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  Newsletter of the Noank Baptist Church, Noank CT

                                   NOVEMBER 2010
                                                   The Sharing Way
                        PLEDGE SUNDAY, November 14, marks the beginning of the campaign to gather
                        pledges for 2011. The church’s ministries are an expression of our faith and our
                        priorities as Christians. We are solely supported by members and friends who, out
                        of their commitment and collective vision for making a positive difference in this
                        world, share as generously as they are able. We build our 2011 budget based on
                        what is pledged. Do your part, be present on Pledge Sunday, fill out a card with
                        your pledge for 2011 and fulfill it over the next year. You will be blessed as you
                        participate in supporting Christ’s beloved community in Noank.

November 20                                                                       November 28
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
                                                                                    7:30 pm
          Holiday Bazaar                                                          Noank Baptist

                                                                A choral and chamber concert of
   Silent Auction; Crafts; Christmas                       the “Christmas Portion” of George Frederic
Ornaments; Knitted & Crocheted Goods;                    Handel’s magnificent choral work, The Messiah.
 Jewelry; Cheese; Bakery Items; Herbs;                     Along with the talented singers, a chamber
                                                              orchestra of area instrumentalists will
       Wreaths; Jams & Jellies and
                                                           accompany the oratorio. Four outstanding
           So Much More!!!                                           soloists will be featured.

Mystic Area
Sunday, November 21 at 4:30 pm
Mystic Congregational Church, Mystic CT

This is the first ecumenical/interfaith Thanksgiving service in many years. The
Service is sponsored by the Mystic Area Ecumenical Council and area churches.
All are welcome.
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                                    A Word from the Pastor
A month ago, the country witnessed a series of tragic incidents where young gay men and women were
victimized by those who sought to ridicule them, harass them, or punish them for being homosexual. In
each case, the victim was either tortured or committed suicide.

The most publicized stories occurred here in the northeast. On September 29, Tyler Clementi, a first-year
student at Rutgers University, jumped off the George Washington Bridge after being humiliated by a
roommate who secretly broadcast over the internet his intimate relations with another student. The same
day, Johnson & Wales’ student, Raymond Chase, hanged himself in his dorm room—an apparent suicide.
During the same week outside of Toronto, Canada, a young lesbian couple took their lives in a medication
overdose. A few days later in the Bronx, nine members of the Latin Kings gang, upon learning that a 17-
year-old recruit was gay, brutally beat him and another teen, then sodomized and tortured a thirty-year-
old homosexual male associated with them. This is what had happened during the course of one particular

Now, I admit, things are rarely straight-forward with a clear cause-and-effect in any death or in any crime.
Most suicides involve those who are deeply depressed, which can have many disparate triggers. Likewise,
crimes are committed for differing reasons and motivations. But one cannot dismiss the fact that it is still
dangerous to come out and be openly gay in our society, even in regions like ours where people are pre-
sumed to be more “enlightened” about homosexuality. Being gay is far from a universally-affirmed and
accepted identity; in truth, to be open about it puts a target on your back for ridicule, harassment, and

As a church, nearly two decades ago we “came out of the closet” as a safe place for both hetero- and ho-
mosexual people to come to worship God and participate in a life shared together. We have done that not
to become a single-issue “gay church” per se, but rather to let the world know that, in our congregational
values, we will stand up for, and alongside ,those we believe are oppressed and unfairly targeted merely
for their sexual orientation. Besides, we aim to show that it is perfectly normal to be homosexual, hetero-
sexual, and somewhere in between. We are not a church (like so many) that condemns homosexuality or
berates the lgbt community with scorn; in contrast, we conscientiously attempt to create a spiritual envi-
ronment where comfort exists in simply being human—a child of God—where we welcome a neighbor, a
friend, a family member, or stranger, gay or straight. In our efforts to intentionally create a new sense of
“normal” boldly reflecting the love of God, we want our family members and friends to be protected from
so many of the negative abuses they experience in much of American society.

