How did a 1621 harvest gathering evolve into a popular holiday?

The Evolution of a Holiday is fascinating. Little did the native population and the people of the Mayflower realize how the culture of Thanksgiving would evolve. The traditions around my family’s celebration of Thanksgiving have taken years to take shape – each generation changing the flavor of the day – literally! Back in the day,… Continue reading How did a 1621 harvest gathering evolve into a popular holiday?

Pastor Paul’s Thanksgiving Facts

A Bountiful Harvest Read, listen, and think about this, our shared history. BY THE ENGLISH CALENDAR, it is autumn 1621. For the Wampanoag, it is Keepunumuk, the time of the harvest. In a small settlement on the edge of the sea,  more than 90 Native men,  members of the Wampanoag Nation, share food with 52… Continue reading Pastor Paul’s Thanksgiving Facts

Self-Care Is Not An Indulgence. It’s A Discipline.

Holidays are tiring, even at the best of times; so much activity, so much cultural and visual stimulation, more potential social engagements, etc. Whether one enjoys the holidays or is sad during the holidays, research tells us that it is a stressful time of the year. Throughout November and December, in the Palms weekly bulletin… Continue reading Self-Care Is Not An Indulgence. It’s A Discipline.

The ONE thing we know for sure about the real history of Thanksgiving

A letter written in 1621 containing only 115 words inspired the growth of an American tradition that became a national holiday: Thanksgiving. There are several assumptions that are far from factual about that event; things like the Pilgrims taking over empty land, the Wampanoag people being uncivilized, the Pilgrims being peaceful while the natives were… Continue reading The ONE thing we know for sure about the real history of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving and Christmas at The Palms

November 20 is our Thanksgiving Sunday and we’ll be giving thanks for our clergy including our retired clergy. We will serve a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up today to donate food, volunteer to serve, or to eat. Questions? Talk to Wendy Whitlock. Make plans to join… Continue reading Thanksgiving and Christmas at The Palms

Sun City isn’t the hometown for any of us

You would think that the largest trees in the world would need the deepest of roots; I have been taught that most tree roots go as deep as the tree grows tall (look how tall it is, that’s how deep the root goes). But, that’s not the case at all with the largest tree, the… Continue reading Sun City isn’t the hometown for any of us

What Would Our Dreams Look Like?

In some Native American cultures, there’s a talisman called a “dream catcher.” They’re popular folk-art items. A dream catcher resembles a spider’s web made of yarn. It’s adorned with decorative feathers and beads. According to ancient lore, parents were to hang the dream catcher over the cradle of a newborn infant. The device would catch… Continue reading What Would Our Dreams Look Like?

“Don’t Stray From Your Good Road”

“Don’t Stray From Your Good Road”an Indigenous worship service at Church of the PalmsSunday, November 6, 2022 at 10:00 am This worship service is in honor and celebration of National Native American Heritage Month. All liturgies and prayers are from Indigenous writers. Including our scripture text: Luke 11:2b-4 found in The First Nations Version: An… Continue reading “Don’t Stray From Your Good Road”

Who has loved you into being?

Who are the special people in your life? Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers, said, “All of us have special ones who have loved us into being.” Who has loved you into being? Who are the people who have been or are saints in your life? Can you recall people who helped shape you into the person… Continue reading Who has loved you into being?

Spaulding Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner is BACK!

After a two-year absence, Church of the Palms is happy to announce that the Spaulding Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner will once again take place in King Hall on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2022. We’ll be serving the meal between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM. This meal takes place with generous donations of food from our… Continue reading Spaulding Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner is BACK!