Pastoral Care (Page 3)

Thoughts from Pastor Erika – May

“It’s a good day to be an American Baptist.” That’s what Judy Fackenthal, current president of our denomination, said to a small group of clergy women who gathered in Santa Fe, New Mexico a few weeks ago too. It was near the end of our week – we’d spent time in prayer and study and […]

Thoughts from Pastor Erika – April

One of the incredible gifts of my role here as pastor is getting to listen to people’s stories. Often, people with no real connection to this place – except that they happened to be driving by, or they once knew someone here, or they found themselves in need and someone pointed them this way – often […]

Thoughts from Pastor Erika – March

There are so many Biblical heroes I want to pick fights with. Paul, first, with his rules about who can speak, and where. Second, any author who used the refrain “not counting women and children” (as in, “Then Jesus fed the hungry crowd, and there were about 5000 who ate, not counting women and children.” […]

February Lenten Worship Highlights

Feb. 7 – Communion Sunday                                         Luke 5:1-11  – Deeper Waters Our LENTEN Theme:  “The SPACE Between”  This Lent, we’ll make space. We’ll create room for the mystery at the heart of our faith. Feb. 14 – 1st Sunday of Lent Job1; Mark 10:17-27 – Personal Space Feb. 21 – 2nd Sunday of Lent                                          Job 2; […]

Erika’s Notes – January

“And now,” writes the poet Rainer Maria Rilke… “let us welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” My husband and I started dating in an October, so we’d only been together a few months when the new year approached. And, just making conversation, I asked him about his resolutions. And, equally casually, […]

Erika’s Notes – December

Even if you enjoy learning your own family history – even if you like to trace your story back generations and discover all kinds of hidden treasures – you probably don’t get excited about the genealogies in the Bible. All those “begats” – and always only the fathers and sons! – whole family trees of […]

Service of Remembrance – Dec. 16

The sights and sounds of the holidays are beginning to fill the air around us, and we rejoice in the good news about to be born. Even so, we recognize that this can be a difficult season for those who are mourning the loss of a loved one, navigating an unwelcome transition, or carrying painful […]

Stewardship – Inspirational Moment

From Rev. Erika Marksbury— We make our commitments real in many ways: we sing and pray our hopes, we speak our kindness, we give hands and feet to justice and mercy. We offer our time, our energy, our wisdom, and our money – this is how we give life to the good news we proclaim. […]

Erika’s Notes – November

As I write this, I’m still reflecting on the weekend adventure I shared with several FBC congregants at the annual regional meeting of the American Baptist Churches of the Central Pacific Coast. I know these sorts of big gatherings aren’t everybody’s favorite – and, as an introvert, I sometimes dread them – but I can’t […]