Ministries

Sunday Worship Highlights – August

Summer Sunday WORSHIP at 10 am August 4 “Saving Seats at the Table” – Communion Sunday, Luke 14:7-15 Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching Special Music from Rob Porter August 11 “Grumbling Tummies” – 1 Corinthians 11:17-22, 31-34 Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching Special Music from Nadya King August 18 “Refreshing Our Souls” – Psalm 23 WORSHIP IN…

10 am – Summer Worship

July 7        “Table Manners, Part One” – Communion Sunday – Luke 11:37-46, Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching July 14       “Table Manners, Part Two” – Matthew 15:21-28, Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching July 21       “Why We Go” – John 10:10, Kyle Williams, Global Servant, guest preaching Read about Kyle & Katrina Williams and their work with International…

Thoughts from Pastor Erika – July

As I write this, I’m sitting next to an open duffle bag and clothes and books are strewn around – I’m also packing for the ABC (USA) biennial conference. While it was convenient to have the conference in Portland two years ago, and wonderful to get to show off this area and the great work…

April Lenten Worship Highlights

April 7 – 5th Sunday of Lent – “Walking Toward What Is” Luke 9:1-6, Guest preacher, Rev. Margaret Marcuson Special Music from FBC Choir at 9 o’clock Rev. Marcuson is a friend of FBC Mac, an author, a consultant & and coach, and a “leader of leaders.” She pastored the First Baptist Church of Gardner,…

October Worship Highlights

During October, the sermons will continue to explore the “Confessional Statement on American Baptist Identity,” which claims that we are called by God through Christ to be a contemporary people, a Biblical people, an inclusive people, an interdependent people, a caring people, a redeemed people, a worshiping people, and a missional people. Each Sunday we’ll…

September Worship Highlights

Sept. 2 – Communion Sunday + Courtyard Rededication – the 10 am service will end in the courtyard. Message: “Reclaiming Our Gardens”  Song of Solomon 4:16-5:1, Psalms 1, Micah 4:2-4; Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching Sept. 9 – Two-Service Schedule Begins at 9 am & 11 am Adult Education Classes Resume at 10 am. Message:  “A…

Thoughts from Pastor Erika – September

“Every human encounter invites us to adjust our fragile equilibrium to the push or pull of a new other,” writes Maria Poggi Johnson in Making a Welcome: Christian Living and the Practice of Hospitality. That’s wisdom we’re taking into our grant year, this year of programming ahead of us that will invite us to celebrate…

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…

JULY Worship Highlights

9:30 -11:30 am – Nursery care for Infants through Preschool 10:00 am – SUMMER WORSHIP July 1 Communion Sunday “In Defense of God” Genesis 3:1-7; Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching July 8 “On Knowing Where You Are” Genesis 3:1-13; Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching July 15 “Returning to Dust ” Genesis 3:1-19; Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching July…