This Week at First Baptist (4/20/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Wednesday, April 20, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 12:00 noon: Baptists Lunching Together featuring Don Ng, retired pastor, First Chinese Baptist, San Francisco and immediate past President of the ABC-USA, speaking on Baptist colleges and hospitals in Nagaland (northern India,) which he and his family visited in February, Grand Lake Gardens, 401 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland. $10.00 for lunch. RSVP to Joan Thatcher, (510) 350-7008, by April 18.
  • Thursday, April 21, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections Book Group in the church Parlor. This month we will be reading and discussing A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism, by Patrick Allitt. Brown Bag Lunch (beverage will be provided).
  • Thursday, April 21, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Join us in the joy of making music together.
  • Sunday, April 24- Fifth Sunday in Easter
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Earth Month: The Good Earth,” Psalm 19:1-6; 121, Isaiah 55:1-13; 65:17-25. Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: “Learning to Love Creation,” a four part series. This Sunday will feature Elise Willis, arborist for the city of Palo Alto and former student of Pastor Gregory in Florida.
  • Sunday, April 24, 12:30 PM: Church Finance Committee in the Church Parlor.
  • Monday, April 25: SPIRE deadline
  • Tuesday, April 26, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, April 27, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos. All are welcome.
  • Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 – 8:30 PM: Eco Education Film Night in the Youth Room. The Magical Forest. This BBC film explores our mysteriously interconnected world: why does the lynx need a caterpillar, why does the tree need the fish and why does truffle fungus need flying squirrels? Connections like these form the planet’s great ecosystems and are what keep all of life thriving into the future. As we close out Earth Month celebrating the Divine in every corner of creation may we watch, learn, and discuss together the magically interconnected lungs of Earth, the forests! Come hungry for popcorn.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, April 28, 11:30 AM: Women’s Brunch at Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant, 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join in.
  • Sunday, May 1, Sixth Sunday in Easter
    10:30 AM: Worship for the whole family with communion
    “Blessed Are the Peacemakers,” Rick Mixon, preaching

    11:30 AM: Quarterly Business Meeting in the Parlor

This Week at First Baptist (4/13/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, April 14, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Join us in the joy of making music together.
  • Sunday, April 17- Fourth Sunday in Easter
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Earth Month: Human Being,” Genesis 1:26- 2:3, Psalm 8; Matthew 6:24-34. Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Every Day- Earth Day Potluck. You are invited to please bring vegetarian potluck style food for the whole church family to share! As part of “Learning to Love Creation,” we will be joined by Tripp Fuller of Homebrewed Christianity and Director of Theology and Humanities for The Hatchery in a video-conversation. He will walk us through biblical themes and historical themes of creation care.
  • Tuesday, April 19, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos. All are welcome.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 12:00 noon: Baptists Lunching Together featuring Don Ng, retired pastor, First Chinese Baptist, San Francisco and immediate past President of the ABC-USA, speaking on Baptist colleges and hospitals in Nagaland (northern India,) which he and his family visited in February, Grand Lake Gardens, 401 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland. $10.00 for lunch. RSVP to Joan Thatcher, (510) 350-7008, by April 18.
  • Thursday, April 21, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections Book Group in the church Parlor. This month we will be reading and discussing A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism, by Patrick Allitt. Brown Bag Lunch (beverage will be provided).

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, April 24- Fifth Sunday in Easter
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Earth Month: The Good Earth,” Psalm 19:1-6; 121, Isaiah 55:1-13; 65:17-25. Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: “Learning to Love Creation,” a four part series. This Sunday will feature Elise Willis, arborist for the city of Palo Alto and former student of Pastor Gregory in Florida.

This Week at First Baptist (3/9/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, March 10, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Join us in joyful song in the new year.
  • Sunday, March 13: Fifth Sunday of Lent
    10:30 AM: Worship for the whole family
    Blessing of Darkness and Defeat,” Genesis 15: 1-18, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: Saving Jesus Redux: Who Was Jesus? We will continue our discussion of this video series.
  • Tuesday, March 15, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, March 16, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, March 16, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house. All are welcome.
  • Wednesday, March 16, 12:00 Noon: Baptists Lunching Together, featuring Allison Tanner and Louann Roberts reporting on the “Space for Grace” conference last November in Los Angeles. Grand Lake Gardens, 401 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland. $10.00 for lunch. RSVP to Joan Thatcher, (510) 350-7008, by February 15.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, March 17, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections Book Group Our book is Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart by James R. Doty MD. Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. Brown Bag Lunch (beverage will be provided).
  • Sunday, March 20: Palm/Passion Sunday
    10:00 AM: Worship for the Whole Family:

    “Twilight Zone,” Luke 19:28-40, Rick Mixon preaching.

