This Week at First Baptist (12/21/16)

  • CalendarWednesday, December 21, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Meditation Group will not be meeting again during December. They will resume on January 4th.
  • Church Choir is on vacation until Thursday, January 5th.
  • Saturday, December 24, 5:00 PM: Christmas Eve: A brief service of candles and carols for the Whole Family.
  • Sunday, December 25: Christmas Day
    10:00 AM: Worship for the Whole Family:

    “Joy to the World,”
    Psalm 98; Isaiah 9:2-7, 52:7-10; John 1:1-14; Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12), Rick Mixon preaching.
  • Bible Study will be on hiatus until Tuesday, January 10.

Looking Ahead:

Note from Pastor Rick (12/14/2016)

This Sunday marks the culmination of our Advent adventure as we focus on the Love that came down at Christmas. Love that comes to us again and again, pleading with us to open our hearts and make room. The augmented choir will provide extra music along with Daniel Ramirez on cello. Afterward we will gather in the Fellowship Hall for our annual Christmas Brunch. If you can come on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM, we could use your help setting up for the brunch. Also, remember, if you’ve signed up for the Adopt A Family project, bring your gifts on Sunday.

The texts for Sunday include Isaiah’s proclamation of “great light” that shines on those who walk in darkness and his prophecy that a young woman (or virgin) will bear a child whose name will be “God with us.” Mattthew then picks up that prophecy when he gives his account of Jesus’ birth. His tale gives a prominent role to Joseph and the angels. Mary becomes the “young woman” (or “virgin.”) More than anything it is a story of love and light coming into the world that changes everything forever. Immanuel, “God with us.” It is unquestionably a reason for singing.

Plan to join in the joy of the day, beginning with worship at 10:00 AM and continuing through the brunch. Bring finger food to share and someone to share the day with you.

Together, let us strive…to know God’s love!

This Week at First Baptist (11/2/16)

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  • Sunday, November 6, 26th Sunday in Pentecost
    10:00 AM Worship with Communion:
    “God Is Near to All,” Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21; Haggai 1:15b-2:9; Luke 20:27-38; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation: Saving Jesus Redux: What Can We Know about Jesus (and How)? Another session in our ongoing exploration of this challenging video series.
    11:45 AM Rockin’ Jump Family Fun Trip. A
    family trip to the trampoline center. Let Pastor Gregory know if you’re interested.
  • Tuesday, November 8, ELECTION DAY POLLS OPEN, 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Be sure to vote if you haven’t already.
  • Tuesday, November 8, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, November 2, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, November 9, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.
  • Thursday, November 10, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Everyone is invited to share in the fun and the music.

Looking Ahead:

  • Sunday, November 13
    10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School
    “Joy Begins Now” Isaiah 6:17-25, Luke 21:5-19, Thessalonians 3:6-13, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation: Saving Jesus Redux: What can we know about Jesus (and how)?
  • Sunday, November 20
    10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School
    “Christ Over Chaos” Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 1:68-79, Colossians 1:11-20, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation: Saving Jesus Redux: What can we know about Jesus (and how)?
  • Thursday, November 24, 2:00 PM Thanksgiving Family Feast. Come Celebrate Thanksgiving with us.
  • Sunday, November 27: First Sunday of Advent
    10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School
    “God’s Path of Peace” Psalm 122, Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:35-44, Romans 13:11-14, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM Hanging of the Greens and Stone Soup Lunch

This Week at First Baptist (10/26/16)

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  • Thursday, October 27, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Everyone is invited to share in the fun and the music.
  • Sunday, October 30, 25th Sunday in Pentecost
    Worship and Sunday School:
    “Salvation for All,” Psalm 119:137-144; Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Luke 18:1-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-, 11-12, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM Pumpkin Carving & Potluck in the Fellowship Hall, Bring food to share; beverage and pumpkins provided
  • Monday, October 31, 5:00 PM: First Baptist Pit Stop. Let’s Scare Up Some Fun! Halloween night activities, treats, and port-a-potties for the neighborhood. Come, help Pastor Gregory welcome the neighborhood and join in the fun. Church lawn
  • Tuesday, November 1, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, November 2, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, November 2, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.

