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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 […]

Joe Wilkins visit information

Explore storytelling with Joe Wilkins Book Groups Sundays through February, 12:15-1:30, The Mountain and the Fathers Tuesdays through February, 7-8:15, When We Were Birds Reading and Author Talk, March 3, 7 p.m. Writing Workshop, “Layers of the Self,” March 4, 9:30 a.m. “Joe Wilkins has a big, true, highway-running American voice. When you see a new book […]

October Thoughts from Pastor Erika

The archives, I may have told you, are gorgeous. Church records were for many years hand- written in perfect calligraphy into a book with a marbled brown cover. The long, narrow book holds meeting minutes, attendance lists, expense records, and community covenants. But there’s more: Old bulletins tell of a sermon series “introducing His Royal Majesty, […]

150th Concert Series

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of First Baptist McMinnville, the church will hold a series of concerts throughout the year. Friday, October 14 – 7pm – Organ Concert by Paul Klemme, Professor of Organ at Willamette University plus trumpet and piano Sunday, November 20 – 4pm – Jazz Concert by Darrell Grant (Head of Jazz […]

September Thoughts from Pastor Erika

In high school, my friend Todd worked at a grocery store. I brought some bread and fruit through his checkout line once and was surprised to see a bright green sticker on his nametag that announced, “I’M NEW HERE!” I asked him, “Haven’t you worked here for a while now?” He told me, “I’ve been […]

Storytelling Starter Workshops

The Portland Story Theater is coming to FBC! They’re offering two sessions of their Storytelling Starter, a workshop designed to give you a taste of the fabulous art form of storytelling in less than two hours. It’s interactive. Fast-paced. Fun! Their approach teaches participants to trust the story and speak extemporaneously from the heart. You’ll get […]

Celebration of 150 Years begins

Join us Sunday, September 11 as we begin our celebration of 150 Years of Engaging Community! We’ll remember our earliest days as a community – hearing the words and songs of our foremothers and fathers in faith, enjoying the foods they would’ve feasted on, and marveling at the quilts that tell the stories of their […]