June Mission Offering Update: Scholarships (6/10/15)

Scholarship awardThe special Mission Offering for the month of June is the Don and Mary Granholm Scholarship Fund.

Recognizing the tremendous costs of higher education today, we have established a fund in honor of Don and Mary Granhom to help support our youth with their aspirations of pursuing a college education. This fund is part of our Special Funds portfolio in hope that the money will grow into a larger fund. Through this fund we can provide a small gift that might be used for books or other needs.

We have received $100 toward our goal of $500.

June Mission Offering Update: Scholarships (6/3/15)

Scholarship awardThe special Mission Offering for the month of June is the Don and Mary Granholm Scholarship Fund.

Recognizing the tremendous costs of higher education today, we have established a fund in honor of Don and Mary Granhom to help support our youth with their aspirations of pursuing a college education. This fund is part of our Special Funds portfolio in hope that the money will grow into a larger fund. Through this fund we can provide a small gift that might be used for books or other needs.

Our goal for this offering is $500!

June Mission Offering Update (7/2)

students at First BaptistThe special Mission Offering for the month of June is the Don and Mary Granholm Scholarship Fund to support our youth with their aspirations of pursuing a college education.

To date we have received $1405 toward our goal of $500! Combined with the money given as a memorial for Don Granholm, it brings the fund total to $2380. Thanks to everyone for your generosity! (Of course, since this is an ongoing fund, you are welcome to contribute to it any
time.)

To date we have received $1075 toward our goal of $500!

June Mission Offering: Scholarship Fund

students at First BaptistAs most of you are aware, our youth are growing up, graduating from high school and going on to college. Our first graduate is Oscar Ramirez, who we have watched grow and mature into a wonderful young man with many talents. He is the first in line in our current group of youth, with a new graduate expected every year for the next 6 years.

Recognizing the tremendous costs of education today, we have launched a project to help support our youth with their aspirations of pursuing a college education. At our last Quarterly Business Meeting, congregation members present voted to dedicate this month’s offering to seed a scholarship fund. It was suggested that this fund be a part of Special Funds in order to the money grow into a larger fund.

The specifics of this fund are yet to be developed, although we have models in other churches to help guide us. We need a special scholarship committee of about 3 -4 people to put together a plan. If you would be interested in serving, please let Rick or Carolyn Shepard know. We cannot hope to provide full scholarships as other institutions are able to do, but we can provide a small token that might be used for books or other needs.

Our goal for this offering this year is $500.

April Mission Offering Update (4/16)

American Baptist Seminary of the WestOur special mission offering for April is to support
scholarship aid at the American Baptist Seminary of the West.

The ABSW is a charter member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) since 1962.  ABSW, founded in 1871, is the center of American Baptist ecumenical theological education in the far western United States. The seminary is affiliated denominationally with ABC USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. ABSW admits students from a variety of denominational traditions. ABSW is described on Twitter as Multi-Cultural, Multi-Ethnic, Evangelical, and Ecumenical.

Our church has many connections with ABSW:  Tripp Hudgins is currently enrolled at ABSW as he works on a PhD degree at the GTU. Our Intern, Doug Davidson, is a student and his wife, Jennifer Davidson, is Assistant Professor of Worship and Theology.  Our pastor is a graduate of ABSW, as are Dona Smith Powers and Lynn Hunwick.  Our offering for scholarships will be matched by the ABC Home Mission Society.  We encourage you to give generously and continue the long-standing support to students by First Baptist Church, Palo Alto.

To date we have received $210 toward our goal of $750.

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April Mission Offering Update (4/9)

American Baptist Seminary of the WestOur special mission offering for April is to support
scholarship aid at the American Baptist Seminary of the West.

The ABSW is a charter member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) since 1962.  ABSW, founded in 1871, is the center of American Baptist ecumenical theological education in the far western United States. The seminary is affiliated denominationally with ABC USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. ABSW admits students from a variety of denominational traditions. ABSW is described on Twitter as Multi-Cultural, Multi-Ethnic, Evangelical, and Ecumenical.

Our church has many connections with ABSW:  Tripp Hudgins is currently enrolled at ABSW as he works on a PhD degree at the GTU. Our Intern, Doug Davidson, is a student and his wife, Jennifer Davidson, is Assistant Professor of Worship and Theology.  Our pastor is a graduate of ABSW, as are Dona Smith Powers and Lynn Hunwick.  Our offering for scholarships will be matched by the ABC Home Mission Society.  We encourage you to give generously and continue the long-standing support to students by First Baptist Church, Palo Alto.

To date we have received $20 toward our goal of $750.

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April Mission Offering: Scholarships at ABSW

American Baptist Seminary of the WestOur special mission offering for April is to support
scholarship aid at the American Baptist Seminary of the West.

The ABSW is a charter member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) since 1962. ABSW, founded in 1871, is the center of American Baptist ecumenical theological education in the far western United States. The seminary is affiliated denominationally with ABC USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. ABSW admits students from a variety of denominational traditions. ABSW is described on Twitter as Multi-Cultural, Multi-Ethnic, Evangelical, and Ecumenical.

Hobart Hall, the heart of ABSW’s campus, is a four-story brick Tudor Revival building and was designed by one of California’s most famous architects, Julia Morgan. Dedicated in 1921, ABSW is a California state landmark.

ABSW offers its students resources through the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States. ABSW students may take classes at 9 other GTU seminaries, and have access to one of the finest theological libraries in the world, a faculty of distinguished scholars, and the resources of UC Berkeley. Through the GTU, students can pursue ABSW degrees as well as Ph.D., Th.D., and M.A., and two joint Ph.D. programs with UC Berkeley.

Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble has joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Ministerial Leadership and Functional Theology, and in an integrated role as Registrar and Director of Student Services. Dr. Miles-Tribble received her MDiv from ABSW and DMin from SFTS. In addition she has studied at Harvard Divinity School and is a PhD candidate at Walden University. As an adjunct professor she served for six years as part of ABSW’s Junior Colloquium teaching team and at SFTS for three years in the DMin program. She returned to ABSW in 2009 as a visiting professor. For other news and information, see www.absw.edu.

The ABSW commencement ceremony will take place on May 17, 2014, 2:00 PM, at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland. The speaker will be Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson, Executive Director of the ABCUSA Ministers Council.

Our church has many connections with ABSW: Tripp Hudgins is currently enrolled at ABSW as he works on a PhD degree at the GTU. Our Intern, Doug Davidson, is a student and his wife, Jennifer Davidson, is Assistant Professor of Worship and Theology. Our pastor is a graduate of ABSW, as are Dona Smith Powers and Lynn Hunwick.

Our goal of $750 for the April Mission Offering for scholarships will be matched by the ABC Home Mission Society. We encourage you to give generously and continue the long-standing support to students by First Baptist Church, Palo Alto.