Mission Offering for April: ABSW

Our April Special Mission Offering is for the American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW). ABSW is located in Berkeley, and is affiliated denominationally with ABC USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, and admits students from a variety of denominational traditions. A multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, evangelical, and ecumenical institution, ABSW offers its students resources through the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States. ABSW students may take classes at 9 other GTU seminaries and have access to one of the finest theological libraries in the world, a faculty of distinguished scholars, and the resources of UC Berkeley.

Many of our own church’s leaders and prominent members have been associated with ABSW: Pearl Pe’s father, the Rev. U. Than Pe from Burma (now Myanmar), was a visiting scholar for a year.  Rick Mixon is a graduate, as are the late Jim Shepard (CBTS), E.Y. Fung, Dona Smith-Powers and Lynn Hunwick.

Our goal for this offering is $750, which will be used for student financial aid and will be matched by the ABC Home Mission Society.

Mission Offering for April: ABSW (4/27/16)

Our April Special Mission Offering is for the American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW). ABSW is located in Berkeley, and is affiliated denominationally with ABC USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, and admits students from a variety of denominational traditions. A multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, evangelical, and ecumenical institution, ABSW offers its students resources through the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States. ABSW students may take classes at 9 other GTU seminaries and have access to one of the finest theological libraries in the world, a faculty of distinguished scholars, and the resources of UC Berkeley.

Many of our own church’s leaders and prominent members have been associated with ABSW: Pearl Pe’s father, the Rev. U. Than Pe from Burma (now Myanmar), was a visiting scholar for a year.  Rick Mixon is a graduate, as are the late Jim Shepard (CBTS), E.Y. Fung, Dona Smith-Powers and Lynn Hunwick.

To date we have received $585 toward our goal of $750, which will be matched by the ABC Home Mission Society. We encourage you to give generously to continue the long-standing support to students by the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto.

Mission Offering for April: ABSW (4/20/16)

Our April Special Mission Offering is for the American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW). ABSW is located in Berkeley, and is affiliated denominationally with ABC USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, and admits students from a variety of denominational traditions. A multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, evangelical, and ecumenical institution, ABSW offers its students resources through the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States. ABSW students may take classes at 9 other GTU seminaries and have access to one of the finest theological libraries in the world, a faculty of distinguished scholars, and the resources of UC Berkeley.

Many of our own church’s leaders and prominent members have been associated with ABSW: Pearl Pe’s father, the Rev. U. Than Pe from Burma (now Myanmar), was a visiting scholar for a year.  Rick Mixon is a graduate, as are the late Jim Shepard (CBTS), E.Y. Fung, Dona Smith-Powers and Lynn Hunwick.

To date we have received $445 toward our goal of $750, which will be matched by the ABC Home Mission Society. We encourage you to give generously to continue the long-standing support to students by the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto.

Mission Offering for April: ABSW

Our April Special Mission Offering is for the American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW). ABSW is located in Berkeley, and is affiliated denominationally with ABC USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, and admits students from a variety of denominational traditions. A multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, evangelical, and ecumenical institution, ABSW offers its students resources through the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States. ABSW students may take classes at 9 other GTU seminaries and have access to one of the finest theological libraries in the world, a faculty of distinguished scholars, and the resources of UC Berkeley.

Many of our own church’s leaders and prominent members have been associated with ABSW: Pearl Pe’s father, the Rev. U. Than Pe from Burma (now Myanmar), was a visiting scholar for a year.  Rick Mixon is a graduate, as are the late Jim Shepard (CBTS), E.Y. Fung, Dona Smith-Powers and Lynn Hunwick.

To date we have received $175 toward our goal of $750, which will be matched by the ABC Home Mission Society. We encourage you to give generously to continue the long-standing support to students by the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto.

Mission Offering for April: ABSW

Our April Special Mission Offering is for the American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW). ABSW is located in Berkeley, and is affiliated denominationally with ABC USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, and admits students from a variety of denominational traditions. A multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, evangelical, and ecumenical institution, ABSW offers its students resources through the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States. ABSW students may take classes at 9 other GTU seminaries and have access to one of the finest theological libraries in the world, a faculty of distinguished scholars, and the resources of UC Berkeley.

