625 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
|Christmas Eve Services 5:00, 7:30 & 11:00 pm||Welcome||Kids and Youth - Be a Part of our Christmas Musical||Joy Of Giving 2014|
|YOFPA - Youth Group Schedule||December 14, 2014 - Third Sunday in Advent - Without Love, there would be no Christmas - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)||Young Adult Ski Trip||Young Adults Schedule|
|December 7, 2014 - Second Sunday in Advent - Stable Time - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)||Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration||November 30, 2014 - First Sunday in Advent - The Gift of Hope- Pastor Sadie Stone (Audio)||Advent Study is Under Way|
|November 23, 2014 - Gratitude - Pastor Sadie Stone (Audio)||Our New Organist||December Issue of Insights is Online!||Join us Christmas Eve|
|Job Opening - Preschool Teacher||Job Opening - Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator||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|
We invite you and your family and friends to join us for one of our three services on Christmas Eve. You are welcome here.
5:00 pm Children & Family Service
• 4:45 pm Christmas Music
• 5:00 pm Children & Family Service
This year the children will be presenting the pageantOnce Upon A Manger
7:30 pm - A Service of Lessons and Carols
• 7:15 pm Christmas Music
• 7:30 pm A Service of Lessons and Carols
11:00 pm - A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
• 10:45 pm Christmas Music
• 11:00 pm A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Chancel Choir Anthems, Carols and Organ
Bring your family, friends and neighbors. Celebrate the Joy of Christmas with us!
Out of town for Christmas Eve? Watch our three Christmas Eve services live online. Go to www.firstpaloalto.com/live to view the live video webcast.
LECTIONS FOR CHRISTMAS EVE: Psalm 96, Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20.
LECTIONS FOR CHRISTMAS DAY: Psalm 98, Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), John 1:1-14.
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 one of our Co-Pastors.
Calling all kids!. You're invited to be part of this year's Christmas program.
What’s going on? We will be presenting on Christmas Eve "Once Upon A Manger", a Christmas musical by Scott C. Gross.
When will it be performed? December 24, 2014 at 5:00pm (Christmas Eve)
Who can participate? All children and youth are encouraged to participate, from ages 3 up to 12th grade. (preschoolers accompanied by a parent are welcome)
When are rehearsals? Two Dress rehearsals are scheduled for Wednesday December 17th from 4-6pm and Monday December 22nd from 2-4pm.
How do I sign up? Auditions will not be held, rather, parts will be assigned.
Is there any cost? No
How can parents help out? We will need help with sets, costumes, making cue cards, offstage prompting, bringing snacks to longer rehearsals, etc. Please help make the musical a success.
Questions? Contact Pastor Sadie 650-323-6167 x102
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.
December 14th - 6:00pm-7:30pm Family Christmas Caroling over at Channing House. Wear your best christmas sweaters and hats, bring your Christmas Cheer as we offer the gift of our voices to the residents of Channing House. The Entire Family is invited to join us!
December 21st - Bethlehem A.D. in RedWood City. We'll meet at the Church at 6pm and go over together.
December 24th - 5:30pm Christmas Program. The Children and Youth of First Church present, "Once Upon A Manger."
December 28th & January 4th - No YOFPA enjoy your Christmas Break!
SAVE THE DATE(s)
June 24–28, 2015
Youth 2015, Orlando, Florida I know this seems far away but we’ll need to register and buy plane tickets before we even know it. This is an amazing life changing opportunity for our youth to be involved in worship, mission, fellowship, small group learning with 1000s of other UMC Youth. It’s an incredible event! Please be prayerfully considering if your youth is willing to commit. We do have a Centennial Endowment Grant to help offset much of the cost and we will be looking for other ways to be in service and mission as we prepare for the trip
Interested in youth group activities? Contact Pastor Sadie 650-323-6167 x102
Listen to Pastor Linda's December 14, 2014 sermon for the third Sunday in Advent..
The reading was Matthew 1:18.
Let's go to the snow! Truckee, CA! January 23, 24 & 25th.
Arriving there Friday afternoon and leaving there Sunday after worship.
Just over three hours away in the Tahoe Donner Area, there is a marvelous little church, the Squaw Valley Chapel that can sleep up to 40 people. It is in the middle of the Olympic Village, a three minute walk to Starbucks, restaurants and winter shopping. Complete with a kitchen for us to cook in, one male and one female bathroom, each with a shower, and a sanctuary for us to worship in - the church where we'll sleep and keep warm is just perfect.
Cost for the two nights, which includes food to be cooked on Friday and Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday breakfast is $100. Please let Pastor Sadie know if a scholarship is needed.
Saturday is a ski day, or a hang out in the lodge by the fire and read day, depending on your desires. Lessons are available for those who need them. Saturday night is a devotion in the chapel, games, and fellowship, and Sunday we’ll worship in the chapel. It’s a fun, meaningful weekend.
If you're interested in going please contact, Pastor Sadie 650-323-6167 x102 ASAP so we can reserve your spot.
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!
Listen to Pastor Linda's December 7, 2014 sermon for the second Sunday in Advent..
The reading was Luke 1:24-25.
Join us as we celebrate the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 18, 2015 in the Sanctuary.
Our guest speaker will be Jeff Steinberg. He is the Founder and Director, Sojourn to the Past, a former High School History Teacher and a White House Committee Award Recipient
Students from Eastside College Preparatory School and Costaño Elementary School in East Palo Alto will perform. Also performing will be a Volunteer Community Interfaith Choir. Singers are Welcome! (There will be a rehearsal at 1:45 pm. Please wear a white shirt/blouse and dark pants/skirt or choir robe. )
First Church is one of the five community groups that has sponsored this annual celebration for over 20 years. This event is made possible by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community and Interfaith Celebration Committee.
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. There will be a reception in Fellowship Hall after the service at 4:30 pm.
Admission is free.
This event is co-sponsored by the The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community and Interfaith Celebration Committee, The Peninsula Bay Chapter of Links, Inc., First United Methodist Church, Jerusalem Baptist Church, University AME Zion Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Public Affairs Committee), and Pilgrim Baptist Church.
Listen to Pastor Sadie's November 30, 2014 sermon for the first Sunday in Advent.
Pastor Sadie and Pastor Linda are leading a study for Advent using the book When God Comes Down by James Harnish.
This is a five-week study, providing one lesson for each week of Advent and one for Christmas. Each lesson includes a key Scripture, a brief reflection, discussion/reflection questions, a brief prayer, and a focus for the coming week.
The study will be offered at two times: on Thursday mornings at 10 am and Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Patio Room.
Please join us for this Advent study to better appreciate When God Comes Down. Read more about the book in the November Insights.
See Pastor Linda or Pastor Sadie to get a copy of the book.
Listen to Pastor Sadie's November 23, 2014 sermon for Thanksgiving.
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.
She will join us as organist in January.
The December issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.
Click here to read this month's news-filled issue!
Our 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.
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.
• 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 email@example.com, or call her at (650) 321-3871.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
No phone calls please.
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 Sadie 650-323-6167 x102.
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 email@example.com.