Earth Month

Earth in your handsEarth Month started off with a “big bang” last Sunday thanks to Pastor Gregory’s passionate leadership. His sermon focused on an “Easter Ecology,” making connections between John’s account of the post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus to the disciples and the indomitable spirit that infuses all creation with life. Thanks also to Greg Griffey who led our “Eco-Education” hour by asking as to consider the significance of place in our lives. As a child of Appalachia, Greg has a particular attachment to the “hills of home.” Some of what he shared was grounded in Wendell Berry’s love for place. Each person present shared where he or she was from, giving us snapshots of the diversity of place that is possible on this planet.

Wednesday evening we will be showing a film, “The Story of the Universe.” This will be a great opportunity for us to gather, share and learn together. I urge you to come and join in the experience as part of our project to learn to love and care for creation.

Sunday we will spend time re-visiting the familiar words of the the first chapter of Genesis, “When, in the beginning, God was creating…” What is creation for you and me? How do we see it? How are we part of its fundamentally interconnected reality and not some entity over against? God seems to love the earth and care deeply for creation. If we are made in God’s image and likeness, how are we to love the earth and care for creation with that same God-infused spirit?

This week’s Eco Education Hour will feature an on-line conversation with Elizabeth Singleton, eco-theologian and graduate of Claremont School of Theology. Dr. Singleton is a mentor of friend and mentor of Pastor Gregory. She is taking time from a busy schedule to spend time in conversation with us. I hope we will take advantage of her generosity.

Come Sunday morning at 10:00 AM for worship, study and shared community. Invite your family and friends, neighbors and colleagues, acquaintances and strangers to join us in the joy of this Earth Month Sunday.

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

Pastor Rick

Pastor Gregory Says… (4/6/16)

Pastor Greg with childrenLast week began our journey into Earth Month. I was excited to share with you the quirky things running through my mind this Easter season and how I feel God calling us to be a Resurrection people in a Good Friday world…gardening with God the paradise of delight here in Palo Alto! This week I’d like to highlight Wednesday night’s film screening, “Journey of the Universe.” Written by Brian Swimme and Yale University historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker, they have drawn together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with spiritual insights concerning the nature of the universe. From the Big Bang to the impact humans have on creation today, this film is designed to inspire a new and closer relationship with Earth in a period of growing environmental and social concern. I look forward to see you in the Youth Room at 7 pm. We will have the big screen and buttery popcorn!

This Week at First Baptist (4/06/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 PM: Creation Care Film Discussion Let’s all gather in the Youth Room to watch a documentary style film about God’s good and beautiful Earth. With buttery popcorn to munch on and a good discussion to follow, we would love for you to join us as we unravel what is means for our church to participate in God’s healing of the world. “The Journey of the Universe” by Brian Swimme who teaches at California Institue of Integral Studies. This is a classic! Hands down one of the all-time best movies.
  • Thursday, April 7, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Join us in the joy of making music together.
  • Sunday, April 10- Third Sunday in Easter
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Earth Month: Interconnection,” Genesis 1:1-31, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: “Learning to Love Creation,” a four-part series. This Sunday will feature Dr. Elizabeth Singleton, eco-theologian and graduate of Claremont School of Theology.
  • Tuesday, April 12, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, April 13, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos. All are welcome.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, April 17- Fourth Sunday in Easter
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Earth Month: Human Being,” Genesis 1:26- 2:3, Psalm 8; Matthew 6:24-34. Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Every Day- Earth Day Potluck. You are invited to please bring vegetarian potluck style food for the whole church family to share! As part of “Learning to Love Creation,” we will be joined by Tripp Fuller of Homebrewed Christianity and Director of Theology and Humanities for The Hatchery in a video-conversation. He will walk us through biblical themes and historical themes of creation care.

Journey of the Universe- April 6, 2016

journeyofuniverse

Let’s all gather in the Youth Room to watch a documentary style film about God’s good and beautiful Earth. With buttery popcorn to munch on and a good discussion to follow, we would love for you to join us as we unravel what is means for our church to participate in God’s healing of the world. The Journey of the Universe” by Brian Swimme who teaches at California Institute of Integral Studies. This is a classic! Hands down one of the all time best movies.

This Week at First Baptist (3/30/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Wednesday, March 30, 7:00 pm: “Being Different Together: Experiencing Palo Alto, Perception and Reality.” Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road. This will be an evening focused on whether or not racial bias exists in Palo Alto. Keynote: Dr. Jospeh Brown, Associate Director of Diversity at Stanford; remarks from city council members; panel moderated by Pastor Kaloma Smith, University AME Zion Church.
  • Thursday, March 31, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Join us!
  • Sunday, April 3- Second Sunday in Easter
    10:00 AM: Worship for the Whole Family with Communion
    “Earth Month: Easter Ecology,” John 20:19-31, Gregory Stevens preaching.11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: “Learning to Love Creation,” a four-part series. This Sunday will feature Greg Griffey sharing about his love for the land and its spiritual roots.

    12:45 PM: Lunch Bunch  at Hobee’s Restaurant, 4224 El Camino. Please let Melanie Ramirez or Alan Plessinger know if you plan to attend.

  • Tuesday, April 5, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, April 6, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, April 6, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos. All are welcome.
  • Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 PM: Creation Care Film Discussion Let’s all gather in the Youth Room to watch a documentary style film about God’s good and beautiful Earth. With buttery popcorn to munch on and a good discussion to follow, we would love for you to join us as we unravel what is means for our church to participate in God’s healing of the world. “The Story of the Universe” by Brian Swimme who teaches at California Institue of Integral Studies. This is a classic! Hands down one of the all-time best movies.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, April 3- Third Sunday in Easter
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Earth Month: Mountain Sunday,” Rick Mixon preaching.11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: “Learning to Love Creation,” a four-part series. This Sunday will feature Dr. Elizabeth Singleton, eco-theologian and graduate of Claremont School of Theology.