Weekly News for October 19, 2022



Join us for Worship!
We are worshiping in person on Sundays at 9:30 am.  For those who wish to join us online 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

Christmas Fair Meeting
There will be an in-person meeting on Saturday, October 29 at 10 am in Fellowship Hall for those who can help at the Christmas Fair.

Hurricanes 2022 Emergency Appeal from the UCC
Hello friends,
The UCC has issued an appeal to support immediate needs for families and communities affected by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian.  If you would like to give to this cause, please send or bring a check to the church noting Hurricanes 2022 on your check. Thank you for considering this appeal. 

A TRIMMED BUSH…….    
What a difference it makes when the bushes have been cut back, over-growth removed, trees cut back or down……all of these happened last week when Leah, Gary and Lois got serious about cleaning up the front of the church buildings. Not only were there way too many out- of -control plants and greenery, but it was hiding our very attractive church buildings. (now the buildings seem to be saying, “whew, we can breath again! ) I saw at least 2 large trailer loads of of debris taken away and plans are already in the pipeline for fresh plantings with a more easily controlled landscaping plan in mind. So, between George and his lawnmowing / trimming care and Gary, Leah and Lois doing a major clean out, NYCC is looking real good. Thank you so much for caring. 

Coffee Hour going Forward
Coffee hour will resume with home made baked goods, fruits and crackers and cheese. We will use up the pre wrapped goodies eventually. We will have a sign up sheet in the gathering space for signing up for making coffee and also bringing baked goods on any given Sunday. Any unused bakery items can be wrapped thoroughly and frozen for future use. Marsha Heath, Moderator

Annual Reports
It’s not too early for those who will be writing a report for the Annual Report to start their engines, I mean REPORTS, now.  At least thinking about them.  It’s uncomfortable for me to hassle, beg, twist arms. or threaten folks to get reports in to Lyn at church office. Sooooo, that is not going to happen. I will send out reminders for the next several weeks and would appreciate reports in by early December. Send to nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com, please.
Jeanne Chadbourne,   Church Clerk

A Note from the Men’s Club
The Men’s Club would like to thank all, particularly the Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals for the cookies, fudge and bars to sell.  This effort helped make our booth at Cumberland Fair a success this year. North Yarmouth Congregational Church Men’s Club

A Note from the Nominating Committee
Friends, it is time to tap your energy by joining one of our church committees. We have several openings and we would welcome your help. (Trustees, Diaconate, Faith Formation, Missions, Nominating Committee, Flower Committee). Please let me know if you are interested. My email is apgraham1@gmail.com or just catch me at church.
Thank you, Annie Graham, NYCC Vice Moderator

Fall Church Cleanup Day
Fall Clean up day has been scheduled for Saturday, November 12 starting at 9am.

News from Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday GalsThe Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals will hold the Christmas fair on Saturday, November 19th, following any CDC guidelines in effect at that time.

We will need workers – Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.  Help setting up on fair day, day of fair work, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.  There will be an in-person meeting on Saturday, October 29 at 10 am for those who can help.  If you cannot come or don’t want to meet in person at this time, please let Kathy(254-7509, kwhit119@yahoo.com or Gail (207-450-1612, gail.strattard@maine.rr.com) know. 

We hope you will help us make this fair a success.  Proceeds from the fair go to Women’s Fellowship and are used for church and benevolence purposes. Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.. help setting up, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.

Santa’s Workshop Fair Cookie Walk
The Santa’s Workshop Fair is fast approaching on November 19th, 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!

Silent Auction for the Christmas Fair
The 2022 Santa’s Workshop is coming together. We finally held a fair last year after 2 years without a fair.  Bet you can guess why!!  We would like to add the silent auction back into the fair this year and we need your help!

We’re pulling a silent auction together with a small number of gifts.  We’d like a few more!!  Do you have a place in the mountains to offer for skiers?  You can decide the number of days being offered and when the place will be available.  This could be limited to church family if you’d like.  What about a summer cottage for those
who like to sit in the sunshine?  Again, you can decide what dates and can limit it to church family.

