Reflections

A Different Schedule

With both unprecedented and changing circumstances before us regarding the concerns of the Coronavirus, we are unable to foresee what the schedule of the church will look like in the short-term. Throughout this newsletter, our plans remain subject to change, but we will continue to communicate updates to the congregation. It is difficult not being…

Sabbath Study Leave

After every six years of ministry, Auburn First Baptist offers its ministerial staff the opportunity to take a Sabbath Study Leave. It is a kind and thoughtful gift, providing support for study and renewal. I am thankful to have the opportunity for a Sabbath Study Leave this summer. In conversations with the Personnel Committee and…

Global Ministries Offering 2020-2021

Each year, Auburn First Baptist makes a commitment to its Global Ministries Offering, which begins each March. It is an annual offering above and beyond the church’s budget, focusing on local, regional, and global needs. The church will vote to approve its GMO budget for March 2020-2021 on Thursday, February 20 at a special-called Business…

Road Signs

As I have listened to our Life is Calling Committee, which has been working for a year, dreaming and envisioning opportunities for our congregation to build community within its walls and to serve community beyond them, I have thought about the past and the future. In many ways, the church has always faced opportunities and…

Simple Commitments

Sometime in the middle of January I realize how long it takes to fully enter another year. More than once, I catch myself writing the incorrect date, January 15, 2019. It takes several weeks before I am able to write 2020. The passing of time can feel awkward, but we are at our best when…

The First Day of the Year

We are beginning again! It is the beginning of another year.  It is a launch pad into something brand new. As we take these first steps into the New Year, we create resolutions. We set goals for the year, and we make a commitment to remain “resolved” in following them. We can talk about our…

An Informal Invitation

For particular events, a formal invitation is mailed. In planning a wedding, an invitation is designed and even framed after the gathering. For a graduation, family members are sent a formal announcement, so everyone can put the date on their calendar. Every now and then for a significant birthday, like the birthdays with a zero…

What Cannot Wait

In a world full of reminders, sticky notes, calendar notifications, and scheduling challenges, we do not like to wait! When we are forced to wait, we can feel the power of anticipation. We are drawn into the gravity of expectation, pulling us deeper into life’s opportunities. Our waiting is not passive because anticipation nudges us…

Life is Calling

Every year, we look forward to the gatherings of Thanksgiving. We gather with family, and we gather with the family of faith, which we will do again on Thursday, November 21. We will enjoy a meal with one another around the table, sharing time for fellowship and gratitude. We are thankful in many ways for…

Four Words

Since January 2019, the Life is Calling Committee has been reflecting on the calling of Auburn First Baptist. We have been participating in the Life is Calling Initiative through the Center for Congregational Resources at Samford University. It is a four–year initiative, reflecting on the meaning of calling.  Through this initiative, the Life is Calling…

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