Joys and Concerns

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

Birthday joys for Laura Garcia (April 13) and Peggy Johnson (April 15)

Paul Berry for Sachiko who drive to church Sunday morning (the first time since October)

Laura Garcia for the presence of Paul and Jessie Tuan in worship

Dona smith-Powers for a good visit with Thelma Parodi last week

Melanie Ramirez for a trip that she is making with her mother and brother to San Diego

Pastor Gregory for peace around the world, especially in Syria

Charlotte Jackson for her friend, Bill, with health concerns

Kathy Gillam for her daughter, Julia, who will be looking for a new teaching position in San Francisco

Joys and Concerns

For Thelma Parodi who celebrates her 98th birthday today (April 5) and for Dylan Ha who will be 13 on Sunday (April 9)

Melanie Ramirez with thanksgiving that Daniel is almost all healed form his surgery

Pastor Gregory for the family, friends, and fans of Gilbert Baker, creator of the Gay Pride Rainbow Flag, who died last week

Lois Ville for the family and friends of her brother-in-law, Ralph, who died last week

Charlotte Jackson for her cousin, Darlene, who has been hospitalized in Minneapolis

Cole Holderman for his family still mourning the death of his younger brother, Mason, who died 6 months ago from lung cancer, especially for Mason’s 17 year old twin brother, Jack

Joys and Concerns

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

Ray Hing touched by Sunday’s sermon that God doesn’t see us the way we see ourselves and God teaches us patience; grateful for the sale of their house in Cleveland; thanks for our prayers

Barbara Hing with gratitude for our prayers and hope for a long term renter

Pastor Rick for the presence of Thelma Parodi in worship; a welcome home to David Shi; for

Lucille Towner who fell and broke her wrist’ for friends Whitley and Harold living with epilepsy

Praying With the People

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

Kathy Gilliam happy to have Thelma Parodi in worship with us

Celebrating with Lois Ville the joy of her granddaughters

Laurie Cudworth for a her father, Jack, celebrating his 86th birthday; for Blake, who will be traveling to a Los Angeles to participate in a school work project

For Chris Dodson who is sick again after just recovering from pneumonia

Thelma Parodi for the joy of being in worship; for the many good things happening in her life, including her aide, Carolina, receiving her US citizenship and daughter-in-law, Amy’s selection as one of the top 10 women in America from the organization, Emerge

Sermon: Border Crossing


A sermon preached by
Rev. Dr. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Text:  John 4:5-42

We’re hearing a lot of heated rhetoric these days about borders. The debate is centered primarily around security and safety. There is a lot of concern about who should be on which side of a given border. Who is a threat? Who is an enemy? Who is undesirable? Who has the right to belong and who is a usurper?

There was a time in my life when I would have gotten right in the middle of such a conflict. The old debater in me loved a good argument and the self-righteous side of me would have yielded to a belief that I had a corner on the truth. However, the older I get, the less inclined I am to want to do battle. I’d much rather try to figure out a way to reconciliation and peace. Continue reading Sermon: Border Crossing

Prayers With the People

Pastor Rick for Aki Poon and William Price who were married in out sanctuary last Thursday

Melanie Ramirez for Daniel, who, after some setbacks, is healing and back in school

Laurie Cudworth for a friend, Jill, who is on her second round of radiation for a brain tumor

Barbara Hing for healing from a cold virus that has been running through her family; for new long-term tenants for their rental

Carolyn for Soo Kim and Doug Lee as they travel to New York and Paris

For Charlotte Jackson as she travels to Cleveland to see her grandchildren

Chip Clark for a solution to a roach problem

Joys and Concerns

Our Joys and Concerns for this week include:

Birthday Joys for Reese Probst (March 8), Sachiko Berry (March 9), Soo Kim (March 10), Mary Granholm (March 13)

For Lucille Towner who is free of her neck brace and will be engaged in several weeks of physical therapy

Laurie Cudworth for a friend, Scott, recovering from back surgery; for their daughter, Ariana, who has move to MI with her fiancé

For Gregory whose car was hit (while parked near his apartment) and was totaled.

Jennifer Morales for her mother in TX who is recovering from open heart surgery

For Gavin Grimm and others working for justice for transgendered people

Lois Ville for her brother-in-law, LeRoy, anticipating 3 surgeries; for Paul and Sachiko at home recovering from pneumonia

Melanie Ramirez for Daniel, who had a cyst removed from his back and has been recovering at home

Jane Chin for Jin’s sister, Janie, whose health is improving