This doesn’t mean we at Noank Baptist are in uniform agreement on all matters related to sexual orienta-
tion, anymore than we are on other issues of concern. Human sexuality is complex and many of us have
steep learning curves in simply grasping variables in this central part of human existence that has been dif-
ficult and provocative to address. But we can be one in mind and heart in trying to do our part to create a
“new normal” for society by doing everything we can to counter ignorance, bigotry, and abusive attacks
against gay people. For when we do that we help support family members and friends who, otherwise, are
continually vulnerable to mean-spirited attacks from those who are up to no moral good.

All it takes is one bad week to show us how important this commitment is to save those we know and love.
And all it takes is one church that is willing to stand up and provide sanctuary to those who otherwise fear
they are lost.
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                                           HOLIDAY BAZAAR
                                Saturday, November 20, 2010—9am to 3pm
                       The 2010 Holiday Bazaar is just around the corner! Have you called and
                       offered your talent, skill or time to one of our hardworking chairpersons? It
                       is not too late, everybody needs help. Please make this the best bazaar

Baked Goods and Food                       Joyce Sturman                  860-599-8427
Candy                                      Marge Murdock                  860-536-2301
Cheese                                     Tim Bates                      860-536-4747
                                           John Goetsch                   860-739-5150
Christmas Decorations                      Sandy Mansfield                860-445-6208
                                           Alycia Shafovaloff             401-377-2043
Clean Up                                   Bill Wyld                      860-572-4977
Coffee, cider & donuts                     Jim Douglas                    860-536-6652

Country Corner/Evening Circle              Betsey Goetsch                 860-739-5150
Fine Gifts                                 Pat Gordon                     860-445-2723
                                           Mary Anderson                  860-536-7026
Glue It                                    Shannon Weigle                 860-245-0835
Herbs, wreaths, jams, jellies, etc.        Jane Templeton                 860-691-2004

Jewelry                                    Elizabeth Whittaker            860-536-4036
                                           Mary Beth Blacker              860-536-6921
Kiddy Corner                               Chris Butta                    860-536-4212
Knitting & Crocheting                      Dorothy Cyr                    860-536-2574
Live Greens                                Barbara Williams               860-536-4503
Luncheon                                   Doug Mansfield                 860-445-6208
Publicity                                  Jack Sebastian                 860-536-2071
Set up                                     Brian Thorp                    860-536-8273
Silent Auction                             Kristin Negaard O’Brien        860-885-4629

Tree Ornaments                             Shirley Sebastian              860-536-2071

If you have any ideas or suggestions, please call:
Joan Butler—860-536-7372       Joanie Thorp—860-536-8273 Shirley Sebastian—860-536-2071
 November 2010                            The NBC Anchor                                     Page 4

                                   LIGHTHOUSE COVE
                                  .Family Potluck and Movie Night
                    On December 5 at 4:00 p.m., families are invited to a time of fun and
                    fellowship as we eat an early supper and then watch a family movie
together, complete with popcorn and bean bag chairs. This is a potluck supper so we are
asking each family to bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share. Whatever you choose
to bring should be enough to feed about 10 people. This is a great event to invite friends and
neighbors to attend with you. So spread the word and extend a welcoming hand to others. We hope
to have a nice intergenerational crowd and we’ve planned the time especially with young families and
early bedtimes in mind. Join us!

                           Christmas Craft Night
We are looking ahead to December and Christmas events and this is one you do not
want to miss. Our annual Christmas Crafts workshop will be on December 15 from
6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Mark your calendars now! More details to follow in the next

                                     Read to Feed Update
Our fourth through sixth graders have been faithfully reading and keeping track of the numbers of
                              books they read as a way to raise money for Heifer International.
                              When we reach our goal, we will be asking the congregation for dona-
                              tions so we can give the gift of baby chicks as part of the Heifer pro-
                              gram. A flock of chicks costs twenty dollars. We hope to give several
                              flocks at Christmas time. Keep reading kids!!

                                                  Everyone had a great
                                                  time at the family hike at
                                                  Haley Farm. There were
                                                  16 of us and we walked
                                                  and chatted and had a
                                                  picnic lunch on a big rock. The kids had fun run-
                                                  ning circles around the adults.

