March 2018 Newsletter

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Weekly News for February 21

Newsletter Deadline
The newsletter deadline has come and gone. If you have an article for the newsletter please get it to by Thursday morning. I will go to print Thursday afternoon. Thank you.

THURSDAY COUNCIL MEETING CANCELLED
It was decided to cancel the Church Council meeting for this Thursday and encourage you to attend the Retreat on Sat. To reflect on church and your role as one if its leaders. Hope you can make it there. Jeanne

Youth Group
Departing from our tradition of meeting on the third Sunday, youth group will NOT meet on February 18th. Instead, youth will have the option to travel to Camp Wilmot in Wilmot, NH the following weekend. Departing Friday the 23rd and returning Sunday the 25th, the group will be joining several other church groups at a youth retreat. Please see Jeremy or Shelby for additional information.

Lent 2018 – Ready for Change

All Boards and Committees: please let me know when your first meeting is as I want to be sure to attend! I will help you understand how to come up with your expectations! So far I have Missions meeting after worship on February 11th, a Trustee’s meeting on February 18th, Finance on February 21st, hopefully CE on February 25th, and Council on February 22. Deacons, when are we meeting?

Saturday February 24th from 9-noon – leadership retreat for all board and committee members and officers of the church – a time to reflect on your role as a leader at NYCC – no preparation required. Coffee and muffins or some such will be provided.

Friday March 16th – 6:00 pm til whenever! All church potluck supper with Expectations/dreams/hopes presentations from all boards, committees, groups, individuals. I am excited to see what everyone comes up with! Church Council will provide beverages and setup. Please bring the following: Alphabetically by last name – A-G brings munchies/salads/side dishes; H-P bring main dish items; Q-Z bring desserts! Clean up-everyone!

Sunday, March 25th – Journey to Jerusalem Worship of Drama, readings and music.

We also plan to have some Mission presentations dates TBD.

Thursday, March 29th- Maundy Thursday Worship at 7:00 pm.

Sunday, April 1st Easter Sunrise Worship at Skyline Farm with breakfast following? Then worship at NYCC at 9:30 am.

Rock Bottom – You are invited to write a word on a rock that represents what you are turning away from or turning toward this lent, or that reflects your feelings about the changes coming in the church or in your personal life. Use a word or draw a picture. The rocks will be placed on the communion table during lent. So please do a rock and put it on the communion table. Watch how our changing rocks will grow.

Missions – Missions has scheduled a meeting for Sunday, March 11 at 11:00 am

Pet Pantry Needs

Dry Dog Food, Dry Cat Food and Kitty Litter.

Food Pantry Needs

Laundry Detergent or Dish Detergent (medium sizes are better)

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 21 – Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 21 – Finance Meeting – ?

Saturday, February 24 – Leadership Retreat – 9:00 am

Sunday, February 25 – Drama Club – 11:00 am

Sunday, February 25 – Christian Ed. – 11:00 am

Tuesday, February 28 – Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

 

Weekly News for February 14

Ash Wednesday – Tonight

Ash Wednesday soup supper at 5:30 with Ash Wednesday Service at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Soup is provided.

Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 19 is Presidents’ Day. The office will be closed. Monday also the newsletter article deadline. Please feel free to send in your articles, then I can start on the newsletter bright and early Tuesday morning! Thanks, Lyn

Trustees Meeting
The Trustees will meet on February 18 at 11:00 am.

COUNCIL MEETING?
Yes, we need to get together soon, so for the immediate future, let’s meet next Thursday, Feb. 22 at 4:30 pm. We may want to make different meeting time arrangements going forward. If you have elected a Chair, great, if not could another member attend the meeting ? Hopefully, we will establish some goals or improve our meetings so that we have a plan for 2018 ……..other than meeting because it’s a certain time of the month.
Thank-you, Jeanne

Youth Group
Departing from our tradition of meeting on the third Sunday, youth group will NOT meet on February 18th. Instead, youth will have the option to travel to Camp Wilmot in Wilmot, NH the following weekend. Departing Friday the 23rd and returning Sunday the 25th, the group will be joining several other church groups at a youth retreat. Please see Jeremy or Shelby for additional information.

