Weekly News for June 21, 2017

Strawberry Festival
The Strawberry Festival is a go! Berries will be ready for pick up Thursday evening between 5:00-6:00 pm along with plates, boxes and recipes if needed.
Anyone who can come to prep berries Thursday evening is most welcome! Questions, call Leah Davis 829-6266.

 

Rev. Nancy’s NYCC Email

Rev. Nancy’s NYCC email is not working correctly at this time. Please use nywhite2007@hotmail when emailing. Thanks.

Tuesday Gals Christmas Raffle Baskets

We have added a new collection box for another raffle basket. It is called Home Maintenance. Everything from small tools, tapes, glues, putty, work gloves, brushes, paints, stains, tape measure The list of items needed is on the poster board, above the collection box for donated items which we need badly. Thank you for all your help!!!

Pet Place Pantry Needs

Dry Dog Food, Dry Cat Food and Kitty Litter

Food Pantry Needs

We will use June for our Pet Place Pantry. We will be taking donations for kitty litter which is very much needed.
As always your donation can be left in the grocery cart. Thank you for your continued support!

Council Meeting
Early reminder for Council Meeting………..June 15th at 4:30 pm.

Upcoming Events
Saturday, June 24 – Strawberry Festival – 1:00-3:00 pm

Sunday, June 25 – Diaconate – 11:00 am

Tuesday, June 27 – Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Tuesday, July 4 – Office Closed

Weekly News for June 7, 2017

*It is with sad hearts that we let you know of the passing of Judy Maddox’s husband Dick. His service will be held here this Friday at 1:00 pm.with a reception to follow. We hold Judy and her family up in prayer and love.

Help Needed

The Tuesday gals are providing the reception for Dick Maddox’s service, and are looking for assistance both for helping at the reception and also supplying baked goods. If you can help please contact Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or kwhit119@yahoo.com. Thanks!

Do you know what’s in the Bible?

The final Bible 101 class will be held on Tuesday, June 13th at 2:00 pm.

Tuesday Gals Christmas Raffle Baskets

We have added a new collection box for another raffle basket. It is called Home Maintenance. Everything from small tools, tapes, glues, putty, work gloves, brushes, paints, stains, tape measure The list of items needed is on the poster board, above the collection box for donated items which we need badly. Thank you for all your help!!!

Coffee Hour

The Church Council is responsible for coffee hour for the month of June.

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

Food Pantry Needs

We will use June for our Pet Place Pantry. We will be taking donations for kitty litter which is very much needed.
As always your donation can be left in the grocery cart. Thank you for your continued support!

Council Meeting
Early reminder for Council Meeting………..June 15th at 4:30 pm.

Strawberry Festival
Our 23rd Annual Strawberry Festival

Will be held Saturday, June 24th 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

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, June 7 – Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Saturday, June 10 – Pet Place Pantry – 9:00-10:00 am

Sunday, June 11 – Congregational Meeting

Sunday, June 11 – Trustees – 11:00 am

Tuesday, June 13 – Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Tuesday, June 13 – Bible 101 – 2:00 pm

Weekly News for May 31, 2017

Congratulations!

Briary Rose Skupin born to Amanda Davis Skupin and James Skupin arrived on May 25. 8lbs. 9oz. She joins big sister Shelby. Proud grandparents are Gary and Leah Davis .

Do you know what’s in the Bible?

Bible 101 will be held on the following Tuesday, June 6th at 3:00 pm and June 13th at 2:00 pm.

Friday Lunch

Our next Friday Lunch will take place on Friday, June 2 from 11:30-1:00 pm. We will be offering Haddock Chowder, Hearty Pasta Salad, Biscuits, two desserts and drinks. Please join us for delicious food and wonderful conversation.

Tuesday Gals Christmas Raffle Baskets

May’s basket is A DAY AT THE BEACH. We will keep this going another week while we wait for news of what June’s basket is.
This would include beach games, snacks, sand tools/toys, towels or anything to do with spending a day at the beach. We thank you for your support!

Coffee Hour

The Church Council is responsible for coffee hour for the month of June.

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

Food Pantry Needs

I wish you could have seen my car when I loaded the toothpaste and deodorant in for delivery to the food pantry! You folks are incredibly supportive of this endeavor, and it is appreciated so very much. A huge THANK-YOU just came your way.
After talking with Dale recently and hearing about the real need for kitty litter we thought it would be fun to declare June,” Kitty Litter” Month. SO, let’s work on that need for a month and see what happens.

