This Week at First Baptist (7/2/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Friday, July 2,11:00 am: Missions Task Team in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, July 5:
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:
    “Alive in the Spirit of God: Spirit of Unity and Diversity”
    Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM: Annual Picnic
    Congregational Life has planned a great event for us. They will furnish the hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments and beverages. You are invited to bring whatever else you’d like to make the perfect picnic, particularly salads and side dishes. There will be fun games to go with the fabulous food. Feel free to wear your picnic clothes to worship. Invite friends, colleagues, family members, neighbors or strangers off the street to join the festivities. If you can come early (before church) to help with set up or stay afterward to help with clean up, that would be much appreciated.
  • Monday, July 6, 6:00 PM: Charleston Town Hall Meeting. Our sisters and brothers at University AME Zion Church, 3549 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, and their pastor, Kaloma Smith, invite us to a community town hall meeting to discuss “What’s Next? How Can We Make a Difference after the Tragedy in Charleston?”
  • Tuesday, July 7, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at the Terraces of Los Altos. We will meet at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, July 12:
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:
    Alive in the Spirit of God: Spirit of Serviceseries, Pastor Rick preaching, followed by Patio Hour.
    12:45 pm: Lunch Bunch 
    at Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant, 4261 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, July 14, 7:00 PM: A Conversation with LaDoris Cordell, Superior Court Judge, (ret.), Independent Police Auditor for San Jose, (ret.) at Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Following numerous high-profile cases of police killings of unarmed African American and Latino civilians, public confidence in law enforcement is clearly in crisis. California is not immune. Suggestions have been made — and rather widely supported — to require police to wear body cameras. But is that a sufficient response to deeply endemic problems? What else can be done?
  • Wednesday, July 15, 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, July 16, 2:00 PM: Church Council Meeting in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, July 19, 11:30 AM: Quarterly Business Meeting in the Parlor.
  • Monday, July 20: SPIRE deadline
  • Thursday, July 23, 10:00 AM: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are welcome.

This Week at First Baptist (6/10/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, June 11, 7:30 pm: Church Choir in the Parlor. New voices are always welcome to join.
  • Sunday, June 14:
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:
    “Alive in a Global Uprising: Spirit of Love-Loving God”
    Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM: All Church Cookout
    Saying thank you and farewell to Doug Davidson. Hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments, beverage and dessert will be furnished. Please bring a salad or side dish to share. As always, we can use help with set up and clean up. Thanks.
  • Tuesday, June 16, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at the Terraces of Los Altos. We will meet at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 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, June 18, 5:00 PM: Church Council in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, June 21: Fifth Sunday in Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship:
    Alive in the Spirit of God: Loving Neighbor, Loving Self
    Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation:
    “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Earth,” session seven is “An Evolving Spirituality: Mysticism.”
  • Monday, June 22: SPIRE deadline
  • Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 AM: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are welcome.
  • June 25-28: American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Mission Summit in Overland Park, KS.

This Week at First Baptist (6/3/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, June 4, 7:30 pm: Church Choir in the Parlor. New voices are always welcome to join.
  • Friday, June 5, 8:00 PM: The Choral Project presents “Earthsongs: Global Rhythm”  in our sanctuary, with folk music from the Caribbean, Cuba, Africa and America as well as exciting arrangements of popular favorites such as “Fix You” by Coldplay, “Let the River Run” by Carly Simon and music from Disney’s Students under 18 may come free. For ticket information: choralproject.org.
  • Saturday, June 6, 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM: “Connecting Generations,” PCBA Spring Conference. First Baptist Church, Alameda. Joe DeRoulhac, just finishing 25 years as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Redlands, will be the keynoter, speaking on “Connecting the Generations: Some Helpful Considerations.” More information.
  • Sunday, June 7: Youth Sunday/ 3rd Sunday of Pentecost
    Alive in the Spirit of God: Dreams and Visions
    Doug Davidson preaching.
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation:
    “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Earth,” session five is “Evolutionary Christianity.
  • NO BIBLE STUDY, Tuesday, June 9. We will resume June 16, 10:30 AM, at the Terraces of Los Altos. We will meet at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, June 14:
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:
    “Alive in a Global Uprising: Loving Neighbor, Loving Self,”
    Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM: All Church Cookout
    Saying thank you and farewell to Doug Davidson
  • Thursday, June 18, 5:00 PM: Church Council in the Parlor.
  • Monday, June 22: SPIRE deadline
  • Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 AM: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are welcome.
  • June 25-28: American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Mission Summit in Overland Park, KS.

