Rethinking Fundamental Stories of Our Faith Bible Study

Tuesday night Bible Study with Pastor Hayes returns for the fall beginning October 2 at 7:00 pm in the Vestry (please note the change from Parlor to Vestry).  This Bible Study will be held for several weeks and will also be repeated on Wednesday morning at 10:00 am for those unable to come on Tuesday evening.  We will examine when the Hebrew canon was likely formed and how that shaped stories about Creation, the Fall from Paradise, the Flood, and the Exodus.  We will also look at the Davidic covenant, a belief in the Virgin Birth, and the Second Coming of Christ.  You may or may not agree with the reinterpretation, but you will be challenged in your understanding of these texts.  Come for an interesting and provocative look at some of the fundamental stories of our faith.

World Communion Sunday, October 7

World Communion Sunday is the time we celebrate the world’s diversity and providence of God in our life.  We invite each household to bring a small quantity of fruit or bread (or crackers) that we use as our elements at the Lord’s Table.  Be creative and celebrate this time of worship of global song and community.

World Mission Offering, Oct. 7

The theme for this year’s World Mission Offering is “You Are the Salt of the Earth”. When Jesus said this to his followers, he was urging them to go into the whole world and share the love of the gospel.  Three priorities are being emphasized this year:  Health and Wellness, Abolishing Global Slavery and Economic and Community Development.  The inserts in the bulletins will explain specific ministries that are being carried out by our missionaries with the funds raised by this offering. 

The funds received will be divided equally between International Ministries of American Baptist Churches USA and Alliance of Baptists.  Please consider giving generously to this offering as you are able.

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. 

NBC Church Pictorial Directory for 2018

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.  You can schedule your photo session starting today after church and weekly throughout the month of October.  Appointments may also be scheduled online with a link to be posted on the Church's website,  More information will be made available on the website, in the NBC Anchor, and future Guiding Light bulletins.  If you have questions please see Bonnie Banks (Gloria has her number).  Please add your face to the 2018 Church Directory.

Credo:  This I Believe Series

On Sunday, October 14 @ 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.

Baked Potato Bash, Sunday, Oct. 21 – 11 am

The tradition continues!  This year will be our 5th annual Potato Bash.  We will once again be serving baked potatoes after worship with your choice of toppings, plus meat and vegetarian chili.  Coffee, tea and desserts are included.  A sign-up sheet will be available on the card table in the Narthex for donations of toppings, etc. for the potatoes.

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.

CROP Walk, Oct. 14 @ 1 pm

The CROP Walk will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Pearl Street in Mystic, with registration @ 1 pm.  The walk will depart St. Mark’s at 1:30 pm and walk to the Noank Baptist Church where there will be snacks and water available.  There are also options for rides back to St. Mark’s for those not able to walk the whole way.  Registration forms will be available today and October 7 in the Narthex.  Try and get as many sponsors as possible for your walk. 

We are also asking for donations of cookies and bars for the snack table to feed these hungry walkers as they take a rest before going back to Mystic.  There is a sign-up sheet on the card table in the Narthex.  Please sign your name and type of dessert you will be donating.

Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church, October 13

Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church is having their 4th Annual Apple Festival on October 13 from 10 am to 2 pm.  Come and enjoy apple pies, apple turnovers, old fashioned apple butter and much more.  PBBC is located at 1241 Poquonnock Road, Groton. 

Holiday Bazaar, November 17

Now is the time to step up your efforts to make this year’s Holiday Bazaar the “greatest ever”.  Continue working with your knitting or crochet needles and sewing machines.  Get your recipes ready for the bake table (items can be baked, frozen and thawed out before the Bazaar).  Also keep in mind the Silent Auction tables, fine gifts and jewelry tables.  If you have donations, please leave them in the Chapel in the boxes which are labeled.  Please check your October Newsletter for dates that we need your help before and after the Bazaar.

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 @ 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

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.