Community Easter Craft Night, April 2

On Tuesday, April 2 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Vestry, we will gather for our annual craft night that includes crafts for all ages from 3-18!  Snacks and beverages will be provided for a fun night.  The admission is free, and so are the crafts.  Bring your children, grandchildren, step-children and your neighbor’s children!  If you have any question, please contact Susan Robinson at 860-536-7129, ext. 306.

Tuesday Night Bible Study in the Parlor

The theme of the Tuesday Night Bible Study group will be “Entering the Passion of Jesus”.  With the insights of Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University Jewish New Testament scholar, Pastor Hayes will lead a discussion exploring the stories of the Passion from the vantage of Jewish teachings and tradition.  Each session will include a DVD introduction by Prof. Levine, followed by a guided discussion of each text.  We will meet each Tuesday through April 16.  Come to a fascinating study of Christian Texts through Jewish eyes.

NOTE: The first week of April, the class will meet on Thursday, April 4th instead of Tuesday.

Service of Remembrance and Unity, Wednesday, April 3

You are invited to join with the Norwich Area Clergy on Wednesday, April 3 at 6:00 pm as members of the New London and Norwich communities will gather in the David Ruggles Memorial Courtyard in front of City Hall, 100 Broadway, Norwich to honor and remember the victims of the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  The theme will be “Because God is One – We Stand as One”.  There will be speakers from the Norwich and New London Islamic communities, government officials and other Faith Traditions.  Please join us as we stand as one together.  (In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in City Hall). 

Open House for Day Nursery School

An Open House will take place on Thursday, April 4 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.  Please stop in to meet our new Head Teacher for the 2019-2020 school year, Allison Zyrlis, and experience what has made our school so special for over 56 years.

2019 MAEC Choir Festival, April 7

This year’s Choir Festival will be held on Sunday, April 7 @ 4 pm at Union Baptist Church.  This year’s festival is the 51st festival and will include choirs of children, youth and adults.  We are thrilled to have composer, conductor and educator, Cristi Cary Miller of Oklahoma City, OK to lead our festival this year.  The success of this concert relies on support from local MAEC church members like you.  If you would like to help support this event, please take a donor sheet from the table in the Narthex, fill it out, along with a check made payable to MAEC, and mail it to Robin Crandall at Union Baptist Church, 119 High Street, Mystic CT 06355.

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 x 306.

Good Friday Walk, April 19

MAEC supports the Good Friday Walk.  Walkers will register at Mystic Congregational Church from 7-9 am and will return to the church by noon.  The purpose of this scenic seven-mile walk is to raise funds by obtaining pledges.  The money collected supports programs of Sharing, Inc. and also local food centers and shelters.  Sponsor forms are available on the table in the Narthex.  Please get as many pledges as you can and return the form the day of the Walk.

Art Exhibit in Parlor, Sunday May 5 – Let’s Build Bridges”

Calling all church members to consider sharing a work of art for a new exhibit in Gallery 175 scheduled to open on Sunday, May 5, based on the theme “Let’s Build Bridges”.  Our show will center on connections we have made with people of other cultures.  Do you have photographs of a place and people you have visited somewhere beyond this country, or a work of art which was created by a person in another part of our world, or perhaps a painting you have done during your travels abroad?  We would love to share your experience with others in our church community.  If you are interested in submitting an art work, please sign up on the roster sheet in the Narthex.  The deadline to SIGN UP is Easter Sunday, April 21.  This show is open to all generations, all ages of experience.  Each art work should be framed and ready to hang.  If you have any questions, please contact Posy Webber at 203-564-6011 or 860-245-2338.

The 2nd Annual NBC Music Fest, Friday, May 10 @ 7 pm

Following the great success of the special May 2018 NBC Anniversary concert (which featured the deep talent pool of NBC musicians in a wonderful concert of wide-ranging music), and due to popular request, a new NBC tradition has begun!  Do you have a special song or piece that might be featured?  Let Rick know by April 10 (rewyman@sbcglobal.net).  Thanks to an anonymous gift, the roster of performers for this year's concert will include special guest artist-- organ and piano virtuoso Simon Holt!

ABCCONN Annual Gathering

The 195th ABCCONN Annual Gathering will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at First Baptist Church, 460 Broad Street, Meriden, CT.  The theme of the Gathering is Come Let Us Worship and Bow Down.  The event is designed as an experience of worship – we will worship and bow down before the God who calls us to gather, to work, to minister, but above all to worship.  The cost is $20 per adult until April 12; $30 per adult after April 12; $12 per child, ages 5-12; children under 5 are free.  For additional information, go to abcconn.org.

Credo:  This I Believe Series, Sunday, April 7th

The series entitled “This I Believe” will resume On Sunday, April 7th at 7:00 pm in the Parlor.  This will consist of listening and responding to two or three essays, which offer a lively discussion of interesting topics of all types.  Each “credo” is insightful and thought-provoking.  These spoken “credos” come from the archives of NPR over the past 60 years, involving the reflections of celebrities, notable leaders, and average people.  All are welcome to join us on the second Sunday evening of each month through May.

Flowers During Lent

During Lent (beginning March 10) members of the Flower Committee will create a special arrangement for the season, so no extra flowers will be needed during this time.  Dates are available after Easter.

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.

Caring About Environmental Racial Justice

Mystic Area Ecumenical Council (MAEC) invites you to attend a presentation by Terri Eickel, Executive Director and Founder of Interreligious Eco-Justice Network (IREJN) on Sunday, February 24 from 3-4:30 pm @ Mystic Congregational Church.  IREJN’s mission is to inspire and empower religious communities in Connecticut to be faithful stewards of Earth.  All are welcome – light refreshments will be served.

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.

175th Anniversary Directory and History Update

The final photos have been taken and the directory is in the process of layout and editing.  Thank you for participating in this project which will result in a useful resource for our church.  We hope to have the directories available by mid-February once all the final edits are completed.

   The 175th accounting of our church history is also nearing its completion with final writing and editing.  We hope to complete it soon after New Year’s and have it ready for printing, perhaps even later in the month of January.  Thanks to Bonnie Banks and Tim Bates for taking the lead on these projects.

Lay Readers

We are in need of lay readers from January 20 and through the spring and summer months.  Please sign up on the Lay Worship Leader Sign-Up Sheet located on the table in the Narthex.

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.