625 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

650.323.6167
fax 650.323.3923

info@firstpaloalto.com

News and Upcoming Events - You are welcome here!


Welcome

Welcome CenterWelcome! Whether you are visiting the Silicon Valley, or are looking for a new church home, we welcome you to First Church!

We offer a variety of worship celebrations, small groups and classes to nourish your soul, as well as numerous ways to serve both the local community and the world.

Programs and opportunities for fellowship for kids, teens, tweens, young adults, adults and seniors abound.

Join us for worship at 8:45 and 10:45 am.

Our 10:45 am classic worship service is celebrated in the Sanctuary.

Our Upstream service is at 8:45 am in the Chapel.


Can't make it to Church? Watch the live worship webcast. Join us online Sunday morning at 10:45 am.

Questions? - If you would like to learn more about First Church please contact Pastor Linda 650-323-6167 x101



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Great Decisions 2016: The Loughry Discussion Series Is Under Way!

Great Decisions at First Church Palo AltoGreat Decisions is a series of thought-provoking and lively discussions on Global Issues and US International Relations.

First Church of Palo Alto is proud to host a Great Decisions Series again in 2016 as weíve done for about thirty years since our discussion group was founded by Don Loughry.

Please join us for this yearís foreign policy discussion series. These engaging sessions will take place on eight Sunday nights at 6:00 pm starting on March 13, 2016.

You need not be a foreign policy expert to attend. Just bring an open and eager mind; newcomers and guests are welcome!

The discussion is richer when attendees have read the background article in the Great Decisions book published by the Foreign Policy Association. Get yours from Lou Bellardo for $20. (It is a poorly-kept secret that we donít send you home if you havenít.)

Everyone is welcome

Great Decisions at First Church Palo Alto



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May 1, 2016 - A Charge to Keep / I Have - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's Mayl 1, 2016 sermon.

The reading was 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.




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Planned Giving Workshop

The Centennial Endowment Funds invite you to join us for a light lunch and discussion on ways to leave a legacy on Sunday, May 15, 2016 following the 10:45 am worship service.

Susan Peters, Executive Director of the California- Nevada United Methodist Foundation will lead a workshop exploring legacy and planned giving. Childcare will be provided.

To learn more, contact Martin Popish, CEF Chairperson or Art Hammar, CEF Treasurer.



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Sign Up - Hotel de Zink Needs You!

HotelDeZink175.gifHotel De Zink returns to First Church in June! This emergency shelter rotates monthly among faith-based organizations in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. 15 men and women stay at Hotel de Zink up to 90 days and receive a hot meal at night and breakfast in the morning. During their stay they meet regularly with case managers and develop a plan to deal with issues that have led to their homelessness. The goal is to move clients into transitional housing within 90 days.

We Need Your Help

Be sure to sign up soon to provide dinner one evening for our Hotel de Zink guests.

Sign up on the patio.

For more information, please talk to one of our church members at the sign-up board today.



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Vacation Bible School. We Also Need Volunteers!

Vacation Bible School at First Church Palo Alto


Calling all Pre-K through 5th grade kids! Join us for Vacation Bible School!

Join us for a week of action packed adventure at the Surf Shack! Watusi, Twist, or Surfer Stomp your way to a greater understanding of Godís amazing love!

Our church will be transformed into an ocean of excitement as Surfers and Lifeguards glide through surferĖthemed music, crafts, science projects, recreation, Bible stories, and more! Watch as they get stoked about Godís mission in their lives.

Surf Shack VBS meets... August 1-5, 2016 from 9am - 12 noon.

There is no charge to be a part of Vacation Bible School.

Register online here.

Interested in being a part of VBS, but no longer a kid yourself? We'd love to have you share your talents. You can sign up as a volunteer here.


For more information contact Pastor Beth 650-323-6167 x105



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2016 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 12 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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May Issue of Insights is Online!

The May issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.

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





















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April 24, 2016 - United Methodism - On the Use of Money - Pastor Beth Cademartori

Pastor Beth of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Beth's April 24, 2016 sermon.

The reading was Luke 16:8-13.




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Save the Dates - BBQ Picnics in the Park!

On Thursday, July 7, 14, 21 and 28 we'll be having our annual Picnics in the Park.

Enjoy a delicious dinner, play on the swings and connect with your Church friends. Plus it's a great way to get to know our new associate pastors, and for them to get to know you.

Join us from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Pine Grove area (right next to the tennis courts) of Mitchell Park, in Palo Alto.

Dinner is served at 6 pm.

There is a suggested donation of $5 for adults or $3 for kids. Give what you are able, all are welcome!

Bring your friends and family!



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April 17, 2016 Sermon - Methodism in a Multicultural Society - Pastor Shijung Shim (Audio)

Pastor Shijung Shim of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Shijung's April 17, 2016 sermon.

The reading was Acts 15:6-11.




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April 3, 2016 - United Methodism 101 - Moving on to Perfection - Pastor Beth Cademartori

Pastor Beth of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Beth's April 3, 2016 sermon.

The reading was Philippians 3:12-16.




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Issues Facing The United Methodist Church

Issues Facing The United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 24, 12:30pm, Kohlstedt Hall

Every four years, The United Methodist Church holds a worldwide General Conference to update the denominationís policies and its positions on current social issues. The next General Conference is this May in Portland, Oregon, and church member Emily Allen is one of the voting delegates from our California-Nevada Annual Conference.

