Weekly News for September 1, 2021

MASKS REQUIREDFollowing CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We will be holding worship service as we have been in the Fellowship Hall with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.

Join us for Worship! 

We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. At this time because of the heat we are worshipping in the Fellowship Hall, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream 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

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Julie Beggs
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Richard and Nancy LowellBlanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy Cindy Tompson 

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

September Board and Committee Meetings

Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m. – Missions Meeting – Via Zoom
Sept. 14 at 6:00 p.m. – Trustees – In person
Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. – Council – Via Zoom

Community Food Pantry

The Community Food Pantry serves people and families from North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Pownal and New Glouscester.  The pantry is open every other Friday from 3:00-6:00 pm. and currently serves over 80 families.  Our church supports the pantry with money and food donations.  We collect food donations in the grocery cart in the Gathering Space.  With the pandemic and fewer people in the church, the food donations have been less.  So, in hopes of having more food donations, on the first Sunday of the month, Communion Sunday, we are asking those attending church to bring something for the food cart.  Or if you won’t be at the service, drop something by when you can. 

As of 8/11 the list of Food Pantry needs include: 
Traditional baked beans (No other beans)                            Box cake and frosting
Italian and Ranch Dressing                                                   Sugar
Olives                                                                                    Maple syrup
Canned corn or peas                                                             K-cups
Chicken or beef gravy                                                           Coffee-Medium Roast
Pasta sauce                                                                          Cranberry juice
School snacks, protein bars                                                  Deodorant
Popcorn                                                                                 Pain relievers
Chips & salsa                                                                        Tissues
Ritz or Triscuit crackers

Missions

From time to time we would like to share some of the wonderful thank you notes that we receive from organizations that NYCC Missions supports.  The following is from Grace Street Ministries.

UCC appeals for $100,000 for disaster-beleaguered Haiti

Donate Now! Designate “Haiti Appeal.”

You may also make a gift by mailing a check made payable to the United Church of Christ, to PO Box 71957, Cleveland OH, 44194. Please be sure to note “Haiti Appeal” on your check in the memo section, or in an attached letter.If you would like to help with this, you may do so directly with the UCC or send a check to church or donate online at Tithely, and we will send it in to the UCC Disaster relief effort for Haiti.

Help for the Homeless
Summer needs for Grace Street Ministries:  new socks men and women’s – ankle and crew – white.  New men’s boxer briefs – M L XL.  Sports bras- new.  Consignment ready summer clothes – t-shirts, shorts, etc., and I have created a list on Amazon of personal care travel size items:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/5BE4ICKT49WW?ref_=wl_share

Access worship video on the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NYCC04097/ (you do not need to be a FB user – just click past the create account box to get to our public page)
OR you may access it directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for August 25, 2021

COVID CHURCH POLICY

Council and other interested persons met on Sunday, August 22nd, to discuss church policies related to the increased numbers and the Delta Variant. We shared meaningful discussions and some interesting ideas to keep the church open while keeping everyone safe within its walls. Some had ideas about worshipping in the sanctuary again and about enjoying music safely in the sanctuary. There will be more information to come related to these possibilities.

The consensus of this meeting is to keep doing what we are currently doing: Masks are to be worn while in the church and we will practice social distancing. We will have outside services when we can; however, during bad weather, services will be held in fellowship hall where rows of chairs are spread out and are set with one, two, or three chairs for family units. Windows will be opened and fans will be used to aid in air movement.

We are looking forward to a time when we can worship as we did in pre-Covid times and that is our ultimate goal. The current uptick in cases in the U.S. is something we will pay attention to and act accordingly. We ask that you continue to be patient with this process.

Marsha Heath on behalf of Council

MASKS REQUIRED

Following CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We will be holding worship service as we have been in the Fellowship Hall with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.

Join us for Worship!

We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. At this time because of the heat we are worshipping in the Fellowship Hall, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream 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.

Please keep the following people in your prayers ~

Julie Beggs

Marion Goff 

Sandra Golonka – Sandra has begun her chemotherapy treatments.

Vince Golonka

Richard and Nancy Lowell

Blanche Mays – Jim passed away this week.  Prayers for Blanche and her family through this difficult time.  If you would like to send cards to Blanche please send them to:

Coastal Landing, 142 Neptune Dr., Apt 142, Brunswick, ME 04011

Lin Tompson Murphy

Cindy Tompson

Community Food Pantry

The Community Food Pantry serves people and families from North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Pownal and New Glouscester.  The pantry is open every other Friday from 3:00-6:00 pm. and currently serves over 80 families.  Our church supports the pantry with money and food donations.  We collect food donations in the grocery cart in the Gathering Space.  With the pandemic and fewer people in the church, the food donations have been less.  So, in hopes of having more food donations, on the first Sunday of the month, Communion Sunday, we are asking those attending church to bring something for the food cart.  Or if you won’t be at the service, drop something by when you can.

