Weekly News for August 15

COUNCIL MEETING.….Thursday, 6:00 pm FH… The agenda and other materials are in the office and if you can pick one up before the meeting, that would be good. Jeanne

After Church Social Time
Is anyone just itching to take charge of our “after church social time” when we start our fall schedule? I am sooooo willing to turn the party over to someone else soon. Please consider !

Tuesday Gals
Tuesday Gals is going to be doing baskets again for the Christmas Fair. We plan on doing around 8-10 this year. We are starting very late this year, so we need to do 2 basket s at the same time.
The first two baskets are:

Car Wash Basket
All items to clean and shine vehicles inside ans outside will be greatly appreciated.

Celebration Basket
This basket will include items for celebrating all occasions and holidays.
Idea list is posted on our poster board in front of the large bulletin board in the Gathering Space. We appreciate all your help to make these raffle baskets a success for the Christmas fair! If you would rather donate money we will do the shopping. Once again, we appreciate you help!

Email Change
Please update your directories with the following email change for Pat Field

Pat Field – patfield1lupine@gmail.com
Pet Pantry Needs
Dry Dog Food, Dry Cat Food, Wet Cat Food and Kitty Litter.
Food Pantry Needs
Baby and Toddler Food
Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 15
Trustees – 6:00 pm
AA – 7:00 pm

Thursday, August 16
Council – 6:00 pm

Saturday, August 18
Men’s Club Breakfast – 7:00 am

Sunday, August 19
Worship – 9:30 am
Women’s AA – 7:00 pm

Monday, August 20
Newsletter Articles Due

Tuesday, August 21
Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

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Weekly News for July 5

Email Address Change
Please update Rev. Nancy’s email address to: revnancyjwhite@gmail.com. If you have a Hotmail address for Nancy, please delete it.

Summer Office Hours
Office hours will be switching to Summer on June 25. They will be:
Monday, Wednesday – 6:30-8:30 am
Tuesday, Thursday – 6:30–8:30 am and 12:15-3:00 pm

Thank you
Once again we are so thankful for the care that George and Priscilla give to our gardens and lawns. You two do an amazingly wonderful job! Thank-you.

Thank you also to Pam, Lynne, Mark and everyone else (we know there were others) who worked tirelessly to get all of the mulching completed.

Tuesday Gals
Tuesday Gals is going to be doing baskets again for the Christmas Fair. We plan on doing around 8-10 this year. We are starting very late this year, so we need to do 2 basket s at the same time.
The first two baskets are:
Car Wash Basket
All items to clean and shine vehicles inside ans outside will be greatly appreciated.
Celebration Basket
This basket will include items for celebrating all occasions and holidays.
Idea list is posted on our poster board in front of the large bulletin board in the Gathering Space. We appreciate all your help to make these raffle baskets a success for the Christmas fair! If you would rather donate money we will do the shopping. Once again, we appreciate you help!

Church Yard Sale
The date of the church yard sale has been set for July 28 from 9:00 to 1:00 pm.
Contributions will be collected up until the 27th. Please no used computers, tv’s or broken items.
Please contact Gary Davis at 831-1254 or Priscilla Brobst at 829-3480 before dropping off any questionable items.

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

Food Pantry Needs
Baby and Toddler Food

Upcoming Events

Sunday, July 8
Worship – 9:30 am
Women’s AA – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, July 10
Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Saturday, July 14
Pet Place Pantry – 9:00 am

Weekly News for June 24, 2018

Email Address Change
Please update Rev. Nancy’s email address to: revnancyjwhite@gmail.com

Summer Office Hours
Office hours will be switching to Summer on June 25. They will be:
Monday, Wednesday – 6:30-8:30 am
Tuesday, Thursday – 6:30–8:30 am and 12:15-3:15 pm

The Office will be closed on Wednesday July 4th for the holiday.

July/August Newsletter
The deadline for newsletter articles is now. If you have an article please submit it today. This is the summer issue and will include July and August.

Friday Lunch
There is NO Friday lunch in July. We will see you on August 3rd!

Tuesday Gals
Tuesday Gals is going to be doing baskets again for the Christmas Fair. We plan on doing around 8-10 this year. We are starting very late this year, so we need to do 2 basket s at the same time.
The first two baskets are:
Car Wash Basket
All items to clean and shine vehicles inside ans outside will be greatly appreciated.
Celebration Basket
This basket will include items for celebrating all occasions and holidays.
Idea list is posted on our poster board in front of the large bulletin board in the Gathering Space. We appreciate all your help to make these raffle baskets a success for the Christmas fair! If you would rather donate money we will do the shopping. Once again, we appreciate you help!

