This Week at First Baptist (5/3/17)

  • CalendarNo Choir Rehearsal this week; we will resume on Thursday May 11, 7:30 PM in the Parlor
  • Sunday, May 7: Fourth Sunday in Easter
    10:00 AM: Worship for the Whole Family with Communion

    Glad and Generous Hearts Psalm 23; John 10:1-10; Acts 2:42-47: 1 Peter 2:19-25, Rick Mixon, preaching.
    11:30 AM: Quarterly Business Meeting
    in the Parlor. 
  • Tuesday, May 9, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos
  • Wednesday, May 10, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Eileen Conover’s home, 1075 Space Park Way #217, Mountain View.

Looking ahead:

  • Sunday, May 14, Fifth Sunday in Easter (Mothers Day)
    10:00 AM:
    Worship and Sunday School: Stand Firm, Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; John 14:1-14; Acts 7:55-60; 1 Peter 2:1-10, Rick Mixon, preaching.
  • 11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: Speaking in Parables.” We will continue our study of Jesus’ Parables, focusing this week on “The Parable of the Talents,” Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27.

This Week at First Baptist (4/26/17)

  • CalendarWednesday, April 26: SPIRE deadline
  • Thursday, April 27, 11:30 AM: Women’s Brunch in the Parlor. Bring your lunch and come join us.
  • Thursday, April 27, 7:30 PM: Choir Rehearsal in the Parlor
  • Sunday, April 30: Third Sunday in Easter
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School

    Our Kairos Moment, Leviticus 25:8-17; Luke 4:16-30, Geoff Browning, UCCM Campus Minister, preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:
    update by Geoff Browning on the work of United Campus Christian Ministry, Parlor. 
  • Tuesday, May 2, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos
  • Wednesday, May 3, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, May 3, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Eileen Conover’s home, 1075 Space Park Way #217, Mountain View.

Note from Pastor Rick (4/26/2017)

A bad head cold is not the way to celebrate the Easter season. We had a great day on Easter Sunday (and another good day last Sunday, with Pastor Gregory preaching on resurrection,) but I woke up from my Easter Sunday nap with a sore throat and went downhill from there. I am now on the mend, enough that I will be leaving tomorrow for Raleigh, NC, where I will attend the annual Convocation of the Alliance of Baptists. This is the 30th anniversary of the organization. The theme is “Embracing God’s Call to Love and Justice.” Speakers will include William Barber, head of the NC NAACP and organizer of Moral Mondays, Desmond Tutu’s daughter, Naomi, and the Baptist Archbishop from the Republic of Georgia. It promises to be a great occasion. I am looking forward to connecting with old friends and colleagues, including Daniel Pryfogle and his wife, Chris, while I’m there.

This week at FBCPA, we welcome Geoff Browning, campus minister for United Campus Christian Ministry at Stanford. UCCM is a mission of our congregation. Pastor Gregory currently serves on their board. Geoff will preach on “Our Kairos Moment” (Leviticus 25:8-17and Luke 4:16-30) and lead Adult Spiritual Formation with an update on the work of UCCM.

Come Sunday at 10 AM, to support Geoff and the good work of UCCM. Invite family, friends, colleagues, strangers – anyone and everyone – to join in worship, education, and sharing.  See you next week.

Our theme for this year is “All Are Welcome in this Place.” Let’s make certain that it is so.

Pastor Rick   

Note from Pastor Rick (4/13/2017)

Once again we find ourselves in the midst of Holy Week. I hope you are finding time to contemplate the significance of the week in preparing us for Easter. Tonight we will hold our annual soup supper with Communion around the tables, commemorating Maundy Thursday. This will be a simple meal and service for the whole family. Friday, our sanctuary will be open from 12:00 to 3:00 PM for prayer and meditation. We will have available prayers and readings to assist you in your time of reflecting. Due to a scheduling glitch, we have to do the set up for Easter Brunch on Sunday morning. If you can come at 9:00 AM to help (or, if you can, stay afterward to help with clean up) that would be appreciated.

