This Week at First Baptist (2/1/17)

  • CalendarThursday, February 2, 7:30 PM: Church Choir in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, February 5: Fifth Sunday After Epiphany
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School:

    “Letting the Light Through,” Psalm 112:1-10; Isaiah 58:1-12; Matthew 5:13-20; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: Speaking in Parables.” We will spend some time looking at Jesus’ Parables, using Bill Herzog, John Dominic Cross and others as guides.
  • Sunday, February 5, 1:00 PM: Lunch Bunch at Chef Chu’s on the corner of San Antonio and El Camino, 1067 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Please let Melanie Ramirez or Alan Plessinger know if you are planning to attend.
  • Tuesday, February 7, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos

Note from Pastor Rick (11/30/2016)

Thanks to everyone who stayed to help decorate the church for the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany season. The sanctuary looks beautiful. Afterwards we gathered in the Parlor to consume a pot of “Stone Soup,” using stock from the Thanksgiving turkey and the contributions of those who stayed, including some kale and a rutabaga! Twelve people gathered at the parsonage on Thanksgiving Day to share the feast. I think a good time was had by all. Certainly no one went away hungry. The event seemed to work well enough that we will most likely repeat it next year,

I don’t want to be a nag about the Time and Talent Surveys, but so far only 10 responses have been received. As I said last week, I’m no big fan of surveys but it would be really helpful to the church leadership in planning for the future to know what your interests are and something about your willingness and ability to serve our congregation. Even if you think we already know what you’re doing and willing to do, please take time (only a few minutes) to fill out the form and turn it in.  You may discover something new or different that interests you. You may want to be liberated from something you’ve done for a while. You may come up with some creative ideas we hadn’t thought about. Take this opportunity to communicate with us. It will be much appreciated.

Advent continues this week with an emphasis on Peace. The text from Isaiah is his magnificent hymn to the “Peaceable Kingdom.” Both this text and the Psalm for the day invoke a style of leadership that is marked by justice, righteousness, wisdom, and shalom. Perhaps he will want to pray such prayers and sing such as songs as we consider a transition of leadership in our own land. In the gospel reading, John the Baptist excoriates the religious leaders of his day for the failure to grasp the need for such leadership among themselves. He predicts that One is coming who will sort this all out and make things right. Pastor Gregory will be preaching this Sunday and we will celebrate Communion.

In Adult Spiritual Formation we will continue our exploration of Jesus’ birth and the meaning of incarnation in his time and ours. Afterwards, the Lunch Bunch will gather at Mike’s on Middlefield. Let Melanie Ramirez or Alan Plessinger know if you’re planning to attend,

Plan to join in the joy of the day, beginning with worship at 10:00 AM and continuing through the education hour and lunch. Bring someone else along to share the day with you.

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

Pastor Rick   

This Week at First Baptist (11/30/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, December 1, 7:30 pm: Choir Practice in the Parlor. Everyone is invited to share in the fun and the music.
  • Sunday, December 4, Second Sunday of Advent
    10:00 AM: Worship for the Whole Family with Communion
    “Growing Together,” Psalm 22:1-7, 18-19; Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-12; Romans 15:4-13, Gregory Stevens preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation: “Saving Jesus Redux: Jesus’ Birth: Incarnation” Another session in our ongoing exploration of this challenging video series.
    12:45 PM: Lunch Bunch at Mike’s Café, 2680 Middlefield, PA
  • Tuesday, December 5, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, December 7, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, December 7, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Eileen Conover’s, 1075 Space Park Way #217, Mountain View.

Looking Ahead:

  • Sunday, December 11: Children and Youth Sunday School Party. Let’s build messy, sticky, awesome Gingerbread Houses!
  • Sunday, December 11, 4:00 PM: Christmas Caroling and Chili

Note from Pastor Rick (8/10/2016)

Thanks to Pastor Gregory for his excellent sermon explaining the “Rapture” to us and to Anthia Lee Halfmann and their beautiful music Sunday. We had a good group at Lunch Bunch, concluding with a birthday celebration for Dona Smith-Powers’s friend, Larry, complete with chocolate cake and strawberries and whipped cream. After Nana’s ample Patio Hour, we all went home “well-fed” in every way.