Join us on Sunday, April 24,2016 at 12:30pm in Kohlstedt Hall to hear Emily speak about the hot-button issues coming before General Conference, from LGBT equality to divestment from fossil fuels to ending guaranteed appointments for clergy, and many more. She will discuss the potential impacts on the denomination as a whole and on our local church. Whether youíve been following these issues in the UMC or have never heard of General Conference, come learn more and give your feedback on how you think the Church should move forward in May. Light refreshments will be served.

If youíre interested but canít attend on April 24, Emily will also give a presentation at Los Altos United Methodist Church (655 Magdalena Ave.) on Wednesday, April 27, at 7:00pm.



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Palm Sunday 2016 Sermon - The Entry into Jerusalem - Pastor Linda Holbrook

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's March 20, 2016 sermon. This was Palm Sunday.

The reading was Luke 19:28-40.




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February 28, 2016 Sermon - The Lord's Prayer - Pastor Shijung Shim (Audio)

Pastor Shijung Shim of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Shijung's February 28, 2016 sermon.





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Joy Of Giving 2015

JoyOfGivingNativity150151.jpgThe Joy of Giving has been a long Christmas tradition of the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto. It is a natural expression of our faith in Christ and our caring and love for our people in every part of the world.

Through the Joy of Giving you can designate which listed organization(s) your financial gift should be given. As you can see below, we have global opportunities as well as local opportunities to which you can give.

Make your checks payable to: First United Methodist Church and mark them "Joy Of Giving". Please add a note indicating which of the designated groups you want to donate to, and how much of your donation each group should receive.

Send your donation to: First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301

If you wish to give a gift in honor of someone on your Christmas list, you may request a gift card from the church office.

Click here for the Joy of Giving information brochure and donation form.

Click "Show rest of Joy of Giving 2015" to learn more about the organizations that are part of this year's Joy Of Giving program.

Show rest of 'Joy Of Giving 2015'...



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Altar Flowers

You are invited to sign up to sponsor the altar flowers for Sunday worship in memory, honor, or celebration of a loved one or event.

The cost is $70.

Click here to sign up online.



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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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Stephen Ministry

stephenLogo.gifAre you struggling with one of lifeís many issues? Divorce... grieving... job loss... family problems... spiritual malaise... health... job dissatisfaction... depression... unsettled problems...

A Stephen Minister. is here to help.

Stephen Ministers are specially trained lay people, gifted with sensitivity and listening skills. They are available to offer Christian care to those experiencing grief, loneliness, illness or a traumatic transition of any kind.

To get help from a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Linda 650-323-6167 x101



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Young Adults Schedule

Our young adults have a full schedule of events planned. All are welcome.

Young Adult Small Group The group meets every other Wednesday in the Wesley Room at 7pm.



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First School: Nurturing Our Community's Children

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Are you looking for a preschool?

Enrollment opportunities are available at First School.

Art, drama, music, stories gymnastics, cooking and nature study, with an emphasis on social development and Kindergarten readiness are included.

First School is licensed by the state of California Social Services Department and is staffed by qualified and experienced teachers.

You are welcome to stop by for a visit and experience our program first hand.

Find us at www.firstschool.org

Contact Michelle Noke at 650-321-3871 for more information.



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Monthly All-Church Potluck

First Church Potluck SupperThe All-church, Old-fashioned Methodist Potluck Supper started by the Koinonia Fellowship Group with an enthusiastic response is continuing.†

It is now regularly scheduled on the church calendar for the 3rd Saturday of each month at 5:30pm in Fellowship Hall.

We made it early so you can bring your children (and don't forget your friends).

Please bring your appetites and a casserole or salad or dessert to serve 12 people. Beverages, bread, and utensils will be provided.

Let Janet Nicholls (650) 321-9039 know you are coming! If you need a ride, let Janet know and weíll arrange for someone to pick you up and take you home.



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Online Prayer Requests

Prayer75121.jpgDo not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

If you have a prayer request, you can now submit it online to our pastors. All prayer requests are held in confidence.

To submit a prayer request, click here.



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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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Welcome
Next Sunday: Join us for worship at 8:45 and 10:45 am.

Can't make it to Church?
Watch online
at 10:45 am

Great Decisions 2016: The Loughry Discussion Series Is Under Way!
Great Decisions is a series of thought-provoking and lively discussions on Global Issues and US International Relations. Learn more here.

May 1, 2016 - A Charge to Keep / I Have - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)




Planned Giving Workshop
Join us on May 15th for a light lunch and discussion on ways to leave a legacy. Learn more here

Sign Up - Hotel de Zink Needs You!
We need your help! Bring a hot meal for Hotel de Zink one day during June. Sign up on the patio.

Vacation Bible School. We Also Need Volunteers!
Vacation Bible School 2015 is coming. This year's theme is Surf Shack. Watusi, Twist, or Surfer Stomp your way to a greater understanding of Godís amazing love!

Learn all about it here. Register online or volunteer here.

2016 Centennial Endowment Grant Requests
Read the summary of the 2016 Centennial Endowment Funds grant requests. Download them here.

May Issue of Insights is Online!
Read the latest issue today!