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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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
From Jennifer Scott, team leader For 10 years, FBC has sent a delegation about every other year to Nicaragua to visit AMOS and the communities of La Pimienta and El Calderon. The last delegation traveled in 2016, so it’s time to go again. This will be my last trip as the Nica Team Coordinator and […]
With our 150th Anniversary year coming to a close, the Church Board and ministry staff held an all day retreat last month to think about ways for building and sustaining our community of faith in the near future. I am thankful for the way God’s spirit leads us to practical and attainable ideas. You will […]
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,” […]
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 […]
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 […]
Eldering Workshop – Saturday, November 18th 9:00 am-4:00 pm, in the Fireplace Room “Conscious Aging: Awakening the Sage Within” This workshop is to discover and enhance the spirituality of our elder years. Sage-ing (Conscious aging, or Spiritual Eldering) provides a model for living one’s elder years more consciously, more joyfully, and more compassionately towards self […]
This Fall, FBC is hosting two book groups. The themes of the books build on the themes from Sunday morning sermons, Wednesday night discussions, and the Mission Education Team’s “On Being an Ally” film that many of you saw recently. But the book groups also stand on their own, so feel free to participate in […]