The Rev. Cynthia Robbins
Director of Children and Family Ministries
      November 2010                           The NBC Anchor                                      Page 5

                        News from around the Church Family
               Our prayers and thoughts are with those who have had surgery, been in the hospital, in reha
               bilitative care, or recuperating at home: Heather St. Louis, Muriel Lockman, Ben &
               Rosalie Rathbun, Jan & Rudy Rudolph, Howard Davis, Doreen Adams, Shawn Para
               dis, Lori Chirchigno, Errol Crossman, & Dorothy Reas. We also pray for those under
               going or completing treatment for various cancers: Pat Wilbur, Ollie Porter, Kim French
               Warn, Diane Rhodes, and Victor Burdick. Keep all these folks in your thoughts and
        Family and friends of church members continue to need our prayers as well: John Jennerwein
(father of Tom Jennerwein), Steve Kanyock’s mother, Barbara, Joan Conard (Sandy Mansfield’s
mother), Marcia Beck’s mother, Barbara, Trux Brodhead’s son, Paul, and Thelma Waterman’s ex-
tended family. Gerry Jones also recently reported that the woman who was like a mother to her while she
was growing up in Chile passed away at 99 years of age.
        Please continue to remember Kevin and Sherrie Neilsen’s daughter, Jessica Lyerla, who under-
went surgery for a brain tumor on October 4. Jessica lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and fam-
ily. Cards of encouragement can be sent to Jessica Lyerla, 2839 SW Fairmount Blvd., Portland, OR 97239-
        Our sympathy is expressed to Paul & Shannon Weigle and the entire Weigle family over the loss
of Paul’s brother, David, who was killed in action in Afghanistan. A November funeral will take place at
Arlington National Cemetery.
        Congratulations to Aine O’Donnell, daughter of Jennifer and Jim O’Donnell, who was in the
recent production of “Annie,” performed by the Groton Regional Theatre.
        Please pray for our homebound and those in nursing care: Joyce Hunter (Mystic Healthcare and
Rehabilitation), Cornelia Hoagland (Pendleton), Grace Johnson (Fairview), Nan Phillips (Avalon), and
Jan Page (Regency).

                    Nursery School News—October 2010
    As of October 18, we have 12 children enrolled in our Monday, Wednesday,
Friday nursery school program. The group consists of 3-4 year olds and there are nine
girls and three boys.
    The state inspector visited our facility on Wednesday, September 29. Other than a
few minor repair/paint issues, most of the items needing attention and correction were
related to paperwork. The documentation has been sent to the state office, with all
items updated and filed. Everything appears to be in code.
    Mr. Tony has delighted us with his story reading and he comes to our class about three times per
month. Pastor Paul is scheduled for several visits with his guitar and wonderful voice to lead us singing our
all-time favorite nursery school hit tunes. We will enjoy our “Muffins with Mom” evening on Wednesday,
from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
    The next Nursery School Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30 pm in the
Nursery School room.
    Miss Tina and Miss Vera are looking forward to an exciting year with our energetic children, discovering
our environment and learning together. It is a privilege for us to continue this nurturing program, now in
its 48th year (since 1962!!).
    Thank you for your continuing support.
                                               Vera Neuman & Tina Ellis
 November 2010                           The NBC Anchor                                   Page 6

                    The Evening Circle is meeting the second Tuesday of each month in the
                    Richards Room at Mystic River Congregate @ 7:00 pm. The Evening Circle
                    will be hosting a table at the Holiday Bazaar on November 20. We are
                    accepting handmade items to be sold. You can leave them at the church
                    office or bring them to the November meeting. During the year, the
                    Evening Circle hosts various speakers and, on occasion, a potluck supper is
planned. All ladies of the church community are invited to attend the meetings.

The fall season here and the winter season is just around the corner. The
Corner Closet has been restocked with winter clothing. Need clothing to
keep you warm this winter? Come in and see the new fashions. The store is
open Wednesday and Saturday from 10-12 and Friday from 1-4. The proceeds
from the Corner Closet support needy families in the area.

