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Gratitude and Stewardship

Three candlesThis weekend our focus is on gratitude with our annual Gratitude dinner on Friday night and culminating with Stewardship Sunday. Not only in the broader culture, but especially in the life of the church this is the time of year to consider generosity and giving.   Friday’s night’s potluck will center on expressions of gratitude. Sunday you are asked to bring your completed pledge forms for ongoing support of the church through next year’s budget. The many good things we do and are as a congregation are dependent on the generosity of your support – in time, talent and treasure. Personally, I am always grateful for the good stewardship of our congregation.

In addition, this is the month in which we take a special offering for Ecumenical Hunger Program, the agency which we helped found to serve the needy in East Palo Alto and vicinity. What a treat it was to have Nevida Butler, founding director, in worship Sunday to share some of the ongoing needs and emerging vision of EHP. And how appropriate that she would be sitting next to Mary Granholm, volunteer extraordinaire!    We also remembered Ellen Chang and June Lee who gave countless hours of volunteer service to EHP. Thanks also to Thelma and Ron Tuttle who keep the connection going by picking up our donations on a regular basis and delivering them to the EHP campus.

Remember we will be collecting food stuff for the EHP holiday food distribution this weekend. In addition to nonperishable food items, please bring turkeys, hams, chickens or roasts to grace another family’s Thanksgiving table. These can be brought Friday night, Sunday morning or any time in between. And if you have family, friends, colleagues or neighbors looking to share during this holiday season, invite them to contribute as well. Let’s fill the barrels, baskets and boxes to overflowing!

Sunday’s worship focus will be on the “Hope of the world, thou Christ of great compassion…” (to quote from the great hymn of Georgia Harkness, which we sang last Sunday.) Along with everything else, Sunday is “Christ the King Sunday,” the last Sunday in the liturgical calendar in which we celebrate Christ in the fullness of his glory. The following week it starts all over with Advent and the promise of the Incarnation. After worship we will all – young and old – join to decorate the church for the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany season.   There will be something for everyone, including refreshments to keep us going.

See you Sunday at 10:00 AM for a rich, full day.

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

Pastor Rick  

MORE LIGHT…MORE LOVE…MORE LIFE

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We are a progressive Baptist Church affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA. We have been in Palo Alto since 1893. We celebrate our Baptist heritage. We affirm the historic Baptist tenets of: Bible Freedom, Soul Freedom, Church Freedom, Religious Freedom

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