This Week at First Baptist (9/21/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, September 22, 11:30 AM: Women’s Brunch All women of our church community are invited to join at Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant, 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
  • Thursday, September 22, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Everyone is invited to share in the fun and the music.
  • Friday, September 23, 2:00 pm: Missions Task Team in the Parlor
  • Sunday, September 4: Twentieth Sunday in Pentecost
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Opportunity Knocks: – In Every Sphere,” Psalm 148; Proverbs 8:22-31; John 6:41-51; Colossians 1:15-20.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation
    Saving Jesus Redux: Who Was Jesus? We will resume our consideration of this video series where we left off last Spring.
  • Monday, September 26: October Spire Deadline
  • Tuesday, September 27, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, September 28: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Saturday, October 1, 10:00 AM: Blessing of the Animals, the church lawn.
  • Sunday, October 2, 21st Sunday of Pentecost- World Communion Sunday
    10:30 AM: Worship for the Whole Family with Communion
    Living Love Letter,” Psalm 137; Lamentations 1:1-6, 3:19-26; Luke 17:5-10; 2 Timothy 1:1-14.
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation:  Saving Jesus Redux: Who Was Jesus? An ongoing video series and discussion  about who Jesus was and the significance for our lives today.

This Week at First Baptist (2/17/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, February 18, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Join us in joyful song in the new year.
  • Friday, February 19, 1:00 PM: Missions Task Team in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, February 21: Second Sunday of Lent
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Dreams and Night Musings,” Genesis 28:10-19; Numbers 12:6, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:
    Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor; discussion led by Rick Mixon.
    11:30 AM: Membership Discussion
    in Youth Sunday School Room. For friends of the church to talk about their ongoing role in our community and the possibilities of membership. Let one of the pastors know if you are interested in attending.
  • Monday, February 22: Deadline for March Spire
  • Tuesday, February 23, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Tuesday, February 23, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections programming for Senior Adults ages 50+ (younger folk are encouraged to join us) in the greater Palo Alto Community. Join us in the Fellowship Hall at Covenant Presbyterian Church for a light lunch before we move to the Fireside Room to hear Maria Marroquin, Executive Director of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Maria is an enthusiastic speaker and will share her experiences as a former client at the center when she was a young mother.
  • Thursday, February 25, 10:00 AM: Women’s Brunch at Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant, 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join in.
  • Thursday, February 25, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections Book Group. Our book is Life at the Bottom: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass by Theodore Dalrymple. This book is “a searing account of life in the underclass and why it persists by a British psychiatrist who treats the poor in a slum hospital and a prison in England.” Brown Bag Lunch (beverage will be provided).

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, February 28: Third Sunday of Lent
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Praise God Completely,” Psalm 63:1-8, Rick Mixon, preaching
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor; discussion led by Rick Mixon.

This Week at First Baptist (7/2/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Friday, July 2,11:00 am: Missions Task Team in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, July 5:
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:
    “Alive in the Spirit of God: Spirit of Unity and Diversity”
    Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM: Annual Picnic
    Congregational Life has planned a great event for us. They will furnish the hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments and beverages. You are invited to bring whatever else you’d like to make the perfect picnic, particularly salads and side dishes. There will be fun games to go with the fabulous food. Feel free to wear your picnic clothes to worship. Invite friends, colleagues, family members, neighbors or strangers off the street to join the festivities. If you can come early (before church) to help with set up or stay afterward to help with clean up, that would be much appreciated.
  • Monday, July 6, 6:00 PM: Charleston Town Hall Meeting. Our sisters and brothers at University AME Zion Church, 3549 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, and their pastor, Kaloma Smith, invite us to a community town hall meeting to discuss “What’s Next? How Can We Make a Difference after the Tragedy in Charleston?”
  • Tuesday, July 7, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at the Terraces of Los Altos. We will meet at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, July 12:
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:
    Alive in the Spirit of God: Spirit of Serviceseries, Pastor Rick preaching, followed by Patio Hour.
    12:45 pm: Lunch Bunch 
    at Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant, 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Any and all from our church family (plus guests) are invited to participate in this time of food and fellowship. Let Melanie Ramirez or Alan Plessinger know if you plan to attend.
  • Tuesday, July 14, 7:00 PM: A Conversation with LaDoris Cordell, Superior Court Judge, (ret.), Independent Police Auditor for San Jose, (ret.) at Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Following numerous high-profile cases of police killings of unarmed African American and Latino civilians, public confidence in law enforcement is clearly in crisis. California is not immune. Suggestions have been made — and rather widely supported — to require police to wear body cameras. But is that a sufficient response to deeply endemic problems? What else can be done?
  • Wednesday, July 15, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Thursday, July 16, 2:00 PM: Church Council Meeting in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, July 19, 11:30 AM: Quarterly Business Meeting in the Parlor.
  • Monday, July 20: SPIRE deadline
  • Thursday, July 23, 10:00 AM: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are welcome.

