End of the Road

Picnic at FBCWe had an excellent Rally Day last Sunday. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to help with the last cook-out of the summer, especially when Eleanor Satterlee became ill. We are grateful for all the good work she does organizing our hospitality. We don’t always see what a task it is until we have to step up. Hugh reports that she is “on the mend.”

This week the road we have been walking with Brian McLaren sadly comes to an end.

We have spent a year working our way through Brian’s book, We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation and Activation. I hope you have been as refreshed by this lectionary alternative as I have.

Appropriately, the final chapter is entitled, “Alive in the Spirit of God: God in the End.” Of course, God in the beginning and God in the End. McLaren saves three significant scriptures for our final consideration – Luke 15:11-32, The Parable of the Prodigal Son or the Waiting Father or the Dysfunctional Family (you choose); Romans 8:31-39, “nothing can separate us from the love of God”; and 1 Corinthians 15:50-58, “the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised, incorruptible”! We will focus on the passage from Luke and its joy when the lost is found, the dead resurrected. Come, everyone! Join in the party!

We will also kick off this year’s Adult Spiritual Formation class as Hugh Satterlee leads us in a consideration of the The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels by Alex Epstein. There are copies available in the church library.

Come, everyone! Join in the “party” Sunday at 10:00 AM. Share the joy with your family friends, colleagues, neighbors or a stranger off the street.

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

Pastor Rick

A Note from Rick

To Be God's PeopleThanks to Gregory and everyone who covered while I was away last week. I’ve heard very good reports about the worship experience and the Lunch Bunch. I’m sorry I missed it all. I did have a good trip to Boise where we celebrated my mother’s 97th birthday and I attended my 50th high school reunion, which was a very nice event. It was good to see some folk I haven’t seen for all these years.

In this Midweek Message you will see information on several important upcoming events in the life of our congregation. Tomorrow at noon is the first meeting of our new Senior Connections Book Group. Then see the information on the Crop Walk on October 4. Sign up to walk or sponsor. October 9-11 we will host the Evergreen regional meeting with Dr. James Forbes. Sunday we will have registration forms for you all. This will be an exciting event and a wonderful opportunity to share with our Baptist friends.

This Sunday is “Rally Day”. We will kick off the church school year, share in worship and enjoy the last cook out of the season. I know Gregory has some special things planned for our children and youth. We are almost at the end of our journey with Brian McLaren. Our focus will be on “Adventures in the Spirit of God: Spirit of Hope.” The texts are from the Psalms and Revelation so they reflect especially on hope for the future. This seems timely as we focus on our own future.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday at 10:00 AM. Bring some others along to share in worship, education and fellowship around the tables on the patio.

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

Pastor Rick

This Week at First Baptist (9/16/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, September 17, 12:00 noon: Book Club. Brown Bag Lunch (beverage will be provided). At our first meeting, we will create a booklist for the rest of the year. Come prepared with your suggestions for books you’ve been wanting to read. Invite your friends and neighbors. Here at First Baptist in the Parlor.
  • Thursday, September 17, 7:30 PM: Church Choir  in the Parlor. Come for the music fun and fellowship. Lift your voice in joyful song! All are welcome.
  • Friday, September 18, 1:00 PM: Congregational Life Task Team meeting in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, September 20, RALLY DAY
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Alive in the Spirit of God: Spirit of Hope,” Pastor Rick preaching. Afterwards we will enjoy our final cook out of the season. As usual, hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments and beverage will be furnished. Bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share.
  • Tuesday, September 22, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections- Musical Memories. Lunch Provided. John Lehman, creator of Senior New Ways, leads the program. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow Drive, 650-494-1760.
  • Thursday, September 24, 10:00 AM: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Café, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join in.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, September 27: Seventeenth Sunday in Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School for Children and Youth
    Alive in the Spirit of God: God in the End,” Pastor Rick preaching.

    11:30: Adult Spiritual Formation begins with a study of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuel, Hugh Satterlee leading. (We have three copies of this book. Hugh encourages us to look it over before the class.)

Rally Day September 20

Join is as we kick off a new church “school year” on Sunday, September 20 at 10:00 AM for Worship and Sunday School for Children and Youth: “Alive in the Spirit of God: Spirit of Hope,” Pastor Rick preaching. Afterwards we will enjoy our final cook out of the season. As usual, hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments and beverage will be furnished. Bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share.

