Weekly News for September 12

We still need a few volunteers to answer phones selling Chicken Pie Supper tickets on Sunday afternoon Sept 16th from 1-3 pm and 5-7pm. Please contact Pam Ames or Pastor Nancy if you can help in this way. (See separate Chicken Pie Supper email for all the details!)

After worship fellowship time (aka coffeehour, aka lemonade hour) is a vital part of our church life together. It is when we greet new people who have joined us for worship as well as connecting with those we have known for years. For some it is the only time during the week when we connect with our church family. Thank you to all of you who acted as hosts last year, to Jeanne Chadbourne who acted as host over the summer and to Donna and Norm Smith these past 2 weeks as we gear up for a new year. Please consider hosting this wonderful time together for one week or more in the coming year. It is up to you what you bring to share. You may put on a pot of coffee or use the single serve machine (especially nice now that we have reusable coffee pods😇) There will be a sign up sheet in the Gathering Space. Thank you, Pastor Nancy

The Wired Word
The Wired Word meeting Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm beginning on September 12th – a Christian discussion facilitated by Rev Nancy of our how faith intersects with current events in our world.

The Gospel of Mark
A Sunday morning study of the Gospel of Mark facilitated by Sandra Golonka from 8:30-9:15am starting Sunday September 16th. The group will explore the book of Mark from beginning to end.

Exploring the Bible
What is the Bible? The first of three sessions to be followed in the winter/spring by introducing the Old and New Testament. Each study is 6 weeks in length. There is a participant book available for $12. Tuesdays at 3:00 pm.

Tuesday Gals
The Tuesday Gals are putting together two new Raffle Baskets. As always we appreciate all donations.

One is Mainly Maine
Ideas for the Mainly Maine basket include: food items made here in Maine, such as B& M Bake Beans, can Brown Bread, taffy and chocolates, jams and jellies, relish, any decor, books and paper products.

The new basket we are starting is Kitchen/Baking
Ideas for this basket is dishtowels/dishcloths, placements, bowls, trays, cooking utensils, pans, baking pans, fry pans, measuring cups and spoons, cutting board, dish soap, pot scrubbers, cookie cutters, seasonings, frosting and sprinkles.
Any items anyone has for these baskets will help us a lot.
There is lists of ideas posted in the gathering space If you prefer not to shop, cash donations are greatly appreciated and we will do the shopping. I want to thank those who have given me cash donations and to let you know it sure is helping us fill the baskets.
Thank you all so very much,
Terri Bickford/Tuesday Gals

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

Food Pantry Needs

Baby and Toddler Food

Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 15
Men’s Club Breakfast – 7:00 am
North Yarmouth Fun Day

Sunday, September 16
The Gospel of Mark – 8:30 am
Worship – 9:30 am

Tuesday, September 18
W/F Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am
Exploring the Bible – 3:00 pm

Wednesday, September 19
The Wired Word – 6:00 pm
Trustees – 6:00 pm
Choir Rehearsal 7:00pm

Thursday, September 20
Council – 6:00 pm

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Weekly News for August 30

Labor Day
The church will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 3.

A Passing
Les Myerhoff passed away on August 23 after a long illness. A private family graveside service will take place at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Springvale in the future.

The Gardens and Lawn
So many people are commenting on our lawn and gardens. A huge THANK YOU to Priscilla and George!

Coffee Hour
After Sunday August 26th, “Summer Lemonade Hour” will be no more…..at least as presented by Jeanne. I admit that it certainly was not the finest of spreads (the lemonade really did not move ) and unless yummy homemade goods from Donna, Lois, and Gail, who brought in copious amounts of sweets, fruit and veggies, the fare was pretty uninteresting. I did it my way which was very, very simple. What is going to happen come September? Should we take Labor Day Sunday off and continue with our holiday weekend unencumbered by prepping and cleaning up ? Get started on September 9th with someone stepping up to organize the next few Sundays ? Your call !

Tuesday Gals
Tuesday Gals are doing 2 new Raffle Baskets. One is Mainly Maine, and the other is, Fun in the Sun. This (Fun in the Sun) is close to being done. We just need few items, like books, puzzles, sun glasses, tan lotion, bug spray, football and small items for outdoor fun to complete the basket. The Car Wash Bucket still needs a lot of items. As always we appreciate all donations. Mainly Maine basket ideas for items are, food items made here in Maine, such as B& M Bake Beans, can Brown Bread, taffy and chocolates, jams and jellies, relish, any decor, books and paper products. Any items anyone has for these baskets will help us a lot. There is lists of ideas posted in the gathering space If you prefer not to shop, cash donations are greatly appreciated and we will do the shopping. I want to thank those who have given me cash donations and to let you know it sure is helping us fill the baskets.
Thank you all so very much,
Terri Bickford/Tuesday Gals

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, September 2
Worship – 9:30 am
Women’s AA – 7:00 pm

Monday, September 3
Labor Day – Office Closed

Tuesday, September 4
WF/Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Wednesday, September 5
The Wired Word – 6:00 pm

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