May 232013
 

 Welcome to The Baptist Fellowship of Randolph website.

The Baptist Fellowship of Randolph

1051 Route 66, P.O.  Box 344

Randolph, Vermont 05060

churchinfo@bfrvt.org

Pastor George Sweet  728-5318  pastorgeorge@bfrvt.org

STATEMENT OF FAITH - The Bible is the inerrant, infallible and divinely inspired Word of God and shall be our only authority and guide in the matters of faith and practice. As an expression of our beliefs, we subscribe to the principles of faith as set forth in “The Baptist Faith and Message”, as printed in the 2000 edition by LifeWay Christian Resources. Sunday is our organized day of worship. Sunday School (all ages) – 9:30 AM - Coffee Time - 10:30 AM Morning Worship - 10:45 AM Evening Worship & Discipleship Training - 6:00 PM Shockwave Youth Group (7-12th grade) - 6:00 PM (be sure to check the calendar for details and any possible changes to the schedule) Office Hours:  See bulletin for the week for actual hours. For Emergencies: Call Church Office at 728-5318. DEACONS MEETING YOUR NEEDS-If you have needs during the month of June, please contact Bob Scully (728-4680) (Deacon-of-the-month forJune 2014) as he is the designated Deacon-of-the-Month. When Pastor is unavailable, Bob should be called for your emergency concerns as well.  The deacon-of-the-month can be reached on-line as well by sending an email to bfrdeacon@gmail.com.  See contact information for other phone numbers. Website:  Questions, concerns, suggestions, corrections or additions should be directed to Bob Orleck at 728-9806 or by email at  bob@bfrvt.org.

OUR MISSION

  • Exalt the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in worship and fellowship,
  • Learn and follow God’s Word
  • Share the Gospel with neighbors near and far.

Jesus has designed us to be and calls on us to be”salt” and “light” to the world.  Matthew 5:13-16.  It is only by obedience to Christ and focusing our daily living on Him through the Holy Spirit who resides in us that we will be able to be as He expects us to be in the world we live in and interact in every day. We offer organized worship services on Sunday, Sunday School classes for all ages, a youth ministry, as well as small group studies through the week.  A small group study will enable you to get to know those you worship with better and will enable you to ask those questions you have always wanted to ask.  No matter what program the church has that you are interested in, you can be assured you will be encouraged by others who face the same or similar life challenges you just might be facing now.

There are lots of answers to lots of problems out in the world we live in.  But the only true lasting answer is in living a life dedicated to our Savior and the Truth that comes from his Holy Word!

We are glad that you found our website, hope that it helps you get to know us even better.

  •  We are believers in Jesus Christ, our Creator, Savior and Lord!
  • Our goal is to be as Jesus taught us, to be Salt and Light in the world. 
  • We have a hope in Jesus Christ that we want to share with you. 
  • We are a caring church and we enjoy fellowship with each other and others as our name suggests.
  • Please come and worship with us.

For more information about The Baptist Fellowship of Randolph, please explore our website.  You will find a calendar that spells out church events.  This site is new as of June, 2013 and was done in preparation for the celebration of our 35th anniversary as a constituted church.  Our first major project in the website was to get our historical timeline onto it.  That has been done, so please take the time to click on the various points in time and see narrative that will tell you more about us and where we came from and in come cases where we are going.  The timeline was not meant to include all church historical events that occur throughout the year because if it did it would become so filled that it would be hard to manage and would lose its effectiveness in telling new viewers what our big picture history is.   Review of past records and decisions to put them in the timeline will be ongoing also, so don’t think that because something does not appear in the timeline that it was determined that it was not significant.  As these important facts are found they will be incorporated in the timeline so if you know things that belong please let us know.  In the short time frame that was involved in getting this timeline launched there is no doubt that significant matters have been missed.  Also what is “significant” is subjective so please do not be bothered if you see timeline posts that you feel should not be there or know of things that you think should be there.  Now that the site and the timeline has been launched, most of the new items involving church activities will be included in the Calendar and in Fellowship News and not the timeline. As of August 2013 the site has added Sunday morning sermon podcasts.  You can also see the bulletins for past and upcoming services.  There is a contact page.  There is a calendar of events page.  If you review the side-bar menu you will see many other areas of the website that you might like to explore.  In addition in our links section you will find resources that will help you in your Christian exploration and growth.  May God bless your use of this modern tool as we worship Him, the Creator of all!