This Week at First Baptist (5/13/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, May 14, 7:30 pm: Church Choir in the Parlor. New voices are always welcome to join.
  • Saturday, May 16, 2:00 PM: ABSW Graduation, Beth Eden Baptist Church, Oakland. Doug Davidson will be among the graduates. Tell Pastor Rick if you’d like to attend.
  • Saturday, May 16, 8:00 PM: “Our Favorite Things,” Resounding Achord Concert in the sanctuary. Ticket information at resoundingachord.org. Students High School and younger – free.
  • Sunday, May 17:
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:
    “Alive in a Global Uprising: Whatever the Hardship, Keep Rising Up!,”
    Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation:
    “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Earth,” is a seven part series from the group that produced “Living the Questions.” The curriculum includes a 20 minute video and guided discussion from leading theologians and progressive thinkers. Session two: “A Renaissance of Wonder.”
  • Monday, May 18: SPIRE deadline
  • Tuesday, May 19, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at the Terraces of Los Altos. We will meet at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 1:00 PM: Missions Task Team in the Parlor

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, May 21, 5:00 PM: Church Council in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, May 24, Pentecost Sunday
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:

    Alive in the Spirit of God: The Spirit Is Moving! Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation:
    “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Earth,” 
  • Thursday, May 28 at 10:00 AM: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are welcome.
  • Saturday, June 6, 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM: “Connecting Generations,” PCBA Spring Conference. First Baptist Church, Alameda. More information.

 

This Week at First Baptist (9/24)

  • CalendarWednesday, September 24, 2014, 4:00 PM: Missions Task Team in the Parlor.
  • Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 10 AM: Womenʹs Brunch at Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join in.
  • Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:30 pm: Church Choir Rehearsal in the Parlor. Come and lift your voice in song. All are welcome.
  • Sunday, September 21, 2014

    10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School:
    Alive in the Story of Creation: The Drama of Desire,” Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM: As part of our participation in Campaign Nonviolence, our Adult Spiritual Formation classes for September 21 and 28 will focus on Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crisis and a Revolution of Hope, by Brian McLaren. In this book Brian attempts to answer two pre-occupying questions: What are the biggest problems in the world? and What does Jesus have to say about these global problems? These are questions that, among other things, seek to join our faith to the real world in which we live.

  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10:30 am: Bible Study at the Terraces of Los Altos at Janet Maxwell’s apartment. The address is 373 Pine Lane, #2106, Los Altos. Let Pastor Rick know if you need a ride.
  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 8:30 am: Men’s Breakfast at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.

Mission visitors from Lebanon and India

Three candlesWhat a special day we had last Sunday with all our international visitors! It was a delight to welcome Dan and Sarah Chetti, missionaries from Lebanon; Ramesh Kumar and Dr. A. J. Samuel from India; and Leonardo Nogueira, a visitor (Baptist) from Rio de Janeiro. Dan preached for us on bringing the good news to the nations of this world; Sarah shared in our Time for Children and Youth; both brought testimony and videos about the work they are doing – Dan in the Arab Baptist Seminary and Sarah with female migrant workers who are brought to Beirut as domestics and then often mistreated. Ramesh brought greetings from Balasore Technical School and Dr. Samuel from the Telugu Baptist Convention of south India. All of them had been in the USA for the missions conferences, held at Green Lake, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Baptist foreign missions.

Dr. AJ Samuel, Ramesh Kumar, Sarah and Dan Chetti
Dr. AJ Samuel, Ramesh Kumar, Sarah and Dan Chetti

After worship and a time of sharing, Marilyn Hunwick, Nana Spiridon and the Missions Task Team provided a lovely lunch on the patio. We had dishes from India and Lebanon along with fresh fruit as everyone continued the conversation under the trees. I am also pleased to report that Ramesh has pledged $1000 to our special mission offerings for Habitat for Humanity and One Great Hour of Sharing, from the money BTS makes selling its goods and Dr. Samuel pledged $1000 from the Telugu Convention for the work of the Chettis! Of course, this doesn’t let us off the hook. It simply adds to what we have and will continue to give with our characteristic generosity.

At the end of the luncheon, both Doug and I commented on what good day it was. Special thanks to the Hunwicks for the key role they played in pulling all this together and for the indomitability of their missionary spirit! Thanks to everyone else who helped make the day special. I love not only the multicultural flavors of our own congregation but also our vision and appreciation for how modern missions bring all sorts of people together in a common family of God.

This Sunday promises to be another special day as well as we celebrate our annual joint worship service in Mitchell Park. This year I am very pleased that the folk from University AME Zion will be joining us, including their new pastor, Kaloma Smith. I believe the Tongan congregation “nested” in their space will also participate. Margaret Boles, Kal and I have had a good time planning a service around the theme, “All Are Welcome.” The service will be followed by the traditional potluck lunch so bring food to share. This would be a wonderful time to invite some others to join you.

Remember the service begins at 10:30 AM this week only! Y’all come.

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

Pastor Rick