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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 […]

Church Board Notes – Nov. 8, 2017

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 […]

Advent Worship Highlights – December

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,” […]

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 to lead us to the […]