Vacation Bible School 2018

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Vacation Bible School 2018 at Noank Baptist Church

Please join us!

August 6-10, 2018        9:00 - Noon

Ages 4-12!!

Please visit the web page Vacation Bible School under the heading Our Ministries for registration links for participants and volunteers.  Thank you!!!

Retirement Ceremony for Rick Wyman


Chief Warrant Officer, Richard Wyman’s Coast Guard Retirement Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 14 at 1:30 pm in Leamy Hall at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, followed by a reception (with light refreshments) to follow at 2:30 pm in the nearby Leamy Hall Ballroom.  RSVP not necessary, but helpful (for cake/drink procurement) – simply respond to Rick at

Invitations for 175th Celebration on May 19, 2018


Invitations sent out for the 175th anniversary celebration apparently did not reach some individuals.  If you did not receive your invitation, please contact Bonnie @ 860-536-6048.  The banquet will be held on May 19 and will be a catered buffet, so we need an accurate count of people attending.  There is no charge for the banquet, but we will be accepting free will donations to help defer costs.  Although all are invited, there is also a limit to the number of people we can accommodate in the vestry, so please be sure to respond soon.

175th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, May 18, 19 & 20


May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 175th Anniversary Concert in the Sanctuary

May 19 @ 4:30 pm – Social Hour in the Memorial Garden

May 19 @ 5:30 pm – Catered Dinner  in the Vestry

                                   (Reservations are required)

May 19 @ 7:00 pm – Anniversary Program in the Vestry

May 20 @ 10:00 – Celebration Service in the Sanctuary

Noank’s First Memorial Day Presentation


Join us at the Noank Fire Department Meeting Hall on Sunday, May 20 at 3:00 pm for a presentation by Dr. Karen (Kim) Meister Willis regarding Noank’s First Memorial Day.  This marks the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day “Noank hosts the longest-running continuous Memorial Day parade in the country” according to Wikipedia.  A representative of the Noank Historical Society will explore the origins of Memorial Day and revisit Memorial Day traditions through historic photographs.  The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

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

Calling NBC Musicians for the 175th Anniversary Concert


Our 175th anniversary weekend events will feature a special concert on Friday evening, May 18 in the sanctuary, celebrating NBC’s wonderful musicians and music’s important role in the church’s past, present and future.  Do you have a song, anthem or aria to sing - a work to perform?  If so, please speak to Rick Wyman who will be developing the program, put a note in the “music” mail slot in the copy room or email

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.

Camp Wightman – Summer Camp

It is time to register for summer camp!  NBC supports Camp Wightman and can assist families to offset the price of the programs.  If you are sending your child to camp, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible.  Space is limited and many programs sell out quickly.  Please complete your registration form online at and send a copy to the church office.  If you have questions about Camp Wightman, need assistance with registration, or want more information about NBC camp scholarships, please call the church office at 860-536-7129 or contact Sue Robinson at

Lay Readers Needed


Lay readers are needed for the entire year.  If you are interested in being a lay reader for a particular Sunday, please sign your name on the Lay Reader sign-up sheet located on the table in the Narthex. 

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.

Groton Community Meals – Groton Senior Center

Food and friendship is available on Mondays every month at the Groton Senior Center from 6-7 pm.  This program operates year-round, is free and welcome to everyone.  Transportation is available, by reservation only, for a fee of $2 by calling 860-441-6785.  If you have any questions about the meal program, call 860-444-6760. Groton Community Meals is also asking for your help with a “Wish List” of items that they use on a regular basis:  tea bags, coffee, cold drink mixes, and other household items.  Please find the “wish list” on the bulletin board in the Narthex.  If you can help, please take the items to the Groton Human Services, Fort Hill Road, Groton.

Nursery Caregiver


The Children and Family Ministry would like to announce that we have selected a new Nursery Caregiver.  Andra Davis has a BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Rhode Island.  Andra looks forward to serving NBC’s youngest children.  We invite you to visit the nursery to welcome Andra.

Support for Noank Baptist Church


As we enter this 175th anniversary year, our 2018 church budget needs a little more support!  If you have not sent in your pledge, please do so at your earliest convenience.  The budget is determined largely by the projected income from our supporters.  A pledge is a projected amount that you hope to give so that we can build the budget.  Without it, we are forced to make cuts to programs and expenses.  Please do your part to help maintain this ministry we share, so that we will have a strong year and a promising future.  We thank you for your generosity over the past year and we trust you will be faithful to the church in 2018.

Lost NBC Parade Float

Lost:  The 175th Anniversary Committee is looking for the parade float that was used years ago in the Noank Memorial Day parade so it can possibly be used during the 2018 celebration.  If anyone knows what might have happened to it, please contact Bonnie Banks or any of the committee members.

Meals for Cal Robertson


An updated sign-up sheet is located on the card table in the Narthex.  Please sign up if you can provide a meal for Cal, who is at St. Francis House.  If you have any questions, please contact Gloria at 860-536-7129.