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

Pastor George Sweet  728-5318

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  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


  • 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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Oct 222014

Dear Church Family and Friends,

We are coming upon another election day soon, and I encourage you to vote.  Too many people complain about our local, state, or national politicians, but never vote.  If you have not yet registered to vote, then you can register after the worship service in the lobby area.

We should not vote for a certain political party every time just because we have always voted for a certain political party.  We should examine the issues.  One resource to help you examine the issues is the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) – one of the Southern Baptist organizations that you support through your tithes.

The ERLC exists to be a catalyst to connect the agenda of the kingdom of Christ to the cultures of local congregations for the sake of the mission of the gospel in the world. The work of the ERLC is summed up in three words: Kingdom. Culture. Mission.  The ERLC speaks for Southern Baptists in the public square as well as to Southern Baptists, equipping Christians and the local church, especially on a number of key issues:

  • Religious Liberty — Freedom of religion is a critical part of a kingdom-oriented, Baptist understanding of the church. It is increasingly important in our pluralistic culture.
  • Human Dignity — The ERLC enables churches to navigate complex issues related to human dignity, including abortion, artificial reproductive technology, and sex trafficking.
  • Family Stability — The ERLC equips churches to protect the stability of marriage and family from cultural shifts like divorce and homosexuality.
  • Civil Society — The ERLC prepares churches to evaluate how they can carry out the Great Commission while also caring for the common good of civil society.

            The message of the ERLC is available on their web-site (, podcasts (“Walking the Line,” a podcast with Dr. Russell Moore), and speaking and leadership training in churches on difficult moral and ethical issues.

Be an informed voter in the upcoming elections.  Use your ballot to shine the light of the truth.  May God bless you.

Pastor George

Oct 162014

Dear Church Family and Friends:

There is much that I want to share with you, so today’s letter is a hodge-podge of information. Some of the information involves upcoming events; some of the information involves our worldview.

Item #1: It shouldn ‘t come as a surprise that many of the doctors waging war on Ebola in Africa are Christians. By their actions in the face of possible death, Christians show their neighbors that Christianity is worth dying for. This witness came to mind after listening to a recent story on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Host Robert Siegel interviewed Stephen Rowden, who volunteered for Doctors Without Borders in Monrovia, Liberia. Rowden ‘s grim task was to manage the teams that collected the bodies of Ebola victims. Rowden and his team retrieved 10-to-25 bodies a day. Since close contact with the victims is the chief means by which the usually-deadly virus is spread, Rowden and his team members lived with the risk of becoming victims themselves. Christianity still prompts people to run towards the plague when virtually everyone else is running away. {Excerpt form Breakpoint Commen­tary – 10/15/2014}

Item 2: The Barre Care Net is moving at the end of this month to a new location on Main Street in Barre. On Saturday, October 25 at 9:00 am, people are needed to help move boxes and furniture into a moving van, and then into the new building. The address of the old building is 15 Ayers St., Barre. The address of the new building is 105 Main Street, Suite 1A, Barre. It can be accessed by turning onto Keith Avenue from Main Street, taking a right into the parking lot.

Item 3: One of the blessings of the Southern Baptist Convention is the Cooperative Program. We give a portion of our tithes and offerings to the Cooperative Program which helps fund national and global ministries such as missionaries and seminaries. As a result of the Cooperative Program, my tuition at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) has been great­ly reduced. I am thankful for our church and other cooperating churches of the Southern Baptist Convention participating in the Cooperative Program which is paying for half of my education at SEBTS.

Item 4: We are blessed to have Dr. Jim Wideman with us today. After 13 years of exemplary service to the Baptist Convention of New England as its Executive Director, Dr. James Wideman will be stepping down at the end of 2014.

May God bless you. Pastor George

Sep 272014

Dear Church Family and Friends, All month I have been sharing with you some ideas that I have recently developed regarding the functioning of the church. Today, I will conclude this discussion by promoting the idea that churches should be more involved in counseling than they currently are. Too many times, churches refer people to counselors who lack [Read more...]

Sep 172014

m4s0n501 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 [Read more...]