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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Stephen Ministry Classes Start September 22nd

stephenLogo.gifAre you called to a ministry of caring in the congregation? Would you like to help someone who is struggling with one of life’s many issues? Divorce... grieving... job loss... family problems... spiritual malaise... health... job dissatisfaction... depression... unsettled problems...

You can by becoming a trained Stephen Minister.

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.

In the 90's we had a strong Stephen Ministries program at First Church. After much discussion and investigation we are bringing the Stephen Ministries program back to First Church.

To learn more about being trained to become a Stephen Minister: Contact Pastor Sadie 650-323-6167 x102 or Jerry Johnson.

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YOFPA - Youth Group Schedule

Summer is over, so it's time for YOFPA (Youth of First Palo Alto) to return

September 14th - 12 noon
Ice Cream Sundaes with Pastor Linda after 10:45am worship. A chance to get to know our new Co-Pastor and ask her questions.

Sept. 19–20th
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Beach Blitz A night of camping on the beach, with Christian concerts, worship, a day of fun on the Boardwalk, dinner under the stars and more. Please see this link for more details: http://beachboardwalk.com/blitz/

If we want to make this Santa Cruz trip happen we need to register ASAP! Please let me know if your youth is interested in attending. Note the cost is $80. If anyone needs financial assistance, please let us know. Friends are always welcome to all our youth activities.

Sept. 28thYOFPA 2nd Annual Scavenger Hunt. We’ll split into two teams and head downtown for some adventures.


Nov. 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!

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 Kaitlin Medeiros 650-323-6167

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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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September Issue of 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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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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Help Everyone Get to know Pastor Linda

Get to know Pastor Linda Holbrook at First Church Palo AltoPastor Linda wants to get to know you! And we’re sure that you want to get to know Pastor Linda!

But first, we need your help...

In July and August we want to have a variety of get–togethers so everyone can get to know Pastor Linda in a small group setting.

Would you be willing to host a get-together? The type of gathering, for 4-12 people, is up to you. A coffee? A BBQ? A pool party? Even a small lunch or dinner? The choice is yours.

If you’re interested in hosting a "get-to-know you" for Pastor Linda, please contact Janet Nicholls, 650-321-9039

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A Way Forward

In his June 15, 2014 sermon, Pastor Michael mentioned the website for A Way Forward for a United Methodist Church

The ongoing debate over homosexuality continues to divide the United Methodist Church. The founders of A Way Forward believe that most of the denomination’s pastors and laity do not want to divide over this issue. The signers of this proposal offer it as one possible way forward, focusing on what United Methodists share in common, and then offering a way to allow us to live with our differences over how we interpret scripture regarding homosexuality, and how we will be a church in ministry with gay and lesbian people. It is a conversation starter, not a perfected conclusion.

Both Pastor Sadie and Pastor Michael have added their names.

You can read and sign the document here.

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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 9:00 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: 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:

Stephen Ministry Classes Start September 22nd
Stephen Ministers offer Christian care to those experiencing grief, loneliness, illness or a traumatic transition of any kind. Contact Jerry Johnson or Pastor Sadie to learn more about being trained to become a Stephen Minister

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

The Chancel Choir Wants You!
Ever thought about singing in the choir? Here's your opportunity.

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

First School: Nurturing Our Community's Children
Are you looking for a preschool? Check out First School

Help Everyone Get to know Pastor Linda
Would you be willing to host a small gathering to help us all get to know Pastor Linda? Learn more here.

A Way Forward
In his June 15th sermon, Pastor Michael mentioned the website for A Way Forward for a United Methodist Church. You can read and sign the document here.