Thanks to Dona; Fourth Sunday of Advent

Three candlesAnother full week in the life of FBCPA. On Friday, the final Senior Chat was held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, followed by a luncheon co-hosted by Covenant and us to say thank you to Dona Smith-Powers for eight plus years of leadership of this program. We shared our gratitude for all she has given.

On Saturday, in our sanctuary, we held a moving memorial service for Virginia Herbert. Until her death, just shy of her 96th birthday, Virginia was our oldest member. Virginia was a remarkable woman, school teacher, mother and social organizer. Her circle of friends and former students is large. There will be another celebration of her life later in the spring when more of these folks can gather to share their rich memories. We will surely miss her. Thanks to everyone who helped with the service and lovely reception afterwards.

Sunday we finished our brief spiritual journey into the theme, “Be Born in Us Today,” by considering the ancient practice of examen, in which we ask ourselves on a regular basis, “Where did I feel God’s presence in my life today?” and “When Did I experience God as being absent?” These are key questions for a growing spiritual consciousness. In the afternoon, a group of intrepid carolers went to the Terraces to sing for some of the folk there. Afterward we gathered back at the church for chili supper. Thanks to Eleanor, Melanie Ramirez and Thelma Tuttle for making the delicious meal happen.

This Sunday, the fourth in Advent, we conclude our celebration of singers and songs of the season. We will have an augmented choir with voices from the Choral Project plus several regular guest musicians. We will all sing our songs as well. The sermon title is “Angelic Airs and Earthy Echoes,” in which we look once more to the heavenly choir and the shepherds’ shock. You’ve heard the word before of this most surprising experience. The announcement comes to the poor and outcast, the lowest of the low – “It’s to you we bring the glad tidings. It’s for you the Messiah comes. Let there be peace and good will for all on this earth.”

After worship we will gather in the Fellowship Hall for our annual Christmas brunch. Everyone is asked to bring finger food to share. Why don’t you bring some guests as well? It will be a great day. See you Sunday at 10:00 AM

God grant us more light, more love, more life as we journey together.

Pastor Rick

Senior Chat: December- Youth At Risk

Senior ChatSenior Chat at Covenant Presbyterian Church
670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

We are a friendly, diverse group that includes members of at least four churches in Palo Alto. We also welcome any individuals who have an interest, so bring your friends and neighbors. No RSVP necessary.

We meet on the second Friday of each month at 10:00 in the Fireside Room of Covenant Presbyterian Church. We have refreshments, light exercises, and a stimulating speaker.

  • Friday, December 12: “Youth At Risk”
    will present a panel discussion from folks in our Palo Alto community who are offering direct services to youth.  We have experienced the sad fact of a number of young people taking their lives, and we all have concerns.  We need to hear from organizations and schools about how we can support them in their cause for the healthy emotional lives of our youth. Bring your ideas and questions about this timely issue.

This will be the last Senior Chat. It will be followed by a luncheon honoring Coordinator Rev. Dona Smith-Powers. See details here.

This Week at First Baptist (12/10)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, December 11, 7:30 pm: Choir Practice in the Parlor.
  • Friday, December 12, 10:00 am Senior Chat and Luncheon: “Our Youth at Risk” will present a panel discussion from folks in our Palo Alto community who are offering direct services to youth. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow, Palo Alto.
    A special luncheon honoring Dona Smith Powers will follow. Details here.
  • Saturday, December 13, 1:00 PM: Memorial service for Virginia Herbert in the Sanctuary followed by a reception in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, December 14,10:00 AM: Worship for the whole family
    “Alive in the Adventure of Jesus: Keep Herod in Christmas,” Pastor RIck preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation
    Be Born in Us Today – Enter In
  • Sunday, December 14, 4:00 pm: All-church Caroling and Chili Supper. Meet in the Parlor and we will spread out from there to bring Christmas cheer to some of our community who don’t get out so easily.
  • Tuesday, December 16, 10:30 AM: Bible Study
    at the Terraces of Los Altos at Janet Maxwell’s apartment.
    The address is 373 Pine Lane, #2106, Los Altos.  Let Pastor Rick know if you need transportation.
  • Wednesday, December 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.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, December 18, 10:00 AM: Women’s Brunch at Nan Spiridon’s home. Please call for information.
  • Saturday, December 20, 10:00 AM: Set Up for Christmas Brunch. Please help us make the hall ready for the brunch on Sunday. The more the merrier!
  • Sunday, December 21, 11:30 am: Christmas Brunch for the whole congregation in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring finger food to share.
  • Wednesday, December 24, 5:30 pm: Christmas Eve Service. A family-friendly service in the sanctuary

This Week at First Baptist (12/3)

