Reflections

A Potluck Approach

At the corner of College & Glenn, the ministry of Auburn FBC has always prioritized lay leadership. We give thanks for the leadership, both past and present, which has served this congregation! Whether it is formal or informal leadership, we join hands as a congregation to serve others. We make decisions, initiate ministry, and serve…

Shared

We stand at the beginning of another calendar year, as we continue to emerge from the conditions of a pandemic, finding ways to build and serve community. We have gained new knowledge about ourselves and fresh awareness of our deep connection to one another. We enter this year mindful of such things! I continue to…

Close to Home

Our theme for Advent this year is “Close to Home.” Advent is the beginning of another year on the Church’s Calendar, which revolves around the life of Jesus and the life of the Church. We begin by anticipating the birth of Jesus. We anticipate the coming of hope, peace, joy, and love. We look for…

Please Pass the Potatoes

When we think about giving thanks, either during the upcoming holidays or as we gather for worship each week, we are thankful for our place in the family of faith at Auburn First Baptist. As we think about the places of our lives, we usually know that we are a part of a place because…

Around the Table

One of the traditions of Thanksgiving is to go around the table, asking everyone to say one thing for which they are thankful. From table to table, we might hear similar answers. Whether you prefer turkey or ham at Thanksgiving, we might all say we are thankful for our health, family, friends, and food. If…

Children’s Sabbath and Churchwide Picnic

This Sunday we will not only gather for worship, but also gather around the children of the church, as they lead us in worship! Each year we recognize their voices among us, listening as they lead us in song and prayer. We give thanks for the gift of their presence and the value of their…

Celebration!

In a couple weeks, we will celebrate Pledge Sunday on October 10. In editing that sentence, we might consider replacing the word celebrate. It might sound more fitting to say observe or recognize. Stewardship has a tone of duty or responsibility, which is not always synonymous with celebration, but celebrate we will. As we look…

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…

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