New Adult Study

The First Baptist Church of Bennington, VT, is pleased to announce a winter bible study for adults. Participants will learn to read the Gospel of Luke through the book "Eating Your Way Through Luke's Gospel" by Robert Karris, a Franciscan monk and noted New Testament scholar. Karris' book traces the unique role of food, table fellowship, and Jesus' teachings in Luke's Gospel. The group will read the book alongside the Gospel of Luke and meet weekly to discuss the questions raised by reading this book. Starting January 22, the book study meets at 2 PM on Tuesdays at the church (601 Main Street in Bennington). Starting February 6, another group will begin on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM. Copies of the Karris text may be purchased through the church for $9.

The study is facilitated by the Rev. Jerrod H. Hugenot, minister of First Baptist. An ordained American Baptist minister, Rev. Hugenot has experience teaching adult religious education and served as an adjunct instructor for seminary courses in Christian theology. If you have questions, please contact the church office at 802/442-2105 or email


Interfaith Council Food & Fuel Fund

Interfaith Council appeals for contributions

Once again it is time for the Interfaith Council to appeal to your readers to open up their hearts (and checkbooks) and make a contribution to the Emergency Food and Fuel Fund.

Although it is called the Food and Fuel Fund, in reality we assist with far more than just food or fuel. For example, from Oct. 1, 2005, through Oct. 1 we provided $33,000 in housing assistance, $9,000 to prevent electric service shutoffs and over $6,300 in auto related expenses. In total, this past year we distributed nearly $62,000 of emergency assistance for Bennington residents.

And as our friends in the various social service agencies will attest, we vigorously make sure that before we step in to help every other possible source of assistance is exhausted. Moreover, the potential recipient must also demonstrate that our aid will neither subsidize poor spending habits nor unhealthy lifestyles, such as smoking.

As always, the vast majority of aid we provide, last year that was $56,000, comes from individuals giving through their faith community or directly to the Food and Fuel Fund. This level of support is truly extraordinary. Alas, we are writing to you now because as the season changes and the temperature begins to dip we urgently need your help: The Fund is nearly empty.

Contributions may be mailed directly to the Food and Fuel Fund at 107 Adams St., Bennington, VT 05201 or, if you prefer, made through your respective faith community.




A busy September!

During the month of September, First Baptist will have some great events:

Starting Tuesday, September 12th--Weekly Bible Study led by Rev. Hugenot--We return a weekly Bible study for adults to the weekly schedule of First Baptist. For starters, we'll explore the Gospel of Mark in a variety of ways: gleaning insights from contemporary biblical scholarship, popular culture, and our own life experiences over an eight week period.

As part of the transitional work at First Baptist, we offer a service of healing at a time to be announced in September. This is a service for members of First Baptist to recognize that a year has passed since the last pastoral transition and offer words of healing and rituals of care for those who have unresolved feelings.

On Sundays in September
September 3-->Communion Sunday/Last Sunday of VBS 2006
September 10-->Rally Day/Close of VBS 2006 and welcoming five new members to the congregation
September 17-->Celebrating the Witness of First Baptist
September 24-->TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY Part I: An exploration of the church's history through the use of a creative timeline exercise. Led by the church's transition team, First Baptist will revisit its history to learn more about who we are, where we've been (good and bad), and preparing us to go onwards, faithfully remembering.

SEPTEMBER 16---On Saturday, Sept. 16, we hold our annual CAR SHOW ROAST BEEF DINNER. As part of the annual car show weekend, First Baptist offers a meal that is "a taste of heaven!" Plan to eat at First Baptist on Saturday, Sept. 16. A reasonably priced meal that will be marvelous!



First Baptist enjoyed the opportunity to feed the multitudes on Battle Day this year. We sold hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and cold drinks to help raise money for the congregation's mission support. First Baptist values being part of the Bennington community, and we look forward to Battle Day 2007!

Annual Hymn Sing & Ice Cream Social

Baptist church offers an ice cream social

BENNINGTON — The First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont, invites the public to a hymn sing and ice cream social at 7 p.m. Favorite hymns will be sung, accompanied by Mr. John Riddle, organist of St. Peter's Catholic Church of Rutland and Mrs. Cindy Riddle, organist and music director of the Second Congregational Church in Bennington. Afterwards, visitors are invited to join the fun in the church's Colgate Hall for ice cream and the opportunity to make their own sundae. This event is sponsored by the American Baptist Women's Ministries at First Baptist.

Riddle will also perform variations on the 1872 hymn "I Need Thee Every Hour," written by Annie Hawks, set to the tune "Need," composed by Robert Lowry. Hawks resided in the area and was a member of First Baptist, Bennington, Riddle grew up in the Bennington area, where he began instruction as an organist at First Baptist. He and his wife Cindy have served as organist in a number of area congregations. The couple resides in Rutland.

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