Weekly News for December 22

Masks Required
Following CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We are now holding worship service in the sanctuary with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.
Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. We are now meeting in the sanctuary, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.   If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com.  If you wish to make an offering it can be made online through Tithely at https://tithe.ly/give?c=1301940

December Advent Offerings

Christmas Eve Services
Both services will be livestreamed


December 24 at 5 pm in person.  We will celebrate outside (dress appropriately and bring a chair) .  Hear the Christmas story with lessons and carols. We will sing Silent Night with candles.

December 24 at 11 pm.  We will celebrate in the sanctuary with a service of lessons and carols and communion led by Patrick Strawbridge – thank you Patrick!  We will sing Silent Night with candles.
 Dec 26th, we will be blessed during worship by a reception of new members and the Sacrament of Baptism as Laurie and Odie Bachelder join the church and their three daughters, Emery, Avery, and Alyssa are baptized! Please make every effort to be there on this joyous Sunday!All are welcome.
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
                                                                       ~Charles Dickens
Vacations
Pastor Nancy will be on vacation from December 27 through January 3. Rev. Cheryl Anderson will lead worship on January 2.  If there is a pastoral emergency please contact Lois Knight at 318-0017.

Lyn will be on vacation from December 27 – 30.  The office will be closed.
Missions
 The Missions Board is getting ready to send financial help to the folks so severely affected by the recent storms in the Midwest. If you are wanting to help please send check to NYCC and in memo line write “disaster”.   Thank you so much. It’s good to know that every penny that we send in goes directly to help the victims……nothing off the top for administrative purposes. 
News from our Vice-ModeratorALL church boards and committees are going in to the new year in need of members. Until the church finds another more effective and efficient way to run its business, make necessary decisions, keep things in order, and so on, please consider membership……on any board or committee. Chat with the Pastor or Jeanne Chadbourne (as Vice Moderator, this is my job ) for descriptions etc. 
Stewardship
We are also going in to the new year with quite a gap, financially, between what we need and what has been pledged. It would help so much, if you have planned to pledge but haven’t sent your card in, to do so ASAP so that we will have a better idea where we stand before the end of this year. I do know one thing for sure and that is our operating expenses have increased considerably…..fuel oil,  power, spectrum and with the church  being open more now we will really notice the difference in these bills. Jeanne Chadbourne / Financial Sec.
 
PS. It has been suggested that I call a few folks about their pledge. This is not a comfortable activity for me to do. Sooooo! You get my drift.
Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com
Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Julie Beggs
James Black
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Kathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline RoseCindy Tompson 

NYCC elves Jeanne and Sara joined me Tuesday afternoon to hand out 36 gift bags to folks in the homeless community in Portland.  Folks were incredibly grateful really appreciating the items and the effort.  

I also was able to give out many gloves,  hats and coats out of your generosity.  Thank you so much!  Pastor Nancy 
Community Food Pantry
The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.  We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
 
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygien Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.

Our Church Mission
We support Grace Street Ministries with our time, dollars and donated clothing and products.
Pastor Jeff sent a wonderful thank you letter that is posted on the church bulletin board.
A portion of the letter is included in today’s email. 

Solstice vigil honors lives lost in homeless community
About 250 people gather in Portland’s Monument Square on the longest night of the year to remember the 51 people who experienced homelessness and died in 2021.
By RACHEL OHM Staff WriterWhen she found herself homeless and alone at Portland’s Oxford Street Shelter in 2019, Lisa Franklin was confused, lost and trying to navigate a new world.

What she wasn’t expecting was the humanity shown to her by others in the same situation.

Two new friends, Shawn and Eddie, helped her feel cared for and safe. “They would probably be described by some people in ‘regular society’ as dangerous, untrustworthy or just a couple of drunk guys,” said Franklin, 49.

“My experience was they were my guardian angels. They helped me in so many ways.”On Tuesday, Franklin remembered her two friends, who both died last year, as she spoke to a crowd of about 250 people gathered in Monument Square for the annual Portland Homeless Persons’ Memorial Vigil. Held every year on the winter solstice, the vigil is meant to bring attention to the challenges of homelessness and remember those who have experienced it and died.

“The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, which also means it’s the longest night of the year, especially for individuals experiencing homelessness,” said Andrew Bove, vice president of social work at Preble Street, a nonprofit human services and anti-poverty agency.

