Church World Service Blanket Sundays, Today, May 5 and May 12

Celebrate Mother’s Day by purchasing a Mother’s Day card for your mother, sister, aunt or friend that will also provide a blanket for families in the United States and around the world.  There are two kinds of blankets that are sent; a wool one for colder climates and a lightweight one for warmer climates.  Both will be on display in the Narthex.  Mother’s Day cards will be available today, May 5 and May 12 before and after worship service.  For only $5, you can give a blanket that can provide warmth and shelter, comfort, privacy, healing and hope wherever God’s people may need care.

Graduates for 2019

High School and college graduations are almost here for another year.  If you know of any graduates, please contact Gloria in the church office by email admin@noankbaptistchurch.org or at 860-536-7129.  Please indicate which high school, college or other education program, as well as information pertaining to the degrees earned, and employment.

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!  Come and enjoy the many talents of our congregation - they are a talented group.  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!

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.

Noank Rowing Club Pasta Supper

The Noank Rowing Club will be holding a pasta supper on Friday, May 3 from 5-6:30 pm in the church vestry.  There will be four sauces to choose from, salad bar, dessert and beverage.  The cost will be $9 (adults); $5 (12 years) & free (under 3 years).  The Noank Rowing Club (NRC) is a non-profit community organization for all ages and abilities based out of Spicer Park on Beebe Cove in Noank.  Throughout the year, NRC provides opportunities for both youth and adults to row, learning the best techniques, as well as to race competitively.

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.

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

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

A new exhibit in Gallery 175 is 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.  We will feature photographs or artwork of a place and people somewhere beyond this country or perhaps a painting during travels abroad.  If you have any questions, please contact Posy Webber at 203-564-6011 or 860-245-2338.

Chili Cook Off, Sunday, May 19

A chili cook off is being planned for Sunday, May 19 after worship service.  We are asking that members of the congregation bring their favorite chili made with meat, chicken or vegetables.  Southwest casseroles or salads, cornbread and desserts are also welcome.  There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex.  If you have any questions, please contact Deb Garmon at 860-449-8708.

Tag Sale at Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church, May 3 & 4 from 9 am to 2 pm

PBBC will be having their annual tag sale on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 (Bake Sale on Saturday only).  The tag sale will take place between 9 am and 2 pm.  There will be two floors of “treasures” to purchase.  There will be antiques, furniture, art, books, music & movies (CD & VCR), garden and kitchen tools, glassware, clothes, shoes, jewelry and crafts. 

Mystic River Chorale, Sunday, May 5

Join Mystic River Chorale for their 35th season of wonderful music on Sunday, May 5 at 3:30 pm at St. Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church, 69 Groton Long Point Road, Groton.  Hear the rarely-performed Easter and “Pentecost” portions of Handel’s Messiah, Parts II and III with the Mystic River Chorale & Orchestra.  Tickets are $25 (adults); $20 (seniors/military); $15 (students).  To purchase tickets, call 860-460-1487 or visit www.mysticriverchorale.org

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.

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.

Credo:  This I Believe Series, Sunday, May 5th

The series entitled “This I Believe” will resume On Sunday, May 5th 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.

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.

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.

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.