Mission News: Kachin Baptist Churches, ABSW Interim

KACHIN BAPTIST CHURCHES IN THE USA RECEIVE WELCOME

Kachin Baptist Churches representatives

On June 18, the Board of General Ministries of ABCUSA recognized the Kachin Baptist Churches USA as an Associated Ministry Organization of ABCUSA when representatives of these churches now settled in the USA entered into this covenant ministry.  “Kachin congregations are making a wonderful contribution to ABC life,” according to Dr. Susan Gillies, the new Interim General Secretary, ABCUSA. Representatives of Kachin churches at this meeting affirmed this decision through this partnership affirmation.

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April Special Mission Offering: American Baptist Seminary of the West

American Baptist Seminary of the WestThe American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW) is a charter member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) since 1962. ABSW was founded in 1871 and is the center of American Baptist ecumenical theological education in the far western United States.

The seminary is affiliated denominationally with ABC USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, and admits students from a variety of denominational traditions. ABSW is described on Twitter as multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, evangelical, and ecumenical. ABSW offers its students resources through the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States. ABSW students may take classes at 9 other GTU seminaries and have access to one of the finest theological libraries in the world, a faculty of distinguished scholars, and the resources of UC Berkeley. Through the GTU, students can pursue ABSW degrees as well as Ph.D., Th.D., M.A., and two joint Ph.D. programs with UC Berkeley.

ABSW graduation ceremonies this year will be held at the First Baptist Church, 534 22nd Street, Oakland, California on May 21st at 2:00 p.m.

The campus was saddened by the sudden death of its president, Paul Martin, on March 23rd. Dr. Martin spent well over fifty years in pastoral ministry. Several memorial services are planned:

  • April 16, 11 AM, Second Baptist Church, 2412 Griffith Avenue,
    Los Angeles, CA
  • April 30, 10 AM, Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd., Oakland, CA
  • May 14, 11 AM, Macedonia Baptist Church, 3240 Adams Street,
    Denver, CO

Many of our own church’s leaders and prominent members have been associated with ABSW: Rick Mixon is a graduate, as are the late Jim Shepard (CBTS), E.Y. Fung, Dona Smith-Powers and Lynn Hunwick.

Our goal of $750 for the April Mission Offering for ABSW scholarships will be matched by the ABC Home Mission Society. We encourage you to give generously to continue the long-standing support to students by the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto.

Marilyn and Lynn Hunwick

This Week at First Baptist (5/13/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, May 14, 7:30 pm: Church Choir in the Parlor. New voices are always welcome to join.
  • Saturday, May 16, 2:00 PM: ABSW Graduation, Beth Eden Baptist Church, Oakland. Doug Davidson will be among the graduates. Tell Pastor Rick if you’d like to attend.
  • Saturday, May 16, 8:00 PM: “Our Favorite Things,” Resounding Achord Concert in the sanctuary. Ticket information at resoundingachord.org. Students High School and younger – free.
  • Sunday, May 17:
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:
    “Alive in a Global Uprising: Whatever the Hardship, Keep Rising Up!,”
    Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation:
    “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Earth,” is a seven part series from the group that produced “Living the Questions.” The curriculum includes a 20 minute video and guided discussion from leading theologians and progressive thinkers. Session two: “A Renaissance of Wonder.”
  • Monday, May 18: SPIRE deadline
  • Tuesday, May 19, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at the Terraces of Los Altos. We will meet at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 1:00 PM: Missions Task Team in the Parlor

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, May 21, 5:00 PM: Church Council in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, May 24, Pentecost Sunday
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:

    Alive in the Spirit of God: The Spirit Is Moving! Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation:
    “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Earth,” 
  • Thursday, May 28 at 10:00 AM: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are welcome.
  • Saturday, June 6, 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM: “Connecting Generations,” PCBA Spring Conference. First Baptist Church, Alameda. More information.

