Note from Pastor Rick (12/21/2016)

Thanks to everyone who helped make last Sunday a warm “family” gathering in worship and community. Special thanks to Jan for her gifts of music and all who helped with the brunch. After a week of rehearsals and concerts, it is nice to feel a slightly slower pace this week. However, I did make a run put to EHP today and the pace is definitely not slow there. I was moved to see Nevida Butler in her jeans and sweatshirt marshaling the forces in the food pantry. (Isn’t she supposed to be retired?!?!) There were people everywhere, serving and being served. In our comfort and privilege, let us never forget that there are others of our “family” in need, some in desperate need. I know EHP could use more toys and gifts/gift cards for teens, as well as warm clothes in these cold days, if you have the time and inclination. There is an ongoing collection site right outside my office door. Remember it is precisely to meet the needs of all creation, physical as well as spiritual, that God comes close to share our reality and set things right. Continue reading Note from Pastor Rick (12/21/2016)

Note from Pastor Rick (11/2/2016)

We had fun last Sunday singing with Zacchaeus, sharing a meal and carving/decorating pumpkins. Nearly everyone left with crazy creation. Thanks to Judie Dodson for bringing ideas and great creativity to the project and to all who helped set up and clean up. Monday evening pastor Gregory, Charlotte Jackson, Carolyn Shepard, Chip Clark, and Alex Russo stood (or sat ) watch at a table in front of the church, greeting trick-or-treaters with candy, water, punch, and fun. Our neighborhood was crawling with kids of all ages in an in credible array of inventive costumery. All reports are that it was a big hit. Thanks to everyone who worked hard on these events.

This Sunday will be more sedate. Traditionally, we have called this Gratitude Month. It not only involves our stewardship emphasis but also our annual drive for funds and food for Ecumeincal Hunger Program in East Palo Alto. We need your open-hearted and generous giving to sustain the life of out congregation and its many ministries. In addition, this year we will include a Time and Talent form which will ask some questions about where you volunteer, where you might want to volunteer, and what volunteer opportunities we might be missing in our life together.

Our focus scripture will be from the prophet Haggai – another of those minor prophets we seldom turn to. In particular we will consider a proclamation the prophet makes to encourage people to rebuild as they stand amid the rubble of Jerusalem and the Temple. It is a daunting prospect but Haggai reminds them they are not alone. “God is near to all.”

In Adult Spiritual Formation, we will return to the fine video series, “Saving Jesus Redux,” asking the questions, “What Can We Know about Jesus (and How)?” Afterward, there will be a family trip to the trampoline center. Let Pastor Gregory know if you’re interested.

Come at 10:00 AM for worship, education, and family fun. Join in the joy of the day and the fun of the season. Invite someone to share in it all. See you Sunday.

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

Pastor Rick

November Mission Update: Ecumenical Hunger Program (12/2/15)

Ecumenical Hunger ProjectThe Special Mission Offering for November is for Ecumenical Hunger Program. Our church has been involved with this very worthwhile program for many years by contributing food, clothing and other household items. Church members volunteer their time, and we give monetary support through this annual offering.

We’ve received $710 toward our goal of $600.

In addition to the special offering, we are again collecting turkeys, hams, roast or whole chickens as well as other items as part of November’s gratitude focus.

November Mission Update: Ecumenical Hunger Program (11/25/15)

Ecumenical Hunger ProjectThe Special Mission Offering for November is for Ecumenical Hunger Program. Our church has been involved with this very worthwhile program for many years by contributing food, clothing and other household items. Church members volunteer their time, and we give monetary support through this annual offering.

We’ve received $695 toward our goal of $600.

In addition to the special offering, we are again collecting turkeys, hams, roast or whole chickens as well as other items as part of November’s gratitude focus.

November Mission Update: Ecumenical Hunger Program (11/18/15)

Ecumenical Hunger ProjectThe Special Mission Offering for November is for Ecumenical Hunger Program. Our church has been involved with this very worthwhile program for many years by contributing food, clothing and other household items. Church members volunteer their time, and we give monetary support through this annual offering.

We’ve received $520 toward our goal of $600.

In addition to the special offering, we are again collecting turkeys, hams, roast or whole chickens as well as other items as part of November’s gratitude focus.

NOTE: This year, EHP has asked us to deliver all of our canned goods, produce, and turkeys by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015. That means that on or before Sunday, November 15th, we can bring to the church:

FROZEN turkeys (please put frozen turkeys in the freezer in the kitchen)

Non-perishable fruits and vegetables, canned and boxed goods
(a basket is in the Narthex for canned and boxed goods)

Perishable vegetables and fruit and any non-frozen turkeys can be brought to the church on Friday, November 20th before Noon.

