625 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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FOOD PACKAGING: Rise Against Hunger

This Sunday, October 22 after 10:45 a.m. worship, you are invited to eat lunch and then don a hairnet, roll up your sleeves and join together to package 20,000 meals. The meals distributed are used as a tool to change lives by promoting education, improving students' health and nutrition, addressing gender inequalities, stimulating economic growth, and fighting child labor. Please recruit your family and friends who are looking for a worthwhile volunteer event. Lunch will be provided before the event in the Fellowship Hall. Look for sign-ups on the patio coming a few weeks ahead of the event. Questions, please contact Trish Riley or Emily King, co-chairs.


FREE CONCERT: SFCO Performs Bach and Bartok

On Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m., the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra (SFCO) will perform a free concert in our Sanctuary. The heart of every orchestra is the string section. Exploring the vast array of expressive possibilities of these instruments, SFCO opens the season with J.S. Bach's effervescent "Violin Concerto in E Major," performed by concertmaster Robin Sharp. The line will begin to form soon after 7:00 p.m., so arrive early for the best seats.


First Church Halloween Spooktacular!

Come join us for a costume party at 12:00 Sunday, October 29th! The festivities can be found on the patio after the 10:45 worship service. All kids pre-K through 5th grade are invited, and youth are invited to come help out. Contact Pastor Beth (beth@firstpaloalto.com) for more details.


October Insights is Online!

The October issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.

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


Abundant Health

First Church Palo Alto

On Sunday Oct 1st Dr. Olusimbo Ige delivered a guest sermon on her work as Executive Director of the United Methodist Committee on Relief and UMCOR's Abundant Health program. Abundant Health works in Haiti, the United States, and parts of Africa developing programs related to nutrition, fitness, food security, women's and children's health, and more. Follow the link to learn more about UMC Abundant Health's vital work and how you can contribute.

To celebrate this month's focus on health in our worldwide and local communities, we are hosting the FUMC Pedometer Step Challenge. To participate, use a pedometer, fit-bit, or similar app every day throughout the month of October and record your daily step counts on the orange calendars provided. Instruction packets and free pedometers are available in the church office. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the month to the top two step achievers — turn your calendar in to the church office by Sunday Nov 6th to enter.


Walk to End Alzheimer's

The Silicon Valley Walk to End Alzheimer's was held on Saturday, October 14, but it is not too late to donate to the cause! Our team goal is to raise $5,000, but we have not yet reached that amount. Consider making a donation 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.


CROP Walk – Donations still accepted

CROP Walk 2017 was held on Sunday October 1. A big Thank You to our church team led by Chuck Hebel! We have not yet reached our fundraising goal of $1000, but it's not too late to donate. Just visit our team page 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.


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).



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.