This Week at First Baptist (11/9/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, November 10, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Everyone is invited to share in the fun and the music.
  • Sunday, November 13
    10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School
    “Joy Begins Now” Isaiah 6:17-25, Luke 21:5-19, Thessalonians 3:6-13, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation: Saving Jesus Redux: What can we know about Jesus (and how)? Another session in our ongoing exploration of this challenging video series
  • Sunday, November 13: Resounding Achord Concert
    “Gratitude,” “a musical thank you to all those who serve our families, community and country.” (US military and veterans free.) In the Sanctuary. For further information see resoundingachord.org.
  • Wednesday, November 17, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.

Looking Ahead:

  • Saturday, November 19, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Family Pageant Project. Lunch provided.
  • Sunday, November 20
    10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School
    “Christ Over Chaos” Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 1:68-79, Colossians 1:11-20, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation: Saving Jesus Redux: What can we know about Jesus (and how)?
  • Sunday, November 20, 7:00 pm: Multifaith Thanksgiving Celebration at First Church Christ, Scientist, 3045 Cowper, Palo Alto. Keynote speaker: Rev. Floyd Thompkins.
  • Thursday, November 24, 2:00 PM Thanksgiving Family Feast. Share the holiday feast with Pastor Gregory and Pastor Rick here at FBCPA. Turkey and dressing furnished. Bring your favorite seasonal dishes to share. Please RSVP to one of the pastors by Monday, November 21.
  • Sunday, November 27: First Sunday of Advent
    10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School
    “God’s Path of Peace” Psalm 122, Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:35-44, Romans 13:11-14, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM Hanging of the Greens and Stone Soup Lunch

Life Around the Church (11/16)

by Betsy Anderson, Office Manager/Building Supervisor

Betsy AndersonBy my door, the leaves are falling, all around the patio, and everywhere you look, the leaves still on the trees rustle in the wind, and the youth garden is thriving with bush beans, basil, chocolate mint, cilantro, and rosemary.

Indoors, classes are in full swing. On any given Monday, the Macrobiotic chefs are chopping up fresh ingredients for the evening meal, while on the other side of the kitchen wall Andrea Monti glides across the floor of the Fellowship Hall demonstrating a flawless Tango with one of her dance students.

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November Special Offering: Ecumenical Hunger Program

Our goal is $600.

It is that time of the year again that we give thanks for the food on our tables and the clothing on our backs. It is also that special time that we at First Baptist Church share out resources with our neighbors who are less fortunate.

We share a long history with the Ecumenical Hunger Program. In 1975. In 1975, Miriam Nixon and a group from Church Women United which included women from our own congregations began channeling surplus and donated food to neighborhood pantries where it was distributed to families in need.

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Blessed Thanksgiving

Rev. Rick MixonA blessed Thanksgiving to you all!

Thanks to everyone who pitched in last week to help with the Gratitude Dinner and to all those who signed up to help with coffee hour in the upcoming weeks. There are still some slots open and I would be grateful for your help. Remember that we will be decorating the church for the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany season. We can use everyone’s help – young and old alike.

Sunday marks the beginning of the Advent. This is meant to be a quiet time do sacred contemplation in anticipation of the Christmas event when God enters our reality in human form. I imagine this is a challenge for most of usm given the frenetic pace of actitvity that has come to characterize this time of year. Hopefully our schedule for the season will help you find time and space to prepare for the coming of Christ.

I am grateful to everyone who participated in the Advent Planning Workshop and to Dan Cudworth, Jan and Greg who met with me this week to work further on the services for the season. I am excited about lies ahead for us as we worship, study and work for realization of God’s Beloved Community in our misdst, beginning with a baby born in Bethlehem.

On this first Sunday, we will focus on two texts – Psalm 25, with its affimation of God’s steadfast love and mercy, even in the hardest times; and on Jeremiah’s great affirmation of hope for the future, written from prison as the world he knew was crumbling around him. How do we hold hope and let it shape our lives when we are confronted with wars and rumors of war, threats and acts of terror, economic uncertainty and pressure to perform. All these and more generate an atmosphere of fear. But our word for the time is hope because the future is in God’s hands. We begin Advent, expectantly, that our hopes will be fulfilled.

See you Sunday at 10:00 AM ready to worship, learn and share. Bring someone with you and stay to “Hang the Greens – and blues and whites and golds!