                                   Groton Human Services
                                 Thanksgiving Basket Program
Groton Human Services is requesting your help in collecting food for their annual Thanksgiving Basket
Distribution Program. This year they need the help of our community more than ever to help fill
Thanksgiving baskets for 500 Groton families who are struggling to make ends meet.

                                    The following items are needed:
                                    Frozen Turkeys or Gift Cards
                                     Canned Fruit & Vegetables
                                      Instant Mashed Potatoes
                                              Stuffing Mix
                                           Cranberry Sauce
                                              Gravy Mixes
                                     Pie Fillings & Dessert Items

                 Food items for Thanksgiving Baskets are needed by November 18th

                                Donations should be dropped off at:
                              Groton Human Services, 2 Fort Hill Road
                                 Monday-Friday 8:30 am—4:30 pm
                         For additional information, please call 860-441-6760
          November 2010                               The NBC Anchor                                Page 7
A Hike, a B-Day, a Mission & a Play - Busy Students All the Way!!
                                          Pequot Woods Hike offered lovely paths, spirits at
                                          ease & joy getting to know Nick just that much better!

                                                                                                     50 Questions
                                                                                                     continues to be a
                                                                                                     precious time to-
            A warm hearted day was
                enjoyed by all!                                           Tasty repast along our
                                                                             woodland path!

                                                   A Mission: Paint Church St. Fence
                                                      Giving of ourselves is what missions
                                                      are all about! A variety of students
                                                      came and went according to their
                                                                                                          We celebrated
                                                      busy schedule...over our two day                    Neariah’s 18th
                                                      process. NBC Trustee Fred A made it                   Birthday !
                                                      all worth while with high praise and
                           Boy - that fence was
                                                      approvals!! Thank you Grandpa Land for your hands on support!
                          paint hungry & looong!                                                    “Annie” boasts
                                                                                                    a huge cast of 20
                                                                                                    girls, ages 5 to 11
                                                                                                    years old! Tryouts
                                                                                                    were July, late
                                                                                                    evening play
                                                                                                    practice has made
                                                                                                    opening night so
                                                                                                    very memorable!
                                       We painted everything in                                     Congratulations
                                       site - including the fence!                                  Aine & McKenzie!

                                                          Aine O’D of NBC is a wonderfully ac-
                                                           tive member of the ‘orphanage’ as        Aine and proud parents
                                                                                                   celebrate opening night’s
Sending autumnal greetings from the NBC                         ‘July’ in the play ‘Annie’!
                                                                                                      smashing success!
      & PBBC Co-Op Youth Group!
           November 2010                               The NBC Anchor                                       Page 8
Annie Continued...

                                                                            Aine sings it out with her
                                                                                fellow ‘orphans’.

