Pastoral Care

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]