Thanks from Evergreen

The Evergreen Annual Meeting  was held at First Baptist Church of Palo Alto October 9-11, 2015.

A word from Bob Sittig, Evergreen Association Chair:

The meeting was fabulous. My personal gratitude goes out to Pastor Rick Mixon, the members of Palo Alto First Baptist Church and Grace Baptist Church as well as to all the members of the Bay Area churches who contributed to the great success of this pioneering event. The meeting spaces were comfortable, the food delicious, and the spirit of welcome by all of our hosts made this meeting feel warm and meaningful to all who attended. This gathering was true evidence of the spirit of Evergreen. … One of the many lessons I took away from this magical time in Palo Alto was to be not afraid to try new things. This event far exceeded many expectations and brought renewed energy to our association. … I hope Evergreen will consider holding this event more often than every twelve years outside of Western Washington. It can be done successfully. I know God was smiling, maybe even laughing, the entire weekend.

Photos from the Evergreen weekend:

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This Week at First Baptist (9/30/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, October 8, 7:30 PM: Church Choir  in the Parlor. Come for the music fun and fellowship. Lift your voice in joyful song! All are welcome.
  • Friday-Sunday, October 9-11: Evergreen Association Annual Meeting at First Baptist. Featuring guest preacher Dr. James Forbes, Pastor Emeritus of Riverside Baptist Church. See details here.
  • Sunday, October 11:
    9:30 AM: Adult Education
    with Dr. Leann Snow Flesher
    11:00 AM: Worship
    Dr. James Forbes, Preaching
  • Tuesday, October 13, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015, Noon: Senior Connections will be at First Presbyterian and will feature a music program. Brown Bag Lunch. 1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto; 650-325-5659
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 2:30 PM: Meditation Group led by Charlotte Jackson at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.
  • Thursday, October 15 – Noon: Senior Connections Book Club at First Baptist Church. Our first book to be read for our meeting on October 15 is When I Was a Child I Read Books, a collection of essays by Pulitzer prize-winning author, Marilynne Robinson. Bring a bag lunch, beverage will be provided. Invite your friends and neighbors.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, October 18: 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
    10:30 am: Worship and Sunday School
    “Power to Serve,” Pastor Rick Preaching
    11:30 AM: Quarterly Business Meeting
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015, 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.
  • Thursday, October 28, 2015, Noon: Senior Connections at Covenant Presbyterian will feature a variety of presentations of specific interest to seniors. 670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto; 650-494-1760

Evergreen Region Meeting is near

Dr. James ForbesThis is a busy time for our congregation. In just a little over a week we will be welcoming our friends from Evergreen Region for our annual meeting. I am delighted that they have chosen to come our way and I am even more delighted that the preacher for the event will be Dr. James Forbes, one of America’s great preachers and advocates for social justice. You can see the schedule above. I urge you to participate in as much of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as you can. You will not be disappointed.

If you can only make the worship services, please do. There is no need to register for them but if you plan to attend any of the meal functions, the Sacred Conversation (on race) or the excellent workshops, please register so we can have a good estimate for food, beverage and space allotment. A number of us are already working on the planning team. If you are willing able to help with hospitality – shopping, hosting, providing transportation to and from the airport (SJC or SFO) or between the church and hotel, etc., please let me know as soon as possible. This is a wonderful time to show just how hospitable we can be. And don’t hesitate to invite your friends and neighbors.

This Sunday we will return to the lectionary. The current gospel is Mark and the text includes Jesus’ instruction to his disciples to “make room for the kids.” On World Communion Sunday how do we make sure to make room for the least at our table of plenty? Afterward, Adult Spiritual Formation will take a look at the news, so come prepared with an article, a question, a comment and we will try to make connections to our faith

This Week at First Baptist (9/30/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, October 1, 7:30 PM: Church Choir  in the Parlor. Come for the music fun and fellowship. Lift your voice in joyful song! All are welcome.
  • Sunday, October 4, World Communion Sunday
    10:00 AM, Worship for the Whole Family:

    “Broken and Blessed,” Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 Adult Spiritual Formation: What’s New in the News?” an opportunity to share and converse about what might have caught your attention or be of concern with current events in our world.
  • Sunday, October 4, 1:00 pm: CROP Hunger Walk. See details here.
    If you wish to support the First Baptist Church Palo Alto team, you can bring a check on Sunday and any one of the walkers will be happy to deliver it at the Walk. Checks are made payable to: CWS/CROP.   Walkers, please bring your donation packets with you to the Registration Table.
  • Tuesday, October 6, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 2:30 PM: MEDITATION GROUP led by Charlotte Jackson at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, October 7, 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:

  • Friday-Sunday, October 9-11: Evergreen Association Annual Meeting at First Baptist. Featuring guest preacher Dr. James Forbes, Pastor Emeritus of Riverside Baptist Church. See details here.
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015, Noon: Senior Connections will be at First Presbyterian and will feature a music program. Brown Bag Lunch. 1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto; 650-325-5659
  • Thursday, October 15 – Noon: Senior Connections Book Club at First Baptist Church. Our first book to be read for our meeting on October 15 is When I Was a Child I Read Books, a collection of essays by Pulitzer prize-winning author, Marilynne Robinson. Bring a bag lunch, beverage will be provided. Invite your friends and neighbors.
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015, 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.
  • Thursday, October 28, 2015, Noon: Senior Connections at Covenant Presbyterian will feature a variety of presentations of specific interest to seniors. 670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto; 650-494-1760

Evergreen Association Annual Meeting at FBCPA Oct. 9-11

The Evergreen Baptist Association invites you to our annual meeting:

Coming of Age:
Transformational Journeys!