 As of 8/11 the list of Food Pantry needs include:

Traditional baked beans (No other beans)                            Box cake and frosting

Italian and Ranch Dressing                                                       Sugar

Olives                                                                                        Maple syrup

Canned corn or peas                                                                 K-cups

Chicken or beef gravy                                                              Coffee-Medium Roast

Pasta sauce                                                                             Cranberry juice

School snacks, protein bars                                                  Deodorant

Popcorn                                                                                    Pain relievers

Chips & salsa                                                                            Tissues

Ritz or Triscuit crackers

Congratulations to Sara!

A BIG Congratulations to Sara Brobst Bartlett.  She has been called to serve the Second Congregational Church in Norway Maine as their new Pastor. 

Missions

From time to time we would like to share some of the wonderful thank you notes that we receive from organizations that NYCC Missions supports.  The following is from Harrison Food Bank.

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

UCC appeals for $100,000 for disaster-beleaguered Haiti

by Carol Fouke-Mpoyo | published on Aug 16, 2021

 Donate Now! Designate “Haiti Appeal.”

A UCC Haiti Appeal seeks to raise $100,000 for immediate relief and longer-term recovery for the thousands of people in Haiti who are reeling from sequential disasters.

These include the deadly, destructive 7.2 earthquake August 14 in western Haiti, and Tropical Depression Grace, expected to make landfall in the same region August 16-17. The resulting flooding and mudslides are likely to add misery to the earthquake zone and to hinder the search and rescue of survivors.

Hundreds (nearly 1,400 as of August 16) are confirmed dead and additional thousands injured due to the eathquake.

The UCC is working with Global Ministries, Church World Service and the ACT Alliance among other partners, all of which are currently assessing the situation for damages and needs.

UCC Global H.O.P.E. team leader Joshua Baird was in touch with the partner networks on August 16 and said that the ACT Alliance reports that more than 60 percent of the people of Haiti have been impacted by the disaster. Both the ACT Alliance and Church World Service have spoken about “significant infrastructure challenges,” with road closures due to civil unrest compounded by earthquake damage. 

Immediate needs include water, due to the corruption of water tanks, and first aid. They note that there are not enough hospital beds in existing, structurally safe facilities. “People are being treated in hospital yards – or dying there,” according to Global Ministries’ bilateral partners CONASPEH (The National Spiritual Council of Haitian Churches) and House of Hope, Baird said.

Other challenges facing Haitians include COVID-19. Vaccination of health care workers and people over 65 only got started in early August. There’s also the political and social disruption following the assassination of the country’s president in July.

How to Help

Pray for Haitians impacted by disasters.

Donate Now! Designate “Haiti Appeal.”

You may also make a gift by mailing a check made payable to the United Church of Christ, to 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115. Please be sure to note “Haiti Appeal” on your check in the memo section, or in an attached letter.

If you would like to help with this, you may do so directly with the UCC or send a check to church or donate online at Tithely, and we will send it in to the UCC Disaster relief effort for Haiti.

Help for the Homeless

Summer needs for Grace Street Ministries:  new socks men and women’s – ankle and crew – white.  New men’s boxer briefs – M L XL.  Sports bras- new.  Consignment ready summer clothes – t-shirts, shorts, etc., and I have created a list on Amazon of personal care travel size items:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/5BE4ICKT49WW?ref_=wl_share

Thank you for all of the items dropped off at the church for Grace Street Ministries.  I was able to put together many toiletry bags to give out this week.   Thank you, Nancy

Access worship video on the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NYCC04097/ (you do not need to be a FB user – just click past the create account box to get to our public page)

OR you may access it directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for August 18, 2021

Church Yard Sale
on
Saturday, August 21
from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Friday: We will be setting up for the yard sale starting around 8:30 on Friday morning. Anyone who is available to unpack and set up is welcome!

Saturday: Yard sale starts at 9 am. If you can help out during the sale, please email Gary at scapeman15@hotmail.com or leave a message at 829-6266. Definitely will need help for clean up.

Council Meeting
PLEASE NOTE that our Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 19th, has been moved to Sunday, August 22nd, after our church service. Please also note that this will be an “in person” meeting. Our meeting will be outside weather permitting. One of the topics of discussion will be future church services and Covid.

All members and friends of the church are invited to attend.

Marsha Heath, Moderator

Topic: Council Meeting
Time: Aug 22, 2021 10:30 AM

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Join us for Worship!
We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. At this time because of the heat we are worshipping in the Fellowship Hall, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced. For those who wish to join us online via livestream 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

Backpack Blessing
Join us on this Sunday, August 22 with your backpacks to have them blessed for the new school year by Pastor Nancy. Kids should bring backpacks and if folks want to bring some school supplies for others that would be great. We will be making tags to put on your backpacks.

