Weekly News for March 23




Masks Optional
Masks are now optional in the church building.  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

Lenten schedule of events for all ages
– invite a friend!


Sunday April 3rd
following coffee hour after worship
Potluck lunch followed by imagining ourselves in the story activity

Maundy Thursday Service April 14th – 6:30 pm
Easter Sunrise at Skyline Farm  
Easter Worship April 17th 9:30 am – Christ is Risen!

Pastoral Search Committee
I am pleased to let you know that the following people will serve as our pastoral search committee: Jeff Shorey, Leah Davis, Caroline Rose, Nate Smith, and myself.  A congregational meeting will be scheduled soon to commit it to its task. The committee will then meet with our UCC liaison, Jonna Jensen, to begin the search process. Prayerfully, Marsha Heath

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
One Great Hour of Sharing® is one of four special mission offerings of the United Church of Christ. This Lenten Offering supports the disaster, refugee, and development ministries of the United Church of Christ within Wider Church Ministries.  When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing, you deploy resources to people in need all around the world, and in our own communities.  When man-made or natural disasters strike, love responds.  Not just for the immediate future, but for the long haul.  When you give to One Great Hour of sharing, you are working alongside families to restore not only structures, but hope.  Your giving ensures that no matter how difficult the situation, Love remains.  We will be taking this offering starting this Sunday, March 27 through Easter.  

Helping Ukraine
The First Russian Baptist Church at 211 Mosher Road in Gorham is holding a special Russian dinner on this Saturday at 6 pm to raise funds for Ukraine’s children.  It is a wonder event, focusing on the needs of vulnerable children in the regions of Belarus, etc.  Last year they had entertainment after the meal, a dessert raffle (wwwowww!) and a regular raffle of gift cards and services. If you haven’t contributed to the crisis in Ukraine and would like to, this is a great opportunity. The meal may include pelmeni (meat dumplings), borsch, a rice and beef dish, various potato dishes and something like meatballs (tefteli). Salads, and a dessert table. It is a buffet style meal. The price for the meal was a free will offering last year .  
~ Gail S. 

March Board and Committee Meetings
Continuing Meetings

Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in person in Fellowship Hall

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

April 5 at 6:30 pm – Diaconate – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89733746228?pwd=WW5OeGJLUXE1MnZpMkM4TlpkaGNLUT09

April 10 – Faith Formation Meeting following worship.

April 12 at 6:00 p.m. – Trustees – Via Zoom and in person
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT09

April 21 at 6:30 p.m. – Council – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

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
Dot Hayward
Kathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Evelyn Pushor
Caroline Rose
Cindy Tompson 

Easter Flowers
We are taking orders for Easter flowers for one more week.  Look for the order form on the Gathering Space table, in the Sunday Bulletin, or click the link below.  Thank you to our flower committee for organizing this once again.  The deadline for orders is March 27. Click here for Order Form

Community Food Pantry
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 Hygien Products
Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.

Looking for a New Home
This solid oak desk is yours for the taking!  It was my Dad’s but not an antique or family heirloom.  He obtained it when the plant he worked in were getting rid of it. It is currently in my office at church.  No one in my family wants it – we are all downsizing!  Pastor Nancy–

Instant Church Directory
Would you like the NYCC directory at your fingertips?  Every time a change is made it automatically changes on your app so you always have the latest update.  Just follow the directions below for instructions on how to download the App to your smart phone.  If you have an android phone let the office know as there are different instructions.  This will work only for people who are in the directory and have given us their email.1. Download the App from the App Store.   Search for “Instant Church Directory.
2. Open the app. Click on “Create Login”.
3. Enter the email address(Your email) as it is listed in the family portion of the directory.
4. Create a secure password. The password must be 8 characters long and contain at least two of the following special characters: capital letters, numbers or symbols. Retype your password to confirm. 
5. Check your inbox for an email from service@instantchurchdirectory.com
6.  To complete the login process, you will need to verify your email address by clicking on the link sent to you in that email.
7. Once you confirm your email, close the browser window go back to the App Click on “Sign In” to sign into your church’s directory using your email and password.

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 March 9, 2022


Masks Optional
Masks are now optional in the church building.  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


Potluck Lunch this Sunday
On Sunday, March 13th following coffee hour after worship
Please join us for Soups & Sweets after services on Sunday. Stock your crock, bring your best cookie, try a new recipe ~ God welcomes all! We will feed our bodies as we feed our spirits along our Lenten
journey. Please bring a crusty bread, soup or dessert to share. 

 Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 13.  Remember to set your clocks ahead by one hour on Saturday night!

