May 232013

VBS 2016 Ocean Commotion Summary, Videos and Photographs

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 -(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 Andre St. Denis for month of April, 2016  is ((728-5744) as he is the designated Deacon-of-the-Month. When Pastor is unavailable, Andre hould 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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Aug 272016

Dear Church Family and Friend,

This week I want to share with you a devotional written by James Mancuso, the VP of Library Services (and Katie’s English teacher) at Northeastern Baptist College.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  (Colossians 3:2)

A brilliant summer sun was setting over Vermont’s Green Mountain majesty, flinging a splendor of colors across the evening sky.   As viewed through my sunglasses, the effect of the colors was even more striking—subdued, shifted slightly, and free of glare.  A quick snapshot with my phone’s camera recorded a great photo, but I wanted an excellent one.  I wanted my camera to capture this moment as seen through my sunglasses.

So, I positioned the sunglasses directly in front of the camera and clicked.  To my dismay, the camera refocused itself and took a picture of my sunglasses.  I struggled with my camera over and over trying to get it to understand that it should think of my sunglasses as a filter, an extra lens, a camera attachment.  But it insisted that the sunglasses themselves were the object to be photographed.

Exasperated, I had to concede that it was unable to distinguish lens from object.  It obsessively kept on focusing on what was right in front of it instead of seeing the big picture and just using the sunglasses to color its view of the real object – that glorious sunset.  Happily, after much struggling I did manage to trick it into focusing on the sunset and photographing through the sunglasses.

That’s when I chuckled.

“Okay, Lord.  I get the picture.”

Sometimes we are so focused on the immediate that we miss the long view.  The Lord shows us far-off glories, and we miss them in our obsession over what lies immediately before us.  Like the camera, we only focus our energy on the immediate, while missing what lies off in the distance.  We focus on earthly things, instead of seeing them in the light of glory.

C.S. Lewis tells us that on the other side of the grave the power of heaven will work backward, redeeming and reshaping and glorifying all our earthly sorrows, turning them into joys.  If we truly believe that and truly grasp that image, it sheds a totally different light on what we are enduring now for the sake of the gospel in this life.

The ultimate tomorrow shall one day indeed cast its splendor on the humdrum of today as well as the painful memories of days gone by.  The apostle Paul accurately viewed his life through the lens of eternity; he called it “light affliction.”

We should too.

May God bless you.

Pastor George

Aug 192016

Dear Church Family and Friends,

There were three major items discussed at last week’s church council meeting.  I would like your feedback on these issues.

1) We are going to participate in the Northeastern Baptist College ministry fair on August 29 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  We are requesting a youth ministry intern and a children’s church intern.  They will probably come up on weekends and serve in our church primarily on Sundays.  We have not decided anything firm in terms of compensation for these interns.

2) It is time to request North Carolina mission teams for next summer.  We discussed asking for the following teams:

– A construction team to work on local projects as a form of outreach and compassion.

– A drama team to prepare a production that will be presented in our church.

– A VBS team – specifically requesting West Burnsville Baptist Church.

– A team to lead week-long, evening Bible studies for children and adults.

3) We hope to kick-off a new ministry called “Grief Share,” in September.  Grief Share is a Christ-centered, video-based ministry that helps people who are grieving a loved one’s death.  Grief Share is designed to reach and help people inside and outside the church.  The plan is to work with other evangelical churches in providing this ministry.  The hopeful target date for beginning this ministry is September 14.

Please pray for these three ministry items.  Let me know what God says to you about them.  May God bless you.

Pastor George


Jul 172016
VBS 2016 Ocean Commotion other (Gallery #4)

This gallery consists of other pictures than the classes (gallery 1), games and crafts (gallery 2) and play (gallery 3).  You can go to those galleries by clicking on the appropriate ones. For the photos below just click on one and it will enlarge then you can scroll through the remainder.  

Jul 172016
VBS 2016 Ocean Commotion Play (Gallery #3)

This is one of the 4 galleries that show the pictures coming from the 2016 VBS Ocean Commotion.  The other galleries are Gallery #1 Classes, Gallery #2 Games & Crafts and Gallery #4 other. Click on a photo below which will open photo to an enlarged picture and then you can scroll through the remainder [Read more…]