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Joy of Giving

Joy Of Giving 2016

The Joy of Giving is a long Christmas tradition of First Palo Alto United Methodist. It is a natural expression of our faith in Christ and our caring and love for people in our local community, our region, and across the whole world. Through the Joy of Giving, you are able to transform lives.

This year our Service and Mission team have chosen six different organizations to give to. They are EPA Can Do, the Pastors' Discretionary Fund, the Ecumenical Hunger Program, Cal-Nev Annual Conference Disaster Relief Efforts, Sierra Service Project, and the UMCOR Advance for Children, Poverty, and Violence. Information about each can be found in the brochure which you can view by clicking here.

Donating is easy. If you would like to contribute to Joy of Giving, simply make your check payable to First Palo Alto UMC and indicate "Joy of Giving" in the memo line. If you would like to specify which project your donation goes toward, click on the brochure here to access the giving form. All donations should be mailed to the church address which is 625 Hamilton Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301.

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2nd Sunday Collection

Every month First Church collects items for clients of the Opportunity Center and LifeMoves.

When you stop at the supermarket, drugstore or department store for your own needs, pick up a few extra items. Then bring them to Church on the second Sunday of the month,

Items Needed: deodorant, disposable razors, travel size toothpaste, flashdrives, men's pants - plus sizes, men's socks and underwear (new) - plus sizes, women's undergarments - bras, socks, underwear (new) - plus sizes.

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2015 Centennial Endowment Grant Requests

ceRed150149.gifSince 1990, the Centennial Endowment Funds has awarded over $900,000 in grants. Thanks to all those whose generosity, both in money and time, have made such gifts possible.

This year a total of 15 Centennial Endowment Funds grant requests have been submitted. Download them here.

Once again we are publishing the grant applications online so that everyone in the church can see what is being requested.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to speak to any member of the Centennial Endowment Funds committee.

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School Supplies for a Tongan School donated by First Church Palo Alto

24,361 - That's how many school supplies you graciously donated for the school in Houma, Tonga.

A note from Pastor Sadie

My heart is overwhelmed with gratitude and joy at the abundance of school supplies First Church collected for the middle school in Houma. Having seen first hand how much they are needed I am so grateful to be part of a community of faith, that is willing and able to put their faith in action. The lives of children across our globe will be changed.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Here's a recap for the 24,361 items you donated!

- 13,500 Sheets of computer paper 4,850 Sheets of lined paper - 15 Bottles of Glue - 40 Jars of Paint - 61 Notebooks - 290 Markers - 223 Pens - 16 Sharpies - 996 Pencils - 111 Mechanical Pencils - 144 Colored Pencils - 894 Crayons - 12 Highlighters - 149 Glue Sticks - 6 Rolls of Tape - 16 Dry Erase Markers - 97 Erasers - 2,805 Sheets of Construction Paper - 64 Pairs of Scissors - 4 Tablets of children’s writing paper - 9 Legal Pads - 50 Pencil Cases - 7 Binders - 1 Clipboard

Thank you again to everyone who donated supplies!

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Centennial Endowment Funds Update

Gift received from Bart & Barbara Cox Family Trust

Centennial Endowment Funds of FUMC received a gift of $100,000 from the Cox Family Trust on Dec. 30, 2013. Per Trust instructions, Centennial Endowment Funds will invest $50,000 in the Unrestricted Account and establish a new Cox Organ Maintenance and Improvement endowment with an initial balance of $50,000.

Bart & Barbara Cox were truly among the saints of First Church. Music, including the Chancel Choir and the Merritt Speidel Organ were among their many interests at FUMC.

2014 Grants - Important Dates

In 2013, CEF awarded just over $84,000 in Grants to fund projects inside and beyond the walls of our local church. The grand total of awards made is now just over $1 Million since the inception of CEF in 1988. Due to Endowment gifts and a strong 2013 market performance, it is expected that the 2014 total available for grants will be $84,000 or more. Some of the grants are designated or restricted by the terms of the original gift to the church. It’s important to remember that no unrestricted Centennial Endowment funds shall be used for expenditures that are normally borne by the Church’s annual operating budget.

Any administrative church group may submit an application for a grant from the Centennial Endowment Funds. Individuals may make recommendations for grant requests to the appropriate council, board, committee or other administrative group. All grant applications must be in the hands of the Endowment Committee by Friday, March 14, 2014. By May or early June, grants are ultimately approved by our Charge or Church Conference after receiving recommendations from CEF and the Administrative Board.

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Bread for Mission

Bread sales raise money for global missions at First Church Palo AltoHelp our global mission work by buying a loaf of bread.

After worship on Sunday, please head to the patio and purchase a loaf of bread, or a pie, or some bagels, or maybe some cupcakes. Each wee there is a different selection to choose from, and 100% of the proceeds goes to support our global mission programs.

All of this is made possible through the donation of day-old baked goods by a local market, and by Mona and Peter who each week pick up the bread and sell it on the patio.

Over $6000 has been raised since the program started.

