There are still several calendars for sale. The price is $10 and can be purchased by either contacting Bonnie Banks or Gloria in the church office.
“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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
The deadline for submission of articles for the February newsletter will be Thursday, January 18. Please be prompt with your articles, since both the newsletter and annual report are being compiled at the same time. Folding of the newsletter will be held on Thursday, January 25.
If you would like to have an arrangement in honor/celebration/memory of a loved one for a particular Sunday, please fill out your information on the sign-up sheet located on the wall in the outer office. The suggested donation is $25. 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.
Tuesday Night Bible Study with Pastor Hayes has been postponed until a future date.
On Sunday, October 8 @ 7:00 pm in the Parlor, Pastor Hayes will once again be hosting an hour of listening to two or three essays, followed by discussion as we consider each “credo”. These essays are from the NPR program All Things Considered. They are insightful five-minute reflections which provoke thought and further deliberation. The group will meet on the second Sunday of each month until January with new contributions harvested from the NPR archives. Each evening will be unique, with participation not dependent on previous attendance. All are welcome.
Habitat for Humanity is still cleaning and renovating the house and grounds at 235 Yetter Road, Mystic. This project will continue until the home is completed, which will likely be in the late winter/early spring. Work days are each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:30 to 2:30. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these days, please contact Amanda Shanks at 860-442-7890 x 201.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
The Prayer Shawl group meets on Tuesdays at 10:30 am in the Parlor. Please join us.
Tuesday Night Bible Study with Pastor Hayes will be held each Tuesday, beginning September 26, at 7:00 pm in the Vestry. The title of the Bible Study is Christianity at its Origins. Join Pastor Hayes in exploring Scripture, church tradition and history that may not be the beliefs or customs that characterized the earliest believers among the first generation living in Jerusalem and Palestine, as well as the role of Jesus’ own family in the formation of the movement that came to bear his name. All are welcome!
The topics for the Sunday, 11:15 am Adult Bible Discussion Group is as follows: May: Philip the Evangelist; June: The Spirit in the Old Testament; July: Book of Ezekiel; August: Managing Powerlessness
Remember to honor a loved one by purchasing flowers for the chancel on Sunday. There is a sign-up sheet in the outer office on the wall. Please indicate if it is in memory/honor/celebration of a person or persons and who the donor is. The cost of the flowers is $25. When making out your check, please indicate “Sunday Flowers” on the memo line.
The Noank Baptist Church Day Nursery School has been selected for the 2016 Best of Groton Award in the Preschool category. The Groton Award Program is an annual award program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Groton area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Groton Award Program and data provided by third parties.
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.