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Sunday School: Starting Sept. 11, 20169:30 
Church Service: Worship begins at 10:30 AM
​Matthew Sommons will lead an adult class in the parsonage living room at 9:30 AM.
First Sunday of the Month is Communion Sunday
We are the big red church on the corner of Main and Bonnet Street Call the church 362-1555
First Baptist Church
"The Community Church"
4895 Main St.
P.O. Box 1049
Manchester Center
VT 05255
802.362.1555

for map click here
​A child care volunteer is available each Sunday to care for toddlers through kindergarten age. The children will leave the sanctuary with the volunteer following the choir's anthem. First graders and older stay in worship and there are crayons and coloring books at the back of the sanctuary for them.
This site set up was funded by Christine Bryant in loving memory of her Dad and Mother, Paul & Pauline Todtschinder,, along with her late husband Albert Lawrence.
                                
On April 24/2016 Rebecca Sommons was voted in as our new Pastor to take effect in July of 2016. Shown here are Rebecca, husband Matthew and daughter Natalie. Daughter Grace was unable to be here today for this event. click her for other pictures and also the dinner last evening.

FIRST BAPTIST WELCOMES NEW PASTOR

 

The First Baptist Church of Manchester Center, VT is pleased to announce the arrival of our new Pastor, Rev. Rebecca Sommons, who will assume the pulpit at a Communion Worship Service on Sunday, August 7th at 10:30 am. Rev.

Sommons is a recent graduate of Palmer Theological Seminary and was ordained through the sponsorship of the First Baptist Church of Lansdale, PA.

 

Rev. Rebecca will reside in Manchester Center with her husband, Matthew, a veteran of the United States Navy and a psychiatrist, and their two

daughters: Grace, who is an incoming freshman at Houghton College in Houghton, NY; and Natalie who will enter her sophomore year at Burr and Burton.

 

The First Baptist Church of Manchester Center, VT, an affiliate of the American Baptist Churches of the USA and the American Baptist Churches of VT and NH, was founded in 1781 and is the oldest congregation in the Town of Manchester. First Baptist Church is a faith community that believes in studying God's Word; sharing our gifts, graces and talents; and acting as Christ's compassionate servants in and to this world.

 

All are enthusiastically invited to join us in welcoming Rev. Sommons and her family to the Manchester community. The First Baptist Church is located on the corner of Main and Bonnet Streets at the roundabout in Manchester Center, VT.

 

 

Our Fall Sunday School Kick-off Rally will be after church on Sunday, September 11 from 12-3 PM at the Dana L. Thompson rec park pavilion.  Rain date is September 18.  Enjoy lunch and  lawn games as we celebrate this new chapter in FBC’s Christian Education program.  A signup sheet for picnic food and items will be coming.


The following Sunday School programs will be offered starting September 11 at 9:30 AM. 


Upstairs in the Barn (behind the parsonage), Pastor Rebecca Sommons will lead 12+ year olds in a curriculum designed to guide preteens and teens in owning their faith.


At the same time,  Matthew Sommons will lead an adult class in the parsonage living room.  Come on Sept 11 to have input on the design of this journey.


For 11 and under, we hope to offer something after the hectic start of school and Fall sports have subsided.  We shall keep you posted on that.




Have a wonderful day!
Maurie
 
The book study and prayer group will continue to meet the second Wednesday of the month starting in April. Call Lois Squires for more information. All are welcome!











Pastor Rod Birney June 19, 2016 new member.
 
I’m so glad everyone likes the new “Holy Land” map carpet we have added to Joy Hall.  If Spring comes back in a strong way, as it seems to be heading, we may be carrying this over to the Barn soon for Sunday school over there.  But we’ll see how the weather turns out after Easter.
 
 
Continue in prayer asking for guardian angels to surround our men and women who are serving to protect our country and freedom. We also pray that God will guide the leaders of this world toward peace.

