Senior Connections

This is a new program for seniors involving First Baptist, First and Covenant Presbyterian and University AME Zion. We will be offering three events for seniors (50+) each month:

  • The Second Tuesday will be at First Presbyterian and will feature a music program.
  • The Third Thursday will be a book club at First Baptist.
  • The Fourth Wednesday will be at Covenant and feature a variety of presentations of specific interest to seniors.

Anyone from our faith communities is invited and encouraged to participate.

All sessions will begin at Noon and will conclude by 1:30:

  • Tuesday, September 8, Noon, Concert.
    Brown Bag Lunch.
    This concert will feature Bay Area percussionist James Deitz who will perform solo works by Sierra, Lauridsen, Reich, Deitz, & Aperghis. James is an accomplished musician with degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Yale School of Music. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and at Carnegie Hall and presently teaches at the Pacific Union College and plays for the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear a great musician on a variety of percussion instruments!
    First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto
    650-325-5659

  • Thursday, September 17, 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.
    First Baptist Church, 305 North California Avenue, Palo Alto
    650-327-0651

  • Tuesday, September 22, Noon, Musical Memories.
    Lunch Provided.
    John Lehman, creator of Senior New Ways, leads the program.
    Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto
    650-494-1760

The “fall season” begins

Rev. Rick MixonIt was such a blessing to have Jan’s friend Jeanette play her Native American flutes in worship last Sunday. There is something ancient, deep and surpassing beautiful about the haunting sounds of those instruments and the music they play. It inspired a service in which we tried to pay some homage to our Native American sisters and brothers and their spirituality.

This week we will focus on hymn and songs suggested by you. We got an interesting selection from which to choose. I hope you’ll come prepared to sing as we lift our voices in praise and prayer, adoration and supplication, thanksgiving and intercession. There will be a brief reflection on the Word in which Paul urges the Ephesians to “speak to one another in psalms and in holy writings, in carols and anthems.” What would our speech be like if we took Paul’s instruction to heart? Would there be a difference in quality and characteristic to our communication? After worship, Caroline Shepard and Marilyn Hunwick will host our Patio Hour.

There are a number of wonderful opportunities available to us as the “fall season” kicks off. You can see some of them listed above and others are covered in the Spire. Next Saturday there will be a “Kids Carnival” in Mitchell Park sponsored those who have responded to Pastor Kaloma Smith’s (University AME Zion) call to address issue of racial diversity in our community. This is an effort to bring children of all different backgrounds together to experience the joy of shared community.

There is also a new approach to senior programming we are trying out this year. Along with Covenant and First Presbyterian Churches, we will be hosting a senior activity once a month. Drawing from the feedback you gave us when we survived your interests, we will be hosting a book group on the third Thursday of the month. At our first meeting we will generate a book list to read from for the rest of the year. I encourage anyone interested to come check it out.

I will be gone next week on my annual junket to Boise. While there we will celebrate my mother’s 97th birthday and I will attend my 50th high school reunion, Imagine that! I’m pleased to say that our new Associate Pastor, Gregory Stevens, will be in the office. He will also be leading intergenerational worship on the 13th. Be kind to him. We don’t want to scare him away in his first week. If there are pastoral needs, call the church office.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday at 10:00 AM, Bring some others a long to help swell the song.

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

Pastor Rick

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.)