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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.   Jeremy Crumb 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
​Child care volunteers is available each Sunday to care for toddlers through kindergarten age. The children will leave the sanctuary with the volunteers 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.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE​

 We will be holding a joint service with the Church of Dorset and East Rupert on Wednesday, February 14th at 5 pm. It will take place here, in our sanctuary and will be an opportunity to reflect on the fragile gift of life and become centered through God's love and forgiveness in preparation for the season of Lent.
BAPTISM CLASS
A new class for children interested in baptism is beginning on February 7th
We will meet at the church two Wednesdays a month from 4:30 to 5: 15 pm.
There will be 7 classes in all, with topics that will help us explore our faith and relationship to God, the Bible, and people of the church. Please let Pastor Rebecca know if you would like to attend, so she can order a workbook for you. Additional information about the books used and topics covered are on the poster in the vestry.
​                           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 evening events.
​                           CELEBRATE RECOVERY
The projected launch date for the Celebrate Recovery program will be meeting here at First Baptist beginning in 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.
CHURCH SUPPER
We're shaking things up with a lasagna supper on February 24th at 6 pm. Dottie Sundquist will be organizing the supper, and she's hoping for lots of help in preparing the meal and serving it. Dottie is also taking orders for anyone who would like to order a light blue First Baptist Church T-shirt to wear on that night. Please see her with your request and payment of $7.50(for most sizes) by February 11th
Book Study/Prayer Group​

Hello Prayer Group Members!
We'll pick up again at Lois Squires' house
​on Feb. 20, 2018
ANNUAL GATHERING
The 29th Annual Gathering for the American Baptist Churches of Vermont and New Hampshire will take place at the Fireside Inn of West Lebanon, NH on March 2-3. The theme is Built on the Rock: Redeeming Lives, based on Matthew 7:24-25. A detailed description of the speakers and workshops is available on the bulletin board in the vestry, along with registration forms. If you would like to attend one or both days as a delegate from our church, please let Pastor Rebecca know.
                                      ​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.
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
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 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.