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 noankbaptistchurch.org 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.

Forum on Offshore Wind Turbines

A forum will be held on Tuesday, October 30 from 6:30 – 8 pm at St. James Episcopal Church, 75 Federal Street, New London (light meal served at 6 pm).  Join us for a panel discussion on the collective need to address climate change, including the anticipated sea level rise in coastal towns.  CT has awarded an initial contract for 200 megawatts of offshore wind to Deepwater Wind, and New London’s harbor is poised to become a hub of economic activity for this emerging regional industry.  The possibilities for offshore wind are AMAZING – not only will this project provide generations of jobs for SE CT, this is exactly what we need to do to combat climate change.  This event is free but RSVP’s are required.  RSVP at https://offshorewindforum.eventbrite.com.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 @ Jennifer@thepnc.org. 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 www.startfreshct.org.