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Doug & Ellie Norris Scholarship Challenge Gift

DougEllie811a150102.jpgCongratulations to Doug and Eleanor Norris on the establishment of the Douglas and Eleanor Norris Scholarship at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Doug’s alma mater.

To date over $31,515 has been given towards the scholarship fund.

Doug and Ellie are thrilled with the response of those who share their vision of providing significant scholarships so young people can answer their call to pastoral ministry.

If you wish to join this matching challenge with a year-end tax-deductible contribution, the first scholarship awarded next fall can be increased.

Make your check to “Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary”,
designate it for the “Douglas and Eleanor Norris Scholarship Fund”
and send it to: Garrett-Evangelical, 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL. 60201.

If you have questions, or would like information on other ways to give (including online giving, making gifts of stock, or planned gift commitments), email David Heetland at David.Heetland@garrett.edu or call him at 847.866.3970.

Thank you for joining Garrett-Evangelical in honoring Doug and Eleanor through this scholarship which will help prepare persons for ministry for generations to come!

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Imagine No Malaria

ImagineNoMalaria15094.jpgEvery 45 seconds, a child in Africa dies of malaria. Millions of lives, needlessly lost each year. A continent. Entire nations…slipping away. Slipping through life’s precious net. Unless you hear the buzzing inside you.

The bite of malaria doesn’t have to kill. But only if you stop it.

Imagine No Malaria is more than just a campaign against a disease that kills children and destroys families. It’s a movement, to make real change in the world.

Join us as we work with families in Africa to end millions of needless deaths from this disease.

Imagine No Malaria helps us take the next step in this fight. Think of it as Nets Plus. We continue to support Nothing But Nets, because bed nets are an effective tool against the disease. But, we’re doing more…improving Infrastructure, Communications and Education.

Our team of malaria experts in Africa have been working tirelessly in this life-and-death fight. Thousands of miles of travel, countless meetings and plenty of sleepless nights have helped achieve a great deal in a very short time.

And we are not alone. Imagine No Malaria has some pretty awesome partners to help make beating malaria a reality. We work with organizations who are global leaders in the fight against malaria and other diseases of poverty

We invite you to learn more:

Visit the Imagine No Malaria Website: www.imaginenomalaria.org

Follow Imagine No Malaria on Facebook: www.facebook.com/umcImagineNoMalaria


Twitter: NoMalaria

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Donate Online to First Church

We now offer the ability to make an online donation today to the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto securely through PayPal.

Your gift is vital to our mission: The Children in our Midst, the Mission at Our Doorstep, a Place of Hospitality and Grace.

Donations help us provide the many programs and ministries of the church including: Children and Youth Ministries, Faith Development and Education Programs, Community Outreach Mission and Service Projects, and Worship. Please note a PayPal account is not required.

To make a donation, just click on the Donate button below.

If you have any questions, please send an email to giving@firstpaloalto.com.

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World Thank Offering

Each year United Methodist Women across the United States celebrate a World Thank Offering in November. This is an opportunity for individuals to respond to God’s abundance and grace with spontaneous gifts of gratitude.

Through Thank Offering contributions, mission projects are supported in all 50 states and in almost 100 countries. These projects vary from support to schools, hospitals and clinics, day care centers and homes for senior citizens to educational training courses to prevent soil erosion, leadership development, sewing and nutritional courses, and medical training.

An offering will be collected at the November Circle meetings.

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Nothing But Nets

The children of Africa need us to help stop the spread of malaria.

In the poorest parts of the world, where effective window screens are lacking, insecticide-treated bed nets are arguably the most cost-effective way to prevent malaria transmission. One bed net costs just $10 to buy and deliver to individuals in need.

You can buy a net by going to www.nothingbutnets.net.

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly challenged his readers to donate $10 for the purchase of an anti-malaria bed net, and thousands of people have joined the campaign. The people of The United Methodist Church, along with Sports Illustrated, NBA Cares, the United Nations Foundation and several other groups, are raising funds to purchase bed nets to end malaria. You can join the cause and contribute money for bed nets that will keep children and families safe.

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Support our Church with eScrip

escrip15060.jpgOne of the easiest ways to support our church is through the eScrip program.

eScrip has signed up hundreds of merchants (including Safeway, Andronicos, Draegers, Macy's, Piazza’s and Round Table).Whenever you shop at one of these merchants, the church will receive a portion of the proceeds.

Simply log on to the eScrip website at www.escrip.com and sign up your merchant cards (such as the Safeway club card) and the credit cards you use to shop. The church's ID number is 137957517.

If you have previously signed up to support the church, make sure your credit cards are up to date on the site. If you've already signed up with eScrip to support another group, such as a school, eScrip allows you to support up to three groups.

Simply go to their website and edit your existing user information. Feel free to call Craig Norris if you have lost your ID number or if you have any other questions.

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Food Drive

FoodDriveBasket100127.jpgHelp feed and clothe the needy in our community.

The Outreach Committee is collecting canned food for the Food Closet. Every Monday morning we deliver the collected food to the LifeMoves Food Closet.

