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Palo Alto, CA 94301

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Worship Celebration – February 5, 2017

First Church Palo AltoThe first Sunday of every month is always a joyous celebration as we join together in worship. Three languages, three cultures, one love for Christ. We gather around the communion table united as brothers and sisters.

First Church Palo AltoWe celebrate through music. The chancel choir sang.

First Church Palo AltoAnd the Tongan choir accompanied by their brass band was amazing.

First Church Palo AltoRev. Sione Halafau preached on how we are called to be salt and light in the world.

Worship Celebration – January 29, 2017

Here are some photos from our worship celebration this week:

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Worship Celebration – January 22, 2017

First Church Palo AltoPastor Beth held down the fort while the other two pastors were in Santa Cruz participating in our annual Women's Retreat.

First Church Palo AltoWe had special music this week by Kathleen Branyon and David Goodman.

First Church Palo AltoPastor Beth started off a new sermon series about the unlikely and little known heroes of the Bible by preaching on Enoch.

Worship Celebration – January 8, 2017

First Church Palo AltoThe very talented Diane Pratt Keller presented a Postludium following the service this Sunday on our magnificent Merritt Speidel Organ.

A Service of Prayer and Healing for our Country – November 10, 2016

We are each dealing with the results of the election: there are some who are giddy with joy and some who are in sorrow. This election has been unlike anything we have ever seen. The lack of civility and the lack of even attempting to listen to or understand another's point of view are difficult to watch. We will hold a service of prayer and healing for our country at 7:00 pm in the Chapel. This will be an informal service and everyone who wants to will have a chance to speak. This is a time for each of us to use our voice and a chance for each of us to listen to how others are feeling. With this service we take the first steps to create a politics of compassion where all people are treated with dignity, all people are honored, all people are welcomed at the table, and all people have an opportunity to be included. Everyone is welcome. It is important to feel the support of this church no matter what your feelings are about the outcome of this election. You are safe, and you are welcome here.

Click here to read a message from Bishop Minerva Carcano: A Post Election Message

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Recent Sermons
February 5 - You are the Salt and Light - Rev. Sione Halafau

January 29 - Unlikely Heroes: Jonah - Rev. Linda Holbrook

January 22 - Unlikely Heroes: Enoch - Pastor Beth Cademartori

January 15 - Sitting at the Feet of our Children - Rev. Linda Holbrook

January 8 - A Camel on the Roof - Rev. Linda Holbrook

Koinonia (2/11)
Ton Fingar will be leading a discussion entitled "Origins and Implications of President Trump's 'America First' Foreign Policy." Dessert, coffee, and discussion on Saturday at 7 pm in Kohlstedt Hall.

Great Decisions 2017
Our 2017 lecture and discussion series will begin on Feb. 19 and run for eight weeks. Join us on Sunday evenings from 7–8:30 pm. Topics include U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum, Conflict in the South China Sea, Latin America's Political Pendulum, Nuclear Security, and more.