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

Pastor Rick

This Week at First Baptist (11/25/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday- Friday, November 25-26, 2015, Thanksgiving Holiday Office closed.
  • Sunday, November 29, 2015, First Sunday of Advent
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Hope Bubbles Up,” Psalm 25:1-10, Jeremiah 33:14-16; Rick Mixon preaching.11:30 AM: Hanging of the Greens
    We will decorate the church for the Advent to Epiphany season. There will be activities for all ages. Partake of refreshments and help make our Advent to Epiphany Worship a warm and colorful reality.
  • Tuesday, December 1, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 2:30 PM: Meditation Group led by Charlotte Jackson at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 6:00 PM: Taizé Service at First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, December 6, 2015, Second Sunday of Advent
    10:00 AM: Worship for the whole family and Communion
    Peace Blows In,” Psalm 25:1-10, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:
    Saving Jesus Redux: The World into which Jesus Was Born, Rick Mixon leading
  • Sunday, December 6, 2015, 12:45 PM: Lunch Bunch at Celia’s Mexican Restaurant, 3740 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Everyone welcome. Let Melanie Ramirez or Alan Plessinger know if you’re planning to attend

This Week at First Baptist (11/18/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:00 Noon: Senior Connections Book Club at First Baptist Church. We will continue our discussion of When I Was a Child I Read Books, a collection of essays by Pulitzer prize-winning author, Marilynne Robinson. We will also choose a new book for our December meeting. Bring a bag lunch, beverage will be provided. Invite your friends and neighbors.
  • Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:00 PM: Church Council meeting in the Parlor.
  • Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7:30 PM: Choir Rehearsal in the Parlor. Come for the music, fun and fellowship. Lift your voice in joyful song! All are welcome.
  • Sunday, November 22, 2015: Reign of Christ Sunday
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Rick Mixon, Preaching
    11:30 AM: Gratitude Dinner for folk of all ages in the Fellowship Hall. Join us for an intergenerational potluck dinner and celebration of all for which we are grateful. Bring a dish to share. Invite a friend, family member, colleague, neighbor or stranger to join us in this time of celebration!
  • Sunday, November 22, 2015, 7:00 PM: The Blessings of Water. Annual Palo Alto Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Featuring the Gordon Stewart Peninsula Trombone Choir, Storytellers, Leaders from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu Faith Communities, and dancers from many cultures. Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma, Palo Alto.
  • Tuesday, November 24, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 2:30 PM: Meditation Group led by Charlotte Jackson at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, November 29, 2015, First Sunday of Advent
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Advent Hope,” Psalm 25:1-10, Rick Mixon preaching.

    11:30 AM: Hanging of the Greens
    We will decorate the church for the Advent to Epiphany season. There will be activities for all ages. Partake of refreshments and help make our Advent to Epiphany Worship a warm and colorful reality.

This Week at First Baptist (11/11/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • NO Church Choir  this week; rehearsals resume on November 19.

 

  • Sunday, November 15, 2015: 25th Sunday after Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Future Hope,” Mark 13:1-8, Rick Mixon preaching.11:30 AM- 1:00 PM: Love Came Down- Advent Planning Workshop
    Pastors Rick and Gregory will lead the congregation in a process of planning this for year’s Advent/Christmas worship. Everyone of every age is encouraged to participate in this opportunity to make the sacred season even more meaningful for your sharing
  • Tuesday, November 17, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 2:30 PM: Meditation Group led by Charlotte Jackson at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 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, November 19, 2015, 12:00 Noon: Senior Connections Book Club at First Baptist Church. We will continue our discussion of When I Was a Child I Read Books, a collection of essays by Pulitzer prize-winning author, Marilynne Robinson. We will also choose a new book for our December meeting. Bring a bag lunch, beverage will be provided. Invite your friends and neighbors.
  • Sunday, November 22, 2015: Reign of Christ Sunday
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Rick Mixon, Preaching
    11:30 AM: Gratitude Dinner for folk of all ages in the Fellowship Hall. Join us for an intergenerational potluck dinner and celebration of all for which we are grateful. Bring a dish to share. Invite a friend, family member, colleague, neighbor or stranger to join us in this time of celebration!
  • Sunday, November 22, 2015, 7:00 PM: The Blessings of Water. Annual Palo Alto Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Featuring the Gordon Stewart Peninsula Trombone Choir, Storytellers, Leaders from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu Faith Communities, and dancers from many cultures. Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma, Palo Alto.