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!

Get church news and stay up to date. We don't want you to miss out on any of the great things happening at our church. Much of our news and announcements go out via email. We have a weekly news email that goes out in addition to other lists you can join based on your specific interests. You can adjust your subscriptions to our email lists at any time. Click here to get started.

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

Sunday School is Back!

First Church Palo Alto Sunday School is starting up again after summer vacation. Come join us as we dive into the Bible and learn about God and Jesus and more! Classes start up on Sunday, September 10. Gather in the Patio Room to meet the teachers and then go to class. Friends are always welcome!

Who: All kids from toddlers through 5th grade!

When: Sundays at 9:45 am

Where: Meet in the Patio Room on Sept. 10 to get your class assignment.

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Sermon Series — Growing Into a Life of Discipleship

First Church Palo Alto

Micah 6:8 asks the question, "What does the Lord require of you?" We just spent four weeks studying some of the questions Jesus asked, and from that discovered that most of them revolved around the issue of discipleship. Following Jesus, being a Christian, isn't as straight forward as it sounds sometimes. What does discipleship mean? How do I grow in my faith? How do I live my faith? Join us for a five-part sermon series on taking the next step.

  • Aug. 27 – A Life of Radical Hospitality
  • Sept. 3 – A Life of Personal Spirituality
  • Sept. 10 – A Life of Social Responsibility
  • Sept. 17 – A Life of Passionate Worship
  • Sept. 24 – A Life of Extravagant Generosity

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August Insights is Online!

The August issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.

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

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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 life’s 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 Adults Group The group meets every other Wednesday in the Wesley Room at 7pm.

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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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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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Join us in worship this Sunday:

8:45 am – Upstream (a casual service)

10:45 am – Traditional Service (with choir and organ)

1:00 pm – Tongan language worship service

2:00 pm – Fijian language worship service

Can't make it to church? Watch our 10:45 am service online.