Bobby Mattison         Cody Johnson      
      Daniel Ward              Christopher Sargood
Jason Sargood          Eric Malone      
          Rick Setzer               James McReynolds
Tyson Fielding           John Lewis                  Curtis Taft                Harlen Capen
Willie Campney         Debbie White               Trevor McLenithan   Brett Bushee


If there are other local troops, please let us know so we can add them to our prayer list
Why you come to church…
by Diane Roth, April 30, 2014


I don’t know why you come to church on a particular Sunday, or why you don’t. Sometimes you show up; sometimes you don’t. When you don’t, maybe it’s because you are sick or out of town or your alarm clock didn’t go off or you just can’t bear to be in a room with those particular people on this particular day. Maybe you are caught between wanting to experience God and a faith community, and the reality of what it’s really like to be a part of a faith community.

When you come, maybe it’s because you heard that lately, some of the little kids say the most hilarious things during the children’s story, and you are hoping to hear some of that. Or maybe it’s because you are reading the lessons at the service. Or – miracles of miracles there are sometimes more men in the choir than women! How often does that happen? And you want to check it out.

Or, maybe you just want to sing, at the top of your lungs. Where else can you go to sing?

Maybe you come because deep down, you are hungry for the promise in that little piece of bread and that small sip of wine/juice. Maybe you come because you need to be reminded that there is something bigger than you, that, even though things seem bleak, somehow, in the end, you need to know that you know you are loved and held by God. Maybe you come because you need courage to keep on doing good, to keep fighting the good fight. Or maybe you come because you need a hand to lift you up, and you are hoping that there will be a hand there today. Please let there be a hand there today.

If you don’t know why you come here’s a reason:

You don’t come for yourself. You come for someone else. You come for that person who needs a word, a hand up, a heart. You come for the person who needs someone to sit beside her. You come for the child who needs to be told he is smart. You come for the widow who walks in slowly; you come for the teenager who needs someone to say “You belong.” You come and you practice looking for the person, the one you are there for.

You come and you practice, so you can go back out and practice looking all week, looking for the person that God is sending to you.

Originally posted at: Faith in Community

Contributed by Glenna Taxter

From Shawn Harrington Manchester Historical Society

The first--- First Baptist Church stood on meeting house hill (site of today's Factory Point Cemetery) organized in 1781 and built in 1785. In 1833 the church relocated to its current site on the corner of Bonnet Street. Built at a cost of $2300 originally, it has been expanded and modified but remains relatively the same since as it was in 1873.
The photo at right dates from 1915 with the Elm at the Crossroads- subject of a poem written about by Walter Hard, the full text follows.
The document from 1834 documents the sale of Slip No. 2 in the new church sold to Mr. Martin Slocum of Manchester.

A message from
J E F F R E Y B E R N S T E I N
c o m p o s e r & c o n d u c t o r
In 1988, he composed a choral setting of the following poem and has given us permission to link it to our web site. Click here to be linked to Elm at the Crossroads.
Thank you, Mr Bernstein, for sharing.


Elm at the Crossroads by Walter Hard

Of course a tree is just so much timber
Or so many cords of firewood.
The timber may make a home
Or the firewood may keep it warm.
But a tree like the elm at the crossroads
Has seen too much of life
To be just timber or firewood.
There it is with its thick trunk on the ground.
They’re chopping out the branches
And digging around the broad stump.
Count the rings.
A hundred and eight.
It could tell you a lot of history.
It was young when Factory Point was beginning.
There was the Tannery along the river
With piles of bark in the yard.
There was the woolen mill with its whirling looms,
And a dozen other mills along the stream.
It really was Factory Point.
Think of all the people who have passed that tree!
Think of all the people
Think of the slow plodding oxen with loads of goods;
Heavy creaking wagons with blocks of marble
From the quarries on Dorset Mountain;
Gay prancing horses drawing shining buggies;
Processions in somber black;
Gay parades with bands and flying banners;
Ladies walking with parasols held over quaint bonnets;
Men with high hats and tailed coats.
Statesmen, scholars, warriors, artists—
All have passed under its spreading branches.
There it lies.
Just so many cords of firewood.
Of course it had to go.
It’s a martyr to what we hope is progress.
Our rushing life cannot be stopped by a tree.
A hundred and eight years
To grow some firewood.
We are still collecting used ink cartridges and redeeming them. The proceeds will be used to build our Youth Fund for a future Conference trip. Please place your cartridges in the box on top of the piano in the vestry.
Pictures from Manchester Historical Society thanks to Shawn Harrington
About 1925