Lenten schedule of events for all ages – invite a friend!
Sunday March 13th 
following coffee hour after worship
Potluck lunch followed by imagining ourselves in the story activity

Sunday  March  20th
following coffee hour after worship
Potluck lunch followed by imagining ourselves in the story activity

Sunday April 3rd
following coffee hour after worship
Potluck lunch followed by imagining ourselves in the story activity

Maundy Thursday Service April 14th – 6:30 pm

Easter Sunrise at Skyline Farm  

Easter Worship April 17th 9:30 am – Christ is Risen!

Congregational Meeting Notice
March 6, 2022

TO THE MEMBERS AND OFFICERS OF THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC, OF NORTH YARMOUTH, MAINE:

You are hereby requested to attend a Congregational Meeting of the First Congregational Church, UCC, of North Yarmouth, Maine on Sunday, March 20, 2022 immediately following the morning worship service. This meeting will be conducted in person unless circumstances change.

The purpose of this meeting is to:
 Discuss and vote on the minutes of the 216th Annual Meeting andConduct any other business that may legally come before this meeting.Respectfully,
Kathryn H. Whittier, Clerk

Tuesday Gals
Tuesday Gals are now meeting in person on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall. Come join us!  Masks are now optional.

News from the Office
Lyn, our administrator, will be on vacation from March 14-18.  We have volunteers getting the mail, answering email and checking for phone messages. Mark, our sexton, will be on vacation from March 21-30.  The Trustees will be scheduling cleaning. If you see something that needs doing, please help.

Pastoral Search Team
Good news!  I have been in touch with Rev. Jonna Jenkins, the UCC representative who will be assisting us in the process of searching for a new minister.  Rev. Jenkins indicated that there are several avenues to choose from moving forward in this process.  The first is selecting a search committee.  It is her thought that the committee represent cross sections of the congregation and also that each member be interested in serving.  Might you be interested in serving?  Please take some time to think and pray about what this would mean to you, the church, and to the community.  Please give me a call if you would like to have a conversation with me at 207-829-5940.  We would love to have the first meeting with Rev. Jenkins sometime in March if at all possible.Thank you!  Marsha Heath, Moderator

March Board and Committee Meetings

March 14 at 7 pm – Missions – Via Zoom
(Zoom link has been sent separately

March 15 at 6:30 pm – Diaconate – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89733746228?pwd=WW5OeGJLUXE1MnZpMkM4TlpkaGNLUT09

March 17 at 6:30 p.m. – Council – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Continuing Meetings
Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in person in Fellowship Hall

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
Dot Hayward Kathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Evelyn Pushor
Caroline Rose
Cindy Tompson 

Easter Flowers
We will be taking orders for Easter flowers again this year.  Look for the order form on the Gathering Space table, in the Sunday Bulletin or click the link below.
Click here for Order Form

Community Food Pantry
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.

Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy

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

Weekly News for March 2, 2022




Ash Wednesday  March 2nd 5:30 pm
” Lifting our prayers to God” ; Imposition of Ashes
This will be an Inside service in Fellowship Hall
 – no longer than 1/2 hour.

Masks Required
Following CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are 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.  Thank you.

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


Lenten schedule of events for all ages – invite a friend!Ash Wednesday  March 2nd 5:30 pm
” Lifting our prayers to God”  ; Imposition of Ashes
This will be an Inside service in Fellowship Hall – no longer than 1/2 hour.

Annual Meeting Sunday March 6 following worship
Opening Prayer time:  “Remembering Who We Are”

Sunday March 13th  following coffee hour after worship
Potluck lunch followed by imagining ourselves in the story activity

Sunday  March  20th following coffee hour after worship
Potluck lunch followed by imagining ourselves in the story activity

Sunday April 3rd following coffee hour after worship
Potluck lunch followed by imagining ourselves in the story activity

Maundy Thursday Service April 14th – 6:30 pm
Easter Sunrise at Skyline Farm  
Easter Worship April 17th 9:30 am – Christ is Risen!

216th  Annual Meeting CallFebruary 20, 2022
TO THE MEMBERS AND OFFICERS OF THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC, OF NORTH YARMOUTH, MAINE:
You are hereby requested to attend the 216th Annual Meeting of the First Congregational Church, UCC, of North Yarmouth, Maine on Sunday, March 6, 2022, at 10:30 am, immediately following the morning worship service. This meeting will be conducted in person.

The following items make up the agenda:

Annual roll call of members.
Discussion and approval of the Annual Report for 2021
.Discussion and vote on the Welcoming Statement prepared by the Diaconate.
Discussion and approval of the church budget for 2022.Any other business that may legally come before this meeting.
Respectfully, Kathryn H. Whittier, Clerk

Contact the church if you would like a link to the Annual Report

Annual Meeting Zoom Link
For those who would be more comfortable joining us for annual meeting through Zoom, please use the link below.
Topic: Annual Meeting
Time: Mar 6, 2022 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81891598458?pwd=aEI1VEhNUjdPWDNCQi94WjcyVjRHUT09Meeting ID: 818 9159 8458
Passcode: 679881
One tap mobile
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Meeting ID: 818 9159 8458
Passcode: 679881
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbrbnmP8gc

Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 13.  Remember to set your clocks ahead by one hour on Saturday night!