This Week at First Baptist (10/19/16)

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  • Thursday, October 20, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Everyone is invited to share in the fun and the music.
  • Sunday, October 23, 24th Sunday of Pentecost
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Dance of Pride,” Psalm 65; Joel 2:23-32; Luke 18:9-141-8; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM Quarterly Business Meeting   in the Parlor.
  • Tuesday, October 25, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at the church in the Parlor during ongoing construction at the Terraces.
  • Wednesday, October 26, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, October 30, 25th Sunday in Pentecost
    Worship and Sunday School:
    “Salvation for All,” Psalm 119:137-144; Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Luke 18:1-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-, 11-12, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM Pumpkin Carving & Potluck in the Fellowship Hall, Bring food to share; beverage and pumpkins provided
  • Monday, October 31, 5:00 PM: Let’s Scare Up Some Fun! Join us for a night of candy, games, and neighborhood fun!

This Week at First Baptist (10/5/16)

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  • Wednesday, October 5, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Thursday, October 6, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Everyone is invited to share in the fun and the music.
  • Sunday, October 9, 22nd Sunday of Pentecost
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Link by Link,” James 2:14-17, Charlotte Jackson preaching.11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation:  “Becoming Modern Day Abolitionists,” Charlotte Jackson leading. Today’s focus in worship and adult ed is on human trafficking, an area in which Charlotte has received lay training through the Disciples of Christ.
    2:45 PM Lunch Bunch at Cibo’s Restaurant. 3398 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Let Melanie Ramirez or Alan Plessinger know if you are planning to attend.
  • Sunday, October 9, 3:00 PM: Garden Party for United Campus Christian Ministry at Stanford, hosted by Pastor Gregory and the UCCM Board. Come support this important outreach of our congregation for progressive Christians on the Stanford campus.Please rsvp to geoff.browning@stanford.edu.
  • Tuesday, October 11, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at the church in the Parlor during ongoing construction at the Terraces.
  • Wednesday, October 11, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, October 30
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    11:30 AM Pumpkin Carving & Potluck
  • Monday, October 31, 5:00 PM: Let’s Scare Up Some Fun! Join us for a night of candy, games, and neighborhood fun!

This Week at First Baptist (9/28/16)

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  • Thursday, September 29, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Everyone is invited to share in the fun and the music.
  • Saturday, October 1, 10:00 AM: Blessing of the Animals, the church lawn.
  • Sunday, October 2, 21st Sunday of Pentecost- World Communion Sunday
    10:30 AM: Worship for the Whole Family with Communion
    Living Love Letter,” Psalm 137; Lamentations 1:1-6, 3:19-26; Luke 17:5-10; 2 Timothy 1:1-14.
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation:  Carolyn Shepard will share about her trip to Nicaragua and her visit to our sister church in Corinto
  • Sunday, October 2, 1:00 PM: CROP WALK see details.
  • Tuesday, October 4, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, October 5, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, October 5, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, October 9, 22nd Sunday of Pentecost
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Link by Link,” James 2:14-17, Charlotte Jackson preaching.

    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation:  “Becoming Modern Day Abolitionists,” Charlotte Jackson leading. Today’s focus in worship and adult ed is on human trafficking, an area in which Charlotte has received lay training through the Disciples of Christ.

  • Sunday, October 9, 3:00 PM: Garden Party for United Campus Christian Ministry at Stanford, hosted by Pastor Gregory and the UCCM Board. Come support this important outreach of our congregation for progressive Christians on the Stanford campus.Please rsvp to geoff.browning@stanford.edu.