                                                                    Fri. Oct 29 As we go to
                                                                    press, the first of two
                                       Mackenzie A of PBBC is right S(o)UPER Suppers - PBBC.               McKenzie
                                        on key & queue as ‘Annie’!  The Co-Op youth will                   w/ her pup
McKenzie and proud parents celebrate                                               3:00-
                                                                    gather from 3:00-5:00pm                 ‘Sandy’,
  in the afterglow of opening night!                                                                       secretary
                                     for preparations. Kristen will pick up from Fitch High,
                                                                                                         ‘Grace’ & &
                                     Cutler Middle and meet Fitch Middle students at                         daddy
PBBC! Our S(o)UPER Soup Supper will be served from 5:00 - 6:30pm We encour-
                                                                         6:30pm.                          ‘Warbucks’
age friends & family to attend!
Calling ALL Supper Soup Makers for NBC! If you would enjoy making a soup to serve 12-15 persons at
NBC next Fri Nov. 5 or would like to ensure the soup is hot prior to the evening supper, please contact
Kristen. This is a wonderful time when Co-Op Youth mingle with church members. Support will be deli-
ciously appreciated!       November!!!
Fri Nov 5 - NBC S(o)uper Supper at NBC Not able to
make the first supper? Here is a second delicious oppor-
tunity! Again Co-Op youth will gather from 3:00-
5:00pm for preparations. Kristen will pick up from Fitch
High, Cutler Middle and meet Fitch Middle students at                                                  Spring
PBBC prior to driving over to NBC!
Our S(o)UPER Soup Supper will be served from 5:00 -                                                    Day. A
6:30pm We encourage friends & family to attend!                                                          fun
                                                                                                       day for
Mon Nov. 8 is 50 Questions at PBBC Let’s gather for our                                                  all!
precious time together! Kristen will pick up from schools.
                                            Sat Nov 13
                                            CW Cleanup Each fall we so very much enjoy the opportunity
                                            to mess around in the woods, blowing leaves everywhere, pick-
                                            ing up branches, painting this & that. Don’t forget yummy nib-
                                            bles for breakfast & the very tasty Camp Wightman lunch
                                            served as a thank you! Meet at NBC at 8:25am, PBBC at
                                            8:30am and plan to be return home at 2:00pm.
                                                     fyi - Sat Nov 20 NBC Holiday Bazaar What FUN! Visit Us!

                                                                              What’s Next?
                                                     SUNL - Wide Youth Retreat!!! Set aside Fri. Dec 3 - Sat. Dec 4 for
                                                     a really cool time at Camp Wightman! WHO is SUNL? Churches in Partner-
                                                     ship in the Stonington Union - New London area including East Lyme, Es-
 Our last Group of Co-Op Youth and Angels taking a   sex, Gales Ferry, Colchester, Deep River, Groton, Jewett City, Lebanon,
    break from their Soup Supper preparations.       Mystic, Noank, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Mystic, Quaker Hill, Stoning-
                                                                                  ton, Voluntown & Winthrop! Think there might
                                                                                  be a few youth gathering ? You can PLAN on
Visit our youth built & maintained website  
                                             it!!! JOIN US!
   November 2010                            The NBC Anchor                                     Page 9

                                              October Church Council News
                                                  Bettie Proctor, Clerk
                             The Council held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 6th.
                             Twelve members were present.

                              Maddie Lewis reported that staff reviews have been completed. Ministry
                              Teams gave individual reports. Christian Education Director, Cynthia
                              Robbins, has plans for a potluck and movie night for November. Plans
 are also in the works by the Mystic Area Ecumenical Council for an interfaith Thanksgiving service on
 November 21st.

 Noank Baptist Church has completed an energy conservation program that was started by Richard
 Santoro several years ago. Many individuals have worked on this project. Recently Connecticut Light
 and Power (CL&P) provided an incentive program to lower electric bills, and included a rebate of a
 portion of the total cost. This program was completed September 23, 2010 with a final inspection by a
 CL&P representative. After final calculations, our rebate will be mailed and should arrive within the
 next 90 days. The incentive program included replacing light bulbs, replacing some florescent fixtures
 and ballast, using programmable thermostats, lowering temperatures, using motion sensors, insulating
 boiler pipes, and increasing attic insulation to 10 inches. It was added that Ed Eckelmeyer had recently
 changed the electricity provider to one less expensive for the church. This has not been done for the
 parsonage; it was suggested that this be done also. Another company has been contacted to address
 the basement floors; this will have a major impact on next year’s budget. The leaks on the east side of
 the church have not recurred; storm windows on the east and west are to be re-set. Finances remain
 stable. Each ministry was asked to begin preparation for the 2011 fiscal year that begins in January.
 Nominations for new Council members are also needed for the January business meeting since many
 have served their two year terms. If anyone is interested in serving on the Council, please speak with
 Pastor Paul, Moderator Peter Littlefield, or Clerk Bettie Proctor.

