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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 […]

November Worship Highlights

November 6 – All Saints Day Luke 6:20-25 “A Bee in His Halo” – Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching To observe All Saints Day – Bring a picture of someone who has been a saint in your life to add to our communion table this day. November 13 – Luke 6:26-36 “Not Knowing Their Names” – […]

November Thoughts from Pastor Erika

What’s the rule again? As a pastor, I can’t tell people, from the pulpit, who I think they should vote for? I think that’s it. Are there rules about what I can say in newsletters? (Just kidding. (Mostly.)) This election season, like all that have come before it, has me thinking about values and principles and […]