Joint service and away time

jointservice-01This Sunday we will hold our annual service and potluck in Mitchell Park. This is always a highlight of the summer. There are 6 congregations participating this year – ours, Covenant Presbyterian, iChurch Korean Presbyterian, Tongan Methodist Fellowship, University AME Zion, and First Presbyterian. The theme is “Unity and Diversity.” The service will include music, dance, and drama, along with more traditional liturgy. There is guaranteed to be something for everyone! Melanie Ramirez will represent us in worship leading. There will be a joint choir (gather in the Covenant sanctuary at 9:30 AM for rehearsal.) Bring food to share. Come at 9:00 AM to help with set-up or stay afterward to help with clean-up. Please plan to attend and bring a friend. You won’t be disappointed.

It has been fun to meet with colleagues to plan this service. I regret I won’t be there to share the experience. I will be in Seattle this weekend for the memorial service for my dear friend, Elizabeth Patrick, who died earlier in the summer. We were friends for over 25 years and she was important support for me on many occasions. While in Seattle, I will also worship with the congregation of First Baptist Church, where I did my seminary internship. It also happens that the annual “clergy cruise” on Puget Sound, sponsored by the Seattle Baptist Union, will be Tuesday evening so I will be able to participate in that as well. I will be back in the office on Thursday. Call the church office if there is a pastoral emergency. I pray we all have a good week ahead – healing, nourishing, blessed and blessing.

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

Pastor Rick

Pastor Rick: October 17

Rev. Rick MixonI had a very nice trip to Seattle this past weekend.   The weather was reasonable (for Seattle!)  The Evergreen meetings went well.  We were privileged to hear the excellent preaching of the Reverend Jacqueline Thompson, Assistant Pastor at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, who urged us to remain faithful to our calling to be an inclusive community of people and congregations.  It was great to visit with old friends and a delight to preach at Seattle First Baptist Church on Sunday.  The worship service was lovely, the choir and organ outstanding and the day filled with many fond memories.

By all reports it was a good day at FBCPA as well.  Thanks to Tripp for preaching, to Carolyn for working with the children and youth and to Nana for hosting a “visit to Lebanon.”  I heard that her presentation was very good, the décor lovely and the food outstanding.  Of course, I knew it would be.  I’m sorry I missed it.

Sunday we will visit India under the guidance of the Hunwicks.  Worship will focus on the 38th chapter of Job at the point at which God begins to speak to the Job from the whirlwind.  What happens when we bring our grievances before God with an expectation that justice will be done?  Job is confronted with an order of reality that goes far beyond his comprehension, that challenges his conception of justice, and that teaches him a lesson about being a creature, albeit one attended to and loved by God.

After worship we will hold our Quarterly Business Meeting, which will include a Special Business Meeting to consider a change to our church constitution’s quorum requirements.  The sole purpose of this amendment is to make it easier for us to conduct church business, since current quorums are a burden to meet.  There is no intention to purge our roles or exclude anyone who wants to be a member in this process.  We want every member who is willing and able to join in making this decision and, more importantly, to engage in every aspect of our community life, including its business.

So don’t’ forget – 10:00 AM in the sanctuary for worship, sharing and learning and then stay for the business meeting.  Bring a family member, friend, colleague or neighbor (or three!) to join us.  Strangers are welcome, too!

May God bless us and keep us on the way,

Pastor Rick