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A Note From Pastor Rick

On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate all the incredible hands and hearts that hold up half the sky and we pray that we will hear women’s wisdom, letting it shape our lives. Thanks also to Pastor Gregory for his leadership in worship last Sunday and for his stimulating sermon on “Temptation and Resistance.”
As we continue our Lenten journey, we will focus on several key texts, familiar stories from the gospel of John. This Sunday’s text includes one of the best known verses in the Bible – John 3:16. What is it that Jesus is trying to get across to Nicodemus, who secretly seeks him out under the cover of darkness? “What has come into being in [the Word] was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:4-6). “Open your eyes, Nicodemus. No skulking around. Can’t you see, you teacher of Israel, that God loves the world? In such love, creation is continually renewed. You, too, must be born again, Nicodemus, renewed every day, as we move toward the fulfillment of God’s Beloved Community.”
In Adult Spiritual Formation last Sunday, we had a good look at the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 10:1-16). There was spirited discussion and we decided to spend the next few weeks looking specifically at some of the more challenging parables Jesus told. This week we will focus on two – “The Parable of the Wicked Tenants” (Mark 12:1-12) and “The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus” (Luke 16:19-31). Everyone is invited to share this exploration with us.
So, see you Sunday at 10 AM for Worship, Sunday School, and Adult Spiritual Formation. Invite someone to share the time with you.
Our theme for this year is “All Are Welcome in this Place.” Let’s make certain that it is so.                               
Pastor Rick   
Words to Consider

“Whatever glory belongs to the race for a development unprecedented in history for the given length of time, a full share belongs to the womanhood of the race.”
Mary Mcleod Bethune

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The Work of The Church

  • NO CHURCH CHOIR REHEARSAL, Thursday, March 9. We will resume on Thursday, March 16, 7:30 PM, Parlor.
  • SUNDAY, March 12, 10:00 AM, Second Sunday in Lent, Worship and Sunday School for Children and Youth: “Glimpses of Grace,” Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; John 3:1-17; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Rick Mixon, preaching.
  • ADULT SPIRITUAL FORMATION, Sunday, March 12, 11:30 AM: Speaking in Parables.” We will continue looking at Jesus’ Parables, focusing this week on “The Parable of the Wicked Tenants,” Mark 12:1-12, and “The Rich Man and Lazarus,” Luke 16:19-31.
  • SIGN UP FOR HOSPITALITY. We need volunteers to host the fellowship time, beginning with this Sunday, March 12. A new signup sheet is in the church entryway. Thanks to everyone who helps with this important ministry.
  • BIBLE STUDY, Tuesday, March 14, 10:30 AM at Marylea McLean’s apartment, 373 Pine Lane #4204, Los Altos.
  • MEN’S BREAKFAST, Wednesday, March 15, 8:30 AM at Bill’s Cafe, 3163 Middlefield, Palo Alto. All the men from our Church family are welcome.
  • MEDITATION GROUP, Wednesday, March 15, 10:30 AM at Eileen Conover’s home, 1075 Space Park Way #217, Mountain View.

America For Christ
March is the month when we take our America for Christ Offering. The theme for 2017 is “Cultivating leaders, Equipping disciples, Healing Communities”. Through your generous donations and partnership, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is committed to cultivating dynamic Christian leaders who are culturally and spiritually competent, in touch with their churches and communities, and passionate about ministry and helping people. Highly developed Christ-honoring leaders are called to advance the mission of peace, hope and love in their churches and communities with resilience, faithfulness and proficiency.” We have $300 of our $850 goal. Please be as generous as you can in our effort to support the work of ABHMS.

Our vision is to partner with families in emphasizing religious curiosity, creativity, personal expression, mutual respect, environmental responsibility, and service. How might we do this better?
Email Pastor Gregory with your helpful ideas!

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