Rebuilding God’s house after fire


First Baptist church
This handmade quilt is an example of the items offered through silent auction. Photo provided.

SOUTH LONDONDERRY, Vt. – On March 25 a silent auction will be held to benefit the First Baptist Church of South Londonderry’s rebuilding project. Doors at the Londonderry Town Hall, 139 Middletown Rd, South Londonderry, will open at 5:30 p.m. The event ends at 10 p.m.

The entrance fee is available online only at ending Wednesday March 22 and at the door thereafter. The fee includes music, food prepared by Pierre Labeau, beverages, and a chance at a door-prize.

Come bid on items that include Harry Shokler original serigraphs, Weston Playhouse Theater tickets, local business donations, and one-of-a-kind donations, including a variety of paintings, antiques, porcelain, and quilts.

The First Baptist Church has always been an active church and community building.  On Aug. 3, 2010, the church building burned to the ground. Over the past six years we have, as a community, discovered the magnitude of the loss. The old building was the largest meeting place with a kitchen facility in the community. Sitting tall on the hill, it was a reminder to the community that God is present.

This project has taken much needed time to heal and move forward as a church and the planning and progress of the rebuilding is a mission. We, as a church, are passionate about sharing God’s love to this community. We will do this with or without a building, but having a building for weddings, funerals, celebrations, fellowship dinners, meetings, and gatherings is priceless. This building will bring people together again.

The reality of rebuilding is coming true, despite the costs of current commercial building codes. While these codes make the building more accessible and safer, they have come at a price much higher than our insurance coverage provided.

We have made considerable progress on rebuilding. The exterior is finished, and now we are working on the interior. Currently the sprinkler system installation is complete and the last big hurdle before us is the heating and plumbing systems. The proceeds of this event will go toward those expenses.

We have received a 2-for-1 matching gift donation, meaning that for every dollar we raise, we will be given two dollars, making your participation in this event doubly productive.

Questions? Contact Laura at

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