625 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

fax 650.323.3923




The Chancel Choir Wants You!

The Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 8-10 pm in Kohlstedt Hall.

In addition to weekly worship, they present special concerts during the year.

Choir retreats, fellowship occasions and Concert Tours are part of the life of this group.

Contact: Mark Shaull 650-323-6167 x111

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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. Itís important to remember that no unrestricted Centennial Endowment funds shall be used for expenditures that are normally borne by the Churchís 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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Fiume di Musica

Fiume406A350249.jpgFiume di Musica, the chamber group of First Palo Alto, encourages those in our church family who play an instrument and wish to be part of the river of music to consider joining the group.

We play a range of chamber music, and work as either a full ensemble, or as small sub-groups depending on people's interests and talents.

The core of Fiume is from the church, but musicians from outside are also invited to play as needed and if interested.

Please consider joining, and inviting friends to listen and play.

Check out Fiume's website.

Contact Alan Cooper 650-321-3644 if you would like to participate

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First Methodist Handbells (High School and Adult)


Ready to ring? The handbell choir rehearses in the Sanctuary on Thursdays from 6:45 pm until 8:00 PM.

There is always room for new members. The ensemble uses a five octave set of Malmark bells.

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Postludium Concert Series

Once a month join us immediately following worship for the Postludium Concert series, a new series of 20-30 minute musical offerings. In the season ahead we will offer a great variety of musical styles as we explore inspiring masterworks of faith as well as entertaining concert artistry.

Plan to stay for a while and enjoy the gift of music by our music staff and friends.

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Listen to Special Music Presentations

The First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto has a very active music program.

We regularly offer special music presentations as part of our worship services.

Past offerings have included:

ē†Messe de Requiem by Camille Saint-SaŽns
ē The Duruflť Requiem
ē The Mozart Requiem in D Minor
ē A New Creation by Renť Clausen
ē The Winter Rose by Joseph M. Martin
ē Dubois' The Seven Last Words of Christ
ē The Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-SaŽns

Click here to learn more about, and listen to some of these special music events.

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The Merritt Speidel Memorial Organ

console.JPGRead all about the history and composition of our magnificent Merritt Speidel Memorial Organ.

Click here to read all about our organ

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Hold Your Next Concert at First Church

Please consider First United Methodist Church in downtown Palo Alto for your next concert or series of concerts. With its soaring ceiling, dramatic architecture, great acoustics, Bosendorfer grand piano, and the magnificent Meritt Speidel Organ, the Sanctuary offers a wonderful venue for concerts of any type. Located close to restaurants with ample parking around the church and in the public lot on Webster Street, this is an ideal location.

The Sanctuary has a total seating capacity of 650. This includes seating in the balcony as well as on the main floor. We have the ability to install a stage over the chancel steps, as we do for such groups as the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. They have performed their seasons with us for many years. We provide risers for choral groups, a limited number of music stands, and a conductorís podium.

To schedule a concert or a tour of our facilities, contact our concert coordinator, Jeraldine Johnson 650-323-6167

Requirements and Use fees for concerts

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Messe de Requiem by Camille Saint-SaŽns

The First Methodist Church of Palo Alto Chancel Choir and soloists with orchestra presented the Messe de Requiem by Camille Saint-SaŽns on All Saints Day, November 7, 2010. The Saint-SaŽns Requiem occupies a unique place among the composer's religious choral works.

The work, composed in late 1877 and completed early the following spring, was dedicated to friend and patron Albert Libon. Unlike many of the Requiems compositions of the romantic period, which were conceived in a far more grandiose and operatic style, the Saint-SaŽns work is a composition with a true sense of sacred reverence and devotion.

The solemnity in the music, particularly in the opening pages of the Requiem, and again in the Agnus Dei, takes on an added significance when learning that not long after Saint-SaŽns completed the work, his young son fell to his death from the fourth floor of the familyís Paris home. A few weeks later this tragedy was compounded when his other child died of illness.

Mark Shaull, Director

Kathleen Branyon-Goodman, Soprano
Fran Moyer, Alto
Chuck Carman, Tenor
David Goodman, Bass

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The Faith We Sing

FaithWeSing100153.jpgThanks to a grant from our Centennial Endowment Funds, we have purchased copies of The Faith We Sing . They can be found in the pews.

The Faith We Sing is a supplement to The United Methodist Hymnal and contains a diverse selection of music from newly written hymns, contemporary worship and praise music to world music.

Our own Hoyt L. Hickman was the general editor of The Faith We Sing. During worship on September 24, 2006 he told us the story of how (and why) this new hymnal was developed.

His wife, Martha Hickman, then discussed her book Wade in the Water: 52 Reflections on the Faith We Sing. It offers 52 reflections on hymns from The Faith We Sing.

Hoyt then led us a prayer of dedication for our new hymnals.

listen.gif to Hoyt and Martha Hickman discuss The Faith We Sing.

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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.