Be sure to continue scrolling down this page to see all the current news items of the Baptist Fellowship of Randolph.

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Jul 182014
 
business meeting

Dear Church Family and Friends,

What comes to mind when you think about church business meetings?  I often think of some of the negative ones that I have attended in my life.  Before I was a pastor, I attended a church that had business meetings that were characterized by anything but love and unity.  We used to hope and pray that no visitors showed up for our business meetings.  Why is it that most Christians in most churches seem to dread church business meetings?

In the discipleship study, “Experiencing God,” Henry Blackaby writes:  “Our business meetings became some of the most exciting times in the life of our church.  People knew that at the business meeting we would clearly see God’s directions and activity.  They wanted to come to these meetings because they were such thrilling moments for our church to see God reveal His purposes and His ways to us.”

I am pretty sure that few of us would make such a claim about business meetings that we have attended.  I have seen all kinds of business meetings:  some were very professional and efficient, some were loud and divisive, some were boring, and some were uplifting and encouraging.

What causes the differences between business meetings?  I don’t have any research to back me up, but I think the difference is that some business meetings reflect the opinions of people and some business meetings reflect the plan, purposes and will of God.

How can we have business meetings reflect the plan, purposes and will of God?  We can present to the congregation what God has said to us, what God is saying to us, and where God is leading us.  We can also make comments and presentations to the Lord Jesus and not just to the people in the room.  After all, it is His church, it is His business.

So maybe our business meeting will be different this time, or maybe it won’t.  I am hoping and praying for a business meeting in which we hear about the mighty works of God in His church in the past, present and future.  I hope to see you there.

May God bless you.

Pastor George

Jul 092014
 
John 5:15

Dear Church Family and Friends,

God has been moving in a number of ways in His church here at The Baptist Fellowship. Some of the ways you may have heard about, others you may not have heard about, so let me share some of the things that God has been saying and/or doing in our church body.

  1. We are planning on starting a Bible study in Rochester next month (tentative starting date August 13). We need a core group from this church to help start that church. Ask God if you are called to be part of the core group.
  2. In response to the challenges that the church faces from our culture, we are praying about and seeking for a group of members who would shine the light of Christianity in our culture, focusing on some political/cultural challenges coming our way.
  3. We are praying about starting up a weekday children’s activity like GA’s and Boys Brigade. We have not decided on a curriculum, time, or date. Right now, we are looking for interested workers.
  4. We are looking for more small-group Bible studies to take place in members’ homes or in local places of business. There is prayer about starting a home group in Randolph Center and hopefully one in Randolph. Let me know if you are interested in hosting or teaching one of these groups.
  5. Brand new opportunity: Dr. Jim Wideman who has served as the director of the GMBA and the BCNE has agreed to preach a weekend of revival services in October at our church. The services would probably begin with a Friday night dinner (perhaps hosted by a Sunday school class), followed by a revival service. The next day, we are hosting the GMBA business meeting. After the meeting, we could have a Saturday night service. Dr. Wideman would probably preach on Sunday morning and then Sunday night. Dr. Wideman is one of the most impressive men of God that I have ever met – this would be a great opportunity for our church.

Pray about these opportunities as often as you get a chance and let me know what God is saying to you. May God bless you.

Pastor George

Jul 032014
 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

For several months, the mission committee and I have been talking about starting a Bible study in Rochester.  Recently, I have met and prayed with some of you about this same mission opportunity.  Here are some details about this mission project that might help you pray for this outreach and consider being personally involved as part of the core team.

