Welcome to First Baptist Church of Manchester Center, VT "The Community Church"
If you would like to give an offering to support the mission and ministry, you can either put it in the collection box at church on Sunday morning or mail it to our church P.O. Box 1049 Manchester Center, VT 05255 or directly to our collector Cathy Comar. Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity through this time where we cannot gather as easily as in the past.
 Happy New Year, Everyone!
January is a time for new beginnings, a time to let go of old ways that are not life-giving and to embrace the new things that God is inviting us to do. It is easier to stay true to this intention when we journey and worship alongside others who want to have God’s eternal values at the
center of their lives too. Please come and join us on Sundays and for our midweek opportunities to get to know each other and pray for each other.
We’ll begin the month with an Epiphany Service, celebrating the Light come into the world and learning from the wise ones who followed the star to the Christ Child. On January 9 th , we will have Rev. Greg Vigne bring a special message in our morning service. Then for the rest of the Sundays in January, we plan to learn from the book of Philippians. There is much encouragement to be found in this letter! On the Fourth Sunday of January, we will have our Annual Meeting after the worship service and luncheon. All services are available in person or
through a zoom link. If you would like to receive the zoom link through an email invitation, please let us know by emailing fbcmanvt@gmail.com.

May God’s face shine upon you,

Pastor Rebecca Sommons

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
 She lives in Danby, Vermont with her husband Matthew.
You may call to request a meeting or visit outside of regular church office hours.
Pastor Rebecca continues to remain open and eager to meet with church family. These get-togethers have taken a different look over the past few months as they have moved away from set office hours. She has, instead, met on an as needed basis. She is happy to meet with you in person, over the phone, or through zoom. When the weather is good, she has often met people outside and talked while taking a walk and she is happy to continue that during the winter. She is open to any ideas you may have.
Feel free to reach out to her anytime throughout the week.

A special prayer vigil on Monday morning for churches in Vermont and New Hampshire.  It will take place from 9 am to noon on zoom with the Meeting ID  # 802 144 2536) We are asking that everyone pray for our church that we have grace and trust to follow God.
Interfaith Council of the Northshire
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Virtual Program
Monday January 17 at 7PM via Zoom
“Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Love is creative and redemptive. Love builds up and unites…Physical force can repress, restrain, coerce, destroy, but it cannot create and organize anything permanent; only love can do that. Yes, love—which means understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill, even for one’s enemies—is the solution to the race problem.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957
The Interfaith Council of the Northshire invites you to a conversation about “Creating a Beloved Community in our Time” facilitated by Rev. Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Jericho. Rev. Thomas is moderator of the Racism in America Forums and former conference minister of the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ.
Our conversation will take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 17 at 7:00pm via Zoom.

The Prayer and Book Study group is going to start a new book
Sep 14, 2021
 From the introduction of Max Lucado book "When GOD Whispers Your Name":

"And so may I introduce you to this book?  It’s a book of hope. A book whose sole aim is to encourage.  For the last year I’ve harvested thoughts from a landscape of fields.  And thought their size and flavors are varied, their purpose is singular: to provide you, the reader, with a word of hope. I thought you could use it."

Speak with Pastor Rebecca if you would like to join us for both prayer and or book study.


FBC Men's Group

Men of the church are invited to join in meeting once a month on a Saturday morning for breakfast and a chance to connect and contribute to the discernment of the FOCUS group's purpose and form.  They're using the RightNow Media material called Embark to help organize their thinking as they seek God's direction for the group.  If you missed the first meeting, you could log onto RightNow Media and watch the first session.  Saturday, Jan 15, 2022, at 9 am in the church vestry.

FBC 2021
Sunday school classes will begin again this fall, starting on October 10 at 9:30 am. Jeremy Crumb will once again be leading an adult Sunday School class, while Pastor Rebecca will lead the children's class.
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.
AA is starting in our Church Joy Hall starting the first week in OCT.  Check the Church calendar on our website for dates and time.

GNAT_TV May 23, 2020 channels on Comcast are changing  to new Channels.
First Baptist Church will be found on CHANNEL 1094. Our service is shown Tuesday 7AM and 6PM and Sunday 7AM and 7PM. Note GNAT can changes these dates and time as well as the service being shown.

If you would like you can watch past service on our CHURCH WEBSITE at fbcmanvt.org  Find the ABOUT US tab click on it and it will take you to another page were you can click on watch past videos of church services,  and you will be taken to another page where videos are listed.

You can also view past services on GNAT-TV go to GNAT-TV.org click on FIND A VIDEO then click on SEARCH type in FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH and that should bring up the latest videos at the bottom of that page is a link to older posts.
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              Eric Malone      
 Rick Setzer                    James McReynolds
Tyson Fielding               John Lewis                  
 Harlen Capen                Curtis Taft
Devon 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.