Perhaps you’ve canned fruit and veggies.  Sew, knit, paint a scene?  Or will cook/bake a meal. You choose the menu to be listed on the bid sheet.  Are you a photographer and will take pictures of the winners’ choosing?   You get to choose the date available.  What about lawn mowing, clearing out the garden next spring?  Gift Certificates are always popular!          If you’d like to discuss this, I need you to email me or call.  I’m here and there and hardly know when I’ll be home.  So after 9am to 7:30pm call 233-8914.    2sons@maine.rr.com.   Thank you! Candace Smith

Jewelry Request for the Christmas Fair
Are you sure of what’s in your jewelry box or drawer?  Got some items to go with a particular outfit and that’s no longer in your closet?  Tuesday Gals would adore having the items for our guests at the Santa’s Workshop fair.  What about lapel pins, rings, tie tacks, chains for men?  Please bring your items to Lyn in the church office.  Or stop in and chat with Tuesday Gals; we are in the Fellowship Hall starting at 10:00 am. Of course, we’d enjoy seeing you and maybe you’d like a cup of coffee.  Think of the jewelry as getting a new life!!

Continuing Meetings 

October 20  – Council at 6:30 pm – In Person

Choir Rehearsal – Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday Morning at 8:30 am in the Sanctuary

Tuesday Gals meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall. 

Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of the month at 7:30 am at Toddy Brook

Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 am.

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Kris Perkins and Cathy Bunton
Bill Tompson

Community Food Pantry Donations. 
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 Hygiene Products

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

Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc
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Weekly News for October 12




Join us for Worship! 
We are worshiping in person on Sundays at 9:30 am.  For those who wish to join us online 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

Masks Optional
Masks are now optional in the church building as transmission rates in Cumberland County have decreased. Please use your own judgement regarding wearing one.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall.Choir RehearsalChoir will meet at 8:00 am on Sunday for an early rehearsal.Helpers Needed for a Memorial ServiceHelpers are needed to set up and serve at the reception following the Phillips memorial service on Saturday, October 15.  Please contact Kathy W. at 207-254-7509 or kwhit119@yahoo.com.  Thank you!

Covenant and Commandment                              Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
As I write this we are in the middle of the Jewish festival of Sukkoth, or Booths. Observant Jews construct a temporary shelter in their yard and have their meals there. It is a remembrance of the time that the people of Israel spent in the Wilderness, and a reminder of the fragility of life. Sukkoth marks the conclusion of Israel’s fall festivals which began with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
Immediately following Sukkoth is Simchat Torah – literally, “Rejoicing in the Law” – one of the most joyous celebrations in the synagogue. The day marks the end of the annual cycle of readings from the Torah scroll and the beginning of a new cycle: Deuteronomy 33-34 is read, then the scroll is carried around the synagogue as it is re-wound with much dancing, and finally Genesis 1:1—2:3 is read.
The atmosphere captures the spirit of delight in God’s Law or Teaching reflected in Psalm 19:

The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world. . . .
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
     the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
     the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever;
     the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
     sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. . . .

Indeed, the longest Psalm – the longest chapter in the whole Bible – is Psalm 119 – an acrostic poem celebrating God’s commandments.
In our Sunday services we are following the Narrative Lectionary, which tells the story of God and God’s people through the Bible. This past week and this coming Sunday we are focused on Israel’s time in the Wilderness — specifically on the giving of the Ten Commandments at Sinai. The Commandments are rooted in God’s Covenantal relationship with God’s people: Relationship precedes Regulation; Rescue comes before Rules; Liberation before Laws. God’s Grace always, always, always comes first.
God’s Covenant and Commandments are meant to form God’s people into a “priestly kingdom and a holy nation.” The same image is applied to the Church in the New Testament. Jesus summed God’s Law into the two-fold Great Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind;” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We are considering the Ten Commandments
 as they instruct us how to love God completely and love one another.
Grace & peace,
Pastor Paul
P.S. – I keep my sermons on file. If you would like a transcript of any sermon, please e-mail me and I will be happy to send it to you. 