“The night time is a challenging time, especially for folks who might be sleeping in a congregate, crowded setting or who may be sleeping outside in the cold weather. It’s definitely the longest night of homelessness, and we think it’s a good opportunity to pause and reflect on the homeless community.”

‘IT’S THE WORST IT’S EVER BEEN’Fifty-one known members of the homeless population in Portland died in 2021, according to Preble Street, which sponsors the memorial vigil each year in conjunction with the city of Portland, Greater Portland Health, Maine Medical Center and Northern Light Mercy Hospital. Bove said that Preble Street gets the number of deaths from information it receives from the providers who work with the homeless and it doesn’t include homeless people from other parts of the state, such as three homeless people who died in a fire in Bangor this month.

As dusk fell outside Preble Street’s learning collaborative building Tuesday, members of the community huddled together in small groups and staff passed out candles in plastic cups. Pastor Karen Orr from Grace- Street Ministry, which works with Preble Street to deliver food and supplies to the homeless, was among the first to arrive. She said conditions for those without housing are especially tough right now.“The biggest thing is there’s nowhere for people to sleep,” Orr said. “The one shelter is filled, the hotels are filling up and there are people just sleeping out on cardboard boxes. If you drive by here at night,there are people in all the doorways just trying to stay warm. It’s crazy. It’s the worst it’s ever been.”

The 51 people memorialized at the vigil was a decrease from the 64 deaths in 2020 but remains elevated from the years before the pandemic. Between 2008 and 2019, the number of deaths each year rangedfrom 20 to 43, averaging about 31.

In her State of the City address Monday, Mayor Kate Snyder said the city’s health and human services staff are working to shelter and provide services for nearly 950 people per night on average.

In her speech, Snyder pleaded with the public to help the city fill a critical need for indoor space during the day. “The need for a place to be warm, get mail, eat a meal, possibly do some laundry and access services is critical,” she said. “Please, if you’re listening and have a physical space that could serve as a day space let us know.”

‘THE NEEDS OF THE MOMENT’On Tuesday night, the crowd lit candles and marched together to Monument Square, where they gathered around the city’s brightly lit Christmas tree to listen to a series of speakers.Courtney Pladsen, clinical director at the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, said she has been working in health care for homeless organizations for the last 11 years and she has lost more patients in the last 18 months than in all the previous years combined.

“We need people addressing the needs of the moment to provide food and belonging and shelter for people,” Pladsen said. “We need others to work towards creating better systems. We need people with lived experience leading our work. … Tonight I encourage you to acknowledge our collective grief. Share stories of those we lost. Say their names.

Tomorrow, we will get back to our work and hope and dream and work towards building a community in which we no longer need a homeless persons’ memorial day.”After the speeches, members of the crowd took turns reading aloud the names of each of the people known to have died in 2021 and lighting a candle in front of the tree in their honor. The song “Bridge Over Troubled Water” played as those who gathered stood together for a moment in solidarity.

Amy Regan Gallant, who was in the crowd, wiped away tears as people dispersed and she remembered her friend Dee Clarke, an advocate for the homeless and the founder of the organization Survivor Speak USA, which works to end sex trafficking and exploitation.

Clarke, who as a young mother had been homeless and lived in shelters, died in November.

Gallant said she tries to come to the vigil every year and it’s always beautiful, but there are always too many names to read.

“We’ll be here together until that list goes away,” she said.

Rachel Ohm — 207-791-6388 rohm@pressherald.com Twitter: @rachel_ohm
Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy
 
Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for December 8, 2021


GOD WECOMES ALL AND SO DO WE
Prayers with the Pastor 
Prayers with the Pastor is cancelled for tonight due to weather concerns.  See you on the 15th.
MASKS REQUIRED
Following CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We are now holding worship service in the sanctuary with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.
Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. We are now meeting in the sanctuary, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.   If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com
 CHEESE    CHEESE    CHEESE   CHEESE ! 
Don’t forget the cheese sale after church on Dec.12th.  36 pounds of cheese is A LOT of cheese. There are about 35 people in the pews on any given Sunday. I’ll let you do the math!  We hope you can help us out so it doesn’t go to waste.  This is EXTRA Sharp Cabot Cheese. MMM MMM Good. People can stop in on Saturday morning, December 11 from 10:30 to 12 pm or after church on Sunday to purchase cheese. 

