Welcome to First Baptist Church of Manchester Center, VT "The Community Church"

Welcome to The First Baptist Church
Manchester Center, Vermont 

"The Community Church"

Pastor Rebecca Sommons
First Baptist Church "The Community Church"
4895 Main St. P.O. Box 1049
Manchester Center
VT 05255
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:  
 "Something for Everyone" Sunday School classes. There will be:
•A Children's class for kids up to 5th grade, being led by Linell Pike & Pastor Rebecca, in Joy Hall
•A Tween/Teen class for 6th thru 12th grades being led by John Hess & assisted with Holly O'Brien, at the Parsonage
•And an Adult class with Jeremy Crumb in the FBC Conference room.
Truly, something for everyone!

First Sunday of the Month is Communion Sunday

Child care:
If you have small children (0-7) they are welcome to go upstairs to the children's room with the teachers following the children's moment in the service.  If the children are older than 7 or you wish to have your child stay with you, there are clipboards with children's pages and colored pencils available for them to use during the rest of the service.

                                    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. See Pastor Rebecca if you have an interested in participating in the service.


(call John to confirm time & place)
John Hess is inviting people from both church and the community to gather for a forgiveness class at the Catamount Bookstore in Arlington. The interactive class is open to both teens and adults,
and will meet on Wednesday nights at 7 pm beginning September 12th. You can contact John at 802-282-9769 for more information.
Thanksgiving Service The Interfaith Council of the Northshire invites the community to the Thanksgiving Service at the United Church of Dorset and Rupert which will be held on Nov. 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
The program will focus on music featuring Dorset's new musical director, Thomas Salmon.

Adult Sunday School:
We are discussing The Book of JUDGES
   Neighbor to Neighbor Pie Auction will be held on Sat. evening ,Nov. 17, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. at the Manchester Inn Celebration Barn. Tickets are available for $15 from the Neighbor to Neighbor Office at 367-7787 or From Martha Thompson.This should be a fun event with music by B&B students, h'or douevres. pies to taste, pies to
bid on either in silent auction or a live auction. Dick Coss will be the auctioneer and Jim Comar will be Master of
Ceremonies. Please mark your calendars.
Book Study/Prayer Group
Prayer Group Members!  We are starting our new look "Divine Hands" by Christine Labrum. We will be starting again on Jan 8, 2019 going every other week on Tuesday evenings. See Pastor Rebecca for more details. The group meets at 7 pm at Lois Squires. For more information you may see Barb West, Lois Squires or Glenna Taxter.

                          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, Jeremy Crumb or Rebecca Sommons. It could be used it for our children's ministries, Bible studies and special evening events.
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                    Eric Malone      
 Rick Setzer                    James McReynolds
Tyson Fielding               John Lewis                  
 Harlen Capen                Curtis Taft
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
The Prudential Committee thanks all of you who have done such great work as volunteers cleaning the church. 
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 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.

c o m p o s e r & c o n d u c t o r
In 1988, Mr. Bernstein 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 allowing this to be shared.
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.