 

April Mission Offering: Scholarships at ABSW

American Baptist Seminary of the WestOur special mission offering for April is to support
scholarship aid at the American Baptist Seminary of the West.

The ABSW is a charter member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) since 1962. ABSW, founded in 1871, is the center of American Baptist ecumenical theological education in the far western United States. The seminary is affiliated denominationally with ABC USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. ABSW admits students from a variety of denominational traditions. ABSW is described on Twitter as Multi-Cultural, Multi-Ethnic, Evangelical, and Ecumenical.

Hobart Hall, the heart of ABSW’s campus, is a four-story brick Tudor Revival building and was designed by one of California’s most famous architects, Julia Morgan. Dedicated in 1921, ABSW is a California state landmark.

ABSW offers its students resources through the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States. ABSW students may take classes at 9 other GTU seminaries, and have access to one of the finest theological libraries in the world, a faculty of distinguished scholars, and the resources of UC Berkeley. Through the GTU, students can pursue ABSW degrees as well as Ph.D., Th.D., and M.A., and two joint Ph.D. programs with UC Berkeley.

Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble has joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Ministerial Leadership and Functional Theology, and in an integrated role as Registrar and Director of Student Services. Dr. Miles-Tribble received her MDiv from ABSW and DMin from SFTS. In addition she has studied at Harvard Divinity School and is a PhD candidate at Walden University. As an adjunct professor she served for six years as part of ABSW’s Junior Colloquium teaching team and at SFTS for three years in the DMin program. She returned to ABSW in 2009 as a visiting professor. For other news and information, see www.absw.edu.

The ABSW commencement ceremony will take place on May 17, 2014, 2:00 PM, at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland. The speaker will be Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson, Executive Director of the ABCUSA Ministers Council.

Our church has many connections with ABSW: Tripp Hudgins is currently enrolled at ABSW as he works on a PhD degree at the GTU. Our Intern, Doug Davidson, is a student and his wife, Jennifer Davidson, is Assistant Professor of Worship and Theology. Our pastor is a graduate of ABSW, as are Dona Smith Powers and Lynn Hunwick.

Our goal of $750 for the April Mission Offering for scholarships will be matched by the ABC Home Mission Society. We encourage you to give generously and continue the long-standing support to students by First Baptist Church, Palo Alto.

ABSW and theological education

Rev. Wilkins, Pastor Rick, and Pastor Tripp
Rev. Wilkins, Pastor Rick, and Pastor Tripp

Greetings on this very warm first day of May.  It was a privilege and a pleasure for us to have the Rev. Robert Wilkins last Sunday, giving us insight into the American Baptist Seminary of the West and the current state of theological education.  His sharing was informative and helpful as we consider how we might assist seminary students in preparation for ministry.  One exciting prospect we have to look forward to is that we will have two very fine seminary students working with us as interns next year.  I am very pleased that Naomi Schultz from PSR and Douglas Davidson from ABSW have signed on to work with Tripp, me and the congregation.  You will hear more about them in the days ahead.  We are indeed blessed.

For the next couple of weeks our worship will focus on the last two chapters of Revelation, John’s vision of the Heavenly City and all it promises for the glorious fulfillment of God’s reign.  I know there is much in the book of Revelation that is troublesome and confusing, especially if it’s taken literally.  Even in John’s grand vision of the ultimate destination of God’s creatures and God’s creation, we find ideas and images that do not sit easily with us.  But the promises of healing and wholeness may still stir to us to live into those promises as we journey in the here and now.  There is much to praise in God’s eternal presence around and in us.

Adult Spiritual Formation will be one of those periodic Sundays when you’re invited to share whatever is on your mind.  Lord knows there has been plenty in the news lately to keep us occupied far beyond our hour.  Still let’s join in open, honest and respectful conversation.

See you on Sunday at 10 as we as we gather as Christ’s beloved community.  Invite someone to come with you.

May God’s new thing flourish within us and among us.
Pastor Rick