Council Meeting
Early reminder for Council Meeting………….June 15th at 4:30 pm.

Strawberry Festival
The 23rd annual Strawberry Festival will be taking place on Saturday, June 24 from 1:00-3:00 pm. Check out the soon to be released June newsletter for more information on how to help make our festival a success.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, May 31– Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Friday, June 2 – Friday Lunch – 11:30-1:00 pm

Sunday, June 4 – Confirmation Graduation

Sunday, June 4 – Christian Education – 11:00 am

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

Tuesday, June 6 – Bible 101 – 3:00 pm

Weekly News for May 24, 2017

Memorial Day

Monday, May 29 is Memorial Day. The office will be closed.

Do you know what’s in the Bible?

Bible 101 will be held on the following Tuesday, May, 30th, June 6th and June 13th at 3:00 pm.

Veterans and Active Duty Invited

The Naples Lions Club is inviting all veterans and active duty personnel and their immediate families a 1 1/2 hour cruise on the Songo River Queen on MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017. 3pm-4:30pm rain or shine .

Complimentary appetizers and desserts will be provided. Snack bar and cash cocktail bar available onboard.

FMI: Rolanda Leary 207-627-7177 or Mike Papastavrou 207-693-6690 or romahmotorinn@gmail.com

Friday Lunch

Our next Friday Lunch will take place this Friday, June 2 from 11:30-1:00 pm. We will be offering Haddock Chowder, Hearty Pasta Salad, Biscuits, two desserts and drinks. Please join us for delicious food and wonderful conversation.

Tuesday Gals Christmas Raffle Baskets

This month’s basket is A DAY AT THE BEACH. This would include beach games, snacks, sand tools/toys, towels or anything to do with spending a day at the beach. We thank you for your support!

Coffee Hour

The Missions Committee is responsible for coffee hour for the month of May.

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


Food Pantry Needs

For the month of May we will be collecting toothpaste, deodorant or paper towels. The paper products are the most difficult to keep ahead. So your help is doubly appreciated.
Thank you for any and all of the goods that you bring to help those who can use a little boost.
Donations may be dropped off in the grocery cart and will be taken to the pantry. Thank you.

Strawberry Festival
The 23rd annual Strawberry Festival will be taking place on Saturday, June 24 from 1:00-3:00 pm. Check out the soon to be released June newsletter for more information on how to help make our festival a success.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, May 24– Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Sunday, May 28 – Diaconate – 11:00 am

Sunday, May 28 – Confirmation Class – 11:00 am

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day – Office Closed

Tuesday, May 30 – Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Tuesday, May 30 – Bible 101 – 3:00 pm

Weekly News for May 17, 2017

Congregational Meeting
A reminder !!! What are your thoughts, opinions, concerns, about the changing chicken pie supper scenario our church has hosted for many years ? Rev. Nancy would like to hear from as many of us who have thoughts, one way or the other, about this. This is not an official voting meeting…..just gathering information so that we end up making a well informed decision. There are two (2) significant areas of concern….the financial impact and the community piece. More on these Sunday. Hope you can help us out by attending this meeting. Thank you.

North Yarmouth Community Forum
For the benefit of those who cannot get out to night meetings, Living Well In North Yarmouth is sponsoring a Community Forum on Wednesday, May 17th at 10:00 AM at the Town Office Meeting Room. The topic will be “ Plans For The New Wescustago Hall”. Representatives from the Westcustago Building and Design Committee will be on hand to discuss the topic and to answer any questions. If you need a ride call Ginny Van Dyke at 829-3848. FMI contact Steve Palmer at 829-6230 or 572-7151.

Church Work Day Two
Now that Spring is really here, we need a few hands to prepare the flower beds, put up window screens and clean out window wells. The trustees invite you to join in a work evening, Monday, May 22 from 5 to 8. Thank you.

Newsletter Deadline/Office Hours
Monday, May 22 is the Newsletter Deadline. The office hours will change next week to accommodate a request. Lyn will be working her full day on Monday, May 22 and a short day on Thursday. Please make it a priority to get your newsletter articles in on Monday so that she can get the newsletter done on time. Thank you.