This Week at First Baptist (5/13/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, May 14, 7:30 pm: Church Choir in the Parlor. New voices are always welcome to join.
  • Saturday, May 16, 2:00 PM: ABSW Graduation, Beth Eden Baptist Church, Oakland. Doug Davidson will be among the graduates. Tell Pastor Rick if you’d like to attend.
  • Saturday, May 16, 8:00 PM: “Our Favorite Things,” Resounding Achord Concert in the sanctuary. Ticket information at resoundingachord.org. Students High School and younger – free.
  • Sunday, May 17:
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:
    “Alive in a Global Uprising: Whatever the Hardship, Keep Rising Up!,”
    Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation:
    “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Earth,” is a seven part series from the group that produced “Living the Questions.” The curriculum includes a 20 minute video and guided discussion from leading theologians and progressive thinkers. Session two: “A Renaissance of Wonder.”
  • Monday, May 18: SPIRE deadline
  • Tuesday, May 19, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at the Terraces of Los Altos. We will meet at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 1:00 PM: Missions Task Team in the Parlor

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, May 21, 5:00 PM: Church Council in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, May 24, Pentecost Sunday
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:

    Alive in the Spirit of God: The Spirit Is Moving! Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation:
    “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Earth,” 
  • Thursday, May 28 at 10:00 AM: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are welcome.
  • Saturday, June 6, 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM: “Connecting Generations,” PCBA Spring Conference. First Baptist Church, Alameda. More information.

 

This Week at First Baptist (3/25/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, March 26, 10:00 am: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join.
  • Thursday, March 26, 7:30 pm: Choir Practice in the Parlor. New voices are always welcome to join.
  • Friday, March 27, 5:30 pm: Forum with Youth. In light of recent suicides and need for youth to be supported, we’ll discuss: Social academic pressure, Inclusion and friendship, Dealing with stress, Grieving and dealing with loss, Defeating stigma. Mitchell Park Community Center. For more information, contact Dona Smith-Powers donamaysp@sbcglobal.net.
  • Sunday, March 29, 10:00 AM:
    Worship and Sunday School for Children & Youth:

    Alive in a Global Uprising: Peace March,” Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:  Pastor Rick leading, an extension of our earlier discussions about nonviolence and peacemaking. We will be using Walter Wink’s, The Powers that Be: Theology for a New Millennium, as a resource.
  • Sunday, March 29, 4:00 pm: Sine Nomine Concert: Sine Nomine, an Acapella Chamber Choir presents “Music for Friends” at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 3900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Jan Gunderson is the conductor.
  • Tuesday, March 31, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at the Terraces of Los Altos. We will meet at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, April 2, 6:00 pm: Maundy Thursday simple supper and communion in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Friday, April 3, Noon – 3:00 pm: Good Friday: Sanctuary open for prayer and meditation. Walk the labyrinth in the Patio.
  • Saturday, April 4, 10:00 AM: Set up for Easter brunch in the Fellowship Hall. Please help our Congregational Life Task Team prepare for this festive event.
  • Sunday April 5: Easter Sunday
    10:00 AM: Worship for the whole family:
    “Alive in a Global Uprising: The Uprising Begins,” Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:15 AM Easter Egg Hunt for children.
    11:30 AM Easter Brunch in the Fellowship Hall.

This Week at First Baptist (3/11/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, March 19, 7:30 pm: Choir Practice in the Parlor. New voices are always welcome to join.
  • Friday, March 20, 7:30 pm: Peninsula Peace and Justice Center presents renowned journalist, Robert Scheer in conversation with Aleecia McDonald and Paul George about his new book, They Know Everything About You, in our Sanctuary.
  • SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 9:30 am: Planning Meeting for the Evergreen Annual Meeting to be hosted by our church in October of this year, in the Parlor. You are most welcome to attend if you would like to help with the planning for this event or serve on the local arrangements task team.
  • Sunday, March 22, 10:00 AM:
    Worship and Sunday School for Children & Youth:

    Alive in a Global Uprising: The Choice is Yours,” Liliana Da Valle preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:  Pastor Rick leading, an extension of our earlier discussions about nonviolence and peacemaking. We will be using Walter Wink’s, The Powers that Be: Theology for a New Millennium, as a resource.
  • Monday, March 23: Spire deadline
  • Tuesday, March 24, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at the Terraces of Los Altos. We will meet at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Thursday, March 26, 10:00 am: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join.

LOOKING AHEAD:

This Week at First Baptist (3/11/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, March 12, 7:30 pm: Choir Practice in the Parlor. New voices are always welcome to join.
  • Friday, March 13, 2:00 pm: Congregational Care Task Team in the Parlor
  • Sunday, March 15, 10:00 AM:
    Worship and Sunday School for Children & Youth:

    Alive in a Global Uprising: Why We Worry, Why We Judge,” Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:  Pastor Rick leading, an extension of our earlier discussions about nonviolence and peacemaking. We will be using Walter Wink’s, The Powers that Be: Theology for a New Millennium, as a resource.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at the Terraces of Los Altos. We will meet at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 8:30 am: Men’s Breakfast at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome
  • Wednesday, March 18, 12:00 noon: Baptists Lunching Together at Grand Lake Gardens in Oakland – Don Ng, President of the ABX-USA and Pastor of First Chinese Baptist Church in San Francisco. Lunch is $10.00. For reservations contact Joan Thatcher, (510) 350‐7008. If you would like a ride let Pastor Rick know.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, March 19, 5:00 pm: Church Council Meeting in the Parlor
  • Monday, March 23: Spire deadline
  • Thursday, March 26, 10:00 am: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join.