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!

Get church news and stay up to date. We don't want you to miss out on any of the great things happening at our church. Much of our news and announcements go out via email. We have a weekly news email that goes out in addition to other lists you can join based on your specific interests. You can adjust your subscriptions to our email lists at any time. Click here to get started.

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



Advent and Christmas 2016

Advent and ChristmasJoy! Peace! Hope! Love!

Celebrate Advent and Christmas with us! Click here for all of the details.



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Eid Festival – Dec. 17, 11:00am–2:30pm

Eid FestivalWe are excited to host the second annual Eid celebration with the American Muslim Voice Foundation to help us get to know our neighbors and build the beloved community. Join us from 11–2:30 pm as we get to know each other, share food and music, and learn more about this Muslim holiday. This event is a part of AMV Foundation's "National Know Your Neighbor" campaign in an effort to build a culture of hope, inclusion, and peace. We are encouraging all Americans to move from fear to friendship. In the Advent season when we celebrate hope, peace, love, and joy, First Palo Alto UMC is very proud to be a part of this event. Learn more and sign up by visiting AMV's website.



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December Insights is Online!

The December issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.

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





















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Advent Study – Thursdays at 12 noon & Sundays at 9:45

Underdogs and OutsidersPlease join us as we read and discuss Underdogs and Outsiders by Tom Fuerst, which looks into some of the unlikely characters of Christmas. The class is offered twice weekly on Thurdays at noon, and Sunday mornings at 9:45 am, beginning Dec. 1 and Dec. 4 respectively. Contact Pastor Beth for more info and to get your book.



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Joy of Giving

Joy of GivingGiving is a natural expression of our faith in Christ and our commitment to caring for people in our community and beyond. Click here to learn more about giving opportunities this season.



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November Insights is Online!

The November issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.

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





















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Advent Service & Dinner, December 4

All are invited to our traditional Advent Procession with Carols worship service in the sanctuary, followed by a lovely candle light dinner afterwards. Please RSVP to Janet Nicholls.



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Paul Jeffrey – November 27

Rev. Paul JeffreyWe are excited to announce that we are having Rev. Paul Jeffrey as a guest speaker at both of our worship services on Nov. 27. Paul is a missionary with the UMC General Board of Global Ministries and we have supported him for many years. Paul will talk about his life as a missionary through stories and photography. In addition to joining us in worship, Paul will do an additional lecture at 9:45 am in Kohlstedt Hall going into more depth about his experiences. Everyone is invited to attend.



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Halloween Party, October 30

Halloween PartyIt's the spookiest time of year! Join us at 12:30 pm in the church parking lot for hot dogs, treats, and games. Everyone is invited to participate and enjoy the time together. Although the candy treats are for the kids, the hot dogs are for everyone! Please sign up to decorate and give out the treats. Spread the word to everyone! This is a community event, a way for our church to meet and serve our local community. Sign up to help here. FYI the church parking lot will be closed (except for the handicapped spaces) on this day.



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Rheinberger Requiem in D Minor – October 30, 10:45 am

Rheinberger Requiem in D MinorJoin us for a special musical presentation of the Requiem in D Minor by Joseph Rheinberger as presented by the chancel choir, organist, soloists, and special musicians.



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Compassion Week, October 3-9

Compassion WeekUnited Methodists are connectional, and here is a way to get connected! Los Altos UMC is hosting their annual Compassion Week THIS week. There are opportunities for all ages to serve and engage the wider community. Find out more here.



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Koinonia Fellowship Group

Hardy's Bavarian RestaurantCome join us for a time of fellowship as we celebrate Oktoberfest at Hardy's Bavarian Restaurant in Sunnyvale on Saturday, October 8. Dinner will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. and is $25 per person (includes tax and gratuity). RSVP to Janet and Bill Nicholls by Oct. 6.



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Africa Photo Safari, October 16

Save the Date!! Patty and Lou Bellardo recently returned from a trip to Africa, and will be sharing their photos and stories on Sunday, October 16 at 6:30 pm. All are invited. Please bring a dessert to share.



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CROP Walk

CROP WalkSunday, October 2 at 1:00 pm. Please join in on this year's Crop Hunger Walk. Last year we raised over $22k to fight hunger abroad and right here on the Peninsula. Thank you! Now let's do it again. Walk, saunter, or run to make a difference. One mile, two miles, or whatever you can do. It is a fun afternoon and a worthy cause. Register here. Contact the Service Team for more info.



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Stop Hunger Now

Stop Hunger NowSign up now to help package 20,000 meals that will be shipped worldwide in the effort to fight hunger. We'll have a quick lunch after the 10:45 am service on September 18 (this is why we need you to sign up so we can get a head count!) and then we'll get started. This job is fun and easy and we need everyone's help to get it done; youngsters, oldsters, and everyone in-between! Sign up here.



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Multifaith Peace Walk and Picnic

Sunday, September 11 at 1:30 pm. Meet at St. Andrews UMC on Alma St. Everyone is invited: all walks of life, diverse faiths or no particular faith, all colors of the rainbow, people of all ages, and political leaning. We are joining together in solidarity as one human family to walk, talk, and work for peace.



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Blessing of the Pets

PetsBlessing150136.gifAttention Animal Lovers!

Our pets are entrusted to us to care and love them. All animals, creatures wild and tame, are part of Godís creation and share the world with us.

Once a year we make a visible show that we acknowledge humans are not the only animals in the world. During this annual tradition we will be blessing our pets, large and small, old and young.

We will hold a Blessing of the Pets on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at beth the 8:45 and 10:45 am services.

We hope you and your pets will join us.

Questions? Contact one of the pastors



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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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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 Adults 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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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


Recent Sermons
November 27 - Staying Awake - Rev. Paul Jeffrey, UMC Missionary

November 20 - Gratitude and Generosity - Pastor Linda Holbrook

November 13 - Yet - Pastor Emeritus Doug Norris

November 6 - Santo Subito - Pastor Linda Holbrook


Eid Festival – Dec. 17
We are excited to host the second annual Eid celebration with American Muslim Voice Foundation to help us get to know our neighbors and build the beloved community. Join us from 11am–2:30pm. Learn more here.


Christmas Eve (12/24)
Please join us at one or both of our services on Christmas Eve:
5 pm - Family Service
8 pm - Lessons and Carols
Cocoa and Christmas cookies around the fire on the patio after each service.


Advent Study
Please join us as we read and discuss Underdogs and Outsiders by Tom Fuerst, which looks into some of the unlikely characters of Christmas. The class is offered twice weekly on Sunday mornings at 9:45 am, and Thursdays at 12 noon. Contact Pastor Beth for more info and to get your book.


Joy of Giving
Giving is a natural expression of our faith in Christ and our commitment to caring for people in our community and beyond. Click here to learn more about giving opportunities this season.