Reflections

Remember and Imagine

At its recent meeting, the Stewardship Committee approved the Preliminary Budget for 2022. The Deacons will review the Preliminary Budget this month and then distribute it to the congregation. This is the first step in the budget process each year. On Sunday, October 10, we will have Pledge Sunday, where we have the opportunity to…

Triage & Therapy

Over the recent years, seminaries and divinity schools across denominations and regions have seen a decline in applications. Less students are applying for theological education or aspiring for vocational ministry. These trends raise questions and invite reflection. Vocational ministry is not the only picture of God’s calling, which is primarily rooted in the life of…

Small, but Valuable

When I was growing up, and I was looking for extra spending money, my parents would give me a can full of coins, let me roll them, and exchange them at the bank. The hardest to roll were the pennies! There were plenty of them, perhaps more than any other coin, but the return was…

Standing at a Threshold

I am thankful, and excited, to be back in Auburn! I had an enriching Sabbath Study Leave, reading about God’s creation and engaging conversations about the changing religious landscape around the church. We enjoyed time together as a family, and we loved seeing the beauty of several National Parks. I am thankful for the work…

Thank You, Bryan King!

Among the things that we lost in the COVID-19 shut-down was the opportunity to give appropriate attention to the 20th anniversary of Bryan King’s ministry to this congregation from the organ bench. We were already working on plans for a celebration sometime this Fall, when Bryan approached the church staff and personnel committee to inform…

Renew

Is it time to renew your driver’s license or car tag? Maybe you have renewed a streaming service or magazine subscription. We have to renew these things from time to time. While we may be able to forget about them for a bit, knowing they’ll last for a while, eventually, they need our attention. We…

Postcards & Pictures

Whenever we travel, we might send postcards and take pictures. It is one way we account for where we have been. It helps us take memories and share stories so we do not lose them along the way. We need reminders of the places and the people which have shaped our faith. Along the journey,…

The Day of Pentecost

On Sunday, May 23, we will celebrate the birthday of the Church! It takes place fifty days following the Day of Resurrection when the Holy Spirit filled the room like a mighty, rushing wind. People from all over the world were drawn together, bound to one another by the grace of God. Pentecost tells the…

Happy Anniversary!

Each week families bring their children to Auburn First Baptist to attend our Child Development Center. Families are thankful for the lessons learned, friends made, and community formed. We are thankful for the leadership of Milissa Clowers, who celebrates her tenth anniversary as the Director of the CDC on May 1. We are grateful for…

It Keeps Happening

We are thankful for the season of Easter, or Eastertide, as it stretches out the joy of Easter morning for more than one day. The season of Easter lasts for fifty days, leading us from Easter morning to the Day of Pentecost. During this season, we celebrate the new life of God’s steadfast love! If…

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