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February Worship Highlights

‘STORIES CROSS BOUNDARIES’ – In February, we’ll explore the stories of Jesus and the disciples crossing “to the other side,” and we’ll discover what learning awaits them (and us!) in unfamiliar settings.  Feb. 5 – Worship with Communion, Scripture: Mark 4:35-41 – Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching  Feb. 12 – Scripture: Mark 6:45-51 – Rev. Erika […]

Joe Wilkins visit information

Explore storytelling with Joe Wilkins Book Groups Sundays through February, 12:15-1:30, The Mountain and the Fathers Tuesdays through February, 7-8:15, When We Were Birds Reading and Author Talk, March 3, 7 p.m. Writing Workshop, “Layers of the Self,” March 4, 9:30 a.m. “Joe Wilkins has a big, true, highway-running American voice. When you see a new book […]

Church Board Notes – December

Although we did not have a December Church Board meeting due to snow and ice, the reports shared electronically by Council Chairs and staff are a reminder that the Spirit of God is at work among us! The first several months of the year should be engaging as we lead up to our Sesquicentennial celebration […]

January 2017 Thoughts from Pastor Erika

As we near the season of Epiphany – when we trace the journey of the wise ones who came in search of a king unlike any they’d ever known – I’m reminded that FBC has its own collection of wise men and women, wise youth, and wise children, all seeking the ways we can best […]

Church Board Notes – November

Seems hard to believe we are in the last month of 2016. The end of a calendar year is a busy time for your Church Board as we look toward the future. In early November, you should have received a letter explaining that this year the Stewardship Team is scheduling personal meetings to follow-up with each […]

December Worship Highlights

Sunday, Dec. 4            2nd Sunday of Advent — PEACE, Worship with Communion    Scripture: Isaiah 11 Sunday, Dec. 11          3rd Sunday of Advent — JOY              Scripture: Isaiah 35  Sunday, Dec. 18          4th Sunday of Advent — LOVE           Scripture: Isaiah 7 Tuesday, Dec. 20         Service of Remembrance – All are welcome  The sights and sounds of the […]

December Thoughts from Pastor Erika

A friend of mine – she’s my age, 38 – has a Lego piece forever imprinted on her forehead. When she was very young, she fell, and landed face-first on the tiny red block, and even today, if you look really closely, you can see the outline of the rectangle with two small circles tucked inside […]

Church Board Notes – October

Greetings from the Moderator! So many great things are happening at FBC I can hardly decide where to begin. The first two weeks of October included launching of our Calvin Storytelling grant with Portland Story Theater and our 150th Anniversary Organ/Trumpet/Piano Concert,1st in the series of 6 concerts. Attendance by community members at both events   […]

November Worship Highlights

November 6 – All Saints Day Luke 6:20-25 “A Bee in His Halo” – Rev. Erika Marksbury preaching To observe All Saints Day – Bring a picture of someone who has been a saint in your life to add to our communion table this day. November 13 – Luke 6:26-36 “Not Knowing Their Names” – […]

November Thoughts from Pastor Erika

What’s the rule again? As a pastor, I can’t tell people, from the pulpit, who I think they should vote for? I think that’s it. Are there rules about what I can say in newsletters? (Just kidding. (Mostly.)) This election season, like all that have come before it, has me thinking about values and principles and […]