Lent 2018 – Ready for Change

All Boards and Committees: please let me know when your first meeting is as I want to be sure to attend! I will help you understand how to come up with your expectations! So far I have Missions meeting after worship on February 11th, a Trustee’s meeting on February 18th, Finance on February 21st, hopefully CE on February 25th, and Council on February 22. Deacons, when are we meeting?

February 14th – 5:30 pm soup supper and 6 pm – Ash Wednesday service in the Fellowship hall.

Saturday February 24th from 9-noon – leadership retreat for all board and committee members and officers of the church – a time to reflect on your role as a leader at NYCC – no preparation required. Coffee and muffins or some such will be provided.

Friday March 16th – 6:00 pm til whenever! All church potluck supper with Expectations/dreams/hopes presentations from all boards, committees, groups, individuals. I am excited to see what everyone comes up with! Church Council will provide beverages and setup. Please bring the following: Alphabetically by last name – A-G brings munchies/salads/side dishes; H-P bring main dish items; Q-Z bring desserts! Clean up-everyone!

Sunday, March 25th – Journey to Jerusalem Worship of Drama, readings and music.

We also plan to have some Mission presentations dates TBD.

Thursday, March 29th- Maundy Thursday Worship at 7:00 pm.

Sunday, April 1st Easter Sunrise Worship at Skyline Farm with breakfast following? Then worship at NYCC at 9:30 am.

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

Food Pantry Needs

Laundry Detergent or Dish Detergent (medium sizes are better)

Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 17 – Men’s Club Breakfast – 7:00 am

Sunday, February 18 – Trustees – 11:00 am

Monday, February 19 – Presidents’ Day – Office Closed

Tuesday, February 20– Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Wednesday, February 21 – Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

 

Weekly News for February 7, 2018

Chicken Pie Sale Week is Here!

The February 9th CHICKEN PIE SALE is a significant fund-raiser for our church, which helps us, in turn, be able to give back to the community at large…it’s a win-win! We have many enthusiastic patrons who have already ordered our delicious chicken pies and incomparable gravy.

We have already made the dough, turned it into dough balls, picked chickens and the roasting for the gravy is in process. Here what is next!

– February 8, Thursday, 8-11 am, roll pie bottoms (need 8 volunteers)
– February 9, Friday, 9-11 am, roll pie tops (need 8 volunteers)
11:30-2:30 pm, assemble those yummy chicken pies to be boxed and sold (need 10 volunteers)

Friday, February 9 volunteers: We will be taking a lunch break so please bring your own or a potluck lunch to share……or you can go home for lunch.

Also during that week, we’re looking for volunteers to perform other tasks, such as assembling the pie boxes, cutting up frozen chicken from Sysco, daily dishwashing/kitchen clean up (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) and help making the gravy (Thursday 9-1:30).

There will be a Volunteer sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space for the Chicken Pie Sale. Hopefully, there will be a task of interest to you.

Trustees Meeting Postponed
The Trustees has been postponed from Feb. 11 to February 18 at 11:00 am.

Ash Wednesday Service
There will be an Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, February 14 at 6:00 pm

Youth Group
Departing from our tradition of meeting on the third Sunday, youth group will NOT meet on February 18th. Instead, youth will have the option to travel to Camp Wilmot in Wilmot, NH the following weekend. Departing Friday the 23rd and returning Sunday the 25th, the group will be joining several other church groups at a youth retreat. Please see Jeremy or Shelby for additional information.

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

Food Pantry Needs
Laundry Detergent (small-medium sizes are better)

Upcoming Events
Saturday, February 10 – Pet Place Pantry – 9:00 am
Sunday, February 11– Missions – 11:00 am
Sunday, February 11 – Drama Club – 11:00 am
Tuesday, February 13– Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am
Wednesday, February 14 – Ash Wednesday Service – 6:00 pm

Sermon for January 21, 2018

A Sermon from the North Yarmouth Congregational Church
A sermon offered by the Rev. Nancy J. White in the public worship of the North Yarmouth Congregational Church, UCC of North Yarmouth, Maine January 21, 2018 at 9:30 am.

Mark 1:14-20
1:14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,

1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

1:16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea–for they were fishermen.

