FORREST GENTHNER TO LEAD WORSHIP 8/20
Forrest Genthner is a current student at Chicago Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s College and a resident of Gorham. He currently serves as Christian Education Director at the South Freeport Congregational Church.
He is a Member in Discernment with the Cumberland Association of the UCC and hopes to be ordained when he graduates seminary in 2019. Forrest is engaged to Molly Hook of Sebago. They will be married next August.

Financial
1) A gentle reminder: Your church misses you and your financial support during summer months……..just saying .

2) The finance folks have been asked to get individual giving records out to you sooner this year. These will, of course, give you information regarding your giving to date . Kris and I will do this early in Sept.

COFFEE HOUR THIS FALL
We are looking for two volunteers to host the Coffee Hour following Church Service for the months of September, October, November, and December.
You can sign up for one week, two weeks, three weeks or for the month.
Weeks need not be consecutive.
Please contact Pat Field (846-3049/patrf1@myfairpoint) or Susan Elliott (829-3903/susandayelliott@hotmail.com) to sign up.
Thank you. Pat and Susan

Tuesday Gals Christmas Raffle Baskets
We have added a new collection box for another raffle basket for July. It is called Mainly Maine. This basket will include all things made in Maine or are about Maine such as Jams and Jellies, B&M baked beans or brown bread. Any and all food items made in Maine. Décor of Maine, books, place mats, napkins, pot holders, table clothes. All ideas and donations are welcome. The list of items needed is on the poster board above the collection box for donated items which we need badly. Thank you all for you help!

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

Food Pantry Needs
PAPER TOWELS and TOILET TISSUE

Upcoming Events
Saturday, August 19 – Men’s Club Breakfast at Toddy Brook – 7:00 am
Monday, August 21 – Newsletter Article Deadline
Tuesday, August 22 – Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am
Thursday, August 24 – Council – 4:30 pm – in Harpswell

Weekly News for August 9, 2017

Guest Minister for 8/13

Rev. Deborah Loomis Lafond is a retired UCC pastor who served MA churches in a variety of ministries for 36 years. She loved working in Christian religious education ministries with children and adults, as a CE consultant, as an intentional interim/revitalization minister, and as a settled pastor in Princeton, Marlborough and most recently Barre, MA. She was active as an association and state conference volunteer and involved with a variety of leadership endeavors. In July 2016, she and her husband of 45 years, Arthur, retired to Deborah’s parents’ home on Little Sebago Lake. They have been in the process of renovating the house and unpacking to become truly settled Maine residents! Their three adult children live in Falmouth, ME, Andover, MA, and Denver, Colorado. They have two grandchildren and a shy aged cat named Fiona.

COFFEE HOUR THIS FALL
We are looking for two volunteers to host the Coffee Hour following Church Service for the months of September, October, November, and December.
You can sign up for one week, two weeks, three weeks or for the month.
Weeks need not be consecutive.
Please contact Pat Field (846-3049/patrf1@myfairpoint) or Susan Elliott (829-3903/susandayelliott@hotmail.com) to sign up.
Thank you. Pat and Susan

Tuesday Gals Christmas Raffle Baskets

We have added a new collection box for another raffle basket for July. It is called Mainly Maine. This basket will include all things made in Maine or are about Maine such as Jams and Jellies, B&M baked beans or brown bread. Any and all food items made in Maine. Décor of Maine, books, place mats, napkins, pot holders, table clothes. All ideas and donations are welcome. The list of items needed is on the poster board above the collection box for donated items which we need badly. Thank you all for you help!

Pet Pantry Needs

Dry Dog Food, Dry Cat Food and Kitty Litter.

Food Pantry Needs

PAPER TOWELS and TOILET TISSUE

Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 12 – Pet Place Pantry – 9:00-10:00 am

Tuesday, August 15 – Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am

Saturday, August 19 – Men’s Club Breakfast – 7:00 am

Monday, August 21 – Newsletter Article Deadline

Thursday, August 24 – Council – 4:30 pm – in Harpswell

 

Weekly News for August 6, 2017

Friday Lunch
The next Friday Lunch will be held on August 4 from 11:30-1:00 pm. It is a buffet style lunch which includes: Haddock chowder, chicken salad special, biscuits, beverages, and desserts. Donations are appreciated and will go toward the church’s work.

