625 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

fax 650.323.3923


News and Upcoming Events - You are welcome here!


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 one of our Co-Pastors.

Pastor Sadie 650-323-6167 x102           Pastor Linda 650-323-6167 x101

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Iraq, ISIL, and Hong Kong - Great Decisions Special

Global Affairs Discussions at First Church Palo AltoJoin Tom Fingar as he leads another discussion of international hotspots, this time focusing on developments in Iraq and Syria, and the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). He will also explain the causes and context of recent pro democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.

It all takes place on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 12:15-1:30pm in the Kohlstedt Hall.

All are welcome!

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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.

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 michellebnoke@gmail.com, or call her at (650) 321-3871.

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Trunk or Treat

Halloween at First Church Palo AltoHalloween is just around the corner and we at First Church can celebrate the Children in Our Midst, and our own inner child, by participating in our first Trunk-Or-Treat experience.

On Sunday October 26, 2014 we’re all invited to wear Halloween Costumes to church. Then following our 10:45 a.m. worship service the kids will go out into our parking lot for some Trunk-Or-Treating.

We need your help to make this happen!

What is it? Trunk-or-Treat, is a fun and safe way to celebrate Halloween. Children can walk from trunk to trunk to look at the decorations and receive candy and treats.

We'll park our cars together and open our trunks to reveal Halloween-themed decorations. Children will walk from trunk to trunk to look at the decorations and receive candy and treats!

How you can help? We need several families to decorate their trunks or the back of their cars, to come in costume and hand out treats to the kids at they visit from car to car. You can find many fun decorating ideas online.

Please contact Pastor Sadie 650-323-6167 x102 to let her know that you’re willing to be part of our Trunk-or-Treat experience

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YOFPA - Youth Group Schedule

October 19th – Crop Walk. Crophungerwalk/org/menloparkca A walk/run to raise money to help end hunger. We’ll head over to Menlo Park right after the 10:45am worship to walk/run in the crop walk!

October 26th – YOFPA Halloween Party with Pumpkin Carving – Bring a pumpkin and a snack to share. We’ll carve our pumpkins, eat snacks, and make Halloween Cards for our First Church family over at Channing House.

Sunday November 2nd – Youth Room Painting Part II –We’re not done, we’ll work on finishing up what we started in October

Sunday November 9th – GLIDE Service Trip Sunday Morning

Saturday November 15th - Youth 2015 Tour Pit-Stop Los Altos UMC 3:30– 5:30 p.m. As part of the preparation for Youth 2015 some of the bands from the event are touring the nation bringing a concert series around the country. Lucky for us the Western Jurisdiction Pit Stop is just down the road in Los Altos. We'll get a small preview of what Youth 2015 in Orlando has to offer!

Sunday November 23rd – Game night! (And not just board games all kinds of games using the entire church).

Sunday November 30th – No Youth Group. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!


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

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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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September 14, 2014 - Trusting in God. Faith that is lived - Pastor Sadie Stone (Audio)

A Pastor Sadie Sermon at First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Sadie's September 14, 2014 sermon.

The reading was Hebrews 11:8-18.

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September 7, 2014 Sermon - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's September 7, 2014 sermon.

The reading was Isaiah 43:16-21.

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October Issue of Insights is Online!

The October issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.

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

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The Chancel Choir Wants You!

The Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 8-10 pm in Kohlstedt Hall.

In addition to weekly worship, they present special concerts during the year.

Choir retreats, fellowship occasions and Concert Tours are part of the life of this group.

Contact: Mark Shaull 650-323-6167 x111

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First School: Nurturing Our Community's Children


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 Sadie 650-323-6167 x102.

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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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Next Sunday - Coat and Blanket Collection

Coat Drive at First Church Palo AltopOn Sunday, October 26, 2010 plan to bring coats and blankets to worship.

Mimi Sheffer (daughter of Marylee Sheffer, former Associate Pastor of First Church) works as the school counselor for Hayfork Elementary School in Hayfork, California. They are in need of coats and blankets for children in 1st - 8th grades.

Bring your donation to the narthex on Sunday or to the office during the week.

Contact Ellen Haffner with questions 650-326-1221.

Thanks so much for all you do - it makes a difference!

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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:

Iraq, ISIL, and Hong Kong - Great Decisions Special
Join us after worship on November 9th as Tom Fingar leads another discussion of international hotspots, this time focusing on developments in Iraq and Syria, and the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Job Opening - Preschool Teacher
We're seeking an able candidate to be a teacher at First School Preschool. Learn more here

Trunk or Treat
Halloween is just around the corner and we're celebrating with our first Trunk-Or-Treat experience! Learn more here.

YOFPA - Youth Group Schedule
Our youth group has a full schedule of exciting activities planned for the Fall. Check them out here.

Job Opening - Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator
We're seeking an able candidate to be our Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator. Learn more here.

September 14, 2014 - Trusting in God. Faith that is lived - Pastor Sadie Stone (Audio)

September 7, 2014 Sermon - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)