Celebrate Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

We will join our friends at Covenant Presbyterian Church for our annual Ash Wednesday service. We look forward to a contemplative evening as we prepare our hearts and minds for our 40 day Lenten journey.

Wednesday, March 1st
6:30 PM – Dinner
7:30 PM – Service

Covenant Presbyterian Church
670 East Meadow Dr.
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Joint Worship Service- August 21

Sunday, August 21, 10:30 AM will be our 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.

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Lent begins…

LentOur annual observance of Lent begins today with a simple supper and joint service with our friends from Covenant Presbyterian and University AME Zion churches. This is always a meaningful time and I encourage you to participate. If you want to bring some fruit or bread or cheese to share for the supper at 6:30 PM, that would be appreciated but not necessary. The service is at 7:30 PM with music, readings, prayers, activities and the imposition of ashes. Children, youth and families are most welcome

Sunday we will focus on Luke’s account of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. After the “mountain top” experience of his baptism, complete with God’s special blessing, it is the Spirit that leads him into the wilderness where he spends time in prayer and contemplation of the journey that lies before him. As we enter into this season of Lent, we are invited by the Spirit to explore whatever counts as wilderness for us. Here we are challenged to pray and contemplate the journey that lies ahead for us as followers of Jesus and the Body of Christ. Part of the Lenten discipline is wilderness survival or, as Barbara Brown Taylor puts it in our Lenten study book, “learning to walk in the dark.”

Though it’s a little late for Mardi Gras, we will still have a fun time celebrating Valentine’s Day with a potluck and program after worship on Sunday. The song sings, “Love Makes the World Go Round.” How does that work in our lives? Does love make your world go round? Bring a main dish or salad or dessert to share and stay to find out what love’s got to do with it.

Join us Sunday at 10:00 AM for worship, study and the sharing of community. Bring someone along share in the experiences of the day.

Together, let us strive…to know God’s love!

Pastor Rick

Senior Connection in February

Senior ConnectionsThe Senior Connection events in February are:

  • The Third Thursday (February 18) is the book club at First Baptist. This month we continue the discussion of 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). 305 North California Avenue, Palo Alto (650-327-0651)
  • The Fourth Tuesday (February 23) is held at Covenant Presbyterian. Brown bag lunch first, followed by guest speaker, Maria Marroquin, Executive Director of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, who will speak about the center’s services. 670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto 650-494-1760

All sessions will begin at Noon and will conclude by 1:30.

Anyone from our faith communities is invited and encouraged to participate.

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.

Senior Connections in January

  • Senior ConnectionsThe Second Tuesday (January 12) is the PRIME TIMERS CONCERT at First Presbyterian. Brown bag lunch first, followed by the concert. 1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto (650-325-5659)
  • The Third Thursday (January 21) is the book club at First Baptist. This month we continue the discussion of 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). 305 North California Avenue, Palo Alto (650-327-0651)
  • The Fourth Wednesday (January 27) will be at Covenant Presbyterian and will feature a variety of presentations of specific interest to seniors. 670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto (650-494-1760)

All sessions will begin at Noon and will conclude by 1:30.

Anyone from our faith communities is invited and encouraged to participate

This Week at First Baptist (8/5/15)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • The Church Choir is on hiatus for the Summer. We will resume rehearsals in September.
  • Sunday, August 9, 10:30 AM [note the time change!]:
    “Unity In Diversity,” our 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 set-up (9:00 AM) or clean up afterwards that would be great. There will be a joint choir that will rehearse at 9:30 AM.
  • NO BIBLE STUDY Tuesday, August 11
    We will resume August 18, 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, August 5, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast,  at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Wednesday, August 19, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast,  at Palo Alto Breakfast House, 2706 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Sunday, August 16: Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Spirit of Holiness,” Pastor Rick preaching
    11:30 AM: Conversation on “Pastor Calls Planned Parenthood Exposé ‘Journalistic Distortion’”
    We have had a request for an open conversation on this article. Since Sunday seems to be the day most of us are present, we are scheduling this conversation for that day. Grab some refreshments from the Patio Hour and join us in the Parlor if you’d like to be part of the conversation.
  • Thursday, August 20, 2:00 PM: Church Council meets in the Parlor
  • Saturday, August 22, 6:00 PM: All Church Cook-Out in the church patio to meet Gregory Stevens, candidate for Associate Pastor
  • Sunday, August 23: Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Spirit of Life,” Gregory Stevens preaching and leading Time for Youth and Children
  • Thursday, August 27, 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.
  • Sunday, August 30: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    “Spirit of Hope,” Pastor Rick preaching
  • Sunday, September 6: Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    For the worship service on September 6, we would like to focus on your favorite hymns and songs. We did this a couple of years ago and people seemed to appreciate it. Please submit your favorites to Pastor Rick (preferably in writing) so that we might plan this service around music that speaks to you in particular ways.
  • Friday, September 18, 1:00 pm: Congregational Life Task Team in the Parlor