One Great Hour of Sharing 2018

The theme for the OGHS 2018 offering is “More than we can imagine”.  Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine.   Ephesians 3:20.

For many, 2017 was an apocalyptic year filled with unbelievable hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, floods and violence.  In early February OGHS give over $2 million to help the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and mudslides and fires in California.  You have done well to one another and to all with your contributions.  Your OGHS gifts are living testimony to this.  Let us continue to be strengthened in the knowledge that God is able to “accomplish abundantly more than we can ask or imagine”.

As you can see, there are many needs to be met.  Please respond as you are able.  The offering will be received during communion today.  Offering envelopes are available in the pew racks and on the table in the Narthex during the month of June.

Vacation Bible School 2018

Rolling River Rampage invites children on a white-water adventure to experience the ride of a lifetime with God!  Along the river, children discover that life with God is an adventure full of wonder and surprise and that they can trust God to be with them through anything.  Registration forms are available on the table in the Narthex and on the church website under the heading OUR MINISTRIES.  Space is limited – Register NOW!

Children’s Sunday, June 10 @ 10:00 am

Children’s Sunday is always one of the highlights of our year, as the children of the church lead us in worship.  They bring what they have learned, what they have done, and all their songs of joy!  Even if your child or grandchild is not a part of the weekly program, come to support them and celebrate the children in our midst.  Join us after worship in the Vestry for a pizza party and friendship salad.  Everyone is invited to bring cut-up fruit to be added to one large bowl for the salad.  Rehearsal for Children’s Sunday will be TODAY after worship in the Sanctuary.

Summer Friendship Gatherings, June 17-July 29

We would like to invite the children in your lives to participate in a great opportunity to make new friends and grow in faith.  Bring your kids, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and out-of-town visiting kids for a short Bible story, crafts and games to our Summer Friendship Gathering for children K-4th grade.  Nursery care will be provided for children up to four years of age in the Day Nursery School rooms.  If you would like to help with a Gatherings, contact Sue Robinson.

Honoring Our Graduates

Lizzie Lewis – will be graduating from Fitch High School with high honors and will receive an International Baccalaureate diploma.  She will be attending Loyola University in the fall.

Skylar MacKay – will be graduating from Montville High School and will be attending Three River Community Collee in the fall.

Old Mystic Baptist Church Closing Celebration, June 24

Everyone is invited to celebrate the history and ministry of OMBC at the church’s final service on Sunday, June 24 at 4:00 pm.  OMBC was the first Baptist Church founded in CT, established in 1705 as the First Baptist Church in Groton.  It held its last worship in February and June 24 will be the formal closing.  A reception will follow.  All are welcome.

Tom Jennerwein’s Art Show, June 12-16

Tom Jennerwein will be a contributing pleine aire painter during the week of June 12-16 on the grounds of the Mystic Seaport and surrounding areas.  A show and reception will follow on Saturday, June 16 from 5:30-7 to view Tom’s paintings, as well as other artists who will be participating that week.  Tom will also be the artist in residence at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, R.I. on July 7 and 8 and will be demonstrating the art of watercolors.  All are welcome!

House & Garden Tour in Noank Village, June 30, 10am-4pm

The House & Garden Tour will provide the opportunity for the public to visit a number of the most fascinating houses and beautiful gardens in our part of CT.  The tour will feature 14 houses and gardens, plus NBC and its gardens, with a special exhibition of paintings of these sites being shown at the Main Street House.  On Friday, June 29, there will be a reception for “Sponsors” of the tour at 8 Front Street.  A special ticket is required for this reception.  Tickets for the Tour are $25.  Tickets for the “Sponsor” receptions are $40 and also include access to the House & Garden Tour.  Tickets will be available beginning Memorial Day weekend at Bank Square Books and Mystical Toys in downtown Mystic and Carsons in Noank.

Tree of Life Homecoming – Saturday, June 16 at 4:00 pm

Join our friends at the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme for an afternoon of hearing of the Tree of Life Journey experiences to Israel and Palestine, as well as from Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, former Yale professor and now distinguished professor at Bethlehem University and founder of the Palestine Museum of Natural History (we hosted Prof. Qumsiyeh here at Noank a few years ago for a lecture).  Music, delicious food, and a silent auction of items from Palestine will fill out the program for the day. Space is limited, so RSVP to by June 1.

2018 Connecticut Early Music Festival

The 36th season of the Festival (beginning Friday, June 8) will be held at Evans Hall, Connecticut College beginning Friday, June 8 and continue throughout  the month of June.  This season, all seating is General Admission, i.e. no reserved seating.  Tickets are $40; for students with a valid ID $12.  Additional information can be found in the June Newsletter.

Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Wish List


The PNC is asking for your help with replenishing their food pantry.  They are low on the following items:  pineapple, soups (chicken, beef, vegetable), chili, jelly, macaroni & cheese, pasta noodles.  Their daily living closet is always in need of laundry detergent and dish soap.   Please contact Jennifer @ with questions.

Start Fresh Volunteer Meetup

Volunteers are needed to welcome new families from Afghanistan this year.  The first is expected soon.  Active recruitment is underway to assemble a team of several volunteers to prepare for their arrival, welcome them to New London, and provide ongoing help as they transition to life in their new community.  The work is divided into two general areas (1) preparing for arrival and (2) ongoing activity.  To learn how you can help welcome a refugee family, please attend a Thursday evening volunteer meetup which is held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at St. James Episcopal Church, 76 Federal Street, New London.  For additional information about Start Fresh, go to

175th Anniversary Community Service Challenge


Part of the 175th Anniversary celebration consists of the Community Service Challenge.  The goal is to have 175 individuals participate.  Please consider volunteering for Habitat for Humanity or a soup kitchen, donating to a food pantry, participating in a fundraising walk/run/bike ride, knitting hats for those in need, donating clothing, coats, etc.  Don’t forget to log your volunteer activities into the 175th Challenge Log Book in the Narthex.  Have you seen the Progress Chart on the wall just past the doors to the Sanctuary?  Thanks to Meredith Jannusch (Nora Andrews’ daughter) for creating this meaningful way to measure our progress. 

Art Show in the Parlor

Come see our new art show about old Noank Baptist Church!  We have turned the Parlor into Gallery One Seventy-Five where you will see art, photos and artifacts from both distant and recent history of our church.  This exhibit emphasizes the character of our congregation through the years, as we reflect on our heritage as a loving and welcoming church community.

Come and enjoy the wonderful assortment of mementos that depict the character of the congregation here at NBC.  You can come at any time during the week and browse at your leisure.

Camp Wightman – Summer Camp

It is time to register for summer camp!  NBC supports Camp Wightman and can assist families to offset the price of the programs.  If you are sending your child to camp, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible.  Space is limited and many programs sell out quickly.  Please complete your registration form online at and send a copy to the church office.  If you have questions about Camp Wightman, need assistance with registration, or want more information about NBC camp scholarships, please call the church office at 860-536-7129 or contact Sue Robinson at

Lay Readers Needed


Lay readers are needed for the entire year.  If you are interested in being a lay reader for a particular Sunday, please sign your name on the Lay Reader sign-up sheet located on the table in the Narthex. 

Sunday Worship Chancel Flowers

Chancel flowers are always valued in our times of worship.  We invite you to sign up for available Sundays on the listing in the outer office bulletin board.  A donation of $25 toward the cost is much appreciated.  Please make your check payable to “Noank Baptist Church” with “flower fund” in the memo line.  You can slip the check into the brass slot on the office door, place it in the Sunday worship collection plate, or send it via USPS.

During Lent (beginning Feb. 18), members of the Flower Committee will create a special arrangement for the season, so no extra flowers will be needed during this.  Dates are available in April. outer office.

Groton Community Meals – Groton Senior Center

Food and friendship is available on Mondays every month at the Groton Senior Center from 6-7 pm.  This program operates year-round, is free and welcome to everyone.  Transportation is available, by reservation only, for a fee of $2 by calling 860-441-6785.  If you have any questions about the meal program, call 860-444-6760. Groton Community Meals is also asking for your help with a “Wish List” of items that they use on a regular basis:  tea bags, coffee, cold drink mixes, and other household items.  Please find the “wish list” on the bulletin board in the Narthex.  If you can help, please take the items to the Groton Human Services, Fort Hill Road, Groton.