Dan Buttry’s visit

candleringWhat a great day we had on Sunday. It was such a treat to have Dan Buttry, Global Specialist for Peace and Justice, American Baptist International Ministries, with us for worship, adult education and lunch. Dan represents the kind of meaningful, contemporary mission work that keeps us, as a congregation, supporting American Baptist missions. His sermon and his sharing helped us see what a difference the gospel can make when communicated in a way that helps people live into peace and justice. And Dan’s work stretches around the globe, touching the lives of all kinds of people in all kinds of places. We heard stories from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, the Naga area of India. Philippines, Mexico and Kyrgystan. I was especially impressed with the stories of courageous, passionate young people who are learning conflict transformation from Dan and boldly practicing it in very dangerous situations. Our support for this work is surely well-spent. I hope this inspires us to give a little more to meet and even exceed our goal for the month’s World Mission Offering.

This Sunday, we will continue to “make the road by walking” it. Both Wally Bryen and Dan used texts from McLaren’s book so we are still on schedule. This week’s theme is “Rivalry and Reconciliation.” We have a choice of four great texts – the reconciliation of Jacob and Esau, the reconciliation of Joseph and his brothers, the celebration of those who care for “the least of these” in Matthew and the parable of the Good Samaritan. I think we will focus on the Joseph story for worship, though each of these passages teaches us something about rivalry and reconciliation. Even in situations of murderous rivalry the face of God may appear in compassion, forgiveness and healing of broken relationships. This is good news.

Don’t forget the potluck and pumpkin carving Friday evening and our Quarterly Business meeting Sunday after worship.

See you Sunday at 10:00 AM for Worship and Sunday School.

God grant us more light, more love, more life as we journey together.

Pastor Rick  

Wally Bryen to preach Sunday

Three candlesI will be away this weekend representing our congregation at the annual meeting of the Evergreen Baptist Association, followed by a board meeting of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists. One of my tasks while in Seattle will be to offer a formal invitation to our Region to hold next October’s meeting here at FBCPA. The Region has decided to hold its annual meeting in California every 10 years or so in recognition of the 6 or 7 California congregations that are Evergreen members. Of course, we will look to these other local congregations as well as the Regional office to help us host this event. It will be exciting to welcome our Evergreen sisters and brothers into our space. On Sunday, I will worship at University Baptist Church where I will bring greetings from the AWAB board to that member congregation.

Meanwhile, I am grateful that Wally Bryen will be available to help lead us in worship this Sunday. He will pick up the theme from We Make the Road by Walking, using Genesis 12:1-9 as his text. The suggested focus is on faith…what is it? How do we practice it? What does it demand of us? Abram seems so willing to put his faith and trust in Yahweh, who is constantly calling him to new and challenging adventures. Can we learn something from this ancient story about we might faithfully face God’s future for us? Are we willing to go places we’ve never been before or even imagined?

There will not be a formal Adult Spiritual Formation session this Sunday as Doug will be meeting with the parents of our children and youth. However, Dan Cudworth has agreed to lead a continuation of our discussion of Everything Must Change for those who would like to participate. Thanks, Dan.

I will be back in the office on Wednesday. Call the church office if there is a pastoral emergency. As usual I will be available by phone or email.

Come at 10:00 AM for Worship and Sunday School, then stay for one of Sunday’s conversations – with Doug or Dan. Bring someone to share the day with you.

God grant us more light, more love, more life as we journey together.

Pastor Rick

Sermon updates

sermonsThe audio recordings of the sermons for the month of August have now been posted. These include:

  • August 3: Rev. Sam Chetti, “Reaching the Nations”
  • August 10: no file (joint service off-site)
  • August 17: Rev. Max Vines, “The Gift of Wisdom”
  • August 24: Rev. Wally Bryen, “How’s Your Walk With God”
  • August 31: Rev. Rick Mixon, “Bare Feet and Burning Bushes”

The recordings are available on the Sermons page.

This Week at First Baptist (8/13)

    • CalendarChurch Choir is on hiatus until the Fall
    • Bible Study will be on hiatus until Tuesday, August 26.
    • Thursday, August 14, 7:30 PM: Gaza Relief Benefit in Fellowship Hall. Director’s Screening of Flying Paper with Co-Director Roger Hill and Rajaie Batniji – Assistant Prof. of Medicine, Stanford, Born in Gaza’s Shujayiya neighborhood. Flying Paper is the uplifting story of Palestinian children in Gaza engaged in the fascinating culture of kite making and flying. All proceeds will be donated to Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. For more details, see http://www.peaceandjustice.org/gaza-benefit/
    • Sunday, August 17, 2017:
      10:00 AM, Worship and Sunday School:
      W
      e welcome Rev. Max Vines to our pulpit. Former long-term interim pastor, Max will be finishing up a 3 month, round the world tour before returning to Australia.
       LOOKING AHEAD:

Pastor Rick will be on vacation

    starting Sunday afternoon, August 10, returning to the office on Tuesday, August 26.

