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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August 30, 2015 Sermon - Family Ministry - Pastor Shijung Shim (Audio)

Pastor Shijung Shim of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Shijung's August 30, 2015 sermon.

The reading was Luke 2:41-52.




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August 23, 2015 Sermon - Godís Good Creation: Gun Violence - Pastor Linda Holbrook

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's August 23, 2015 sermon.

The reading was Habakkuk 1:2-4.




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Sign Up - Leadership Workshop with Phil Maynard

Save the date and mark your calendars now - September 11-12, 2012 (Friday 6:00-8:30 pm & Saturday 9:00-4:00 pm

Rev. Dr. Phil Maynard is a highly respected and successful pastor in the field of Christian coaching. We are excited to announce that he will be be here at our church for a two day workshop in September. He will help us grow as leaders so that we can maximize our impact as a church. This is an exciting opportunity to learn from one of the top leaders in this field. We hope to see you there.

Sign up here.

Please contact Pastor Beth if you have questions



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August 16, 2015 Sermon - Godís Good Creation: Health Care for All - Pastor Linda Holbrook

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's August 16, 2015 sermon.

The reading was John 9:1-38.




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September Issue of Insights is Online!

The September issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.

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





















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Sign Up Now - Walk to End Alzheimer's

First Church Palo Alto is walking to stop Alzheimers.jpgJoin our team for the San Jose Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer'sģ, the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease. Together, we can advance research to treat and prevent Alzheimer's, and provide programs and support to improve the lives of millions of affected Americans.

The walk is on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Arena Green in San Jose. The route length is 3 miles with a 1 mile option. Registration is at 8am and the opening ceremony is at 9:30am. We'll start the walk at 10:00am.

Sign up at www.firstpaloalto.com/AlzheimersWalk

If you can't join us, you can still support us by making a donation. Donate here.



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August 9, 2015 Sermon - Godís Good Creation: Economic Injustice - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's August 9, 2015 sermon.

The reading today was Leviticus 25:11-17, 23-28.




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2nd Sunday Collection

Every month First Church collects items for clients of the Opportunity Center and InnVision Shelter Network.

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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August 2, 2015 Sermon - Godís Good Creation: Kids - Pastor Beth Cademartori

Pastor Beth of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Beth's August 2, 2015 sermon. This was her first sermon at First Church.

The reading was Matthew 21: 14-17.




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July 26, 2015 Sermon - Godís Good Creation: Humankind - Pastor Shijung Shim (Audio)

Pastor Shijung Shim of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Shijung's July 26, 2015 sermon. This was her first sermon at First Church.




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Join Us for Summer Choir

Summer606CChoir15081.jpgOur choirs take a well-deserved break during the summer months, so we invite you to join our Summer Choir.

During the Summer months come to the Sanctuary at 9:45am for rehearsal. We'll rehearse an easily accessible anthem which we'll then present during the worship service.

Join us for one Sunday or every Sunday!

Everyone is welcome!



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July 19, 2015 Sermon - Godís Good Creation: Clean Air and Clean Water - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's July 19, 2015 sermon.

The reading today was Deuteronomy 8:11-18.




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New Adult Sunday School Class - 2 Class Times

Come learn about the core texts for our faith! Richard Schramm will be leading a new study, using one of The Great Courses, Explore the New Testament from the Gospel of Matthew to the Book of Revelation.

The class meets every Sunday morning at 9:45 am in the Wesley Room and every Sunday evening at 5:00 pm in the Patio Room.

Bart Ehrman, Professor of Religion at the University of North Carolina, directs 24 half-hour video lectures. Crafted as a review of the 27 books of the New Testament, Dr. Ehrman combines theological research with archeology to assist in understanding each book's content, meaning, authorship, intended audience and historical accuracy.

As always, you can attend one, some, or all of the lectures. No homework is required. All written materials are supplied during the Sunday School class. All are welcome.



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Roof Repair Presentation

As most of you know First Palo Alto has looked for years for a company to repair the damage caused by the weather and to restore the beauty of this space. The Trustees have found a company that has the qualifications to restore our beloved sacred space.

On June 7th, members gathered in Kohlstedt Hall to hear representatives from Western Waterproofing present the work necessary to repair, protect and restore the First Church sanctuary. Last treated in 1980, the building has many leaks and cracks that have developed over the 35 years since 1980.

See the presentation here.



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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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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, reflectionÖ

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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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

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

August 30, 2015 Sermon - Family Ministry - Pastor Shijung Shim (Audio)




August 23, 2015 Sermon - Godís Good Creation: Gun Violence - Pastor Linda Holbrook




Sign Up - Leadership Workshop with Phil Maynard
Join us for a 2-day workshop with Rev. Dr. Phil Maynard on September 11-12. Learn more and sign up here.

August 16, 2015 Sermon - Godís Good Creation: Health Care for All - Pastor Linda Holbrook




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

Sign Up Now - Walk to End Alzheimer's
Join our team for the San Jose Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's. Sign up/learn more here

August 9, 2015 Sermon - Godís Good Creation: Economic Injustice - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)