Our Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 29 at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary will be a celebration: record-setting financial giving to the church, great volunteer leadership, expansion of our social justice ministry, hope for tomorrow. Having said that, every time I start to think that I have this Covid thing figured out, a new wave… Continue reading We have a good group guiding us
On this day, 31 years ago, I was ordained into Christian ministry. My family and church family gathered to celebrate. My travels have taken me to serve churches in Texas, Florida, back to Kentucky and finally home in Arizona. My family has changed as well (with the addition of two more kids). How blessed I… Continue reading Anniversaries are an important part of life
I wanted to express to everyone in your congregation how very grateful we are for the support you have all given us during this difficult year. Without your help, kindness and generosity, we would not have survived the COVID-19 pandemic. You lifted our spirits, you gave practical and useful donations to help those in desperate… Continue reading Dysart Community Center Sends a Note of Gratitude
Friday, January 14 – Saturday, January 15 Deacon Joan Crawford is providing an online opportunity, “In Solidarity: Antiracism Virtual Workshop” sponsored by the ECC Truth & Reconciliation Commission. A freewill offering based on a sliding scale of $10 to $40 per person is suggested. A portion will be contributed to the ECC and the Arizona… Continue reading In Solidarity: Antiracism Virtual Workshop
Coloratura Helen Hendricks is a native of Phoenix, AZ. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance in 2021. For the last three years, Ms. Hendricks has studied with globally renowned baritone Gordon Hawkins. While at ASU, she appeared in the 2021 production of Hansel und Grëtel as the Dew Fairy,… Continue reading Coloratura Helen Hendricks in concert at The Palms
New Year’s resolutions are common this time of the year. Overheard at dinner, here are some of the (tongue in cheek) resolutions the fabulous Whitlocks shall attempt: I resolve to keep my fake houseplants alive this year. I resolve to stay within the earth’s atmosphere all year. I resolve to not move this year. I… Continue reading 2022 resolutions the fabulous Whitlocks shall attempt
A message from our Social Justice Action Team Criminal Justice Ministry By Nancy Nonini Have you ever had a teenage son? A 16-year old boy was arrested for stealing a backpack, a petty crime. Because he did not have enough money to cover $3000 bail, he was in jail for 3 years awaiting trial. He… Continue reading Can you Imagine?
by Mikey Witt The wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round, ’round and ’round, well you know the song. The bus ministry helps those in need — whether it is driving the bus for the I-HELP program or transporting people to and from Sunday Worship. We need some volunteers. On Monday, at 4:00 p.m.,… Continue reading Keep the Wheels on the Bus Going ‘Round: Be a Volunteer
I-HELP is the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program with Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest. Church of the Palms hosts I-HELP guests on our campus. A typical I-HELP guest is someone who is ready to move out homelessness. Max Klinkenborg describes volunteering with the I-HELP program here at Church of the Palms this way: “It’s… Continue reading What is I-HELP?
We’d like to tell you the story of the Penny Magic Jar in the narthex. It’s been there for over 20 years. One of our church members, back in the late 1990s, had been carrying around loose change (pennies at that time) in his pocket that he wanted to get rid of. So, he put… Continue reading Penny Magic Jar