History of LBC
1) 1962 - Bible study formed that would later become LBC.
2) Nov. 30, 1967 - LBC incorporated as a church in the state of Vt. Eleven signers on incorporation articles. Some from Bible Institute of NE, some seeking Bible believing and preaching church in face of liberal views of God's Word.
3) Church originally met in homes, then the Breslin Center (turned down opportunity to buy it for $35,000), Congregational church in Lyndon Corner, Enterprise Grange in Lyndon Corner. Church has history of problems leading to pattern of growth followed by decline. Almost closed in late 80's but decided God wanted them to persevere.
4) June 1991 - Pastor Battaglia called with goal of rebuilding the church and bringing it back into the community again.
5) 1992 - Building fund begun with recognition of need for own facility. First donation of $50.00 given in April 1992.
6) 1995 - Building Fund (5th) Sundays initiated to focus on building fund giving. $5,900.00 raised this year.
7) May 23, 1999 - Elders propose and congregation approves plan to pursue building our own facility. Likened to "crossing the Jordon" for LBC! Building committee formed to head the project. First building committee meeting in June 1999.
8) Jan 2000 - Anonymous gift of $35,000 promised in fall of 1999 and given in January 2000 to be seed money to encourage purchase of land and building project.
9) Jan 16, 2000 - Building committee recommends and church approves plan to pursue purchase of Brown Farm property for church building.
10) Jan 9, 2002 - Sign purchase and sale agreement to buy Brown Farm property. Land survey work of $2,500.00 donated to church by Bill & Anna Willis.
11) Jan 27, 2002 - At annual meeting Elders & Deacons propose and church approves setting goal of trusting God for $150,000 for building fund for the year in addition to regular church budget. This reflects belief God's timing for building is within the next couple of years. Rename building fund the "Isaac Fund" to reflect human impossibility and faith in God leading to this decision.
12) April 2002 - Begin faith promise campaign to challenge the church family to give toward the Isaac fund goal. Begin series on Catching the Vision of God's Glory, Sharing the Vision of God's Glory through the Gospel, and Building the Vision of God's people the church.
13) May 11, 2002 - Close on purchase of Brown Farm property for the church. LBC owns land for the first time in its history!
14) May 19, 2002 - Land dedication service held to dedicate land back to the Lord for spread of the gospel and His glory. Church adopts new mission statement: "Declaring God's Greatness and Sharing Christ's Love". Pledges handed in and total $26,342.00 for remainder of 2002. Several area pastor's attend and celebrate with us on this raw, windy, wonderful day under a large yellow and white tent.
15) May 23, 2002 - Elders retreat results in decision to rewrite constitution and by-laws to remove hindrances to growth and help encourage new leadership that is needed.
16) June 14, 2002 - Elders agree to ask Bruce Phillips to serve as elder and begin major emphasis on prayer with men's and women's prayer fellowships and plans for day of prayer in July.
17) June 19, 2002 - Anonymous gift of $7,600.00 given to Isaac Fund. Several area pastors meet with Cecil B. Day Foundation regarding ministry vision for this region.
18) July 2002 - Bruce Phillips unanimously approved as an elder of LBC. Ken Grant takes over leadership of the building committee.
19) December 2002 - "Best year ever at LBC" concludes with salvation of several, baptism of eleven individuals and twelve new members. Total raised for "Isaac" fund is over $46,000 exceeding pledge commitments by almost $20,000.
20) January 2003 - At Annual meeting Church approves budget with "Isaac" fund goal of $200,000 for 2003 including giving and grants. Goal is set to start building this year. Day of Prayer begins prayer emphasis toward this end.
21) February 2003 - Special church meeting called to update building plans and present need for $85,000 to fully fund phase I (shell) of project with decision needed by March 31st.
22) March 2003 - Church prays corporately for God's provision each Sunday. Day Foundation gives $11,000 to fund missions and evangelism budgets and free up money for building project. Anonymous gift of $33,500 and memorial gift of $2300 given to "Isaac" fund. Over $56,000 given to "Isaac" fund in March and decision to begin phase I is affirmed by building committee, leadership and congregation.