“Did you not know I must be in my Father’s house?”
Luke 2:41-52

October 9-11, 2015
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA

Dr. James Forbes

Featuring Dr. James Forbes, Pastor Emeritus of Riverside Church, NYC

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY

  • 11:30 AM Registration opens
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 PM Sacred Conversation
  • 3:00 PM Break
  • 3:30 PM Workshops
  • 5:00 PM Open Time
  • 6:00 PM Dinner
  • 7:00 PM Worship – Dr. James Forbes

SATURDAY

  • 8:00 AM Registration Opens
  • 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast and Orientation to Business
  • 9:00 AM Caucus Meetings
  • 10:30 AM Business Session
  • 12:00 Luncheons:
    Clergy – Peter Yuchi-Clark
    Laity – Clem Winbush
  • 2:00 PM Worship – Dr. James Forbes
  • 4:00 PM Ministry Conversation
  • 6:30 PM International Dinner

SUNDAY

  • 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
  • 9:30 AM Adult Education with Dr. Leann Snow Flesher
  • 11:00 AM Worship – Dr. Forbes

For more information: www.evergreen-abc.org

Registration forms are also available in the church entryways.

A Note from Rick

To Be God's PeopleThanks to Gregory and everyone who covered while I was away last week. I’ve heard very good reports about the worship experience and the Lunch Bunch. I’m sorry I missed it all. I did have a good trip to Boise where we celebrated my mother’s 97th birthday and I attended my 50th high school reunion, which was a very nice event. It was good to see some folk I haven’t seen for all these years.

In this Midweek Message you will see information on several important upcoming events in the life of our congregation. Tomorrow at noon is the first meeting of our new Senior Connections Book Group. Then see the information on the Crop Walk on October 4. Sign up to walk or sponsor. October 9-11 we will host the Evergreen regional meeting with Dr. James Forbes. Sunday we will have registration forms for you all. This will be an exciting event and a wonderful opportunity to share with our Baptist friends.

This Sunday is “Rally Day”. We will kick off the church school year, share in worship and enjoy the last cook out of the season. I know Gregory has some special things planned for our children and youth. We are almost at the end of our journey with Brian McLaren. Our focus will be on “Adventures in the Spirit of God: Spirit of Hope.” The texts are from the Psalms and Revelation so they reflect especially on hope for the future. This seems timely as we focus on our own future.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday at 10:00 AM. Bring some others along to share in worship, education and fellowship around the tables on the patio.

May we continue to grow together as God’s people.

Pastor Rick

Wally Bryen to preach Sunday

Three candlesI will be away this weekend representing our congregation at the annual meeting of the Evergreen Baptist Association, followed by a board meeting of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists. One of my tasks while in Seattle will be to offer a formal invitation to our Region to hold next October’s meeting here at FBCPA. The Region has decided to hold its annual meeting in California every 10 years or so in recognition of the 6 or 7 California congregations that are Evergreen members. Of course, we will look to these other local congregations as well as the Regional office to help us host this event. It will be exciting to welcome our Evergreen sisters and brothers into our space. On Sunday, I will worship at University Baptist Church where I will bring greetings from the AWAB board to that member congregation.

Meanwhile, I am grateful that Wally Bryen will be available to help lead us in worship this Sunday. He will pick up the theme from We Make the Road by Walking, using Genesis 12:1-9 as his text. The suggested focus is on faith…what is it? How do we practice it? What does it demand of us? Abram seems so willing to put his faith and trust in Yahweh, who is constantly calling him to new and challenging adventures. Can we learn something from this ancient story about we might faithfully face God’s future for us? Are we willing to go places we’ve never been before or even imagined?

There will not be a formal Adult Spiritual Formation session this Sunday as Doug will be meeting with the parents of our children and youth. However, Dan Cudworth has agreed to lead a continuation of our discussion of Everything Must Change for those who would like to participate. Thanks, Dan.

I will be back in the office on Wednesday. Call the church office if there is a pastoral emergency. As usual I will be available by phone or email.

Come at 10:00 AM for Worship and Sunday School, then stay for one of Sunday’s conversations – with Doug or Dan. Bring someone to share the day with you.

God grant us more light, more love, more life as we journey together.

Pastor Rick