Coffee Hour going Forward
Beginning this Sunday coffee hour will resume with home made baked goods, fruits and crackers and cheese. We will use up the pre wrapped goodies eventually. We will have a sign up sheet in the gathering space for signing up for making coffee and also bringing baked goods on any given Sunday. Any unused bakery items can be wrapped thoroughly and frozen for future use. Well…. I did not recognize our church kitchen this past Sunday.  It was obvious that some “gremlins of the good kind” had been in and organized, cleaned out, and set up some systems to keep it organized.  Thank you so so much for the great cleanup….and you know who you are!
Marsha Heath, Moderator
PS I will bring some baked goods this Sunday and other yummies!  I will also help with the set up as well.

MANNUAL  REPORTS????……IT’S ONLY OCTOBER !!
It’s not too early for those who will be writing a report for the Annual Report to start their engines, I mean REPORTS, now.  At least thinking about them.  It’s uncomfortable for me to hassle, beg, twist arms. or threaten folks to get reports in to Lyn at church office. Sooooo, that is not going to happen. I will send out reminders for the next several weeks and would appreciate reports in by early December. Send to nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com, please.
Jeanne Chadbourne,   Church Clerk

Stewardship Committee for 2023
Lois and Jeanne are looking for a few volunteers to join the Stewardship committee for 2023.
This is a very short term commitment in the next month or two to come together to plan a Stewardship letter, working on the mailings, etc. If you would like to assist, contact Lois Knight either by phone (829-6164) or e-mail – Lknight52@nyccucc

A Note from the Nominating Committee
Friends, it is time to tap your energy by joining one of our church committees. We have several openings and we would welcome your help. (Trustees, Diaconate, Faith Formation, Missions, Nominating Committee, Flower Committee). Please let me know if you are interested. My email is apgraham1@gmail.com or just catch me at church.
Thank you, Annie Graham, NYCC Vice Moderator

Fall Church Cleanup Day
Fall Clean up day has been scheduled for Saturday, November 12 starting at 9am.

News from Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals
The Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals will hold the Christmas fair on Saturday, November 19th, following any CDC guidelines in effect at that time.

We will need workers – Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.  Help setting up on fair day, day of fair work, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.  There will be an in-person meeting to be announced for those who can help.  If you cannot come or don’t want to meet in person at this time, please let Kathy(254-7509, kwhit119@yahoo.com or Gail (207-450-1612, gail.strattard@maine.rr.com) know. 

We hope you will help us make this fair a success.  Proceeds from the fair go to Women’s Fellowship and are used for church and benevolence purposes. Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.. help setting up, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.Silent Auction for the Christmas FairThe 2022 Santa’s Workshop is coming together. We finally held a fair last year after 2 years without a fair.  Bet you can guess why!!  We would like to add the silent auction back into the fair this year and we need your help!We’re pulling a silent auction together with a small number of gifts.  We’d like a few more!!  Do you have a place in the mountains to offer for skiers?  You can decide the number of days being offered and when the place will be available.  This could be limited to church family if you’d like.  What about a summer cottage for those
who like to sit in the sunshine?  Again, you can decide what dates and can limit it to church family.
Perhaps you’ve canned fruit and veggies.  Sew, knit, paint a scene?  Or will cook/bake a meal. You choose the menu to be listed on the bid sheet.  Are you a photographer and will take pictures of the winners’ choosing?   You get to choose the date available.  What about lawn mowing, clearing out the garden next spring?  Gift Certificates are always popular!          If you’d like to discuss this, I need you to email me or call.  I’m here and there and hardly know when I’ll be home.  So after 9am to 7:30pm call 233-8914.    2sons@maine.rr.com.   Thank you! Candace Smith

Jewelry Request for the Christmas Fair
Are you sure of what’s in your jewelry box or drawer?  Got some items to go with a particular outfit and that’s no longer in your closet?  Tuesday Gals would adore having the items for our guests at the Santa’s Workshop fair.  What about lapel pins, rings, tie tacks, chains for men?  Please bring your items to Lyn in the church office.  Or stop in and chat with Tuesday Gals; we are in the Fellowship Hall starting at 10:00 am. Of course, we’d enjoy seeing you and maybe you’d like a cup of coffee.  Think of the jewelry as getting a new life!!