Do you know what’s in the Bible?

Bible 101 will be held on the following Tuesdays: May 16th, May 30th, June 6th and June 13th at 3:00 pm.

Mission Moment
This Sunday 5/21 we will be taking a collection for Church World Services Blankets. For every $10 raised, a blanket can be given to someone in need. It can provide warmth
and shelter, comfort and privacy, and healing and hope wherever God’s people may need care. Last year a total of 237,659 kits and blankets were delivered. Kits include hygiene kits, school kits,
and baby care kits. CWS Blankets helped people in Honduras, Serbia, Syria, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Angola and the US. Thank you in advance for your support of this worthy cause.

Veterans and Active Duty Invited

The Naples Lions Club is inviting all veterans and active duty personnel and their immediate families a 1 1/2 hour cruise on the Songo River Queen on MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017. 3pm-4:30pm rain or shine .

Complimentary appetizers and desserts will be provided. Snack bar and cash cocktail bar available onboard.

FMI: Rolanda Leary 207-627-7177 or Mike Papastavrou 207-693-6690 or romahmotorinn@gmail.com
Tuesday Gals Christmas Raffle Baskets
This month’s basket is A DAY AT THE BEACH. This would include beach games, snacks, sand tools/toys, towels or anything to do with spending a day at the beach. We thank you for your support!

Coffee Hour

The Missions Committee is responsible for coffee hour for the month of May.
Pet Place Pantry Needs
Dry Dog Food, Dry Cat Food and Kitty Litter

Food Pantry Needs

For the month of May we will be collecting toothpaste, deodorant or paper towels. The paper products are the most difficult to keep ahead. So your help is doubly appreciated.
Thank you for any and all of the goods that you bring to help those who can use a little boost.
Donations may be dropped off in the grocery cart and will be taken to the pantry. Thank you.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, May 17– Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 20 – Men’s Club Breakfast – 7:00 am

Saturday, May 20 – Confirmation Retreat

Sunday, May 21 – Congregational Meeting – Following Worship

Monday, May 22 – Newsletter Deadline

Tuesday, May 23 – Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Weekly News for May 10, 2017

North Yarmouth Community Forum
For the benefit of those who cannot get out to night meetings, Living Well In North Yarmouth is sponsoring a Community Forum on Wednesday, May 17th at 10AM at the Town Office Meeting Room. The topic will be “ Plans For The New Wescustago Hall”. Representatives from the Wescustago Building and Design Committee will be on hand to discuss the topic and to answer any questions. If you need a ride call Ginny Van Dyke at 829-3848. FMI contact Steve Palmer at 829-6230 or 572-7151.

Do you know what’s in the Bible?

Bible 101 will be held on the following Tuesdays: May 16th, May 30th, June 6th and June 13th at 3:00 pm.

Tuesday Gals Christmas Raffle Baskets
This month’s basket is A DAY AT THE BEACH. This would include beach games, snacks, sand tools/toys, towels or anything to do with spending a day at the beach. We thank you for your support!

Coffee Hour

The Missions Committee is responsible for coffee hour for the month of May.

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

Food Pantry Needs

For the month of May we will be collecting toothpaste, deodorant or paper towels. The paper products are the most difficult to keep ahead. So your help is doubly appreciated.
Thank you for any and all of the goods that you bring to help those who can use a little boost.
Donations may be dropped off in the grocery cart and will be taken to the pantry. Thank you.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, May 10– Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 13 – Pet Place Pantry – 9:00 am

Sunday, May 14 – Trustees – 11:00 am

Tuesday, May 16 – Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Tuesday, May 16 – Bible 101 – 3:00 pm

Saturday, May 20 – Men’s Club Breakfast – 7:00 am

Saturday, May 20 – Confirmation Retreat

Sermon for May 7, 2017

A Sermon from the North Yarmouth Congregational Church
A sermon offered by the Rev. Nancy J. White in the public worship of the
First Congregational Church of North Yarmouth, UCC of North Yarmouth, Maine
on the 4th Sunday of Easter Worship, May 7, 2017.

