Reflections

Season of Stewardship

Each year during the fall, we enter into a season of stewardship, which means the Budget for 2021 is prepared and presented to the congregation. Once the 2021 Budget is presented to the congregation, we have Pledge Sunday, where each of us has the opportunity to prepare and present our pledge to the congregation. Pledge…

Deacon Nominations

One of the important things we do each year in September is recommend names to the Deacon Nominating Committee. Our Deacons provide leadership to the congregation as we make decisions, serve others, and join together in ministry. We are thankful for our Deacons! First, the Deacon Nominating Committee receives recommendations from the congregation during a…

Milestones

Driving on the interstate, making our journey down the road, we do not pay attention to every single mile marker, but there are landmarks we notice along the way. When we arrive to a new state, or reach a major city, we announce it to the entire car! As we are apart, we want to…

Expectations

During this time of year, we usually lean into our expectations for the fall semester. We would expect the return of various church programs, the festivities of Saturdays, the return of our weekly rhythm; but for this fall, our expectations are in a holding pattern. We are not sure what to expect! We are trying…

The Wilderness is Wild

In the wake of the recent months as we have weighed the impact of a global pandemic, the experience of the Hebrew people leaving Egypt and wandering through the wilderness can serve as our guide. They discovered the wilderness is wild! It was not wild like a rollercoaster, but wild like the untamed desert. They…

A Life of Worship

One of the words, which belongs to worship, is liturgy. Liturgy is everything we say and do in the sanctuary. It is the Invocation, Offering, Hymns, and Ministry of Silence. It is everything we find in the bulletin, and everything we do that is not even listed. Liturgy means “the work of the people” because…

Thank You!

Dear AFBC Family, Thank you for all the cards, letters, texts, and emails celebrating our five year anniversary together. What a gift it has been to read so many kind words and feel your thoughts and prayers! Thank you for these five years. You have welcomed Seth and me into your lives with love and…

Connections and Community

With the publication of this newsletter, we will have spent nine Sundays apart, which has included streaming worship, Zoom meetings, recorded reflections, countless phone calls, and even more emails. We are thankful for all the ways we have been able to remain connected as a community of faith! We are also thankful for the congregation,…

Five Years

Five years ago, Auburn First Baptist Church called Laura Edgar as its Associate Pastor for Youth, College, and Young Adults, and for countless reasons, we give thanks! We are thankful for Laura’s ministry and the many ways it has shaped our young people. She has spent these five years traveling alongside our youth and walking…

A Glad Surprise!

Words sound different depending on where we say them. If we stood next to the Grand Canyon, and we referred to how “big” the football stadium was it would not sound the same. If we walked into a one-room house in Guatemala, and we talked about how “small” our bedroom was it would sound different.…

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