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November Thoughts from Pastor Erika

One of the best-loved stories in scripture is that of the Good Samaritan, found in Luke 10, which begins with a question posed to Jesus: “Who is my neighbor?”  FBC, we are blessed to have  kind, compassionate, hard-working neighbors in our sister downtown congregations of First Presbyterian and the McMinnville Cooperative Ministries. Last month, representatives […]

Conscious Aging: Awakening the Sage Within

Eldering Workshop – Saturday, November 18th 9:00 am-4:00 pm, in the Fireplace Room “Conscious Aging: Awakening the Sage Within” This workshop is to discover and enhance the spirituality of our elder years. Sage-ing (Conscious aging, or Spiritual Eldering) provides a model for living one’s elder years more consciously, more joyfully, and more compassionately towards self […]

October Thoughts from Pastor Erika

Thoughts from Pastor Erika Well, we spent September in the rituals and rules of Back-to-School season: we blessed the backpacks of our children and youth, and prayed for them and the adventure of this new year; we started up our own Sunday morning education program again after a summer break; our sermons reviewed some basics […]

September Thoughts from Pastor Erika

Every fall, I have high hopes. I think maybe I’ll chop a bunch of raw vegetables each weekend, so they’re ready to toss into my kids’ lunch boxes and I won’t have to scramble in the mornings. I reorganize their dresser drawers, even label where the socks go, where the shirts go, so maybe they […]

August Thoughts from Pastor Erika

It might be hard to believe that even thought we’re going to spend, by the end, ten weeks in worship talking about the same story, there’s still more to say about it, but… there is. Here’s a bit about the parable of the father and the two sons (Luke 15:11-32) from Barbara Brown Taylor that […]

Church Campout 2017

All-Church Campout, Friday, July 28 – Sunday, July 30 at the Lincoln City KOA, 5298 Northeast Park Lane, Otis, OR 97368 The Lincoln City KOA’s website tells us that “the area boasts miles of soft beaches, perfect for whale-watching, lighthouse touring, and glass-float finding…. It’s close enough to the Pacific for easy access yet inland […]

April Thoughts from Pastor Erika

This church has been around far longer than Jell-O. That’s just one of the fun facts you’ll discover perusing the timeline that Judee Kunze and Susan Chambers have been piecing together in the church office hallway. In celebration of our 150th anniversary as a faith community, and in an effort to help us know our […]

March Thoughts from Pastor Erika

Matthew 25 is hard work. It is complicated work. It is sometimes dirty, smelly, frustrating, inconclusive work. And it is, perhaps, the central call of the gospel. It is the way Jesus – who refuses to judge so many of the people he encounters – says that nations will be judged: by how deep their […]