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Pastor Rebecca Sommons

​First Baptist Church "The Community Church"
4895 Main St. P.O. Box 1049
Manchester Center
VT 05255
802.362.1555
for map click here
Church email fbcmanvt@gmail.com

  You may call to request a meeting or visit outside of regular church office hours.
Sunday School:
All classes will be each Sunday from 9:30-10:15 or so starting January 15.
Pastor Rebecca will be teaching Children’s Sunday School, ages 4-11 in Joy Hall (church downstairs). Jenny Russell and Linell Pike will assist.
Matthew Sommons will be teaching Youth Sunday School, ages 12 and up at the parsonage barn (98 Bonnet Street).  Holly O’Brien will assist Matthew.   John Hess will be leading the adult class at the church conference room (upstairs).
 Church Service: Worship begins at 10:30 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
​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.
The F.O.C.U.S. Men’s Group will not meet during December. Their next date will be January 6, 2018.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
The Sunday School children earned their last letter for good behavior in November to
spell out the word “movie”.  So, on November 18, Julia, Lydia, and Emily joined Rebecca and Maurie in Joy Hall to watch “Peter Pan” from the comfort of their bean bag chairs.  
The kids are working hard to memorize their lines for the Christmas play at Sunday’s
worship service on the morning of December 24.
Organ Concert at First Baptist


On Sunday afternoon, 10/22, about 40 people attended an organ concert at First Baptist sponsored by the Vermont Chapter of the American Guild of
Organists. It was part of an organ tour that additionally included concerts at First Congregational Church and Zion Episcopal Church. Our Music Director, Jeff Linebeck, opened the concert accompanying the audience in singing "O God, Our Help in Ages Past." Then Organist John Riddle presented a brief concert consisting of pieces by Bach, Brahms, Buxtehude, Pachelbel, Robert J. Powell and Seth Bingham. The concert demonstrated the full range of variety possible using the various stops of our organ. Mr. Riddle had previously played a recital on our Johnson & Son organ in 1974.

​Picture caption: On organ bench L to R: Jeff Linebeck, John Riddle, Vaughn Watson (recitalist at First Congregational)   ​​Photo taken by Gerald Carpenter
​Picture caption:
On organ bench L to R: Jeff Linebeck, John Riddle, Vaughn Watson (recitalist at First Congregational)

Photo taken by Gerald Carpenter
​                           RIGHT NOW MEDIA
Our church will have its own site within the Right Now Media program
where we can post services for you to watch if you are unable to attend. The email invitation has been sent. If you have any questions please contact Russ Taxter or Rebecca Sornmons.. We could use it
for our children's ministries, Bible studies and special eve
​                           CELEBRATE RECOVERY
The projected launch date for the Celebrate Recovery program that will be meeting here at First Baptist has been moved to September.
Please join us in praying for more people to join the leadership team, especially men. It is important to have both men and women who can lead discussion groups. Those who have already committed to being part of the leadership team are meeting on Wednesday evenings to prepare for this ministry. Celebrate Recovery is for anyone who recognizes their brokenness (habits, hang-ups, and hurts) and would like to find healing in Christ. Please talk to Pastor Rebecca, Matthew Sommons, or Linell Pike if you would like to know more about it.
​The First Baptist Church takes responsibility for manning the COMMUNITY FOOD CUPBOARD for the month of December. If you are available to help, please see Jim West. You will find the dates and times in the “Calendar of Church” Events.
​        CHRISTMAS COFFEE HOUSE
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 th at 6:00 PM!
COOKIES, COCOA, TEA, COFFEE!

Everyone is invited to the Christmas Coffee House to share a special song, story, poem, memory, tradition, or object! Even if you don’t share, we need an audience!
Find the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the vestry!       COME JOIN THE FUN!
                                      ​SHARE YOUR GIFTS
Have you ever considered being a worship assistant, leading a
children's conversation, greeting people, reading scripture, playing an
instrument, singing, or giving a testimony in church? Please let us
know how the Spirit is leading you, so we can include you in the
worship services. There are sign-up sheets in the vestry.
Book Study/Prayer Group​

Hello Prayer Group Members!

Will Pick up again in Jan. 2018
              ​​THE STORY OF GOD
This week, we will continue our series looking at the Bible from a "big picture" point of view to see the whole story line. If you would like to order a copy of the book, The Story of God by H. Henry Williams, it is available from Amazon for about 10. It is an interactive book designed to be a 40-day guided journey  through the Bible. There are
prompts within the book to read portions of Scripture and space to record your notes and reflections. The adult Sunday school class, led
by Jeremy Crumb offers a chance for discussion on what you are reading and hearing.
The Prudential Committee thanks all of you who have done such great work as volunteers cleaning the church. 
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.