                                               Bettie Proctor

                                           NBC Book Club Presents:
                                 eaarth: making a life on a tough new planet
                                                    By Bill McKibben

                         for discussion     November 7, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
                                              Refreshments Will be Served

“What I have to say about this book is very simple. Read it, please. Straight through to the end.
Whatever else you were planning to do next, nothing could be more important.”
                                                             Barbara Kingsolver

                    For more information, contact John Goetsch (860-739-5150)
   November 2010                                  The NBC Anchor                                  Page 10

                   The Ministry of Ricardo & Doris Garcia-Mayol in Chiapas
                                 —reported in On Mission, ABCUSA International Ministries

   The original inhabitants of Mesoamerica, the Maya, lived mainly on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mex-
   ico, developing an advanced civilization that began two thousand years before Christ. However,
   today Mayan descendents are marginalized. Yet they are raising their voices to become “leaven of
   Ricardo and Doris Mayol, who were commissioned as IM missionaries in 1998, began their ministry
   to these people when they founded the Mayan Intercultural Seminary in Chiapas in 2004. Doris ob-
   serves: “The Mayan people invite us to rethink faith and service. With Jesus at the center this is
   exactly what we do.”
   Through their coursework the Mayols address deep-seated problems, the result of poverty and in-
   justice for generations. Ricardo says, “Most of our students are peasants with little education, but
                              they are respected church leaders who desire to grow so they can better
                              serve their congregations. Our students can earn a certificate, diploma,
                              or a bachelor degree as well as their elementary, middle, or high school
                              diploma. We teach in three languages, focusing on biblical foundation,
                              peacemaking, economic development, social analysis, and youth and
                              women ministries.”
                                  The Mayols take their classes to the people in church settings, village
                                  homes and even corn fields, as well as in the seminary classroom. The
                                  results speak for themselves: Twenty-year old Humberto is an orphan in
                                  charge of his family of eight. He is his church’s preacher and feels called
                                  to be a pastor, but he has not finished middle school. Through the resi-
                                  dential theological program he studies to earn a diploma in Intercultural
                                  Theology and Ministry and pays for his education with corn, chicken, tor-
                                 tillas or beans. He says, “There is a path opened for me to become a bet-
Doris Garcia-Mayol wearing a     ter servant of our Lord.”
Prayer shawl she received
from Noank Baptist in May.   Manuel is the 53-year-old senior pastor of a church with more than 500
                             members. But he has had virtually no formal education. In early 2012, he
   will earn his elementary school diploma and have completed courses in the theology program.
   Carmen is a cheerful, mid-aged coordinator of artisan women. When she was four years old, she
   could not stand because of malnutrition and never went to school. Through the seminary’s exten-
   sion program she finished her elementary school education and also earned a certificate in theol-
   ogy. She feels called to be a pastor saying, “I will keep learning because I want to serve God and
   the women.”
   The Mayols also teach Spanish-speaking students, who have had better life opportunities than
   their indigenous counterparts. Leopoldo, a Mexican retired engineer, is finishing his bachelor de-
   gree in Intercultural Theology. He coordinates the tutoring program, helping students like Hum-
   berto, Manuel and Carmen to finish their schooling. He remarks, “Teaching is a ministry that
   helped me grow in my faith, and it is my commitment to the Lord and the seminary.”
   Reflecting on their ministry, Doris says, “Here, we learn about the pains, tears and hopes of people
   who, at times, have nothing more than their faith. Here, we learn different languages, languages of
   the hearts of our indigenous partners in ministry. And we hear the echo of God’s voice.”
   Learn more about the Mayols’ ministry at:
   November 2010                          The NBC Anchor                                 Page 11

                               CAMP WIGHTMAN
                                  Fall 2010 Work Day
                             November 13, 2010, 8am-4pm
                                  Please note new time!
                             A light lunch will be provided

         Come bring your skills to Camp! It is that time of year to work on the maintenance and
 beautification of Camp Wightman. Our trails need upkeep and also the buildings. You and your group
             are most welcomed! Help keep Summer Camping strong for our next generation

*Note: Retreat Work Groups are accepted on space available basis.
Contact person: Karen @ 860-376-2179 x 10.