Many of our own church’s leaders and prominent members have been associated with ABSW: Pearl Pe’s father, the Rev. U. Than Pe from Burma (now Myanmar), was a visiting scholar for a year.  Rick Mixon is a graduate, as are the late Jim Shepard (CBTS), E.Y. Fung, Dona Smith-Powers and Lynn Hunwick.

To date we have received $150 toward our goal of $750, which will be matched by the ABC Home Mission Society. We encourage you to give generously to continue the long-standing support to students by the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto.

April Special Mission Offering: American Baptist Seminary of the West

American Baptist Seminary of the WestThe American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW) is a charter member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) since 1962. ABSW was founded in 1871 and is the center of American Baptist ecumenical theological education in the far western United States.

The seminary is affiliated denominationally with ABC USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, and admits students from a variety of denominational traditions. ABSW is described on Twitter as multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, evangelical, and ecumenical. ABSW offers its students resources through the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States. ABSW students may take classes at 9 other GTU seminaries and have access to one of the finest theological libraries in the world, a faculty of distinguished scholars, and the resources of UC Berkeley. Through the GTU, students can pursue ABSW degrees as well as Ph.D., Th.D., M.A., and two joint Ph.D. programs with UC Berkeley.

ABSW graduation ceremonies this year will be held at the First Baptist Church, 534 22nd Street, Oakland, California on May 21st at 2:00 p.m.

The campus was saddened by the sudden death of its president, Paul Martin, on March 23rd. Dr. Martin spent well over fifty years in pastoral ministry. Several memorial services are planned:

  • April 16, 11 AM, Second Baptist Church, 2412 Griffith Avenue,
    Los Angeles, CA
  • April 30, 10 AM, Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd., Oakland, CA
  • May 14, 11 AM, Macedonia Baptist Church, 3240 Adams Street,
    Denver, CO

Many of our own church’s leaders and prominent members have been associated with ABSW: Rick Mixon is a graduate, as are the late Jim Shepard (CBTS), E.Y. Fung, Dona Smith-Powers and Lynn Hunwick.

Our goal of $750 for the April Mission Offering for ABSW scholarships will be matched by the ABC Home Mission Society. We encourage you to give generously to continue the long-standing support to students by the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto.

Marilyn and Lynn Hunwick

Special Offering April 2015: ABSW

American Baptist Seminary of the WestThe American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW) was founded in 1871 and is the center of American Baptist ecumenical theological education in the far western United States. ABSW is a charter member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) since 1962. The seminary is affiliated denominationally with ABC USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, and admits students from a variety of  denominational traditions. ABSW is described on Twitter as Multi-Cultural, Multi-Ethnic, Evangelical, and Ecumenical.

Hobart Hall: ABSWHobart Hall, the heart of ABSW’s campus, is a four-story brick Tudor Revival building and was designed by one of California’s most famous architects, Julia Morgan. Dedicated in 1921, ABSW is a California state landmark.

ABSW offers its students resources through the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States. ABSW students may take classes at 9 other GTU seminaries, and have access to one of the finest theological libraries in the world, a faculty of distinguished scholars, and the resources of UC Berkeley. Through the GTU, students can pursue ABSW degrees as well as Ph.D., Th.D., and M.A., and two joint Ph.D. programs with UC Berkeley.

Paul M. Martin is President/CEO and Professor of Pastoral Theology and Michelle Holmes is Vice President/CFO . Many of us remember LeAnn Snow Flesher, Academic Dean and Old Testament Professor, from her visits to FBCPA. We all remember Tripp Hudgins, now Director of Admissions.
Our church has had many connections with ABSW: Our Minister for Children, Youth & Families, Doug Davidson, is a student at ABSW and his wife, Jennifer Davidson, is Assistant Professor of Worship and Theology. Our pastor is a graduate of ABSW, as are Dona Smith Powers and Lynn Hunwick.

