Ministries

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. […]

Thoughts from Pastor Erika February 2018

Every so often, something happens around FBC that strikes me as a small piece of the whole picture of who this church community is. I want to share a story of one of those happenings, but first, some background: Last fall, some small things started going missing around the church: paper fliers from our bulletin […]

Thoughts from Pastor Erika January 2018

I embrace the Baptist identity of being non-creedal people. I’ve never belonged to any place where people sign a statement of faith. I don’t shy away from standards, but that idea that we all must – or even should – articulate our understanding of sacred mystery in exactly the same way just seems tricky to […]

Service of Remembrance Dec. 20

Even with the joy and song all around us during this season, we recognize that this can be a difficult time for those who are mourning the loss of a loved one, navigating an unwelcome transition, or carrying painful memories – Christmas is often tinged with sadness. And so we invite you to an Advent Service […]

Advent Worship & Events Schedule

1st Sunday of Advent, December 3:  9:15 a.m. – Adult Classes & Intergenerational Activities in the Gathering Room / 10:30 a.m. – Combined Worship      6:30 p.m. – Christmas Concert & Candle-lit Dessert Buffet – Music by FBC Choir, Ukulele Ukestra, Special vocal & Instrumental groups. 2nd Sunday of Advent, December 10:  9:15 a.m. […]

Advent Worship Highlights – December

Dec. 3 – Communion Sunday “The Chaos We Pray For,” Isaiah 64:1-4 , Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching Offertory: “A Christmas Rose” by the FBC Choir Dec. 10 – “The Chaos of Making a Way,” Isaiah 40:1-9, Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching Offertory: “Gesu Bambino” by the FBC Choir Dec. 17  -“The Chaos of Our Common Hope,” […]

December Thoughts from Pastor Erika

The Scriptures that take us through Advent are a mess. All around, things are falling apart – mountains toppled, ground broken up beneath our feet, political and social and even natural orders subverted – a lion cuddling up with a lamb, for goodness’ sake. The prophets the Church has chosen to lead us to the […]

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 […]