This Month at First Baptist (May 2016)

  • CalendarFBC BIBLE STUDY is held on Tuesdays at 10:30 AM at the Terraces of Los Altos at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos. Let Pastor Rick know if you need transportation.
  • MEDITATION GROUP, Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM, led by Charlotte Jackson, at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.
  • MEN’S BREAKFAST, Every first and third Wednesday at 8:30 AM, at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • QUARTERLY BUSINESS MEETING, Sunday, May 1st, 11:30 PM, Parlor.
  • CONGREGATIONAL LIFE TASK MEETING, Friday, May 6th, 1 PM, Parlor.
  • CHURCH WORK DAY, Saturday, May 14th, First Baptist Church.
  • FINANCE MEETING, Sunday, May 15th, 12:30 PM, Parlor.
  • CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING, Sunday, May 15th, 7 PM, Parlor.
  • WOMEN’S BRUNCH, Thursday, May 26th, 11:30 AM, at Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant, 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join in.


  • HUNTINGTON’S SUPPORT GROUP, Tuesday, May 10th, 7 PM, Parlor.
  • RESOUNDING ACHORD Concert, Sunday, May 15th, 2 PM, Sanctuary.

The Senior Connections events in May are:

The PRIME TIMERS Concert Series at First Presbyterian is May 10th. This month features the Music for Woodwind Quintet, featuring flutist Jenny Hunt. Brown bag lunch first, followed by the concert. 1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto (650-325-5659)

The Book Club at First Baptist is May 19th in the church Parlor. This month we will be reading and discussing GHETTO: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea, by Mitchell Duneier. The author traces the idea of the ghetto from its beginnings in the sixteenth century and its revival by the Nazis to the present. As Duneier shows, we cannot understand the entanglements of race, poverty, and place in America today without recalling the history of the ghetto in Europe. Brown Bag Lunch (beverage will be provided). 305 North California Avenue, Palo Alto (650-327-0561)

All sessions will begin at Noon and will conclude by 1:30.

Anyone from our faith communities is invited and encouraged to participate.

Joy of Advent

Communion ServiceFor some time, Lucille Towner has been inviting me to the annual holiday potluck for the Huntington’s Support Group that meets in our Parlor the second Tuesday of each month. I have not gone primarily for fear of interrupting or interfering with the work they do. But this year, Lucille convinced to join them. I don’t know how many of you are aware of this wonderful ministry this is in our midst. I know we only provide the space (at no charge) and others do the actual work. Still, it is part of the ministry of space that we provide for a wider community than ourselves. I was very much impressed with the camaraderie and compassion on display last night. It is clear to me that Lucille and Andrea are providing an important resource for people living with this disease along with their families and care givers. Bravo and thank you. We are delighted to have you here.

Sunday’s theme is “Joy.” As with the other key Advent words, it is challenging to speak of joy in the context of the trials and tribulations of the world around us. Yet there is joy to be found all around, if we open our eyes and ears, our hearts and minds. And there is even more joy to come as we anticipate the birth of the Christ. John, the baptizer wags his finger at people but he, too, is excited about the Coming One. Paul says to the Philippians, “Rejoice! And again I say, rejoice!” So on Sunday we will be looking for the joy the day even more than we do every other week.

In Adult Spiritual Formation we will continue our exploration of the world into which Jesus was born. It was important to hear last week how many of the titles the early church used for Jesus were titles reserved for the Roman Emperor (Lord, Son of God, etc.) No wonder they were in trouble with the empire.

Sunday afternoon at 4, we’ll gather at the church to go caroling. We will be singing primarily at the Terraces. Come along and join our song. It’s always a fun and rewarding experience to spend some time with folk from our church community we don’t see so often. Afterward we will return to the church for a chili supper. We are still looking for volunteers to help with the preparation and set up for that event. Please let me know if you can help out.

See you Sunday at 10:00 AM ready to worship, learn and share. Bring someone with you to experience the beauty, the wonder, the challenges of life lived in hope, peace and joy.

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

Pastor Rick