Young People and Renewal at FBCPA

iSing GirlchoirI love the fact that this is a place that welcomes and embraces young people. As I mentioned last week, we hosted concerts for the Silicon Valley Boychoir and iSing Silicon Valley Girlchoir at the same time we have the ongoing presence of the New Mozart School for Music. The building is often crawling with kids. I want to tell you that the Girlchoir concerts Friday and Saturday were terrific. Not only were the concerts musically excellent, the leadership and teaching of Jennah Delp-Somers and Shane Troll is remarkable. This program has become a real asset not only to our church but to the cultural life of Silicon Valley.

And speaking of assets, our own children and youth will be leading us in worship Sunday. This is the first time in the years I’ve been here that we’ve done something quite like this. Pastor Tripp and Doug have been working with the kids this spring on the topic of baptism. Now they have created a worship service in which we will be “Remembering Our Baptisms” along with them. I am especially pleased that Oscar Ramirez, who is graduating soon from Los Altos High and heading off to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, will be bringing the Reflection on the Word. I am looking forward to what he has to share with us. You will surely want to be present for this gift from our children and youth. By the way, they are also hosting the fellowship time after worship.

Following the service, we will hold the Special Business Meeting to take action on the Renewal Proposal, brought to us by the Renewal Task Team through the Church Council.   I am sure you are all aware of the process this proposal has been through. We came to you originally with a great candidate for the proposed new pastoral position, but in the end she was not available. At our Quarterly Business Meeting in April we brought you a revision of the proposal that removes references to a specific candidate and proposes the creation of a search process for a new candidate. We invited and have been open to talking with anyone in the congregation prior to Sunday’s meeting. I hope you have taken advantage of this invitation if you continue to have questions or concerns. I am hopeful that we have come to the place where we can embrace this proposal and move forward in a timely manner.   I also continue to pray that God will sustain and guide us as we look to God’s future for us.

So plan to be here at 10:00 AM for Youth Sunday and then stay for this very important business meeting.

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

Pastor Rick    

This Week at First Baptist (4/9)

  • CalendarThursday, April 10, 7:30 PM: Church Choir  in the Parlor.
  •  Friday, April 11, 10:00 AM: Senior ChatWe will be blessed to have Inez Powell be our presenter. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow Drive.

    Saturday, April 12, 9:00 AM: Renewal Task Team meeting in the Parlor.

  • Saturday, April 12, 2:00 PM: Memorial Service for Greg Powers in the Sanctuary, followed by a reception in the Parlor.
  • April 13, 2014: PALM/PASSION SUNDAY

    10:00 AM:
    Worship for the Whole Family:
    “Not through this Gate,”
    Pastor Rick preaching, communion.

    11:30 AM
    Adult Spiritual Formation:
    Revolution of Love, Part 3.
    We continue to consider our hunger emphasis for Lent.

    12:30 PM:
    Finance Committee
     in the Parlor.

  • Tuesday, April 15, 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 transportation.
  • Wednesday, April 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.


  • April 17, 6:00 PM: Maundy Thursday
    Soup supper and communion for the whole family in the Fellowship Hall.
  • April 18, Noon to 3:00 PM: Good Friday
    Sanctuary Open for Prayer and Meditation
  • April 20, Easter Sunday

    10:00 AM
    Worship for the Whole Family:
    “Not from this Tomb,”
    Pastor Rick preaching, communion.

    11:15 AM Easter Egg Hunt for the children.
    11:30 AM Brunch
    for all.  Please bring finger food to share.