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
"The Community Church"
4895 Main St.
P.O. Box 1049
Church Office Hours 9:30-12:30 AM
on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Church email firstname.lastname@example.org
You may call to request a meeting or visit outside of regular church office hours.
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On April 24/2016 RebeccaSommons 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 church is currently looking to upgrade our sound system to be able to
reach those far and wide. With the system we have now it is very difficult to
even get our service on air. We are still trying to figure out what would be
best for the church now and in the future as well. So now is the time to start
saving for the upgrade. There is a box in the vestry for donation for this
investment. Or you may write it into the memo portion of your check during
We are forming a committee to create a proposal for changing our church's by-laws at the annual meeting in January. The commitment is not time intensive. If you have interest on serving on this committee, please let Pastor Rebecca Sammons know. We have need of at least three members who are willing to serve in this way.
Will start up again on Jan. 11, 2017 will be continuing with Chapter 6.
Starting on Jan. 11, at 7:00 pm a new book study group will meet every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at Lois Squires house. The book to be explored is Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation by Ruth Haley Barton. You do not need to be part of the previous Wednesday prayer group, or have your own copy of the book, to participate. Here is the link to the book on Amazon, but try Northshire Bookstore as well.https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Rhythms
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. If we have 40% of our congregation to
participate we will an Apple TV for our church ministries. We could use it
for our children's ministries, Bible studies and special eve
The Prudential Committee thanks all of you who have done such great work as volunteers cleaning the church.
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
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.