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

Keep the CSU system in your prayers

In December 2011, the Chancellor of the CSU issued Executive Order 1068, which required all campus-recognized student organizations to have their membership and leadership open to all CSU students. While this sounds like an act encouraging tolerance, in practice it means that religious student groups may not require their student leaders to affirm basic statements…… Continue reading Keep the CSU system in your prayers

What is an interim pastor?

An interim pastor serves as a transitional pastor, and will usually stay anywhere from nine months to two years. In this time period the pastor will lead congregational life and ministry, provide support for staff, enhance selected areas of congregational life and ministry, as well as guide the congregation through interim ministry tasks. Some things the…… Continue reading What is an interim pastor?

NICARAGUA: A team of dentists spend 11 days cleaning teeth for Jesus

From June 12-23, Mark Carpenter and his team of 50 dentists and dental students ran five clinics in Nicaragua, seeing approximately 800 patients, a lot of whom were children. The days were full. A team of organizers arrived at the clinics by 6 a.m. to sterilize and make preparations. Other groups arrived around 7:30 a.m.…… Continue reading NICARAGUA: A team of dentists spend 11 days cleaning teeth for Jesus

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