America for Christ Offering


The theme for the America for Christ Offering 2018 is based on Ephesians 4:11-13.  For American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS),

equipping disciples entails supporting and enabling highly motivated Christian disciple-makers who are delivering the Good News of Jesus Christ and producing life-saving and life-giving change in individuals and congregations across the United States and Puerto Rico.

   This offering will begin on Sunday, March 4 and will continue throughout the month of March.  Offering envelopes will be sent with the March newsletter and will also be available in the pew racks throughout the month of March.

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.  A logbook is available to tally names and activities and a chart to measure progress will be posted in the Narthex. 

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

Baptism Class for Youth


During Lent, Pastor Hayes is offering a baptism class for youth who are interested and ready to be baptized as an expression of their faith and desire to follow the ways of Jesus.  Please speak with Pastor Hayes if you are interested in attending the class.

Mittens for Children


United Community Family Services is asking for mittens for children to add to their Mitten Tree.  When a child comes into their offices during the winter months with no mittens, they can just choose a pair from the Mitten Tree.  The Prayer Shawl Ministry is making mittens to donate.  If you can help, please contact Bonnie Banks.

Connecticut Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare


A conference will take place on March 14 @ 10 am in the Meeting Room at Hartford Seminary to answer questions regarding drone warfare.  Why should we be concerned? – are civilians protected in drone warfare?  For additional information, please call 609-924-5022 or visit

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”


The Niantic Rotary Club, Niantic and Advanced Toastmasters and East Lyme Public Library will be presenting a community read-aloud of this inspiring message, one of the most important writings of the civil rights era.  The reading will be held on Monday, February 26 from 5:30-7:30 pm at East Lyme Senior Center, 37 Society Road, Niantic.

Art Show Beginning March 11


The theme of our next Art Show will be

Reflecting our History:  Noank Baptist Church.

This show will depict the nature and character of the people who have been so vital to the history

and community of Noank Baptist Church.  Do you have a keepsake, a work of art, a needlepoint, a hymn, a letter from an ancestor, a poem or prayer, a photograph—something which can provide insight into the essence of our forebears at NBC or the church’s history?  You may have to delve way back into the past.  Please contact Posy Webber at 860-245-2338 or  We will celebrate our past in the remembrances we share.

   To the participants of our current show “How Are the Children”, we have enjoyed your art works these past few months and we thank you very much.  Kindly pick up your work by Sunday, March 4.  See Posy Webber or Nora Andrews on that day, or if you need to pick it up earlier.

The Meaning of Jerusalem, Wed., Feb. 21


Hartford Seminary President, Heidi Hadsell, will serve as moderator for the World Affairs Council program “The Meaning of Jerusalem” at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 21 at Infinity Hall in Hartford.

The program is described as “an interfaith conversation on the spiritual and cultural meanings underpinning today’s conflict over the city of Jerusalem.”  This event is free, but registration is required.  Please call Heather @ 860-509-9500.

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. 

Coats for New London Homeless Hospitality Center


We, at NBC, are still collecting winter coasts for adults and children to be distributed to the New London Homeless Hospitality Center.  We are asking for durable used winter coats.  There will be a box in the Narthex for you to drop off any coats that you may have.  We will take of cleaning, if necessary.  If you have any questions, please see Sandy Mansfield.

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.

CT Council for Interreligious Understanding, Today


Today @ 4:00 pm, The CT Council for Interreligious Understanding and the Most Reverend Leonard Blair, Archbishop of Hartford invite everyone to a gathering in good faith and good will to Love Thy Neighbor and Act for All Americans.  This event will be held at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford with a keynote address by Deacon Art Miller.  Join your neighbors of many faiths and cultures as we stand together to affirm the dignity of each and all of us.  Everyone is welcome in our country and at this event!!

Soup-A-Thon @ PBBC, Feb. 10

Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church is presenting their First Annual Soup-A-Thon on February 10 from 5-6:30 pm at 1241 Poquonnock Road, Groton.  This Soup-A-Thon will feature over 10 different kinds of soup, bread and dessert – all for $10.  For additional information, call 860-445-6126.

Start Fresh Kitchen Community Dinners


The community dinners features world cuisine with a Syrian emphasis specially prepared by refugee family members.  The dinners are a project of Start Fresh, Inc., St. David’s Episcopal Church and the Islamic Center of New London.  The cost is $25 per person.  The doors open at 6:00 pm and the meal is served at 6:30 pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 284 Stoddard’s Wharf Road, Gales Ferry.  The next meals will be available on February 12 and March 9.  To purchase tickets online, go to or call 860-705-3902.  The proceeds benefit Start – The New London Area Refugee Settlement Team.

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.

Bible Study with Mary Brodhead


Mary Brodhead will once again be hosting a Bible Study which will begin on January 10 at 10:00 am in the Chapel and every Wednesday thereafter.  The first meeting will include a discussion of possible themes for future meetings.  All are welcome to attend.