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 ~

Julie Beggs
Marion Goff
Sandra Golonka
Vince Golonka
Richard and Nancy Lowell
Blanche and Jim Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Cindy Tompson

UCC appeals for $100,000 for disaster-beleaguered Haiti
by Carol Fouke-Mpoyo | published on Aug 16, 2021

Donate Now! Designate “Haiti Appeal.”
A UCC Haiti Appeal seeks to raise $100,000 for immediate relief and longer-term recovery for the thousands of people in Haiti who are reeling from sequential disasters.
These include the deadly, destructive 7.2 earthquake August 14 in western Haiti, and Tropical Depression Grace, expected to make landfall in the same region August 16-17. The resulting flooding and mudslides are likely to add misery to the earthquake zone and to hinder the search and rescue of survivors.


Hundreds (nearly 1,400 as of August 16) are confirmed dead and additional thousands injured due to the eathquake.
The UCC is working with Global Ministries, Church World Service and the ACT Alliance among other partners, all of which are currently assessing the situation for damages and needs.


UCC Global H.O.P.E. team leader Joshua Baird was in touch with the partner networks on August 16 and said that the ACT Alliance reports that more than 60 percent of the people of Haiti have been impacted by the disaster. Both the ACT Alliance and Church World Service have spoken about “significant infrastructure challenges,” with road closures due to civil unrest compounded by earthquake damage.


Immediate needs include water, due to the corruption of water tanks, and first aid. They note that there are not enough hospital beds in existing, structurally safe facilities. “People are being treated in hospital yards – or dying there,” according to Global Ministries’ bilateral partners CONASPEH (The National Spiritual Council of Haitian Churches) and House of Hope, Baird said.


Other challenges facing Haitians include COVID-19. Vaccination of health care workers and people over 65 only got started in early August. There’s also the political and social disruption following the assassination of the country’s president in July.


How to Help
Pray for Haitians impacted by disasters.
Donate Now! Designate “Haiti Appeal.”
You may also make a gift by mailing a check made payable to the United Church of Christ, to 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115. Please be sure to note “Haiti Appeal” on your check in the memo section, or in an attached letter.
If you would like to help with this, you may do so directly with the UCC or send a check to church or donate online at Tithely, and we will send it in to the UCC Disaster relief effort for Haiti.

Help for the Homeless
Summer needs for Grace Street Ministries: new socks men and women’s – ankle and crew – white. New men’s boxer briefs – M L XL. Sports bras- new. Consignment ready summer clothes – t-shirts, shorts, etc., and I have created a list on Amazon of personal care travel size items:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/5BE4ICKT49WW?ref_=wl_share

You can order off that list and have it shipped to my home address or you can just use it for ideas and purchase elsewhere. I will make Ziplock bags of stuff to give out.

Thank you, Nancy

Access worship video on the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NYCC04097/ (you do not need to be a FB user – just click past the create account box to get to our public page)
OR you may access it directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for August 4, 2021

From our Moderator
The church has recently learned that 2 attendees of the Pride funeral on Saturday, July 24th
have tested positive for Covid. As of this writing we do not know the date of the positive tests). As you know, we require masks to be worn in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall. Masks may only be removed in Fellowship Hall to either drink or eat. Also, all windows in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall were open during the funeral and reception.

The Maine CDC has advised that if you attended the funeral and wore a mask and/or had been vaccinated, there should be no concern.

Tuesday, August 3rd, is the 10th day from the date of the funeral and crucial time period for
infection; therefore, we felt it was prudent to advise our congregation in the event that anyone in attendance has experienced cold-like symptoms or worse. If so, please contact
your health care provider for testing. Please let us know if you test positive. Thanks all. Marsha Heath, Moderator

Join us for Worship!
We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. At this time because of the heat we are worshipping in the Fellowship Hall. At this time we are still following CDC guidelines and are requiring you to be masked and socially distanced. For those who wish to join us online via livestream please connect with us 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

Pastor Nancy on Vacation
Pastor Nancy will be on vacation from August 3-16. Rev. Ed. DeLong will be our guest pastor for August 1 and 8th.

Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests or pastoral care during pastor Nancy’s sabbatical please contact Deacons Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017

Please keep the following people in your prayers
Julie Beggs
Marion Goff
Sandra Golonka
Vince Golonka Richard and Nancy Lowell
Blanche and Jim Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy Cindy Tompson

Help for the Homeless
It’s spring! Thank you all for your continued support for Grace Street Ministries. Please hold on all winter gear until next year. Warm weather needs include travel size toiletries including sunscreen and lip balm. And of course gift cards for places like Dunkin Donuts($5) and grocery stores- Hannaford’s, Shaws and Market Basket($10.). Any fast food chain in Portland will work as well. Thank you! Pastor Nancy

Church Yard Sale
There will be a Yard Sale at church on Saturday, August 21 from 1-3 pm.
If you have any questions please contact Gary Davis at 831-1254.