CalendarThis Week at First Baptist

  • Thursday, December 4, 7:30 pm: Choir Practice in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, December 7,10:00 AM: Worship for the whole family
    “Alive in the Adventure of Jesus: Women on the Edge,” Pastor RIck preaching.11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation
    Be Born in Us Today – Cast Out Our Sin
  • Sunday, December 7, 4:30 pm: Soli Dei Gloria Concert, A Thousand Noels, music of Charpentier, Buxtehude and Zelenka fills our Sanctuary. Tickets at the door: $26 general and $21 seniors/students, in advance $23 and $18. For more information: sdgloria.org
  • Tuesday, December 9, 10:30 AM: Bible Study
    at the Terraces of Los Altos at Janet Maxwell’s apartment.
    The address is 373 Pine Lane, #2106, Los Altos.  Let Pastor Rick know if you need transportation.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Friday, December 12, 10:00 am Senior Chat and Luncheon honoring Dona Smith Powers, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow, Palo Alto. Details here.
  • Sunday, December 14, 4:00 pm: All-church Caroling and Chili Supper. Meet in the Parlor and we will spread out from there to bring Christmas cheer to some of our community who don’t get out so easily.
  • Sunday, December 21, 11:30 am: Christmas Brunch for the whole congregation in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring finger food to share.
  • Wednesday, December 24, 5:30 pm: Christmas Eve Service. A family-friendly service in the sanctuary

Honoring Dona Smith Powers

Senior ChatDear Senior Chat Friends:

On December 12 we will honor Dona Smith Powers with a luncheon after the Senior Chat Program.  Dona has been a faithful leader of Senior Chat for 8 years. The programs have been diverse and timely and many people have appreciated Dona’s leadership.

In visioning for the year ahead, Covenant has decided to take a different direction with this ministry, so this will be our last Senior Chat Program.

During the last 8 years Covenant Presbyterian and First Baptist have been the primary sponsors of this program and we invite you to this final program and celebration.

We hope that you will join us on Friday December 12 at 10:00 a.m. for Senior Chat and a luncheon that will follow.

Please RSVP to the Covenant Church office if you plan to attend the Luncheon: office@covenantpresbyterian.net  or you may call 650-494-1760.

Rev. Margaret Boles
Covenant Presbyterian Church
670 East Meadow
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Rev. Rick Mixon
First Baptist Church
305 North California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 943

 

This Week at First Baptist (11/12)

  • CalendarThursday, November 13, 2014, 5:00 pm: Church Council in the Parlor
  • Thursday, November 13, 7:30 pm: Church Choir in the Parlor. Come and lift your voice in song. All are welcome.
  • Friday, November 14, 2014, 10:00 am: Senior Chat- Mental Illness in Our Midst. Fireside Room of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow Drive
  • Sunday, November 16, 2014
    10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School:
    Alive in Creation: From Ugliness, a Beauty Emerges,” Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:
    Part 3 of a 3 week series on Dan Buttry’s Blessed are the Peacemakers
  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014: Bible Study at the Terraces of Los Altos at Janet Maxwell’s apartment. The address is 373 Pine Lane, #2106, Los Altos. Let Pastor Rick know if you need a ride.
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014, noon: Baptists Lunching Together at Grand Lake Gardens, Oakland. This month’s program will feature Evelyn Hanneman, BPFNA Operations Coordinator, speaking on Burma and the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. Lunch is $8.00. Please call Joan Thatcher at 510-350-7008 for reservations. Let Pastor Rick know if you would like a ride.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, November 20, 2014: Women’s Brunch
  • Friday, November 21, 2014: Gratitude Potluck
  • Sunday, November 23, 2014: Hanging of the Greens
  • Monday, November 24, 2014: Deadline for December Spire
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 7:30 pm: Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 4111 Alma Street, Palo Alto

This Week at First Baptist (11/05)

  • CalendarThursday, November 6, 7:30 pm: Church Choir in the Parlor. Come and lift your voice in song. All are welcome.
  • Friday, November 7, 2014, 2:00 pm: Congregational Life Task Team in the Parlor
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8:00 pm: Palo Alto Philharmonic Chamber Concert in the Sanctuary
  • Sunday, November 9, 2014
    10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School:
    Getting Slavery Out of the People,” Pastor Rick preaching.
    11:30 AM: Adult Spiritual Formation:
    Part 2 of a 3 week series on Dan Buttry’s Blessed are the Peacemakers
  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014: Bible Study at the Terraces of Los Altos at Janet Maxwell’s apartment. The address is 373 Pine Lane, #2106, Los Altos. Let Pastor Rick know if you need a ride.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5:00 pm: Church Council in the Parlor
  • Friday, November 14, 2014, 10:00 am: Senior Chat- Mental Illness in Our Midst. Fireside Room of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow Drive
  • Monday, November 24, 2014: Deadline for December Spire