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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Busy days

Three candlesLast week was especially busy with the Grace Baptist anniversary celebration, two dress rehearsals and three concerts, the presentation by Palestinian Christians here in our Fellowship Hall, and the Associate Pastor Search Committee’s first meeting, along with Sunday worship and Patio Hour. It was a rich and full week for which I am grateful, but I have to say I crashed on Monday, equally grateful for a day off. There should be some breathing room in the days to come.

I am also grateful that Oleta is starting back to work some this week. Her surgery and recovery have been a long ordeal for all of us. We won’t work her too hard in the beginning. We’ll just be thankful she’s here. There are many tasks and details that she handles for us that need her expert and experienced touch. We have managed to stay afloat but it will be good to have her back.

The church choir is on hiatus for the summer and Jan and Peter are off on a wonderful adventure in Scandinavia. We are always grateful for Jan’s wonderful leadership of our music program and for our choir. This week Jean Cole will play the service and the following two Sundays we will welcome our friend, Ruth Winter.

Don’t forget Sunday is the church picnic so bring a side dish to share and dress casually. Eleanor Satterlee is still looking for Patio Hour hosts for the rest of the summer, so see her if you can help out.

For the month of July we will continue to delve into the prophets. This week we have the famous passage from Zechariah that is often an Advent reading and is the source of the great soprano aria from Messiah, “Rejoice Greatly!” In this “peace poem,” Zechariah gives God’s promise to the struggling returnees from exile of better days to come, days filled with peace and the goodness of God. Promises of peace and well-being are good to hear anytime. As the people of the USA remember our Independence Day and the foundation of our nation, may we also remember that, beyond our borders, this is all God’s world. As the great cellist, Pablo Casals, once said, “Love of country is a wonderful thing, but why should love stop at the border?” There are sisters and brothers all over this globe with whom we need to live – in peace and love, in harmony and well-being.

See you Sunday at 10 AM for Worship, Sunday School and for the picnic to follow. This is a perfect time to invite someone(s) to share the day with you.

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

Pastor Rick