Clinton And Trump Debate On Bitter Ayotzinapa Anniversary

By Ted Lewis, Director of Human Rights programs for Global Exchange (from BPFNA/ Bautistas por la Paz):

The first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is taking place on the anniversary of the September night, two years ago, when 43 Mexican students were violently attacked and “disappeared” by police, military and criminal gangs in Iguala, Mexico.

That’s important, because whether or not the candidates even talk about Mexico on Monday night, the complex relationship between the United States and Mexico has become a high profile electoral issue. But the Ayotzinapa tragedy — so emblematic of the toxic mixture of political repression and impunity that has accompanied drug war militarization and free trade neo-liberalism — has not been part of the debate.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

October 2016 Mission Offering: World Mission Offering

World Mission OfferingAmerican Baptist International Ministries is supported solely through the generosity of churches and individuals. Their primary fundraising vehicle is the annual World Mission Offering. Currently about 100 full-time missionaries, along with short-term missionaries and mission partners, serve in more than 70 countries. Their central mission is to help people come to faith in Jesus, grow in their relationship with God and change their worlds through the power of the Spirit. Churches may also give through their budget to a missionary of their choice (Targeted Giving).

This year’s theme is “Celebrating New Life in Christ – On Earth as in Heaven (Matthew 6:10)”. This offering goes to support the work of the American Baptist Board of International Ministries as well as our special focus missionaries, Dan and Sarah Chetti, serving in Lebanon and Dan and Sharon Buttry, serving as Global Peace Specialists. This year there is a special emphasis on ministry in Cuba.

Our goal for this offering is $800.

Pastor Gregory Says (9/28/2016)


Bring your pets and animal friends, your families and your neighbors’ families, to join in on the fun of The Blessing of the Animals! A classic Christian tradition where pastors bless the many beautiful and furry animals of the world as an affirmation of their welcome seat at Christ’s table of Divine love. May all of the critters and slithering slimy creatures of God find a blessed home of well-being and care at First Baptist Church of Palo Alto. You AND your pets are always welcome here!

See you at 10am on Saturday!


Note from Pastor Rick (9/28/2016)

This is a busy weekend coming up. We start Saturday morning with a first attempt at Blessing the Animals. We’ve talked about this for a long time. You’re invited to come by with your own pets or bring a family member, friend, colleague, or neighbor to share the occasion. The service will be brief and Pastor Gregory or I will offer a blessing to each critter present – even the human ones!

Continue reading Note from Pastor Rick (9/28/2016)

Mission Offering for September: Opportunity Center

Our Special Offering for September is for the Opportunity Services Center. This is the time of year that we take our special offering to serve the needs of the homeless in our own community. The Opportunity Center, located on Encina Avenue in Palo Alto, operates under the umbrella organization called Life Moves, formerly InnVision Shelter Network.

To date we have received $582 toward our goal of $600.

This Week at First Baptist (9/28/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, September 29, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Everyone is invited to share in the fun and the music.
  • Saturday, October 1, 10:00 AM: Blessing of the Animals, the church lawn.
  • Sunday, October 2, 21st Sunday of Pentecost- World Communion Sunday
    10:30 AM: Worship for the Whole Family with Communion
    Living Love Letter,” Psalm 137; Lamentations 1:1-6, 3:19-26; Luke 17:5-10; 2 Timothy 1:1-14.
    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation:  Carolyn Shepard will share about her trip to Nicaragua and her visit to our sister church in Corinto
  • Sunday, October 2, 1:00 PM: CROP WALK see details.
  • Tuesday, October 4, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, October 5, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, October 5, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.


  • Sunday, October 9, 22nd Sunday of Pentecost
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Link by Link,” James 2:14-17, Charlotte Jackson preaching.

    11:30 AM Adult Spiritual Formation:  “Becoming Modern Day Abolitionists,” Charlotte Jackson leading. Today’s focus in worship and adult ed is on human trafficking, an area in which Charlotte has received lay training through the Disciples of Christ.

  • Sunday, October 9, 3:00 PM: Garden Party for United Campus Christian Ministry at Stanford, hosted by Pastor Gregory and the UCCM Board. Come support this important outreach of our congregation for progressive Christians on the Stanford campus.Please rsvp to