625 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

fax 650.323.3923


Welcome to the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto!

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Please bear with us. If you have questions about anything you find on this site, please contact the church office at 650.323.6167 or info@firstpaloalto.com.

Adult Bible Study: The Wonder of Christmas

A four week advent study program offered at three different times:

  • Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Channing House 5th floor lounge — beginning Nov. 15
  • Thursdays 6:30 p.m., Patio Room — beginning Nov. 30
  • Sundays, 9:45 a.m., Wesley Room — beginning Dec. 3


Church Conference

Saturday, December 2, 10:00 a.m. in Kohlstedt Hall

District Superintendent Rev. Shinya Goto will deliver a message and preside. Other items of business will include the membership report, approval of the pastors' compensation for 2018, and other reports as needed.


Advent Dinner and Carols Worship Service

Sunday December 3

An Advent Procession with Carols Worship Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. All are welcome.

The Advent Dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall following the carols service. Reservations are required; please contact Janet Nicholls or Brenda Birrell to RSVP. Cost is $35 per person.


UMW Christmas Card Sale

The annual UMW (United Methodist Women) Christmas Card Sale will be held on the patio on November 12 & 19 after the 10:45 service. All money raised goes to support UMW Mission projects.


November Insights is Online!

The November issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.

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


Pedometer Step Challenge

As part of October's Abundant Health mission, we held a pedometer step challenge ending on Nov. 1st. Scott Thomas walked the most steps at 450,846, and Sandy Goodman was the runner up with 441,872 steps. Congratulations and thanks to all 16 people who participated!


2018 Women's Retreat

This year's annual Women's Retreat will be held on January 19–21 at Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz and led by Diane Allen. The deadline to register is December 19. Forms are available at the Narthex Welcome Desk and in the education building reception area. The age minimum for guests at Villa Maria del Mar is 21 years or older.


Sunday School

First Church Palo Alto Come join us as we dive into the Bible and learn about God and Jesus and more! Friends are always welcome!

Who: All kids from 3 yrs through 5th grade!

When: Sundays at 9:45 am

Where: 3 yrs.–Kindergarten meet in the Butterfly Room (1st Floor) and 1st–5th grade meet in the Rainbow Room (2nd Floor).



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.