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Church Board Notes – September

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 […]

October Worship Highlights

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. […]

October Thoughts from Pastor Erika

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, […]

150th Concert Series

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 […]

September Thoughts from Pastor Erika

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 […]

Storytelling Starter Workshops

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 […]

Celebration of 150 Years begins

Join us Sunday, September 11 as we begin our celebration of 150 Years of Engaging Community! We’ll remember our earliest days as a community – hearing the words and songs of our foremothers and fathers in faith, enjoying the foods they would’ve feasted on, and marveling at the quilts that tell the stories of their […]

Church Board Notes – August

Greetings! The 2016-17 Church Board met for only the second time since new members were elected, so we continue to take time at each meeting to provide background on all the issues we have been discussing how decisions are made and how we function with staff.  Sean Williams, our new Children/Youth Ministry Coordinator joined us for the […]