Guest Minister for 8/6 and 8/13
Rev. Deborah Loomis Lafond is a retired UCC pastor who served MA churches in a variety of ministries for 36 years. She loved working in Christian religious education ministries with children and adults, as a CE consultant, as an intentional interim/revitalization minister, and as a settled pastor in Princeton, Marlborough and most recently Barre, MA. She was active as an association and state conference volunteer and involved with a variety of leadership endeavors. In July 2016, she and her husband of 45 years, Arthur, retired to Deborah’s parents’ home on Little Sebago Lake. They have been in the process of renovating the house and unpacking to become truly settled Maine residents! Their three adult children live in Falmouth, ME, Andover, MA, and Denver, Colorado. They have two grandchildren and a shy aged cat named Fiona.

LWNY
LWNY is sponsoring an informational meeting on Sunday, August 6 at 2:00 pm in the Town office meeting room for townspeople to learn more about warrant articles to be voted on at the Special Town Meeting which is to be held on August 8th at 6:30 pm. This informational meeting is for those who were unable to attend the July 18th public hearing on these articles. If anyone who would like to attend this informational meeting needs a ride call 829-6230 and leave a message.

Tuesday Gals Christmas Raffle Baskets
We have added a new collection box for another raffle basket for July. It is called Mainly Maine. This basket will include all things made in Maine or are about Maine such as Jams and Jellies, B&M baked beans or brown bread. Any and all food items made in Maine. Décor of Maine, books, place mats, napkins, pot holders, table clothes. All ideas and donations are welcome. The list of items needed is on the poster board above the collection box for donated items which we need badly. Thank you all for you help!

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

Food Pantry Needs
Paper towels and or toilet tissue are on the list for the food pantry for August. The shopper wanted to let you know how wonderful it was that we are collecting these items, as it makes it easier for her when she shops for the pantry. As always your donation can be left in the Grocery cart. Thank you for your support of this mission.

Upcoming Events
Friday, August 4 – Friday Lunch – 11:30-1:00 pm
Tuesday, August 8 – Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals – 10:00 am
Saturday, August 12 – Pet Place Pantry – 9:00-10:00 am
Thursday, August 24 – Council – 4:30 pm – in Harpswell
Saturday, August 19 – Men’s Club Breakfast – 7:00 am

Weekly News for July 26, 2017

Church Yard Sale
The church will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, July 29 from 9:00-1:00 pm. Contributions will be collected up until the 28th. 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. Thank you.

Tuesday Gals meet on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am.

Tuesday Gals Christmas Raffle Baskets

We have added a new collection box for another raffle basket for July. It is called Mainly Maine. This basket will include all things made in Maine or are about Maine such as Jams and Jellies B & M Baked beans, B & M can of Brown Bread. Any and all food items made in Maine. Décor of Maine, books, place mats, napkins, pot holders, table clothes. All ideas and donations are welcome. 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
Paper towels and or toilet tissue are on the list for the food pantry for July. As always your donation can be left in the grocery cart. Thank you for you support of this mission.

Upcoming

Friday, August 4 from 11:30-1:00 pm will be our next Friday Lunch

Sermon for July 23, 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 Sunday, July 23, 2017. Principal reading Ruth 4 and Matthew 1

For the people of Israel, called to be God’s people, one’s lineage was of utmost importance. It identified who you are and where you came from. To carry on the family line was considered paramount in your existence. To help a deceased kinsmen carry on the family line by marrying their widow and producing heirs was considered honorable and redemptive. What was lost because of death is then redeemed – it is brought back.

The story of Ruth is one of tragedy and loss – an account of how one person, Elimilech, struggles to care for his family in a time of famine in the land and moves them to what he hopes is a more promising future in a foreign land. Alas, he and both his sons die leaving his wife Naomi and 2 daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, all childless, to fend for themselves. Orpah returns to her family and Ruth chooses to go with Naomi back to her homeland – back to Bethlehem – hoping and praying that Naomi’s’ people, God’s people, will care for them. We learn how these 2 destitute women make the best of a bad situation with Ruth gleaning the fields in order for both of them to eat. And then Naomi plans how to secure a future for her daughter-in-law by planning that a kinsmen Boaz who has let her glean in his field under his protection, might marry her.

In the last chapter of the book of Ruth, we learn how Boaz, a kinsmen of Elimilech, Naomi’s deceased husband, marries Ruth, her daughter-in-law, thereby redeeming the family name by restoring land ownership to her and by producing a male heir. And as we read the first verses of the gospel of Matthew, we learn that not only did this marriage redeem and protect both Ruth and Naomi, it also brought Jesus into the world.

God is not a major character in the book of Ruth. Rather it is a story of how thru all of life’s struggles, through tragedy and misfortune, through the choices we has humans make in our lives – those with good outcomes and those with bad outcomes. Through all of this God remains steadfast. Even when Naomi is left alone in a world hostile to women with no male family members, and she is bitter, God is with her. In this case, God was with her in the person of Ruth – a foreign woman, a childless woman, a poor woman, another woman with no future.