Pastoral Search Team
Good news!  I have been in touch with Rev. Jonna Jenkins, the UCC representative who will be assisting us in the process of searching for a new minister.  Rev. Jenkins indicated that there are several avenues to choose from moving forward in this process.  The first is selecting a search committee.  It is her thought that the committee represent cross sections of the congregation and also that each member be interested in serving.  Might you be interested in serving?  Please take some time to think and pray about what this would mean to you, the church, and to the community.  Please give me a call if you would like to have a conversation with me at 207-829-5940.  We would love to have the first meeting with Rev. Jenkins sometime in March if at all possible. Thank you!  Marsha Heath, Moderator

March Board and Committee Meetings

March 6 – Faith Formation Meeting following annual meeting.  This will be a  brief meeting to discuss Lenten activities in Fellowship Hall.

March 8 at 6:00 p.m. – Trustees – Via Zoom and in person
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT09

March 14 at 7 pm – Missions – Via Zoom

March 15 at 6:30 pm – Diaconate – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89733746228?pwd=WW5OeGJLUXE1MnZpMkM4TlpkaGNLUT09

March 17 at 6:30 p.m. – Council – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Continuing MeetingsTuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87121018997?pwd=RDZiRzlTSno4cW9xNi9GQkFWREVzdz09

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
Dot Hayward Kathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Evelyn Pushor
Caroline Rose
Cindy Tompson 

Community Food Pantry
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 Hygien 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.

Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy

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

Weekly News for February 23

We Are Back!
Worship is back in person in the sanctuary at 9:30 am beginning this Sunday, February 27.  We will also be live streaming the service.  Masks are still required regardless of your vaccine status.  Social distancing is still in effect.Choir is also back and will meet tonight in the sanctuary at 6:30 pm.  Masks required.
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.  Thank you.
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
Lenten schedule of events for all ages – invite a friend!

Ash Wednesday  March 2nd 5:30 pm
” Lifting our prayers to God”  ; Imposition of Ashes
This will be an outside service – no longer than 1/2 hour.

Annual Meeting Sunday March 6 following worship
Opening Prayer time:  “Remembering Who We Are”

Sunday March 13th  following coffee hour after worship
Potluck lunch followed by imagining ourselves in the story activity

Sunday  March  20th following coffee hour after worship
Potluck lunch followed by imagining ourselves in the story activity

Sunday April 3rd following coffee hour after worship
Potluck lunch followed by imagining ourselves in the story activity
Maundy Thursday Service April 14th – 6:30 pm

Easter Sunrise at Skyline Farm  

Easter Worship April 17th 9:30 am – Christ is Risen!
216th  Annual Meeting Call
February 20, 2022

TO THE MEMBERS AND OFFICERS OF THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC, OF NORTH YARMOUTH, MAINE:
You are hereby requested to attend the 216th Annual Meeting of the First Congregational Church, UCC, of North Yarmouth, Maine on Sunday, March 6, 2022, at 10:30 am, immediately following the morning worship service. This meeting will be conducted in person.

The following items make up the agenda:

Annual roll call of members.Discussion and approval of the Annual Report for 2021.Discussion and vote on the Welcoming Statement prepared by the Diaconate.Discussion and approval of the church budget for 2022.Any other business that may legally come before this meeting.Respectfully,Kathryn H. Whittier, Clerk
Annual Meeting Zoom Link
For those who would be more comfortable joining us for annual meeting through Zoom, please use the link below.Topic: Annual Meeting
Time: Mar 6, 2022 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81891598458?pwd=aEI1VEhNUjdPWDNCQi94WjcyVjRHUT09Meeting ID: 818 9159 8458
Passcode: 679881
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,81891598458#,,,,*679881# US (Washington DC)
+13126266799,,81891598458#,,,,*679881# US (Chicago)Dial by your location
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 818 9159 8458
Passcode: 679881
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbrbnmP8gc
Pastoral Search Team
Good news!  I have been in touch with Rev. Jonna Jenkins, the UCC representative who will be assisting us in the process of searching for a new minister.  Rev. Jenkins indicated that there are several avenues to choose from moving forward in this process.  The first is selecting a search committee.  It is her thought that the committee represent cross sections of the congregation and also that each member be interested in serving.  Might you be interested in serving?  Please take some time to think and pray about what this would mean to you, the church, and to the community.  Please give me a call if you would like to have a conversation with me at 207-829-5940.  We would love to have the first meeting with Rev. Jenkins sometime in March if at all possible.Thank you!  Marsha Heath, Moderator
March Board and Committee Meetings

