Baked Potato Bash, Oct. 22


Our past three Baked Potato Bashes were huge successes, so let’s do it again.  The children will once again be serving wonderful baked potatoes after worship on Sunday, October 22.  There will be a “Baked Potato Bar”, plus meat and vegetarian chili with your choice of toppings.  Coffee, tea, cider and desserts are included.

NBC 175th Anniversary Celebration

2018 marks the 175th anniversary of Noank Baptist Church.  A small core committee has been formed to plan a celebration of this major milestone.  One of our first tasks is to develop a logo to use in a variety of ways throughout the year.  Please submit your ideas for an anniversary logo to Bonnie Banks at no later than October 18.

Another urgent request is for high quality color photographs that could be used to create a 12-month 2018 photo calendar.  Photos could be of the church or other areas around Noank that would be of interest to members of the church, as well as the community.  Please submit photos either as a Jpeg attachment to an email to Bonnie or a good quality print that can be scanned and returned to you.  If you have good quality black and white photos, especially old church photographs, we may be able to use those later so those are welcome at any time.

Hurricane Relief Funds from One Great Hour of Sharing

American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary, The Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer invites all congregations to donate generously to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) in response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.  Checks can be made out to Noank Baptist Church with a notation in the memo line of “OGHS-Puerto Rico”.  100% of donations go the relief efforts; 0% are retained for administrative costs.

World Mission Offering, October

Our support for this year’s annual mission offering will be split evenly between ABCUSA International Ministries and the Alliance Bridges of Hope Offering.  Envelopes will be attached to the October newsletter and will also be available in the pew racks during the month of October.  Your gifts to the World Mission Offering help to raise up, place and send new global servants and volunteers to reach and touch lives of Jesus around the world.  They also help to fill gaps for those workers who have not yet reached their support goals, enabling crucial ministries to continue.

Credo: This I Believe Series

On Sunday, October 8 @ 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.

CROP Walk, Sunday, October 15 @ 1 pm


Walkers will gather at 1:00 pm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Pearl Street, Mystic.  At that time, your donation sheets will be turned in and there will be a brief opening ceremony.

This 10 kilometer (6 mile) walk starts at 1:30 pm along Route 215 to Noank Baptist Church where there will be refreshments in the Vestry and then back to Mystic.  Sponsorship sheets will be available on the table in the Narthex the first week in October.  Please take a sheet, get people to sponsor you and return it to St. Mark’s on the day of the Walk.  If you are willing to provide cookies or bars for the refreshment table, please speak with Marge Murdock or contact the church office.

Habitat for Humanity, 235 Yetter Road Project


Habitat for Humanity is still cleaning and renovating the house and grounds at 235 Yetter Road, Mystic.  This project will continue until the home is completed, which will likely be in the late winter/early spring.  Work days are each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:30 to 2:30.  If you are interested in volunteering for any of these days, please contact Amanda Shanks at 860-442-7890 x 201.

Leslie Lee & Steve Gretz Concert, October 13

We welcome Leslie and Steve back for another wonderful concert on Friday, October 13 @ 7:00 pm.  In 2003, they started recording and performing together as a duo.  Their music combines their backgrounds in traditional, country, Americana and gospel music with their taste for contemporary singer/songwriters.  Their performances feature simple but tasteful arrangements of timeless melodies.  Steve’s guitar is often supplemented by other traditional instruments, but the focus is always on thoughtful lyrics and beautiful harmonies.  This concert is open to the public.  Donations will be accepted at the door.

Lay Readers Needed


We need Lay Readers for the months of October & November.  Please sign up for any Sunday that you would be able to be Lay Reader on the sign-up sheet located on the card table in the Narthex. 

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.

Choir Practices to Begin

Here’s hoping that everyone had a safe and wonderful summer.  However, we soon will be getting back into a routine here at NBC with the following:

Senior Choir – practice will begin on Thursday, September 7 @ 7:15 pm in the choir room.  New members are welcome and veteran members are encouraged to return.  If you are interested in joining our Senior Choir, please contact Erin Wyman at 860-287-1666 or

Youth Choir – practice will begin on Sunday, September 10 @ 11:15 am.  We hope to see new faces this year.  If you are a student in grades 3 to 12 and like to sing, we are looking forward to seeing you.  Our choir rehearsals are each Sunday after worship and we sing in church every other Sunday.  Erin Wyman is our choir director.

Lighthouse Cove will resume on September 10

Homecoming Sunday is always exciting, seeing old friends and making some new ones also.  We will begin worship as usual and then dismiss the children to their appropriate age level Sunday School Class.  However, the nursey/pre-school room is available at the beginning of worship.  There will be a short orientation for parents following worship on September 10 in the Vestry.

We have a staff of dedicated volunteer Sunday School teachers ready to show your children God’s amazing love for us and teach the stories of Jesus as they begin their journey of growing in faith and what it means to be part of a Christian community.  If you have any questions, please feel free to give Sue Robinson a call at 860-536-7129.

Bible Study at MRHC

The Bible Study Group which is usually held each Wednesday morning @ 10 am at the Mystic River Homes Congregate, will not meet in September, but will resume on October 4.

Prayer Shawl Ministry


The Prayer Shawl group will return on Tuesday, September 5.  They will meet at 10:30 am in the Parlor.  If you would like to join the group, just bring your needles and yarn.

NBC Nursery School

Teachers, Miss Tina and Miss Gen, are preparing for the 2017-2018 school year.  The first day of class will be Wednesday, September 13 @ 9:00 am.  If you know of anyone who may be interested in enrolling their child for this school year, please contact Miss Tina at 860-536-7129

Tuesday Night Bible Study

Tuesday Night Bible Study with Pastor Hayes will be held each Tuesday, beginning September 26, at 7:00 pm in the Vestry.  The title of the Bible Study is Christianity at its Origins.  Join Pastor Hayes in exploring Scripture, church tradition and history that may not be the beliefs or customs that characterized the earliest believers among the first generation living in Jerusalem and Palestine, as well as the role of Jesus’ own family in the formation of the movement that came to bear his name.  All are welcome!

Adult Bible Discussion Schedule


The topics for the Sunday, 11:15 am Adult Bible Discussion Group is as follows:  May:  Philip the Evangelist; June:  The Spirit in the Old Testament; July:  Book of Ezekiel; August:  Managing Powerlessness