BLT on Wednesday, May 11 POSTPONED

TO: PCBA Board Members and those signed up for the May 11 BLT

We find Grand Lake Gardens cannot accommodate us for our BLT program or Board meeting this Wednesday, the 11th. (With Joan Thatcher’s illness, we miss her faithful coordination of events over many years with Grand Lake).

In light of this, we must postpone this Wednesday’s program of Jesse Lucas’ presentation on the Evergreen mission trip to Haiti.
We will, however, still hold our important May Board meeting It will be at 1:00 at Lakeshore. We do not plan to provide any lunch, but hope to have some snacks at hand.

– Alice Edmondson and Louann Roberts,
PCBA Co-Presidents

P.S. Keep in mind the PCBA Spring Gathering on June 12 (2:00-6:00) at Grace Baptist, San Jose. You may register at or by mail at 2016 PCBA Spring Gathering, 200 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

PCBA NOTES 6.2 (Spring 2016)

Download a pdf version: PCBA Notes, Spring 2016

“Communications in the Church”

Theme for PCBA Spring Gathering
Sunday, June 12 – 2:00-6:00

The Annual PCBA Spring Gathering will take the form of an afternoon of worship, teaching, conversation, and fellowship at San Jose’s Grace Baptist Church on Sunday, June 12, from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. Exploring the theme, “Communications in the Church,” the program will include a panel drawn from Bay Area congregations and will conclude with a service of worship and an Association dinner. Registration will open at 2:00, with the program beginning at 2:30. Grace Baptist Church is located at 484 East San Fernando Street.

Panel presenters will include Jim Hopkins, Lakeshore Avenue Baptist, Oakland; Linda Bergeon, First Chinese Baptist, San Francisco; Rick Mixon, First Baptist, Palo Alto; and Ulysses Barton, Beth Eden Baptist, Oakland. Designed to be of practical help to local church organizations, the panel will examine communication styles and examples of effective communication. Host Pastor, Liliana DeValle will be worship leader.

Event registration may be made online  or by mail at PCBA Spring Gathering, 200 La
Casa Via, Walnut Creek, CA 94598. $10 by June 6; $15 at the door.

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Spring Conference: Communications in the Church

Communications in the ChurchPCBA 2016 Spring Gathering:
Communications in the Church

Sunday June 12, 2016
2:00 pm registration;
2:30 PM to 6:00 PM Program and Dinner
484 E. San Fernando St., San Jose, CA 95112

This gathering will engage in worship, teaching, conversation and fellowship over an evening meal which reflects PCBA’s commitment to helping American Baptist churches stay in community with one another to sustain themselves for ministry.

Details and registration are here.

Baptists Lunching Together: Spring 2016 update

“BLT” Program (“Baptists Lunching Together”)
Grand Lake Gardens
401 Santa Clara Ave., Oakland

  • April 20: Baptist Educational and Medical Ministry in Northern India.
    Don Ng will speak on his two week visit in Nagaland.
  • May 11 (note changed time): Evergreen Association’s Mission Trip to Haiti
    Jesse Lucas of Lakeshore Church will speak about his recent second trip

Meal Reservations by the Monday preceding.


Phone:  Joan Thatcher, 510.350.7008

PCBA Concern: “Saving Redwood Glen”

Redwood GlenPCBA has received word of a critical circumstance at Redwood Glen Camp which may determine its ability to continue in the future. Knowing of PCBA’s interest in the Camp, we forward this announcement for your information and response.

We need your help! The State is giving us a deadline to raise money to build a new water system and become water independent. We need your financial support now to prevent the camp from being sold. Could you give $20 and send this plea to 20 others who may be able to assist us? To give, click here:

The plight

For the past two years, we have been in negotiations with the County of San Mateo and State of California Water Board over access to water as Redwood Glen seeks to become water independent. On March 1st, the County turned off water to our facilities and we were no longer granted permission to truck in water to meet the needs of our guests. Events were cancelled, summer camp registration was put on hold, and staff were preparing for lay-offs with impending closure.
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PCBA Spring Gathering 2016

Grace Baptist ChurchInstead of the usual PCBA Spring Conference we will have a PCBA Gathering on Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 2:30-6:00 P.M. at Grace Baptist Church, 484 E San Fernando Street in San Jose.

The Gathering will include Worship, Interactive Conversation, Engaging Fellowship, brief PCBA business, and a meal. Our theme will be Communication Within the Church and explored via a panel presentation and discussion.

Baptists Lunching Together: Spring 2016

“BLT” Program (“Baptists Lunching Together”)
Grand Lake Gardens
401 Santa Clara Ave., Oakland


  • March 16 – “Space for Grace” – Telling About the Conference
    Allison Tanner and Louann Roberts
  • April 20 – Visiting Baptist Colleges & Hospitals in Nagaland, India

Don Ng, Past Pres. ABC-USA

Meal Reservations by the Monday preceeding.


Phone: Joan Thatcher, 510.350.7008