Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering

The theme of this year’s RMMO Offering is “Extending Our Hands to Our Neighbors”and will be held December 2nd.  This offering is a way for the American Baptist congregations to say “Thank You” for the commitment, service and spiritual guidance of retired ministers and missionaries and their widowed spouses.  Envelopes have been sent with the December newsletter and will also be available in the pew racks throughout the month of December.

New Art Show in the Parlor for December

We have celebrated the past of Noank Baptist Church this year.  Now it is time to look to our future.  The art show in Gallery 175 features art which honors activities and faith of our young people.  Our new exhibit entitled “Hope, Love, Peace and Joy”will be open today and throughout the winter months.  

Love recognizes no barriers.  It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.– Maya Angelou

Fellowship Hour

The hostesses of the Fellowship Hour are asking for your help with refreshments.  The hostesses are:  

1st Sunday-Betsey Goetsch

2nd Sunday-Deb Garmon

3rd Sunday-Sandy Mansfield

4th Sunday-Meredith Jannusch

Christmas Giving Tree

NBC will be collecting gifts for local families and young adults again this year.  The tree, with suggested gifts on tags, is now up in the Narthex.  The tags will specify the gift requested.  The gift cards will come with a small gift bag in which to return the gift card.  The gifts for Groton Human Services need to be returned by December 9(the tag will specify that) and be unwrapped (put in a gift bag or plastic bag).  The other gifts may be returned on December 16.  Leave the gifts in the church office on Sundays before worship or leave them in the church office with Gloria Mon.-Fri. between 9 am and noon.  Gifts are to be locked up in the office during the week. There will be a sign-up sheet for persons to fill in for the tag(s) they have taken.  Please put the number, color and shape of the ornament and your name so we can keep an accurate account of the gifts.  Thank you all for your generosity.  It is greatly appreciated and will make the holidays brighter for many in our community.   Have fun shopping with a spirit of joy!

Breakfast for Claude Chester School

Last year we donated breakfast items for the students at Claude Chester School.  This year, Lisa Knobloch has suggested that we donate money, as the school is able to purchase food much more cheaply than we can buy it in the store.  Someone will be at a table in the Narthex to take your donations during the first two Sundays in December.  If you choose to write a check, you can make it out to:  Claude Chester School (with breakfast in the memo line).  Breakfast items are given to students to take home for nutritious meals during the holiday vacation.

Christmas Wreaths & Poinsettias

During Advent, you are invited to make a donation in celebration, honor, or memory of a loved one to be used for the purchase of wreaths and poinsettias to be placed in the Sanctuary for the season.  Forms will be inserted in the Sunday bulletin for the next two Sundays.  Please fill out one of the forms and put it in the offering plate by December 14or call the church office.  Please provide your name and the person(s) for whom it is given in memory, honor or celebration.  Checks should be made payable to “Noank Baptist Church” with “Flower Fund” on the memo line.  A donation of $10 is suggested.  Names and designations will be printed in the Advent and Christmas bulletins.

Hats for Hope Project

This is our 9th year of the Hats for Hope Project and we are still in need of hats so we can distribute them to the Cancer Society, Homeless shelters, W.A.R.M., community kitchens, children’s hospitals and various schools to be given to children who are in need of a warm hat.  We distribute between 300-400 hats each year.  We need your help again to replenish our stock.  The hats can be knotted or crocheted and can be made for both adults and children.  If you can help, please contact Sandy Mansfield.

Main Street House

The staff at Main Street House is asking for donations of twin bed sheets, blankets and towels for the youth at the Main Street House. There is a box available in the Chapel for your convenience. 

Crop Walk

Thanks to all who walked, or sponsored walkers, in the CROP Walk representing Noank Baptist Church.  We raised $900 for Church World Services to help with hunger in the world.

Meals for Cal Robertson

Meals for Cal Robertson

We are looking for volunteers to make a meal for about 8 people at St. Francis House.  We especially need volunteers for the winter months.  If you are interested, please contact Betsey Goetsch.

Global Peace Conference Meeting, Sunday, December 9

The Peace Conference next year will take place in Cali, Colombia from July 15-20, 2019.  Join Pastor Hayes in this once-a-decade event.  If you would like to attend the conference, come to a meeting in the vestry after worship on Sunday, December 9.  We will talk about the conference and travel to Colombia and see who is going from NBC.