In these past weeks, I mentioned how the Hebrew word for turn is used 15 times in the Book of Ruth –it is a story of life’s twists and turns, a story about reversals. The other word used in Ruth is Hesed – the Hebrew word for loving kindness. Not just any loving kindness but the steadfast abiding love and kindness that comes from God. God loves all people, no matter where we are in life, regardless of the choices, good or bad, we make in life, God loves us. And in that love, God uses us – those of us who have been faithful children of God our whole lives, those of us who are indifferent to God, those of us who don’t know God like Ruth, those of us who actively resist God and God’s love – God loves us all no matter what. The people of God written about in the book of Ruth believed that God was theirs alone and they believed that Moab was an evil foreign place where they worshipped idols – a place to avoid at all costs. And yet God used a woman from Moab, a foreigner, Ruth, one who grew up worshipping other gods, and placed her prominently in the ancestry of Jesus, the one who came as a human being to live among people so that we might know God and God’s love. It is notable that Ruth was one of only 5 women included in the listing of the genealogy of Jesus.

The Book of Ruth is a story which illustrates the loving kindness of God – that it is always with us. And I would add that it comes when you least expect it, from the most unlikely of people and sources. Some 20 years ago, Sandra’s sister, Mary, died in Scotland. She was devastated as she made the long journey home for the funeral. She purchased a special ‘funeral’ airfare ticket and went through the steps to board the plane as if on automatic pilot. It wasn’t until she was half way across the Atlantic that she realized the check-in agent, had put her in business class instead of coach. She was grieving and because of the loving kindness of this complete stranger, she didn’t have to deal with a crowded seat and all that comes with that. She admits that it wasn’t till months later that she realized that God had been close beside her that day through this act of kindness. God’s loving kindness comes when you most need it and you may not even recognize it.

This week I received a letter from someone I’ve known for a long time but see only rarely and who is actually a distant kinsperson through a common ancestor many generations back. This person wrote words of condolence and comfort, remembering my parents and grandparents and offered words of encouragement that I didn’t know I needed. The letter was unfamiliar handwriting on a lined piece of school notebook paper with ink fading in and out as it might of a pen little used and the love of God was clearly there and unmistakable. God’s hesed, God’s steadfast abiding, loving kindness through a most unlikely and unexpected source.

I encourage all of you to look back on events in your life and look at things that you considered coincidence or luck and view them as God’s love in your life.

God is always with us. God’s love will never leave us. No matter what!
Amen!

Weekly News for July 19, 2017

Church Yard Sale
The church will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, July 29 from 9:00-1:00 pm. Contributions will be collected up until the 28th. 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. Thank you.

Tuesday Gals meet (usually) on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am.

Tuesday Gals Christmas Raffle Baskets

We have added a new collection box for another raffle basket for July. It is called Mainly Maine. This basket will include all things made in Maine or are about Maine such as Jams and Jellies B & M Baked beans, B & M can of Brown Bread. Any and all food items made in Maine. Décor of Maine, books, place mats, napkins, pot holders, table clothes. All ideas and donations are welcome. 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

Paper towels and or toilet tissue are on the list for the food pantry for July. As always your donation can be left in the grocery cart. Thank you for your support of this mission.

Interfaith Service
If you feel like going to church twice, the Tri-Community Interfaith Council is sponsoring an interfaith service at the Old Meeting House on Hillside Street in Yarmouth at 11:00 am this Sunday, July 23. The featured speaker will be Kate Braestrup, Chaplain to the Maine Warden Service and Maine Author (Here if you Need Me).

Weekly News for July 12, 2017

Church Yard Sale
The church will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, July 29 from 9:00-1:00 pm. Contributions will be collected up until the 28th. 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. Thank you.

Men’s Club Breakfast will meet a Toddy Brook on Saturday, July 15 7:00 am.

Tuesday Gals meet (usually) on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am.

Tuesday Gals Christmas Raffle Baskets

We have added a new collection box for another raffle basket for July. It is called Mainly Maine. This basket will include all things made in Maine or are about Maine such as Jams and Jellies B & M Baked beans, B & M can of Brown Bread. Any and all food items made in Maine. Décor of Maine, books, place mats, napkins, pot holders, table clothes. All ideas and donations are welcome. 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

Paper towels and or toilet tissue are on the list for the food pantry for July. As always your donation can be left in the grocery cart. Thank you for your support of this mission.