1:17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”

1:18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him.

1:19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets.

1:20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Mark’s gospel is believed to be the first Gospel written. It is only 16 chapters long and can easily be read in its entirety in one sitting. Pre-work for one of my seminary courses was to read Mark through three times before the first class meeting. I encourage you to do this as well – find a contemporary English version of the Bible and read it through at least once. This gospel lends itself to such reading – it is brief and to the point – Mark does not add eloquent poetry but moves quickly through Jesus’ ministry years. Immediately preceding today’s scripture is the story of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness being tempted by the devil. Mark gives this story two verses compared to 11 in Matthew and 12 in Luke. It’s as if , in Mark, the story of Jesus is vital and important, needs to be heard right now and should be told in as few words as possible.
In today’s reading, we hear of Jesus calling the first of his 12 disciples. Mark gets right to the point – Jesus sees two sets of brothers fishing on the Sea of Galilee, says to them, ‘follow me’ and they drop everything and go with him. Simon Peter and Andrew are casting their nets for fish and they leave their nets and follow him. James and John are mending nets with their father Zebedee and they leave their father and go with him. Fishermen were doing pretty well in that day – note that they left their father with the hired men. This was a trade that allowed them to care for their families and probably live in some comfort. These were not teenagers; these were grown men and for at least Simon Peter we know from later in the Gospel that he was married with a family.

What was it about Jesus’ words ‘follow me’ that compelled these grown men with family businesses and obligations to change their lives and join Jesus’ in his ministry? These men had no doubt been fishing since they could barely walk – this was their family business. Were they tired of it? Did they long for something more? Did they just feel ordinary? These fishermen were doing alright but they certainly witnessed the effects of Roman occupation on the people of Israel – things could surely be better. Jews were a conquered people to Rome. They witnessed their own religious leaders cooperating, even colluding with the Roman occupiers.

Jesus called them to follow him and told them he could make a difference. In our NRSV translation, Jesus told them he would make them ‘fish for people’. A better translation is that Jesus told them he would make them ‘fishers of people’. To fish for people is a task. To be fishers of people is more than that – it changes who they are – it transforms them. It elevates who they are and what they do to a new level. It tells them they are important and they can make a difference in their world. They can be instrumental in bringing about God’s kingdom on the earth.

A while ago on facebook, there was a video shared of a social experiment. Someone videotaped an ordinary man on crutches who fell and was immediately helped to stand by passersby on the street. This happened repeatedly – each time he fell, people walking by stopped to help him up. Then they repeated the same situation except this time the man on crutches was clearly a homeless person carrying a blanket in a makeshift suitcase made out of a box. Each time this man on crutches fell, people just walked on by until he fell right in front of another homeless person sitting on the sidewalk. That person immediately helped the fallen man. Afterwards in speaking about the experience, the person who had fallen said in the second scenario, as a homeless person, he felt invisible, like nothing until he was helped by another homeless person – it was as if this person was saying you are not nothing – you are someone, you do have value.

Is that what Jesus was saying to the fishermen? You are more than fishermen to me. I see qualities in you that you don’t even know exist. With me you can make a difference in the lives of others. I have come to bring good news to the poor and you can help me do that! Become fishers of people and experience a whole new way of living!

For the ordinary person this might be a bit scary. Why should I change my whole way of life? I know what to expect right now – some of it good, some of it not so good but no huge surprises so I can handle it. It can be scary. Jesus is asking each of us to leave behind the ways of this world in order to experience God’s world. God’s world is pretty awesome from what I understand so why do we fear this? Jesus is asking us to live our lives for the sake of God’s kingdom. Share God’s love, help every person to know that they are loved and valuable in God’s sight. People in America are afraid this means they might be called to be a missionary in Africa and people in Africa are afraid they might be expected to go to NY city. It might mean that but probably not – there are enough people right here in our communities who feel worthless, who feel like nothing, who feel like if they fell down, no one would stop to help them.

