North Shore Association

155 Years if Ministry

FBCL Brick Sign

The First Baptist Church of Laurelton came together this past Sunday to celebrate their 155th Anniversary since they were founded. A great crowd gathered for the morning worship service and God provided a cool but sunny day in which the historic sanctuary come to life with the fall decorations.

If only these walls could speak, we would hear the accounts of sermons preached, souls transformed by the love of God, of persons being baptized, and of healing ministries to family and friends. With great hymns and praise music, the members and friends sang joyfully in the morning worship. The time went by quickly with the normal worship, choir anthem, offerings and a short devotional by Rev. Mattson, who also shared in giving of a certificate for their ministry and mission within the ABCNJ.

FBCL Brick

The highlight though of the celebration was when the people were asked to share something the loved about First Baptist Church of Laurelton. Person after person stood up and shared just how God's people at the church had ministered to them. Some in times of great need, family loss, illness and headings; just being there as a small but vibrant congregation of people who cared was expressed again and again. It is wonderful when a congregation with this long of history can share together what is happening now with joy, knowing it came from historic roots of past and present brothers and sisters in the faith. FBCL continues in its search for a new pastor, and it's leadership remains focused on a bright future of ministry ahead of them.


The congregation continued after the service in the fellowship hall for a wonderful old fashion pot-luck meal were everyone could share in good fellowship and excellent food.


Mr. Daniel Vitello Received Licenses on Sunday

Mr. Daniel Vitello, member of the First Baptist Church of Laurelton, Brick, New Jersey received his Certificate of License to Preach the Gospel at the churches 155th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, September 16, 2012. The congregation was excited about this initial phase toward his preparation as he entered seminary at Palmer Theological Seminary toward a Master of Divinity degree. Mr. Vitello has been a long time member of the church and has been an active board member and has served on the pastoral search committee. It was fitting for him to receive this license at the churches 155th anniversary as they press on in their fulfillment of God's call to give witness their continued commitment to serving Jesus Christ. Rev. Vernl E. Mattson, associate regional pastor for ABCNJ presented the certificate along with the church moderator Grace Van Buren, church clerk, Dina Schmidt, co-chair of the Board of Deacons, Alfred Luthringer and T. Lorraine Vitello.