We will be selling pre-made packets of cheese for $3, $5 and $10 each.  If paying with cash please try to have the correct change.  If paying by check please write the check out to Women’s Fellowship.

December Advent Offerings
Wednesday’s Dec 1- Dec 15 from 5-6 pm Prayer with the Pastor. (Cancelled for 12/8)  Where is God leading us?  We will meet downstairs in the community room.
Little Christmas Sunday Dec 12th following worship for everyone! 

Sunday Dec 12th – Spontaneous Christmas pageant (no rehearsal) during worship.  All ages will be invited to join in!

Little Christmas December 12th
Little Christmas is a traditional Swedish celebration, which comes before the big event of the season for Swedish households, Christmas Eve. Meant to be a time to celebrate Christmas with the community, family and friends come together to decorate the tree, share a warm meal, and exchange “little” handmade gifts. “Little” Christmas gifts include handmade ornaments, crafts, and sweet treats. Everyone brings a little part of the celebration and together we revel in the joy of the Advent season.
 
Individually or as a family, we invite you to make some items to gift to each other — Think gift swap! The gift can be edible ~ a few cookies, chocolate pretzels, candy, granola, or crafty ~ ornaments, painted soaps, etc. The idea is you give one and receive one. And everyone leaves with just a little Christmas.
2022 PLEDGES
A huge thank you to the 33 folks who have responded to the 2022 pledge drive to date. Usually the church receives between 40 and 50 pledges and have, for the last few years, gone in to the new year with some confidence that we were going to be OK financially. If you want to pledge but have forgotten or lost the material sent your way, hopefully this reminder will help.  If you need a pledge card please call the office—829-3644– and we’ll send you one. 

Last year at the end of the year, about $110.000 was pledged by about 45 folks to the general fund for 2021. To date we have received pledges of about $90,000 for 2022. Your pledge counts!
Hygiene Bags for Grace Street
We will be collecting items to make hygiene kits for the unhoused in Portland during the Christmas season. 
 
There is a tote in the gathering space to collect items or kits and quart bags with a list to make shopping easier. 
 
 
Small Hygiene Bag for Grace Street Ministries
 
Candy Bar
Chapstick
Toothbrush
Band Aids
Trial size:
Shampoo
Lotion
Deodorant
Toothpaste
Kleenex
Bonus Items but not necessary
$5 Dunkin Donuts or Subway cards
Bus passes
 
Pack in Quart Zip Lock Bag and return to church. 
 

Chicken and Gravy Pie Silent Auction
Last chance to get 2 of Mark’s famous chicken and gravy pies, a bottle of wine and a Dutch apple cake for dessert.  How, you may ask?  Sign up for the silent auction….Pick a number, add your name and bid and revisit often!  May the chicken pie wars begin!  If you can’t get to the church to sign up you can call Gail Strattard at 450-1612 or the church office at 829-3644.  (Thank you, Mark and Marsha for re-donating your prize)

Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals
News from our Vice-Moderator
As we are closing in on the end of the year, I have been expecting folks to start letting it be known that they would like to take a break from the committee/board positions they have held for the last few years. And, yes, they are letting me know this. It’s my job as Vice Moderator to fill these positions which is becoming more and more difficult every year.   Many held on longer than they needed to because of the awkwardness around the pandemic. AND we can’t thank them enough. When considering this lack of interest (or just needing or wanting a change)  in serving and the fact that we are quite out of compliance with our incredibly outdated by-laws,  I was over the moon, when, from the pulpit, I heard we as a church might be looking into reorganizing the inner workings of our church. Before the pandemic there were discussions and a few new ideas were tried and they are working really really well so far. But folks are uneasy some times with change. Some simply don’t want change and will say, “but this is the way we have always done it,”  or some are fearful of losing control. These are not feelings or reactions that will move NYCC in a refreshing direction. 

I have had a couple of “intense” conversations regarding changing anything, even some ominous “watch what you change” warnings. However, I am not deterred because I believe there is a more efficient organizational model that will take the pressure off having to fill so many slots on the various committees and boards. I would like to hear folks say something like “when there is a discussion on the by-laws I’d like to be in on that.”  Believe me you would be more than welcome.

I have, in my mind, likened what we are proposing to improving the inner working of a timepiece, you know, watch, clock…you get the idea. It will still tell you the time, but might be a more functional timepiece.  Our church will still be all that we want it to be, meeting the spiritual needs of those who seek, and helping folks who are in need. 

