This Week at First Baptist (2/10/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • NO CHURCH CHOIR this week. Rehearsals resume on Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 PM in the Parlor. Join us in joyful song in the new year.
  • Sunday, February 14: 1st Sunday of Lent
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Sharing Bread on our Journey” Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM: All Church Valentine’s Potluck in the Fellowship Hall. “Love Makes the World Go Round: The Fuel that Sustains all our Relationships.” Bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share. Beverage provided. Join us as we celebrate love in all its many forms.
  • Sunday, February 14, 4:00 PM: Installation of Pastor Jeremy Carlton at Shell Ridge Community Church, 200 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek
  • Tuesday, February 16, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, February 17, 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, February 17, 2:30 PM: Meditation Group led by Charlotte Jackson at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, February 17, 12:00 noon: Baptists Lunching Together featuring Greg Sneller, Assistant Director of Development for the American Baptist Board of International Ministries, Grand Lake Gardens, 401 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland. $10.00 for lunch. RSVP to Joan Thatcher, (510) 350-7008, by February 15

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, February 21: Second Sunday of Lent
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Trusting God,” Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, 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
  • 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).
  • 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 (2/3/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Friday, February 5, 7:00 PM: Homebrewed Christianity Podcast Live in the Youth Room. Email Pastor Gregory to register (gregory.stevens@me.com).
  • Saturday, February 6, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 PM: Parent Mission Trip Rally at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, 3534 Lakeshore Ave, 94610. Let Pastor Gregory know if you have interest in this mission trip for youth and young adults to New Orleans in August.
  • Sunday, February 7, – Transfiguration Sunday
    10:30 AM: Worship with Communion for the whole family
    Fully Alive” Luke 9:28-36, (37-43), Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation
    Saving Jesus Redux: Who Was Jesus? We will continue our discussion of this video series.
    12:45 PM: Lunch Bunch
    Oreganos, 4546 El Camino (at San Antonio), Los Altos. Please let Melanie Ramirez or Alan Plessinger know if you plan to attend.
  • Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2:30 PM: Meditation Group led by Charlotte Jackson at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.
  • NO CHURCH CHOIR this week. Rehearsals resume on Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 PM in the Parlor. Join us in joyful song in the new year.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 PM: Ash Wednesday We join our friends at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow for a simple meal in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM and at 7:30 PM we will gather in the sanctuary for a quiet and meditative service, concluding with the imposition of ashes.
  • Sunday, February 14: 1st Sunday of Lent
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Sharing Bread on our Journey” Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM: All Church Valentine’s Potluck in the Fellowship Hall. “Love Makes the World Go Round: The Fuel that Sustains all our Relationships.” Bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share. Beverage provided. Join us as we celebrate love in all its many forms.
  • Sunday, February 14, 4:00 PM: Installation of Pastor Jeremy Carlton at Shell Ridge Community Church, 200 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek
  • Wednesday, February 17, 12:00 noon: Baptists Lunching Together featuring Greg Sneller, Assistant Director of Development for the American Baptist Board of International Ministries, Grand Lake Gardens, 401 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland. $10.00 for lunch. RSVP to Joan Thatcher, (510) 350-7008, by February 15
  • Sunday, February 21: Second Sunday of Lent
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Trusting God,” Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, 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
  • 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).
  • 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 (10/28/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, October 29, 2015, Noon: Senior Connections at Covenant Presbyterian will feature a variety of presentations of specific interest to seniors. 670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto; 650-494-1760
  • NO Church Choir  this week; rehearsals resume on November 19.
  • Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:00 PM: Annual Potluck and Pumpkin Carving for the whole family. Pumpkins and tools provided. Bring food to share and friends (or strangers!) to join in this festivities. Costumed creatures of any and all species welcome! In the Fellowship Hall.
  • Sunday, November 1, 2015: 23rd Sunday in Pentecost
    [Daylight Saving ends; Set clocks back one hour]
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Love, Love, Love,” Ruth 1:1-18, Gregory Stevens preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation-
    “Saving Jesus Redux – Part 2:Who Was Jesus?,”
    Rick Mixon, leading. We continue a 12 part series on Jesus, produced by Living the Questions. There will be a brief video followed by discussion.
  • Tuesday, November 3, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 2:30 PM: Meditation Group led by Charlotte Jackson at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, November 8, 2015: 24th Sunday after Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Just Giving,” Mark 12:38-44, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation-
    Doug and Hegene Lee will share their experiences working to bring clean water to villages in Haiti.

This Week at First Baptist (10/21/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, October 22, 2015, 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, October 22, 7:30 PM: Church Choir  in the Parlor. Come for the music fun and fellowship. Lift your voice in joyful song! All are welcome.
  • Sunday, October 25, 2015: 22nd Sunday in Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Speak Out” Pastor Rick preaching
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:
    Saving Jesus Redux- Part 1: Jesus Through the Ages.,
    Gregory Stevens, leading. We begin a new 12 part series on Jesus, produced by Living the Questions. There will be a brief video followed by discussion.
    2:00 PM: Garden Party
    hosted by the Stanford United Campus Christian Ministry at the home of Elizabeth Wolf, 895 Mockingbird Lane, Palo Alto. Hear from students and the campus minister about their involvement with the Peace and Justice Initiative, Bread & Belong, and the LGBTQ Queerituality group.
    3:30 PM:  97th Anniversary Homecoming Worship Service
    at University Ame Zion Church, 3549 Middlefield, featurring Kelcy G. L. Steele, pastor of 1st AME Zion Church in Los Angleles.
  • Tuesday, October 27, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 2:30 PM: Meditation Group led by Charlotte Jackson at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, October 29, 2015, Noon: Senior Connections at Covenant Presbyterian will feature a variety of presentations of specific interest to seniors. 670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto; 650-494-1760
  • Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:00 PM: Annual Potluck and Pumpkin Carving for the whole family. Pumpkins and tools provided. Bring food to share and friends (or strangers!) to join in this festivities. Costumed creatures of any and all species welcome! In the Fellowship Hall.
  • Sunday, November 1, 2015: 22nd Sunday in Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Speak Out,” Mark 10:46-52, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation-
    “Saving Jesus Redux – Part 2:Who Was Jesus?,”
    Rick Mixon, leading. We continue a 12 part series on Jesus, produced by Living the Questions. There will be a brief video followed by discussion.