NOW ACCEPTING DONATIONS!
No clothing will be accepted.
Please save your items until set up day on August 20th if possible. If not, please put items in the Rec Room (under Fellowship Hall).

Stillspeaking Daily Devotional – United Church of Christ Forms of Assistance

by Martha Spong | published on Aug 2, 2021

And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. – 1 Corinthians 12:28 (NRSV)

As a coach working with pastors, I often close a session with a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the person I’m coaching, for the gifts and talents God has given them for ministry, and for the ways those gifts are being used and developed for the good of God’s kin-dom. They are inspiring preachers, fine administrators, dedicated educators, and compassionate pastors, but rare is the one who excels at all these roles all the time. Whether they partner with colleagues or work collaboratively with church leaders, one of their most important tasks is to identify and support the gifts of others for the good of the church and the world.

Paul, in his letter to the church at Corinth, points out that we all have different capacities and that they are all needed in our faith communities. My favorite mentioned in verse 28 is “forms of assistance.” It brings to mind the volunteers who organized a Pet Pantry at the UCC church in North Yarmouth, Maine, providing dearly needed help to lower- or fixed-income people in the neighborhood. Not only did they see the need, they inspired others to care and to contribute time, funds, and material goods. Vision, compassion, generosity, and practicality were the gifts given to them by God.

What is your gift? How are you using it? Believe me, someone needs what you have been given and what you have to give.

Prayer
Holy One, we thank you for the capacities you have given us. Help us to see what is needed and to use our strengths to serve you. Amen.

Weekly News for July 28, 2021

Join us for Worship!

We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. At this time because of the heat we are worshipping in the Fellowship Hall.  At this time we are still following CDC guidelines and are requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream please connect with us 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

Pastor Nancy on Vacation

Pastor Nancy will be on vacation from August 3-16. Rev. Ed. DeLong will be our guest pastor for August 1 and 8th.

Pastoral Care Requests

For prayer requests or pastoral care during pastor Nancy’s sabbatical please contact Deacons Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017.

Message from Kathy and Lois

If you or someone you know is struggling in our community, please Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017 to assess how NYCC church family can help.

News from the Missions Committee

Dear Friends,

                 Just a quick update of what has been going on at the Missions Committee.  10%, $7,500, of Pat’s gift to the church was designated for the Local Missions Funds.  Committee members meet and decided that the funds should help those in Maine with food or basic need insecurities.  With lots of discussion and research, we decided to send $1000 to five Maine organizations.   The folks receiving the funds have sent wonderful, moving thank you notes.  Pat would be so pleased.

$1000 Maine Needs—P O Box 4174, Portland ME 04101.  They strive to help people meet their basic material needs by providing clothing, hygiene products, household items and other necessities in an environment of dignity and compassion.  Both their website http://www.maineneeds.org and Facebook page Maine Needs have a lot of information about what they are doing.

 $1000 Food Shepherds Food Bank PO Box 1807, Auburn, ME 04211.   The $1000 will provide 3000 meals @ 33 cents per meal.    Their website is http://www.gsfb.org.

 $1000 Machias Food Pantry, 9 Center Street, Machias. ME 04091.  The funds will be used to build a larger facility as the need in the area is growing.

 $1000 Harrison Food Bank, PO Box 112 Harrison, ME  04040.  The Food Bank provides food to those in need in Harrison, Waterford and surrounding areas.  Currently they are feeding 500 families per week.  During the pandemic, they have waived the paperwork for town requirements to get food because no one should be hungry.

$1000 to the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Perry, Maine.  The funds will be used to purchase winter clothing for the children.

The remaining $2,500 will be used for Thanksgiving and Christmas giving.   Peace and Prayers, Tracy       

Yard Sale

There will be a yard sale at the church on Saturday, August 21 from 1-3 pm.                                                    If you have any questions, please contact Gary Davis at 831-1254.                                                              Accepting donations Now.  No clothing. 

AROUND and ABOUT

So…..what’s happening at our church, you might ask?   Certainly we are not back to normal at this point. We are trying to stay within the latest Covid-19  guide-lines, but it’s surprising how normal Sunday worship is. Yes, we are in the Fellowship Hall which we usually are this time of year.  All the windows are open, and the fans are on high! Folks are respecting a discreet distance from one another. And an oft heard question is, “are you vaccinated?” It seems like everyone is except the younger folks who keep their masks on.   It seems quite safe. Peter is at the piano and we are singing.  This could all change in a heartbeat as the Covid-Delta Variant is taking hold everywhere.  Don’t throw your masks out yet!

