Ministries

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…

Accompanist Position Open

Interim Accompanist The First Baptist Church of McMinnville, Oregon, a welcoming, progressive, American Baptist congregation committed to ministry as described in Matthew 25:34-40, seeks an Interim Accompanist. The Interim Accompanist is responsible for providing music and choir accompaniment at First Baptist Church rehearsals, Sunday Services and special services. Starting schedule will include rehearsal every Thursday night…

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…

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…

APRIL Worship Highlights

APRIL 1 – EASTER Sunday – “Easter is an Uprising” Mark 16:1-8; Rev. Erika Marksbury, preaching APRIL 8 – “The Resurrected Community is the Church at Mission” – John 20: 19-23; Rev. Erika Marksbury, preaching APRIL 15 – Y.A.H.O.O. Mexico Mission Sunday – “Bridging the Gap” – Sharing from Y.A.H.O.O. Team Members: Georgine Benner, Prescott…