This Week at First Baptist (8/03/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Choir is on hiatus for the Summer.
  • Meditation Group will be on hiatus from August 3 through September 14, reconvening on Wednesday, September 21.
  • Friday, August 5, 1:00 PM: Congregational Life Task Team in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, August 7, Thirteenth Sunday in Pentecost
    10:30 AM: Worship for the Whole Family and Communion
    “Coming Home: Let’s Get This Rapture Started!” Luke 17:20-37, Pastor Gregory preaching.
    11:15 AM Patio Hour hosted by Nana Spiridon.
    12:00 noon: Lunch Bunch v at Hobee’s, 4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
  • Tuesday, August 9, 10:30 AM: Bible Study We will meet either at the church or at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos., depending on construction at the Terraces.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, August 14 – Fourteenth Sunday in Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship for the Whole Family with Communion
    “Coming Home: Coming Home: Rock or Sand?” Matthew 7:24-29, Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:15 AM Patio Hour hosted by Alan Plessinger.
  • Wednesday, August 17, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, August 17, 7:00 PM: Church Council Meeting in the Parlor
  • Sunday, August 21, 10:30 AM: Annual Joint Service in Mitchell Park with Covenant Presbyterian and University AME Zion.  This year we also welcome First Presbyterian, iChurch and the Tongan Methodist Fellowship that meets at University AME Zion 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. If you can help with setup (9:00 AM) or clean-up afterwards, that would be great. There will be a joint choir that will rehearse at 9:30 AM.
  • Thursday, August 25, 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, August 28, 11:30 AM: Quarterly Business Meeting in the Parlor
  • Monday, August 29: Spire Deadline

This Week at First Baptist (7/27/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Choir is on hiatus for the Summer.
  • Meditation Group will be on hiatus from August 3 through September 14, reconvening on Wednesday, September 21.
  • Thursday, July 28, 11:30 AM: Women’s Brunch at Country Gourmet, 1314 South Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale (Note change of venue). All women of our church community are invited to join in.
  • Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31: Lead Through Story, an All-Church Retreat with Daniel Pryfogle. See details.
  • Sunday, July 31, Twelfth Sunday in Pentecost
    10:00 AM- 12:30 PM: Church Retreat
    “Lead Through Story” with Daniel Pryfogle. There will be a retreat session from 10 to 11 AM, followed by a 15 minute break and then closing worship. Our theme for the worship time is from Acts 4:20, where Peter proclaims to the religious authorities, “for we cannot help but tell a story about what we have seen and heard.”
  • Tuesday, August 2, 10:30 AM: Bible Study We will meet either at the church or at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos., depending on construction at the Terraces.
  • Wednesday, August 3, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Friday, August 5, 1:00 PM: Congregational Life Task Team in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, August 7, Thirteenth Sunday in Pentecost
    10:30 AM: Worship for the Whole Family and Communion
    “Coming Home” Gospel of John, Pastor Gregory preaching.
    11:15 AM Patio Hour hosted by Nana Spiridon.
    12:00 noon: Lunch Bunch v at Hobee’s, 4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
  • Wednesday, August 17, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, August 17, 7:00 PM: Church Council Meeting in the Parlor
  • Sunday, August 21, 10:30 AM: Annual Joint Service in Mitchell Park with Covenant Presbyterian and University AME Zion.  This year we also welcome First Presbyterian, iChurch and the Tongan Methodist Fellowship that meets at University AME Zion 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. If you can help with setup (9:00 AM) or clean-up afterwards, that would be great. There will be a joint choir that will rehearse at 9:30 AM.
  • Thursday, August 25, 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, August 28, 11:30 AM: Quarterly Business Meeting in the Parlor
  • Monday, August 29: Spire Deadline

