This Week at First Baptist (1/25/17)

  • CalendarThursday, January 26, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor.
  • Friday, January 27: Spire Deadline
  • Sunday, January 29: Fourth Sunday After Epiphany
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:

    “Re-imagined Realm,” Psalm 15; Micah 6:1-8; Matthew 5:1-12; 1Corinthians 1:18-31, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Annual Meeting in the Parlor.
  • Tuesday, January 31: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos
  • Wednesday, February 1, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.

This Week at First Baptist (1/31/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Sunday, January 31, 2016: Fourth Sunday of Epiphany
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Ministry on the Edge,” Luke 4:21-30, Rick Mixon preaching11:15 AM: Annual Meeting in the Parlor. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • Tuesday, February 2, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Tuesday, February 2, 2:30 PM: Meditation Group led by Charlotte Jackson at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.
  • Thursday, February 4, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections Book Club. Our book is Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon. Being Mortal explores medicine providing not only a good life, but also a good end. Brown Bag Lunch (beverages will be provided).
  • Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Join us in joyful song in the new year.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, February 6, 2016, 7:00 PM: Homebrewed Christianity Podcast Live Email Pastor Gregory to register.
  • Saturday, February 6, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 PM: Parent Mission Trip Rally at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, 3534 Lakeshore Ave, 94610.

This Week at First Baptist (1/20/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, January 21, 2016, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections Book Group  Our book is Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon. Being Mortal explores medicine providing not only a good life, but also a good end. Brown Bag Lunch (beverage will be provided).
  • Thursday, January 21, 2016, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Join us in joyful song in the new year.
  • Sunday, January 24, 2016: Third Sunday of Epiphany
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Gospel of Luke,  Rick Mixon preaching11:30 AM: Planning Workshop for Lent through Easter. Everyone of any age is invited to stay to help plan worship and other events for the Lenten/Easter season.
  • Tuesday, January 26, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2:30 PM: Meditation Group led by Charlotte Jackson at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, January 28, 10:00 AM: Women’s Brunch at Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant, 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join in.
  • Sunday, January 31, 2016: Fourth Sunday of Epiphany
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Ministry on the Edge,” Luke 4:21-30, Rick Mixon preaching

    11:15 AM: Annual Meeting in the Parlor

This Week at First Baptist (1/13/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, January 14, 2016, 5:00 PM: Church Council in the Parlor.
  • Thursday, January 14, 2016, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Join us in joyful song in the new year.
  • Sunday, January 17, 2016: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Overflowing Love” John 2:1-11, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation
    Saving Jesus Redux: What Can We Know About Jesus? – We continue our discussion of this video series.
  • Sunday, January 17, 2016, 3:00 PM: Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
    First Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton, Palo Alto. in the Sanctuary. Guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Emil M. Thomas, pastor from the Jerusalem Baptist Church who will give a keynote speech on “Honoring Dr. King’s Creative Pursuit of Justice and Peace.”

    Students from Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto will perform. Also performing will be a Volunteer Community Interfaith Choir. Singers are Welcome! (There will be a rehearsal at 1:45 pm. Please wear a white shirt/blouse and dark pants/skirt or choir robe. )There will be a reception in Fellowship Hall after the service at 4:30 pm. Admission is free.

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016: Annual Reports Due in the church office
  • Tuesday, January 19, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2:30 PM: Meditation Group led by Charlotte Jackson at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, January 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.
  • Thursday, January 21, 2016, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections Book Group  Our book is Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon. Being Mortal explores medicine providing not only a good life, but also a good end. Brown Bag Lunch (beverage will be provided).

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, January 24, 2016: Third Sunday of Epiphany
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Gospel of Luke,  Rick Mixon preaching

    11:30 AM: Planning Workshop for Lent through Easter. Everyone of any age is invited to stay to help plan worship and other events for the Lenten/Easter season.

  • Sunday, January 31, 2016, 11:15 AM: Annual Meeting in the Parlor

This Week at First Baptist (1/28/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, January 29, 7:30 pm: Choir Practice  in the Parlor. New voices are always welcome to join.
  • Sunday, February 1, 10:00 AM:
    Worship for the whole family

    “Alive in the Adventure of Jesus: Jesus the Teacher,” Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM: Annual Meeting
  • Tuesday, February 3, Bible Study at the Terraces of Los Altos. We will meet at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, February 4, 8:30 am: Men’s Breakfast at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.

LOOKING AHEAD:

Who do you say Jesus is?

Jesus mosaicFriends of God,

This week we will welcome Pastor Rick back from his time away from us. I am looking forward to the insights he will share with us. Please take a moment and send him a note or make a quick phone call to welcome him back. I know he would appreciate it.

Doug Davidson, in his spiritual formation class entitled “Visions of Jesus” asked us the One Big Question: “Who do you say Jesus is?” So much of our answers to this question reflect all the various things we hold most dear and what we think about the Church, politics, family, and money. I’ve been pondering it with Doug’s idea about taking Mark Scandrette’s work in “Jesus Dojo” seriously. What could we take on this Lent as a community? What might we do
differently together? It’s a big question. Stay tuned for opportunities to meet and talk about what’s in store for us all. Who is Jesus to us?

The Annual Meeting approaches. So too does our Valentine’s Day Potluck. And, believe it or not, Lent and Easter are right around the corner. Things move right along here at First Baptist.

I hope you have found all the goings on to be a helpful and rich part of your spiritual lives. I find it all to be exciting and helpful. Essayist, Christian Harding writes on Christian contemplation:

Christianity presents people not with an idea, but with a life; not merely with sayings but with a sayer. It is easy to miss the significance of this, because it goes against the modern conviction that one should evaluate ideas purely on their own merits. But when Jesus talks to his disciples about their day’s work, he doesn’t say: ‘How do you think my ideas are going down with people?’ He wants to know who the people think he is. You can imagine him putting put his face up really close to Peter’s at this point, so close that his disciple smells the lunch on his breath: ‘And who do you say that I am?’

You can read the whole essay here.

As we deepen our relationships with one another, might we find ways of deepening our relationship with The Christ, in the face of friend and stranger alike. May the practices of welcome, worship, and work become clear invitations to all we meet to a shared life together.

Peace and All Good Things,
Pastor Tripp

Things are afoot…

Pastor TrippFriends of God,

It’s the middle of the week and much is afoot at First Baptist Church of Palo Alto.

We’re gearing up for the Annual Meeting on February 2. Be ready to stay late. There will be childcare.

Pastor Rick is preaching that day as he will have returned from his sabbatical. Let’s welcome him back warmly!

The kids are raising money to buy 50 soccer balls for the Congo. They sold cookies last week and raised $100 in cash. Thank you all for your generosity. Clearly, we have a way to go. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

The building is abuzz with activity from the various groups who reside here. Music, dance, healing, and food make for a powerful extension of our ministry of presence in this neighborhood.

This coming Sunday we will explore one more time what it means to be beloved. This time we’ll talk about being beloved and being one in Christ.  Really.  It’ll be fun. I hope you will join us for worship.

Bring a friend!

Peace and All Good Things,
Pastor Tripp