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Worship Celebration – October 2, 2016

First Church Palo AltoOn World Communion Sunday, we celebrate our inclusivity and diversity! Pastor Linda's message, "The Best Club in the World," focused on our call as a church to be authentically welcoming and inclusive. Missed it on Sunday? Listen here.

The Chancel Choir of First Church Palo AltoThe Chancel Choir sang a version of Let Us Break Bread Together arranged by Kirke Mechem.

Fijian Fellowship at First Church Palo AltoAnd our Fijian Fellowship added their voices to our worship service by sharing a hymn from the Fijian tradition.

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After worship we celebrated with a selection of soups and breads from around the world during Snack 'n Chat.

Worship Celebration – September 25, 2016

First Church Palo AltoWe celebrated Laity Sunday today, and so the laity took over the leadership of all parts of our Sunday worship services allowing the pastors to sit back and enjoy worship from the pews.

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Our Lay Leader Pam Cutkosky got it all organized and shared the message that morning reflecting on the intersections of faith and being a 7th grade social studies teacher. A big thank you and hearty round of applause to all of our lay people!

Stop Hunger Now – September 18, 2016

Stop Hunger NowStop Hunger Now was a huge success thanks to you.

Stop Hunger NowThere were around a 100 of us upstairs in the Fellowship Hall. The music was going, people were laughing and having fun, and together we did something to help in the fight to end world hunger.

Stop Hunger NowWe packed an amazing 20,000 meals in just 1 hour and 40 minutes!

Stop Hunger NowThe meals we packed will be shipped to South East Asia, likely either Cambodia or the Philippines.

Stop Hunger NowIt was great to see so many folks come out and pitch in. This was truly the church in action! Great work and a big thank you to one and all!

Worship Celebration – September 18, 2016

Fiume di Musica at First Church Palo Alto
Fiume di Musica, our First Palo Alto UMC chamber group, opened our worship time with a beautiful selection for our prelude. Fiume plays on the third Sundays of the month.

Pastor Shijung at First Church Palo AltoPastor Shijung led us in prayer for our world, our community, our church, and our selves.

First Church Palo AltoPastor Beth's message revolved around the idea of disability and was in response to one of the sermon request cards submitted last year. We are all made in the image of God, and regardless of our relative abilities or disabilities, it is together that we make up the Body of Christ. Listen here.

World Communion Sunday – October 2, 2016

World Communion Sunday

On World Communion Sunday, we celebrate our inclusivity and diversity! World Communion Sunday is celebrated on the first Sunday in October every year, in churches the whole world over. Together, we take communion and are reminded that we are one in Christ. We do this to open our eyes and hearts to the breadth and depth of the Christian family and tradition. We celebrate with different customs so that we understand the worldwide nature of Christianity. As world conflicts arise and divisions appear between people and nations, our World Communion celebration takes on a greater meaning as a unifying force.

We will take a special offering for World Communion Sunday, which goes to support scholarships that empower a diverse mix of national and international ethnic students to make a global impact for Christ. Learn more about what the UMC is doing here.



Please join in this coming Sunday, October 2 at 1:00 pm for 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.

Next Sunday: Join us for worship at 8:45 and 10:45 am.

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Recent Sermons
September 25 - Laity Sunday - Reflections from a 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher - Pam Cutkosky

September 18 - The Body of Christ: Disability & Faith - Pastor Beth Cademartori

September 11 - Take the Plunge - Pastor Linda Holbrook

September 4 - The Kingdom Economy - Pastor Linda Holbrook

August 28, 2016 - Building Barns - Pastor Beth Cademartori

Compassion Week, October 3-9
United Methodists are connectional, and here is a way to get connected! Los Altos UMC is hosting their annual Compassion Week THIS week. There are opportunities for all ages to serve and engage the wider community. Find out more here.

Koinonia Fellowship Group
Celebrate Oktoberfest at Hardy's Bavarian Restaurant in Sunnyvale on Saturday, October 8. Dinner will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. and is $25 per person (includes tax and gratuity). RSVP to Janet and Bill Nicholls by Oct. 6.

Africa Photo Safari, October 16
The Bellardos recently returned from a trip to Africa, and will be sharing their photos and stories on Sunday, October 16 at 6:30 pm. All are invited. Please bring a dessert to share.