Kathy W. has arranged for Sunday service coverage until Pastor Nancy returns and they, Pastor Joe, and Pastor Ed,  have given us some excellent worship services. We have had 3 funerals in the last 6 weeks and Lois K. has really worked hard and put in many, many hours to see that these events are “up to NYCC standards” even though not much has been done in our kitchen as far as food prep is concerned. The families have been so understanding of the restrictions under which we are working. A lot of setting up and tearing down of Fellowship Hall, but a willingness on everyone’s part, especially the families, to help with this has been much appreciated. This past Saturday I went to the church about 8:30ish to check on something (the funeral service was at 11:00) Lois was already there. I went back to church to take the mail in about 3:30 and Lois was still there!  A huge shout out of thanks to Lois. Lois does have some willing and able helpers with these events.

It’s hard to use the word lawn when talking about the green, brown, yellow stuff growing around our building, but with George B.’s tender care, mowing trimming etc., the grounds are looking quite good. George, thank you so much for mowing and also for your daily mouse/snake patrol. Lyn appreciates your diligence!

Speaking of Lyn! Under very awkward conditions Lyn has been critically instrumental in keeping the church operating in its usual “do it right” mode. She has had extremely little use of her right arm after shoulder surgery, and this on top of an abundance of extra work, extra bulletins, accommodating 4 different pastors, bookkeeping chores, weekly newsletters, and other usual stuff she never said “I can’t do this”. She accepted my offer to be her right arm on the computer upstairs as she kept up her financial responsibilities, and I have never pushed anyone’s patience buttons as far as I did hers. She never said a word, but I knew how trying it must have been. I’m not proficient on a computer with 2 good arms!

The Trustees are continuing to plug away at their “needs to be taken care of” list. The Deacons have had extra duties with the extra services. Missions is keeping up with pet pantry and was so pleased to help 5 organizations in the state with a financial gift from the money we received from Pat Field’s will.

And last but not least, you folks are being so faithful with your financial support. This time of year sometimes can be a bit dicey with the bottom line, but thanks to you, our finances are OK. I’m not going to brag on this too much, just incredibly thankful for your support.

I would be totally remiss if I didn’t acknowledge and stand in awe of our techie team! Nate S. Jeff S. Vince G. and Caroline R. are sending out our Sunday services, and they are faithful to the core doing this. We still have a following from folks who live away and of course, our faithful members who are opting to stay at home.  Isn’t it good that they can “be” with us on Sunday mornings! THANK YOU, TECH TEAM!

Respectfully,  Jeanne,  VM

Please keep the following people in your prayers ~

Julie Beggs

Marion Goff 

Sandra Golonka

Vince Golonka

Richard and Nancy Lowell

Blanche and Jim Mays

Lin Tompson Murphy

Cindy Tompson

Help for the Homeless

Summer needs for Grace Street Ministries:  new socks men and women’s – ankle and crew – white.  New men’s boxer briefs – M L XL.  Sports bras- new.  Consignment ready summer clothes – t-shirts, shorts, etc., and I have created a list on Amazon of personal care travel size items:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/5BE4ICKT49WW?ref_=wl_share

You can order off that list and have it shipped to my home address or you can just use it for ideas and purchase elsewhere.  I will make Ziplock bags of stuff to give out. 

 I will not be doing Tuesdays during my sabbatical but will give items to Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen for them to hand out.  Thank you, Nancy

Access worship video on the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NYCC04097/ (you do not need to be a FB user – just click past the create account box to get to our public page)

OR you may access it directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for July 14, 2021

Happenings at Church The parking lot will be used for parking for a wedding on Saturday, July 17 starting at 5 pm.  Guests will be shuttled to the venue.

All State Paving have been granted the use of our satellite parking across the street as the paving of route 115 gets going.  They will use the space for staging when they get to this end.  Possibly a three to four week time frame on this.
Let’s Celebrate!
We will be celebrating Ernie and Sharon Clark’s 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, July 24 after church with cake and ice cream.  No gifts please.  Cards would be lovely.
In Person Worship  We are now worshiping in person. We plan to be outside as much as possible, but it is raining or too hot we will move inside to the Fellowship Hall.  At this time, we will continue to be masked and socially distanced.  We will also be live streaming on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.   
Pastor Nancy on Sabbatical
Pastor Nancy will be on Sabbatical for the month of July and then will take the first two weeks in August for vacation, Nancy will be away from July 1 – August 17.  Pastor Joe Connolly will be our guest pastor and will cover emergency pastoral care for the first three weeks in July and then Rev. Ed DeLong will cover the next three weeks- 7/25, 8/1,8/8.
Pastoral Care Requests For prayer requests or pastoral care during pastor Nancy’s sabbatical please contact Deacons Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017.  If you wish to speak with Pastor Joe, they will ask him to contact you.
Message from Kathy and Lois
If you or someone you know is struggling in our community, please Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017 to assess how NYCC church family can help. 
Please keep the following people in your prayers ~
The Family of Norma Pride
Julie Beggs
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka
Vince Golonka
Richard and Nancy Lowell 
Blanche and Jim Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy Cindy Tompson 
Help for the Homeless Summer needs for Grace Street Ministries:  new socks men and women’s – ankle and crew – white.  New men’s boxer briefs – M L XL.  Sports bras- new.  Consignment ready summer clothes – t-shirts, shorts, etc., and I have created a list on Amazon of personal care travel size items:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/5BE4ICKT49WW?ref_=wl_share

You can order off that list and have it shipped to my home address or you can just use it for ideas and purchase elsewhere.  I will make Ziplock bags of stuff to give out.  
 
