625 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

fax 650.323.3923


Welcome to the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto!

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Sermon Series — Growing Into a Life of Discipleship

First Church Palo Alto

Micah 6:8 asks the question, "What does the Lord require of you?" We just spent four weeks studying some of the questions Jesus asked, and from that discovered that most of them revolved around the issue of discipleship. Following Jesus, being a Christian, isn't as straight forward as it sounds sometimes. What does discipleship mean? How do I grow in my faith? How do I live my faith? Join us for a five-part sermon series on taking the next step.

  • Aug. 27 – A Life of Radical Hospitality
  • Sept. 3 – A Life of Personal Spirituality
  • Sept. 10 – A Life of Social Responsibility
  • Sept. 17 – A Life of Passionate Worship
  • Sept. 24 – A Life of Extravagant Generosity



CROP Walk 2017 will be held at Nealon Park on Sunday October 1. Live music, food, and fellowship will begin at 1 pm, and the walk itself will start at 2 pm. Our church has a team led by Chuck Hebel. Go over to our team page to join the walk or to make a donation. CROP Walk is a fundraiser for Church World Service, an ecumenical organization promoting peace and justice, and working to end hunger worldwide. A portion of the funds raised at our walk will stay here and be used to combat hunger locally.


Walk to End Alzheimer's

FUMCPA has a team in the San Jose Walk to End Alzheimer's again this year! Join us for an uplifting 3 mile walk (or take the 1-mile shortcut!) on Saturday, October 14. Meet up at Arena Green in San Jose. Registration opens at 8:00 am, speakers will begin at 9:00 am, and we'll start walking at 10:00 am. Over 4,000 walkers are expected to attend!

Our team goal two years ago was to raise $5,000 and we surpassed that! This year we're hoping to repeat that. You can help us reach our goal by getting friends and colleagues to sponsor your walk or by donating directly online if walking is not for you. Sign up to walk or to track our progress on our Team page. Funds raised at the Walk to End Alzheimer's support the millions living with this disease today, and helps advance research towards a cure. If you have questions, contact Vicki Veenker or the church office.


Sunday School is Back!

First Church Palo Alto Sunday School has started up again after summer vacation. Come join us as we dive into the Bible and learn about God and Jesus and more! Friends are always welcome!

Who: All kids from 3 yrs through 5th grade!

When: Sundays at 9:45 am

Where: 3 yrs.–Kindergarten meet in the Butterfly Room (1st Floor) and 1st–5th grade meet in the Rainbow Room (2nd Floor).


September Insights is Online!

The September issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.

Click here to read this month's news-filled issue!



Join us in worship this Sunday:

8:45 am – Upstream (a casual service)

10:45 am – Traditional Service (with choir and organ)

1:00 pm – Tongan language worship service

2:00 pm – Fijian language worship service

Can't make it to church? Watch our 10:45 am service online.