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.

Advent Day-by-Day

Would you like an Advent reflection to greet you in your inbox each morning? Contact the church to be added to our Advent Devotional email list. (info@firstpaloalto.com)

Kids! Did you get your Advent Calendar? Contact Pastor Beth (beth@firstpaloalto.com)


2017 Joy of Giving

The Joy of Giving is a Christmas tradition at First Palo Alto United Methodist Church. It is a natural expression of our faith in Christ and our commitment to caring for people in our local community, our region, and the world. Through the Joy of Giving, you can indicate to which listed organization(s) your financial gift should be given. Consider giving a gift in honor of someone on your Christmas list. See pages one and two for a list of this year's causes.


Christmas Eve Services on December 24

8:45 AM – Casual Upstream service in the Chapel

10:45 AM – Traditional Service in the Sanctuary

5:00 PM – Family Service
Sing carols, hear the story, and be part of an impromptu pageant!

8:00 PM – Lessons and Carols Service
Sing carols, hear the scripture, and listen to the choir.

* Enjoy Christmas cheer, cookies, and cocoa on the patio after the evening services.


December Insights is Online!

The December issue of our Insights newsletter is now online.

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


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 — beginning Nov. 15
  • Sundays, 9:45 a.m., Wesley Room — beginning Dec. 3


EID Festival

Saturday December 16, 11:30 A.M.–2:30 P.M.

Do you know how Muslims celebrate their holidays? Are you curious about the traditions, clothing and foods from others in our community? FUMC will host for the third year the EID Festival. Invite your own neighbors to get to know others in the community. The event is free; visit Eventbrite https://tinyurl.com/y8tpkyf5 to register for lunch.


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.