Kitchen and Supplies
Now that we can hopefully open up and begin utilizing the kitchen space for functions, the kitchen and supply area was in need of some TLC. Jeanne and I have tackled the kitchen drawers, cupboards, and supplies. There is still plenty to be done as far as cleaning the area but that can be another day!

All of the wire shelving, drawers and cupboards have been straightened up and labeled for ease of use for all. Many items that were in boxes have been put into see through tubs so that it should be easier to see what we have in them without having to take them off the shelf. We have consolidated the supplies and thrown any items that were past the expiration date.  The wire shelving in the kitchen has what is needed to function as a kitchen.  There is also a dedicated area on this shelving for items for coffee hour after church.
The excess supplies are on the wire shelving in the closet where the chairs and tables are kept. You should be able to access them from the back hall off the kitchen. Before purchasing any paper/disposable items for a function, please check the wire racks and use off from them instead of buying more. There are two tubs of disposable cups and plenty of disposable utensils on the wire racks in the table/chair closet.The wires racks in the back hall have current paper supplies, plastic cutlery, take out container and dishes. Paper towels, paper napkins, coffee carafes, igloo punch/water jug are on the higher wire shelving in the back hall. On top of the refrigerator are the food processors with all attachments, apple peeler, mandolin slicer, electric hand mixer and the food scales. On top of the freezer is the warming lamp, 30 cup coffee maker and three air pots.There were many plates and dishes that I am sure someone will miss when they get ready to have their next home gathering. We have placed them on a table in the Fellowship Hall for all to look over and take what is yours home.  If some of these were intended for use at the church, please leave them with a note and we will get them to the correct cupboard.
In closing, we would like to ask that everyone using the space be considerate of the next person and be sure to put items used back where you found them and to leave the area in great shape for the next person using it.  We are so fortunate to have such a lovely space to use and enjoy.  There will be a description of and layout of the kitchen posted on the bulletin board for your reference. Thank you, Leah Davis and Jeanne Chadbourne

Continuing Meetings October 17  – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87350737036?pwd=aWdCRmR5eGJaMkxBYndZTGk0NUlZdz09

October 20  – Council at 6:30 pm – In Person

Choir Rehearsal – Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday Morning at 8:30 am in the Sanctuary

Tuesday Gals meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall. 

Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of the month at 7:30 am at Toddy Brook

Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 am.

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Kris Perkins and Cathy Bunton
Bill Tompson

Community Food Pantry Donations. 
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 Hygiene Products

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

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

Weekly News for October 5, 2022




Join us for Worship!
Join us for Worship on Sundays at 9:30 am. For those who wish to join us online 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

Masks Optional
Masks are now optional in the church building as transmission rates in Cumberland County have decreased. Please use your own judgement regarding wearing one.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall.

Upcoming Vote on New School & NYCC   
Kim Vine MSAD School Board contacted NYCC to see if she could answer any questions or concerns over the upcoming ballot question concerning the vote on the new property and new school.  If the ballot question passes, the new school will open in the fall of 2026.  This will mean a change for the corner of rte115 and rte 231.  There will be traffic work with a stoplight and a left turn lane off of 115 to accommodate the added traffic.  There will be an evening meeting at Wescustogo Hall on October 5 at 6pm.  Please contact Kim at kvine@msad51.org with questions. 

 
A Note from the Office
The office will be closed on Monday, October 10 for Indigenous People’s Day

Helpers Needed for a Memorial Service
Helpers are needed to set up and serve at the reception following the Phillips memorial service on Saturday, October 15.  Please contact Kathy W. at 207-254-7509 or kwhit119@yahoo.com.  Thank you!    