Picnic at FBC

balloons

Barbecue

This Week at First Baptist (9/9/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, September 10, 7:30 PM: Church Choir  resumes in the Parlor. Come for the music fun and fellowship. Lift your voice in joyful song! All are welcome.
  • Saturday, September 12, 12:00 – 4:00 PM: Palo Alto Kids’ Carnival at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Info: contact Pastor Kaloma Smith- pastor@universityamez.com
  • Sunday, September 13: Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Focus on the Family,” Gregory Stevens preaching, followed by light refreshments at the last Patio Hour of the season, hosted by Elizabeth Ramirez and Melanie Ramirez..12:00 noon: Lunch Bunch at the Fish Market, 3150 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, September 15: We will meet at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, September 16, 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:

  • Thursday, September 17, 12:00 noon: Book Club. Brown Bag Lunch (beverage will be provided). At our first meeting, we will create a booklist for the rest of the year. Come prepared with your suggestions for books you’ve been wanting to read. Invite your friends and neighbors. Here at First Baptist in the Parlor.
  • Friday, September 18, 1:00 PM: Congregational Life Task Team meeting in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, September 20, RALLY DAY
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Alive in the Spirit of God: Spirit of Hope,” Pastor Rick preaching. Afterwards we will enjoy our final cook out of the season. As usual, hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments and beverage will be furnished. Bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share.
  • Tuesday, September 22, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections- Musical Memories. Lunch Provided. John Lehman, creator of Senior New Ways, leads the program. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow Drive, 650-494-1760.
  • Thursday, September 24, 10:00 AM: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Café, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join in.
  • Sunday, September 27, 11:30: Adult Spiritual Formation begins with a study of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuel, Hugh Satterlee leading. (We have three copies of this book. Hugh encourages us to look it over before the class.)

This Week at First Baptist (9/2/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Sunday, September 6: Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Alive in the Spirit of God: Spirit of Song,” Pastor Rick preaching, followed by Patio Hour hosted by Carolyn Shepard and Marilyn Hunwick.For the worship service on September 6, we would like to focus on your favorite hymns and songs. We did this a couple of years ago and people seemed to appreciate it. Please submit your favorites to Pastor Rick (preferably in writing) so that we might plan this service around music that speaks to you in particular ways.
  • Tuesday, September 8, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections Prime Timers fall recital series begins at The First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto (1140 Cowper Street) with a bag lunch in the fellowship hall, followed by a concert beginning at 12:30pm in the sanctuary.
  • Tuesday, September 8: NO Bible Study We will resume on Tuesday, September 15 at the Terraces of Los Altos. We will meet at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Thursday, September 10, 7:30 PM: Church Choir  resumes in the Parlor. Come for the music fun and fellowship. Lift your voice in joyful song! All are welcome.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Saturday, September 12, 12:00 – 4:00 PM: Palo Alto Kids’ Carnival at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Info: contact Pastor Kaloma Smith- pastor@universityamez.com
  • Sunday, September 13: Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Focus on the Family,” Gregory Stevens preaching, followed by Patio Hour.

    12:00 noon: Lunch Bunch at the Fish Market, 3150 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.

  • Wednesday, September 16, 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, September 17, 12:00 noon: Book Club. Brown Bag Lunch (beverage will be provided). At our first meeting, we will create a booklist for the rest of the year. Come prepared with your suggestions for books you’ve been wanting to read. Invite your friends and neighbors. Here at First Baptist in the Parlor.
  • Friday, September 18, 1:00 PM: Congregational Life Task Team meeting in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, September 20, RALLY DAY
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Alive in the Spirit of God: Spirit of Hope,” Pastor Rick preaching. Afterwards we will enjoy our final cook out of the season. As usual, hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments and beverage will be furnished. Bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share.
  • Tuesday, September 22, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections- Musical Memories. Lunch Provided. John Lehman, creator of Senior New Ways, leads the program. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow Drive, 650-494-1760.
  • Thursday, September 24, 10:00 AM: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Café, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join in.
  • Sunday, September 27, 11:30: Adult Spiritual Formation begins with a study of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuel, Hugh Satterlee leading. (We have three copies of this book. Hugh encourages us to look it over before the class.)

“New Year” Thanks

Three candlesA “new year” has begun, at least in the church tradition of kicking off the congregation’s educational emphases sometime early in September. Thanks to everyone who helped make our “Rally Day” a good one, with worship, Sunday School for children and youth and our final cookout of the season on the patio.

And speaking of thanks, Sunday we also took time to celebrate Eleanor and Hugh Satterlee for everything they do around here. They are both volunteers extraordinaire! We are a better community and this is a better place for all they share with such uncomplaining grace and dedication. In the litany in their honor, we prayed that we might “find in them inspiration and example to do likewise.” Indeed, that is our hope. A congregation runs on the generous participation of all its people, working, playing and worshiping together.

This Sunday, as “we make the road by walking,” we step back from the earliest creation stories in order to let Jesus enter the scene. Our focus text will be John 1:1-18, traditionally a Christmas reading. Here we use it to link Jesus the Christ to those beings or forces, like Wisdom and the Spirit, that were with God even before the beginning. We celebrate that in Jesus the Word, the meaning of God’s creative activity, became flesh and dwelt among us…full of grace and truth. God has, is and will continue to shape us and all creation according to holy principles and purposes. Will we choose to cooperate in this vast creative enterprise?

Please join us at 10:00 AM for worship and Sunday School and stay for Adult Spiritual Formation, in which we will begin consideration of another Brian McLaren book, Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crisis and a Revolution of Hope, as part of our participation in Campaign Nonviolence in Palo Alto. Bring someone to share the day with you.

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

Pastor Rick