2011 Hope and Connections Community Lunch (November 8--12 PM to 3 PM)

The Bennington College Mediation Clinic (BCMC) will sponsor the 2011 Hope and Connections Community Lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 12:00-3:00 p.m., at the First Baptist Church (601 Main St., Bennington). The event is free and open to the public.

The goals of the Hope and Connections Community Lunch are to facilitate connections between people seeking services and the community organizations that provide them, to promote dialogue and connections among service providers, and to share a meal.

Following the free lunch, people may visit with representatives from participating organizations to discuss assistance with fuel, food, housing, mental health, mediation, and more. Representatives will also have the opportunity to converse with colleagues from other organizations. Bennington College students committed to supporting community dialogue will be available to help attendees navigate the event and make meaningful connections.

Representatives from the following organizations and agencies will be participating:

  • Agency of Human Services
  • Bennington College Mediation Clinic
  • Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services, Inc.
  • BROC – Community Action in Southwestern Vermont
  • Department of Children and Families
  • The Center for Restorative Justice
  • Greater Bennington Food and Fuel Fund
  • United Counseling Service
  • Sunrise Family Resource Center

For more information, contact BCMC administrator Amy Kuzmicki at 802-440-4344; or BCMC director Peter Pagnucco at 802-362-0999.


A Service of Baptism To Be Celebrated Sunday, October 16, 2011

The First Baptist Church of Bennington, VT, will observe a service of Christian baptism on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 9:30 AM.  The congregation celebrates the baptism of Christopher Redding, a high school student and son of Paul and Tarah Redding of Bennington.  All are welcome to worship.

For Christians, baptism is a sacred ritual following the example set by Jesus and the early Christians.  Among Baptists, baptism signifies the acceptance of the Christian message by the person requesting to be baptized.  Baptists are so named due to their historic commitment to baptism occurring by the full immersion of the person to be baptized.  After the service, the minister will be available to explain more about baptism and the faith journey that leads to this day in the life of a follower of Christ.

The First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont, is located at 601 Main Street in downtown Bennington.  Endeavoring to be "a place for healing, community involvement, and spiritual grounding", the congregation is involved in community and interfaith partnerships to strengthen and support our local community.  To learn more, visit www.fbcbennington.org or contact the office via 802/442-2105 or fboffice@sover.net.  The Rev. Jerrod H. Hugenot serves as Coordinating Minister.


First Baptist hosts Mayfest Pancake Fundraiser (May 28, 2011)


SAT., MAY 28, 2011  7 AM to 11 AM

$6 adults; $4 kids; $20 family

(Tickets at door or via church office 802/442-2105.)

Proceeds benefit the church's building improvement fund.


First Baptist Spring Tag Sale April 1 & 2, 2011


 The First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont, announces a Spring Tag Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, 2011.  The tag sale features a wide variety of items (spring and summer clothing, household goods, children’s toys, books, etc.).  The tag sale will be held on Friday, April 1 from 10 AM to 3 PM, and Saturday, April 2, from 10 AM to 1 PM.   All proceeds benefit the work of the American Baptist Women’s Ministries.  

Donations of clean, useable clothing and items are welcome. Drop-offs will be received weekdays (9 AM to 3 PM) at First Baptist until Monday, March 28, 2011.  For more information, please contact the church office at 802/442-2105 or fboffice@sover.net.

First Baptist is located at 601 Main Street in downtown Bennington, VT.  To learn more about First Baptist and its mission to be “A place for healing, community involvement, and spiritual grounding”, visit www.fbcbennington.org.  Worship services are held Sundays at 9:30 A.M.


Christmas Greetings from First Baptist

At the 2010 Christmas Eve service, First Baptist welcomed around 90 persons, up from recent years, including a number of guests and first time visitors.  We celebrate that we ran out of bulletins tonight!

If you were out of town or missed tonight's service for other services/family commitments, etc., the Christmas Eve message by Rev. Hugenot is now posted online: 


A version of the Christmas Eve message appears in this weekend's newspaper. It is available via:



Various denominational and ecumenical leaders have shared Christmas greetings with fellow American Baptists, Baptists, and the wider church.  To read what the "church", "churches" and "the Church ecumenical" are saying about the celebration of Christ's birth, you can read the following:

Dr. A. Roy Medley, General Secretary of the American Baptist Churches/USA, offers his Christmas greetings to the denomination. View Roy's message via:

Dr. Neville Callum, General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance, offers a Christmas message to the global Baptist family.  View Neville's message via:  http://www.bwanet.org/bwa.php?m=news&p=news_item&id=451

The National Council of Churches (NCC) offers a multitude of Christmas greetings from its various member bodies:

The Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, offers a greetings for Christmas via: