Dear Church Family and Friends,
It is that time of year again that we celebrate the advent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For the past several years, we have joined a movement called “The Advent Conspiracy,” which seeks to restore a biblical emphasis to our celebration of Christmas. One important aspect of Christmas that is often lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday is worship.
Worship is a vital part of the Christmas celebration. Worship is why He came. In his excellent book, Let The Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions, John Piper states: “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” In other words, we are called to be obedient to the Great Commission because here are people who do not know and therefore do not worship the one, true God. Therefore, it is our desire to expand worship to all the people groups that leads us to invest in missions.
Here are some recent statistics that reveal how our giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering impacts worship around the
world. Southern Baptist missionaries and their national partners were able to:
- Present the gospel to more than 1,400,000 people
- Baptize more than 266,000 new believers
- Start more than 24,000 churches, and
- Engage 133 new people groups.
How can we impact worship right here in the Randolph community? Invite your friends to join you for our worship services and Sunday school – in fact, offer them a ride to church. Invite your friends to attend some of our special events that we are having this month: the living nativity, the homeschool Christmas production, and the Christmas Eve candelight service are some of the opportunities. What if we gave out more personal invitations to come to worship Jesus than we gave out Christmas cards or gifts? Would our celebration of Christmas be different?
May God bless you,
The Randolph Educational Resource Center (RERC) is a group of local Christian educators interested in offering assistance to homeschooling parents in our area. They currently meet in the lower level of The Baptist Fellowship church. The RERC offers a variety of services and are most interested in helping parents who are interested in a home-based alternatives to public education. The required state paperwork can be overwhelming and confusing, so free assistance is offered for families interested in enrolling their children in homeschool this year.
Also the group offers standardized testing and end-of-the-year assessments. Many homeschooling parents choose to have their children tested to identify areas of weakness that need attention or further strengthening in the coming year. Testing also completes many of the requirements for end-of-the-year assessments required by the state.
For students with learning difficulties, there is a certified educational therapist on staff, Andra Mills. She is certified with the National Institute of Learning Development (NILD). NILD Educational Therapy is a diagnostic and prescriptive, language based intervention for students with learning difficulties similar to occupational and speech therapies. It offers targeted supports and remediation to help students strengthen their specific areas of deficit so they are no longer handicapped by them. Teaching students how to learn allows students the eventual freedom of succeeding on their own as independent learners. Direct intervention and the resulting competence and confidence allow students to gain the skills needed to become independent learners for a lifetime.
The Resource Center also offers extra-curricular activities. Andra Mills offers individual piano lessons; and local artist Maryann Davis will be teaching an art class each Friday afternoon at The Baptist Fellowship of Randolph. Additional activities offered include woodworking and leatherworking, as well as group activities such as snowshoeing and sledding outings this winter. Teachers at the Resource Center are also available for individual tutoring sessions for students who need to build skills and increase knowledge in specific academic areas.
At the Center, instruction is provided for all ages in small class settings of less than eight students. Science courses are taught each year by veteran science teacher Gina Sweet. This year she is offering astronomy (grades 4-6), life science (grades 6-7), physical science (grades 7-9), biology (grades 9-10), chemistry (grades 10-11) and Algebra I which is a prerequisite for chemistry. She also assists students in participation in the local and state science fairs.
For elementary and middle school students, the Center offers a variety of core curriculum courses (math, language arts, social studies, etc.) in a small class setting. Parents also have the option of signing up for full day curriculum, taught by our Vermont State certified teachers. To find out more or register for classes, contact Pastor George at The Baptist Fellowship (802)728-5318, or at the church web-site www.bfrvt.org, or visit us at The Baptist Fellowship of Randolph on August 26-30 from 9:00 am-2:30 pm.
In the fall of 2011, by faith and the leading of the Holy Spirit, we started a Homeschool Cooperative, led by Maryann Davis, Andra Mills and Gina Sweet. It all started when parents began contacting Maryann in the early summer about homeschooling their children. However, soon Maryann had more students than she had room in her house. After much discussion and prayer, we felt God leading us to offer an alternative to the public and private schools in the area. Andra teaches the elementary school children, Maryann teaches the middle school children, and Gina teaches the high school children.
This educational ministry has transformed into the Randolph Educational Resource Center, and provides more than home-school-style courses. Now educational therapy courses are offered by Andra Mills, public meetings are held to help parents in the education of their children, and high school science courses are offered by Gina Sweet.