This Sunday we will continue our consideration of “Coming Home,” this time focusing on Jesus’ parable at the very end of the “Sermon on the Mount” in which he encourages his followers to “build their homes on solid rock.” Again we will ask what is meant by home and how we might construct such a “home” for ourselves and our congregation. We have a fine building but is that enough? Is it even what Jesus is looking toward we he exhorts the work crew? Continue reading Note from Pastor Rick (8/10/2016)

This Week at First Baptist (6/1/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, June 2, 7:30 PM: Choir Practice in the Parlor
  • Sunday, June 5, Fourth Sunday in Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Youth Sunday Worship for the Whole Family with Communion
    The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss: Oh, the Places You Will Go
    12:00 noon: Lunch Bunch: place to be determined. Everyone is invited to join in a meal for the whole community.
  • Sunday, June 5, 7:00 PM: A Night of Hope, a one hour candle light service commemorating the first anniversary of the shooting at  Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, Sunday, June 5 at 7:00 PM at First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto, CA.
  • Tuesday, June 7, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, June 8, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group at Thelma Parodi’s house, 543 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, June 9, 8:00 PM: Free Movie Night- Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next, Los Altos Youth Center in Los Altos, CA
  • Sunday, June 12, Fifth Sunday in Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss: The Lorax,” Genesis 2, Job 12:7-10, followed by Patio Hour.
  • Sunday, June 12, 2:00 – 7:00 PM: Communications in the Church- Pacific Coast Baptist Association Spring Conference including worship, panel discussion, and dinner. Grace Baptist Church, 484 E. San Fernando St., San Jose. Pastor Rick will be one of the panelists. Registration forms are available in the entry way and the church office.

This Week at First Baptist (5/25/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, May 26, 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, May 26, No Choir Practice. We will resume on Thursday, June 2, 7:30 PM, in the Parlor
  • Sunday, May 29, Third Sunday in Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Blessed are the Peacemakers: Peace Now,” Micah 4:1-4; Luke 6:27-36; Romans 12:9-21, Rick Mixon preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation in the Parlor. “Blessed are the Peacemakers: Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts.” We will look at the work of Dr. Daniel Shapiro, founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program which pioneers innovative strategies and teaching methodologies to address the human dimensions of conflict resolution, from heads of state and corporate executives to struggling families and couples.
  • Tuesday, May 31, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, June 1, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto (note change of venue!). All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • Wednesday, June 1, 10:30 AM: Meditation Group in the Parlor.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, June 5, Fourth Sunday in Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Youth Sunday Worship for the Whole Family with Communion
    The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss: Oh, the Places You Will Go
    12:00 noon: Lunch Bunch: place to be determined. Everyone is invited to join in a meal for the whole community.

Holy Week: Death and Life

easter_cross.fwEaster Sunday was surely a day of celebration as we looked to claiming our own “ressurection power” to make a difference in this world in the name of the risen Christ.  Thanks to everyone who helped make it a special day – to Jan, Daniel Ha, Daniel Ramirez, Dominique and the choir with extra singers for wonderful music; to Pastor Gregory fo his work with the children and youth and fo his work, alongside Carolyn Shepard and Soo Kim, in making the Sanctuary so beautiful; to Laurie Cudworth, Thelma Tuttle, the Satterlees, among all those who helped with the lovely brunch; and to Chip Clark for – well, only he knows all he does! I agree with Thelma Parodi and Pastor Gregory in the their celebration of our wonderful church “family.’

With the advent of April comes a special emphasis on “Loving the Earth.” Since Earth Day is April 22, this seems like the right time to take up our opportunities and obligations to share with God in good stewardship for all of creation. Pastor Gregory is taking the lead in this programming with some wonderful offerings from people whose life and work is focused on loving the earth. I hope you will “think outside the box” – that is, consider participating beyond your own version of “church as usual.”  I know I will.

Worship will be focused on loving the earth as will the education hour afterward. Even if you don’t usually attend Adult Spiritual Formation, I think you will want to take advantage of these sessions. There will be a couple of film nights for the whole family on the first and third Wednesdays and an all church Earth Day pot-luck on April 17. There are selected books in the library, if you want to do some background reading. “The Earth is God’s and the fullness thereof.” Let’s gather as a community to learn and to celebrate.

This Sunday Pastor Gregory will be preaching on “Easter Ecology,” following John 20:19-31. The education hour will feature Greg Grifffey, who is a farm boy from Appalachia and a fan of the great American essayist and poet, Wendell Berry, in addition to being a hospice chaplain. He will share with us about spirituality and love of the land.

This would be an especially good time to invite others to join you in sharing these experiences celebrating creation and loving the earth. Join us at 10:00 AM for family worship and communion, followed by adult education and Lunch Bunch at 12:45. Let’s carry the joyous spirit of Easter throughout these 50 days of Eastertide and beyond.

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

Pastor Rick