November Mission Update: Ecumenical Hunger Program (11/11/15)

Ecumenical Hunger ProjectThe Special Mission Offering for November is for Ecumenical Hunger Program. Our church has been involved with this very worthwhile program for many years by contributing food, clothing and other household items. Church members volunteer their time, and we give monetary support through this annual offering.

We’ve received $190 toward our goal of $600.

In addition to the special offering, we are again collecting turkeys, hams, roast or whole chickens as well as other items as part of November’s gratitude focus.

NOTE: This year, EHP has asked us to deliver all of our canned goods, produce, and turkeys by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015. That means that on or before Sunday, November 15th, we can bring to the church:

FROZEN turkeys (please put frozen turkeys in the freezer in the kitchen)

Non-perishable fruits and vegetables, canned and boxed goods
(a basket is in the Narthex for canned and boxed goods)

Perishable vegetables and fruit and any non-frozen turkeys can be brought to the church on Friday, November 20th before Noon.

November Mission Offering: Ecumenical Hunger Program

Ecumenical Hunger ProjectGOAL: $600.00

This year is the 40th anniversary of the association between the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto and the Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP). In 1975, a group of church women joined with a group of East Palo Alto women to help with emergency food, clothing, and household items for families in East Palo Alto.

This program has grown to include nutrition and health classes, holiday food baskets, and several parties for children. They also provide youth programs, computer access for youth, and many more services.

Our church family also gathers canned goods, produce, and turkeys for Thanksgiving.

This year, EHP has asked us to deliver all of our canned goods, produce, and turkeys by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015.

That means that on or before Sunday, November 15th, we can bring to the church:

  • FROZEN turkeys (please put frozen turkeys in the freezer in the kitchen)
  • Non-perishable fruits and vegetables, canned and boxed goods
    (a basket is in the Narthex for canned and boxed goods)

Perishable vegetables and fruit and any non-frozen turkeys can be brought to the church on Friday, November 20th before Noon.

Thank you for your generosity.

Thelma and Ron Tuttle

November Mission Update: Ecumenical Hunger Program (11/4/15)

Ecumenical Hunger ProjectThe Special Mission Offering for November is for Ecumenical Hunger Program. Our church has been involved with this very worthwhile program for many years by contributing food, clothing and other household items. Church members volunteer their time, and we give monetary support through this annual offering.

We’ve received $135 toward our goal of $600.

In addition to the special offering, we are again collecting turkeys, hams, roast or whole chickens as well as other items as part of November’s gratitude focus.

October to November

jack-o-lanternsFall is in the air as we make the transition from October to November. Not only are the leaves turning color (yes, even in sunny California) but it actually RAINED last night. This week we hold our annual pumpkin carving potluck. I hope you all will come out and enjoy the fun. It is always a delightful occasion.

We did very well in our giving to the World Mission Offering this month. Let’s do as well for EHP in November. Not only will we collect funds, we will also be looking for turkeys, hams, etc., canned goods and whatever you might be willing to share with neighbors in need in the holiday season. Encourage your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors to participate in this special offering. We are happy to serve as a collection point and conduit for their generosity as well s yours.

Sunday will involve Worship for the Whole Family with Communion. Gregory will be preaching, using the beautiful text from the book of Ruth. What is it that inspires such loyalty, that creates all sorts of families of choice, that brings us alongside one another but the binding cords of love. The gospel text covers the Great Commandment(s) – to love – love God with our whole being and love our neighbors as ourselves. Surely it is love that binds Ruth to Naomi and leads them on in the unfolding adventure of life. What can we learn from such a love story?

In Adult Spiritual Formation, we will continue to consider “Saving Jesus Redux – Part 1: Jesus through the Ages.” Not surprisingly, the rich discussion from last Sunday did not allow for finishing the first session of the series. But that’s alright, we’re in no great rush to ge through this rich material. We’ll pick up where you left off.

See you Friday night for pumpkin carving. Don’t forget to FALL BACK Saturday night so you can arrive by 10:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time) ready to worship, learn and share. Bring someone with you.

November Mission Offering: Ecumenical Hunger Program

Ecumenical Hunger ProjectNovember’s Special Mission Offering is the ECUMENICAL HUNGER PROGRAM

Our church has been involved with this very worthwhile program for many years by contributing food, clothing and other household items. Church members volunteer their time, and we give monetary support through this annual offering. Our goal for this offering is $600. In addition to the special offering, we are again collecting turkeys, hams, roast or whole chickens as well as other items as part of November’s gratitude focus.