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

Note from Pastor Rick (10/26/2016)

Last Sunday we held our quarterly all church gathering with a presentation about “Our Renewal Project” – past, present, and future. Pastor Gregory prepared a helpful slide presentation and we had good conversation. One of the things we want to emphasize going forward is that we all need to work together for the future of our congregation – staff, leaders, and congregation. You have heard me say before (and I’m sure that I will say it again,) “It takes all of us to be us.” There also needs to be a strong interface between the existing congregation and the wider community with which we seek to partner. We will report further on the conversation and the status of “Our Renewal Project” in the November Spire. We will all benefit from input and participation from each and all of us.

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This Week at First Baptist (10/26/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, October 27, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Everyone is invited to share in the fun and the music.
  • Sunday, October 30, 25th Sunday in Pentecost
    Worship and Sunday School:
    “Salvation for All,” Psalm 119:137-144; Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Luke 18:1-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-, 11-12, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM Pumpkin Carving & Potluck in the Fellowship Hall, Bring food to share; beverage and pumpkins provided
  • Monday, October 31, 5:00 PM: First Baptist Pit Stop. Let’s Scare Up Some Fun! Halloween night activities, treats, and port-a-potties for the neighborhood. Come, help Pastor Gregory welcome the neighborhood and join in the fun. Church lawn
  • Tuesday, November 1, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, November 2, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, November 2, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.