A Farewell Reception for Amanda Warner

On Sunday, July 12, following the worship service, join us for a farewell reception, wishing Amanda well as she leaves her staff position as communications administrator at First Baptist. A note from Amanda: I have truly been blessed this past year to work with and serve some of the kindest people here at The First Baptist…… Continue reading A Farewell Reception for Amanda Warner

A Bon Voyage Reception for Eric Goddard and family

On Sunday, June 28 following the worship service, join us for a Bon Voyage Reception to celebrate our music director’s 15 years at First Baptist before he and his family move out of California. A Note from Eric: As my family and I prepare to leave Redlands this month, I have been reflecting a lot…… Continue reading A Bon Voyage Reception for Eric Goddard and family

From Reverend Deena: “I’m ordained: Now what?”

Now that I’m ordained, what now? Whatever God calls and blesses me to do. I am still the same servant as I was on the Saturday evening before the cermony, serving together with all of you. Then I was ordained on Sunday. My role here at First Baptist remains the same: caring for our children, teaching…… Continue reading From Reverend Deena: “I’m ordained: Now what?”

Becoming Reverend Deena: Five Questions on Ordination

You’re invited! Deena’s Ordination Ceremony is Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary. 1. Why did you want to be ordained? I didn’t. Many of the retired pastors here at the church kept encouraging me, ‘Have you thought about ordination?’ I had been licensed by the church; and so licensing gave me authority…… Continue reading Becoming Reverend Deena: Five Questions on Ordination

From Pastor Deena: What about our unanswered prayers?

God calls us to pray unceasingly. Seems like a tall order, doesn’t it? Scripture also tells us to be specific when we ask for what we want. That feels a little selfish, doesn’t it? As I shared with you in a sermon on Sunday, Nov. 9, when praying for suffering to go away – sometimes it…… Continue reading From Pastor Deena: What about our unanswered prayers?

A big thank you to our 2014 volunteers

The church’s office and Tapestry team volunteers have faithfully sacrificed their time throughout 2014, serving with kindness and joy. Thank you to Margaret Bierschbach, Dianne Creech, Pat David, Betty Jo Emler, Jean Gail, Ken and Mary Nell Gifford, Betty Jo Graves, Carolyn Hampton, Virginia Joyce, Gordon and Marcie Meek, Judy Miller, Johnnie Mitchell, Carol Kiel…… Continue reading A big thank you to our 2014 volunteers

First Baptist Plays Santa

Chris Keierleber and Tammy Herron manning the Adopt-A-Family table on the church patio Sunday, Nov. 23. Ken Gifford is sure of one thing: First Baptist Church has never failed at fulfilling the needs of its adopted family’s Christmas wishes. Each year Redlands Family Service Association collects applications from families wanting help for holiday gifts. These…… Continue reading First Baptist Plays Santa

5 questions with Caitlin Carson

Caitlin Carson teaches the Junior Disciples (3rd to 5th graders) every Thursday night. She comes from a non-profit agency called South Coast Community Services which provides mental health services to community agencies. Partnering with First Baptist, she focuses on such topics as positive behaviors, social interactions, being a good person and character building. She was…… Continue reading 5 questions with Caitlin Carson

Shellie & JoAnn: Cooking from the heart

Shellie Skinner might not remember your birth date, or even your last name, but she can recollect your favorite meal. Enchiladas, lemon meringue pie, bread pudding — these have been the favorites of some FBCR members, items that Shellie knows to make again and again. She tries to cater to people. So it follows that…… Continue reading Shellie & JoAnn: Cooking from the heart

Giving our thanks to God during Agape Dinner

Volunteers like Wendy Peske began prepping for the Agape Dinner back in January. From creating the decorations to filling out forms, much labor has already been put into this year’s feast, which is expecting a turnout of around 200 guests. The Agape Dinner is not just about the turkeys, mashed potatoes and stuffing that are…… Continue reading Giving our thanks to God during Agape Dinner

How the Rogers bike on the roads less travelled

Some people think Richard and Susan Rogers are crazy. But biking across the United States is a passion of theirs; it’s an adventure and a challenge. “You can see parts of the United States that you just don’t see from the freeway,” Richard said. “On the less traveled roads, you meet a lot of people.…… Continue reading How the Rogers bike on the roads less travelled