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 234-5001. DEACONS MEETING YOUR NEEDS-If you have needs during the month please contact (Deacon-of-the-month Bob Scully for month of April, 2016  is (728-4690) 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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Mar 262016
 
Easter

Dear Church Family and Friends,

Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  (For you all)

Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat! (For Dana)

基督復活了 他確實復活了 (For C.J.)

Khrystos voskres! Voistynu voskres! (For my Ukrainian kids)

The empty tomb of Jesus is one of the most shocking events to happen on our planet.  The guards were shocked, the disciples were shocked, Pilate was shocked, and it seems that all of Jerusalem was shocked by the empty tomb of Jesus.

Paul wrote: “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, your faith also is in vain,” (1 Corinthians 15:14).  Why would our preaching be in vain if there is no resurrection?  Read Paul’s words expressed earlier in the letter:  “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and that He was buried and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).  From these verses, we can develop two points.

Point #1:  If Christ was not raised from the dead, then the Bible cannot be trusted.

Point #2:  If Christ was not raised from the dead, how do you explain all the people who saw Him alive after He was executed?  Different people saw the resurrected Jesus in different places at different times.  Paul stated that after Jesus rose from the dead, “He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  After that He appeared to more than 500 brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep, then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,” (1 Corinthians 15:5-7).

The resurrection of Jesus Christ makes Christianity different from every other world religion.  In every other religion, the “savior” of that faith is dead.  A dead “savior” is really no good to the people who worship him because he’s dead – he’s powerless.  Our Savior is alive!

May our living Lord and Savior bless you richly!  Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!

Pastor George

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Mar 222016
 
Marijuana under the Golden Dome

Please get this out on our networks for prayer and action.

There will be a Public Hearing on S.241, a bill to legalize marijuana and more dangerously important, a bill to establish a system to sell marijuana in licensed stores throughout the State of Vermont.  The dangers are clear.  To read some talking points you can go to www.randolphvtplaintalk.com , a comment site maintained by Bob Orleck.  You can get ideas from this and other sources.

The important thing to remember is that the vote was close in the Senate and right now there is sentiment building that we are rushing into this and we should not.  To further this feeling we need people like you to go and testify.  See the details below.  You will need to be there by 4:30 PM.  That is a must.  The testimony begins at 5 PM in the House Chambers.  Please forward this message on, bring friends to attend and plan to testify.  It would be especially wonderful if we could get some youth to speak out on this.

The time is now to put your faith and beliefs in to action.  We only have ourselves to blame if we do nothing.  W cannot expect those who are deceived by Satan to shed light on the Truth.  Satan wants to dull the minds of our people so we cannot pray and know Him.  Marijuana is one of the weapons he uses.  We must stand up and fight against him.  If we do not do it now and this bill is passed into law we will be dealing with the damage to our children, mentally ill victims and families will see increased death on the highways from drug-impaired drivers.

Remember that there is a good chance we will have a Governor and more legislators next year after the election who would not be open to marijuana legalization so for the proponents this is the kind of their last chance for a few years at least to get this legalization passed.  This is not a mere exercise you will be engaging in.  You words could truly make all the difference in the world.

Please post this right away.  We need a good turnout.  I have been hearing optimistic and non-optimistic assessments about passage.  Lobbyists and groups have given heavily with out-of-state money to support.  Governor Peter Shumlin is for this legislation.  The Governor wants to tax it for revenue raiser (dirty money) and he has received major campaign contributions from the Marijuana Policy Project, a pro-legalization organization based in Washington, DC.

Please plan to attend.  Show up at 4:30 PM or before on March 31, 2016 and testify.  Tell of you personal feelings.  That is what is most important.  You do not have to be an expert on the legalization in Colorado or anything else like that.  Just your concern for your family and others and maybe any accounts that are personal to you.

May God help us overcome this evil for His glory.

Bob Orleck

Please consider making a commitment to take time out of your busy schedule to come to this public hearing and – as uncomfortable as it may feel – sign up to speak! Your voice matters. The representatives apparently see this as a sort of informal poll. The other side will surely be organizing loads of folks to show up and voice their view..we need to let our representatives know that the more Vermonters learn about the realities of legal marijuana, the more folks understand that legalizing it will not actually … for example.. decrease use (!).. We all know that Colorado leads the nation in use rates in every age category at this point but many Vermonters are mislead by false information put out by MMP. This is an opportunity to help educate your fellow Vermonters. If you care about safe roads,  productive industry, healthy kids, and grandkids, please do come to the statehouse… and sign up to voice your view!

 

House committees on Judiciary and on Government Operations will hold a public hearing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31 in the House Chamber at the Statehouse.

Lawmakers will be taking testimony on S.241, a bill that would legalize marijuana. The legislation is a framework for the regulation and distribution of the drug. It includes tax, budget and law enforcement components.

Members of the public can sign up 30 minutes prior to the hearing. Each person has 2 minutes to testify, testimony is taken on a first come, first serve basis, and everyone may not be able to testify in the two hour timeframe.

 

   
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Feb 182016
 

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