We welcome you to participate in upcoming performances at the church. Please check schedules through The Commons Weekly commonsnews.org and The Brattleboro Reformer reformer.com.
MUSIC, MISSIONS and MINISTRY! *See Pastor's Message below...
The Brattleboro Area Drop In Center (BADIC) opened its Emergency Overflow Shelter again in November at First Baptist Church. It will be open into April until the ground thaws and dries enough for people to live outdoors. Every evening from 5:00pm - 7:00am, the Drop In Center and community volunteers offer free hot supper, socializing, and space to sleep. All tolled, 182 people stayed in 2014, including women and children. The volunteers are dedicated and much appreciated. More sleeping bags and tents are needed. You may call the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center at 802-257-5415 for more information.
Church Finances: As of February 2015, we have $10,000 remaining in endowments, $33,000 in pledges, and a budget of $118,456 passed in October, not knowing where the balance would come from, another "Faith Budget!" At the Annual Meeting Sunday, January 25, a majority of the members present voted to sell the property, negotiating with a buyer. We do need donations until such time as we do transfer the property. We dearly want to retain the services of Pastor Suzanne, our Office Administrator, Organist, and our Sexton. They keep us functioning as a healthy, purposeful and effective congregation serving our local and global missions. Please pray for our resources and continued role in the community. Thank You!
You may watch replays of our services as well as the video of our Gimme Shelter Benefit Concert, January 18, at "videos on demand" at www.brattleborotv.org and BCTV Channel 8 locally. Services air weekly on Channel 8 -- Wednesday at 10:30am, Sunday at 7:30am and Friday at 2:00pm.
Wishing You a Healthy, Happy and Christ-Centered Life Today and Everyday... Come Celebrate the Love of God with Us! We thank You for your donations of time, energy, goods and money toward the success of our mission programs here and abroad... you can make a difference here at First Baptist Church. Come visit!
*See Pastor Suzanne in a timeless service by going on-line to www.brattleborotv.org. In the right-hand column, click on Local Shows/Videos on Demand, look for "Religion/Spirituality," and scroll down to First Baptist Church listings. If your TV is not in High Definition, click on the Standard Definition link. Look for "Mary & Martha, Luke 10:38-42", http:/vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T010304&video=172262
*SEE PASTOR SUZANNE leading a timeless service on BCTV Channel 8 in Brattleboro, or by going on-line to www.brattleborotv.org, at "Watch Local Shows on Demand" on the right side bar. Under "Videos," click "Religion & Spirituality," and look for First Baptist Church listings.
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Call the church office (802) 254-9566, or stop by Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.- Noon.
MUSIC: 103-year-old Estey Pipe Organ, "Opus 300,"
Rehearsal and Performance Space Rentals
Large Concert Hall with Superb Acoustics
MISSIONS: Grace's Kitchen, free home-cooking, Wednesdays, 5:30 P.M.
Homeless Overflow Shelter, November 3, 2013 - April 2014
“At God's command amazing things happen, wonderful things that
we can't understand. He commands snow to fall on the earth,
and sends torrents of drenching rain. He brings our work to a stop;
he shows us what he can do.
The wild animals go to their dens. The storm winds come from the south,
and the biting cold from the north. The breath of God freezes the waters
and turns them to solid ice.”
Job 37:5-10 (Good News Version)
Lord, you have examined me and you know me.
You know everything I do;
from far away you understand my thoughts.
I could ask the darkness to hide me or the light around me to turn to night
but even the darkness is not dark for you
and the night is as bright as the day... Psalm 139
Revelations 21:1-4 (Good News Translation)
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.
The first heaven and the first earth disappeared and the sea vanished.
And I saw the Holy city, the new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared and ready like a bride dressed to meet her husband.
I heard a loud voice speaking from the throne:
'Now God's home is with people! He will live with them,
and they shall be his people.
God himself will be with them, and he will be their God.
He will wipe away all tears from their eyes.
There will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain.
The old things have disappeared.'”
PASTOR SUZANNE'S MARCH MESSAGE...
“Have faith in God”
Never adopt the attitude that faith is easy. If you put a twelve-foot plank, two inches thick and a foot wide, down on the ground, almost anyone can walk across it. But put the same plank between two buildings three or four stories up in the air, and then see how many can walk across it. The very thought of it is enough to make some people weak and dizzy. Especially me!
Faith means venturing out in life when it is dangerous and uncertain. It means taking unpopular attitudes towards many questions, or befriending those whom everyone else despises. Faith means opening our church for the seventh year to house the Homeless, and reaching out to them with acceptance and Christian love. It means risking the ridicule of the crowd when you stand up for something you believe in. It means believing when others doubt, and trusting when you cannot understand how God works. This is always hard, and sometimes we pull back.
Yet faith is required of us. The life of Jesus stands out because he had faith in God - a faith so great that he accepted even the cross. To learn to trust in God, even when you are scared and know not where the future leads. To have faith in God is part of the cost of being a Christian.
I challenge you to read Hebrews, Chapter 11, which speaks of Faith.
