Lee & Gretz Concert, October 4 @ 7 pm

Leslie Lee & Steve Gretz have been performing together for over a decade in coffee houses, festivals and churches throughout the United States.  Their music draws on folk, bluegrass, country and gospel roots, featuring beautiful harmonies and lyrics that encourage and uplift.  The concert will take place in the sanctuary and will be open to the public.  Donations will be accepted at the door.

MAEC Presentation “Loving Thy Neighbor”, Oct. 2, 6-8 pm

Mystic Area Ecumenical Council is sponsoring a presentation called “Step Up and Reach Out”.  Local panelists will discuss how we can be better neighbors and citizens.  The lecture will be at the Groton Public Library, Wednesday, October 2 from 6-8 pm.  Admission – bring one can of non-perishable food for a donation to Groton Human Services.

Reality, Hope & Action in an Age of Climate Change

The Interreligious Eco-Justice Network will be presenting a Green Forum talk at St. James Episcopal Church, New London on Sunday, October 20 from 2-3:30 pm.Let’s start talking honestly about climate change.Instead of staying stuck in a state of paralysis and denial, how can we face reality while still finding hope and a sense of purpose to take action?

Join us for a 90-minute forum to hear leaders from different communities speak about why they got involved in fighting climate change, how they stay engaged and their vision for the future.For additional information, call 860-595-2321

Holiday Bazaar, November 23

The Jewelry chairpersons are looking for antique or costume jewelry for their table.  Please leave any jewelry in the church office during office hours, Mon.-Fri. from 9-noon or at the Corner Closet. 

The candy table is looking for containers, i.e., blueberry, raspberry, small 8 oz. containers from the deli department.

The knitting table is looking for two small Christmas trees to be used (1) for the mitten tree and (2) for knitted/crocheted ornaments.

World Mission Offering, Oct. 6

The theme for this year’s World Mission Offering is “Whoever drinks of the water I give them will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14 NIV).  Our thirst for more in life is much like the woman at the well.  We desire to know our true purpose and once our Creator meets that need and heals our brokenness, we cannot help but rush to spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ so that others can know Jesus as well.

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.

World Communion Sunday, October 6

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.

14th Annual Groton Fall Festival, Sat., Oct. 5, 11 am to 4 pm

NBC and the Day Nursery School will each have a table at the Groton Fall Festival.  Stop by and see us and enjoy the festival.  There will be traditional fall activities, family tournament games with prizes, food and beverage trucks and nearly 100 local vendors and businesses including artists, crafters and non-profits from around the Groton and Mystic regions.  See you there!!

Creating Moments of Success in the World of Dementia

On Sunday, October 27 @ 7:00, Patty Borden O’Brian will be presenting a lecture on dementia care.  Patty grew up in Noank and in this church.  Now, she is a Dementia Specialist for the Hartford Healthcare Center for Healthy Aging.  Previously, she was the Regional Director of Alzheimer’s Association.  She has vast experience and expertise in dementia care.  Come to learn about good communication skills and how to respond to challenging behavior in those with dementia.  This important presentation is free and open to the general public.  Come and bring your friends!

Annual CROP Walk, October 20 @ 1 pm

The CROP Walk will begin 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 entire way.  Registration forms will be available two weeks before the walk in the Narthex.  Try and get as many sponsors as possible for your walk.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Harris.

Tree of Life Annual Fall Conference Series, Sun., Oct. 20

The Tree of Life is presentation will be held on Sunday, October 20 from 9-11 am at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd., Old Lyme.  This year’s theme is Solidarity, and in this series, we will hear from those who exemplify what it means to be in solidarity with Palestine.  We will also hear from Palestinian youth ambassadors, Cindy and Craig Corries, who will share how they cope and what brings them hope.  There will be music and much more.

Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church Apple Festival, Oct. 26

PBBC will be having their 5th Annual Apple Festival on October 26 from 10 am to 2 pm.  Come and enjoy apple pies, apple turnovers, old fashioned apple butter and much more.  Enjoy the apple pies by the slice to eat at the church or to take home.  PBBC is located at 1241 Poquonnock Road, Groton.

Youth Choir

Our Youth Choir will begin today at 11:15 am with choir rehearsal in the youth choir room.  The Youth Choir sing in church every other Sunday.  If you are a student in grades 3 to 12 and like to sing, please contact Erin Wyman.

Lighthouse Cove

Lighthouse Cove begins today.  We will begin worship as usual in the sanctuary and then dismiss the children to their appropriate age level Sunday School Class. 

New Procedure for Checks

Please note that we have been informed by the bank that in the future any checks made out to the church MUST be made payable to “Noank Baptist Church – NOT NBC.  Also, note that you can now donate online through the church website or through your bank.  For more details, contact Nancy Gilmore.

Sue Robinson to Retire from NBC

It is bittersweet for us to receive word of Sue’s retirement as Director of Children & Family Ministries effective October 30.  We are happy for her, but we are sad that she will be leaving a role where she has been extraordinary and effective since she began in early 2012.  Plans for recognizing this milestone in her life will be forthcoming.

Welcome to our New Sunday Nursery Caregiver

We welcome Sheri Harris to our staff.  Sheri will be our new Sunday Church Nursery Caregiver.  She will oversee nursery/pre-school during Sunday mornings throughout the year.  Sheri grew up in Mystic and currently resides in Ledyard with her two Labrador dogs Royce and Chip.