625 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

fax 650.323.3923


Welcome to the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto!

New site coming in 2018!

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.

Holy Week Services and Events

Palm Sunday – March 25

  • Regular 8:45 casual Upstream service and 10:45 traditional service

Maundy Thursday – March 29

  • 7:00 PM service in the Sanctuary

Good Friday – March 30

  • 7:00 PM service in the Sanctuary

Easter Sunday – April 1

  • 7:00 AM Sunrise Service on the Patio
  • 8:00–10:30 AM Easter Breakfast in Kohlstedt Hall
  • 8:45 AM Casual Upstream Service in the Chapel
  • 9:45 AM Children's Easter Egg Hunt in the First School Yard
  • 10:45 AM Traditional Service in the Sanctuary


SEEDS Ministry Organizational Meeting

March 25th, 12:15 PM

All are welcome to come learn how to get involved with SEEDS Homeless Youth Outreach Program. With the combined efforts of FUMCPA, the Street Outreach Team and the Palo Alto daytime Outreach Center, SEEDS provides direct and immediate care to kids living on the streets. This reconciling ministry directly confronts challenges involving homeless youth including LGBTQ+ issues, human trafficking and safe access to resources and services. Visit the SEEDS for more information: www.myseeds.org and rmnetwork.org to learn more about what it means to be a reconciling congregation.


Patio Under Construction

We have a (temporary) fence around the patio! Patio waterproofing is expected to take 4-6 weeks, during which time the patio entrances will not be accessible. Signs will be posted throughout the buildings. For Sunday worship, please come through the Byron St. parking lot entrance or use the wheelchair accessible Webster Street entrance.

Snack-n-Chat Fellowship Hour will be held in the Atrium (to your left as you exit the Sanctuary) after service while the patio is under construction.


March Insights is Online!

The March issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.

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


Lenten Bible Study

Just turning on the news makes it obvious that we live in uncertain times. Our individual lives are often just as unsteady. While we are hard wired to desire stability and surety, it is those who embrace uncertainty and make the risky decision to follow Jesus, who ultimately find courage, hope, and strength. Join us this Lent as we read Embracing the Uncertain and learn how to wrestle with the uncertainties of our own context by looking at stories from uncertain times in Jesus' life and ministry.

This class will be offered at three different days and times beginning in Lent:

  • Sunday mornings at 9:45 AM
  • Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM
  • Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM


United Methodist bishops condemn President Trump's remarks against immigrants

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued a statement on January 12th on behalf of the Council concerning remarks reported to have been made by President Donald Trump regarding immigrants. Please visit the UMC website to read the full statement, and the Cal-Nev Conference website to read a statement from our local bishop Minerva C. Carcaño.

"...We will not stand by and allow our brothers and sisters to be maligned in such a crude manner. We call on all United Methodists, all people of faith, and the political leadership of the United States to speak up and speak against such demeaning and racist comments.

"Christ reminds us that it is by love that they will know that we are Christians. Let's demonstrate that love for all of God's people by saying no to racism; no to discrimination and no to bigotry."

—Bishop Bruce R. Ough
President – Council of Bishops


Great Decisions

January 28 – March 25
All sessions are in Kohlstedt Hall from 7:00 to 8:30pm

Please join us for the continuation of this year's foreign policy discussion series. You need not be a foreign policy expert to attend. Just bring an open and eager mind; newcomers and guests are welcome! If you have general questions, please contact Tom Fingar, and visit the Foreign Policy Association website for details about individual topics.

The discussion is richer when attendees have read the background article in the Great Decisions book published by the Foreign Policy Association. You can get yours for $25 at any of the sessions.

The schedule for the remaining sessions is as follows:

  • 1/28: The Waning of Pax Americana? — Tom Fingar (Shorenstein APARC Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
  • 2/4: NO MEETING
  • 2/11: Media and Foreign Policy — Tom Fingar (Shorenstein APARC Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
  • 2/18: China and America — Tom Fingar (Shorenstein APARC Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
  • 2/25: Russia's Foreign Policy — David Holloway (Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
  • 3/4: Turkey: A Partner in Crisis — Scott Kilner (Former US Consul General, Ankara, Turkey)
  • 3/11: US Military Role at Home and Abroad — Karl Eikenberry (Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center)
  • 3/18: South Africa's Fragile Democracy — Steve Stedman (Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)
  • 3/25: Global Health: Progress and Challenges — Karen Eggleston (Director of the Asia Health Policy Program, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center)


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.