CALENDAR OF EVENTS
This Sunday, join us for worship on Zoom at 10:00 a.m. at this link. We will have a prelude from the Fugmanns, a solo from Emily Bender, and music from Jenny Matteucci, Daniel Lockert, and Joe Guthrie. Dave Howell will be preaching, with a Children's Story from Todd and Clarence the Camel and prayers from Eileen Altman.
THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY AND MEMORY
The Peace and Justice Task Force invites you to an after-worship forum on January 17, with a return appearance of Stanford history professor Jim Campbell, who spoke to us last year at this time. The occasion of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday -- and the conclusion of a presidency marked by extraordinary racial divisiveness -- would seem to offer a good moment to reconsider the history and legacy of the Civil Rights movement. What did the movement accomplish? What work did it leave undone? How is the history of the movement remembered and misremembered by Americans today? In this presentation, Professor Campbell will consider these questions, drawing on his current book project, which focuses on the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project.
Join us on Tuesday evenings in January and February to view and discuss the DVD series "Eclipsing Empire", featuring Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. Ben Roberts will facilitate. This is the follow-on series to "First Light" (which was viewed last spring) and focuses on the Apostle Paul and the Roman world into which Paul preached the messages of Jesus and the newly-formed church communities. The twelve sessions explore the Roman empire as the matrix which surrounded the early beginnings of the Christian faith and Paul's mission, character, vocation, ethics, and theology. Borg and Crossan provide much needed context for and interpretation of Paul as the most influential and consequential (and perhaps most misunderstood) of Jesus' apostles. Remaining sessions will be held on January 19 and February 2 and 16, all at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. You do not need to attend all sessions and it will be possible to view recordings of any of the sessions after they occur. If you would like session materials sent to you in advance, please send an email to Ben Roberts.
Save the date! The whole family is invited to join us on Sunday, January 24 at 6:30pm on Zoom (use our church worship Zoom link, found on our webpage) for a fun night of Bingo!
Join us January 31 at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom (go to fccpa.org and click “Join us Live”) for a 60 minute program of musical chestnuts, including Robert Schumann’s charming song cycle “Liederkreis” Op. 24, followed by several virtuosic solo guitar works, and finishing with a smattering of folk songs arranged by Benjamin Britten. This concert will benefit the music programming at Palo Alto’s First Congregational Church. No tickets or registration are required, but you’ll be given the opportunity to make a modest contribution during the concert.
Join Pastor Dave and Teacher Todd on Friday, February 5 at 7pm for a campfire Zoom sing-along. Dave and Todd will sing their favorite campfire songs and will also take requests. Feel free to make s'mores at home while you're singing with us on Zoom!
Each spring, we put on a musical production and everyone who auditions gets a part. This year we will do the musical ether in-person or online on May 1 and 2, 5pm-8pm. Those interested in participating can email Dave Howell for more information.
Children entering a four-year old program through those entering 5th grade are invited to join us June 14-18 for Vacation Bible School, a great week of puppets, singing, Bible stories, art, games, and snacks. Mark your calendars now! Registration will begin in February. We will meet either in-person or online, depending upon the health situation at that time.