The 144th ABSW commencement ceremony will take place on May 16, 2015, 2:00 PM, at Beth Eden Baptist Church in Oakland. The speaker is Bishop Warner Brown Jr., Bishop of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. At last year’s ABSW Commencement, Congresswoman Barbara Lee was conferred an honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Our goal of $750 for the April Mission Offering for scholarships will be matched by the ABC Home Mission Society. We encourage you to give generously to continue FBCPA’s longstanding history of support to students at ABSW.

Marilyn and Lynn Hunwick

Canon, Scripture and Word of God (Adult Spiritual Formation)

scriptures and scrollsADULT SPIRITUAL FORMATION
SUNDAY, 11:30 AM: CANON, SCRIPTURE, AND WORD OF GOD

Over the three Sundays in June – 8, 15 and 22 – Corinna Guerrero will address each of the above concepts: We start off with a little church history, but end in a call to advocacy. We hope youʹll join us.

Here is some more about our guest lecturer:

Corinna GuerreroCorinna Guerrero graduated cum laude from San José State University (SJSU) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Religious Studies. Building upon her ancient and modern language training at SJSU, Corinna moved first to Berkeley, California to study at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) then second, and more briefly, to Jerusalem, Israel to study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her work at both institutions earned her a Master of Arts in Biblical Languages degree with a concentration in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Literature from the Graduate Theological Union. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Biblical Studies with specializations in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Literature and Literary Theory at the GTU.

Her current research areas include: Deuteronomistic History, the book of Judges, biblical literature of the post‐Exilic era, theories of character formation, minor character studies, trauma and atrocity/torture studies, and contextual hermeneutics.

Corinna is currently Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, California and Lecturer at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. In addition to her work with undergraduate and graduate students, Corinna works with various Bay Area churches teaching and giving talks on the Bible and Scripture, Old Testament, and biblical languages.

For more on Corinnaʹs research, local speaking engagements, and service to the academy and community see her Academia.edu page at gtu.academia.edu/CorinnaGuerrero.

April Mission Offering Update (4/16)

American Baptist Seminary of the WestOur special mission offering for April is to support
scholarship aid at the American Baptist Seminary of the West.

The ABSW is a charter member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) since 1962.  ABSW, founded in 1871, is the center of American Baptist ecumenical theological education in the far western United States. The seminary is affiliated denominationally with ABC USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. ABSW admits students from a variety of denominational traditions. ABSW is described on Twitter as Multi-Cultural, Multi-Ethnic, Evangelical, and Ecumenical.

Our church has many connections with ABSW:  Tripp Hudgins is currently enrolled at ABSW as he works on a PhD degree at the GTU. Our Intern, Doug Davidson, is a student and his wife, Jennifer Davidson, is Assistant Professor of Worship and Theology.  Our pastor is a graduate of ABSW, as are Dona Smith Powers and Lynn Hunwick.  Our offering for scholarships will be matched by the ABC Home Mission Society.  We encourage you to give generously and continue the long-standing support to students by First Baptist Church, Palo Alto.

To date we have received $210 toward our goal of $750.

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April Mission Offering Update (4/9)

American Baptist Seminary of the WestOur special mission offering for April is to support
scholarship aid at the American Baptist Seminary of the West.

The ABSW is a charter member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) since 1962.  ABSW, founded in 1871, is the center of American Baptist ecumenical theological education in the far western United States. The seminary is affiliated denominationally with ABC USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. ABSW admits students from a variety of denominational traditions. ABSW is described on Twitter as Multi-Cultural, Multi-Ethnic, Evangelical, and Ecumenical.

Our church has many connections with ABSW:  Tripp Hudgins is currently enrolled at ABSW as he works on a PhD degree at the GTU. Our Intern, Doug Davidson, is a student and his wife, Jennifer Davidson, is Assistant Professor of Worship and Theology.  Our pastor is a graduate of ABSW, as are Dona Smith Powers and Lynn Hunwick.  Our offering for scholarships will be matched by the ABC Home Mission Society.  We encourage you to give generously and continue the long-standing support to students by First Baptist Church, Palo Alto.

To date we have received $20 toward our goal of $750.

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