At the March 18th, 2017 Church Council meeting, unanimous approval was given to establish the Church of the Palms Social Justice Team. The work of this team will include the following activities:
Each of these activities is an important as the next. So there is a place for anyone interested in social justice on this team.
According to Chris Marshall, author of the book Biblical Justice, “Social justice doesn’t happen by accident. It requires focus, dedication, and commitment. Because of God’s commitment to justice, there is always hope for positive change.”
As an extension of the Board of Mission and Outreach, the Church of the Palms Social Justice Team recognizes that the obligation of social justice falls upon the individual, but that individuals cannot fulfill the obligation alone. Rather, they must work in concert with others, through organized bodies, as a member of a group whose purpose is to identify the needs of society, and, by the use of appropriate means, to meet these needs locally, regionally, nationally, and even globally.
At its initial meeting on April 12th, a number of potential social justice issues were identified by the team for further investigation and possible
action planning. A Social Justice Team planning retreat will be held on Saturday, May 20th at the home of Pam & Paul Clark from 12:30 to 4:30 PM.
Look for further announcements in Sunday Bulletins regarding potential social justice issues and further details on the May 20th planning retreat. Or feel free to talk to Pat or John Durbin, Pam or Paul Clark, Jan Hutchins or Amy Alves, Kurt Hofmann, Debby Stinton, Eona Schulz, or Pastor Paul.
To arrange your ride to worship or to ask questions, call Mary Kennicott (623-249-8999) by Friday at noon. You will receive a call back by Saturday. Your friends are welcome to ride the bus as well.
Okay, my friends, it is pop quiz time. Here is a set of questions from yesteryear. Enjoy!
Easter I. Q. Test
Instructions: this is an “open book” test. Place an “x” on the line if you think the answer is Biblically correct:
1. The woman/women who went to the tomb was/were:
____a. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary
____b. Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, & Salome
____c. Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Joanna & others
____d. Mary Magdalene
2. The time of early morning was:
____a. When the sun had risen
____b. While it was still dark
3. At the tomb was/were:
____a. An angel ____b. A young man
____c. Two men ____d. Two angels
4. The reaction of the woman/women was one of:
____a. Amazement, astonishment
____b. Fear and trembling
____c. Great joy
5. After leaving the tomb, the woman/women:
____a. Told the disciples ____b. Said nothing to anyone
6. The reaction of the disciples at first was that:
____a. They didn’t believe the women; seemed an idle tale
____b. Peter & John went immediately to the tomb
7. Jesus first appeared to the disciples:
____a. In Galilee, on a mountain
____b. In an upper room in Jerusalem
8. Jesus seemingly last appeared to the disciples:
____a. On a mountain in Galilee
____b. On a mountain in Bethany (or just outside Bethany)
____c. By the Sea of Tiberias
9. The gift of the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples:
____a. Before Jesus ascended; in the upper room he breathed on them
____b. After Jesus ascended, on the Day of Pentecost
10. We have many details about the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Which Gospel writer gives the most details about the actual Resurrection of Jesus from the grave? Which one best describes what happened when Jesus rose from the dead?
____a. Matthew ____b. Mark ____c. Luke ____d. John
The answers are found in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20-21, and Acts 1. In questions 1 through 9, all of the choices are correct, and in question 10, none are correct, since none of the Gospels describe the actual Resurrection of Christ; only what happened afterward.
The first mention of the resurrection comes from the Apostle Paul in his letters which were written decades before the Gospels. He fails to mention an empty tomb. It was the living presence of Christ of which he speaks. And for me that’s what matters most – the living presence of Christ which is alive in you and me, in the church, and throughout the world.
images credit: Jan Hutchins
The progressive art piece in the sanctuary culminated in a celebration of color and life this morning!
This project was made possible by Jeff Scruggs, Jim Alexander, and with great support and assistance from the Board of Worship and Fine Arts.
images credit: Jan Hutchins
Pastor Francis from Solution Church shared his experience ministering with refugees from Africa. Solution Church is one of the outreach projects that our Board of Mission and Outreach sponsors. Len Silvester, who first connected us with Pastor Francis, gave us a history of the relationship with Solution Church. Breakfast was delicious, as usual, thanks to George Wall and company.
Photos by Jeff Scruggs
Jump Start Bible Study, a diverse collection of the children of God, has gathered as a community of love this day to reaffirm their desire to serve, to study, to learn, to share, to bring the good news that all are welcome within the family of God.
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
photos by Jeff Scruggs
An instant fundraiser born of jovial comradery between hardworking volunteers at the annual Spring Rummage sale … it gleaned many smiles, a few raised eyebrows, and $125 in contributions!