This Week at First Baptist (5/4/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Wednesday, May 4, 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, May 4, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos. All are welcome.
  • Thursday, May 5, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Join us in the joy of making music together.
  • Friday, May 6, 1:00 PM: Congregational Life Task Team in the Parlor
  • Friday-Sunday, May 6-8: Ways To Justice: Perspectives on Nonviolence, Civil Resistance, and Self-Defense. Panels, Roundtables, student-led workshops, live performances, co-sponsored by the Peace + Justice Studies Initiative. Stanford Campus. For further information, see peacejustice.stanford.edu
  • Friday-Sunday, May 6-8: 45th Annual Stanford Powow Stanford Campus. For further information, call (650) 723-4078 or contact powwow-cochairs@lists.stanford.edu.
  • Sunday, May 1, Sixth Sunday in Easter; Mothers Day
    10:30 AM: Worship for the whole family with communion
    “Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Mothers for Peace and Justice,” 1 Samuel 2:1-8; Luke 1:46-55, Rick Mixon, preaching
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation in the Parlor. “Blessed are the Peacemakers: Mothers for Peace and Justice.” We will look at the origins of Mother’s Day as a witness for peace and justice.
  • Tuesday, May 10, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Saturday, May 14, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Church Work Day (Lunch provided), Please join us in spring cleaning around the church facilities. There will be a variety of tasks with different demands. We will find something for all helping hands. Come for all or part of the scheduled time. Everyone welcome.
  • Sunday, May 15, Pentecost Sunday
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:
    “Blessed are the Peacemakers: The Spirit Breathes Peace,” Psalm 85:8-13; Acts 2:43-47; Galatians 5:16-22, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: “Blessed are the Peacemakers: When Did We See You in Prison? Breaking Social and Structural Injustice. We will explore the theme for this year’s BPFNA/Bautistas por la Paz “Peace Camp.” Church Parlor.
  • Sunday, May 15, 12:30 PM: Finance Meeting in the Parlor
  • Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 PM: Church Council in the Parlor

This Week at First Baptist (4/27/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thursday, April 28, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Join us in the joy of making music together.
  • Sunday, May 1, Sixth Sunday in Easter
    10:30 AM: Worship for the whole family with communion
    “Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Not As the World Gives,” John 14:19-31; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5, Rick Mixon, preaching11:30 AM: Quarterly Business Meeting in the Parlor
  • Tuesday, May 3, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, May 4, 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, May 4, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos. All are welcome.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Friday, May 6, 1:00 PM: Congregational Life Task Team in the Parlor
  • Sunday, May 8, Seventh Sunday in Easter
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Blessed Are the Peacemakers,” Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation

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 (1/6/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, January 7, 2016, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor. Join us in joyful song in the new year.
  • Friday, January 8, 2016, 1:00 PM: Congregational Life Task Team in the Parlor
  • Sunday, January 10, 2016 – 1st Sunday after Epiphany
    10:30 AM: Worship for the Whole Family
    “Love Leads On,” Matthew 2:1-12, Rick Mixon preaching
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: Saving Jesus Redux we will continue our discussion of this video series.
  • Sunday, January 10, 2016, 12:30 PM: Church Finance Committee in the Parlor
  • Bible Study will not meet January 12; we resume on Tuesday, January 17, 10:30 AM at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Tuesday, January 12, 2:30 PM: Meditation Group led by Charlotte Jackson at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, January 14, 2016, 5:00 PM: Church Council in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, January 17, 2016: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Overflowing Love” John 2:1-11, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation
    Saving Jesus Redux: What Can We Know About Jesus? – We continue our discussion of this video series.
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016: Annual Reports Due in the church office
  • Thursday, January 21, 2016, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections Book Group  Our book is Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon. Being Mortal explores medicine providing not only a good life, but also a good end. Brown Bag Lunch (beverage will be provided).

This Week at First Baptist (9/16/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, September 17, 12:00 noon: Book Club. Brown Bag Lunch (beverage will be provided). At our first meeting, we will create a booklist for the rest of the year. Come prepared with your suggestions for books you’ve been wanting to read. Invite your friends and neighbors. Here at First Baptist in the Parlor.
  • Thursday, September 17, 7:30 PM: Church Choir  in the Parlor. Come for the music fun and fellowship. Lift your voice in joyful song! All are welcome.
  • Friday, September 18, 1:00 PM: Congregational Life Task Team meeting in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, September 20, RALLY DAY
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Alive in the Spirit of God: Spirit of Hope,” Pastor Rick preaching. Afterwards we will enjoy our final cook out of the season. As usual, hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments and beverage will be furnished. Bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share.
  • Tuesday, September 22, 12:00 noon: Senior Connections- Musical Memories. Lunch Provided. John Lehman, creator of Senior New Ways, leads the program. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow Drive, 650-494-1760.
  • Thursday, September 24, 10:00 AM: Women’s Brunch at Corner Bakery Café, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. All women of our church community are invited to join in.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, September 27: Seventeenth Sunday in Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School for Children and Youth
    Alive in the Spirit of God: God in the End,” Pastor Rick preaching.

    11:30: Adult Spiritual Formation begins with a study of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuel, Hugh Satterlee leading. (We have three copies of this book. Hugh encourages us to look it over before the class.)