    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:
    Saving Jesus Redux: Who Was Jesus? We will continue our discussion of this video series.

This Week at First Baptist (3/2/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, March 3, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Join us in joyful song in the new year.
  • Friday, March 4, 1:00 PM: Congregational Life Team in the Parlor
  • Sunday, March 6: Fourth Sunday of Lent
    10:30 AM: Worship for the whole family and Communion
    “Blinded to See,” Psalm 146, Acts 9: 1­9, 17­-21, Greg Griffey, preaching
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:Learning to Walk in the Dark. We will continue a conversation about Barbara Brown Taylor’s book as part of our Lenten focus. Copies are available in the library.
  • Tuesday, March 8, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Tuesday, March 8, 12:00 Noon: Prime Timers: Concert featuring the Justin Rock Trio playing jazz standards. Bring a brown bag lunch and baked goods or fruit to share.
  • Wednesday, March 9, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house. All are welcome.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, March 13: Fifth Sunday of Lent
    10:30 AM: Worship for the whole family
    Blessing of Darkness and Defeat,” Genesis 15: 1-18, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: Saving Jesus Redux: Who Was Jesus? We will continue our discussion of this video series.
    12:45 PM: Lunch Bunch: place to be determined. Please let Melanie Ramirez or Alan Plessinger know if you plan to attend.
  • Wednesday, March 16, 12:00 Noon: Baptists Lunching Together, featuring Allison Tanner and Louann Roberts reporting on the “Space for Grace” conference last November in Los Angeles. Grand Lake Gardens, 401 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland. $10.00 for lunch. RSVP to Joan Thatcher, (510) 350-7008, by February 15.
  • Thursday, March 17, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections Book Group Our book is Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart by James R. Doty MD. Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. Brown Bag Lunch (beverage will be provided).

This Week at First Baptist (2/10/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • NO CHURCH CHOIR this week. Rehearsals resume on Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 PM in the Parlor. Join us in joyful song in the new year.
  • Sunday, February 14: 1st Sunday of Lent
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Sharing Bread on our Journey” Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM: All Church Valentine’s Potluck in the Fellowship Hall. “Love Makes the World Go Round: The Fuel that Sustains all our Relationships.” Bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share. Beverage provided. Join us as we celebrate love in all its many forms.
  • Sunday, February 14, 4:00 PM: Installation of Pastor Jeremy Carlton at Shell Ridge Community Church, 200 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek
  • Tuesday, February 16, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, February 17, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2:30 PM: Meditation Group led by Charlotte Jackson at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, February 17, 12:00 noon: Baptists Lunching Together featuring Greg Sneller, Assistant Director of Development for the American Baptist Board of International Ministries, Grand Lake Gardens, 401 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland. $10.00 for lunch. RSVP to Joan Thatcher, (510) 350-7008, by February 15

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, February 21: Second Sunday of Lent
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Trusting God,” Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:
    Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor; discussion led by Rick Mixon.
    11:30 AM: Membership Discussion
    in Youth Sunday School Room. For friends of the church to talk about their ongoing role in our community and the possibilities of membership. Let one of the pastors know if you are interested in attending.
  • Monday, February 22: Deadline for March Spire
  • Thursday, February 25, 10:00 AM: Women’s Brunch at Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant, 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join in.
  • Thursday, February 25, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections Book Group. Our book is Life at the Bottom: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass by Theodore Dalrymple. This book is “a searing account of life in the underclass and why it persists by a British psychiatrist who treats the poor in a slum hospital and a prison in England.” Brown Bag Lunch (beverage will be provided).
  • Sunday, February 28: Third Sunday of Lent
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Praise God Completely,” Psalm 63:1-8, Rick Mixon, preaching
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor; discussion led by Rick Mixon.