Principal reading John 10:1-10

As I was studying this passage, I was all over the place. The image of God as our shepherd and the 23rd Psalm has sooooo many messages in it. There is the thought of resting in God, of God providing what we need, of the shepherd leading us and caring for us. The idea that God is with us always even in our darkest moments. And then there is the whole notion of ‘is Jesus the only shepherd, the only way to God’? And what about the idea that we are a flock and what does that mean for us as a faith community? And what about the sheepfold? Is that a structure or a metaphor for something else? I could go on and on and I must tell you that my first draft did just that and I know none of us want to be here for more than hour today. And so I thought, what is the message that God wants me to bring to you this day? And what does this passage from John say to us?
We opened our worship today by reading the 23rd Psalm. And in John’s Gospel, we learn that Jesus has come to fulfill the scriptures, and in this passage we learn that Jesus is indeed the Good Shepherd. Most of us don’t know all that it implies when we are told Jesus is the Good Shepherd because we no longer live in an agrarian society where flocks of sheep were so common that shepherds combined flocks at night in a sheepfold and took turns guarding the flock against predators and thieves in the night.
Sheep did know their shepherd’s voice and come morning they had no problem dividing themselves up and following their own shepherd to pasture where they would spend the day grazing. Shepherds did have names for their sheep. They knew all their little quirks, all the ways they would try to push each other aside to get to the best grass. The shepherd watches out for those who are weaker and makes sure that they get the nourishment they need.
The image of God as shepherd and us as sheep is not a new one. Some take offense at this comparison as they think of sheep as dumb animals who just follow without any independent thought. I disagree. Sheep are not stupid, in fact they are very smart. They recognize their own flock. A study was done putting sheep in a room with three doors. On each door was a picture of other sheep – one of the pictures was of their own flock. Without fail, each time, the sheep recognized their own flock and went through that door.
We had two sheep for a time. They were named Dougal and McDuff. McDuff and Dougal were always trying to edge each other out of the hay or feed. They had their share of scuffles. Dougal was a very clever boy and knew how to open the gate of the sheep pen. And he did it on a regular basis because there was yummy looking green bushes in the yard. He was not stupid, he figured out how to open the gate – he was willful. Even though he was well fed, until we put a lock on it, he repeatedly opened the gate putting himself and all the other animals who also got out in danger. The dogs and the cat had quite a time chasing chickens and ducks and nipping at sheep’s feet. They ultimately didn’t like the adventure of being outside their pen but sometimes they ignored us when we tried to get them back to safety. They knew our voices, they knew their names but sometimes they chose to not to listen for the pursuit of one more juicy leaf on the forsythia bush. But always when the day light faded, they came back into the pen because that was where they were safe. They even knew that we had lost track of time if it was past bedtime and baahhhed their heads off till we came out to close them in for the night. We loved our sheep. We cared for them, provided them with food and water and shelter. We knew each of them and their unique personalities. They were each lovable in different ways.
It is like that with Jesus our Good Shepherd. Jesus knows each of us by name. When I was little I learned a song that I still know by heart to this day, ‘Jesus loves me’. Most of you know it too. When I became a minister and started giving pastoral care, one thing that surprised me was the look of astonishment on someone’s face when I said to them, ‘God loves you.’ Utter amazement was often accompanied by tear-filled eyes. This is something we learned as little children and yet do we believe it? Truly believe it? Or do we just think it applies to others? God loves everyone but not me. I am not worthy. I know what I have done. I know how I have fallen short. I know how I have not fully loved others as I have been taught. So God couldn’t possibly love me. So many times, people just burst into tears when I assure them that indeed God does love even them.
God knows each of us by name. Do we follow the voice of the one who loves us so much that he is willing to give his life for each and every one of us? Or are we willful, ignoring the voice of love because we perceive something better somewhere else? Even if we have followed the wrong shepherd God will rescue us and welcome us home in love. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God ever.
Sometimes we don’t feel like God is with us or that God loves us. If we listen closely for God’s voice, we will hear God calling out our name. Even in danger, doubt or confusion, God’s voice will bring comfort to us. Jesus came to Thomas in his doubt. Jesus comes to us wherever we are. Whether we are willfully disobeying the call of God’s voice or just missing it because we are focused on the sparkle of worldly desires, God will keep calling us – calling each of us by name to come home. Because God loves us and wants us to be safe and nurtured and find rest for our souls. Listen. You will hear God calling you and even if you have never heard God’s voice before this day, you will hear God calling you by name because God loves you. Amen.