                                The Bridges of Hope Offering for the Alliance of Baptists received
                                on October 3 amounted to $763. Thanks to all who contributed. If
                                you did not have a chance to participate, donations are still being

                          Our church had 10 walkers for the recent CROP Walk to raise money for
                          hunger projects both locally and around the world. The total raised is
                          not available at this time. Thanks to all who walked and to those who
                          sponsored walkers.

                           Just a reminder—there is a blue container in the foyer to receive do-
                             nations for the Groton Food Pantry administered by Groton Human Ser-
                             vices. Any non-perishable foods are accepted. However, they are par-
ticularly requesting: instant mashed potatoes, spaghetti sauce, canned beef stew, pasta, rice, ce-
real, jams and jellies, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese mixes, chunky soups, canned veggies
and canned fruit, applesauce, canned tuna fish, crackers, cookies, muffin/bread mix, dessert
mixes. Suggestion: if a store is offering “buy one, get one free” or “buy one, get two free” that is
a good time to purchase the item and give the extra to the Food Pantry. The blue container is in
the foyer all year, so please fill it up.
 November 2010                             The NBC Anchor                                       Page 12

                            Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells quality home building materials, furni-
                           ture, appliances and more at deep discounts. Proceeds enable Habitat for
Humanity of Southeastern Connecticut to build more houses.
   Besides helping people save money and helping to build affordable housing in Southeastern Con-
necticut, the ReStore is helping to protect the environment by reducing the amount of usable items
that end up in landfills and the energy it takes for disposal.

   The Habitat ReStore is open to the public and is located at 400 New London Road, Salem, CT
06460 (in the Salem Country Garden Plaza).
   Store days and hours are: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am
to 4:00 pm.

Volunteers are needed to:      Stock and organize shelves
                               Load and unload trucks
                               Answer phones
                               Provide customer service

   Volunteers are accepted any time that the ReStore is open. Volunteers must take the Foundations
of Habitat Training and Orientation Class prior to volunteering. Please contact 860-892-9553 for addi-
tional information.

There will be two application information sessions for a new Habitat family to be chosen. One will be
on Friday, November 5 from 6:30-7:30 pm at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 19 Jay Street,
New London, CT. The second one will be on Saturday, November 6 at 10:30 am at Otis Library,
Main Street Norwich. The family selected will be offered a rehabilitated house on Belden Street, New
London. This will be a three bedroom home on a short street that has been upgraded substantially
during the last few years. Please refer anyone you know who might be in need of an affordable home
and meets our financial requirements of a working family but does not qualify for a bank mortgage.


Transferred missionary – After several years ministering in El Salvador, Deliris Carrion-Rosa trans-
ferred to Haiti after the earthquake. Trained as a pediatric occupational therapist, Deliris helps Haitian
children deal with the loss or physical limitations to their limbs as a result of the earthquake. She also
helps coordinate the work or visiting medical teams to Haiti.
Healing workshops - Strategies for Trauma Resilience (STAR) is a curriculum of trauma healing
workshops that is being used to promote healing, revitalize communities, and stop cycles of
victimhood and violence.
Rebuilding roof on men’s dorm – The Universite Chretienne du Nord d’Haiti is housing displaced
university students (nearly 200) from the Port-au-Prince area. However, a new roof was needed on the
men’s dorm. Thankfully a 14-member work team from the First Baptist Church of Hamilton Ohio
installed a new roof in three days in time for the fall term to begin.
Rebuilding a Baptist school – Thanks to the efforts of 65 American Baptist volunteers, Siloe School
of the Grand Goave Baptist Church welcomed nearly 350 new and returning Haitian students from
kindergarten through 8th grade on October 1. Haitians place a high value on education for their chil-
dren. Families are extremely excited about getting their children back to learning.
 November 2010                       The NBC Anchor                                Page 13

                        Our Shoreline Community Association
                                     PO Box 287
                                   West Mystic, CT
                                    (860) 271-1681

                         “I AM HAPPY AND PRIVILEGED”
“I am happy and privileged to be a part of the group,” writes one of the OSCA (Our Shore-
line Community Association”) members to OSCA coordinator, Stephanie Panagos.
“Thanks for your ongoing care and support during the past year of OSCA. There are
many things I was able to do and enjoy because of this organization”. One member even
called to give me support prior to my knee surgery and another member loaned equipment
to me.