One of the ‘ah-ha’ moments in my life as a minister was the first time I told someone God loved them only to have them tear-up with emotion. I shared that in God’s eyes they are loved, that they have value, that they are someone and it brought them to tears. I am no longer surprised by this. For many people feel deep down inside that they are not worthy of God’s love. But that is the Good News, my friends – no one is ‘worthy’ of God’s love – it is not something we earn or deserve. God loves us no matter what. Each of us is loved; each of us has value; each of us is someone in the heart of God. But do you believe that? Do you understand and accept that?

This is what Jesus is calling us to accept and believe and Jesus calls us to follow him so that we can help every person we meet understand that God wants them to know how much God values them. It does not matter who they are, what they have done, what life circumstances they find themselves in – God loves them – it is that simple. They might be homeless, heterosexual, gay, young, old, black, white, Christian, Muslim. We are called to be that love of God in our world and to also speak that love of God so that all may know. We are not called to judge. We are called to love in the name of Jesus the Christ. We are called to help those who have not known God’s love before understand it for themselves and their world. It is as simple as that and as scary as that.
I am here to tell you that God loves you. You have value. Take that knowledge and change your life – live in God’s love and go, be fishers of people in this world and share that love with everyone. Amen.

Weekly News for January 31

Conference Dues
Conference Dues for 2018 are $15.34. An even $15. is fine.

Youth Group
Youth group will meet Sunday the 4th following church service in the community room – lunch will be provided. Departing from our tradition of meeting on the third Sunday, youth group will NOT meet on February 18th. Instead, youth will have the option to travel to Camp Wilmot in Wilmot, NH the following weekend. Departing Friday the 23rd and returning Sunday the 25th, the group will be joining several other church groups at a youth retreat. Please see Jeremy or Shelby for additional information.

Mission Committee
The Mission Committee will be meeting on Sunday, February 11 at 11:00 am

Pet Pantry Needs

Dry Dog Food, Dry Cat Food and Kitty Litter.

Food Pantry Needs
Laundry Detergent (small-medium sizes are better)

Save the Week of February 9, 2018 for Building Chicken Pies

The February 9th CHICKEN PIE SALE is a significant fund-raiser for our church, which helps us, in turn, be able to give back to the community at large…it’s a win-win! We have many enthusiastic patrons who have already ordered our delicious chicken pies and incomparable gravy.

Now we need enthusiastic volunteers who would like to be part of a fun-loving team to create 350 chicken pies! Bring a friend along, too.

Please block out these dates in your 2018 calendars and let Pam know if you can help:

– February 5, Monday, 1-3 pm, weigh and create dough balls (need 8 volunteers)

– February 6, Tuesday, 1-4 pm pick chicken (need 8 volunteers)

– February 8, Thursday, 8-11 am, roll pie bottoms (need 8 volunteers)

– February 9, Friday, 9-11 am, roll pie tops (need 8 volunteers)

11:30-2:30 pm, assemble those yummy chicken pies to be boxed and sold (need 10 volunteers) Friday, February 9 volunteers: We will be taking a lunch break so please bring your own or a potluck lunch to share……or you can go home for lunch.

Also during that week, we’re looking for volunteers to perform other tasks, such as assembling the pie boxes, cutting up frozen chicken from Sysco, daily dishwashing/kitchen clean up (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) and help making the gravy (Thursday 9-1:30).

Thank you in advance for blocking out the week of February 5-9. We sincerely appreciate any and all help you can give. Just the aromas in the kitchen will be enough to cheer you up during this bleak time of year…to say nothing of the fellowship we’ll all enjoy!

There will be a Volunteer sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space for the Chicken Pie Sale. Hopefully, there will be a task of interest to you.

~Mark Heath and Pam Ames (james2@maine.rr.com or 829-5708)

A Special Thank You!

Dear Friends, Thank you so much for the monetary gift at Christmas time. It certainly came in handy during the holidays. As your Sexton, I sure can’t wait to get the parking lot paved. “Pavement Capital Campaign?” Hint Hint!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 31 – Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Friday, February 2 – Friday Lunch – 11:30 am

Sunday, February 4– CE Mtg– 11:00 am

Sunday, February 4 – Youth Group – 11:00 am

Tuesday, February 6– Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Friday, February 9 – Chicken Pie Sale – 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Sunday, February 11 – Missions Mtg. – 11:00 am