March 1 at 6:30 pm – Diaconate – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89733746228?pwd=WW5OeGJLUXE1MnZpMkM4TlpkaGNLUT09

March 8 at 6:00 p.m. – Trustees – Via Zoom and in person
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT09

March 13 – Faith Formation Meeting following worship

March 17 at 6:30 p.m. – Council – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Continuing MeetingsTuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87121018997?pwd=RDZiRzlTSno4cW9xNi9GQkFWREVzdz09
Cleaning out Closets
Attention all former Christian Ed people. There is a closet in the basement that has housed CE items for many years. Trustees and Mark are in the process of cleaning it out. There are piles of box’s in the hallway right now. Mark has tried to reach out to some people about this but we have not gotten much response.  In the interest of moving this project along we are sending out a message to all. If no one is interested in the items in two weeks we will dispose of the items. If anyone has any questions you can call Cathy at 232-3082
Thank you,
Cathy B.
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
Dot Hayward Kathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Evelyn Pushor
Caroline RoseCindy Tompson 
Community Food Pantry
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 Hygien ProductsPlease add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.
Instant Church Directory
Would you like the NYCC directory at your fingertips?  Every time a change is made it automatically changes on your app so you always have the latest update.  Just follow the directions below for instructions on how to download the App to your smart phone.  If you have an android phone let the office know as there are different instructions.  This will work only for people who are in the directory and have given us their email.1. Download the App from the App Store.   Search for “Instant Church Directory.
2. Open the app. Click on “Create Login”.
3. Enter the email address(Your email) as it is listed in the family portion of the directory.
4. Create a secure password. The password must be 8 characters long and contain at least two of the following special characters: capital letters, numbers or symbols. Retype your password to confirm. 
5. Check your inbox for an email from service@instantchurchdirectory.com
6.  To complete the login process, you will need to verify your email address by clicking on the link sent to you in that email.
7. Once you confirm your email, close the browser window go back to the App Click on “Sign In” to sign into your church’s directory using your email and password.
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.
Mindfulness Practices for Equanimity
and Even Joy in Difficult Times
Wednesday, March 2nd, will begin an 8-week ‘lunch-hour’ study of mindfulness meditation being offered by the State Street UCC Church in Portland, Maine.  Led by Cheryl Anderson, the class will meet on Zoom, weekly on Wednesdays, 11:00am-12:30pm.  Each session will include guided meditation, teaching, discussion, and weekly suggestions for simple daily mindfulness practices to calm the mind and incline the heart toward joy.  The class will cover the basics of mindfulness meditation as well as provide support for more experienced meditators’ practice.  In this course, we will uncover habits of mind that interfere with our happiness and inner peace and learn practices to retrain the mind toward loving kindness, compassion for self and others, forgiveness, gratitude, equanimity, appreciative joy, and even mindful eating for weight loss.  Rev. Cheryl Anderson is a retired United Church of Christ pastor, having served a congregation in Connecticut for 22 years.  She is also trained and certified to teach Mindfulness Meditation (in the Buddhist tradition) by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.  She teaches Christian spiritual practices as well and is certified by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation to lead contemplative groups and retreats. Cheryl has also studied and taught Non-Violent Communication, and Appreciative Inquiry.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE CLASS
Cheryl Anderson is offering this study to raise money for a desperately needed new heating system at State Street Church, where she is a member.  The suggested donation for the course is $80; but any level of support will be welcome and appreciated.  Registration is limited, so pre-registration is necessary. 
To register, you can either send your name and email address along with a donation check made out to State Street Church at PO Box 4037, Portland, ME 04101 or you can make the donation on line by going to https://statestreetchurch.org/giving/ and clicking on “Give Here.” Enter your donation amount in the Mindfulness Class box.  If you have questions about the class, and to receive some preparatory materials for the class, please email Cheryl directly at pastor.cheryl0319@gmail.com.
Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy
Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for February 16

