I'm at St. Arbuck's in Menlo Park. Across the street is Facebook Headquarters. People come and go. The mayor was here a couple of weeks ago meeting with the firechief. St. Arbucks is a third place. Sitting at the table next to mine this morning is a man reading his Bible. His iPad and iPhone are turned off. Otis Redding's "Change Gonna Come" is playing over the din of baristas shouting orders and conversation. I try to stop in every Friday.
A father is having breakfast with his daughter. She has a doll in one hand and a slice of apple in another.
Mine is one of several computers open. People are friendly. The sun is shining. This is Menlo Park.
Fridays are my day in the office at First Baptist, Palo Alto. It's an interesting little place. We're making our summertime shift this weekend. It's the last official Adult Spiritual Formation class. For the rest of the summer we're meeting outside for fellowship. People linger and chat. It's a good time to meet the congregation.
I still have responsibilities with the children and youth during the summer months and will spend most of today planning my summer appropriately. I need to make some phone calls and see who we can partner with this season for VBS or camp. There are several smaller congregations in Palo Alto that have historically partnered for such activities in the summer. It could be fun. We'll see.
I'll be leaving for Virginia on Monday. This is probably the third time I've mentioned this on the old blog this week. I'm very excited. I wish Spouse could join me on the trip, but it's just not possible this time. Maybe next time. I'll be visiting family and reconnecting with old friends. There will be good food, theater, and a lot of music. Did I mention that I was excited?
So, I'm going to make my way to Palo. It's time to get all these ducks in a row.
Have a great day.