One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, 2019

Everywhere we turn, it seems there are communities in conflict and chaos around our world.  We hear of families being separated from their homes or each other because of disasters.  Maybe it is because of a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, or because of wars and political turmoil in Syria and East Africa, or because of violence in Central America.  Daily we hear of such needs and our hearts pull us toward God.

The offering will be received today during communion.  Offering envelopes have been sent with the June Newsletter and will also be available in the pew racks during the month of June.

Summer Worship Schedule 2019

Early Service @ 8 am – Our 8:00 am worship service in the Parlor will begin on June 23.  This service is an informal gathering with a different leader and topic such as song, reflection, Bible study, prayer and discussion.  If you are interested in leading one of these services, please sign your name and topic on the sign-up sheet that is available on the table in the Narthex or call Gloria in the church office at 860-536-7129.

Traditional Service @ 10 am – Our traditional service will be held, as usual, in the Sanctuary with Pastor Hayes or guests preaching and a variety of musical talent.

Fellowship Hour @ 11 am – An hour of fellowship will take place in the Parlor after worship service.  Please join us for coffee, tea and conversation.

History of Noank Baptist Church

The history of NBC has been completed and printed.  If you would like a copy of this wonderful and informative history, they are available on the card table in the Narthex. 

Summer Friendship Gatherings, June 16-July 28

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, nieces,  nephews, grandchildren, 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.  They won’t be disappointed!  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 class or volunteer in the Gatherings, contact Sue Robinson.

Congratulations to Sophie!

Congratulations to Sophie G. who won her division in trampoline in the Eastern U.S. Regionals in the 12-year-old age bracket.  This, in effect, makes her a national champion!

“Art on the Groton Bank”

Susan MacKay and her mom, Eunice Schaub, will be exhibiting their art in “Art on the Groton Bank” on June 8 from 10-4 on the grounds of the Bill Memorial Library.

Fellowship Hour

We are looking for a volunteer willing to help with our post-worship Fellowship Hour.  After the service each Sunday, drinks and snacks are served in the Parlor.  We have a host for each Sunday, but because of the departure of Deb Garmon, we are seeking a new host to cover the Second Sunday of each month.  The task is making drinks (which are provided) and supplying refreshments (many are left in the freezer downstairs in the church kitchen).  If you have questions or are interested, please contact Betsey Goetsch at 860-235-2729.

Honoring our Graduates for 2019

David Templeton – in May, David earned his Master of Engineering in aerospace engineering from Purdue University.  David is the son of John and Jane Templeton.

Heather Harris – in May, Heather graduated from Fitchburg State University and received a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Wilson Reading and Special Education.

Camp Wightman 2019

This is the time to register for summer camp at Camp Wightman.  Noank Baptist Church supports Camp Wightman and can assist families to offset the price of the programs.  Program descriptions and registration forms can be found online at campwightman.org.  If you have questions about Camp Wightman, need assistance with registration, or need more information about NBC camp please contact Sue at 860-536-7129.

Vacation Bible School, Aug. 5-9

Our theme this year is Bible Blast to the Past.  This year your kids will be on an amazing time-travel journey to experience stories that show the REAL love of God.  Kids’ lives will be changed and they will be inspired to courageously change lives around them.  VBS fills up quickly, so register online NOW at noankbaptistchurch.org under the heading Our Ministries.

Holiday Bazaar is only 5 Months Away

With spring FINALLY here, we will be looking forward to planting vegetables and herbs for the Holiday Bazaar.  We are always looking for cucumbers to make pickles and also fruit to be made into jelly/jam.  When picking fruit or vegetables for yourself, pick a little extra for the church bazaar.  Don’t forget to scour yard sales for “cheap” jelly and pint canning jars, and if you have some jars that you purchased at the bazaar last year, please return them to the church office.  All jars and produce donations help defray the cost of jellies and pickles.  We are especially asking for quart size old style canning jars which use clips and rubber rings.  If you have any questions, please contact Jane Templeton at 860-691-2004.

Lay Readers Needed

We need lay readers for May 12 & 26 and the summer months.  If you can help, please sign your name on the sign-up sheet located on the table in the Narthex.

Noank Community Support Services

On Saturday, May 4, NCSS will be holding its annual Kentucky Derby Gala Fundraiser at the Mystic Museum of Art to support the mission of NCSS.  There will be live music; lawn games; live stream of the Derby; beer, wine & cocktails; hors d’oeuvres; and silent auction.  Tickets are available for $60 in advance or $70 at the door per person.  For additional information, visit noankcss.org.

Meals for Cal Robertson

We are looking for volunteers to make a meal for about 8 people at St. Francis House.  We especially need volunteers for March 6 & 13.  If you are interested, please sign up on the sheet on the table in the Narthex.  If you have any questions, please contact Betsey Goetsch @ 860-235-2729.

Groton Community Meals – Groton Senior Center

Food and friendship is available on Mondays 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.

175th Anniversary Archivists Find Old Films of NBC

Some old church videos have been unearthed and are being transferred to digital format.  We are hoping to have a Movie Night at some point in the future, so if you have any videos (weddings, baptisms, concerts, VBS) you would like to add, please contact Bonnie Banks as soon as possible.

Hats for Hope Project

This is our 9th year of the Hats for Hope Project and we are still in need of hats so we can distribute them to the Cancer Society, homeless shelters, W.A.R.M., community kitchens, children’s hospitals and various schools to be given to children who are in need of a warm hat.  We distribute between 300-400 hats each year.  We need your help again to replenish our stock.  The hats can be knotted or crocheted and can be made for both adults and children.  If you can help, please contact Sandy Mansfield at 860-445-6208.

Storm Closings

In the rare event of cancellation of Sunday services or a church-wide activity due to weather conditions, notice is included in the storm closing and broadcast on Channels 3, 8 and 30.  In any case of inclement weather, all are encouraged to use the own judgment.

Fellowship Hour

The hostesses of the Fellowship Hour are asking for your help with refreshments.  The hostesses are:  

1st Sunday-Betsey Goetsch

2nd Sunday-Deb Garmon

3rd Sunday-Sandy Mansfield

4th Sunday-Meredith Jannusch