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

Food Pantry Needs
Baby and Toddler Food

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 27
AA – 7:00 pm

Sunday, July 1
Worship – 9:30 am

Wednesday, July 4
Office Closed
AA – 7:00 pm

Sermon for June 24, 2018

A Sermon from the 1st Congregational Church, UCC, North Yarmouth, Maine
A sermon offered by the Rev. Nancy J. White in the public worship of the 1st Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, North Yarmouth, Maine on June 24, 2018.

Scripture Mark 4: 35-41 Jesus Calming the Storm

This story is one of the most familiar stories in the Gospels. Because so many of us grew up attending Sunday School and learning this story in particular, it is quite often preached as a divine miracle story demonstrating that Jesus has divine power, that Jesus is the Son of God. It is definitely that and I have preached that before myself. But it is also something else. It has been a long day of teaching the crowds – this comes right after the telling of several parables – the parable of the sower and the parable of the mustard seed and Jesus even takes the opportunity to explain these parables to his disciples – those who are closest to him for even though we are told that these parables will only be fully understood by those in the inner circle, they did not understand their meaning. Then, Jesus says ‘Let’s go across to the other side’.

The other side represents Gentile territory – a place no devout Jew would go – it was a place that could be dangerous and inappropriate. So Jesus is saying to his followers that his mission is not just for them but for the ‘other’. By going into Gentile territory, Jesus is reaching out to strangers, even enemies of Israel.

So they get into the boat to go across the sea and Jesus falls asleep in the stern on a cushion. And a storm comes up suddenly. On a recent visit to the Sea of Galilee, while the water was quite calm, we were informed that indeed storms can come up quickly with even 10 foot waves. Several of the disciples in the boat were experienced fisherman and this storm was so fierce that even they feared for their lives as it was swamping the boat. They woke Jesus, ‘Do you not care that we are perishing?!’ Jesus woke up and said ‘Peace! Be Still!’ and the wind ceased and the water was dead calm. Then he asked them these 2 questions, ‘Why are you afraid?’ and ‘ Have you still no faith?’. And honestly the story ends without the disciples declaring their faith but a collective questioning of ‘Who is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?!’

Jesus led them into unknown territory – a place where their traditions and beliefs told them not to go. They were afraid – terrified even. Afraid of what they had been taught all their lives that people in Gentile territory were bad and evil and ungodly for they did not believe in the God of Israel, God’s chosen people. They never went near these people so they had no first-hand experience of them. They had learned from birth that these people on the other side were not God’s people, that they should be avoided at all costs. Jesus, a devout Jewish man, the one whom they have chosen to follow, is leading them into presumably dangerous, unknown places and expecting them to follow. There was no discussion beforehand to prepare them for this new terrifying adventure. Jesus just said, ‘Let’s go. Let’s go to the other side.’ And addressing their fear he questions, ‘why are you afraid?’ , ‘where is your faith?’ Jesus has been with them for a while now, teaching and preaching and showing them how to love one another and he expects more – he expects them to follow him and do as he has taught them – reaching out not just to each other but to all other people in the world in love and compassion and inclusion in this new ministry to all God’s children.

I titled this message ‘Fear or Faith?’ and I want to now give it a subtitle: ‘the Elephant in the Room’. Over the past few weeks, we have been witness to the separation of children and parents at our nation’s borders. We have all seen the news that now more than 2,000 children of people entering our country are being separated from their parents and held in shelters. People on all sides are assigning blame and the slings and arrows are flying fast and furious – all this while innocent children are being detained away from their parents. I have tried to educate myself on what the background and issues are for what is going on and I encourage you to do the same. And yes, there are other situations in our land where children are removed from their parents’ custody – some justified for protection of the children and some seemingly not and these instances should be addressed.

Our nation and our world right now are in some very stormy times. Jesus calls us as followers to care for the least. Our Bible even before the times of Jesus repeatedly tells us to take care of the stranger, the alien in the land, and also to care for the least, the widows and the children. Jesus reiterates that same message in the Gospels even going so far as to say when you take care of the ones shunned by society, the prisoner, the hungry, the naked, the sick, the lonely, anyone in distress, then you take care of Jesus himself. And when you do not, you are rejecting Jesus. Jesus expects us to care for the least, to take care of the stranger, those we don’t even know in our world. I know we all have different opinions about the best way to handle the humanitarian crises in our country and our world. I do not believe anyone here would say we should not feed the hungry or care for those who have fallen on hard times. I would be surprised if anyone here said separating children from their parents is OK.
Jesus calls us to hold on to our faith, to act in love especially in stormy times. We need to search our hearts of faith and ask ourselves, ‘does what I feel about this situation, how I think this or that situation should be handled, do my feelings and actions align with my faith in Jesus?’ And yes there is a lot going on out there in our world and we have children right here in Maine who are food insecure and whose families need help to survive and many others who also need help. This is not an either/or situation, it is not a choice we must or should make but a both/and situation. We need to care about all of those in our world who are struggling to survive. Why do we think it must be one or the other? Are we afraid? Jesus asked his disciples that and he asks us that as well. Why are we afraid? If Jesus is with us then there is no need to fear.
For as we proclaim that we are followers of Jesus the Christ , no matter what we feel about immigration, refugees and asylum seekers, terrorizing children by separating them from their families is not the way Jesus has taught us that we should act in our world. We must search our hearts and question our beliefs and answer the questions Jesus asked his disciples on the Sea of Galilee: ‘Why are you afraid?’ ‘ Have you no faith?’

