Welcome to First Baptist Church of Manchester Center, VT "The Community Church"
Nov 1, 2020 turn clocks back 1 hour
Dear Friends,
We are now offering two options for participating in our  10:30 am, starting September 13, 2020,  worship services. If you would like to come to the sanctuary, please be prepared to wear a mask, maintain a distance of 6 feet between you and others who are not in your family, and to ensure clean hands through washing or using hand sanitizer. The entrance on Bonnet Street is the one we are using, and there you will meet someone who will take your temperature with a touchless thermometer and ask you a few questions about your health and possible exposure to the coronavirus. Thank you for being mindful and considerate of everyone.
The second option is to participate in the live service through a zoom invitation, which is sent to your email. If you would like to receive an invitation each week, please let us know by sending an email to fbcmanvt@gmail.com. You will still have a chance to share prayer requests with the congregation and to participate in every way.
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.  You can find past services to watch under the About Us tab. If you have something you would like to share with our prayer team, you can use the Prayer Request tab. You may also want to like our Facebook page, if you would enjoy receiving encouragement and updates through Facebook.
We are continuing our series on Psalms through the summer, recognizing the need to express our feelings to God and our need for encouragement and focus on our relationship with God. There are so many uplifting psalms, I encourage you to read them for yourself as well.
I will leave you with an excerpt from Psalm 19 ~

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
  The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.

Grace and Peace,
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.
                                    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.
This Sunday Oct. 18, 2020 we started offering Sunday School Classes for the fall.
Annie Crumb will lead the class through the RightNow Media video series The Gospel Comes with a House Key, by Rosaria Butterfield. Class in the vestry at 9:30 am for teens and adults
(with a zoom option available) while the children’s class will meet in the children’s room upstairs.
The plan is for the classes to meet every first and third Sunday of the month.
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.

September 13, 2020
Jim Holden
(more pictures click here)
Prayer Group/ Book Study
Starting Aug 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM by Zoom, we will be reading and talking about  John Ortberg's book "If You Want to WALK ON WATER you've got to get out of the BOAT" .  Pastor Rebecca will be ordering books soon if you would like to have her order you a book let her know.
Cost $11.00
Come and join us it will be fun.....

Jan Casey 100th birthday
First Baptist Church members
were on hand to wish her
click her for more pictures
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.

Dedication of Caleb and Chase along with older brother Carter with Mom & Dad, Dylan and Jessica. With proud Grandmother Sara and Great Grandmother Lois.
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.