A   HUGE “THANK-YOU” TO  OUR MEN’S CLUB
The Men’s Club gave the NYCC “Street Ministry” so much product from their fair booth that will be used for our monthly bag lunches. Very, very generous!  We froze a lot of bread and rolls, many homemade sweet treats, and 2 big packages of cheese! This helps more than you can imagine. Thanks, Guys.

ANNUAL  REPORTS????……IT’S ONLY OCTOBER !!!!!!
It’s not too early for those who will be writing a report for the Annual Report to start their engines, I mean REPORTS, now.  At least thinking about them.  It’s uncomfortable for me to hassle, beg, twist arms. or threaten folks to get reports in to Lyn at church office. Sooooo, that is not going to happen. I will send out reminders for the next several weeks and would appreciate reports in by early December. Send to nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com, please.
Jeanne Chadbourne,   Church Clerk

Stewardship Committee for 2023
Lois and Jeanne are looking for a few volunteers to join the Stewardship committee for 2023.
 
This is a very short term commitment in the next month or two to come together to plan a Stewardship letter, working on the mailings, etc. 
 
If you would like to assist, contact Lois Knight either by phone (829-6164) or e-mail – Lknight52@maine.rr.comFall Church Cleanup DayFall Clean up day has been scheduled for Saturday, November 12 starting at 9am.

News from Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday GalsThe Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals will hold the Christmas fair on Saturday, November 19th, following any CDC guidelines in effect at that time.

We will need workers – Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.  Help setting up on fair day, day of fair work, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.  There will be an in-person meeting on Saturday, October 15th at 10:00 am for those who can help.  If you cannot come or don’t want to meet in person at this time, please let Kathy(254-7509, kwhit119@yahoo.com or Gail (207-450-1612, gail.strattard@maine.rr.com) know. 

We hope you will help us make this fair a success.  Proceeds from the fair go to Women’s Fellowship and are used for church and benevolence purposes. Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.. help setting up, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.

Jewelry Request for the Christmas Fair
Are you sure of what’s in your jewelry box or drawer?  Got some items to go with a particular outfit and that’s no longer in your closet?  Tuesday Gals would adore having the items for our guests at the Santa’s Workshop fair.  What about lapel pins, rings, tie tacks, chains for men?  Please bring your items to Lyn in the church office.  Or stop in and chat with Tuesday Gals; we are in the Fellowship Hall starting at 10:00 am. Of course, we’d enjoy seeing you and maybe you’d like a cup of coffee.  Think of the jewelry as getting a new life!!

No Tuesday Gals on 10/11/22There will be no Tuesday Gals on Tuesday, October 11.  We are taking a one-week break and will meet again on Tuesday, October 18.

Continuing Meetings 
October 10 – Faith Formation Meeting following worship.

Trustees will not be meeting in October

October 17  – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
The link will be sent to members of the Missions Committee one week prior to the meeting

October 20  – Council at 6:30 pm – In Person

Choir Rehearsal – Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday Morning at 8:30 am in the Sanctuary

Tuesday Gals meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall. 
NO Tuesday Gals on October 11.

Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of the month at 7:30 am at Toddy Brook

Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 am.

Please keep the following people
in your prayers

Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Kris Perkins and Cathy Bunton
Bill Tompson

Community Food Pantry Donations. 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 Hygiene Products

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

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

Weekly News for October 2, 2002



Join us for Worship! 
We are worshiping in person on Sundays at 9:30 am.  For those who wish to join us online 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

Masks Optional
Masks are now optional in the church building as transmission rates in Cumberland County have decreased. Please use your own judgement regarding wearing one.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall.

Welcome back to church! We are celebrating our Sanctuary Worship and return of the choir with a picnic right after church this Sunday, October 2nd. We will be having pulled pork for sandwiches and asking that everyone bring a salad, casserole or dessert to share.