  • - We are still searching for a location to host our Bible study.  We are looking for a place that is near the center of town.  A couple of places have been suggested:  Pierce Hall, the Bandstand, and the Park House.
  • Our tentative starting date is August 13.  We are planning on meeting on Wednesday nights but have not yet established a time.
  • We hope to provide child care, so we are looking for some volunteers to help in this area.
  • We are going to begin with an apologetic study:  asking and answering tough questions like:  Why is there suffering in the world?  How did the universe begin?  Are science and the Bible compatible?
  • We are looking for a core group of 6-10 people to be a part of this initial study group and outreach.
  • We are not seeking to take people away from the Rochester Federated Church; we are seeking to reach the skeptic unbelievers and the disenfranchised Christians.
  • I am planning on doing some prayer walking in Rochester on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm.  If you would like to join me, let me know.

Pray about the above-mentioned information and then let me know what God is saying to you about it.  It is my hope that the Bible study would eventually become a church, perhaps The Baptist Fellowship of Rochester.

May God bless you.

Pastor George

Jun 292014
 

ROCHESTER OUTREACH

This week Pastor, members of the Youth Group and the mission team from Burnsville, NC prayer walked in Rochester, VT.

They prayed about our church starting a Bible study there. Please pray how God might use you to be a part of this outreach.

Jun 252014
 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

Wow!  What a great week we had in our VBS this year!  Here are some of the highlights.

  • - We had the privilege of working with West Burnsville Baptist Church from Burnsville, NC again this year.  Not only did the team make up a major part of our VBS staff, but they also went prayer walking in Randolph and Rochester.
  • At the end of the first day, I challenged the children to interview a friend or family member regarding what they believed about Jesus.  One girl showed up the next day with a copy of a set of questions that she asked her mom and her mom’s responses.  I was blown away by this girl’s completion of this mission challenge, so we gave her a special award.
  • The majority of our worship rallies were led by our teenagers.  Sarah Stalnaker (aka Agent Flair) and Katie Sweet (aka Agent Sparkles) did some great videos, skits, teaching, and music leading.  Hannah St. Denis (aka Hacker) and Olivia Knudsen (aka ZZ Roe) did a great job with doing the skits this year for both the opening and closing rallies.  We have a lot of talented teens who served the Lord this week!
  • Our Bible teachers were first-class.  Our snacks were delicious and plentiful.  Our crafts were enjoyable and eye-catching.  Our recreation activities were fun.  Everything seemed to be done for the glory of God.
  • The kids learned the following facts:
    1.  Jesus is the Son of God.
    2. Jesus is much more than just a good man.
    3. Jesus died on a cross to pay the penalty of our sins.
    4. Jesus rose from the dead – there were many eyewitnesses to confirm this fact.
    5. We need to make a decision to either follow Jesus or rejects the fact about Him.

There were so many more great things that happened and people that God used to make it happen, but I am running out of space.  To everyone who contributed their time, money and prayers, may God bless you.

Pastor George

Jun 252014
 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

Every year we put a lot of work and money into our Vacation Bible School (VBS).  Why?  Here are some answers using the acrostic AGENCY D3.

A – Aware

  • Be aware of those around us that do not have a personal relationship with Christ.
  • View those in our churches and community who are hurting, lost, sad, and in need of Christ through His perspective and become aware of their lost souls.

G – Give

  • Offer VBS as a reason to intentionally invite lost people to your church
  • Give people a bridge to the spiritual orphans in your community.
  • Give people an opportunity to clearly present the gospel
  • Give people an opportunity to respond to Christ in a public way.

E – Enable

  • Enable your church to work together towards the Great Commission.
  • Enable VBS directors, leaders, parents, and staff to share the love of Christ with kids and their families.

N – Navigate

  • Being evangelistic navigates an entry point for unchurched people.
  • Attract people to your church with programs like VBS for their kids. Then you can help them navigate the gospel and how it connects to their lives.
  • Remember the gospel makes VBS relevant. Without the gospel, it is just fun and games.

C – Connect

  • Connect with families. The initial follow-up contact should be the discovery of the family network.
  • Pass information discovered on to the follow-up team and to age group classes.
  • Invite each member of the family to the appropriate Bible study class and other ministry opportunities.
  • Plan to have multiple contacts with the family over the following months.