I will not be doing Tuesdays during my sabbatical but will give items to Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen for them to hand out.

Thank you, Nancy

Weekly News for July 7, 2021

Memorial Service
A memorial service for Jeanne Golding will be held at NYCC on Saturday, July 10th at 10 am, followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall. Following CDC Guidelines, anyone who is not fully vaccinated please wear a mask.

In Person Worship
We are now worshiping in person. We plan to be outside as much as possible, but it is raining or too hot we will move inside to the Fellowship Hall. At this time we will continue to be masked and socially distanced. We will also be live streaming on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.

Pastor Nancy on Sabbatical
Pastor Nancy will be on Sabbatical for the month of July and then will take the first two weeks in August for vacation, Nancy will be away from July 1 – August 17. Pastor Joe Connolly will be our guest pastor and will cover emergency pastoral care for the first three weeks in July and then we will have other guest pastors or Lay lead worship.

Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests or pastoral care during pastor Nancy’s sabbatical please contact Deacons Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017. If you wish to speak with Pastor Joe, they will ask him to contact you.

Message from Kathy and Lois
If you or someone you know is struggling in our community, please Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017 to assess how NYCC church family can help.

Trustees Meeting
The Trustees will meet in person at the church on Tuesday, July 13 at 6 p.m.

Please keep the following people in your prayers ~

The Family of Jeanne Golding
Julie Beggs
Marion Goff
Sandra Golonka
Vince Golonka
Richard and Nancy Lowell
Blanche and Jim Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Cindy Tompson

Help for the Homeless
Summer needs for Grace Street Ministries: new socks men and women’s – ankle and crew – white. New men’s boxer briefs – M L XL. Sports bras- new. Consignment ready summer clothes – t-shirts, shorts, etc., and I have created a list on Amazon of personal care travel size items:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/5BE4ICKT49WW?ref_=wl_share

You can order off that list and have it shipped to my home address or you can just use it for ideas and purchase elsewhere. I will make Ziplock bags of stuff to give out.

I will not be doing Tuesdays during my sabbatical but will give items to Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen for them to hand out.

Thank you, Nancy

Links for Recurring Zoom Meetings and Worship

Council: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Access worship video on the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NYCC04097/ (you do not need to be a FB user – just click past the create account box to get to our public page)
OR you may access it directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for July 30, 2021

IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK!

In Person Worship

We are now worshiping in person. We plan to be outside as much as possible, but it is raining or too hot we will move inside to the Fellowship Hall.  At this time, we will continue to be masked and socially distanced.  We will also be live streaming on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.  

Pastor Nancy on Sabbatical

Pastor Nancy will be on Sabbatical for the month of July and then will take the first two weeks in August for vacation, Nancy will be away from July 1 – August 17.  Pastor Joe Connolly will be our guest pastor and will cover emergency pastoral care for the first three weeks in July and then we will have other guest pastors or Lay lead worship.

Pastoral Care Requests

For prayer requests or pastoral care during pastor Nancy’s sabbatical please contact Deacons Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017.  If you wish to speak with Pastor Joe, they will ask him to contact you.

Message from Kathy and Lois

If you or someone you know is struggling in our community, please Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017 to assess how NYCC church family can help.

A Note from Leah

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize those who helped to make this year’s Strawberry Festival a huge success.  Through the generosity of several monetary contributions from outside and inside the church, all of our expenses were met prior to the festival and we were able to net $2,100.00.

Advertising: Pam Ames

Solicitors for pies and ice cream: Gail Strattard, Candace Smith, Susan Elliott

Pie Makers: Nancy Lowell, Donna Smith, Leslie Eastman, Lyn Glassock, Marcia Woodward, Susan Elliott, Judy Maddox, Martha McConnell, Jess Mc Connell, Trudy Sappington, Libby Steele, Sue Berube, Sue Gerry, Saarah Balvin, Kathy Mathews, Sara Rose, Grace Rose, Caroline Rose, Gail Strattard, Jeff Shorey , Jean Goff, Deanna Davis. (If I have left anyone off, my apologies as some made pies with their own berries so I might not have them on my list) Also, some people had signed up to make pies but I ran out of berries on Thursday evening!! Thanks to them too!!)

Biscuit Makers: Priscilla Brobst and Shirley Lake (235 plus biscuits were made. I don’t know how many were taste tested and not in the count! 😊)

Helpers/ Set up/ loans of EZ Up canopies:  Rev Nancy, George and David Black, Chris and Tracy Dahlgren, Jeanne Chadbourne, Susan Elliot, Norm and Donna Smith, Cindy Libby, Judy Maddox, Sara, Grace and Caroline Rose, Deanna and Gary Davis, Jon and Emma Bickford, Nora Strawbridge, Sarah Balvin, Lyn and Frank Glassock, Men’s Club, Chris Collins, Dana Fortier, John Deans, Boy Scout Troop 121 in Auburn (Don and Cody Malpass), Marcia Woodward, Marsha and Mark Heath, Leslie Eastman, Cathy Whittier.

I hope I have not left anyone off the list.. the positive responses to helping on it were overwhelming and I appreciate all that everyone did to make this a memorable event. I think this afternoon was what Rosalyn Baston and Priscilla Brobst had in mind when they started this 28 years ago!!

Trustees Meeting

The Trustees will meet in person at the church on Tuesday, July 6 at 6 p.m.

CaringBridge

Hello,

A CaringBridge Site was created for Sandra Golonka. It’s a caring social network to help people stay connected with family and friends during a health event. Follow Sandra’s site and be sure to visit often to stay updated and share messages of support.

Visit Sandra’s Website

Site Link: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/sandragolonka

Site Name: sandragolonka

New to CaringBridge? Sign up for an account to take part in a CaringBridge website.  Sincerely, Nancy White

Please keep the following people in your prayers ~

Julie Beggs

Marion Goff 

Sandra Golonka

Vince Golonka

Richard and Nancy Lowell

Blanche and Jim Mays

Lin Tompson Murphy

Cindy Tompson

Help for the Homeless

Summer needs for Grace Street Ministries:  new socks men and women’s – ankle and crew – white.  New men’s boxer briefs – M L XL.  Sports bras- new.  Consignment ready summer clothes – t-shirts, shorts, etc., and I have created a list on Amazon of personal care travel size items:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/5BE4ICKT49WW?ref_=wl_share

You can order off that list and have it shipped to my home address or you can just use it for ideas and purchase elsewhere.  I will make Ziplock bags of stuff to give out. 

I will not be doing Tuesdays during my sabbatical but will give items to Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen for them to hand out. Thank you, Nancy

Weekly News for June 2, 2021

Youth Group
Youth Group will not meet today. Youth Group will meet next Wednesday, June 9 from 4-5 pm at the church.

In Person Worship to Begin on Sunday, June 6
We will be worshiping in person beginning on June 6. We plan to be outside as much as possible, but if the weather is inclement we will move inside to the Fellowship Hall. At this time we will continue to be masked and socially distanced. Don’t forget your chair!
Coming to church on Sunday?
The food pantry cart will be out on the lawn if you would like to make a donation. Thank you!

Missions Missions put together 20 toiletry and cleaning buckets for Maine Needs based in Portland that will go to whom ever needs them in the state of Maine. “Maine Needs is a grassroots organization, powered by a growing collective of volunteers. We know how resilient people are, but not all of life should be about overcoming adversity. We aim to meet people on the hill they climb and ease stressors by rallying the heart of the community to provide basic needs”. You can read more about them online or on Facebook.


Upcoming Meetings

Trustees will be meeting on Tuesday, June 8 at 6pm via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT09

Diaconate will be meeting on Tuesday, June 8 at 6pm via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89617775399?pwd=Q2dpMnBqeE0rT2hEenF4NG5JUkZTUT09

Council will meet on Thursday, June 17 at 6:30 pm via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09


Message from Pastor Nancy

If you or someone you know is struggling in our community, please contact me nyccrevnancy@gmail.com to assess how NYCC church family can help. Thanks, Nancy
Access worship video on the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NYCC04097/ (you do not need to be a FB user – just click past the create account box to get to our public page)

OR you may access it directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Please keep the following people in your prayers ~

The Family of Dick Baston – Dick passed away on May 30. A reception will be held here at NYCC on Monday, June 14th.


Marion Goff


Sandra Golonka

Richard and Nancy Lowell

Blanche and Jim Mays


Cindy Tompson


STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL NEWS
Strawberries plants are blooming with hope for fabulous berries in June!

The strawberry festival will be held on Saturday, June 26 from 1-3 pm.

The following is a list of dates to remember and also to review and see if you can help!!

Thursday, June 24 Pie plate and berry pick up at the church from 4-6 pm.
Prepping of berries during this time frame also.

Friday, June 25 set up in the fellowship hall 4pm.

Saturday, June 26

10am (weather permitting), set up of outside seating and EZ-up awnings
Prepping of sliced berries

Noon Those working on the festival arrive to double check your station and understand workflow.