This Week at First Baptist (2/11/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, February 12, 7:30 pm: Choir Practice  in the Parlor. New voices are always welcome to join.
  • Friday, February 13, 6:00 pm: Intergenerational Potluck in Celebration of Valentine’s Day. In the Fellowship Hall. Everyone welcome; bring a guest or three.
  • Sunday, February 15, 10:00 AM:
    Worship for the whole family

    “Alive in the Adventure of Jesus: Jesus and Hell,” Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:  Susan Bradley will share with us highlights of her recent trips to Haiti and Cuba
  • Tuesday, February 17, 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, February 18, 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, February 18, 6:30 pm: Ash Wednesday meal and service: We join our friends at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow for a simple meal in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM and at 7:30 PM we will gather in the sanctuary for a quiet and meditative service concluding with the imposition of ashes

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, February 19, 1:00 pm: Memorial Service for Ruth Sawyer Clark in the Sanctuary followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall
  • Thursday, February 19, : Church Council meeting in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, February 22, 10:00 AM:
    Worship for the whole family

    “Alive in the Adventure of Jesus: Jesus and Violence and Power,” Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:  Dave Robinson from Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy of Santa Clara County will talk about the ministry CIC provides in the county jails
  • Thursday, February 26, 10:00 am: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join.

This Week at First Baptist (2/4/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, February 5, 7:30 pm: Choir Practice  in the Parlor. New voices are always welcome to join.
  • Sunday, February 8, 10:00 AM:
    Worship for the whole family

    “Alive in the Adventure of Jesus: Jesus and the Multitudes,” Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: Report from Dona Smith-Powers and Martha Meyers, who recently attended the Alliance of Baptists’ Conference on the Middle East in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Tuesday, February 10, 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:

  • Saturday, February 14, 6:00 pm: Intergenerational Potluck in Celebration of Valentine’s Day. In the Fellowship Hall. Everyone welcome; bring a guest or three.
  • Sunday, February 15, 10:00 AM:
    Worship for the whole family

    “Alive in the Adventure of Jesus: Jesus and Hell,” Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:  Susan Bradley will share with us highlights of her recent trips to Haiti and Cuba
  • Wednesday, February 18, 6:30 pm: Ash Wednesday meal and service: We join our friends at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow for a simple meal in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM and at 7:30 PM we will gather in the sanctuary for a quiet and meditative service concluding with the imposition of ashes
  • Thursday, February 19, 1:00 pm: Memorial Service for Ruth Sawyer Clark in the Sanctuary followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall
  • Thursday, February 19, : Church Council meeting in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, February 22, 10:00 AM:
    Worship for the whole family

    “Alive in the Adventure of Jesus: Jesus and Violence and Power,” Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:  Dave Robinson from Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy of Santa Clara County will talk about the ministry CIC provides in the county jails
  • Thursday, February 26, 10:00 am: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join.

Congregational Care Task Team

Valentine's DayIn the service of caring for all members of the congregation Congregational Care Task Team invites members to assist in many acts of Hospitality. On Sunday Mornings members of the congregation take turns acting as Coffee Host.

During the months of January, February, and March these members have served or will serve as Coffee Host(s): Joanne Jones, Eleanor Satterlee, Soo Kim, Chip Clark, Lois Ville and Joanne Jones, Nana Spiridon and Thelma Parodi, Carolyn Shepard, Thelma Tuttle, Marilyn Hunwick,. We have not completed the month of March with Hosts. If you are wondering how you may help, please speak to any of these hosts in person, by telephone, or by email.

On Friday, February 14, Valentine’s Day, we celebrated Love and Fellowship with a Potluck meal and a time for visiting with one another. Pastor Tripp and Intern Doug Davidson placed serving tables in convenient places and set out tables and chairs for guests. They constructed and decorated a Celebration Banner and gathered together valentines for the tables. Thelma Tuttle and Carolyn Shepard completed table decorations including balloons and colored ribbons. Lynn and Marilyn Hunwick shared some of their prize Camellias for all to enjoy. The kitchen “crew” set forth organizing utensils for serving our meal. Our Crew was led by Joanne Jones, daughter, Ann Jones Simmons, Carolyn Shepard, Sachiko Berry, Marilyn Hunwick, Thelma Tuttle, Laura Garcia,and Eleanor Satterlee. Clean -up helpers were Melanie Ramirez, Joanne Jones, and Hugh Satterlee, assisted by members of the “crew.”

The Next Potluck is Friday, March 21, at 6 o’clock. Please make plans now to join the gathering.

– Lois Ville