Please bring items to the collection bin in the Narthex .

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School Library, Cabala, Angola

School Library, Cabala, Angola

Estimated Project Cost: $10,000

The purpose of this initiative is to build a library as part of an expansion of a one-room school in the community of Cabala. Funds are needed for materials to make bricks and secure other materials for construction of the library, as well as (later) to outfit the library with furniture and books.

Cabala is one of 20 villages selected by the West Angola Conference (UMC) and Angola Ministry of Health for working in partnership with the California-Nevada Conference (UMC). Villages selected for the partnership were chosen based on need, presence of leadership that will likely promote and sustain the assistance efforts, and accessibility to construction equipment and supplies.

JP Maguire, Volunteers in Mission (VIM) coordinator of the California-Nevada Conference, has been working closely with West Angola Conference leaders to make plans for construction of the library that ultimately will encourage the habit of reading and improve education for children in the community. VIM teams from the California-Nevada Conference will work alongside people from the community of Cabala to build the library and provide follow-up.

Click here to read about the other Many Faces of Africa project, the Community Maternal and Child Health Care at Maua Methodist Hospital in Meru, Kenya.

Click here to download the Many Faces of Africa projects brochure.

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Community Maternal & Child Health Care

mauahospitalA190143.jpgCommunity Maternal and Child Health Care,
Maua Methodist Hospital, Meru, Kenya

Estimated Project Cost: $14,117

The purpose of this initiative is to enable Maua Methodist Hospital to greatly expand the existing community health care outreach work that takes essential preventive and curative health care services to areas within our district where such services are not available and the population is too poor to seek services from other sources. Our goal is to provide maternal and child health services to eight communities.

Our Goals
The following are very important and achievable goals that we want to accomplish.

1. Make regular monthly visits to the eight sites.

2. Increase usage of ante-natal services and especially prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV.

3. Have 10% of mothers who deliver babies to accept family planning methods and to maintain the continuation rate at more than 70%.

4. Achieve 80% completion of primary immunizations.

MauaNurse190135.jpg5. Reduce incidence of malaria and prevalence of worm infestation. Prevention of malaria in a pregnant woman will not only save the life of the unborn child, but will prevent the mother from becoming severely ill and unable to provide for herself and her family.

6. Educate communities on ways to prevent burns especially to small children. Offer ear-nose-throat and eye primary health care services.
In order to be able to take those services to the eight communities, we will need a vehicle with enough space for five staff and the required supplies and tools.

Additional information about Maua Methodist Hospital can be found at www.chak.or.ke/maua-methodist.asp.

Click here to read about the other Many Faces of Africa project; the School Library in Cabala, Angola.

Click here to download the Many Faces of Africa projects brochure and donation form.

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Centennial Endowment Grants

ceRed150149.gifSince 1988, almost $700,000 in grants has been awarded by the Centennial Endowment Funds. A short presentation has been prepared which highlights some of the projects and the organizations that have benefitted from our these grants.

Click here to view the presentation.

Give the gift that keeps on giving - Remember the Centennial Endowment Funds in your will.

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Centennial Endowment Grants Have Made A Difference

Over the years the church needs funds outside our regular church budget to keep our physical plant safe, secure and accommodating. The following is an interview with the chair of our trustees, Allen Wood, on how the Centennial Endowment Grants have helped over the years…….

“All capital expenses must come from either Centennial Endowment grants or direct bequests – so over the years these funds have made an important difference to our physical plant. For example:

• $7,736 was awarded in 1991 to build our first handicap accessible restroom. We took a closet and turned it into the restroom. That project paved the way to doing the whole millennium remodeling. We were also granted $5,960 for refurbishing the Patio Room that year.

• In 1992, we replaced the one Patio Room door with the current large, inviting doors with a $7,555 grant. When we had only one door it just really blocked foot traffic, especially when serving food in the Patio Room.

• The existing outdoor sign (on the corner of Webster & Hamilton) was installed in 1994 with a $2,800 grant. It really helps to let passersby know who we are.

• In 1995 we were awarded $6,500 to fix the closures on the heavy (and dangerous) main doors of the church.

• In 1996 $1,470 was awarded to redo the entry from Webster Street. We had a badly sloped walkway and rain gathered there. This greatly enhanced our entry into church.

• Finally, I’d like to mention the series of grants that we were awarded in the late ‘90’s totaling over $19,000. They were to purchase six new exterior doors for the education building. The old ones were wood and falling apart. One of the two that went out to the parking lot fell apart on a windy day. We eventually replaced all the doors which resulted in better security, better appearance and certainly easier for people to enter and exit.”

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United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

umcorwords.gifUMCOR is the disaster relief agency within the United Methodist denomination.

Whenever and wherever an emergency occurs throughout the world, this agency is the one that responds initially on behalf of the United Methodist church. 100% of your donations are used directly for relief services.

How can you help? A yearly offering is taken at First Palo Alto for UMCOR's general fund, and special offerings are taken when we are asked to respond. All donations are welcomed.

Contact: http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor

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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.