News from Pastor Nancy
As you may know I fell hard on ice on Friday in my yard hitting the back of my head.   After spending the night at MMC flat on my back with a neck brace. I had a full head to pelvis CT Scan and an MRI.  They finally decided it was not a C1 fracture- yay!!!!!  I  am know home and hurt all over.  I will be using sick time this week to recuperate from aches and pains and a concussion. The plan for this weeks service is to replay one of our Hymn Sing services.I thank God for all your prayers, love and support. Pastor, Nancy
Covid Precautions Update
The Omicron variant is surging especially after the holidays with lots of wonderful family and friends indoor gatherings.  While it is reported to not be as awful as previous variants, there are way more people contracting it and the healthcare system is overwhelmed and vulnerable folks are still at high risk. At my request, the council has agreed to go entirely remote with worship for the month of January and part of February.  We will reassess at the February Council meeting. This decision was very difficult.  Many other churches and organizations are also agonizing over how to move forward.  In an abundance of caution and an effort to help and love our neighbors and each other,  join me in prayer that we will be through this soon knowing that God is always with us.  Please join us on YouTube as we gather for worship on Sundays at 9:30am.  I would really like to know who is there so if you sign in early please identify yourselves and there will be a couple spots for you to respond to during worship and we will take online prayer requests over chat during prayer time as well.In Christ, Pastor Nancy
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.  Thank you.
Council Meeting Reminder
The Council will meet on Thursday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. –  Via Zoom using the link below.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09
Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping online only for the month of February on Sunday 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 wish to join us for Zoom Coffee Hour http://bitly.ws/o5mK. 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
The Valentine’s Day Bandit struck NYCC.  Thank you for the love!
216th  Annual Meeting Call

February 20, 2022

TO THE MEMBERS AND OFFICERS OF THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC, OF NORTH YARMOUTH, MAINE:
You are hereby requested to attend the 216th Annual Meeting of the First Congregational Church, UCC, of North Yarmouth, Maine on Sunday, March 6, 2022, at 10:30 am, immediately following the morning worship service. This meeting will be conducted in person.

The following items make up the agenda:

Annual roll call of members.Discussion and approval of the Annual Report for 2021.Discussion and vote on the Welcoming Statement prepared by the Diaconate.Discussion and approval of the church budget for 2022.Any other business that may legally come before this meeting.Respectfully,Kathryn H. Whittier, Clerk
Pastoral Search Team
Good news!  I have been in touch with Rev. Jonna Jenkins, the UCC representative who will be assisting us in the process of searching for a new minister.  Rev. Jenkins indicated that there are several avenues to choose from moving forward in this process.  The first is selecting a search committee.  It is her thought that the committee represent cross sections of the congregation and also that each member be interested in serving.  Might you be interested in serving?  Please take some time to think and pray about what this would mean to you, the church, and to the community.  Please give me a call if you would like to have a conversation with me at 207-829-5940.  We would love to have the first meeting with Rev. Jenkins sometime in March if at all possible.Thank you!  Marsha Heath, Moderator
February Board and Committee MeetingsFebruary 17 at 6:30 p.m. – Council – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09Continuing MeetingsTuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87121018997?pwd=RDZiRzlTSno4cW9xNi9GQkFWREVzdz09
Cleaning out Closets
Attention all former Christian Ed people. There is a closet in the basement that has housed CE items for many years. Trustees and Mark are in the process of cleaning it out. There are piles of box’s in the hallway right now. Mark has tried to reach out to some people about this but we have not gotten much response.  In the interest of moving this project along we are sending out a message to all. If no one is interested in the items in two weeks we will dispose of the items. If anyone has any questions you can call Cathy at 232-3082
Thank you,
Cathy B.
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
Dot Hayward Kathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Evelyn Pushor
Caroline RoseCindy Tompson 
Nancy White
Thank You
A big shout-out of thanks to Gary D. and Jim K. for replacing the very old and extremely heavy desk in the upstairs office with a new-to-us ergogenic computer desk. It is going to be so much better for all who use that space, It took a lot of physical effort to get the new desk up the stairs and then put back together. Now …..how to get rid of the old desk. ???????Thank you to Gary D. who acquired through an auction all of the new chairs, table and desks(there is one for the pastor’s office too) and Chris D. for helping Gary get it all to the church.The chairs that are being replaced have a new home to go to, so there will be no waste.
Community Food Pantry
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 Hygien ProductsPlease add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.
New Timer Light Switches
The light switches in the upstairs bathrooms have been replaced with timer switches.  This means that when you open the door the light will automatically go on, and when you leave after 30 minutes the lights will automatically go off. But….if you are the only one around you can push the light switch button and turn off the lights yourself so the light does not stay on.  The timer will cycle and then turn on automatically next time.  If you go in and the light does not come on just push the button.   
Instant Church Directory
Would you like the NYCC directory at your fingertips?  Every time a change is made it automatically changes on your app so you always have the latest update.  Just follow the directions below for instructions on how to download the App to your smart phone.  If you have an android phone let the office know as there are different instructions.  This will work only for people who are in the directory and have given us their email.1. Download the App from the App Store.   Search for “Instant Church Directory.
2. Open the app. Click on “Create Login”.
3. Enter the email address(Your email) as it is listed in the family portion of the directory.
4. Create a secure password. The password must be 8 characters long and contain at least two of the following special characters: capital letters, numbers or symbols. Retype your password to confirm. 
5. Check your inbox for an email from service@instantchurchdirectory.com
6.  To complete the login process, you will need to verify your email address by clicking on the link sent to you in that email.
7. Once you confirm your email, close the browser window go back to the App Click on “Sign In” to sign into your church’s directory using your email and password.
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.
Mindfulness Practices for Equanimity
and Even Joy in Difficult Times