This Week at First Baptist (9/21/16)

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  • Thursday, September 22, 11:30 AM: Women’s Brunch All women of our church community are invited to join at Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant, 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
  • Thursday, September 22, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Everyone is invited to share in the fun and the music.
  • Friday, September 23, 2:00 pm: Missions Task Team in the Parlor
  • Sunday, September 4: Twentieth Sunday in Pentecost
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Opportunity Knocks: – In Every Sphere,” Psalm 148; Proverbs 8:22-31; John 6:41-51; Colossians 1:15-20.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation
    Saving Jesus Redux: Who Was Jesus? We will resume our consideration of this video series where we left off last Spring.
  • Monday, September 26: October Spire Deadline
  • Tuesday, September 27, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, September 28: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Saturday, October 1, 10:00 AM: Blessing of the Animals, the church lawn.
  • Sunday, October 2, 21st Sunday of Pentecost- World Communion Sunday
    10:30 AM: Worship for the Whole Family with Communion
    Living Love Letter,” Psalm 137; Lamentations 1:1-6, 3:19-26; Luke 17:5-10; 2 Timothy 1:1-14.
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation:  Saving Jesus Redux: Who Was Jesus? An ongoing video series and discussion  about who Jesus was and the significance for our lives today.

This Week at First Baptist (8/31/16)

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NOTE: The Life Line Screening that had been scheduled for Friday, September 2 has been cancelled due to a scheduling mixup.

  • Choir is on hiatus for the Summer.
  • Meditation Group will be on hiatus from August 3 through September 14, reconvening on Wednesday, September 21.
  • Sunday, September 4: Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship for the Whole Family with Communion
    :
    Opportunity Knocks – with a Song to Sing,” 1 Chronicles 16:7-36; Psalm 150; Colossians 312-17; Revelation 15:2-4, Pastor Rick preaching. Remember if you have a favorite song or one you’ve just been missing or something. Please Pastor Rick know as soon as possible for consideration for the service. Reminder also from Carolyn Shepard that well be taking an All-Church Photo Sunday for her to take to our sister church in Corinto, so come with your best smile of greeting.
    11:15 AM Patio Hour.
    11:30 AM: Quarterly Business Meeting in the Parlor
  • Monday, August 29: Spire Deadline
  • Tuesday, September 6, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, September 7, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, September 7, 7:00 PM: Church Council meeting in the Youth Room

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, September 11, Season of Pentecost
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Opportunity Knocks: – The Caesar Divides, The Christ Unites,” Psalm 104:14-23; Luke 12:22-31;1 Corinthians 1:10-23, Pastor Gregory preaching.
    11:15 AM Patio Hour
  • Sunday, September 11, 2:00 PM: Multifaith Peace Walk & Picnic: Join people of many backgrounds to say ‘no’ to fear and ‘yes’ to friendship! Mark 9/11 with a 2.5 mile walk in Palo Alto with diverse faith communities. Gather at 1:30 pm at Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma Street. Walk begins at 2:00 pm and ends with a Peace Picnic at Mitchell Park. There will be stops at several churches along the way and shuttle service back to the starting point. Everyone welcome! Our congregation is a sponsor of this event. For more information and registration (helpful but not necessary) see www.multifaithpeace.org/peacewalk.

 

This Week at First Baptist (8/24/16)

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  • Choir is on hiatus for the Summer.
  • Meditation Group will be on hiatus from August 3 through September 14, reconvening on Wednesday, September 21.
  • Thursday, August 25, 11:30 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, August 28, Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
    10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School
    : “Coming Home: Nesting,” Psalm 84; Ephesians 2:11-22, Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:15 AM Patio Hour hosted by Chip and Charlie Clark
  • Monday, August 29: Spire Deadline
  • NO BIBLE STUDY Tuesday, August 30, We will meet again on September 6, 10:30 AM at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, September 4: Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship for the Whole Family with Communion
    :
    Opportunity Knocks – with a Song to Sing,” Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 139:1-6,13-18; Luke 14:25-33; Philemon 1-21, Pastor Rick preaching. Remember if you have a favorite song or one you’ve just been missing or something. Please Pastor Rick know as soon as possible for consideration for the service.
    11:15 AM Patio Hour.
    11:30 AM: Quarterly Business Meeting in the Parlor
  • Wednesday, September 7, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.