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Palo Alto, CA 94301

650.323.6167
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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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Monday Nights - Great Decisions 2015: 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 2015 as we’ve done for about thirty years since our discussion group was founded by Don Loughry.

Please join us for this year’s foreign policy discussion series. These engaging sessions will take place on eight Monday nights at 7:30 pm. See the schedule below for exact dates. We will hold a concluding/off-season-planning luncheon on Sunday, April 26.

You need not be a foreign policy expert to attend. Just bring an open and eager mind; newcomers and guests are welcome! If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Veenker or Nancy Glaser.

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 the Foreign Policy Association website.

2015 topics are described below. Additional materials and information are available on the Foreign Policy Association website.

The full summary and schedule of topics is shown below. Please note–we don't necessarily follow the same order as the briefing book. If you are interested in facilitating one of the discussion sessions or have any questions, contact Vicki (650-269-3317 or vicki@veenkerlaw.com). Learn more on the Foreign Policy Association website.

Everyone is welcome

2015 Topic Descriptions

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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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March 15, 2015 - A Christian Community Needs Forgiveness - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's March 15, 2015 sermon.

The reading was Matthew 18:21-35.




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Easter Prayer Vigil - Saturday, April 4th

Easter Prayer vigil at First Church Palo AltoFeel the power of vigilance, renewal and prayer by praying for 30 minutes in the chapel or at your home.

The vigil will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2010 from 7:00am - 9:00pm in the Chapel.

Sign up to pray for 30 minutes here.

During this 30 minutes you may pray in your home or come to the chapel.

Start by bringing along some things to discuss with God. Have your Bible, a hymnal, a devotion book, perhaps a church directory, a list of ministries and committees, and our church's current prayer list.

Get comfortable and be yourself. You can light a candle or hold an icon. Don't feel you have to do all the talking, however. Discuss something with the Lord, and then be silent. Sometimes God uses the times of listening to implant his answers in our minds. Gradually you'll find prayer can be a conversation.

Call on God for a deep renewal of love for God. Pray for your pastor and church leaders. Intercede for the Sunday school children and the youth, the families, the singles, the widows, the sick and shut-ins. Call on God for an increase in giving so the church can accomplish its work.

Pray for the Christian organizations working with the college students, children, and the homeless in your community. Pray for the mission work being done on behalf of our church and on behalf of the California Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church.

At 7:00 pm we will join together in the chapel for 30 minutes to share some prayers and a service of Holy Communion.

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Linda Holbrook 650-323-6167 x101.



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Good Friday Service

Good Friday Worship at First Church Palo Alto

We invite you to join us as we commemorate the death of Jesus on the cross.

Remembering the events of Jesus' last hours leading up to his crucifixion and death is the focus of the Good Friday Service of Worship which dramatizes the events and recaptures those solemn and sacred moments. The Canonical Hours of Matins and Lauds, recited and sung on the evenings of the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before Easter Sunday, is historically known as the 'Tenebrae,' meaning 'darkness' or 'shadows.' It is named for the practice of extinguishing all but one of the prepared candles in the worship space during the course of the service. Shadows, A Service of Tenebrae will feature the Chancel Choir and Fiume di Musica in a work which focuses on on seven episodes in the Passion and Death of Our Lord. This moving service is underscored by readings and music which is passionate, dynamic and devotional.

The service will be held on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.



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Easter Sunday Breakfast - Sign up to bring food and help out

Easter BreakfastJoin us on Easter Sunday for a delicious breakfast served downstairs in Kohlstedt Hall between 8:45 am and 10:45 am.

Come, bring your friends and family and celebrate this special day together!

The breakfast is free, but donations are welcome to help support our middle and high school youth programs!

This year we are asking people to sign up to bring food and to help out. You can sign up here.

Please join us.



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Easter Sunday Worship Services

You and your family are invited to join us for Easter!


Easter Sunday - April 5, 2014

Bring your family, friends and neighbors as we celebrate Christ's resurrection.

• 7:00am Sunrise Worship Celebration on the Patio
          - Pastor Linda will preach.