Wednesday, March 2nd, will begin an 8-week ‘lunch-hour’ study of mindfulness meditation being offered by the State Street UCC Church in Portland, Maine.  Led by Cheryl Anderson, the class will meet on Zoom, weekly on Wednesdays, 11:00am-12:30pm.  Each session will include guided meditation, teaching, discussion, and weekly suggestions for simple daily mindfulness practices to calm the mind and incline the heart toward joy.  The class will cover the basics of mindfulness meditation as well as provide support for more experienced meditators’ practice.  In this course, we will uncover habits of mind that interfere with our happiness and inner peace and learn practices to retrain the mind toward loving kindness, compassion for self and others, forgiveness, gratitude, equanimity, appreciative joy, and even mindful eating for weight loss.  Rev. Cheryl Anderson is a retired United Church of Christ pastor, having served a congregation in Connecticut for 22 years.  She is also trained and certified to teach Mindfulness Meditation (in the Buddhist tradition) by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.  She teaches Christian spiritual practices as well and is certified by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation to lead contemplative groups and retreats. Cheryl has also studied and taught Non-Violent Communication, and Appreciative Inquiry.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE CLASS
Cheryl Anderson is offering this study to raise money for a desperately needed new heating system at State Street Church, where she is a member.  The suggested donation for the course is $80; but any level of support will be welcome and appreciated.  Registration is limited, so pre-registration is necessary. 
To register, you can either send your name and email address along with a donation check made out to State Street Church at PO Box 4037, Portland, ME 04101 or you can make the donation on line by going to https://statestreetchurch.org/giving/ and clicking on “Give Here.” Enter your donation amount in the Mindfulness Class box.  If you have questions about the class, and to receive some preparatory materials for the class, please email Cheryl directly at pastor.cheryl0319@gmail.com.
Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy
Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for February 9, 2022

Covid Precautions Update
The Omicron variant is surging especially after the holidays with lots of wonderful family and friends indoor gatherings.  While it is reported to not be as awful as previous variants, there are way more people contracting it and the healthcare system is overwhelmed and vulnerable folks are still at high risk. At my request, the council has agreed to go entirely remote with worship for the month of January and part of February.  We will reassess at the February Council meeting. This decision was very difficult.  Many other churches and organizations are also agonizing over how to move forward.  In an abundance of caution and an effort to help and love our neighbors and each other,  join me in prayer that we will be through this soon knowing that God is always with us.  Please join us on YouTube as we gather for worship on Sundays at 9:30am.  I would really like to know who is there so if you sign in early please identify yourselves and there will be a couple spots for you to respond to during worship and we will take online prayer requests over chat during prayer time as well.In Christ, Pastor Nancy
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.  Thank you.
Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping online only for the month of February on Sunday 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 wish to join us for Zoom Coffee Hour http://bitly.ws/o5mK. 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
Valentine Exchange 
Flowers, cookies, candies, & cards!
Join us on Sunday, February 13th at 11:30a for a traditional Valentine Exchange. 

Please bring 15-20 Valentines to exchange. I will deliver extras to our friends at home.  

We so look forward to these connections. 💞💕Come share your love.  
We will also be decorating some bags to take to those in shelters in Portland that afternoon – anyone who wants to join me in gifting these is welcome.
February Board and Committee Meetings

February 17 at 6:30 p.m. – Council – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Continuing Meetings

Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87121018997?pwd=RDZiRzlTSno4cW9xNi9GQkFWREVzdz09
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
Dot Hayward Kathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline RoseCindy Tompson 
Congratulations!!
Hank Andolsek and Rosemarie Smith would like to share some joyful news with the congregation that they were married on Saturday 2/5/2022 in a small intimate ceremony with family and close friends at Sunday River. Joyful news indeed!
Community Food Pantry
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 Hygien ProductsPlease add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.
Mindfulness Practices for Equanimity
and Even Joy in Difficult Times
Wednesday, March 2nd, will begin an 8-week ‘lunch-hour’ study of mindfulness meditation being offered by the State Street UCC Church in Portland, Maine.  Led by Cheryl Anderson, the class will meet on Zoom, weekly on Wednesdays, 11:00am-12:30pm.  Each session will include guided meditation, teaching, discussion, and weekly suggestions for simple daily mindfulness practices to calm the mind and incline the heart toward joy.  The class will cover the basics of mindfulness meditation as well as provide support for more experienced meditators’ practice.  In this course, we will uncover habits of mind that interfere with our happiness and inner peace and learn practices to retrain the mind toward loving kindness, compassion for self and others, forgiveness, gratitude, equanimity, appreciative joy, and even mindful eating for weight loss.  Rev. Cheryl Anderson is a retired United Church of Christ pastor, having served a congregation in Connecticut for 22 years.  She is also trained and certified to teach Mindfulness Meditation (in the Buddhist tradition) by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.  She teaches Christian spiritual practices as well and is certified by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation to lead contemplative groups and retreats. Cheryl has also studied and taught Non-Violent Communication, and Appreciative Inquiry.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE CLASS
Cheryl Anderson is offering this study to raise money for a desperately needed new heating system at State Street Church, where she is a member.  The suggested donation for the course is $80; but any level of support will be welcome and appreciated.  Registration is limited, so pre-registration is necessary. 
To register, you can either send your name and email address along with a donation check made out to State Street Church at PO Box 4037, Portland, ME 04101 or you can make the donation on line by going to https://statestreetchurch.org/giving/ and clicking on “Give Here.” Enter your donation amount in the Mindfulness Class box.  If you have questions about the class, and to receive some preparatory materials for the class, please email Cheryl directly at pastor.cheryl0319@gmail.com.
Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy
Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for January 2, 2022

