Maundy Thursday (April 13, 6pm)
Come share soup (potluck) and bread (provided), as well as a worship service around the table featuring communion and acoustic music. All are welcome!
Good Friday (April 14, 7pm)
We are continuing the tradition of the Bennington Community Good Friday Service, which we will host this year here at FBC. Multiple church communities will be participating. Join us in worshiping our Savior!
Easter Sunday (April 16)
Easter Breakfast potluck and pancakes starting at 8am. All are welcome!
Worship Service at 9:30am to worship our resurrected Savior. Featuring a baptism service and welcoming new members.
Easter Candy Hunt after the service. Bring along your friends, family, and neighbors
Are you converted to Christ? Have you repented of your sins and received Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
Some possible answers:
“I don’t know what you mean. Please explain.” (I’d be happy to! Can I buy you a cup of coffee soon?)
“No. I’ve considered it, but I don’t want to repent and believe in Jesus.” (If you walk away, know that Jesus loves you but he will let you go your way)
“No, I’m not yet ready, but I’m considering it.” (It is good to consider well, but remember the scriptures say “Today is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2) What might be holding you back?)
“I’m not sure. I’m trying to find out.” (It is OK to be unsure. God leads us patiently and gently. What is your heart’s desire? What is your biggest question or concern?)
“Yes, I want to follow Jesus, but I have a lot of concerns and questions still.” (Questions are good, as long as they’re not used to avoid the questions Jesus has for you. What is your biggest question or concern?)
“Yes, as best as I know, I’ve repented of going my own way and trust in Jesus and seek to follow him.” (Keep on trusting, repenting and following Jesus. Remember the walk is long and winding, yet Jesus is a good guide. Invite others alongside for the journey!)
Jesus said: “Truly, truly, I say to you whoever believes has eternal life.” (John 6:47)
Dear Sisters and Brothers, and friends of FBC Bennington,
God is at work here in Bennington, and it has been a privilege to join him here at FBC in 2016. As we look forward to what he will do in and through us in the year ahead, the love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit will enable us to follow the Lord together by faith.
There are many ways we can measure and report on what has gone on in the past year. By the numbers, we have baptized one believer, welcomed two new members, and have been joined by about 10 new regular attendees. We have faithfully worshipped God together each Sunday, looking to the Scriptures to guide us and grow our faith and love for Jesus, and the Holy Spirit has increased our faith, hope and love together. It has been very good to walk together through the Gospel of John this year, and also to blend in new music with old favorites.
We have welcomed a new pianist, as well as a new Sunday School teacher, and both are a significant blessing to our worship and work. We have hosted about 9 different Bible studies in various formats and contexts (Open-to-all, Men, Women, Youth, Children, One-to-one). Through these times we have seen our faith grow, and our experience of God’s grace increase. We continue to share our space with various non-profits, including the Free Clinic, Kitchen Cupboard, Farmer’s Market, Pet Clinic, support groups, and many more. It is an honor to bless our community by sharing the good gifts that God has given us. We have given away over 100 Bibles in various formats to the many community members who pass through our doors. Let us look to God to show us further opportunities to tangibly bless our neighbors.
We have been privileged to participate in the funerals of 8 of our loved ones this year, honoring and celebrating those who have passed, and bringing God’s grace and peace to ourselves, and to family, friends and community members through the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have also gathered for times of fellowship and fun, including movie nights, game nights, a talent show, a Fall hayride, and the Christmas pageant. We have hosted successful tag sales and bazaars, which have greatly contributed to the ministry of the church. Additionally, each Sunday we have consumed countless cups of coffee, eaten untold numbers of cookies and brownies, and the occasional carrot or celery stick.
Where is God leading us for 2017? Let us pray together for guidance and faith. As pastor, I always hope to prioritize “prayer, people, and proclamation
” — regular and specific prayer, time with people, and proclaiming the gospel in any way possible. I often fall short, but God’s grace abounds all the more, and he delights to give his strength in our weakness. Will you pray that God will lead me, and all of us, according to his priorities? Let us pray that God will equip us all to grow in faith, and enable us to bless those in the Bennington area with the amazing grace of Jesus.
“May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13)
For 2017, let’s put God’s word in our hearts each week! We will share a short Bible passage to memorize each week. Week 1 was Psalm 139:1-4. Week 2 is from Romans 11 below. Pastor Bob will be putting each verse to music to help us get it into our hearts and minds. See the church website for more.
 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”
 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”
 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
(Suggested method: Read the passage 10 times, and then see if you can say it without looking. Repeat the next day, until you can say it from memory. Try it with family or friends! Meditate and pray over it, thanking God and asking him to speak to you.)
Notice of Warning: The 2017 Annual Meeting
The First Baptist Church of Bennington, VT, will hold its 188th annual meeting on Sun, Jan 15, 2017, beginning at 10:45am in Colgate Hall for the following purposes:
- CORPORATE BODY
- Ratification of the actions of the Board of Trustees
- BUSINESS MEETING
- Approval of the minutes of the Jan. 2016 annual meeting.
- Presentation of the Financial Report
- To hear and act upon the report of the Budget Committee.
- To hear and act upon the report of the Nominating Committee.
- To transact any other business that may properly come before this meeting.