Welcome to First Baptist Church of Manchester Center, VT "The Community Church"
Dear Friends,
We are now offering two options for participating in our 9:30 am 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
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
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.
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.....

For more information speak with Pastor Rebecca or click on this link.


Register Today for an Online Soul Care Event

Our hope is that the following events might offer you encouragement, engagement and community during this strange and stressful season. We are here for you! Join us as you are able for an online retreat or workshop. New events are being added all the time!

                                                              FEATURED EVENTS
The Transformational Journey
Online Workshop via Zoom
July 17, 2020, 10am-1pm (Eastern Time)
Facilitator: David Wu

Can change really happen? What is spiritual transformation? What does it look like, and how does it happen? What are the challenges? This workshop explores the incredible promises, provisions and pathways of our spiritual journey, and includes theological reflections, group conversations and practicing spiritual disciplines together.

The Practice and Priority of Soul Care
Online Workshop via Zoom
July 30, 2020, 10am-12pm (Eastern Time)
Facilitators: Steve Macchia and David Wu

God’s invitation for his beloved children is always for deeper intimacy. He’s the lover of our souls and longs to be given top priority in our daily lives. But, the distractions are abundant, and it's often elusive to know how best to make choices that feed our longings for more of God. In this interactive online workshop, you will be introduced to sustaining practices that feed your soul. 



                                                                 MORE UPCOMING EVENTS
Waiting on God
Online Soul Care Retreat via Zoom  
July 18, 2020, 10am-1pm (Eastern Time)
Facilitator: Jeremy Stefano

Presently, our experience as Christians involves the blending of two realities. On the one hand, we experience joy in the Messiah’s coming and his triumph over sin and death, and the gift of the Holy Spirit now living in our hearts. On the other hand, a deep yearning for Christ to come again with righteousness and justice, in power and glory, aches within us. During this retreat, we will tend to our experience of grief, longing, mourning and waiting as acts of faith while we live out our days in a fallen, imperfect and corruptible world. Come, Lord Jesus.

The Enneagram
Online Workshop via Zoom  
July 25, 2020, 10am-1pm (Eastern Time)
Facilitator: David Wu

The Enneagram has been increasingly recognized as a helpful tool for self-awareness and discipleship, with roots in Christian spiritual theology. This workshop presents a distinctly Christian approach to using the Enneagram for discipleship. A portion of the workshop will be spent introducing the Enneagram through a biblical and theological lens. Each registrant will take an online Wagner Enneagram Personality Style Scales (WEPSS) Enneagram assessment in advance of the workshop. With detailed and personalized results in hand, we'll spend the morning together exploring the self-discovery insights offered by this ancient tool.

Life in the Spirit
Online Soul Care Retreat via Zoom
August 1, 2020, 10am-1pm (Eastern Time)
Facilitator: Jeremy Stefano

The whole Christian life involves the Holy Spirit. The Christian, born of the Spirit, learns to walk in the Spirit. Maturing in grace, we learn to pray in the Spirit, obtain access to the Father in the Spirit, sing in the Spirit, exhibit the fruit of the Spirit and serve with the gifts of the Spirit. What began in the Spirit must also be perfected by the Spirit. Come and attend to the life in the Spirit available inside you.

Sabbath Rest: Invitation, Gift and Blessing
Online Workshop via Zoom
August 6, 2020, 10am-12pm (Eastern Time)
Facilitator: Steve Macchia

The Sabbath seems like a no-brainer. But of all the 10 commandments, it’s the one we take for granted and rather loosely tend to ignore. God is a champion of creative work, that’s for sure. Just look around at trees, birds, oceans and human beings to marvel at his work. But he’s also a diligent advocate for Sabbath rest, when he and we are invited to join together in noticing, enjoying and stewarding the life that surrounds us. Join the conversation, and let’s keep the Sabbath a priority.

*NEW* Spiritual Discernment
Online Workshop via Zoom
August 15, 2020 10am-1pm (Eastern Time)
Facilitator: David Wu

God graciously speaks to us his beloved children. But how do we recognize the voice of Jesus apart from all the competing voices in our minds and in our lives? In this interactive online workshop, we draw insights from the Scriptures and explore principles of discernment taught by Ignatius of Loyola that will help us grow to better discern God’s will and direction in our lives.

Waiting on God
Online Soul Care Retreat via Zoom  
August 19, 2020, 10am-1pm (Eastern Time)
Facilitator: Jeremy Stefano

Presently, our experience as Christians involves the blending of two realities. On the one hand, we experience joy in the Messiah’s coming and his triumph over sin and death, and the gift of the Holy Spirit now living in our hearts. On the other hand, a deep yearning for Christ to come again with righteousness and justice, in power and glory, aches within us. During this retreat, we will tend to our experience of grief, longing, mourning and waiting as acts of faith while we live out our days in a fallen, imperfect and corruptible world. Come, Lord Jesus. Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Team
Online Workshop via Zoom
September 2, 2020, 10am-12pm (Eastern Time)
Facilitator: Steve Macchia

The effectiveness of leadership in every organization circles around the fruitfulness of the team. And, whenever any one person enters or exits the team, the entire team changes. At face value, teams seem relatively easy to understand, but in actuality the building, empowering, and sustaining work of a healthy team requires godly intentionality. In this online workshop we’ll unpack team health from the Scriptures for today. 

Jan Casey 100th birthday
First Baptist Church members
were on hand to wish her
A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY 
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.
Painting of the kitchen started.
Many hands got the job done quickly.
Thanks all! Click here for more pictures.
Kitchen Remodeling underway

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.