Ministries

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 […]

Thoughts from Pastor Erika – April

In the second century of the common era, Greek church father St. Iraneus told those who would listen, “The glory of God is every creature fully alive.” In this season of resurrection, that’s the invitation to each one of us: What does it mean for you to be fully alive? When are those times, or […]

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 […]

February Worship Highlights

Feb. 4 – Communion Sunday (at 9 & 11) & Blessing of the Nicaragua Team (at 11) – “Power to Become,” John1:1-12 – Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching Feb. 11 – ”The World was Wide Enough,” Matthew 5:43-47 – JP Bierly, Music & Small Groups Minister, preaching Feb. 18 – 1st Sunday of Lent – Rev. […]