Ministries

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 […]

Sunday Worship Highlights – October, 2017

Oct. 1: World Communion Sunday “Taking Only What We Have,” Luke 9:1-6 Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching Oct. 8: “The Dogs at the Table,” Matthew 15:21-28 Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching Oct. 15: “Not Making the Same Mistake,” Matthew 19:13-15 Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching Oct. 22: “On Emotion, Compassion, and Personal Discoveries,” Luke 7:11-17 JP Bierly, Minister […]

5th Sunday & Minisitry Fair

Sunday, October 29th 9:00 am – Meditative Prayer Service 10:00 am – Christian Education Classes Berean, Chapel, Faith & Java, Rainbow and Parent Classes; Children & Youth Sunday School 11:00 am – Combined Worship Service Children’s Chapel after the Children’s Story 12:00 pm – Ministry Fair An opportunity to FIND YOUR FIT at FBC! All […]

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 […]

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 […]