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March Tidings


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 […]


Every month, we’re highlighting two events – one service event, and one social event – as especially crafted for our “Building Community” theme. All are welcome at these events, so join in, bring friends and family, and let’s celebrate FBC and reach out to our neighbors! FEBRUARY EVENTS:  Sunday, February 4 (Service), before & after […]

January 10, 2018 Church Board Notes

I reported last month that the focus of the Church Board in December was to propose a balanced budget for 2018. In January, the Budget Team continued working to build a budget that anticipated less income in Estimates of Giving compared to 2017. The Church Board approved a church budget on Jan. 10. This was complicated when […]

February Worship Highlights

Feb. 4 – Communion Sunday (at 9 & 11) & Blessing of the Nicaragua Team (at 11) – “Power to Become,” John1:1-12 – Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching Feb. 11 – ”The World was Wide Enough,” Matthew 5:43-47 – JP Bierly, Music & Small Groups Minister, preaching Feb. 18 – 1st Sunday of Lent – Rev. […]

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 […]

Advent Worship & Events Schedule

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. […]

Mission News – Nicaragua

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 […]