regarding wearing one.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall.
Join us for Worship! 
We are now 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
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.
Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com
Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Cindy & Bill Tompson 
Continuing Meetings and Events
 June 7 – Diaconate at 6:30 pm via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89733746228?pwd=WW5OeGJLUXE1MnZpMkM4TlpkaGNLUT09

June 12 – Faith Formation Meeting following worship.

June 13 – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
The link will be sent to members of the Missions Committee one week prior to the meeting

June 15  – Trustees at 6:00 pm – Via Zoom and in person
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT09

June 16  – Council at 6:30 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

June 13 – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
The link will be sent to members of the Missions Committee one week prior to the meeting
Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in person 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.
Pilgrim Lodge
“Pilgrim Lodge is Maine’s UCC camp and we would love to see you this season! We have programming for children of all ages, adults, and families. Our programming ranges from Camp Pride to Hogwarts to Adult Chill to Grandparents and Grandchildren to Expedition Everyone to everything in-between. We absolutely love welcoming new folks, especially you! To learn more, please visit: https://www.pilgrimlodge.org/.” We also encourage churches to use the 2019 promo video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaVUdiAn700&t=176s) to get folks excited about this upcoming season.
Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for May 25, 2022

IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK! 

Funeral Service for Shelby Dickinson
The funeral service for Shelby Dickinson will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 11a.m. here at NYCC followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall.  Please keep Jeremy, Josephine, Eleanor and their family and friends in your prayers as they navigate this difficult time. Per the families wishes, masks are required to attend the service.  Masks may be removed while eating and drinking during the reception.

From Pastor Nancy
So many tragic, horrible events in our world ….. people dying in a war on the other side of the world, people dying in a super market, children dying in school, people we love dying too young.  My heart hurts.  I don’t have the answers to the many questions we have for God. And I am sad and angry and …. and ….. and ….. I do know God walks with us.  God knows our pain and anguish. God wants to hold us and love us.  Let God love you.  Love one another as God loves you.  In sadness and hope, Pastor Nancy–

Community Cookout
Thank you to so many of you for making our Community Cookout successful. It turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. We couldn’t have done it without you. A particular shout out goes to the Smith and Rose families and to Priscilla, who is always there to help. We are blessed to have such wonderful giving friends in our church.  We received $70 in donations to help the people of Ukraine.Annie and Marsha


Strawberry Festival
The 2022 Strawberry Festival will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 1-3 pm
We will hold it outside under tents
as we did last year.
Mark your calendars
More information coming soon!

Youth SundayJoin us for Youth Sunday, June 12th – we will also be celebrating Pentecost that day.  AND Following worship we will have a ‘what’ I did during the pandemic’ auction/sale to have some fun and raise a little money for the church.  Bring whatever you like that represents something you did during the pandemic! And think of what you want for a minimum bid!

Search Committee
The Search Committee was confirmed in a congregational meeting on May 15.  Our Search Committee includes: Caroline Rose, Marsha Heath, Leah Davis, Jeff Shorey and Nate Smith(not pictured).  They will begin the process of calling a new pastor for NYCC with a meeting to be held on June 14th with our Maine Conference Minister.  

Conference Dues
Just a reminder that we were billed $1912.92 for our membership dues.  To date folks have sent in $536.00.  The dues are about $19.00 per person.  Please consider paying your share of the Conference dues.From the Financial Secretary’s Desk

Masks Optional
Masks are now optional in the church building, however, the Maine CDC has recommended wearing them for the time being indoors as the Covid infection rate has increased significantly in recent weeks. Please use your own judgement regarding wearing one.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall.

Join us for Worship! We are now 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

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.

Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~
Marion Goff  
The Family of Shelby Dickinson
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Cindy & Bill Tompson 

Continuing Meetings and Events
 June 7 – Diaconate at 6:30 pm via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89733746228?pwd=WW5OeGJLUXE1MnZpMkM4TlpkaGNLUT09

June 12 – Faith Formation Meeting following worship.

June 13 – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
The link will be sent to members of the Missions Committee one week prior to the meeting

June 15  – Trustees at 6:00 pm – Via Zoom and in person
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT09

June 16  – Council at 6:30 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

June 13 – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
The link will be sent to members of the Missions Committee one week prior to the meeting
Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in person 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.



Pilgrim Lodge
Pilgrim Lodge is Maine’s UCC camp and we would love to see you this season! We have programming for children of all ages, adults, and families. Our programming ranges from Camp Pride to Hogwarts to Adult Chill to Grandparents and Grandchildren to Expedition Everyone to everything in-between. We absolutely love welcoming new folks, especially you! To learn more, please visit: https://www.pilgrimlodge.org/.” We also encourage churches to use the 2019 promo video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaVUdiAn700&t=176s) to get folks excited about this upcoming season.

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