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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January 31, 2016 Sermon - Making it Happen - Pastor Linda Holbrook

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's January 31, 2016 sermon celebrating the United Methodist Women.

The reading was Mark 6:30-44.




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Ash Wednesday Service

own us for Lent ay First Church Palo AltoJoin us on February 10, 2016 as we celebrate Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

We will have a short service, including the imposition of ashes, at 12:00 noon.

You are also invited to join us at 7:00 pm for worship.

As part of the service, ashes, made from palm branches used on Palm Sunday in 2015, are placed on the foreheads of people in the service. It is a reminder that we are mortal.

Can't make it to Church? Watch the live worship webcast. Join us here at 7:00 pm

Readings for Ash Wednesday: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 (or Isaiah 58:1-12); Psalm 51:1-17 (UMH 785); 2 Corinthians 5:20bĖ6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21



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February Issue of Insights is Online!

The February issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.

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





















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January 24, 2016 Sermon - Making Room at the Table - Pastor Linda Holbrook

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's January 24, 2016 sermon.

The reading was Luke 4:14-22.




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January 17, 2016 Sermon - All Lives Matter: Seeing Godís Love in Action - Pastor Shijung Shim (Audio)

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

The reading was Isaiah 62:1-5.




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Great Decisions 2016: The Loughry Discussion Series

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



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January 10, 2016 Sermon - The First Public Appearance: Jesusí Baptism - Pastor Linda Holbrook

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's January 10, 2016 sermon.

The reading was Luke 3:15-17, 21-22.




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January 3, 2016 Epiphany Sermon - One Starry Night - Pastor Beth Cademartori

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




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2016 Centennial Endowment Grant Application

ceRed150149.gifThe Centennial Endowment Funds Committee is beginning the Grant Process for 2016.

Since 1990, the Centennial Endowment Funds has awarded over $800,000 in grants. Thanks to all those whose generosity, both in money and time, have made such gifts possible.

Each year the Fund makes grants to support mission projects around the world, as well as providing an ongoing source of funds to support projects around the church.

Only official organized administrative groups within First Church are able to apply for a grant.

Applications are not accepted from individuals. Any individual suggestion for the use of funds must go the appropriate committee. That committee will consider the suggestion and decide whether or not to submit it to the Centennial Endowment Committee for consideration.

Please also note that Centennial Endowment Committee members are available for consultation during this process. Should you have any questions, please ask the Committee for clarification and/or guidance before you submit your application.

More details about the grant process, and a list of the current committee members are available in the Grant Application Information package.

Applications may be submitted to the Church Office at any time up to 4:00PM on Friday, March 18, 2016. Late applications will not be considered.

Click here to downloand the Grant Application package.



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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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December 20, 2015 Sermon - Hope, Holidays, and Emotional Health: Hope Filled Waiting - Pastor Linda Holbrook

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's December 20, 2015 sermon for the fourth Sunday in Advent.

The readings were Psalm 39:7 and Romans 8:24-25;12:12.




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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

January 31, 2016 Sermon - Making it Happen - Pastor Linda Holbrook




Ash Wednesday Service
On Ash Wednesday, February 10th, we invite you to come get ashes at noon. We will also be holding a worship service at 7 pm

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

January 24, 2016 Sermon - Making Room at the Table - Pastor Linda Holbrook




January 17, 2016 Sermon - All Lives Matter: Seeing Godís Love in Action - Pastor Shijung Shim (Audio)




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

January 10, 2016 Sermon - The First Public Appearance: Jesusí Baptism - Pastor Linda Holbrook