625 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

fax 650.323.3923


Bible Study and Adult Christian Education

Annual Women's Retreat - Sign Up Now

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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New Adult Sunday School Class - 2 Class Times

Come learn about the core texts for our faith! Richard Schramm will be leading a new study, using one of The Great Courses, Explore the New Testament from the Gospel of Matthew to the Book of Revelation.

The class meets every Sunday morning at 9:45 am in the Wesley Room and every Sunday evening at 5:00 pm in the Patio Room.

Bart Ehrman, Professor of Religion at the University of North Carolina, directs 24 half-hour video lectures. Crafted as a review of the 27 books of the New Testament, Dr. Ehrman combines theological research with archeology to assist in understanding each book's content, meaning, authorship, intended audience and historical accuracy.

As always, you can attend one, some, or all of the lectures. No homework is required. All written materials are supplied during the Sunday School class. All are welcome.

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Young Adults Schedule

Our young adults have a full schedule of events planned. All are welcome.

Young Adult Small Group The group meets every other Wednesday in the Wesley Room at 7pm.

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Children's Sunday School

Our Bible-based curriculum is designed to nurture children in their faith journey.

Our Children's Sunday School is off for the Summer. Please join us in September.

For more information please contact Pastor Beth 650-323-6167 x105

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

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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

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?
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November 22, 2015 Sermon - Give Thanks - Pastor Shijung Shim (Audio)

December Issue of Insights is Online!
Read the latest issue today!

Annual Women's Retreat - Sign Up Now
Marylee Sheffer is the retreat leader for our annual Women's Retreat. Join us. Learn more and sign up here.

October 18, 2015 Sermon - Understanding Other Religions: Hinduism - Pastor Beth Cademartori