Y – Yield

  • Yield and surrender your heart to God’s plan
  • Use bold, creative strategies to teach people about Christ.

D3

  • Display—display the gospel. Be people who are evangelistic.
  • Demonstrate—demonstrate a life that follows Christ. Do things that bring Him glory.
  • Declare—declare the gospel. Tell people about Christ.

May God bless our VBS outreach this year.

Pastor George

Jun 132014
 

Dear Church Family and Friends

A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to start praying regarding God’s will for me to work towards earning my Doctor of Ministry in Biblical counseling. If you weren’t here or don’t remember the letter, check our web-site, www.bfrvt.org , for the information. Here is some additional information that some of you have asked about.

- The program is based at one of our SBC-sponsored seminaries, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

- My particular program will be in biblical counseling. It is typically a three-year program but it can be extended to six years if necessary.

The program requires students to participate in four week-long seminars on the campus of SEBTS:

* August 4 – 8, 2014
* January 5 – 9, 2015
* June 22 – 26, 2015
* July 31 – August 7, 2015

- Tuition costs are $285 per credit hour. The program requires a total of 32 hours including 8 hours of workshops, 12 hours seminars, 6 hours of contextualized learning experiences, and 6 hours for the Ministry Project and Project Report.

- The work done for the program will primarily be done during the evenings and should not interfere with my typical pastoral duties. If anything, it will make me a better pastor. If you have any additional questions about the program, please e-mail me or write them down and place them on my desk. Ask God for His wisdom to reign in this process.

May God bless you.

Pastor George

Jun 132014
 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Planning is currently underway for our Vacation Bible School ministry which will take place June 23 – June 27.

Please be in prayer for the
teachers, the visiting team, and the children that will be attending. A list of items needed that members could donate is on the back table.

Also, if you would like to make a monetary donation, please write VBS in the memo section of your check or put cash into a clearly marked envelope.

May 282014
 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

This week in our Experiencing God study, I learned about the importance of having the entire church hear God speak and make plans according to His voice.  Here is an excerpt from the workbook:  In our business meetings we never took a vote, asking, “How many of you are for this, and how many of you are against it?”  That is the wrong question.  Every time you ask that question, you have a divided church, and you have acted as if our own opinions are more important than God’s.  The right question is, “With all the information we have heard and all our prayers, how many of you sense God is clearly directing us to proceed in this direction as a body?”  This is a different question.  It does not ask members for their opinions.  It asks them to vote based on what they sense God is saying to His church.  On critical issues we never voted at the time we discussed an issue.  After discussion we would take time to pray and seek the mind of Christ.

What do you think?  Do you agree with the author of Experiencing God?  I think he is on the right track, so I am going to apply these principles to an upcoming business meeting.  On June 29, we are going to have a specially-called business meeting after the worship service on one issue:  The church’s recommendation for me to begin work on a Doctor of Ministry degree in biblical counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Here is the language on the recommendation form that has to be turned in to the seminary:  Admission to the Doctor of Ministry program requires a recommendation from the church of which the applicant is currently a member.  A candidate will not be admitted to Southeastern, nor can enrollment be maintained, without an annual church recommendation.  It is important that the entire statement of recommendation below be carefully considered by the congregation in session.  If the church is for any reason unwilling or unable to approve the statement, please return this form to the Seminary marked as such.  The pastor or the church clerk must sign this form and return it directly to the Seminary as soon as formal church action is taken.

                Having evidence that George Sweet is a person of genuine Christian commitment and spiritual maturity; of moral integrity and emotional stability; of faithful attendance and participation in the local church; who is able to fill leadership roles in church life; and whom this church would consider or recommend for employment in a responsible role in Christian ministry.  One of the following boxes must be checked:

__ We recommend him for admission to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and pledge our continuing interest and support through prayer.

__ We are unwilling to recommend him for admission.  (Use the back of this form to explain.)

Please begin to pray over this decision and this meeting.  Ask God to speak to you on this issue.  May God bless you.

Pastor George