Local rabbi to speak


images.jpgThe public is invited to hear Rabbi Howard Cohen, rabbi emeritus of Congregation Beth El, during the July 30, 2006, worship service of the First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont. The church is located at 601 Main Street. Service is at 9:30 AM, and childcare is provided.

Rabbi Cohen will address how faith communities play a vital role in addressing social needs, particularly here in Bennington. Cohen brings a wealth of experience, serving as prominent religious leader in civic and social matters, manager of the Bennington Clergy Food and Fuel Fund, and chaplain of the local fire department. The Rev. Jerrod H. Hugenot, intentional interim minister at First Baptist, notes, "Rabbi Cohen's time at Congregation Beth El and as a community leader demonstrates a fruitful way for faith communities and their adherents to tend the ongoing needs of Bennington."

If you are unable to attend the July 30th worship service, you are invited to view Cohen's remarks when CA-TV rebroadcasts the worship service later in the week (Fridays, 2 PM and 9 PM; Sundays, 11:30 AM, and Tuesday, 6 AM). Those without access to CA-TV may request DVDs by contacting the church office at (802) 442-2105 or via email,

The First Baptist Church is a congregation affiliated with the American Baptist Churches/USA and the Bennington area Interfaith Council. Learn more about the church at its new website:


Summer Tea Held

On Wednesday, July 12, 2006, sixteen women gathered for the annual summer afternoon tea, sponsored by the American Baptist Women's Ministries (ABWM) circle. The ladies enjoyed several flavored teas and wonderful sandwiches and treats. Women shared stories about favorite teapots as part of the program. img_0572.jpg

Additional photos appear in the "photo gallery" link to your right.


Vacation Bible School 2006

Vacation Bible School returns to First Baptist this summer. Join us for "The Adventure of the Treasure Seekers." On five consecutive Sundays, beginning August 6 and ending September 3, 2006, kids (ages up to ten years old) can join us for exciting opportunities to "dig into God's word." From 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM, join the kids for crafts, bible stories, reflection time, and other experiences that they will treasure for years to come.


Members of the VBS committee gathered on Wednesday, July 5, to discuss plans. Professor Whoo, the VBS puppet and distinguished owl-expert on everything, is explaining various ideas for VBS.


Final Sunday for Heather York

On July 16, we celebrate and bless Heather York as she returns home to Canada. Heather has served FBC as organist and director of music for many years. We are grateful for her service and invite congregants to share their thanks personally with Heather. A music committee will begin the work of searching for a new organist.

Vacation Bible School 2006

Vacation Bible School will be held over five Sundays (the four in August, and the first one of September). Join us for "The Adventures of the Treasurer Seekers", a wonderful VBS program for kids up through beginning first grade. Starting at 9:15 and ending around 11:15, the kids will be "digging deep" in God's word. Join Professor Whoo, our owl puppet friend, as he leads children through bible stories and as our friendly children's ministry team members help kids with crafts and other fun activities.