I pray we will put aside our fears and act in faith. Jesus is love. Jesus showed us how to love and continues to show us what love is. Love not just for those we know and who are closest to us but also those we do not know – the ‘others’ in our world. Let us act in faith and love. As followers of Jesus the Christ, let us venture into the unknown, go to the other side with Jesus in our boat. Amen.

Weekly News for June 20

Summer Office Hours
Office hours will be switching to Summer on June 25. They will be:
Monday, Wednesday – 6:30-8:30 am
Tuesday, Thursday – 6:30–8:30 am and 12:15-3:15 pm

July/August Newsletter
The deadline for newsletter articles is Monday, June 25. This is the summer issue and will include July and August.

Strawberry Festival
Our 24th Annual Strawberry Festival
Will be held Saturday, June 23rd from 1:00—3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall

Thursday, June 21 from 5:00-6:00 pm strawberries and pie plates will be available. If you cannot make it then, please contact Leah to make other arrangements.

Friday, June 22 at 6:00 pm set up for festival.

Saturday, June 23 at 9:00 am berry prepping. If you are working on the festival, please arrive by 12:30 pm as doors open at 1 pm.

Thanks, Leah
829-6266 or mamad115@hotmail.com

Recipes

Strawberry Pie
Bake at 350 for 1 hr until golden brown
1 quart strawberries
Mix together and sprinkle over fruit:
3/4 cup sugar
4tbs. flour
Pastry for two crust pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Bake 350 for 1 hour until golden brown
2 cups strawberries
2 cups rhubarb
Mix together and sprinkle over fruit:
1 2/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
Butter top of mixture
Pastry for a 2 crust pie

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

Food Pantry Needs
Baby and Toddler Food

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 20
AA – 7:00 pm

Saturday, June 23
Strawberry Festival – 1:00-3:00 pm

Sunday, June 24
Worship – 9:30 am

Monday, June 25
Newsletter deadline

Tuesday, June 26
Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Wednesday, June 27
AA – 7:00 pm

Weekly News for June 13

Sunday June 17th is MUSIC Sunday. Please come and join the choir and special soloists as they sing favorite pieces as we all lift our voices in song! Several members will be sharing how God speaks to them through music. Help us celebrate a wonderful year of music this last Sunday for our choir before the summer!

Summer “lemonade” hour up-date. Several folks have offered to bring in something for the munchies table…….which is very sweet. However , I have been informed that the freezer is well supplied with sweet treats from events we’ve had recently. And I have plenty of salty treats and cheese and crackers. What might be lacking is maybe some easy to eat fruit or cut up veggies. Just saying……….
Saw several people who brought their own coffee ! Yea ! Jeanne

Strawberry Festival
Our 24th Annual Strawberry Festival

Will be held Saturday, June 23rd from 1:00—3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall

We need help with: Greeting, bussing tables, prep work for strawberries, kitchen help, etc. All are welcome to participate, young, “older”, men, women and youth!!

Anyone who can help with the festival please contact Leah Davis at 829-6266 or mamad115@hotmail.com

Recipes

Strawberry Pie
Bake at 350 for 1 hr until golden brown
1 quart strawberries
Mix together and sprinkle over fruit:
3/4 cup sugar
4tbs. flour
Pastry for two crust pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Bake 350 for 1 hour until golden brown
2 cups strawberries
2 cups rhubarb
Mix together and sprinkle over fruit:
1 2/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
Butter top of mixture
Pastry for a 2 crust pie


Pet Pantry Needs

Dry Dog Food, Dry Cat Food and Kitty Litter.

Food Pantry Needs
Diapers sizes 3,4,5

Preble Street Resource Center
Did you used to be a camper, but now no longer use your gear? There is also an urgent need for camping gear for the homeless population. They are in need of 2 person tents, sleeping bags, back packs, tarps and air mattresses. All of this gear can be used.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June13
Trustees – 6:00 pm
AA – 7:00 pm
Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Saturday, June 16
Men’s Club Breakfast – 7:00 am

Sunday, June 17
Worship – 9:30 am

Tuesday, June 19
Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Wednesday, June 20
AA – 7:00 pm