Covid Precautions Update
The Omicron variant is surging especially after the holidays with lots of wonderful family and friends indoor gatherings.  While it is reported to not be as awful as previous variants, there are way more people contracting it and the healthcare system is overwhelmed and vulnerable folks are still at high risk. At my request, the council has agreed to go entirely remote with worship for the month of January and we will reassess at the January Council meeting. This decision was very difficult.  Many other churches and organizations are also agonizing over how to move forward.  In an abundance of caution and an effort to help and love our neighbors and each other,  join me in prayer that we will be through this soon knowing that God is always with us.  

Please join us on YouTube as we gather for worship on Sundays at 9:30am.  I would really like to know who is there so if you sign in early please identify yourselves and there will be a couple spots for you to respond to during worship and we will take online prayer requests over chat during prayer time as well.

In Christ, Pastor Nancy
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.  Thank you.
Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping online only for the month of January on Sunday 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 wish to join us for Zoom Coffee Hour http://bitly.ws/o5mK. 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
February Board and Committee MeetingsFebruary 8 at 6:00 p.m. – Trustees – Via Zoom 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT09

February 13 – Faith Formation Meeting ?

February 17 at 6:30 p.m. – Council – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Continuing Meetings

Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87121018997?pwd=RDZiRzlTSno4cW9xNi9GQkFWREVzdz09
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
Dot Hayward Kathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline RoseCindy Tompson 
Valentine Exchange  
Flowers, cookies, candies, & cards!Join us on Sunday, February 13th at 11:30a for a traditional Valentine Exchange. 

Please bring 15-20 Valentines to exchange. I will deliver extras to our friends at home.  

We so look forward to these connections. 💞💕Come share your love.  
 We will also be decorating some bags to take to those in shelters in Portland that afternoon – anyone who wants to join me in gifting these is welcome.

Dear Friends at NYCC,I want to thank you for remembering me with your very generous gifts at Christmas.  I am looking forward to February and worshipping with you again, whether it is in person or remote.  Your kindness is very much appreciated.    ~Linda Lambrides
Community Food Pantry
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 Hygien Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.
Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy
 
Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for January 30,2022

Covid Precautions Update
The Omicron variant is surging especially after the holidays with lots of wonderful family and friends indoor gatherings.  While it is reported to not be as awful as previous variants, there are way more people contracting it and the healthcare system is overwhelmed and vulnerable folks are still at high risk. At my request, the council has agreed to go entirely remote with worship for the month of January and we will reassess at the January Council meeting. This decision was very difficult.  Many other churches and organizations are also agonizing over how to move forward.  In an abundance of caution and an effort to help and love our neighbors and each other,  join me in prayer that we will be through this soon knowing that God is always with us.  

Please join us on YouTube as we gather for worship on Sundays at 9:30am.  I would really like to know who is there so if you sign in early please identify yourselves and there will be a couple spots for you to respond to during worship and we will take online prayer requests over chat   during prayer time as well.

In Christ, Pastor Nancy
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.  Thank you.
Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping online only for the month of January on Sunday 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 wish to join us for Zoom Coffee Hour http://bitly.ws/o5mK. 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
Dear Friends in Christ,
I have been ministering with you here at North Yarmouth Congregational Church for over six years.  It has been my unbelievable blessing that God called me to be your Pastor.  After considerable thought, prayer and discernment, I have decided to retire effective July 31, 2022.  I cannot adequately express my sincere gratitude to you all for the honor of serving God with you and sharing the love of Jesus with our community and world.    This decision while the right one for me and my family, also brings me great sadness as I truly care for you and I love North Yarmouth Congregational Church.