As I contemplate Easter in the crazy context of the world we currently inhabit, I have been thinking about the aftermath of the Resurrection. That is, we come together to celebrate, as well we should, the joy of Easter, when God, in Christ, said a resounding “No” to death and “Yes” to life. If that is our core belief, then how are we to live our lives in a post-Easter world? What difference did it make in the lives of those first women who found the empty tomb, and then all Christ’s followers, confronted with the astounding reality that “He is risen, indeed”? What difference does it make for us? We continue to grow into people who, in the face of every joy and every concern, every triumph and every tragedy, can still say a great “Yes!” to life and to the Giver of Life.

See you Sunday at 10 AM, if not before. There is no better time to invite family, friends, colleagues, strangers – anyone and everyone – to join us for joyful Worship for the Whole Family and a delicious Easter brunch. We will have child care and an Easter Egg Hunt for little ones. Please remember to bring cut flowers for the flower cross and finger food to share at brunch.

Our theme for this year is “All Are Welcome in this Place.” Let’s make certain that it is so.

Pastor Rick   

This Week at First Baptist (4/6/17)

  • CalendarThursday, April 6, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, April 9: Palm/Passion Sunday
    10:00 AM: Worship for the Whole Family

    “Passion Amidst Palms.” Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 31:9-16; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Matthew 28:14-27:66; Philemon 2:5-11, Rick Mixon, preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:
    Palms –> Passion –> Easter
    We will explore Jesus’ journey from a triumphal entry into the old city through his arrest, trial, crucifixion, and burial as a means of preparing ourselves once more for the glory of Easter. We focus especially on Matthew’s (26:14-27:66) account of this “holy week.”
  • Tuesday, April 11, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos
  • Tuesday, April 11, 7:00 PM: Church Council in the Youth Room.
  • Wednesday, April 12, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Eileen Conover’s home, 1075 Space Park Way #217, Mountain View.

Note from Pastor Rick (4/6/2017)

The end of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week is fast approaching. Sunday we will join together to celebrate both Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and all the challenging events of the week that followed, culminating in Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, and burial. This is the ancient flow of drama and travail that leads to the joy of Easter. If we take the time to focus, to meditate on this tale of Christ’s passion, perhaps Easter will dawn all the more glorious. In worship, we will continue our practice of dividing the service between Palms and Passion. Both are important as we look toward Easter. Please plan to arrive on time or a little early this week. Not only would it be good discipline for many of us, but will also give you the opportunity to join in the blessing and procession of palms, which will begin on the outside steps of the sanctuary at 10:00 AM

Stay after worship for Adult Spiritual Formation in which we will delve more deeply into Matthew’s version of this great drama that moves from Palm Sunday to Easter. J. S. Bach found enough material in these texts to compose a magnificent 3 hour choral work. Presumably, we will find enough here to fill an hour. Maybe we will even listen to a bit of Bach’s masterpiece.

See you Sunday at 10 AM for Worship for the Whole Family and Adult Spiritual Formation. This would be a great day to bring someone along with you to share joys and challenges of the ancient, familiar story.

Our theme for this year is “All Are Welcome in this Place.” Let’s make certain that it is so.

Pastor Rick   

This Week at First Baptist (3/24/17)

  • CalendarThursday, March 23, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, March 26: Fourth Sunday in Lent
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School for Children and Youth:
    “Seeing with Heart,” 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; John 9:1-41; Ephesians 5:8-14, Rick Mixon, preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:
    10 Books a Home: Lisa Olson, Development Director, will share with us in more depth about the project we supported in our January special offering, including background, activities, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Tuesday, March 28, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos
  • Wednesday, March 29: SPIRE deadline
  • Wednesday, March 29, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Eileen Conover’s home, 1075 Space Park Way #217, Mountain View.