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 […]

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 […]

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; […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]