This Week at First Baptist (5/22)

 CalendarTHIS WEEK:

  • Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7:30 PM: Church Choir at in the Parlor.
  • Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24, 2014, 7:00 PM: iSing GirlChoir Concerts: ” Grow Together,” in the Sanctuary. For more information:
  • SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014
    10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School:
    “Accounting for Hope,” Pastor Rick preaching.11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation: Cultivating Joy in the Midst of Manufactured Desire our series with Phil Kenneson’s book, Life on the Vine continues with a conversation about how many of our public conversations begin with the assumption of scarcity. What if, on the other hand, we started with the virtue of joy? What if our first assumption was simply to be joyful in what we have? We already have all we need to do the work to which God calls us.
  • Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at the Terracesof Los Altos at Janet Maxwell’s apartment. The address is 373 Pine Lane,#2106, Los Altos. Let Pastor Rick know if you need transportation.


  • Sunday, June 1, 2014, Children and Youth Sunday
    10:00 AM, Worship for the whole family: This will be a special day in the life of our congregation. The children and youth of the church will lead us in worship. Graduating high school senior, Oscar Ramirez will be our preacher. Together we will remember what it means to be baptized and how that shapes how we live in the world.

    11:30 AM, Special Business Meeting to take action on the Renewal Proposal.

  • Friday June 6, 2014, 6:00 PM: All Church Cookout to celebrate Pastor Tripp and his ministry with us. Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, beverage and dessert furnished. Please bring salads and side dishes to share.
  • Sunday, June 8, 2014, Pentecost:
    10:00 AM, Worship for the whole family:
    Pastor Tripp preaching. This will be Pastor Tripp’s last Sunday as our Minister of Faith Formation and Family Life. We will celebrate his ministry and wish him well in his new role as Director of Admissions for the American Baptist Seminary of the West. Everyone is invited to wear something red to honor the day.

    11:30 Am: Adult Spiritual Formation : Canon, Scripture, And Word of God: Over the three Sundays in June – 8, 15 and 22 Corinna Guerrero will address each of the above concepts. We start off with a little church history, but end in a call to advocacy. We hope you’ll join us.

Pledge Sunday

Harvest tableWe remember with love and gratitude our sister, Patrice Heath, who died on Monday.  Hers was a long and difficult struggle through which she passed with love and grace.  We are thankful that she was part of our community.  We also say thanks to all those who cared for her in these last days.  Please keep Richard in your thoughts and prayers as he grieves her death.  Services are pending; we will let you know as we know when and where.

Thanks to Doug Davidson for leading an excellent Adult Spiritual Formation class last Sunday as we considered Jesus and the “Revolution of Love.”  This Sunday we will finish our consideration of Pastrix, the memoir of the spiritual journey of Nadia Bolz-Weber.  Pastor Tripp will lead the session.

Sunday promises to be a full day.  It is not only “Reign of Christ Sunday,” celebrating the end of the liturgical year, it is also pledge Sunday and the day we dedicate the food offering we’ve collected throughout the month for Ecumenical Hunger Program.  As we were told Sunday, EHP will have an extra burden this year providing for the hungry and homeless in East Palo Alto.  Please give with as much generosity as you can to help our sisters and brothers in need.  Staples as well as any and all the ingredients for a Thanksgiving feast would be most welcome.

“Found Faithful – in Little, with Much, with All” is our stewardship theme this year.  We have been reminded that gifts large and small matter.  While recognizing that each of us lives with limits, it is also important to remember how blessed we are.  Support of our congregational budget is crucial to our continuing to minister to one another and to the wider world.  Please pledge as generously as you are able.  There are exciting days ahead for FBCPA.

“Made Strong” is our theme for Sunday.  In the beautiful passage from Colossians that is Sunday’s text, the writer offers these words of hope and promise – “May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.”  Is this not a word of good news for us as we look to God’s future?  Bring someone with you to share the joy of this day.

May God’s new thing flourish within us and among us.

Pastor Rick