Efficient and effective……..could these words describe the inner workings of NYCC? 

Jeanne Chadbourne .   Vice Moderator
In lieu of poinsettias, we invite you to make a monetary donation to the Cumberland/North Yarmouth Community Food Pantry, which serves many North Yarmouth families.  A star will be hung in the Sanctuary to represent your gift, and a list of those who donated will appear in our bulletin on Christmas Eve.  Please return this form to the office with your gift by
Sunday, December 19th
 
 
 
Donated by_____________________________________________________
 
 
 
In memory of___________________________________________________
 
 
 
In celebration of ________________________________________________
  Copies of this form are also available on the Gathering Space table.
Our Church and Missions Committee at Work
“Thank you for lending your time to support those in most need in our community.  As a volunteer and donor, you make Preble Street work possible”. – Kim S.
Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com
Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~
Julie Beggs
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward 
Holly HurdKathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline RoseCindy Tompson 
Community Food Pantry
The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.  We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
 
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygien Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.
Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy
 
Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for December 1, 2021

North Yarmouth Congregational Church, UCC3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth, ME 04097
207-829-3644


MASKS REQUIRED
Following CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We are now holding worship service in the sanctuary with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.

Join us for Worship! We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. We are now meeting in the sanctuary, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.   If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com

December Advent Offerings
Wednesday’s Dec 1- Dec 15 (3) from 5-6 pm Prayer with the Pastor.  Where is God leading us?  We will meet downstairs in the community room.

Sundays Dec 5th and Dec 19th from 11-noon in Fellowship Hall.  Hands-on for ALL ages ‘Making room for the Holy’.  Pastor Nancy will be sharing some of her sabbatical experiences inviting all to try it too!

Little Christmas Sunday Dec 12th following worship for everyone! 

Sunday Dec 12th – Spontaneous Christmas pageant (no rehearsal) during worship.  All ages will be invited to join in!

2022 PLEDGES:   A huge thank you to the 33 folks who have responded to the 2022 pledge drive to date. Usually the church receives between 40 and 50 pledges and have, for the last few years, gone in to the new year with some confidence that we were going to be OK financially. If you want to pledge but have forgotten or lost the material sent your way, hopefully this reminder will help.  If you need a pledge card please call the office—829-3644– and we’ll send you one. 

Last year at the end of the year, about $110.000 was pledged by about 45 folks to the general fund for 2021. To date we have received pledges of about $90,000 for 2022. Your pledge counts!

Hygiene Bags for Grace Street
We will be collecting items to make hygiene kits for the unhoused in Portland during the Christmas season. 
 
There is a tote in the gathering space to collect items or kits and quart bags with a list to make shopping easier. 
  
Small Hygiene Bag for Grace Street Ministries
 
Candy Bar
Chapstick
Toothbrush
Band Aids
Trial size:
Shampoo
Lotion
Deodorant
Toothpaste
Kleenex
Bonus Items but not necessary
$5 Dunkin Donuts or Subway cards
Bus passes
 
Pack in Quart Zip Lock Bag and return to church. 

  CHEESE    CHEESE    CHEESE   CHEESE ! 
Don’t forget the cheese sale after church on Dec.12th.  36 pounds of cheese is A LOT of cheese. There are about 35 people in the pews on any given Sunday. I’ll let you do the math!  We hope you can help us out so it doesn’t go to waste.  This is EXTRA Sharp Cabot Cheese. MMM MMM Good. People can stop in on Saturday morning, December 11 from 10:30 to 12 pm or after church on Sunday to purchase cheese.  We will be selling pre-made packets of cheese for $3, $5 and $10 each.  If paying with cash please try to have the correct change.  If paying by check please write the check out to Women’s Fellowship.

News from our Vice-Moderator
As we are closing in on the end of the year, I have been expecting folks to start letting it be known that they would like to take a break from the committee/board positions they have held for the last few years. And, yes, they are letting me know this. It’s my job as Vice Moderator to fill these positions which is becoming more and more difficult every year.   Many held on longer than they needed to because of the awkwardness around the pandemic. AND we can’t thank them enough. When considering this lack of interest (or just needing or wanting a change)  in serving and the fact that we are quite out of compliance with our incredibly outdated by-laws,  I was over the moon, when, from the pulpit, I heard we as a church might be looking into reorganizing the inner workings of our church. Before the pandemic there were discussions and a few new ideas were tried and they are working really really well so far. But folks are uneasy some times with change. Some simply don’t want change and will say, “but this is the way we have always done it,”  or some are fearful of losing control. These are not feelings or reactions that will move NYCC in a refreshing direction. 

