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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Sep 172014
 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

Here is a continued discussion of the ingredients for a healthy church.  The discussion is based on a passage from Ephesians 4:11-16

The spiritually immature must be influenced by the solid teaching of a Bible-believing church.  The phrase “tossed here and there” refers to a person being swung around until they are dizzy.   False doctrine is dizzying to the mind.  The members of the body of Christ must abandon childish attitudes and seek spiritual maturity.  In another epistle, Paul wrote:  “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things,” (1 Corinthians 13:11). 

False doctrine does not come from God; it comes from the minds of men.  The source of deceptive teaching is in the “trickery” and “craftiness” of human thinking.  Trickery refers to a person who cheats at a game of dice.   Craftiness refers to unscrupulous behavior that knows no limits.  

Paul contrasts the heresy of false doctrine with the integrity of the truth:   “But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,” (Ephesians 4:15).  Stability in mind, thought and action comes from the truth.   Holiness without the knowledge and belief of the truth is impossible.   The phrase “speaking the truth” means more than mere words; it literally means “doing the truth” because this verb form expresses the actual performance of the corresponding object.   The fundamental concern for truth is the secret of maturity in the church.   Our goal is to grow until we are conformed to Jesus, and living like Jesus.

As the church matures, it becomes more and more like its head, Jesus Christ.  As the church grows to be more like Jesus, the body grows in love.  “From whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love,” (Ephesians 4:16).  Just as a healthy body experiences normal growth and movement of its parts, so the church should experience growth and activity through its expressions of love. 

This process, which is necessary for maturity, requires the various parts of the body to function in unity.  The church grows by truth and love, literally “truthing in love.”   Truth spoken or taught in love is a powerful means of Christian growth.   Sometimes a church may display truth but lack love like the church of Ephesus addressed by Jesus in the book of Revelation:  “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love,” (Revelation 2:4).  At other times, a church may display love, but lack truth.  Truth becomes hard if it is not softened by love; love becomes soft if it is not strengthened by truth.   Truth and love must come together for full unity to be achieved. 

This discussion will continue next week.  May God bless you.

Pastor George

Sep 172014
 

“Not in Our Community”

Human trafficking in Vermont awareness event

Dear Friends,

Human trafficking—enslaving people for sexual servitude and/or forced labor—is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world today, and it is on the rise in the United States. It’s not well known that human trafficking is a reality even for our rural state of Vermont and its neighboring states due to their geographical location bordering Canada. It is often a hidden crime, and thus the first step to combating it is to recognize it and then to report it.

To that end, the Baptist Fellowship of Randolph would like you to join us as officer Terell “T.J.” Anderson gives a frank and candid discussion about this crime, how it is defined, its exploitive nature, and what it potentially looks like in Vermont. “Not In Our Community” is an event designed not only to raise awareness of human trafficking, but also to learn how to compassionately aid and serve its victims.

“Not in Our Community” will be held on Saturday, September 20th and includes the following activities:

1 to 3 PM at Baptist Fellowship, 1051 Vermont Route 66 Randolph

  • 1–2:30 pm: Vermont state trooper Terell “T.J.” Anderson, training and curriculum development coordinator for the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council, will give an informative lecture followed by a question and answer session regarding                 human trafficking activity in Vermont.
  • 2:30–3:30 pm: Refreshments and discussion

4:00 pm: Faith and Family Film’s screening of the film “Not Today”, at Chandler Hall, Main Street in Randolph.   Admission $5.00

Admission to the Baptist Fellowship Portion is free but we ask attendees to bring items to support organizations that minister to trafficking victims and the homeless, a list of which is provided below.

We would love to have you join us for this important event and hope to see you on September 20th.

Sincerely,

The Baptist Fellowship of Randolph Compassion committee team

 

SUPPORT HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND HOMELESS MINISTRIES

The Hundred Movement

Cash donations to support the abolitionist work.

http://www.thehundredmovement.com/

 

Burlington Street ministries

$5 gift cards for McDonald’s, Brueggers bagels, or Panera Bread https://www.facebook.com/pages/Burlington-Street-Ministries/247318645286; http://bsmvt.blogspot.com/

 

Baptist Friendship House

Needed items include Gift Cards (Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc); travel-size toiletries; non-perishable food items; paper products: 8oz cups, plates, bowls; trash bags; cleaning supplies

http://www.baptistfriendshiphouse.org

 

 About Officer T.J. Anderson

Ms. Anderson has been involved in Vermont law enforcement since 1986.  She was a full-time certified Rutland City police officer for many years before she joined the VCJTC in 2000.  Ms. Anderson has taught and lectured on various interpersonal violence topics statewide, nationally, and internationally.

 

About the film “Not Today”

The award-winning film “Not Today” follows wealthy Caden Welles as he travels with his friends to Hyderabad, India on a whim. While there, the young man refuses to help a starving man and his little girl. Haunted by the images of Kiran and Annika, Caden attempts to right his wrong—only to discover Kiran has been forced to sell his own daughter. Spurred by a true purpose, an unlikely new friendship, and the prayers of his mother and girlfriend back home, Caden chooses to help in Kiran’s unlikely search to find his daughter.