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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…

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…