1-3pm Festival

After 3 pm Clean up crew

NOTE: We will be following the current CDC guidelines for the festival.

Thanks, Leah Davis
Email lddavis115@gmail.com or mamad115@hotmail.com
Cell 776-3419
Home 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

If you are interested, please respond to this email so that I know whether to move forward with planning at mamad115@hotmail.com

Have a great day,
Leah Davis

Help for the Homeless
It’s spring! Thank you all for your continued support for Grace Street Ministries. Please hold on all winter gear until next year. Warm weather needs include travel size toiletries including sunscreen and lip balm. And of course gift cards for places like Dunkin Donuts($5) and grocery stores- Hannaford’s, Shaws and Market Basket($10.). Any fast food chain in Portland will work as well. Thank you! Pastor Nancy


Links for Recurring Zoom Meetings and Worship
Council: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Tuesday Gals: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83989985429?pwd=TzF2N2ZtMW1JbEJqc3BuWHUxdHpIUT09

Access worship video on the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NYCC04097/ (you do not need to be a FB user – just click past the create account box to get to our public page)

OR you may access it directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Join us for zoom coffee hour following worship. (Approx. 10:15AM)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83955604677?pwd=UXBQYTB0b0lFZ2FhVHB6d0dVTTJYZz09

Weekly News for May 26, 2021

Office Hours for Pastor Joe
Pastor Joe will be in the office on Thursdays from 10:00 -12:00 pm starting this week. If anyone would like to meet with Pastor Joe please stop by.


Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests or pastoral care during pastor Nancy’s sabbatical please contact Deacons Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017. If you wish to speak with Pastor Joe, they will ask him to contact you.


News from the Office
Lyn, our Church Administrator, will be out of the office from June 7 to June 17 for shoulder surgery. While she is out, the office will be covered from 8:30-10:30 am Monday-Wednesday. Pastor Nancy will be in the office on Thursdays from 10:00-12:00 pm(not confirmed). The phones and email will be checked during this time.


Council News
In an effort to better communicate with members and friends of NYCC, we will provide you with a link to the approved minutes of Council’s last meeting every month. Please be sure to read them so that you will know what is currently happening at NYCC! Please click on the link below to take a look at the April minutes. Marsha S. Heath, Moderator

Click here to read April Council Minutes

CHURCH YARD SALE
There has been some interest in having a church yard sale sometime this summer. Is there a committee or a person who would like to spearhead this fundraiser this summer or early fall? Please let me know by calling me at 829-5940 or 653-1966. Thanks! Marsha Heath

CONFERENCE DUES
This is the time of year that our church must pay its conference dues. Conference dues are based on the number of members we have in our congregation. The per member dues is $18.00 for the Maine Conference and the Cumberland Association. If you haven’t done so already, the church would welcome payment from each member in this amount if you are so inclined. Thank you in advance.
Marsha H., Moderator

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Marion Goff


Sandra Golonka – Sandra has been diagnosed with cancer. She will begin Chemotherapy and Radiation treatments. Please send cards to her home. Continued prayers are appreciated.


Richard and Nancy Lowell


Blanche and Jim Mays


Cindy Tompson

In Person Worship to Begin on Sunday, June 6
We will be worshiping in person beginning on June 6. We plan to be outside as much as possible, but if the weather is inclement we will move inside to the Fellowship Hall. At this time we will continue to be masked and socially distanced. Don’t forget your chair!


Strawberry Festival
The Strawberry Festival is back! Plans are underway to hold the festival under tents outside on church grounds following all CDC Guidelines on Saturday, June 26th from 1:00-3:00 pm. If you haven’t already and would like to help please contact Leah D. at mamad115@hotmail.com

Access worship video on the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NYCC04097/ (you do not need to be a FB user – just click past the create account box to get to our public page)
OR you may access it directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Help for the Homeless
It’s spring! Thank you all for your continued support for Grace Street Ministries. Please hold on all winter gear until next year. Warm weather needs include travel size toiletries including sunscreen and lip balm. And of course gift cards for places like Dunkin Donuts($5) and grocery stores- Hannaford’s, Shaws and Market Basket($10.). Any fast food chain in Portland will work as well. Thank you! Pastor Nancy


Links for Recurring Zoom Meetings and Worship
Trustees will be meeting on Tuesday, May 11 at 6pm via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT
Council: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Tuesday Gals: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83989985429?pwd=TzF2N2ZtMW1JbEJqc3BuWHUxdHpIUT09
Access worship video on the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NYCC04097/ (you do not need to be a FB user – just click past the create account box to get to our public page)

OR you may access it directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Join us for zoom coffee hour following worship. (Approx. 10:15AM)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83955604677?pwd=UXBQYTB0b0lFZ2FhVHB6d0dVTTJYZz09