Faith Community Church Encouraged By Seven52


Faith Community Church, Barre was encouraged by Pastor Matt Dunavant to participate in Seven52, a program to read through the New Testament in 2014. The pastor distributed a schedule of readings for each day, included an  introduction to each book and a list of questions to consider or to discuss if families were reading together. Enthusiasm is high!  One member said that she normally didn’t read the Bible every day but she has discovered it is wonderful to spend time with God daily.

Annual Christmas Hymn Sing A Success In Montpelier

On Sunday evening, December 8th, the Green Mountain Baptist association celebrated our Annual Christmas Hymn Sing at the Resurrection Baptist Church in Montpelier.



While Russ Rathier led us in this time of celebration and fellowship a good portion of the service was led by Joe Wilson a full time lawyer and part time performing singer from  Mississippi. His rich bass voice and wonderful talent will be remembered for a long time.  In addition performances by members from Washington BC, Resurrection BC, East Montpelier BC were greatly enjoyed. The evening ended with a delicious buffet of sandwiches, vegetables, and cookies. Many thanks to the Resurrection BC and Russ Rather for their efforts in hosting this event.

Christmas Musical In Middlebury, VT

Grace Baptist Church, Middlebury preformed the Christmas Musical “One Small Child” on Saturday Evening, December 7th.

Christmas Musical

Christmas Musical Dinner

While we were all anxious that none of the people we had invited would attend we were surprised to discover that many from our community came to enjoy the show and share a ham dinner with us afterwards. This was the first time that we put on an event without paying for radio or newspaper advertising but relied solely on personal invitations from individual members of the congregation. To our surprise more than 50 people were in attendance.

Parsonage Update: Faith Christian Fellowship July 26, 2013

Pownal, Vermont


Special Thanks to our Mission Teams:

Foundation Installation – Gary Holland
Windy Gap Baptist Church – Franklin, NC

Walls and Roof Framed – Bryan Jackson
Buncombe Baptist Association – Asheville, NC

Vacation Bible School & Parsonage work – Rev. Rick Brewer
Main Street Baptist Church, Spindale, NC

Carpenters Hands – Mike Nelson
Mud Creek Baptist Church, Hendersonville, NC
Three Weeks- Windows, Siding, Roofing

Dry Ponds Baptist Church – Dr. Rick Crouse
Foundation stone, clean up


Special Thanks to our Special Friends:
Steve & Nellene Carter – Mission Team Coordinators
The Hoover Family
Special Neighbors – Fran & Bernie Snide and family – Rick, Dawn, Carrie
Jeff Manny – Efficiency Vermont
Pete Olney, Matt Jakubowski – VT State Fire Marshalls
Mike Snide & Steve Carter – Stair assembly
Aaron & Joe Frey – Video publicity and music
Renee Gordon – Accounting for FCF

Parsonage Update


Special Thanks to our Suppliers:
Tom Kupiec & the gang at Greenberg’s – Bennington, Vermont
Andy Ray – Alpha & Omega Transportation – Fairview, NC
Lester Blackwell Ferguson Enterprises – Asheville, NC
John Howell – Best Distributing – Asheville, NC
Ken Sutton – Tucker Materials – Fletcher, NC
Dan Hinkle – Blue Ridge Building Components – Dana, NC
Doug Harkins – Spring Mountain Electric – Fairview, NC
John Carpenter – EZ Way Rental – Bennington, VT

Special Thanks to our Local Subcontractors:
Terry Rousseau – Concrete Finishing – N. Bennington, VT
Steve Tatro – Concrete stamps – Bennington, VT
Josh Kurtz – Kurtz Excavating – Shaftsbury, VT
Chris Ponessi – Speath Engineering – Dorset, VT
Dave & Brad Hayden, Dave Guetti – Hayden Plumbing & Heating – Bennington, VT
Don Betit- Betit Electric – Bennington, VT
Dave Schueler – North Country Overhead Door – Bennington, VT
Gary Thomas – Lonergan & Thomas Insurance – Bennington, VT




Continue to pray as we seek to complete this project: 
Air Sealing, Insulating, Sheetrock install & finish, interior doors & trim, and Kitchen install


Mission Service Corp Retreat in York, Maine

Thanks to the efforts of John & Anne Scoggins the 2013 MSC Retreat was a great blessing!
The two day retreat in York, ME was well represented by Vermont, as… Dwain & Sarah Killough, Jerry & Cheryl Frey, Johnnie & Lahoma Loar, Frank & Terry Rothe, Doug & Carol Parker all attended. The accommodations were great at the Union Bluff hotel. The Lord is doing great things in New England! It was great to spend time in prayer and hearing the reports of those who serve in various ministries.