23) April 2003 - Tom Winans agrees to head up building committee with Ken Grant serving as general contractor. Anonymous gift of $6,000 is given to purchase all the plywood needed for the project.
24) May 2003 - Planning & zoning permit approved. Building begun on May 14th. Ground blessing ceremony on May 18th as we do a prayer walk around the property and break ground officially. Leaders and individuals from several area churches attend and New Beginnings Christian Church contributes $1,350 to building project. Commissioning service for Ken Grant as our builder on May 25th.
25) June 2003 - Building continues with excavation work, plumbing, electrical and sound lines in floor and frost walls and slab completed. Walls are built prefab. for erection later. "Isaac" fund giving reaches over $146,000.
26) July 2003 - At semiannual meeting church affirms board's recommendation to go forward with phase II (completion) of the building. Anonymous individual agrees to serve as guarantor for the bank loan during construction saving the church $10,000 of insurance costs. Union Baptist Church in St Johnsbury donates $1000 to building fund and "Isaac" fund giving stands at over $148,000.
27) September 2003 - Secure bank line of credit of $335,000 to complete construction of building. Buddy & Shannon Chapman donate labor ($23,400) and manufacturer reduces cost of materials ($4,000) for spray foam insulation.
28) November 2003 - Town & State give approval to install service line to water main saving major expense of extending water main to property. Installation is completed before ground is frozen. Anonymous donation of $2500 for sound system additions in new building. Hydroseeding work donated by Marty Montour.
29) December 2003 - Over $107,000 raised for Isaac fund in 2003 and total giving to fund stands over $173,000 plus land costs of $50,000. Ames Electric donates over $18,600 of electrical supplies and Dave & Judy Allard donate kitchen cabinets from Lyndon Woodworking. One of greatest years ever at LBC!
30) February 8, 2004 - LBC "crosses the Jordon" and moves into the new building with a cold (0 degree) walk from the Grange to the Brown Farm facility followed by a record attendance of 146 people at our first service.
31) March 2004 - Close out "Isaac fund". Total building and land costs are estimated to be $488,156.03. Donations of materials and labor are roughly estimated to total $100,000. Total estimate of funds raised stands at $228,133.97. We laugh again with a great God at the impossibility of this having been done and give all glory to God who made it happen!
32) March 14, 2004 - Hold building Dedication and Open house to celebrate all that God has done and give praise to Him, thanks to the many who helped us, and encouragement to the body of Christ in this area.
33) 2004 proves to be year of growth for LBC. Attendence increases by about 50% from around 100 to around 150 people. Aaron Warner is hired part time in August as our youth Pastor. Gertrude Grant begins working in June as our church secretary. Stone base for church sign laid up in May. Jr & Sr High youth groups begin in September and Women's ministry team formed to minister to women at LBC. Church library opened under direction of Sue Grant. Year ends with first candlelight Christmas Eve service.
34) 2005 continues our growth and change as a church. Attendence hits 217 twice. Art & Margaret Lindgren assume leadership of worship team from Bruce & Cat Phillips. Nicki Whitcomb launches youth worship team and continuing work in drama. Military Family Dinners held to support families of active military personnel. Everett Sjoberg elevated to elder emeritus after serving faithfully for many years as elder. Begin FunDay Sunday's during summer. Bruce began our new Joshua's Men leadership training program. Aaron W. continued to lead a growing youth program and also led a revamped missions program and strategy while other programs continue. Church sign with new logo installed in Sept. Everett & Elaine Sjoberg honored for 50 years of ministry in New England. Art Lindgren is ordained as elder of LBC in October. Elders contemplate new goal of expansion of facilities.
35) November 2010 - Tim Hash is elected into the church leadership as Associate Pastor. Tim has a background in Bible and social work and counseling. He served at The Fold Family ministries from 2000-2010, first as a house parent with his wife Barb, then as Director of Development. He has been attending LBC since 2000.
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