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. Pastor Sadie Stone will preach at both services.

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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August 3, 2014 - Is That Really in the Bible? “Bored to Death” - The Rev. Sadie Stone (Audio)

A Pastor Sadie Sermon at First Church Palo Alto
Listen to Pastor Sadie's August 3, 2014 sermon.

The reading was Acts 20:7-12.




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Ukraine, Gaza, and Other Hotspots - Great Decisions Special

Join Tom Fingar as he examines recent developments in Ukraine and Gaza with the goal of putting them into context, explaining why events have unfolded in the way that they have, and lead discussion on what might have been done to achieve different outcomes.

Time permitting, he will also respond to questions about other current global hotspots.

It all takes place on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from noon-1:00pm in the Patio Room.


All are welcome! Potluck lunch items welcome. Drinks will be provided.



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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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July 27, 2014 - This is My Father's World - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's July 27, 2014 sermon.

The reading was 1 Corinthians 12:12-26.




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July 20, 2014 - What Does it Mean to Serve? - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's July 20, 2014 sermon.

The reading was Matthew 25:35-40.




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Join Us for Summer Choir

Summer606CChoir15081.jpgOur choirs take a well-deserved break during the summer months, so we invite you to join our Summer Choir.

During the Summer months come to the Sanctuary at 9:45am for rehearsal. We'll rehearse an easily accessible anthem which we'll then present during the worship service.

Join us for one Sunday or every Sunday!

Everyone is welcome!



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July 6, 2014 - Remember Your Call - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)

Sermons from Pastor Linda Holbrook of First Church Palo AltoListen to Pastor Linda's July 6, 2014 sermon. This was her first sermon as co-pastor of First Church

The reading was 1 Peter 2:9-10.




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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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June 22, 2014 -Finding A Way Towards Justice - The Rev. Sadie Stone (Audio)

A Pastor Sadie Sermon at First Church Palo Alto
Listen to Pastor Sadie's June 22, 2014 sermon.

The readings were Micah 6:6-8 and Romans 12:14-21.




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July/August Issue of Insights is Online!

The June issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.

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





















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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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Welcome
Next Sunday: Join us for worship at 8:45 and 10:45 am. Pastor Sadie Stone will preach at both services.

Can't make it to Church?
Watch online
at 10:45 am

Young Adult Worship:

August 3, 2014 - Is That Really in the Bible? “Bored to Death” - The Rev. Sadie Stone (Audio)
Listen to Pastor Sadie's sermon.



Ukraine, Gaza, and Other Hotspots - Great Decisions Special
Join us after worship on August 24th as we examine recent developments in Ukraine and Gaza with the goal of putting them into context, explaining why events have unfolded in the way that they have, and lead discussion on what might have been done to achieve different outcomes.

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

July 27, 2014 - This is My Father's World - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)




July 20, 2014 - What Does it Mean to Serve? - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)




Join Us for Summer Choir
Come to the Sanctuary at 9:45am Sunday morning for Summer Choir rehearsal

July 6, 2014 - Remember Your Call - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)
Listen to Pastor Linda's first sermon as co-pastor of First Church.