• 8:45am Upstream Worship Celebration in the Chapel
          - Pastor Linda will preach.

• 8:45am to 10:45am Breakfast in Kohlstedt Hall
       - Join us for breakfast between the two services

• 10:45am Easter Service in the Sanctuary
          - Pastor Linda will preach.
          

At the end of the service you are invited to join us on the chancel steps to sing the
Hallelujah Chorus.

listen.gif Listen to the Hallelujah Chorus recorded during a previous Easter service at First Church.

• After the 10:45 worship service you are invited to join us for an Easter Egg Hunt

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



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April Issue of Insights is Online!

The April issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.

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





















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Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt


Join us after the 10:45 worship service on Easter Sunday (approx. 12:00 noon) for an Easter egg hunt!

Bring a basket and come for the hunt, the food and a good time.




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Palm Sunday

Palm SundayJoin us on Palm Sunday, March 29, 2014 for two memorable worship experiences.

Upstream
8:45 am in Chapel.

10:45 am Worship
You and your family are invited join us for a procession of the palms as the journey to triumph begins. There will be joyful hosannas and special music from the Chancel choir.



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March 1, 2015 - A Christian Community Needs Unity - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's March 1, 2015 sermon.

The reading was Mark 3:19b - 27 .




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February 22, 2015 - What is a Christian Community? - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's February 22, 2015 sermon.

The reading was Colossians 3:12- 17.




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February 15, 2015 - Scripture, Tradition, Experience, and Reason - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's February 15, 2015 sermon.

The reading was Mark 7:1-8.




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Stephen Ministry

stephenLogo.gifAre you struggling with one of life’s 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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New Contemplative Worship Service

Looking for a Quiet Place to Clear your Mind?

Looking for time to nourish your heart, or a new way to reflect upon your life?

Experience a place of contemplation, meditation, reflection…

Join us at our new Contemplative Worship service every second Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm in Kohlstedt Hall.

For more information, please contemplative Pastor Linda 650-323-6167 x101



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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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Meet Our New Organist

 Diane Keller, Organist at First Church Palo AltoIt is with great pleasure and excitement that the Organist Search Committee in conjunction with SPRC and the Music and Pastoral Staff announce that Diane Pratt Keller has been selected as our new organist at FUMC. After an intensive nationwide search with many auditions and interviews, Diane was the committee’s unanimous selection to fill the organ position.

Diane is a native of Tucson, AZ. She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University.

Her musical career has included serving as a Guest Organist at the Salt Lake Tabernacle from 1994-2012, teaching piano and organ lessons both privately and in groups, and teaching preschool music classes.

As an active member of the American Guild of Organists she has served on the board of the San Jose Chapter for many years including serving as Dean from 2011-2013.

Diane and her husband have lived in the Bay Area since 1999 and are the parents of three children.

Diane joined us as organist in January 2015.



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Joy Of Giving 2014

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 2013" to learn more about the organizations that are part of this year's Joy Of Giving program.

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December 14, 2014 - Third Sunday in Advent - Without Love, there would be no Christmas - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's December 14, 2014 sermon for the third Sunday in Advent..

The reading was Matthew 1:18.




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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.

They're starting a new study using the book, Under Wraps: The Gift We Never Expected by Jessica LeGrone, Andy Nixon, Rob Renfroe, Ed Robb.

Small Group Schedule:

November 19th: Introduction & Chapter 1: "God is Expectant"
December 3rd: Chapter 2 & 3: "God is Dangerous" & "God is Jealous"
December 17th: Chapters 4 & Epilogue: "God is Faithful"

All are welcome to join the small group even if you've never attended.

Young Adult Fellowship Skate Night! The Young Adults are invited to the Winter Lodge in Palo Alto for a Ice Skating Night on Wednesday December 10th from 8-10pm. On Wednesday nights the Winter Lodge hosts an adult-only skating time. Join us for some fun & fellowship on the ice!



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December 7, 2014 - Second Sunday in Advent - Stable Time - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's December 7, 2014 sermon for the second Sunday in Advent..

The reading was Luke 1:24-25.




