625 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

fax 650.323.3923


Joy of Doing

Vacation Bible School. We Also Need Volunteers!

Vacation Bible School at First Church Palo Alto

Calling all Pre-K through 5th grade kids! Join us for Vacation Bible School!

Join us for a week of action packed adventure at the Surf Shack! Watusi, Twist, or Surfer Stomp your way to a greater understanding of God’s amazing love!

Our church will be transformed into an ocean of excitement as Surfers and Lifeguards glide through surfer–themed music, crafts, science projects, recreation, Bible stories, and more! Watch as they get stoked about God’s mission in their lives.

Surf Shack VBS meets... August 1-5, 2016 from 9:00 am - 12 noon.

*Suggested Registration Fee is $22 per child (not required).
100% of your registration fee will go to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) to buy school kits for children who don’t have books or school supplies.

Register online here.

Interested in being a part of VBS, but no longer a kid yourself? We'd love to have you share your talents. You can sign up as a volunteer here.

For more information contact Pastor Shijung 650-323-6167 x102

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Patient Visitation

Visitation Ministry at First Church Palo AltoJesus encouraged us to help those less fortunate than ourselves and to love one another.

Can you spare an hour once a week, once a month, or occasionally to join a visitor team to visit patients at Webster House Health Center (at Lytton Gardens, across the street from the church)?

Please consider expanding your Christian outreach and contact Nancy Olson nso2431@icloud.com

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Servers and Greeters Needed - Breaking Bread Monday Meal

Serving meals to the homeless at First Church Palo AltoCan you spare just 3 hours a month to serve as a server or greeter at the Breaking Bread Monday Meal?

Every Monday night our church, in cooperation with LifeMoves, hosts a meal in our Kohlstedt Hall for the homeless in our community. This meal is part of Innvisoin's Breaking Bread program.

Breaking Bread currently offers a free hot meals every day of the week, six in Palo Alto and one in Menlo Park. The meals are at the same church on the same day each week, and are intentionally spread out among various locations so that people with transportation issues will always have at least some services near their home.

Their staff members deliver food for each meal from various food storage areas. There, a team of volunteers prepares the meal, then serves it and cleans up. Each of the meals has five teams of volunteers that rotate, so that each team cooks and serves once every five weeks.

The Outreach committee of First Palo Alto provides two volunteers to monitor the our building during a time when the building would otherwise be closed, and also a team to help serve meals.

We are asking you to volunteer just 1 Monday a month from 4pm to 7pm.

For more information, please contact the Church Office 650-323-6167

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The Joy Of Doing

At First Palo Alto we show our committment to the Joy of Doing every day by volunteering around our community, around our church and around the world.

We invite you to join us. Roll up your sleeves and help us and/or help a worthy organization. Your valuable time and valuable skills can be put to great use.

Below are just a few ideas on how you can be of service.

Thanks for being a part of The Joy Of Doing

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Campbell Soup Labels - UPC Codes

Please collect the UPC (bar codes) from Campbell products (including Pepperidge Farms) for a UMW mission project at McCurdy School.

A container is in the lobby of the Education building with a poster showing various products that qualify. It will be greatly appreciated if you cut or tear off only the section with the UPC code - please do not submit the entire label. This will be a great time saver.

Thank you for your help.

Nancy Olson, UMW President

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Old Medicine Disposal


Are old and outdated medicines gathering dust in your medicine cabinet? Safely dispose of them at church.

Gather your unwanted medications. Leave items in the original container. Mark out any personal information, if you wish.

Bring items to church and deposit into the locked medication barrel in the Education Building lobby.

• Prescription medications
• Over the Counter medications
• Medical samples
• Medications for pets
• Vitamins
• Medicated ointments/lotions
• Inhalers
• Liquid medications in glass or leakproof containers

• Needles/sharps
• Thermometers
• Controlled substances/narcotics
• IV bags
• Bloody or infectious waste
• Personal care products
• Business waste
• Empty containers
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Aerosol cans

Your participation in this program helps keep toxic and cumulative substances out of our water supply and prevents land pollution.

And remember to also bring your used batteries and computer ink cartridges to recycle in the containers in the church office.

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Volunteer Opportunities

There are many different ways that you can help out at FirstPaloAlto.

What are your interests?

What are your skills?

Got a little time to spare? Got a lot of time to spare? It doesn't matter!

We need you!

Volunteers help the church:
     be of service to others
     run smoothly
     look beautiful
     be a place of hospitality and grace
     and much, much more

Contact the Church Office at 650-323-6167 to find a volunteer opportunity that's perfect for you.

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Volunteers in Mission (VIM)

vimlogo14290.gifUnited Methodist Volunteers in Mission brings together thousands of volunteers to serve in various mission service around the World.

Both lay and clergy serve together in annual conference projects such as community centers children's centers, camps and vacation Bible schools.

They may serve nationally or internationally in projects ranging from construction to evangelizing to social outreach and medical assistance.

How Can You Help? Anyone who can spend some time, a few hours for some projects to several days for other projects. RV'ers traveling to other areas can make scheduled stops to work on projects. Expenses are paid by the volunteers. Contributions from the congregation help to pay for the materials that are used on the projects.

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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.