Note from Pastor Rick

I had a good, quick trip to Chicago Monday and Tuesday. I am working with an ecumenical group planning a conference for next fall celebrating the work of pioneering figures in the movement for full inclusion of lgbtqia people in the church. The conference will also focus on learning from that past was it is needed to continue the work into the future. You will hear more about it as the plans progress. This week Pastor Gregory is in Florida planning the wedding of a friend that will take place later in the fall. Next week I will be going to Florida for a few days for a spirituality retreat hosted by the Alliance of Baptists. This is a central piece of my continuing education for this year.

It’s not too late for you to get me the title of any songs you might want to sing Sunday theme for in our special “you pick musical service. The theme for September is “Opportunity Knocks.” (Our special offering is for the Opportunity Center.) Sunday’s sub-theme is “with a Song to Sing.” Key texts will be from First Chronicles 6, Psalm 150, Colossians and Revelation,

Come, make a joyful noise to God and stay for Patio Hour and a brief Quarterly Business Meeting. Speaking of Patio Hour, we only have one Sunday hosted in the next couple of months. Please let me know if you are willing to help host this important ministry of our congregation. See you Sunday at 10:00 AM for Worship and Communion.

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

Pastor Rick

This Week at First Baptist (8/31/16)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

NOTE: The Life Line Screening that had been scheduled for Friday, September 2 has been cancelled due to a scheduling mixup.

  • Choir is on hiatus for the Summer.
  • Meditation Group will be on hiatus from August 3 through September 14, reconvening on Wednesday, September 21.
  • Sunday, September 4: Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship for the Whole Family with Communion
    :
    Opportunity Knocks – with a Song to Sing,” 1 Chronicles 16:7-36; Psalm 150; Colossians 312-17; Revelation 15:2-4, Pastor Rick preaching. Remember if you have a favorite song or one you’ve just been missing or something. Please Pastor Rick know as soon as possible for consideration for the service. Reminder also from Carolyn Shepard that well be taking an All-Church Photo Sunday for her to take to our sister church in Corinto, so come with your best smile of greeting.
    11:15 AM Patio Hour.
    11:30 AM: Quarterly Business Meeting in the Parlor
  • Monday, August 29: Spire Deadline
  • Tuesday, September 6, 10:30 AM: Bible Study at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.
  • Wednesday, September 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, September 7, 7:00 PM: Church Council meeting in the Youth Room

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, September 11, Season of Pentecost
    10:30 AM: Worship and Sunday School
    Opportunity Knocks: – The Caesar Divides, The Christ Unites,” Psalm 104:14-23; Luke 12:22-31;1 Corinthians 1:10-23, Pastor Gregory preaching.
    11:15 AM Patio Hour
  • Sunday, September 11, 2:00 PM: Multifaith Peace Walk & Picnic: Join people of many backgrounds to say ‘no’ to fear and ‘yes’ to friendship! Mark 9/11 with a 2.5 mile walk in Palo Alto with diverse faith communities. Gather at 1:30 pm at Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma Street. Walk begins at 2:00 pm and ends with a Peace Picnic at Mitchell Park. There will be stops at several churches along the way and shuttle service back to the starting point. Everyone welcome! Our congregation is a sponsor of this event. For more information and registration (helpful but not necessary) see www.multifaithpeace.org/peacewalk.

 

Note from Pastor Rick (8/24/2016)

mitchell01What a wonderful time we had in the park on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who worked to make the joint service and potluck a joyful experience. Chip worked overtime setting up, breaking down and ushering. Jan pulled together a good combined choir and played all the hymns. The Tongan Dancers, the drama (which included Pastor Gregory) and the powerful preaching were highlights of the day. Then there was a lot fabulous food and fellowship around the tables. Truly, we came together in “Unity with Purpose.” Continue reading Note from Pastor Rick (8/24/2016)

This Week at First Baptist (8/24/16)

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, 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, Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
    10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School
    : “Coming Home: Nesting,” Psalm 84; Ephesians 2:11-22, Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:15 AM Patio Hour hosted by Chip and Charlie Clark
  • Monday, August 29: Spire Deadline
  • NO BIBLE STUDY Tuesday, August 30, We will meet again on September 6, 10:30 AM at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane, #4204, Los Altos.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Sunday, September 4: Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
    10:00 AM: Worship for the Whole Family with Communion
    :
    Opportunity Knocks – with a Song to Sing,” Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 139:1-6,13-18; Luke 14:25-33; Philemon 1-21, Pastor Rick preaching. Remember if you have a favorite song or one you’ve just been missing or something. Please Pastor Rick know as soon as possible for consideration for the service.
    11:15 AM Patio Hour.
    11:30 AM: Quarterly Business Meeting in the Parlor
  • Wednesday, September 7, 8:30 AM: Men’s Breakfast at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.

 

Note from Pastor Rick (7/13/2016)

Pastor Rick MixonMy summer cold seems to be clearing up finally. It is a good thing that Pastor Gregory was scheduled to preach last Sunday. Thanks to him for his timely sermon and for the liturgy. Thanks to Anthia Lee Halfmann who played the piano for the service while Jan was away visiting family. Her playing added a lovely tone to our worship. We had several people on the road and we had several visitors. On the whole, it was a good day.

We continue to journey this week with those who seek refuge. Our texts ask the challenging and important question, “What does God require?” More specifically, what does God require of us as people of faith in a time and place fraught with so much violence and hatred. What does it mean for us to be God’s people in this context and how do we show that we are God’s people? Continue reading Note from Pastor Rick (7/13/2016)

Note from Pastor Rick (7/6/2016)

Pastor Rick MixonSummer continues with several from our community traveling near and far. We pray traveling mercies for them all. Still, life goes on here. Sunday we will continue our focus on “Welcoming the Stranger.” Pastor Gregory will be preaching on Matthew 25:31-46,  with the title “Radical Hospitality and Holy Disruption.” Matthew says that when the time is right, Christ will look each of us in the eye and ask what we have done “for the least of these.” It is both a challenging and invigorating prospect to consider how we might act with compassion toward those in need. I don’t think Christ sees care for the “other” as onerous work, rather it offers a joyful opportunity to help bring about God’s Beloved Community in the here and now.

Continue reading Note from Pastor Rick (7/6/2016)

A Note from Pastor Rick (6/8/2016)

Pastor Rick MixonThanks to Pastor Gregory and our children and youth for a fine Youth Sunday. I was able to listen to the service recorded and was touched by their wisdom and witness. Congratulations to Hegene Lee and our other graduates and to Deborah Ha as she moves up to middle school this fall. Thanks also to Melanie Ramirez and Alan Plessinger for organizing Lunch Bunch. There are so many ways we area a blessed community.

This week we continue to journey with Dr. Seuss. Our focus will be on his classic story about The Lorax. In this cautionary tale he asks us to think long and hard about how we care for creation. He also raises important questions about success and greed. Jesus, too, had something to say about this when he told the parable of the Rich Fool who wanted to build bigger barns. See the Words to Consider (above) and think whether Dr. Seuss and Jesus might share a similar view of “biggering.” How do we think about such things in this day of rampant consumerism and the pressure to be a “success”?

Adult Spiritual Formation is on hiatus till the Fall. Our first Patio Hour is scheduled for this Sunday, though we don’t yet have a host. Please let me know if you might be willing and able to take this on. Next Sunday we will have our first cookout of the season in honor of Father’s Day.

Join us for any of these opportunities beginning with Sunday at 10:00 AM. Invite your family and friends, neighbors and colleagues, acquaintances and strangers to join us on the journey.

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

Pastor Rick