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Thoughts from Pastor Erika – August

I meet with some clergy friends in Portland once a month for conversation and mutual support. I had to leave this month’s meeting a little early, and as I was packing my things, standing up to go, one woman said, “Maybe next month, we can talk about what it’s like to be a pastor during […]

Thoughts from Pastor Erika – July

In his Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front, poet Wendell Berry advises the reader: “Plant sequoias. Say that your main crop is the forest that you did not plant, that you will not live to harvest.” I’ve been thinking about that in connection to our focus on gardening this summer, on how putting seeds in […]

Thoughts from Pastor Erika – June

On May 6, the staff and board of FBC hosted a luncheon for those who have been members of this church for 50 years or more. There were 27 people on the invite list, whose combined years of membership totaled more than 1600!  On the tables were some conversation prompts. One of them asked, “What […]

Thoughts from Pastor Erika – May

One of the most profound experiences I’ve had here, since we started focusing on community, was something that wasn’t specifically planned as part of our exploration of that theme. It was a regular Sunday morning worship service in March. Maybe you were there… A few weeks prior, Cynthia Parker told me that the women she […]

Thoughts from Pastor Erika – March

Five of us from FBC, plus our team leader and our local guide, crowded into this Nicaraguan family’s small home, investigating their water filtration system as part of our assignment from AMOS Health & Hope. Small puppies played at our feet and the homeowner stood nearby, proudly, shyly, stirring a pot of beans. The wall […]

Thoughts from Pastor Erika February 2018

Every so often, something happens around FBC that strikes me as a small piece of the whole picture of who this church community is. I want to share a story of one of those happenings, but first, some background: Last fall, some small things started going missing around the church: paper fliers from our bulletin […]

Thoughts from Pastor Erika January 2018

I embrace the Baptist identity of being non-creedal people. I’ve never belonged to any place where people sign a statement of faith. I don’t shy away from standards, but that idea that we all must – or even should – articulate our understanding of sacred mystery in exactly the same way just seems tricky to […]

Service of Remembrance Dec. 20

Even with the joy and song all around us during this season, we recognize that this can be a difficult time for those who are mourning the loss of a loved one, navigating an unwelcome transition, or carrying painful memories – Christmas is often tinged with sadness. And so we invite you to an Advent Service […]

December Thoughts from Pastor Erika

The Scriptures that take us through Advent are a mess. All around, things are falling apart – mountains toppled, ground broken up beneath our feet, political and social and even natural orders subverted – a lion cuddling up with a lamb, for goodness’ sake. The prophets the Church has chosen to lead us to the […]

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 […]