If you have been feeling cooped up, here is your chance to break bread with your church family and and rekindle that feeling of togetherness! Marsha Heath Moderator

Pastor’s Note
Coming Home                                                                            Rev. Dr. Paul A. Day
Earlier this month my high school Class of 1970 held its 50th Reunion (postponed from 2020 due to Covid-19). I was not able to attend but saw lots of pictures posted by former classmates. As I scanned them all I could think was, “Who ARE all these OLD people?!?!” I couldn’t recognize a soul! In my defense, it was a class of over 500, and I’ve kept in touch with only a couple of them.
I was reminded of the adage from the title of Thomas Wolfe’s novel You Can’t Go Home Again. Indeed, my hometown has changed so much since I left almost 50 years ago. And, of course, I’ve changed, too.
Next October my college graduating class will have its 50th Reunion at the annual Homecoming weekend. I will probably attend. It was a much smaller class and I have kept in touch with quite a few of my college chums. I know it will feel strange to be in a room with so many OLD people. But I also know that I will feel welcome. For, as Robert Frost said, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.”
This Sunday, October 2, is Homecoming Sunday at North Yarmouth Congregational Church. It is not just for church members and friends, or alumni (former members) of the congregation. We extend a warm welcome to all! The Psalmist proclaimed:
The Joy of Worship in the Temple
How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints,
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
    to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
    my King and my God.
Happy are those who live in your house,
    ever singing your praise.                                                Selah
       Psalm 84:1-4 (New Revised Standard Version)
We will begin at 9:30 a.m. with worship in the sanctuary. We will celebrate World Communion Sunday, recognizing our unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.  We have been following the Narrative Lectionary, which looks at the story of God and God’s people throughout the Bible. This week we will see the roots of Communion in God’s rescue of the Israelites celebrated in the Passover meal. Eugene Peterson translates the title “Lord of hosts” as “God-of-the-Angel-Armies.” (The Message) The image is a strong reminder of God’s might in freeing God’s people from slavery in Egypt. In Christ God sets us free from sin and all that would oppress us. All who trust in God and God’s love as revealed in Jesus are welcome at the Lord’s Table.
In the early church, communion was often part of a larger meal – a “Love Feast.” In the same way, following worship we will have a Church Picnic. We will have pulled pork sandwiches. Bring a salad, casserole or dessert to share, if you are able. And bring family, friends, and neighbors to share our fellowship. May all find a warm welcome in this church-home, and wherever we may be, may we always find ourselves “at home” with God.
1-2 What a beautiful home, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!
    I’ve always longed to live in a place like this,
Always dreamed of a room in your house,
    where I could sing for joy to God-alive!
3-4 Birds find nooks and crannies in your house,
    sparrows and swallows make nests there.
They lay their eggs and raise their young,
    singing their songs in the place where we worship.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies! King! God!
    How blessed they are to live and sing there!
5-7 And how blessed all those in whom you live,
    whose lives become roads you travel;
They wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks,
    discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain!
God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and
    at the last turn—Zion! God in full view!
8-9 God-of-the-Angel-Armies, listen:
    O God of Jacob, open your ears—I’m praying!
Look at our shields, glistening in the sun,
    our faces, shining with your gracious anointing.
10-12 One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship,
    beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches.
I’d rather scrub floors in the house of my God
    than be honored as a guest in the palace of sin.
All sunshine and sovereign is God,
    generous in gifts and glory.
He doesn’t scrimp with his traveling companions.
    It’s smooth sailing all the way with God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
       Psalm 84 (The Message)

“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”
         United Church of Christ

Grace & peace,
Pastor Paul

Community Food Pantry Donations. This Sunday is the first Sunday of the month. 
It 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 Hygiene Products

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

Neighbors in Need Special Offering 
In 2022, the Neighbors in Need “BEHOLD!” offering focuses on an economic justice. With inflation impacting all of our households, we wanted to provide a way to discuss this through a faith lens. Join us by promoting this year’s NIN “Behold!” campaign at your church. As you may recall, one-third of the offering supports Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds are used by Justice and Witness Ministries to provide grants to UCC churches and organizations as well as supporting a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. We will collect this offering on October 2.Stewardship Committee for 2023
 Lois and Jeanne are looking for a few volunteers to join the

Stewardship committee for 2023
 
This is a very short term commitment in the next month or two to come together to plan a Stewardship letter, working on the mailings, etc. 
 