As you can see by this testimonial, OSCA continues to make a difference in the commu-
nity and its membership is on the rise. Membership is now at 54 households (83 active
members). Have you considered becoming a member? You may not think you are “ready
yet” to receive rides and services. That’s fine, but are you “ready” to be part of an active
group of seniors, helping and caring for each other and enjoying each other’s company?
Try it!

In October, more than 40 attendees at OSCA’s Annual Meeting at St. Patrick Catholic
Church in Mystic enjoyed social hour and “hearty” appetizers. The group was delighted to
welcome Rev. Paul and Wendy Hayes to the event. After opening remarks by Tim Bates,
OSCA Chairman, OSCA Coordinator Stephanie Panagos presented a powerpoint “OSCA-
-A Year in Review.” Joan Butler, the Chair of OSCA’s Nominating Committee announced
the proposed slate of board members. Returning to the board are Timothy Bates, Joan
Butler, Nancy Codeanne, Samuel Crowley, Donald Farrington, William Hoffman and
Robert Leeney. New to the board are Harry Connolly, Thomas Manning, and Anne
Sharpe. All names were approved.

OSCA launched in September 2009 and is looking forward to its second year of operation.
For information, please contact Stephanie Panagos, OSCA Coordinator, at (860) 271-
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The season has definitely changed from summer to fall and the porches,
patios and gardens at Mystic River Homes have been tidied up and some
are sporting lovely pots of “hardy mums”. The views from the apartments and cottages are changing al-
most daily with the water of Beebe Cove becoming more visible and the leaves changing from green to
gold to orange. New England at its best in all its fall glory.

Just as returning school students see an increase in activities in the fall so do our residents see an increase
in activity with some new ones added to the available choices. Computer classes at the Congregate have
resumed after the summer hiatus. Resident Gloria Sharpe will offer one-on-one or small group sessions
on keyboard mastery and progressing to other available programs. Another resident, Joy Towne, is offer-
ing “Sewing with Joy” on a weekly basis. Residents, with no prior experience necessary, will be guided
through a small beginner-level quilt project. The Book Club has resumed. October’s book selection is
Letters to Julia. Later, the movie of the same name, with Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave will
be a Monday movie matinee offering. Members of the Noank Baptist Church are again meeting on
Wednesday mornings for Bible Study. All residents are welcomed to this thought provoking and at the
same time a fun and social program. A recent innovation is that the Noank Baptist Evening Circle Group
now meets in the Congregate’s dining room which means that residents don’t have to travel far from their
front doors to attend a meeting and, likewise, cottage residents may not need to get their cars out to at-
tend. Again, it’s another social event bringing the “outside world” to our residents. The always popular
painting classes have recommenced. The current project is a winter landscape and the late November one
will be painting ornaments for the holiday trees. Residents who don’t take part in the class still enjoy vis-
its to the Activity Room to check on the progress of participants. Comments are universally positive.

Table height shuffleboard games have resumed and once again competition is keen. The Wii bowling tro-
phy is still being fiercely contested between the cottages and Congregate teams. Young visitors from resi-
dents and staff families in Halloween costumes will be encouraged to visit all the tables after lunch on Oc-
tober 31st. The Busy Hands, which evolved from the former Craft Group, is a Congregate community
social group aimed at keeping hands and minds busy through activities and social events organized by
residents themselves. The next big project is the “90s” birthday party on November 10th. All our residents
who are 90 years old or more (19 qualify this year) will be honored by fellow residents and family mem-
bers at a lovely afternoon tea party.

 The residents of both the cottages and the Congregate continue to be extremely generous in their sup-
port for the Groton Food Locker. Many boxes of food. as well as monetary contributions, have been de-
livered in the last months. The focus is now on special items related to Thanksgiving.

                                                Judith Hesp

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