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Reflections

We begin again with gratitude, which is one way to describe the rhythms and the routines of the church. We do not start over, but we do begin again, always moving into the grace of God together. As our family looks at the empty boxes we have unloaded in our house and as we continue…

Looking Ahead…

Christmas is Here! Well, not quite… but the Sanctuary Choir has begun rehearsing its Advent/Christmas Music! If you enjoy singing and would like to get “in the spirit of Christmas” than you are cordially invited to participate in the Sanctuary Choir. We rehearse each Thursday from 6:45-8:15 PM and childcare is provided. Now is a…

Looking Ahead…

I guess all of us… individuals, families, and organizations of all types including churches look ahead in a variety of areas. During the past year, looking ahead in the life of our church was what I tried to accomplish in this column. Perhaps as I composed “Looking Ahead” I was really writing and speaking to…

Reflections

In the days around the printing of First Connections, we punctuate the sentence of this interim season. It is a point we can mark, which actually stretches in two directions towards the past as well as the future. Whenever there is a period placed at the end of the sentence of an interim season, there…

Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith

This fall, Dr. Charlotte Ward and Mike McClanahan team-up to present Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith. Celebrating the communion of science and faith, Painting the Stars explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. Featuring over a dozen leading theologians and thinkers, participants are invited to join us for Discipleship Training, where…

Looking Ahead…

You may have already read “Reflections” by our new pastor, Dr. Tripp Martin. His arrival surely fulfills much of my “Looking Ahead.” Tripp and I have had the opportunity to spend several hours together both before and since he was called as our next pastor, and I must tell you I am so excited! One…

Reflections

From our first step inside the church, we were greeted with such welcome and kindness. We continue to give thanks for the warmth of the congregation, as we think about our weekend in Auburn and now as we talk about moving to Auburn. Driving into town and noticing the college students walking through campus, seeing…

“Brother John,” Dearest Jeanette

Church histories often focus on measurements of success more appropriate for a corporation than a church: large building projects; budget increases; growth in church membership. But if current Auburn First Baptist members conducted a referendum, they probably would select the team of Jeffers and Jeffers the most successful co-pastors ever. That outcome defies conventional wisdom.…

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