I have had a couple of “intense” conversations regarding changing anything, even some ominous “watch what you change” warnings. However, I am not deterred because I believe there is a more efficient organizational model that will take the pressure off having to fill so many slots on the various committees and boards. I would like to hear folks say something like “when there is a discussion on the by-laws I’d like to be in on that.”  Believe me you would be more than welcome.

I have, in my mind, likened what we are proposing to improving the inner working of a timepiece, you know, watch, clock…you get the idea. It will still tell you the time, but might be a more functional timepiece.  Our church will still be all that we want it to be, meeting the spiritual needs of those who seek, and helping folks who are in need. 

Efficient and effective……..could these words describe the inner workings of NYCC? 

Jeanne Chadbourne .   Vice Moderator

THANK YOU!
Thank you to the flower/decorating team for making the sanctuary ‘Christmasy’!

House Keeping* We do not have anyone taking care of the kitchen at this time.  If you use any dishes, silverware, etc. please clean them yourselves.  Let them air dry for a few minutes and put them away.  

*If you use the Fellowship Hall for a meeting or gathering please clean the tables off so that they are ready for the next  group.  

* The faucets have been left on in the men’s and women’s restrooms upstairs 3 times in the last 2 months.  The men’s room faucet was just found today so it had been running probably since Sunday, which is 3 days of wasted water.  PLEASE make sure the faucets are off before leaving the restroom.

Thank you for your attention to these matters.

Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Julie Beggs
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward 
Holly HurdKathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline Rose
Cindy Tompson 

Community Food Pantry
The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.  We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
 
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygien Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.

Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy

 Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for November 24, 2021

North Yarmouth Congregational Church, UCC3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth, ME 04097
207-829-3644

November 24, 2021

MASKS REQUIRED
Following CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We are now holding worship service in the sanctuary with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.

Join us for Worship! We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. We are now meeting in the sanctuary, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.   If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com

From the Office
The office will be closed from 11/24-25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Lyn will also be taking a vacation day on Monday, November 29.  The office will re-open on Tuesday, November 30.

 
CHEESE    CHEESE    CHEESE   CHEESE !
We have an unopened wheel of delicious Cabot cheese left over from the Holiday Church Fair. These wheels weigh about 35 pounds so you can see that there is a LOT of cheese available for some nibbling, cooking, or what ever you do with cheese. On Sunday Dec.12th, after church, packages of this cheese will be up for sale at a very reasonable price. Let your friends know of this opportunity. All proceeds will go to the Women’s Fellowship. This was their gig.

News from our Vice-Moderator
As we are closing in on the end of the year, I have been expecting folks to start letting it be known that they would like to take a break from the committee/board positions they have held for the last few years. And, yes, they are letting me know this. It’s my job as Vice Moderator to fill these positions which is becoming more and more difficult every year.   Many held on longer than they needed to because of the awkwardness around the pandemic. AND we can’t thank them enough. When considering this lack of interest (or just needing or wanting a change)  in serving and the fact that we are quite out of compliance with our incredibly outdated by-laws,  I was over the moon, when, from the pulpit, I heard we as a church might be looking into reorganizing the inner workings of our church. Before the pandemic there were discussions and a few new ideas were tried and they are working really really well so far. But folks are uneasy some times with change. Some simply don’t want change and will say, “but this is the way we have always done it,”  or some are fearful of losing control. These are not feelings or reactions that will move NYCC in a refreshing direction. 

I have had a couple of “intense” conversations regarding changing anything, even some ominous “watch what you change” warnings. However, I am not deterred because I believe there is a more efficient organizational model that will take the pressure off having to fill so many slots on the various committees and boards. I would like to hear folks say something like “when there is a discussion on the by-laws I’d like to be in on that.”  Believe me you would be more than welcome.

I have, in my mind, likened what we are proposing to improving the inner working of a timepiece, you know, watch, clock…you get the idea. It will still tell you the time, but might be a more functional timepiece.  Our church will still be all that we want it to be, meeting the spiritual needs of those who seek, and helping folks who are in need. 

Efficient and effective……..could these words describe the inner workings of NYCC? 

