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.
Dear Friends,
It’s an exciting time of year when we get to watch the spring greening happen, complete with flowers and birdsong.  I hope that you also sense God’s stirring in your soul to step into a season of color and growth.
We’ll be spending the remainder of April and the month of May considering Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount found in the Gospel of Matthew.  He gives us insight into God’s way of looking at life and invites us to lay down our worries, check for blind spots, know Him as a loving parent, find the narrow gate, light up the world, and listen & live.  It’s not enough just to hear Jesus’ words, but it’s a start in the process of letting them reorient our thinking and our choices. 
If you join us, I hope you will be encouraged in the faith you already have in God, and also stretch into new spaces of flourishing and fruitfulness.  Our services are on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am, and you can participate in person in our sanctuary or by using a zoom link.  We are following the state guidelines for social distancing and protecting one another’s health by wearing masks and sanitizing our hands. If you do not yet receive the zoom link and would like to, please send us your email address, and we will send you an email containing the link each weekend. 
May God bless and keep you!
Pastor Rebecca Sommons

Welcome to The First Baptist Church
of
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
802.362.1555
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.

                                    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.
The Christian Education Committee has several events and opportunities to offer in March and April. First, Jeremy Crumb will once again be leading a weekly Sunday School class using the series The Good Book from RightNow Media. This series examines eight common themes in the Bible and offers vignettes of families applying these themes in practical ways. The class will meet at 9:30 each Sunday in the vestry, except on the second Sunday of each month, when the class will meet upstairs. A Zoom option will be available. Look for the invitation in your email.


 7pm by zoom.

We are starting our new book Soul Shift. If you would like to join us
contact Pastor Rebecca 
 April 24 7- 8 pm Jeopardy Virtual Game Night Activity via zoom. Contact Pastor Rebecca for more information. 
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.

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, 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.