First Baptist Community

We are a welcoming, inclusive community of faith. Worship is at the center of our life. Worship that touches the mind, heart and soul follows Christ into the world. Worship that blends both the traditional and the contemporary. We seek to nourish a thoughtful, maturing faith. We offer all ages opportunities to explore and deepen […]


A Sermon preached by Stina Miller at First Baptist Church of Palo Alto Sunday, June 28, 2015  Text: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4 Picture in your mind’s eye the earth as it has been photographed by astronauts — a gleaming, blue jewel against the spangled, black velvet of space.   No wonder God called it good! Yet when […]

In the World

The Mission Summit in Kansas City was a great event. If you get a chance to read Dr. Amy Butler’s keynote sermon, please do so. Riveting stuff. Read it here:  In the wake of the murders in Charleston, many people are again claiming that even in the twenty first century our churches remain the […]

The Congregation gathers

In so many ways, this was a momentous week, with important Supreme Court rulings on health care and marriage equality, with the elegant eulogy and song offered by the President in memory of those slain at Emmanuel AME church in Charleston and with horror of a number of African American churches torched in South Carolina. […]

Church picnic

Everyone! Come join us for the fun this coming Sunday, July 5, after worship! Congregational Life has planned a great event for us. They will furnish the hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments and beverages. You are invited to bring whatever else you’d like to make the perfect picnic, particularly salads and side dishes. There will […]


This Week at First Baptist Friday, July 2,11:00 am: Missions Task Team in the Parlor. Sunday, July 5: 10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School: “Alive in the Spirit of God: Spirit of Unity and Diversity” Pastor Rick preaching. 11:30 AM: Annual Picnic Congregational Life has planned a great event for us. They will furnish the […]


The weekly update on church activities and concerns. Midweek Message, July 2, 2015


A sermon preached by Randle R. (Rick) Mixon First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA Sunday, June 21, 2015 Text: Acts 10:1-17 Somewhere in the back of mind I had begun a different sermon this week. I suppose it might have been a kinder, gentler one until a lone gunman entered a church and murdered nine […]


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