2018 marks the 175th anniversary of Noank Baptist Church. A small core committee has been formed to plan a celebration of this major milestone. One of our first tasks is to develop a logo to use in a variety of ways throughout the year. Please submit your ideas for an anniversary logo to Bonnie Banks at email@example.com no later than October 18.
Another urgent request is for high quality color photographs that could be used to create a 12-month 2018 photo calendar. Photos could be of the church or other areas around Noank that would be of interest to members of the church, as well as the community. Please submit photos either as a Jpeg attachment to an email to Bonnie or a good quality print that can be scanned and returned to you. If you have good quality black and white photos, especially old church photographs, we may be able to use those later so those are welcome at any time.
American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary, The Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer invites all congregations to donate generously to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) in response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Checks can be made out to Noank Baptist Church with a notation in the memo line of “OGHS-Puerto Rico”. 100% of donations go the relief efforts; 0% are retained for administrative costs.
Tuesday Night Bible Study with Pastor Hayes has been postponed until a future date.
Our support for this year’s annual mission offering will be split evenly between ABCUSA International Ministries and the Alliance Bridges of Hope Offering. Envelopes will be attached to the October newsletter and will also be available in the pew racks during the month of October. Your gifts to the World Mission Offering help to raise up, place and send new global servants and volunteers to reach and touch lives of Jesus around the world. They also help to fill gaps for those workers who have not yet reached their support goals, enabling crucial ministries to continue.
On Sunday, October 8 @ 7:00 pm in the Parlor, Pastor Hayes will once again be hosting an hour of listening to two or three essays, followed by discussion as we consider each “credo”. These essays are from the NPR program All Things Considered. They are insightful five-minute reflections which provoke thought and further deliberation. The group will meet on the second Sunday of each month until January with new contributions harvested from the NPR archives. Each evening will be unique, with participation not dependent on previous attendance. All are welcome.
Habitat for Humanity is still cleaning and renovating the house and grounds at 235 Yetter Road, Mystic. This project will continue until the home is completed, which will likely be in the late winter/early spring. Work days are each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:30 to 2:30. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these days, please contact Amanda Shanks at 860-442-7890 x 201.
We need Lay Readers for the months of October & November. Please sign up for any Sunday that you would be able to be Lay Reader on the sign-up sheet located on the card table in the Narthex.
An updated sign-up sheet is located on the card table in the Narthex. Please sign up if you can provide a meal for Cal, who is at St. Francis House. If you have any questions, please contact Gloria at 860-536-7129.
Here’s hoping that everyone had a safe and wonderful summer. However, we soon will be getting back into a routine here at NBC with the following:
Senior Choir – practice will begin on Thursdays @ 7:15 pm in the choir room. New members are welcome and veteran members are encouraged to return. If you are interested in joining our Senior Choir, please contact Erin Wyman at 860-287-1666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Choir – practice will begin on Sundays @ 11:15 am. We hope to see new faces this year. If you are a student in grades 3 to 12 and like to sing, we are looking forward to seeing you. Our choir rehearsals are each Sunday after worship and we sing in church every other Sunday. Erin Wyman is our choir director.
The Bible Study Group which is usually held each Wednesday morning @ 10 am at the Mystic River Homes Congregate, will not meet in September, but will resume on October 4.
The Prayer Shawl group will return on Tuesday, September 5. They will meet at 10:30 am in the Parlor. If you would like to join the group, just bring your needles and yarn.
Teachers, Miss Tina and Miss Gen, are preparing for the 2017-2018 school year. The first day of class will be Wednesday, September 13 @ 9:00 am. If you know of anyone who may be interested in enrolling their child for this school year, please contact Miss Tina at 860-536-7129
Tuesday Night Bible Study with Pastor Hayes will be held each Tuesday, beginning September 26, at 7:00 pm in the Vestry. The title of the Bible Study is Christianity at its Origins. Join Pastor Hayes in exploring Scripture, church tradition and history that may not be the beliefs or customs that characterized the earliest believers among the first generation living in Jerusalem and Palestine, as well as the role of Jesus’ own family in the formation of the movement that came to bear his name. All are welcome!
The topics for the Sunday, 11:15 am Adult Bible Discussion Group is as follows: May: Philip the Evangelist; June: The Spirit in the Old Testament; July: Book of Ezekiel; August: Managing Powerlessness
Remember to honor a loved one by purchasing flowers for the chancel on Sunday. There is a sign-up sheet in the outer office on the wall. Please indicate if it is in memory/honor/celebration of a person or persons and who the donor is. The cost of the flowers is $25. When making out your check, please indicate “Sunday Flowers” on the memo line.
Please visit our current art exhibit, “God In The Garden”, in the parlor to see our own community's creativity through works of art, poetry, collage and photographs.
The Noank Baptist Church Day Nursery School has been selected for the 2016 Best of Groton Award in the Preschool category. The Groton Award Program is an annual award program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Groton area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Groton Award Program and data provided by third parties.
The Groton Senior Center has made their kitchen available four evenings a month to offer the free meals program. Beginning June 6, the Groton Senior Center will serve meals on the first, second, fourth and fifth Monday of each month from 6-7 pm. Meals will be served on the third Monday at Faith Lutheran Church.
Come to the quiet! Set aside all your “doing” and make time for “being”. Join in the sacred circle of candlelight, chant, silence and prayer. Center yourself in the sacred. We will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7-7:30 pm in the chapel. All are welcome!