Jeanne Chadbourne .   Vice ModeratorTHANK YOU!
 The Tuesday Gals/WF had a very successful fair last Saturday, thanks to many folks who helped out in many ways.

So for those of you who worked at the tables, donated baked goods, helped carrying stuff and setting up and taking down tables, made items during the year, and supported the sale by buying our wonderful things, a very sincere thank you! See you next year!


Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~
Julie Beggs
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward 
Holly HurdKathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline RoseCindy Tompson 

Community Food Pantry
The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.  We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
 
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygien Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.

Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy

 Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for November 21, 2021

North Yarmouth Congregational Church, UCC3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth, ME 04097
207-829-3644




MASKS REQUIRED
Following CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We are now holding worship service in the sanctuary with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.

Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. We are now meeting in the sanctuary, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.   If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com

Council Meeting
The Council will meet on Thursday, November18 at 6:30 p.m. – Via Zoomhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Kitchen Helper Needed
Mark is in need of a kitchen helper to help with dishes today, Wednesday, Nov. 17 and Thursday, Nov. 18 while he cooking for the Christmas fair.  If you can help please give Mark a call at 651-4931 for more information and scheduling. Thank you!
Christmas Fair NewsWe are still in need of helpers for the Christmas Fair which will be held on Saturday, November 20 from 9:00-2:00 p.m.  Please see or contact Kathy Whittier at (254-7509, kwhit119@yahoo.com) or Gail Strattard at (450-1612, gail.strattard@maine.rr.com.)

Vintage Jewelry NeededWe are in need of vintage jewelry for the Christmas Fair. No broken items or watches, please.  Please drop your donation off at the church office for Dale K.

 Santa’s Workshop Fair Cookie Walk
The Santa’s Workshop Fair is fast approaching on November 20th, and now is the perfect time to break out your favorite recipes and begin baking up a storm to delight our patrons for our Carol’s Cookie Walk and Baked Goods table.  Decorated sugar cookies are always a big hit but even the simplest chocolate chip cookie is welcomed, along with seasonal breads and pies, yummy brownies and bars, and delicious jams and jellies.  These items can be dropped off  the day before or early morning at the start of the fair.  If pickup is needed, please call Sue at 831-9014 to arrange a time.  Happy baking!
Stone Soup Sunday
Sunday, November 21st please join us for Stone Soup Sunday
 Please bring a cooked offering for the pot ~ veggies, pasta, potatoes, chicken, beef, tomatoes! When we each bring of ourselves to share, no one will ever go hungry – by stomach or spirit. We will fill our bellies as we warm our hearts with the abundance created. All are welcome!

Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who helped with cleanup day at the church.  We had plenty of hands helping to rake and putting in storm windows and we made short work of it. 

From the Financial Secretary’s Desk.  
Do you have any questions about how you are doing with your 2021 pledge to NYCC? I can help clear up any questions if you call me- 829-5166 or send an email …jeannechadbourne@aol.com. We did this last year and it worked well. 

We sent out about 100 letters with pledge cards last week. We also know we probably missed folks who have supported NYCC this year and would like to do so in 2022 . We have material ready to go out. I will have a few in church next Sunday or you can call the church and Lyn will send you the package.   

We have known for sometime now that NYCC is a very meaningful part of many of our lives….a real blessing to some and the place they want to be for worship and fellowship. Thank you for helping us to continue being a church for all who want to be a part of our family! Even if you are thousands of miles away! 

Jeanne Chadbourne…….Financial Sec

Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com


Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Julie Beggs
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward 
Holly HurdKathy Mathews
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline Rose
Cindy Tompson 

Community Food Pantry
The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.  We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
 
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygien Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.

Classes offered by MESOM
2022 Spring Classes on ZOOM at the Maine School of Ministry (MESOM):

“Ministry, Mental Health and the Church” – team taught by Chaplain Shelly Snow and Dean Ron Baard

“Spiritual Leadership for a Climate Changed World” – taught by Aram Mitchell of the BTS Center staff, with Guest Speakers

Tuition is $350 per spring course; $175 for Auditing

Hope you can join us for one of these!!!

Please watch for more information and the Registration Link coming soon on the Maine Conference UCC website.

Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy

 Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for November 10, 2021

MASKS REQUIRED
Following CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We are now holding worship service in the sanctuary with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.
Join us for Worship! 
We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. We are now meeting in the sanctuary, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.   If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com
Sharing during Worship
I am looking for anyone (young, old in between) who would be willing to do a short ‘sharing during worship on Nov 14 about what being part of our faith family at NYCC means to you.  Please contact me asap.  Thanks, Nancy

Church Cleanup Day Planned
The Trustees have set up a cleanup day for Saturday, November 13 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  We will be winterizing the church and doing yard cleanup.  Please join us with work gloves and a rake.  The more people that join us the quicker we will get everything done.  More hands make lighter work!  

Pledge and Hymn Sing Sunday
Sunday November 21st will be our pledge Sunday – you should have received a letter and pledge card during the past few days.  Also that Sunday will be a hymn sing Sunday, so I am looking for hymns (one verse only) that are favorites – especially appropriate if they focus on thankfulness or what God has done for you etc. – I need these ahead of time please. Deadline for hymns is November 14th.  Also that Sunday will be an all-church potluck with fun and lots of ‘thankful’ type activities – more details coming!
From the Financial Secretary’s Desk.  
Do you have any questions about how you are doing with your 2021 pledge to NYCC? I can help clear up any questions if you call me- 829-5166 or send an email …jeannechadbourne@aol.com. We did this last year and it worked well. 

We sent out about 100 letters with pledge cards last week. We also know we probably missed folks who have supported NYCC this year and would like to do so in 2022 . We have material ready to go out. I will have a few in church next Sunday or you can call the church and Lyn will send you the package.   

We have known for sometime now that NYCC is a very meaningful part of many of our lives….a real blessing to some and the place they want to be for worship and fellowship. Thank you for helping us to continue being a church for all who want to be a part of our family! Even if you are thousands of miles away! 

Jeanne Chadbourne…….Financial Sec

Prayer Shawl dedication- this Sunday November 14th during worship – if you have any ready please bring them in! 
Pastor Nancy
Christmas Fair News
We are still in need of helpers for the Christmas Fair which will be held on Saturday, November 20 from 9:00-2:00 p.m.  Please see or contact Kathy Whittier at (254-7509, kwhit119@yahoo.com) or Gail Strattard at (450-1612, gail.strattard@maine.rr.com.)
Vintage Jewelry Needed
We are in need of vintage jewelry for the Christmas Fair. No broken items or watches, please.  Please drop your donation off at the church office for Dale K. 
Santa’s Workshop Fair Cookie Walk
The Santa’s Workshop Fair is fast approaching on November 20th, and now is the perfect time to break out your favorite recipes and begin baking up a storm to delight our patrons for our Carol’s Cookie Walk and Baked Goods table.  Decorated sugar cookies are always a big hit but even the simplest chocolate chip cookie is welcomed, along with seasonal breads and pies, yummy brownies and bars, and delicious jams and jellies.  These items can be dropped off  the day before or early morning at the start of the fair.  If pickup is needed, please call Sue at 831-9014 to arrange a time.  Happy baking!

Stone Soup SundaySunday, November 21st please join us for Stone Soup Sunday
 Please bring a cooked offering for the pot ~ veggies, pasta, potatoes, chicken, beef, tomatoes!
When we each bring of ourselves to share, no one will ever go hungry – by stomach or spirit.
We will fill our bellies as we warm our hearts with the abundance created. All are welcome!
November Board and Committee MeetingsFaith Formation – Sunday, November 14 following worship 
Council – November 18 at 6:30 p.m. – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09
Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Pam Ames and Family on the loss of her mother in-law
Julie Beggs
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward
Holly Hurd
Blanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Caroline RoseCindy Tompson 
Community Food Pantry
The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.  We will be focusing on non food items.  Current pantry needs include:
 
Paper towels                     Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper                       Dish Soap
Tissues                              Diapers
Deodorant                         Pull-ups
Shampoo                           Baby Wipes
Conditioner                        Feminine Hygien Products

Please add your donation to the grocery cart in the Gathering Space. You can donate to the cart at any time.
Grace Street Ministry
Calling all gloves!!!!!! you all have been unbelievably generous this fall as always. Now I am hoping that we can become the ‘glove church’.  We are in desperate need of warm gloves for men and women – both knitted and other.  I have found some at Job Lots that are not too expensive in the past.  Maybe you have another source.  Thank you in advance – I would love to be able to share with both Pastor Jeff and Pastor Karen.  Thank you, Pastor Nancy
 
Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc