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Join us as we hear SONGS of CELEBRATION, COURAGE, PEACE, LAUGHTER, and COMPASSION. Saturday, Feb. 11 – 7:00 pm – First Baptist Church sanctuary, Featuring Song writers, Poets, and Musicians, MIKE STERN & BILL JOLLIFF Mike Stern has traveled the world extensively while singing for PEACE and JUSTICE. He has visited Hiroshima & Nagasaki in Japan; Malawi & […]
We spent time last fall talking about affiliating with the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, and identifying as a church that advocates for the full inclusion of all people as God’s beloved, especially those who have been marginalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We signed up, because AWAB’s work is the […]
‘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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]