  • Sunday, August 24, 2014 Wally Bryen, chaplain at Stanford Hospital will be our preacher.
  • Saturday, September 13-Habitat for Humanity work day
  • Sunday, September 14-Rally Day and cookout picnic
  • Sunday, October 19-Dan Buttry preaching
  • Friday, October 24-Halloween Intergenerational Potluck
  • Sunday, October 26-Quarterly Business Meeting
  • Friday, November 21-gratitude intergenerational potluck dinner

 

This Week at First Baptist (8/6)

  • CalendarChurch Choir is on hiatus until the Fall
  • Bible Study will be on hiatus until Tuesday, August 26.
  • Thursday, August 7, 2014, 5:00 PM: Church Council meets in the Parlor
  • Friday, August 8, 2014, 10:00 AM: Senior Chat– “Brain Fitness”
  • Friday, August 8, 2014, 7:00 PM: First Baptist Church night at the San Jose Giants
    We’ll travel to San Jose’s Municipal Stadium for the 7:00 PM game between the Giants and the Lancaster JetHawks, with a postgame fireworks display. Tickets are $11 for adults, $7 for seniors or kids 12 and under. Plus, it’s Hawaiian night at the ballpark – so wear your Hawaiian gear and get two free tickets to a future game.
  • Saturday, August 9, 2014, 1:00 – 5:00 PM: Ecumenical Hunger Project’s BlockFest 2014– Help us celebrate EHP’s 39 years of service to the community by joining us at the EHP campus for our annual BlockFest! Fantastic food, festivities, entertainment, local vendor booths with freebies and fun activities for the kids! 2411 Pulgas Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
  • Sunday, August 10, 2017:
    10:30 AM [note the time change!]: “All Are Welcome,” our annual joint service in Mitchell Park
    with Covenant Presbyterian. This year we also welcome University AME Zion and their new pastor, Kaloma Smith to the celebration. Worship for the whole family will be followed by a potluck lunch, also in the park. Bring food to share and invite someone to share the day with you. 

    LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Pastor Rick will be on vacation starting Sunday afternoon, August 10, returning to the office on Tuesday, August 26.
  • Thursday, August 14, 7:30 PM: Gaza Relief Benefit in Fellowship Hall. Director’s Screening of Flying Paper with Co-Director Roger Hill and Rajaie Batniji – Assistant Prof. of Medicine, Stanford, Born in Gaza’s Shujayiya neighborhood. Flying Paper is the uplifting story of Palestinian children in Gaza engaged in the fascinating culture of kite making and flying. All proceeds will be donated to Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. For more details, see http://www.peaceandjustice.org/gaza-benefit/
  • Sunday, August 17, 2014 we will welcome Max Vines to our pulpit. Former long-term interim pastor, Max will be finishing up a 3 month, round the world tour before returning to Australia.
  • Sunday, August 24, 2014 Wally Bryen, chaplain at Stanford Hospital will be our preacher.
  • Thursday, August 14, 7:30 PM: Gaza Relief Benefit in Fellowship Hall. Director’s Screening of Flying Paper with Co-Director Roger Hill and Rajaie Batniji – Assistant Prof. of Medicine, Stanford, Born in Gaza’s Shujayiya neighborhood. Flying Paper is the uplifting story of Palestinian children in Gaza engaged in the fascinating culture of kite making and flying. All proceeds will be donated to Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. For more details, see http://www.peaceandjustice.org/gaza-benefit/

 

Off to Kansas City

a new thingAn abbreviated Midweek Message this week as I am heading off to Kansas City to represent us at the first biennial Mission Summit of the ABC-USA.  I am going one day early to attend the pre-biennial theology conference and I will be staying for a couple of days after to attend the board meeting of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists.  We are grateful that Naomi Schulz, one of our seminary interns for the coming year is able to fill in for Pastor Tripp while he is teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary for three weeks.  Naomi will be available for pastoral emergencies while I’m gone.  Wally Bryen will be preaching this Sunday and Naomi is working with him and Jan on the service.  The Cudworths will be doing coffee hour in celebration of their anniversary before they head off to Hawaii for vacation.  Please support all them in any way you can.

Big thank yous to Jan and the choir for all their hard work and beautiful music.  Also, kudos to everyone who helped make our first cook-out of the season a rousing good time

Come this Sunday at 10 AM and bring someone along to share the morning with you.

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

Pastor Rick