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Monday Nights - Great Decisions 2015: The Loughry Discussion Series

Great Decisions at First Church Palo AltoGreat Decisions is a series of thought-provoking and lively discussions on Global Issues and US International Relations.

First Church of Palo Alto is proud to host a Great Decisions Series again in 2015 as we’ve done for about thirty years since our discussion group was founded by Don Loughry.

Please join us for this year’s foreign policy discussion series. These engaging sessions will take place on eight Monday nights at 7:30 pm. See the schedule below for exact dates. We will hold a concluding/off-season-planning luncheon on Sunday, April 26.

You need not be a foreign policy expert to attend. Just bring an open and eager mind; newcomers and guests are welcome! If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Veenker or Nancy Glaser.

The discussion is richer when attendees have read the background article in the Great Decisions book published by the Foreign Policy Association. Get yours from the Foreign Policy Association website.

2015 topics are described below. Additional materials and information are available on the Foreign Policy Association website.

The full summary and schedule of topics is shown below. Please note–we don't necessarily follow the same order as the briefing book. If you are interested in facilitating one of the discussion sessions or have any questions, contact Vicki (650-269-3317 or vicki@veenkerlaw.com). Learn more on the Foreign Policy Association website.

Everyone is welcome

2015 Topic Descriptions

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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.

They're starting a new study using the book, Under Wraps: The Gift We Never Expected by Jessica LeGrone, Andy Nixon, Rob Renfroe, Ed Robb.

Small Group Schedule:

November 19th: Introduction & Chapter 1: "God is Expectant"
December 3rd: Chapter 2 & 3: "God is Dangerous" & "God is Jealous"
December 17th: Chapters 4 & Epilogue: "God is Faithful"

All are welcome to join the small group even if you've never attended.

Young Adult Fellowship Skate Night! The Young Adults are invited to the Winter Lodge in Palo Alto for a Ice Skating Night on Wednesday December 10th from 8-10pm. On Wednesday nights the Winter Lodge hosts an adult-only skating time. Join us for some fun & fellowship on the ice!

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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 Linda 650-323-6167 x101

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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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Easter Sunday Worship Services
Christ is Risen! Join us for Easter Sunday.

7:00 am: Sunrise Service
8:45 am: Upstream Service
8:45 - 10:45 am: Easter Breakfast
10:45 am: Worship Service featuring the Hallelujah Chorus
11:45 am: Easter Egg Hunt

Full details and schedule here.

Can't make it to Church? Watch the live worship webcast. Join us online at 10:45 am

Palm Sunday Sermon - March 29, 2015 - Heads Down, Thumbs Up - Pastor Linda Holbrook (Audio)

Easter Egg Hunt
After the 10:45 am Easter Sunday worship, bring a basket and come for the hunt, the food and a good time

Good Friday Services
Join us at noon and 7pm on April 3rd as we commemorate the death of Jesus on the cross

Come Sing the Hallelujah Chorus on Easter Sunday
Join us at the 10:45am worship on Easter Sunday to sing the Hallelujah Chorus

Easter Prayer Vigil - Saturday, April 4th
Feel the power of vigilance, renewal and prayer by praying for 30 minutes in the chapel or at your home on Saturday, April 4th. Sign up to pray for 30 minutes here.

Monday Nights - Great Decisions 2015: The Loughry Discussion Series
Great Decisions is a series of thought-provoking and lively discussions on Global Issues and US International Relations. Learn more here.

2015 Centennial Endowment Grant Requests
Read the summary of the 2015 Centennial Endowment Funds grant requests. Download them here.