Annual Meeting, Sun. January 27 @ 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.  Annual Reports are due into the church office by Tuesday, January 15.

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.

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 the winter months.  If you are interested, please contact Betsey Goetsch @ 860-235-2729.

Epiphany Celebration @ the Pratt’s, January 6

Nancy and Jim Pratt invite everyone to an Epiphany Celebration at their home at 15 Church Street, Noank from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Epiphany Day, Sunday, January 6.  They will still have their huge collection of crèches and Christmas decorations on display gathered from all over the world.  These include many representations of the Wise men, or Magi, who arrived on the day called “Epiphany”.  Some of these have been created by members of our congregation.

Credo:  This I Believe Series

The series entitled “This I Believe” will resume at 7:00 pm on Sunday, January 13 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.

175th Anniversary Archivers 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.

“Soup”er Bowl Sunday

The children of the church are once again collecting cans of soup January 20 through January 27.  There will be a box available in the Narthex closer to those dates for your convenience.  The soup will be distributed to the Groton Food Locker.

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.

Mystic River Chorale 35th Season Begins Sunday, January 20

Sunday, January 20 @ 3:00 pmBeatitude Mass: For the Homeless will be performed at Harkness Chapel at Connecticut College with the Mystic River Chorale & Orchestra.  To purchase tickets, call 860-460-1487 or visit www.mysticriverchorale.org.  Tickets are adults-$25; seniors-$20; students-$15.

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.

New Art Show in the Parlor for December

We have celebrated the past of Noank Baptist Church this year.  Now it is time to look to our future.  The art show in Gallery 175 features art which honors activities and faith of our young people.  Our new exhibit entitled “Hope, Love, Peace and Joy”will be open today and throughout the winter months.  

Love recognizes no barriers.  It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.– Maya Angelou

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

Main Street House

The staff at Main Street House is asking for donations of twin bed sheets, blankets and towels for the youth at the Main Street House. There is a box available in the Chapel for your convenience. 

Crop Walk

Thanks to all who walked, or sponsored walkers, in the CROP Walk representing Noank Baptist Church.  We raised $900 for Church World Services to help with hunger in the world.

Corner Closet

Is it time to replenish your fall and winter clothing?  If so, stop into the Corner Closet to see what they have to offer.  Shop hours are Wed., Fri. & Sat. from 10 am to 1 pm. 

Help Leah Galouzis towards her trip to London

Leah is asking for your help in raising money for a trip to London with the marching band.She is asking for empty bottles and cans to recycle.The trip will be take place during the school break over Christmas and New Years and the cost is $3,500, so that means a LOT of bottles and cans.There is a container available in the Narthex for your convenience.