“As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends, from beginning to end…” Hebrews 12:1-2. In Christ’s Love, Pastor Sue
Remembering Melinda Holden Bussino...
Monday March 5, 2012
BRATTLEBORO -- Melinda Bussino, a hero to many people in Windham County for her infinite patience, intelligence and compassion, died Sunday.
Bussino, 65, the one and only executive director of the Drop In Center, was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital after suffering a heart attack last week. She was surrounded by friends and family all weekend.
For more than two decades, Bussino dedicated her life to helping others whether it was finding housing, food or clothing or assisting with employment.
Her motto was to work on one problem at a time and that by working together, things will get done.
Because of her selfless attitude, she helped thousands of people get back on their feet and her absence will leave a void in area that may never be filled, said one of her friends.
During a 2008 interview with the Reformer, Bussino described her work as the most fulfilling way to spend her time.
"These are mostly wonderful people with real hard times and sad stories," she said at the time. "It's not easy and you don't get rich, but you go home every night knowing that you've done something to make this world a better place." Josh Stilts
From the Pastor's Comments in the Annual Report, February 5, 2012...
"First Baptist Church was built on faith and prayer, beginning in 1867 and faith remains our cornerstone today. Our forefathers and foremothers created the foundation of First Baptist Church and we are the generations to carry on the important ministries they began so long ago.
Beloved congregation, we boldly move forth in faith. We continue to face many challenges and are faced with more challenges ahead. We sold our St. John the Divine Tiffany window in order to keep our doors open for God's ministry. Our roof is finally fixed as a result of this. For the fifth year we have partnered with the [Brattleboro Area] Drop-In Center, housing those less fortunate than we are. We can be proud that our church was the only one who would open her doors to those less fortunate than we are. For Jesus said that when we take care of the least of these, we are serving Him.
For another year, the team that serves Sunday breakfast has been a huge success, welcoming those in the community for a delicious meal. Grace's Kitchen continues to feed the hungry and share hope with those who are desperate and in need. Our guests not only come for a home-cooked meal, they come for fellowship and warmth as a respite from the troubles of this life.
We continue to support AA and the [Brattleboro Area] Pastoral Counseling Center and help them continue their ministries. Mission outreach reaches out to help others in need around the world.
New members were welcomed among us and baptisms brought all of us closer to Jesus. God continues to bless us with children and gifted Sunday School teachers. Our Deacons and Trustees are talented and dedicated in continuing the spirit of First Baptist Church, walking in the words of our Church Covenant, "That we will endeavor to live as worthy disciples of Him Whose Name we bear, seeking Christlikeness in character and in conduct, and striving to know and obey God's will." We are blessed with a committed congregation who believe that together, we will serve the Lord our God and preserve the American Baptist tradition.
Times are tough and we are often worried that our doors will close. As your pastor, I firmly believe that somehow, someway, our church will stay open. With faith and prayer, God will help us against all odds.
"So, then, let us rid ourselves of every thing that gets in the way...and let us run with determination the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end." Hebrews 12:1-2.
My beloved congregation, don't give up! Give everything you can to our church and to our God. Together we can go against all odds and continue to BELIEVE that God is with us!
By faith, we will trust in God's wisdom and will continue the important ministries of First Baptist Church. Together we will continue to climb the mountains God places before us as we faithfully trust in His will.
In Christ's Love, Pastor Sue"
Grace's Kitchen Report for 2011-2012:
We continue to serve a free evening meal for those in need, every Wednesday throughout the year. We continue to provide the only free evening meal in the area. Our teams consist of a leader (member of FBC) and volunteers from the area. The majority of our volunteers are not FBC members. Without these volunteers, our program would not survive. We thank the Trustees of First Baptist for their continued support of this program.
We serve between 25 and 30 [people] each week. There are times when we exceed this number. Our food is purchased through the Vermont Foodbank, along with donations from Grafton Cheese, the summer Farmer's Market, the Coop and others. Our monies consist of donations through various supporters in the area and offering envelopes at Sunday Services. We thank all our contributors.
Jeanne Deyo, Coordinator
FROM THE OVERFLOW HOMELESS SHELTER REPORT for 2011 - 2012:
During the winter of 2010 - 2011 the Overflow Shelter provided 2,517 bed nights to 114 separate people. As we move through the current winter of 2011 - 2012 we are seeing a 49% increase in the number of people we are serving. We are also seeing an increased level of need in those we serve. This winter, through January , 2012, we had  separate people, all adults, stay at the Overflow, and we provided [1,500] bed nights of shelter.
All of this is done at the Drop In Center's oversight and at the Drop In Center's expense..." "We are doing our best to make sure everyone understands that because the bulk of our Overflow funding is federal funding, we have to keep clear boundaries between the Drop In Center and FBC so that we are not violating the separation of church and state. We welcome and encourage input from FBC around the Overflow, and we are most grateful to FBC for the commitment of space for us to shelter the homeless again this year. Please know that you are helping us to save lives! Melinda Bussino, Drop In Center and Overflow Executive Director"