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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” – […]
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 […]
At the request of the Stewardship Committee, the following Report provides details of First Baptist Church’s facility needs. Deferred Building and Repairs Report
Ruminate Magazine says of Brian Doyle: “His lyrical prose, even when working with weighty, difficult topics, carries a timbre of grace that leaves you full-hearted and stunned.” You’re invited to join a BOOK GROUP to explore Doyle’s work with friends in October and November, and then to listen to him and lunch with him the […]
The September 11th Potluck, with food samples from 1880’s and 1950’s and special quilt display, was a glorious beginning to our 150th Anniversary Year. It is an exciting time to be part of FBC, especially with Erika’s leadership and commitment to telling stories of the past and weaving them into the present. The year ahead […]
Oct. 2 – Worship with Communion Message – “Where Do Stories Begin?” – Rev. Erika Marksbury Scripture: selections from The Infancy Gospel of Thomas Oct. 9 Message – “Who Gets to Tell the Story?” – Rev. Erika Marksbury Scripture: selections from The Gospel of Mary Magdalene Oct. 16 Message – “The Silences We Insist On” – Rev. […]
The archives, I may have told you, are gorgeous. Church records were for many years hand- written in perfect calligraphy into a book with a marbled brown cover. The long, narrow book holds meeting minutes, attendance lists, expense records, and community covenants. But there’s more: Old bulletins tell of a sermon series “introducing His Royal Majesty, […]
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of First Baptist McMinnville, the church will hold a series of concerts throughout the year. Friday, October 14 – 7pm – Organ Concert by Paul Klemme, Professor of Organ at Willamette University plus trumpet and piano Sunday, November 20 – 4pm – Jazz Concert by Darrell Grant (Head of Jazz […]
In high school, my friend Todd worked at a grocery store. I brought some bread and fruit through his checkout line once and was surprised to see a bright green sticker on his nametag that announced, “I’M NEW HERE!” I asked him, “Haven’t you worked here for a while now?” He told me, “I’ve been […]
The Portland Story Theater is coming to FBC! They’re offering two sessions of their Storytelling Starter, a workshop designed to give you a taste of the fabulous art form of storytelling in less than two hours. It’s interactive. Fast-paced. Fun! Their approach teaches participants to trust the story and speak extemporaneously from the heart. You’ll get […]