I wish I could have met individually with each of you to share this news.  Hearing about my plans for retirement in a letter may seem impersonal but in order for everyone to hear this announcement at approximately the same time, I have shared the news with a special called Council meeting on January 16th and then immediately am sending this letter out to the entire congregation.

It has indeed been my honor and privilege to be your pastor these past six and a half years.  I began this journey with you the beginning of September, 2015 as Bridge Pastor and I became your Called Pastor on January 3, 2016 – I am so grateful for these years together.  We have shared life’s most holy and sacred moments in births and deaths, baptisms and hospital rooms, confirmations and diagnoses, weddings and funerals, nursing care and hospice care, and so much more.  You have graciously invited me to share life’s greatest celebrations and challenges with you.  For your extravagant welcome, I thank you.  You have indeed welcomed me into your lives with open arms and God’s love – my heart is full.  Your constant support and encouragement have been a true blessing.

We have been through a pandemic together and while at times our church doors have been closed to protect the least, the church has never been closed.  I thank each and every one of you for being ‘the church’ during this unprecedented time by ministering and reaching out to all over the phone, through the mail and in a virtual online way – wow, the things we have done!  Well done, good and faithful servants.

The “call Process” for a Pastor takes a year or more.  The church council will work together with the Maine Conference Minister to lead this transition and call process.  This is God’s church.  This is your church.  I invite you to be fully involved in helping to determine NYCC’s future.
I pray I will have the opportunity to speak to each of you personally during these next 6 months.

With gratitude and love,
Pastor Nancy
February Board and Committee Meetings

February 1 – Diaconate at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89733746228?pwd=WW5OeGJLUXE1MnZpMkM4TlpkaGNLUT09

February 8 at 6:00 p.m. – Trustees – Via Zoom 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83667379574?pwd=MktBWU5wYytXREt0cVFEZW9McTFRUT09

February 13 – Faith Formation Meeting

February 17 at 6:30 p.m. – Council – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Continuing Meetings

Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87121018997?pwd=RDZiRzlTSno4cW9xNi9GQkFWREVzdz09
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
James Black
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Kathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline RoseCindy Tompson 
Community Food Pantry
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 Hygien Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.
Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy
 
Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for January 19

Hold in the Light
It is with deep sadness that I share that  Lisa Schumacher  has died this past Sunday in her home.  She was sadly predeceased by her husband, Chuck Googins on December 29th ( https://www.pressherald.com/2022/01/05/obituarycharles-t-googins),  From Judy Maddox:  ” Now, at last, she and Chuck are both at peace.”      

Please keep the entire family in your thoughts and prayers.  Pastor Nancy
Covid Precautions Update
The Omicron variant is surging especially after the holidays with lots of wonderful family and friends indoor gatherings.  While it is reported to not be as awful as previous variants, there are way more people contracting it and the healthcare system is overwhelmed and vulnerable folks are still at high risk. At my request, the council has agreed to go entirely remote with worship for the month of January and we will reassess at the January Council meeting. This decision was very difficult.  Many other churches and organizations are also agonizing over how to move forward.  In an abundance of caution and an effort to help and love our neighbors and each other,  join me in prayer that we will be through this soon knowing that God is always with us.  

Please join us on YouTube as we gather for worship on Sundays at 9:30am.  I would really like to know who is there so if you sign in early please identify yourselves and there will be a couple spots for you to respond to during worship and we will take online prayer requests over chat   during prayer time as well.

In Christ, Pastor Nancy
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.  Thank you.
Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping online only for the month of January on Sunday 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
Council Meeting Reminder
REMINDER that Council will meet on Thursday, January 20th, at 6:30 p.m. via ZOOM.  We will be talking about the annual meeting.  Thanks, Marsha Heath
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09
Annual Meeting to be Postponed
The Annual Meeting of the church will not be held on Sunday, January 23, as previously mentioned. Because the church is closed for the month of January, it would make holding the Annual Meeting more difficult. The Council will be meeting on Thursday, January 20, and one of the agenda items will be to discuss whether to open the church to in-person worship. The decision made at Council will also take Annual Meeting into account — ideally we would like to be able to schedule an in-person Annual Meeting for early February.  After the Council meeting, we will announce the date of Annual Meeting and whether it will be in person. The date of the meeting will determine when the Annual Report will be sent out (via email, with some printed copies available), and this will also be announced. For any questions, please contact Pastor Nancy.
January Board and Committee Meetings

January 20 at 6:30 p.m. – Council – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Continuing Meetings

Tuesday Gals on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87121018997?pwd=RDZiRzlTSno4cW9xNi9GQkFWREVzdz09
 
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 ~

The family of Lisa Schumacher
Julie Beggs
James Black
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Kathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline RoseCindy Tompson 
Community Food Pantry
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 Hygien Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.
Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy
 
Access worship 
directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc