This Week’s Message

October 7th, 2015

On Sunday we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the dedication of our lovely church building and what a good time we had! We were blessed to have former pastor Jim Davison share wonderful memories of some of the “living stones” of First Baptist during the time he was here (1964-72) and reflections on what it means to be a living temple of God in Christ.

The choir sang the anthem used at the 1955 dedication, we sang some of the hymns, heard scriptures used in the brochure printed when they were raising funds to build this church, and heard an Anniversary Minute about the three church buildings that have housed FBC over our 175 years. The service culminated in saying a Litany of Rededication together, modified from the 1955 Litany of Dedication to more fully reflect who we are today. As usual, we had a jovial and scrumptious potluck following the service, which included a slide show of the construction, dedication and some of the early days in our building. Thanks to Chuck and Sue Dayton and all the 175th Anniversary Committee for making this such a special day!

Sermon: If These Stones Could Talk!

October 6th, 2015

Jim Davison – If These Stones Could Talk!

This Week’s Message

September 30th, 2015

On Sunday, we explored the anxiety which eats at us when we encounter Christians who follow Christ in ways we find problematic, but who are more deeply devoted to loving and caring for the most vulnerable. How can we open our minds to learn from Christians who are so different from us? How can we open our eyes to see Christ working within them?

Sermon: Stumbling Blocks

September 29th, 2015

Scott Roser – Stumbling Blocks

This Week’s Message

September 22nd, 2015

On Sunday, we reflected on the “confessing” church – not in the sense of confessing a particular set of believes, but confessing our need for God’s mercy and grace and the transformation of our lives and world. We saw the disciples argue about who was the greatest rather than engage in the difficult consideration of who they were as people and how that differed from who Jesus was calling them to be. They simply didn’t want to hear about “the Way of the Cross” as the means of transformation of humankind. Do we?

Sermon: Fearful Greatness

September 22nd, 2015

Dorothy Whiston – Fearful Greatness

This Week’s Message

September 16th, 2015

On Sunday, we were delighted to have former pastor Rob Leveridge preach on Matthew 25. He reminded us that we are all made up of hungry, thirsty, ailing, naked and imprisoned dimensions and that Christ sees himself in just those parts of us. And he encouraged us to follow Jesus’ own acts and command to take real risks in reaching out to people who are literally hungry, thirsty, naked, or imprisoned in our community and beyond. Are we ready? Willing?


September 15th, 2015

Rob Leveridge- Sermon

This Week’s Message

September 9th, 2015

On Sunday, we were confronted with a story that blurs our standard definitions of insider/outsider. As Peter Dumutriu says so perfectly: “Jesus is always on the side of the crucified ones, and he changes sides in the twinkling of an eye. He is not loyal to the person, or even less the group; Jesus is loyal to suffering.” Who are the crucified ones in whom we will find Christ today? What boundaries are separating us from being in solidarity with them?

Sermon: A Place at the Table

September 8th, 2015

Scott Roser – A Place at the Table


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