175th Anniversary Event

The 175thAnniversary Committee is planning one more event, probably early in the new year.  Mary Anderson found some videos of the 150thAnniversary that will be put into a DVD and shared at a “Movie Night” ( or matinee.)  We invite anyone who has other videos of NBC events (maybe weddings, baptisms, concerts, VBS) to let us know so we can include them in the event.  Please contact Bonnie, Mary or any of the other members of the Anniversary Committee if you have something for this event.

NBC Pictorial Directory Update

Don’t forget to sign up to have your pictures taken for the NBC Pictorial Directory.  There are still a few appointments available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, November 6, 7 & 8 but filling up fast.  For those who are not able to attend one of those days, we have just secured another date, Wednesday, December 19 from 1 to 8 pm.  For families with kids coming home from college around that time, we hope this will provide a better time for you to get a good family photo.  Photos will be sent to you within 3 to 4 weeks of when they are taken so those taken in December will not be available before Christmas, although the ones taken in November should be received well in advance.  Remember, there is no cost to you for the sitting and you will receive a free 8x10 as well as the photo directory when it is ready.  Additional photos may be purchased with a 20% discount offered to military and emergency response personnel, as well as seniors.  An additional $5 coupon will be provided toward the purchases if you bring a non-perishable item to the photography session to be sent to the Groton Food Pantry.  To schedule an appointment you can either go online following the link on the website under Resources, call Bonnie Banks @ 860-222-5622 or sign up on Sunday morning at church.

Fusion Youth Ministry Upcoming Events

Fri., November 2 from 5-7:30 pm

Preston Farms Corn Maze (meet at 4:30 to carpool).  Feel free to wear your Halloween costumes.

Sat., Nov. 10 from 10 am to 2 pm – Total Life Expo @ Mohegan Sun Convention Center.

Sun., Nov. 18 from 4-6 pm – Youth Meeting at PBBC.

Church Membership Class

If you have found your home in this beloved community of Christ, and wish to explore the possibility of becoming a member, we invite you to attend a three-part information and orientation program.  We will meet after church for less than one hour beginning at 11:15 am two more Sundays, November 4th and 11th.  We will talk about our personal religious backgrounds and the history of the American Baptist Churches.  We will learn about our Noank Baptist Church history and present day associations and missions.  We’ll discuss what it means to be a member, not just in terms of participating in governance and outreach, but in living out our commitment to each other as members of this happy, joyous, life-giving congregation.  Please contact Pastor Hayes or one of the deacons if you have any questions, and/or to let us know if you plan to attend. 

CROP Walk Update

NBC raised $850 (and still counting) for this year’s Church World Services/CROP Walk, fighting world hunger one step at a time.  With grateful thanks, we want to say how much we appreciate our financial sponsors, those who donated and/or served refreshments for the walk turn-around at NBC, and of course our walkers, pictured here:  Paul & Wendy Hayes, Clare Wurm, Erin Wyman and Mary & Jesse Harris.  Marti Bradshaw did the walk also, but missed the picture!  Thanks to all who sponsored the walkers and made a very successful walk!

Town of Groton Thanksgiving Basket Program

Groton Human Services is once again providing Thanksgiving Baskets to Groton families who are struggling to make ends meet this year.  The following items are needed:  frozen turkeys or gift cards, canned fruit & veggies, instant mashed potatoes, canned yams, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, gravy, pie fillings & dessert items, cereal & pancake mix.  Monetary donations towards the purchase of turkey gift cards.  Food items are needed by November 14.  Donations may be dropped off at:  Groton Human Services, 2 Fort Hill Road Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

“I Will Not Be Erased” Rally in New London

A rally will take place at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in New London on Sunday, November 4 at 2 pm to protest the Trump Administration’s proposed federal legal definition of gender under Title IX Civil Rights laws that will eliminate protections currently in place for sexual minorities.  This will greatly impact the LGBTQQI community, particularly transgender, removing protections that prevent discrimination in housing, education, health care and other arenas.  The Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading the effort to establish a binary legal definition that assigns sexual identity as either male or female, disregarding what is widely seen in the medical establishment as a spectrum of identities and orientations.

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.