Frank and Terry Rothe

Frank and Terry Rothe enjoy breakfast.

Nubble Light House at York, ME

Nubble Light House at York, ME


New Parsonage under way in East Hubbardton, VT!

Keith and Christi Bodwell of Monument Hill Country Church in East Hubbardton, VT welcomed volunteer teams to begin work on their parsonage project from VT, NC, and MS.

New Parsonage under way

Terry Rousseau from Capstone Baptist Church in North Bennington, VT led a team of volunteers in pouring the foundation slab. Steve Carter the NC Partnership Coordinators was also on hand to assist.


Blazin Trails Cowboy Church from Lincolnton, NC assisted in framing the new house. When they left the metal roofing had been installed.


The second mission team arrived June 2nd North Oxford Baptist Church from N. Oxford,  Mississippi. They installed windows, siding and began working inside.


A big thanks to all those involved!

GMBA Seminary Extension Courses 201


Introduction to Christian Ethics:

A study of the ethical principles of the bible and Christian responsibility in contemporary society, focusing on such issues as human sexuality, economics, human relations, politics, abortion, euthanasia, world hunger, capital punishment, and medical issues.  One unit deals with ethical decision making.

Textbook:  Ethics for a brave, new world, John S. Feinberg, and Paul D. Feinberg.

Cost for course credit (with books) $179.00

Cost for course credit (without books) $144.00

Cost without course credit – cost of textbook

Starting the first week in May – Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Class consists of eight sessions and will meet at The Baptist Fellowship of Randolph.

Contact Pastor George Sweet for more information on these courses,

(802) 728-5318, or

Loars Celebrate A Milestone Anniversary!

Johnnie and Lahoma Loar

Johnnie and Lahoma Loar

Johnnie and Lahoma Loar, MSC Missionaries with the North American Mission Board celebrated 60 years of marriage on February 27.  They are natives of Texas and have been serving on the Staff or the Green Mountain Baptist Association since 2001.

Their interest in Vermont began in 1984 on their first vacation trip to the Green Mountains.  Between 1984 and 2001 they continued to serve in their home church, Wedgwood Baptist in Fort Worth although they returned year after year to vacation in Vermont as their hearts were drawn to Vermont’s people and the beauty of the state.  As they left after each vacation, they would comment to each other, “wouldn’t it be great after we retire, that God would allow us to come up here to do some kind of ministry.”  They retired from their secular jobs in 1996 and 1999.  After Johnnie’s bout with cancer in 2000, the Lord gave them the desire of their hearts and He called then to serve as Mission Mobilization Coordinators with the GMBA.

The Loars have two grown children; a daughter, Cyndi who lives with her husband, Walen in Buckeye, AZ. He is the Associate Pastor and Church Administrator of First Southern Baptist Church in Buckeye.  They have three children; two of which have families and have given Papa John and Gram, as they are known, seven great grandchildren.  Cyndi and Walen’s third son is a college student in Arizona.   The Loar’s son Scott is the Associate Pastor and Music and Student Minister at Central Baptist Church in Evadale, TX.  He and his wife Jill have two sons, both in the military.

Since coming to Vermont Johnnie and Lahoma have worked with the pastors and their congregations to help them make contacts with churches around the country to provide needed resources for outreach, construction and other needs.  Visiting and encouraging pastors is another part of their assignment they love to do.  “What a wonderful gift God has given us, not only to be a part of the wonderful Christian community in Vermont but the great, long time friendships God has allowed us to have over the years with the churches in other parts of the country,” Johnnie said.  Lahoma comments,  “We continue to be excited about what God is doing in and through His faithful servants in the Green Mountain Baptist Association and are blessed to be a part of them.”

Faith Community Church Welcomes Pastor Matt Dunavant and Family

Pastor Matt Dunavant and Family

Pastor Matt Dunavant and Family

A brief family bio…

Matt began his ministry at Faith Community Church in Barre on March 3.  Matt and Stacey Dunavant have been married for 21 years.  They have three children; Meredith, 16, Madison 10 and Matthew Ray 9.  Matt and Stacey met in an Arkansas high school and became high school sweethearts in 1986. Both attended Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas and married while sophomores. They have been in the ministry since the beginning of their life together. Matt served as pastor of several churches throughout college and seminary.  After completion of seminary at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary they moved to Pensacola, Florida, where Matt pastored Calvary Baptist Church for 7 years.  The Dunavant family has spent the last 6 ½ years serving as International Mission Board missionaries in Cairo, Egypt.  Through a series of God ordained events, He has brought them back to the United States.  Faith Community Church is thrilled that God has placed them here.