New NBC Pictorial Directory

Please add your face to the 2018 Church Directory!

As part of our 175th Anniversary Celebration we are updating the church pictorial directory.  It has been over 10 years since it was last updated so many changes have taken place.  Photography is scheduled to be done on November 6, 7, and 8 from 2 to 9 pm each day.  There is no cost to the church or to individuals for the directory and everyone will receive a free 8x10 photo when you have your picture taken for the directory.  The directory and photos are expected to be available by mid-December.  

Bonnie Banks can schedule your photo session starting Sunday, September 23, after church and then weekly throughout the month of October.  Please call Bonnie if you have questions (her number is available in the current directory).

Appointments also may be scheduled online. Please follow this link:

https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/yxj2r2q2/

Thank you for participating!

Corner Closet Bag SALE

Noank's Corner Closet Bag sale

Please come to find clothing bargains at the semi-annual BAG SALE
$5 a bag
Sale dates: Aug 22, 24, 25, 29, 31 and Sept 1

Store hours
We’d. , Fri., and Sat  10-1

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Meals for Cal Robertson

 

An updated sign-up sheet is located on the card table in the Narthex.  Please sign up if you can provide a meal for Cal, who is at St. Francis House.  If you have any questions, please contact Gloria at 860-536-7129.

Choir Practice

Here’s hoping that everyone had a safe and wonderful summer.  However, we soon will be getting back into a routine here at NBC with the following:

Senior Choir – practice will begin on Thursdays @ 7:15 pm in the choir room.  New members are welcome and veteran members are encouraged to return.  If you are interested in joining our Senior Choir, please contact Erin Wyman at 860-287-1666 or erinwyman@sbcglobal.net.

Youth Choir – practice will begin on Sundays @ 11:15 am.  We hope to see new faces this year.  If you are a student in grades 3 to 12 and like to sing, we are looking forward to seeing you.  Our choir rehearsals are each Sunday after worship and we sing in church every other Sunday.  Erin Wyman is our choir director.

Bible Study at MRHC

The Bible Study Group which is usually held each Wednesday morning @ 10 am at the Mystic River Homes Congregate, will not meet in September, but will resume on October 4.

Groton Community Meals

The Groton Senior Center has made their kitchen available four evenings a month to offer the free meals program.  Beginning June 6, the Groton Senior Center will serve meals on the first, second, fourth and fifth Monday of each month from 6-7 pm.  Meals will be served on the third Monday at Faith Lutheran Church.

Sacred Centering

Come to the quiet!  Set aside all your “doing” and make time for “being”.  Join in the sacred circle of candlelight, chant, silence and prayer.  Center yourself in the sacred.  We will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7-7:30 pm in the chapel.  All are welcome! 

Hats for Hope

Sandy Mansfield is asking for volunteers to knit or crochet hats.  Thisis the 6th year that we have distributed hats to the Cancer Society, hospitalsand various shelters.  We need hats for both adults and children.  If you can help or need additional information, please contact Sandy @ 860-445-6208.  She will supply you with the yarn and a pattern.  Also, we always need donations of yarn (no wool please).