From Pastor Mike – August

So the story is told[1] of Eizik, son of Yekel, a poor, devout, and naïve Jew who lived in Cracow. He worried constantly: there was rent and the butcher and the tutor to pay, and three daughters to clothe and marry. So every day he prayed that the Lord would […]

Pastoral Search Team – May Update

Your search team started meeting weekly in May. Each team member continues to bring love and devotion to the values of FBC every week. We have encouraging news.  Your help in preparing our FBC profile brought much positive attention to our search. We received and reviewed 42 applicants. The response was nearly overwhelming!  Applications […]

Pastor’s Letter – May, 2015

o you remember reading – or even wading through – Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens? The orphan Pip, Miss Havisham and Estella all point us to a simple moral theme: affection, loyalty, and conscience are more important than social advancement, wealth, and class. Pip’s desire for self-improvement is the main source […]

Pastoral Search Team – April update

Your Search Team has been meeting regularly. We are currently reviewing the profiles of potential candidates. We are pleased with the number and caliber of the profiles that seem to fit the needs identified by the congregation. Rev. Steve Bils, our regional ABC minister, commented he hadn’t seen so much […]

Pastor’s Letter – April 2015

Sometimes I discover people in books, and sometimes only part of a person. For example, I discovered part of Thomas Pettepiece in a quote from his book, Visions of a World Hungry, in A Guide to Prayer. There he talks about his first Easter in “gaol” as a political prisoner, […]

Pastor’s Letter – March 2015

March Tidings 2015 Centering Prayer The seasons of the church year have guided Christians for centuries. They were set apart by the early believers as a way to help us be attentive to the work of God in Christ. They are not linked to the calendar year so much as […]

Pastor’s 2014 Annual Report

Pastor’s Report on the Health of the Congregation 2014 was a year of transition for First Baptist Church, with the departure of Kent Harrop as Pastor and the calling of Michael Sayler as Interim Pastor. The primary focus of the congregation has been three-fold: Further understanding what it means to […]

Pastor’s Letter – February 2015

Paul Dekar, writing for Baptist Peacemaker, encourages us to find heroes for our society outside the military. He suggests a roll call that includes Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche Community, Cesar Chavez, Harry Emerson Fosdick, William Sloane Coffin, and Martin Luther King Jr. That is only a short part […]

Pastoral Letter – January 2015

Bigger on the Inside Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” — 1 […]