“Story = Grace”

13-05-22.pentecost_banner.fwSunday we spent the morning with the Trinity and with grace.  The children and youth decorated the hallway with their artistic comments on the Trinity as we wrestled with it in worship.  God in relationship inspires our efforts to be in relationship – not only with God but also with one another as children of God.  At the end of the service we all gathered back in the sanctuary to celebrate Jane and Jin Chin for the wonderful work they as do as volunteers for FBCPA.  We are deeply grateful for the way they look after our finances, provide a photographic record of our “family” and otherwise keep track of our life together – past, present and future!  If you didn’t get to see the “Chin picture board” Oleta made, we will have it again Sunday.

This coming Sunday we are privileged and delighted to have Cathleen Falsani share the morning with us.  We have been reading and discussing Cathleen’s beautiful book, Sin Boldly: A Field Guide to Grace, the past three weeks in Adult Spiritual Formation.  Now we have the opportunity to engage her in person.  She will be featured in an intergenerational worship service on the theme “Story = Grace” and will lead the conversation in Adult Spiritual Formation.  This is a rare opportunity for us to engage a significant and talented Christian thinker and writer.  I hope you all will make a point of being here and will bring along others to share the experience with you.  See you Sunday at 10.

May God’s new thing flourish within us and among us.
Pastor Rick

Thanks from the Chins

Dear Church Family,

Jin and Jane Chin
Jin and Jane Chin

It was a great surprise to us to receive so much attention at the end of the service today, May 26, 2013! To receive your thank you litany with so many gracious comments and your generous gift of a digital picture frame to make it easy to share our life with others, we are indeed grateful. On top of that, we enjoyed a cake decorated especially for us, as we also remember many others on this Memorial Day weekend. Thank you also for the many kind comments in your card. We know that many of you in Congregational Life and others worked hard behind the scenes in the planning, writing, compiling pictures, printing, buying the gift, getting the cake and all the other little details needed for this event. Our sincere thanks to each for your special efforts and also for being present for us.

Some of you such as the Hunwicks we have known since 1960 when Lynn visited us when we first arrived in Palo Alto and he invited us to join the Hearthstone group at the church. Others we have known more recently. We are a diversified group. Some have stronger opinions than others, but we try to respect and accept each other. We do have a deep compassion and concern for each other as we personally are moving through different phases of our life together. We currently have some good and faithful volunteers in various aspects of our church life. But some of us are now slowing down and do welcome more volunteers willing to help or share with some of the tasks that need to be done for the church.

We are both happy to be a part of this loving and understanding church family as we experiment and explore what might work for us as a church now and in the days to come.

Thank you very much for this memorable recognition time,

Jin and Jane