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Women's Retreat at First Church Palo Alto
Registration for the 2016 Women’s Retreat is underway.

This year’s spiritual director will be the Rev. Marylee Sheffer and the theme is "God-Sighting"

Mark your calendars! The Retreat is scheduled for January 8 - 10, 2016 at the Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz.

The cost for a single room is $315 and a double room for $245.

Download the Registration Form.

The deadline for registration is Monday, December 3, 2015.

Questions – please contact Ruth Letts

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Koinonia Christmas Party & Potluck

Koinonia Christmas Party at First Church Palo Alto

The annual Koinonia Christmas Party & Potluck Dinner will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm.

Please bring a food to share and a wrapped, “White Elephant” gift to exchange.

This year the party will be held at the Larsons.

RSVP/Questions: Contact Nancy Larson @ 650-326-4856, or nancyco2@gmail.com.

PS: If you have "the tie", please disguise the the gift.

Koinonia is a fellowship group of the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto. We meet once a month to dine together, hike, have a Progressive dinner, or to do a service project for the Church, all in the spirit of Christian fellowship. We welcome couples or singles of all ages. Generally, we meet the second Saturday of the month.

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Wednesday Morning Wesleyans

If midweek and daytime activities are better for you, join us for a guided devotional with prayer, caring time, and conversation about Scriptures or a text we may be reading together.

We have shared biblical texts for discussion, chatted about concepts of theology, and read seasonal devotionals together.

Wednesday Morning Wesleyans meets Wednesdays at 10:00 am at Channing House, located near downtown Palo Alto at 850 Webster Street between Homer and Channing. The group meets in the 5th floor lounge.

For more information contact Pastor Linda 650-323-6167 x101.

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Oikos Palo Alto Adult Small Group

OpenCircle15061.jpgOpenCircle small groups — called Oikos groups or O-groups (“oikos” means family or household in Greek) — are aimed at fostering accountability, deeper and more intimate relationships, spiritual growth and prayer.

These groups are made up of 6 to 12 individuals and meet on a bi-weekly basis, Wednesdays evenings at 7:00 pm in the Wesley Room.

For more information contact Pastor Linda 650-323-6167 x101.

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Open Circle Young Adults

OpenCircle15061.jpgJoin us at Open Circle.

Our vision for OpenCircle is to provide a relevant, life-empowering, spirit-filled place and ministry for young adults ages 18 through 35, grounded in our five core values: Love, Faith, Relevance, Grace and Impact.

We call ourselves OpenCircle because we believe “there’s always room.”

• Room for one more (LOVE)
• Room for broader theology (FAITH)
• Room for doubt and questions (RELEVANCE)
• Room for mistakes (GRACE)
• And room to make a difference (IMPACT)

By living out our these core values, our hope is to reach young adults in the Silicon Valley and share with them the message that in OpenCircle and in God’s Kingdom, “there’s always room.”

We hold a monthly worship service takes place the first Saturday of every month at 5:00 pm at Creekside at the Los Altos UMC.

For further information please visit our webite, www.opencircleumc.org

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Encoders: Living into the Biblical Text


Rick Allen leads a spirited and informed discussion of lectionary texts every Sunday morning at 9:45 am in the Pat's Place.

Join us as we study together and journey through the Bible. The class follows the schedule of the Revised Common Lectionary. This is a facilitated class in which everyone gets the chance to learn at their own pace.

Great for newcomers to the text and long-time students as well.

All are welcome. Drop in!

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Couples Fellowship

Couples FellowshipJoin us in a place of friendship and caring where you and your partner's relationship can be nurtured.

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in the Wesley Room right after worship at 12:15 pm.

All couples are welcome to attend. Please call Lou or Patty Bellardo for more details.

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Covenant Group

Are you called to meet with others in a loving, respectful, and confidential environment to build relationships within our church?

This committed, small group meets Sunday mornings at 9:30 am. We engage in thoughtful and wide­ranging discussions of spiritual matters, books, and published articles that are important to us personally.

If you might be interested in this group, contact Linda Grossman.

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Tuesday Trekkers

Tuesday TrekkersThere is a small group of folks who are walking at 10:00 am out near the Bay front every Tuesday morning. It has been said that "We are a social group with a walking problem." We are as much about visiting and chatting as we are about walking. This is a fun and enjoyable group.

