625 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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Rev. Paul Jeffery – November 27, 2016

We are excited to announce that we are having Rev. Paul Jeffrey as a guest speaker at both of our worship services on Nov. 27. Paul is a missionary with the UMC General Board of Global Ministries and we have supported him for many years. Paul will talk about his life as a missionary through stories and photography. In addition to joining us in worship, Paul will do an additional lecture at 9:45 am in Kohlstedt Hall going into more depth about his experiences. Everyone is invited to attend.

Worship Celebration – November 20, 2016

First Church Palo AltoIn addition to reflecting on gratitude and generosity on this Sunday before Thanksgiving, we also took time to reaffirm today on Transgender Awareness Remembrance Day that we are a welcoming and safe place for all people especially those who are marginalized.

Choir at First Church Palo AltoOur Chancel Choir sang "For the Beauty of the Earth" by John Rutter.

First Church Palo AltoPastor Linda preached on generosity, gratitude, and grace no matter what we're going through in life. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Worship Celebration – November 13, 2016

First Church Palo AltoThe Chancel Choir opened our worship in beautiful music with an arrangement of Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.

First Church Palo AltoOur Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Doug Norris joined us in worship and offered a sermon entitled "Yet" based on Habakkuk 1:1-5 and 3:17-18. If you missed it on Sunday, you can listen here.

A Service of Prayer and Healing for our Country – November 10, 2016

We are each dealing with the results of the election: there are some who are giddy with joy and some who are in sorrow. This election has been unlike anything we have ever seen. The lack of civility and the lack of even attempting to listen to or understand another's point of view are difficult to watch. We will hold a service of prayer and healing for our country at 7:00 pm in the Chapel. This will be an informal service and everyone who wants to will have a chance to speak. This is a time for each of us to use our voice and a chance for each of us to listen to how others are feeling. With this service we take the first steps to create a politics of compassion where all people are treated with dignity, all people are honored, all people are welcomed at the table, and all people have an opportunity to be included. Everyone is welcome. It is important to feel the support of this church no matter what your feelings are about the outcome of this election. You are safe, and you are welcome here.

Click here to read a message from Bishop Minerva Carcano: A Post Election Message

All Saints Day – November 6, 2016

First Church Palo AltoWe had a glorious, music filled Sunday celebrating saints past and present.

First Church Palo AltoIn addition to the Chancel Choir, the Tongan Choir graced us with their music.

First Church Palo AltoAnd we all gathered together around the Communion Table to remember and share Christ's love.

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Recent Sermons
November 20 - Gratitude and Generosity - Pastor Linda Holbrook

November 13 - Yet - Pastor Emeritus Doug Norris

November 6 - Santo Subito - Pastor Linda Holbrook

October 30 - Requiem in D Minor - Chancel Choir

Advent Study
Please join us as we read and discuss Underdogs and Outsiders by Tom Fuerst, which looks into some of the unlikely characters of Christmas. The class is offered twice weekly on Sunday mornings at 9:45 am, and Thursdays at 12 noon. Contact Pastor Beth for more info and to get your book.

Joy of Giving
Giving is a natural expression of our faith in Christ and our commitment to caring for people in our community and beyond. Click here to learn more about giving opportunities this season.

Advent Service & Dinner, December 4
All are invited to our traditional Advent Procession with Carols worship service in the sanctuary, followed by a lovely candle light dinner afterwards. Please RSVP to Janet Nicholls.