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November 30, 2014 - First Sunday in Advent - The Gift of Hope- Pastor Sadie Stone (Audio)

A Pastor Sadie Sermon at First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Sadie's November 30, 2014 sermon for the first Sunday in Advent.




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November 23, 2014 - Gratitude - Pastor Sadie Stone (Audio)

A Pastor Sadie Sermon at First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Sadie's November 23, 2014 sermon for Thanksgiving.




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Job Opening - Preschool Teacher

Careers at the First United Methodist Church of Palo AltoOur First School Preschool is looking for a preschool teacher to join our staff.

Full time. Hourly rate based on experience. Vacation, PTO, and medical and dental included.

Objective
To support the Director and other teachers in carrying out the mission of First School which strives to provide a nurturing environment for the social, emotional and cognitive growth of children between the ages 2-1⁄2 - 6 years in a small, personalized church setting.

Qualifications
• Minimum of 18 years of age.
• Must possess a minimum of 12 Early Childhood Education (ECE) units and at
least.6 months of work experience in a licensed childcare center or comparable
group child care program.
• Must possess the ability to work effectively with children; warm, calm demeanor;
empathy and understanding; and most importantly, under the direct supervision
of the lead teacher.
• Be empathetic and understanding with children; have a genuine affection for and
interest in, preschool children.
• Good organizational skills and attention to detail
• Knowledge of health, nutrition and allergies
• Excellent references
• Background/fingerprint clearance
• Maintain a supportive relationship with children, staff, and parents.

Learn more about First School at www.firstschool.org

To apply, please send your resume to Michelle Noke at michellebnoke@gmail.com, or call her at (650) 321-3871.



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Job Opening - Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator

Careers at the First United Methodist Church of Palo AltoThe First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto is seeking an able candidate for the position of Coordinator of Children and Youth Ministries.

We are seeking a dynamic, cooperative leader who enjoys working with children and youth to assist the pastoral team in developing and growing the children and youth ministries of the church.

Hours will vary depending upon current programs, including a regular commitment for four hours on Sunday morning and two hours on Sunday evening, in addition to weekly staff meetings and other unscheduled planning and special event time.

To apply, please send your resume to Marcia Sterling at mks@sonic.net

No phone calls please.



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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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Come Sing the Hallelujah Chorus on Easter Sunday


Join us on Easter Sunday as we invite everyone to come to the Chancel steps to sing Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.

Take part in this Palo Alto tradition at our 10:45 am worship service on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014.

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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 we’ll 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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3RD S3SSION - Young Adult Worship Is Under Way!

3RD S3SSION Young Adult Worship at First Church Palo Alto

Our Young Adult Fellowship has started 3RD S3SSION, a new monthly worship service.

Join us on the third Thursday of every month at 8:00 pm in the Wesley Room for an intimate, meditative worship time together.

For more information about "Third Sesh", contact Pastor Linda 650-323-6167 x101.



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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

Young Adult Worship: 3rd Thursday of the month at 8pm

Contemplative Worship: 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm

Monday Nights - Great Decisions 2015: 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.

2015 Centennial Endowment Grant Requests
Read the summary of the 2015 Centennial Endowment Funds grant requests. Download them here.

March 15, 2015 - A Christian Community Needs Forgiveness - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)




Easter Prayer Vigil - Saturday, April 4th
Feel the power of vigilance, renewal and prayer by praying for 30 minutes in the chapel or at your home on Saturday, April 4th. Sign up to pray for 30 minutes here.

Good Friday Service
Join us at 7pm on April 3rd as we commemorate the death of Jesus on the cross

Easter Sunday Breakfast - Sign up to bring food and help out
Join from 8:45-10:45 am on Easter Sunday for a delicious breakfast.

We also need people to bring food and also to help out. Sign up here.

Easter Sunday Worship Services
Christ is Risen! Join us for Easter Sunday.

7:00 am: Sunrise Service
8:45 am: Upstream Service
8:45 - 10:45 am: Easter Breakfast
10:45 am: Worship Service featuring the Hallelujah Chorus
11:45 am: Easter Egg Hunt

Full details and schedule here.

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