If you would like to assist, contact Lois Knight either by phone (829-6164) or e-mail – Lknight52@nyccucc

 SEPTEMBER’S  NYCC STREET MINISTRY
 We tried something new and it worked really, really well! Because several folks gave us a cash donation, or bought 50 bag of chips, we were able to build 24 lunches, (we were doing 12) to take to Portland on Mon. Sept. 26th. But the good news is that we asked folks to help after church on Sunday to make sandwiches, and fix up the bags of grapes and you did! In no time we had lunches ready to go. Thank you so much for being a part of this outreach NYCC does each month. We wish you could experience the most rewarding part and that is the extreme gratitude with which the lunches are received. The thank you’s or the blessings we receive are amazing and very heartfelt.  C/J

Stay tuned for when clothing, or other necessities, etc.  may become a part of our mission. Other folks taking the lead on this would be wonderful.  

CLUTTERED KITCHEN
We have a situation at NYCC that we should try to correct. Everyone has a “junk” drawer in their house. Right? Well our church apparently has an entire “junk room”, and unfortunately it is the kitchen. The kitchen isn’t used nearly as much today as it was pre-pandemic when, because it was so busy it tended to be kept in decent order. Today, however, the corners, the dishwasher, the counters, the shelves….you get my drift……are on overload with “junk”. Or if it isn’t junk, it belongs someplace else. In short, please help this situation by washing and putting away anything you use, clean the counters, but most of all don’t just leave it for someone else to put away or find the place it belongs (Yes, you can put damp dishes and silverware where they belong).

News from Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals
The Women’s Fellowship/Tuesday Gals will hold the Christmas fair on Saturday, November 19th, following any CDC guidelines in effect at that time.We will need workers – Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.  Help setting up on fair day, day of fair work, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.  There will be an in-person meeting on Saturday, October 16th at 10:00 am for those who can help.  If you cannot come or don’t want to meet in person at this time, please let Kathy(254-7509, kwhit119@yahoo.com or Gail (207-450-1612, gail.strattard@maine.rr.com) know. We hope you will help us make this fair a success.  Proceeds from the fair go to Women’s Fellowship and are used for church and benevolence purposes. Are folks thinking about how they can contribute to Santa’s workshop?  Before, during and after?  We need crafts, baked goods, candy, cookies; plants.. help setting up, giving workers breaks during and help cleaning up.

Jewelry Request for the Christmas Fair
Are you sure of what’s in your jewelry box or drawer?  Got some items to go with a particular outfit and that’s no longer in your closet?  Tuesday Gals would adore having the items for our guests at the Santa’s Workshop fair.  What about lapel pins, rings, tie tacks, chains for men?  Please bring your items to Lyn in the church office.  Or stop in and chat with Tuesday Gals; we are in the Fellowship Hall starting at 10:00 am. Of course, we’d enjoy seeing you and maybe you’d like a cup of coffee.  Think of the jewelry as getting a new life!!Church Building Re-KeyedThe re-keying project has been completed.  All doors except the pastor’s door and the daycare door have been re-keyed.  All Committee Chairs have been issued a new key.  If you have not picked yours up yet, it will be in your mailbox at the church.  The office is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30-12:00 noon to pick up your key or get lock box instructions.  If you will be using the new lockbox that is now installed.  You can contact Lyn for Instructions at 829-3644 or 615-1650 if it is not during office hours.The “key” to this project is to get a list of names of all of those who now have a new key, and a list of names of those who have the combination to the lockbox.  If you have any questions or concerns please let the office know at 829-3644 or nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com

Continuing Meetings 

October 4 – Diaconate at 6:30 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89733746228?pwd=WW5OeGJLUXE1MnZpMkM4TlpkaGNLUT09

October 10 – Faith Formation Meeting following worship.

