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 fund-raising walk/run/bike ride, knitting hats for those in need, donating clothing, coats, etc.  A logbook is available to tally names and activities and a chart to measure progress will be posted in the Narthex. 

“Soup”er Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4

The children of the church are once again collecting cans of soup from today thru February 4.  There will be a box available in the Narthex for your convenience.  The Soup will be distributed to the Groton Food Locker.  Generous donations in the past have made it possible for us to donate over 500 cans in 4 years.

French and Modern Masters Chamber Recital, Feb. 4 @ 2 pm

 

Joshua Thomas, saxophonist, a Conn-Selmer Artist and Principal Harpist, Megan Sesma, both with the United States Coast Guard Band, along with pianist Patrice Newman, will present a chamber recital entitled, French and Modern Masters at Noank Baptist Church on Sunday, February 4 at 2 pm.  The duo’s performance will feature a world premiere by American composer John Plant.

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. 

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 www.welovecamp.org by February 5 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, plese call the church office or contact Sue Robison at children-family@noankbaptistchurch.org.

Coats for New London Homeless Hospitality Center

 

We, at NBC, are still collecting winter coasts for adults and children to be distributed to the New London Homeless Hospitality Center.  We are asking for durable used winter coats.  There will be a box in the Narthex for you to drop off any coats that you may have.  We will take of cleaning, if necessary.  If you have any questions, please see Sandy Mansfield.

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.

CT Council for Interreligious Understanding, Today

 

Today @ 4:00 pm, The CT Council for Interreligious Understanding and the Most Reverend Leonard Blair, Archbishop of Hartford invite everyone to a gathering in good faith and good will to Love Thy Neighbor and Act for All Americans.  This event will be held at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford with a keynote address by Deacon Art Miller.  Join your neighbors of many faiths and cultures as we stand together to affirm the dignity of each and all of us.  Everyone is welcome in our country and at this event!!

Soup-A-Thon @ PBBC, Feb. 10

Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church is presenting their First Annual Soup-A-Thon on February 10 from 5-6:30 pm at 1241 Poquonnock Road, Groton.  This Soup-A-Thon will feature over 10 different kinds of soup, bread and dessert – all for $10.  For additional information, call 860-445-6126.

Start Fresh Kitchen Community Dinners

 

The community dinners features world cuisine with a Syrian emphasis specially prepared by refugee family members.  The dinners are a project of Start Fresh, Inc., St. David’s Episcopal Church and the Islamic Center of New London.  The cost is $25 per person.  The doors open at 6:00 pm and the meal is served at 6:30 pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 284 Stoddard’s Wharf Road, Gales Ferry.  The next meals will be available on February 12 and March 9.  To purchase tickets online, go to startfreshct.org/dinners or call 860-705-3902.  The proceeds benefit Start – The New London Area Refugee Settlement Team.

Nursery Caregiver

 

The Children and Family Ministry would like to announce that we have selected a new Nursery Caregiver.  Andra Davis has a BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Rhode Island.  Andra looks forward to serving NBC’s youngest children.  We invite you to visit the nursery to welcome Andra.

Bible Study with Mary Brodhead

 

Mary Brodhead will once again be hosting a Bible Study which will begin on January 10 at 10:00 am in the Chapel and every Wednesday thereafter.  The first meeting will include a discussion of possible themes for future meetings.  All are welcome to attend.

Credo: This I Believe Series

 

“This I Believe” will be held on Sunday, February 11 @ 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.

Support for Noank Baptist Church

 

As we enter this 175th anniversary year, our 2018 church budget needs a little more support!  If you have not sent in your pledge, please do so at your earliest convenience.  The budget is determined largely by the projected income from our supporters.  A pledge is a projected amount that you hope to give so that we can build the budget.  Without it, we are forced to make cuts to programs and expenses.  Please do your part to help maintain this ministry we share, so that we will have a strong year and a promising future.  We thank you for your generosity over the past year and we trust you will be faithful to the church in 2018.

Lost NBC Parade Float

Lost:  The 175th Anniversary Committee is looking for the parade float that was used years ago in the Noank Memorial Day parade so it can possibly be used during the 2018 celebration.  If anyone knows what might have happened to it, please contact Bonnie Banks or any of the committee members.

Mystic River Chorale, Sun. Jan. 14

Come join the Mystic River Chorale for its 34th Season on Sunday, January 14 @ 3 pm @ Harkness Chapel, Connecticut College.  They will perform Schubert Mass No. 4 in C Major & Haydn Te Deum in C.  Posy Webber and Mary Harris are part of the Chorale!  To purchase tickets, call 860-460-1487 or visit www.mysticriverchorale.org.  Their next concert will in the Spring at Mystic Congregational Church.

Annual Meeting, Sun. January 28 @ 11:15 am

We are welcoming another year with our Annual Business Meeting of the Noank Baptist church after worship service in the sanctuary.  We hope that it will be a convenient time for members to attend.  Soup and bread will be served in the Vestry after the meeting, so you won’t go hungry!  All are welcome to attend.  Annual Reports are due into the church office by Tuesday, January 16.