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Palo Alto, CA 94301

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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.

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

Please join us for this year's foreign policy discussion series. This year will begin with two special presentations:

On Jan. 14, Jean Aitchison will present "The Story of Shanghai: China's Modernization in Microcosm".

On Jan. 21, Vicki Veenker will discuss what she and her daughter learned on their 7,000 mile road trip interviewing people on their post-election thoughts on the future of America.

The sessions based on this year's Foreign Policy Association's selected topics will begin Jan. 28 and run most Sundays through Mar. 25. Themes include:

  • "The Waning of Pax-Americana?"
  • "Russia's foreign policy under President Vladimir Putin"
  • "China and America: the new geopolitical equation"
  • "Media and foreign policy"
  • "Turkey: a partner in crisis"
  • "U.S. global engagement and the military"
  • "South Africa's fragile democracy"
  • "Global health: progress and challenges"

The discussion is richer when attendees have read the background article in the Great Decisions book published by the FPA. Books are $25 and will be available after worship before the start of the series. You need not be foreign policy expert to attend, just bring an open and eager mind. Newcomers and guests are welcome! Visit the Foreign Policy Association Website and FUMCPA Insights for more information, and check our weekly bulletin and email announcements for the week's topic. Contact Tom Fingar with questions or if you are interested in serving as a facilitator.


Adult Sunday School Class

Starting date: January 7

The Adult Sunday School class will be starting a six-week course on the Epistle to the Galatians. Class meets at 9:45 in the Wesley Room for one hour before service.


January Insights is Online!

The January issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.

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


United Methodist Women's Group Reading List

The UMW 2018 Reading Program Book List is ready. Some of the topics we look at this year are the history between the United States and Native people, as well as Alzheimer's disease and the importance of wellness in body and spirit. We will also continue to look at the quadrennial focuses of economic inequality and climate justice, and will explore intellectual and spiritual leadership among other topics that help us learn more about ourselves and the world.

We are fortunate to be able to stock many of the titles in our own church library. You can borrow books and read on your own or join in a bi-monthly discussion with others.

Contact Bernice Smoll for reading group details and Nancy Olson for more information about UMW programs.


Photography Feature

FUMCPA's sanctuary is featured by Arne Sattler in his photography collection documenting modernist sacred architecture. Visit the website here. Thank you for the feature, Arne!


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.