Early Service @ 8 am

Our 8:00 a.m. worship service in the Parlor began today.  This service is an informal gathering with a different leader and topic such as song, reflection, Bible study, prayer and discussionAs of this date, the following dates are open:  July 29, August 19 and Sept. 2.  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 give Gloria a call in the church office @ 860-536-7129.

Lay Readers for 10 am Worship Service

We are in need of lay readers for the 10:00 am worship service for July 22 and August 26.  Please sign your name on the sign-up sheet located on the table in the Narthex for the Sunday that you would be available.

Vacation Bible School at Noank Baptist Church – August 6-10

Vacation Bible School at NBC will be held each day from 9 am to noon for ages 4-12.  The title of the VBS is Rolling River Rampage and 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 noankbaptistchurch.org.  Space is limited – Register NOW!  Youth and adults are invited to experience the river ride also.  Volunteers needed!  Contact Sue if you can help.

Summer Friendship Gatherings, Through 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, contact Sue Robinson.

Summer Break for the Sunday Adult Discussion Group

The Sunday morning adult discussion group with Frank Murdock will be on hiatus from July 8 until September.  In September, the subject of the discussions will be Church on a Mission and Facing Life Challenges.  Additional information will be available in September.

Hospitality and Helpers

We will be having Memorial service receptions on July 11 and July 14.  Donations of baked goods would be appreciated so we can provide the refreshments.  Cookies, brownies and other goodies may be left in the freezer in the kitchen.  In addition, donations of the same items are also appreciated for the Fellowship Hour after each worship.

Gardeners, Start Planning Ahead!!

Your help is needed while planning for the annual Holiday Bazaar.  When you pick fruit or vegetables from your garden, pick some extra for the church bazaar, especially cucumbers that be made into pickles and also fruit that can bemade into jellies and jams.  If you have any jars that you purchased last year at the bazaar, please return them to the church office.  All jar and produce donations help defray the cost of jellies and pickles.  You can contact Jane Templeton at 860-691-2004 if you have any questions.  Thanks in advance.

The Corner Closet if Back!!!!!

The Corner Closet had their Grand Reopening on Saturday, June 30.  Their new store hours are Wed., Fri. & Sat. from 10 am to 1 pm.

Donations are always welcome and can be left at the Corner Closet during store hours.  See you there!!

Please Help Fill Groton’s Food Locker

The food locker is available year round to help Groton households in need of emergency food, especially now that summer is here and the children are not in school.  Suggested donations include:  canned fruit and vegetables, pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna and chicken, macaroni and cheese, soup, baked beans, rice and instant potatoes.  Donations can either be brought to the church Narthex (blue bin) or Groton Human Services at 2 Fort Hill Road, Groton.  If you have fresh vegetables from your garden that you are willing to donate, bring them directly to Groton Human Services.

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.

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 @ Jennifer@thepnc.org. 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 www.startfreshct.org.

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.

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.

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.