625 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
|Welcome||May 24, 2015 - Deep Reading - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)||Sign Up Online - Hotel de Zink Needs You!||Second Associate Pastor Appointed|
|Starting June 14th - Join Us for Summer Choir||May 17, 2015 - The Panoramic Vision of God - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)||June Issue of Insights is Online!||BBQ Picnics in the Park!|
|New Associate Pastor Appointed||April 26, 2015 - What is the Will of God? - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)||New Adult Sunday School Class - 2 Class Times||April 19, 2015 - What is your Image of God? - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)|
|Meet Mary Elyn Bahlert - Our New Interim Pastor||Palm Sunday Sermon - March 29, 2015 - Heads Down, Thumbs Up - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)||2015 Centennial Endowment Grant Requests||March 15, 2015 - A Christian Community Needs Forgiveness - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)|
|Stephen Ministry||New Contemplative Worship Service||Altar Flowers||Meet Our New Organist|
|Joy Of Giving 2014||Young Adults Schedule||First School: Nurturing Our Community's Children||Monthly All-Church Potluck|
|Online Prayer Requests||3RD S3SSION - Young Adult Worship Is Under Way!||Donate Online to First Church|
Welcome! Whether you are visiting the Silicon Valley, or are looking for a new church home, we welcome you to First Church!
Join us for worship at 8:45 and 10:45 am.
Our 10:45 am classic worship service is celebrated in the Sanctuary.
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
Listen to Pastor Linda's May 24, 2015 sermon.
The reading was John 3:16-21.
Hotel 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 here.
For more information, please talk to one of our church members at the sign-up board today.
Bishop Brown intends to appoint Beth Cademartori to be one of our Associate Pastors effective July 1, 2015.
Here is Beth's introduction of herself.
Church has always been a major part of my life. My Dad was an organist, and some of my earliest memories of church are Saturdays spent in the pews, coloring while hymns rolled out of that huge, old organ and swirled around me. The church has always been a place where I felt safe and loved. It was where I had friends through those awkward, lonely teen years, and my church family—which extends well beyond the walls of any one church building—has helped me figure out and then live into the me that God dreams me to be. I am excited to be receiving my first appointment as a pastor, and am eager to discover what new things God has in store for me at my new home: First Palo Alto UMC.
So, a little bit about me. I was born in San Francisco and grew up here in the Bay Area. I am a graduate of San Mateo High School, and attended Ohio Wesleyan University where I double majored in Astrophysics and Pre-Theology. While some found the combination counterintuitive, I didn’t; I’ve always seen elegance in the simultaneous simplicity and complexity of physics, a whisper of the divine.
After college, I served as a UMC missionary for a little over two years in the Kingdom of Tonga. During my time there I lived and worked at Queen Salote College, an all-girls Wesleyan secondary school in the capital city of Nuku’alofa, teaching science and mathematics. In those years I grew into my calling and laid claim to the talents I have been gifted with: my passion for mission and cross-cultural ministry, my connection with kids and youth, my interest in discipleship, and most of all my desire to be a servant of God and equip others to do so as well. It took me a couple more years, but I finally figured out there was a label for all of that: pastor.
I am excited and humbled to be joining in ministry with all of you at First Palo Alto UMC as one of your pastors. I look forward to hearing your stories and creating new ones, as we seek the intersection between God’s story and our own.
Our 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!
Listen to Pastor Linda's May 17, 2015 sermon.
The reading was Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4.
The June issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.
Click here to read this month's news-filled issue!
On Thursday, July 8, 16, 23 and 30 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!
Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. has announced that he intends to appoint Shijung Shim to be the Associate Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto effective July 1, 2015.
Pastor Shijung comes to Palo Alto from the Green Korean United Methodist Church in Fremont, CA.
Her heart for ministry lies within pastoral care. For Shijung, the essence of pastoral care is to journey with her neighbors to seek the individual and communal purposes that God has planned for each individual and to gently restore them to the intentions of God and Jesus Christ for their lives. She is reminded of the verse, “The purposes of a person's heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5, NIV).
Shijung’s first-hand experience in ministry actually began as a pastor’s kid in Seattle, WA. As a younger-generation Korean American, her role as a “PK” was to support her parents, who are first-generation immigrant pastors, and at the same time to connect with her friends. This meant creating a welcoming place so that everyone—despite their generational and cultural differences—could come together to worship God because we are all children of God!
She responded to the calling of ministry as a pastor gradually through her eight years at Green Korean United Methodist Church in Fremont, CA. Shijung found a genuine sense of joy identifying and witnessing various ways the Holy Spirit guided each individual and also Green KUMC. As a result she envisioned that this is something that she would like to do for the rest of her life.
Pastor Shim is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. She has a master’s degree in pastoral care and counseling from Yonsei University in South Korea and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington. With her background as a Korean American, Shijung enjoys Korean American spiritual practices such as fervent prayer, especially when visiting a prayer mountain. She also enjoys driving in the rain and sipping a good cup of latte with her favorite companion—which can be a book or a friend.
Listen to Pastor Linda's April 26, 2015 sermon.
The readings were Jeremiah 29:11-13a and Romans 8:24-28.
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.
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.
Listen to Pastor Linda's April 19, 2015 sermon.
The readings were Psalm 18:1-2; Isaiah 59:1-4; 1 Peter 1:3; and John 4:22 .
Mary Elyn Bahlert grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She moved to the Bay Area to attend the Pacific School of Religion at Berkeley after a career in the federal government as an educator. Since her graduation from PSR in 1984, she has served churches in this Annual Conference, mostly in the Bay Area. Prior to her retirement from the active ministry last June, she served for 16 years as the Lead Pastor of Lake Merritt UMC in downtown Oakland.
A life-long learner, she has a great interest in life - and in you! - as you will discover.
Mary Elyn (as she likes to be called), is married to another United Methodist pastor, Jeff Kunkel, who is currently the Pastor of Burlingame UMC. They have been married for 31 years and live in a beautiful, small, Craftsman house in Oakland with their cat, LiLi.
Pastor Mary Elyn likes to read, write, enjoy time with friends, walk, and travel. In her retirement, she has a practice in spiritual direction and coaching.
During her short time with the good people of First Palo Alto, she will focus on helping the Sunday School, worship leadership,and pastoral care.
Listen to Pastor Linda's Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015 sermon.
The reading was Mark 11:1-11.
Since 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.
Listen to Pastor Linda's March 15, 2015 sermon.
The reading was Matthew 18:21-35.
Are 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
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
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.
It 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Do 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.
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.
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.
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