October 11 – Trustees at 6:00 pm –  In person

October 17  – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
The link will be sent to members of the Missions Committee one week prior to the meeting

October 20  – Council at 6:30 pm – In Person

Choir Rehearsal – Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday Morning at 8:30 am in the Sanctuary

Tuesday Gals meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall.

Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of the month at 7:30 am at Toddy Brook

Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 am.
If you have any questions contact Annie Graham at 207-712-8253

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Kris Perkins and Cathy Bunton

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

Weekly News for September 21




Join us for Worship! We are worshiping in person on Sundays at 9:30 am.  For those who wish to join us online 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

Masks Optional
Masks are now optional in the church building as transmission rates in Cumberland County have decreased. Please use your own judgement regarding wearing one.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall.

CONVERSATION !!!    COFFEE !!   PACKING LUNCHES ????
Join us for a time of conversation, coffee and assembling lunches for our Portland friends this coming Sunday after church. It is an opportunity for us to help put the lunches together and just enjoy being/working with church friends for a short time.  Everything needed for the lunches will be there. In other words just bring yourself.  Don’t feel like building lunches?  You can do some heavy looking on !

Jewelry Request for the Christmas Fair
Are you sure of what’s in your jewelry box or drawer?  Got some items to go with a particular outfit and that’s no longer in your closet?  Tuesday Gals would adore having the items for our guests at the Santa’s Workshop fair.  What about lapel pins, rings, tie tacks, chains for men?  Please bring your items to Lyn in the church office.  Or stop in and chat with Tuesday Gals; we are in the Fellowship Hall starting at 10:00 am. Of course, we’d enjoy seeing you and maybe you’d like a cup of coffee.  Think of the jewelry as getting a new life!!

Church Building Re-Keyed
The re-keying project has been completed.  All doors except the pastor’s door and the daycare door have been re-keyed.  All Committee Chairs have been issued a new key.  If you have not picked yours up yet, it will be in your mailbox at the church.  The office is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30-12:00 noon to pick up your key or get lock box instructions.  If you will be using the new lockbox that is now installed.  You can contact Lyn for Instructions at 829-3644 or 615-1650 if it is not during office hours.The “key” to this project is to get a list of names of all of those who now have a new key, and a list of names of those who have the combination to the lockbox.  If you have any questions or concerns please let the office know at 829-3644 or nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com


Neighbors in Need Special Offering 
In 2022, the Neighbors in Need “BEHOLD!” offering focuses on an economic justice. With inflation impacting all of our households, we wanted to provide a way to discuss this through a faith lens. Join us by promoting this year’s NIN “Behold!” campaign at your church. As you may recall, one-third of the offering supports Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds are used by Justice and Witness Ministries to provide grants to UCC churches and organizations as well as supporting a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. We will collect this offering on October 2.

Continuing Meetings 

October 4 – Diaconate at 6:30 pm – Via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89733746228?pwd=WW5OeGJLUXE1MnZpMkM4TlpkaGNLUT09

October 10 – Faith Formation Meeting following worship.

October 11 – Trustees at 6:00 pm –  In person

October 17  – Missions at 7:00 pm – Via Zoom
The link will be sent to members of the Missions Committee one week prior to the meeting

October 20  – Council at 6:30 pm – In Person

Choir Rehearsal – Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday Morning at 8:30 am in the Sanctuary

Tuesday Gals meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall.

Men’s Club meets on the third Saturday of the month at 7:30 am at Toddy Brook

Pet Place Pantry is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 am.

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Dot Hayward Blanche Mays
Kris Perkins and Cathy Bunton

Community Food Pantry Donations. 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 Hygiene Products

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

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