This Week at First Baptist (1/18/17)

  • CalendarWednesday, January 18: Church Choir in the Parlor.
  • Thursday, January 19, 7:00 – 8:30 PM: A Multifaith Service of Concern and Commitment on the Eve of Inauguration Day: Universalist Unitarian Church of Palo Alto, 505 East Charleston.
  • Sunday, January 22: Third Sunday After Epiphany
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:

    “A Call to Follow,” Psalm 27:1, 4-8; Isaiah 9:1-4; Matthew 4:12-23; 1Corinthians 1:10-18, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: Saving Jesus Redux: Teachings of Jesus- Wisdom Tradition” Another session in our ongoing exploration of this challenging video series.
  • Tuesday, January 24: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.

This Week at First Baptist (1/11/17)

  • CalendarThursday, January 12: Church Choir in the Parlor. Everyone is invited to share in the fun and the music.
  • Sunday, January 15: Second Sunday After Epiphany
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:

    “Big Call,” Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-11; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: Saving Jesus Redux: Teachings of Jesus- Wisdom Tradition” Another session in our ongoing exploration of this challenging video series.
  • Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Church office closed.
  • Tuesday, January 17: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, January 18: Deadline for Annual Reports
  • Wednesday, January 18, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, January 19, 7:00 – 8:30 PM: Multifaith Service of Concern and Commitment on the Eve of Inauguration Day At Universalist Unitarian Church of Palo Alto, 505 East Charleston.

Looking Ahead:

Sermon: Caesar Divides, Christ Unites

The year was 2009, it was my junior year of College at the University of South Florida, and I was a youth minister for the evangelical para-church outreach ministry Young Life. Raised in a proudly Republican middle-class family in the suburbs of New Tampa, religion was no foreign subject. At the age of 16 I converted to Christianity at a small Southern Baptist church made up of blue-collar conservatives.

Youth group and High School Debate club formed my early years. It wasn’t until college that I was invited to a Young Life club, where I fell in love with the humor and joy in their presentation of “the gospel.” I simultaneously began taking religious students and gender studies classes – they wrecked my world, each and every semester. It was a slippery slope and I was enjoying the ride!

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Being Inter-religiously Baptist

Currently in the United States: Muslims and mosques all over the country report an increased rate of assault and vandalism. Many people from Muslim nations are being refused entry visas for pursuit of legitimate and meritorious endeavors in the U.S. Similarly, many foreign Muslims are being detained in this country for technical visa violations that are not being uniformly enforced. Persons of Middle Eastern descent and those belonging to other faith traditions, e.g. Sikhs, are mistaken for Muslims and subject to increased incidences of prejudice and discrimination. An increased number of Muslim women, whose dress makes them easily recognizable as belonging to a non-majority faith, are fearful of venturing outside their homes even for simple errands or to attend worship services for fear of the prejudice they encounter outside their doors. Strident voices make increasingly inflammatory public statements and unfounded verbal attacks. Continue reading Being Inter-religiously Baptist