This Week at First Baptist (2/3/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Friday, February 5, 7:00 PM: Homebrewed Christianity Podcast Live in the Youth Room. Email Pastor Gregory to register (gregory.stevens@me.com).
  • Saturday, February 6, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 PM: Parent Mission Trip Rally at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, 3534 Lakeshore Ave, 94610. Let Pastor Gregory know if you have interest in this mission trip for youth and young adults to New Orleans in August.
  • Sunday, February 7, – Transfiguration Sunday
    10:30 AM: Worship with Communion for the whole family
    Fully Alive” Luke 9:28-36, (37-43), Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation
    Saving Jesus Redux: Who Was Jesus? We will continue our discussion of this video series.
    12:45 PM: Lunch Bunch
    Oreganos, 4546 El Camino (at San Antonio), Los Altos. Please let Melanie Ramirez or Alan Plessinger know if you plan to attend.
  • Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2:30 PM: Meditation Group led by Charlotte Jackson at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.
  • NO CHURCH CHOIR this week. Rehearsals resume on Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 PM in the Parlor. Join us in joyful song in the new year.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 PM: Ash Wednesday We join our friends at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow for a simple meal in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM and at 7:30 PM we will gather in the sanctuary for a quiet and meditative service, concluding with the imposition of ashes.
  • Sunday, February 14: 1st Sunday of Lent
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Sharing Bread on our Journey” Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM: All Church Valentine’s Potluck in the Fellowship Hall. “Love Makes the World Go Round: The Fuel that Sustains all our Relationships.” Bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share. Beverage provided. Join us as we celebrate love in all its many forms.
  • Sunday, February 14, 4:00 PM: Installation of Pastor Jeremy Carlton at Shell Ridge Community Church, 200 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek
  • Wednesday, February 17, 12:00 noon: Baptists Lunching Together featuring Greg Sneller, Assistant Director of Development for the American Baptist Board of International Ministries, Grand Lake Gardens, 401 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland. $10.00 for lunch. RSVP to Joan Thatcher, (510) 350-7008, by February 15
  • Sunday, February 21: Second Sunday of Lent
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Trusting God,” Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:
    Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor; discussion led by Rick Mixon.
    11:30 AM: Membership Discussion
    in Youth Sunday School Room. For friends of the church to talk about their ongoing role in our community and the possibilities of membership. Let one of the pastors know if you are interested in attending.
  • Monday, February 22: Deadline for March Spire
  • Thursday, February 25, 10:00 AM: Women’s Brunch at Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant, 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join in.
  • Thursday, February 25, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections Book Group. Our book is Life at the Bottom: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass by Theodore Dalrymple. This book is “a searing account of life in the underclass and why it persists by a British psychiatrist who treats the poor in a slum hospital and a prison in England.” Brown Bag Lunch (beverage will be provided).
  • Sunday, February 28: Third Sunday of Lent
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Praise God Completely,” Psalm 63:1-8, Rick Mixon, preaching
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor; discussion led by Rick Mixon.

This Week at First Baptist (3/11/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, March 12, 7:30 pm: Choir Practice in the Parlor. New voices are always welcome to join.
  • Friday, March 13, 2:00 pm: Congregational Care Task Team in the Parlor
  • Sunday, March 15, 10:00 AM:
    Worship and Sunday School for Children & Youth:

    Alive in a Global Uprising: Why We Worry, Why We Judge,” Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:  Pastor Rick leading, an extension of our earlier discussions about nonviolence and peacemaking. We will be using Walter Wink’s, The Powers that Be: Theology for a New Millennium, as a resource.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at the Terraces of Los Altos. We will meet at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 8:30 am: Men’s Breakfast at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome
  • Wednesday, March 18, 12:00 noon: Baptists Lunching Together at Grand Lake Gardens in Oakland – Don Ng, President of the ABX-USA and Pastor of First Chinese Baptist Church in San Francisco. Lunch is $10.00. For reservations contact Joan Thatcher, (510) 350‐7008. If you would like a ride let Pastor Rick know.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, March 19, 5:00 pm: Church Council Meeting in the Parlor
  • Monday, March 23: Spire deadline
  • Thursday, March 26, 10:00 am: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join.