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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Stop Hunger Now

Stop Hunger NowSign up now to help package 20,000 meals that will be shipped worldwide in the effort to fight hunger. We'll have a quick lunch after the 10:45 am service on September 18 (this is why we need you to sign up so we can get a head count!) and then we'll get started. This job is fun and easy and we need everyone's help to get it done; youngsters, oldsters, and everyone in-between! Sign up here.



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Multifaith Peace Walk and Picnic

Sunday, September 11 at 1:30 pm. Meet at St. Andrews UMC on Alma St. Everyone is invited: all walks of life, diverse faiths or no particular faith, all colors of the rainbow, people of all ages, and political leaning. We are joining together in solidarity as one human family to walk, talk, and work for peace.



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CROP Walk

CROP WalkSunday, October 2 at 1:00 pm. Please join in on this year's Crop Hunger Walk. Last year we raised over $22k to fight hunger abroad and right here on the Peninsula. Thank you! Now let's do it again. Walk, saunter, or run to make a difference. One mile, two miles, or whatever you can do. It is a fun afternoon and a worthy cause. Register here. Contact the Service Team for more info.



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September 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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Blessing of the Pets

PetsBlessing150136.gifAttention Animal Lovers!

Our pets are entrusted to us to care and love them. All animals, creatures wild and tame, are part of Godís creation and share the world with us.

Once a year we make a visible show that we acknowledge humans are not the only animals in the world. During this annual tradition we will be blessing our pets, large and small, old and young.

We will hold a Blessing of the Pets on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at beth the 8:45 and 10:45 am services.

We hope you and your pets will join us.

Questions? Contact one of the pastors



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Vacation Bible School. We Also Need Volunteers!

Vacation Bible School at First Church Palo Alto


Calling all Pre-K through 5th grade kids! Join us for Vacation Bible School!

Join us for a week of action packed adventure at the Surf Shack! Watusi, Twist, or Surfer Stomp your way to a greater understanding of Godís amazing love!

Our church will be transformed into an ocean of excitement as Surfers and Lifeguards glide through surferĖthemed music, crafts, science projects, recreation, Bible stories, and more! Watch as they get stoked about Godís mission in their lives.

Surf Shack VBS meets... August 1-5, 2016 from 9:00 am - 12 noon.

*Suggested Registration Fee is $22 per child (not required).
100% of your registration fee will go to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) to buy school kits for children who donít have books or school supplies.

Register online here.

Interested in being a part of VBS, but no longer a kid yourself? We'd love to have you share your talents. You can sign up as a volunteer here.


For more information contact Pastor Shijung 650-323-6167 x102



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Save the Dates - BBQ Picnics in the Park!

On Thursday, July 7, 14, 21 and 28 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!



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Issues Facing The United Methodist Church

Issues Facing The United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 24, 12:30pm, Kohlstedt Hall

Every four years, The United Methodist Church holds a worldwide General Conference to update the denominationís policies and its positions on current social issues. The next General Conference is this May in Portland, Oregon, and church member Emily Allen is one of the voting delegates from our California-Nevada Annual Conference.

Join us on Sunday, April 24,2016 at 12:30pm in Kohlstedt Hall to hear Emily speak about the hot-button issues coming before General Conference, from LGBT equality to divestment from fossil fuels to ending guaranteed appointments for clergy, and many more. She will discuss the potential impacts on the denomination as a whole and on our local church. Whether youíve been following these issues in the UMC or have never heard of General Conference, come learn more and give your feedback on how you think the Church should move forward in May. Light refreshments will be served.

If youíre interested but canít attend on April 24, Emily will also give a presentation at Los Altos United Methodist Church (655 Magdalena Ave.) on Wednesday, April 27, at 7:00pm.



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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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2nd Sunday Collection

Every month First Church collects items for clients of the Opportunity Center and LifeMoves.

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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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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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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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


Recent Sermons
September 11 - Take the Plunge - Pastor Linda Holbrook

September 4 - The Kingdom Economy - Pastor Linda Holbrook

August 28, 2016 - Building Barns - Pastor Beth Cademartori

August 21, 2016 - Prayer - Valevatu Rabuku (Fijian Lay Leader)


Stop Hunger Now
Sign up now to help package 20,000 meals that will be shipped worldwide in the effort to fight hunger. We'll have a quick lunch after the 10:45 am service on September 18 (this is why we need you to sign up so we can get a head count!) and then we'll get started. This job is fun and easy and we need everyone's help to get it done; youngsters, oldsters, and everyone in-between! Sign up here.


CROP Walk
Sunday, October 2 at 1:00 pm. Please join in on this year's Crop Hunger Walk. Last year we raised over $22k to fight hunger abroad and right here on the Peninsula. Thank you! Now let's do it again. Walk, saunter, or run to make a difference. One mile, two miles, or whatever you can do. It is a fun afternoon and a worthy cause. Register here. Contact the Service Team for more info.