Ministries

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 […]

February Thoughts from Pastor Erika

We spent time last fall talking about affiliating with the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, and identifying as a church that advocates for the full inclusion of all people as God’s beloved, especially those who have been marginalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We signed up, because AWAB’s work is the […]

February Worship Highlights

‘STORIES CROSS BOUNDARIES’ – In February, we’ll explore the stories of Jesus and the disciples crossing “to the other side,” and we’ll discover what learning awaits them (and us!) in unfamiliar settings.  Feb. 5 – Worship with Communion, Scripture: Mark 4:35-41 – Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching  Feb. 12 – Scripture: Mark 6:45-51 – Rev. Erika […]

December Worship Highlights

Sunday, Dec. 4            2nd Sunday of Advent — PEACE, Worship with Communion    Scripture: Isaiah 11 Sunday, Dec. 11          3rd Sunday of Advent — JOY              Scripture: Isaiah 35  Sunday, Dec. 18          4th Sunday of Advent — LOVE           Scripture: Isaiah 7 Tuesday, Dec. 20         Service of Remembrance – All are welcome  The sights and sounds of the […]

December Thoughts from Pastor Erika

A friend of mine – she’s my age, 38 – has a Lego piece forever imprinted on her forehead. When she was very young, she fell, and landed face-first on the tiny red block, and even today, if you look really closely, you can see the outline of the rectangle with two small circles tucked inside […]