We walk for about 1 1/2 hours and cover 3 miles, so it is a very leisurely pace.

Tuesday Trekkers alternate starting points from Geng Road or San Antonio Road.

Please call Patty to determine the current trail head location.

The intent is to have a little different view of the Bay and its shoreline. Hope to see you there.

Please contact Patty Bellardo. (650) 327-1428 with questions or comments.

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UMW - United Methodist Women

umwlogo.jpgAll women at FUMCPA are invited to join the United Methodist Women.

Purpose of United Methodist Women
The organized unit of United Methodist Women
shall be a community of women
whose PURPOSE is to know God
and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ;
to develop a creative, supportive fellowship;
and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

What Does It Mean To Be A United Methodist Women
A member of United Methodist Women is one who commits herself to our PURPOSE and chooses to participate in meetings, prayer, giving, study, action, and/or service. The organization celebrates an inclusive membership and welcomes all women who want to be members.

One becomes a member by committing to be a part of this supportive community of women and by accepting the challenge to grow in mission and to participate in life-changing experiences. Membership can be expressed in many ways. Some examples are:

          * Intercessory prayer;
          * Attendance at meetings;
          * Undesignated Mission Giving to support global mission;
          * Accepting leadership responsibility;
          * Participation in various events, projects, issues, and concerns of the Women's Division
          * Participation in the Reading Program;
          * Reading Response;
          * Attending Schools of Christian Mission.


Clara Swain Circle
Meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:30 pm in the Church Patio Room

Judy Newton Circle
Meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 1:00 pm in the Patio Room or in a member’s home

The D’vora Circle (Women range in age from 20-60)
Meets one a month at a member’s home

Fijian Circle
Meets at times and locations to be announced

Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am in a member’s home

Reading Program
Meets on the 3rd Monday of January, March, May, September, and November at 11:30 am at a restaurant to be announced

UMW Walking Group
Meets on the first Thursday of each month

For more information, please contact Lois Hammar, 327-9120

For information on the California-Nevada Conference United Methodist Women, visit their website at www.cnumw.org

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Feminist Christian Reading Group Is On Hiatus

Feminist Christian Reading GroupPlease note the Feminist Christian Reading Group is on temporary hiatus

New members are welcome and encouraged to join this group for indepth discussions of faith and religion.

Bring your faith, your call to social justice, and your love of reading to this great gathering of women who care about how all people can flourish in the church and the wider world beyond. Explore new visions of the feminine divine. Lasting friendships come out of deeply engaging conversations about these important issues.

Newcomers are very welcome.

Through conversations about books and our lives, we practice a Christianity that supports the flourishing of women and all people in mutual respect and joyful celebration of the uniqueness and variety of God's gifts.

We seek to understand how our Christian tradition has marginalized women and made it difficult to see women as truly made in God's image. Through lively and heartfelt dialogue we are revitalizing and transforming our tradition, including expanded images of the Divine, inclusive language, and female spiritual role models. As we explore these themes we support each other in discovering how they influence and inform our lives and our worship. We have been meeting since 2002.

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Koinonia is a fellowship group of the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto. We meet once a month to dine together, hike, have a Progressive dinner, or to do a service project for the Church, all in the spirit of Christian fellowship. We welcome couples or singles of all ages. Generally, we meet the second Saturday of the month.

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Next Sunday: Join us for worship at 8:45 and 10:45 am.

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Join us Christmas Eve
5:00, 7:30 & 11:00 pm

Over 1000 toys and gifts are needed for the Toy and Teen Shoppe
Help brighten a child's Christmas by donating a new, unwrapped toy to fill the shelves of the "Toy Shoppe". We also need books or other gifts for teens. The deadline is Sunday, December 13th

Joy Of Giving 2015
The Joy of Giving is a Christmas tradition that helps to show our caring and love for people in every part of the world. Click here for the Joy of Giving information brochure and donation form.

Advent Candlelight Dinner
Join us December 6th for an elegantly catered dinner, featuring the music of the Main Street Singers. Make your reservations here.

Advent Procession with Carols Service
Join us at 6:00pm on December 6th for this beloved First Church Advent tradition. Can't make it to Church?
Watch online

Order Your Christmas Poinsettias
Help us decorate our chancel. Order your poinsettias by Sunday, December 13th. Click here for the order form.

Advent Study
Join Pastor Beth and Richard Schramm for an Advent study, A Different Kind of Christmas