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?

Hope for youth: Fighting teen homelessness with unconditional love

Creating the Redlands nonprofit, YouthHope, was the scariest thing founder Heidi Mayer has ever done. But, it was what God wanted her to do. “It’s not my program, it’s His; it’s God’s program,” Heidi said. “It’s an exciting thing to be serving God exactly where He wants me to be.” Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday,…… Continue reading Hope for youth: Fighting teen homelessness with unconditional love

From Pastor Richard: An occasion to celebrate God’s love

There are various popular and interesting legends of St. Valentine’s Day. One of the legends links it to the early Christian church and a priest named Valentine who lived in Rome during the tyrannical reign of Emperor Claudius II. Under his rule, Rome was engaged in several bloody battles. To strengthen his army, he kept…… Continue reading From Pastor Richard: An occasion to celebrate God’s love

Partnering with InterVarsity to bring the gospel to college students

Julio Batta wasn’t a Christian when he first attended the University of Redlands in 2003. But, he had friends who were, and these friends were a part of InterVarsity, a ministry that trains and encourages students to share their faith on campus. “InterVarsity was the gateway through which God called me to dedicate my life…… Continue reading Partnering with InterVarsity to bring the gospel to college students

GriefShare: Mourning with those who mourn

Before Marge Emrick was the leader of First Baptist’s GriefShare group, she was a participant. About 10 years ago, she needed help dealing with the death of her daughter, Pamela. “It helped me get a lot of the tears out,” Marge said. “It helps to understand a little bit of what’s happening; because it hurts…… Continue reading GriefShare: Mourning with those who mourn

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

Showing our heart for Redlands’ cancer patients

Jonathan Peske and more than 30 other FBCR members have teamed up to raise $1,000 for cancer-fighting organizations in the Inland Empire. Their fundraising is a part of the Redlands Believe Walk which will take place Sunday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 a.m. Jonathan decided to form the team in an effort to help the church…… Continue reading Showing our heart for Redlands’ cancer patients

From Pastor Richard: Being a fellowship that showcase’s God’s music

Among the stories I have collected I found one that likens the study of a photograph to what a church should be. It is about a photograph that was taken by the late Yousaf Karsh who was famous for taking photographs of some of the world’s famous people: John Steinbeck, Mother Teresa and Albert Einstein,…… Continue reading From Pastor Richard: Being a fellowship that showcase’s God’s music