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.

For more information, call the church office at 442-2105 or send an e-mail to Visit First Baptist at their new Web site


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.