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Palo Alto, CA 94301

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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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January 25, 2015 - How is it with your soul? - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's January 25, 2015 sermon.

The reading was Romans 12;1-3; 9-16.




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V-Day

VDay logo 12065.pngJoin us on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8pm in the Wesley Room for a special moving performance of monologues written to speak the many and varied experiences of women and girls around the world. Special Offering to Benefit TRACY House: Transgender Resources and Advocacy Center for Youth.

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works like A Memory, Monologue A Rant and A Prayer.

The V-Day movement has raised over $100 million; educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it; crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns; reopened shelters; and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt, and Iraq.

V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements and awards and is, one of the Top-Rated organizations on both Charity Navigator and Guidestar. V-Day’s most recent global campaign, ONE BILLION RISING, galvanized over one billion women and men on a global day of action towards ending violence against women and girls. Learn more at vday.org



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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 starting February 23 and continuing to April 20 (skipping April 6.) 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! We need a few more facilitators to lead discussion sessions. If you are willing to help out or 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 Vicki or Lou Bellardo for $20. They will be sold on the Patio after Sunday worship.

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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January 11, 2015 - Remember Your Baptism - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's January 11, 2015 sermon.

The reading was Mark 1:4-8.




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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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Ash Wednesday Service

Join us on February 18, 2015 as we celebrate Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

As part of the service, ashes, made from palm branches used on Palm Sunday in 2014, are placed on the foreheads of people in the service. It is a reminder that we are mortal.

Please join us at 7:00 pm for worship.

Can't make it to Church? Watch the live worship webcast. Join us here at 7:00 pm

Readings for Ash Wednesday: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 (or Isaiah 58:1-12); Psalm 51:1-17 (UMH 785); 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21



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February Issue of Insights is Online!

The February issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.

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





















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2015 Centennial Endowment Grant Application

ceRed150149.gifThe Centennial Endowment Funds Committee is beginning the Grant Process for 2015.

Since 1990, the Centennial Endowment Funds has awarded over $800,000 in grants. Thanks to all those whose generosity, both in money and time, have made such gifts possible.

Each year the Fund makes grants to support mission projects around the world, as well as providing an ongoing source of funds to support projects around the church.

Only official organized administrative groups within First Church are able to apply for a grant.

Applications are not accepted from individuals. Any individual suggestion for the use of funds must go the appropriate committee. That committee will consider the suggestion and decide whether or not to submit it to the Centennial Endowment Committee for consideration.

Please also note that Centennial Endowment Committee members are available for consultation during this process. Should you have any questions, please ask the Committee for clarification and/or guidance before you submit your application.

More details about the grant process, and a list of the current committee members are available in the Grant Application Information package.

Applications may be submitted to the Church Office at any time up to 4:00PM on Friday, March 20, 2015. Late applications will not be considered.

Click here to downloand the Grant Application package.



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Christmas Eve 2014 Homily - Pastor Sadie Stone (Audio)

A Pastor Sadie Sermon at First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Sadie's December 24, 2014 Homily for Christmas Eve.

The readings were Isaiah 9:1-7, John 1:1-14, Luke 2:1-20 and Isaiah 52:7-10




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Young Adult Ski Trip

First Church Palo Alto Young Adults Ski TripLet'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 Linda Holbrook 650-323-6167 x101 ASAP so we can reserve your spot.



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The HP Way

The Golden Years in Hewlett-Packard Laboratories 1967 to 1980

Join us on February 7, 2015 for a talk by former HP employee Jim Eaton on "The Hewlett-Packard Way." This event, beginning with a potluck dessert, will be at 7pm in Kohlstedt Hall.

If you aspire to be a good manager in any field of endeavor, to do research, have a high tech career, or simply want to understand some of the origins of Silicon Valley's technology, then you want to attend Jim Eaton's talk (including questions, photographs and illustrations). You need not be a techie to understand and enjoy this interesting presentation.

The focus is on the highly-technically-skilled people and management, including the owners, Bill Hewlett and David Packard, the Director of HP Labs, Barney Oliver, and others, in the highly productive environment they created. Examples are described that illustrate intense personal interest in formal reviews, "Managing by Wandering Around", intense project management, and the carefully crafted environment, terrifying and rewarding, that stimulated creativity. All of this happened during the infancy of the Integrated Circuit, prior to the Internet and the Personal Computer, and helped lead the way to the creation of "Silicon Valley."

Following the presentation, questions will be answered, artifacts of the era displayed, (including a famous g-job project), and an example of a world-changing product will be shown and demonstrated.

For reservations call Dick and Pat Lubman (650-969-2619) or Mary Lu and Allen Wood (650-493-3928) prior to the 7th, and please bring a dessert for 6 to share.



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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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YOFPA - Youth Group Schedule

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 Linda 650-323-6167 x101



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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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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

January 25, 2015 - How is it with your soul? - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)




V-Day
Join us February 19th for a moving performance of monologues written to speak the many & varied experiences of women & girls around the world. Special Offering to Benefit TRACY House: Transgender Resources and Advocacy Center for Youth. Learn more here

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.

January 11, 2015 - Remember Your Baptism - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)




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?

Join us at our contemplative worship service now every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm in Kohlstedt Hall

Ash Wednesday Service
On Ash Wednesday, February 18th, we will be holding a worship service at 7 pm

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