White Privilege: let’s talk

beginning April 2, 10 a.m.

“White Privilege: let’s talk” presented by the Board of Lifelong Learning will be starting Part Two: “Whiteness as the Norm: Five Loci of Insights on the Binary of Light/Dark and Black/White”

Chapter 1: Whiteness as the Norm: Reflections on How This is Evidenced and Experienced in America
Chapter 2: Binary: Lightness and Darkness
Chapter 3: Iconography: The Investment of Whiteness in Narrating History
Chapter 4: The White Jesus
Chapter 5: Lightness and Darkness as Experienced in the Genealogy and Liturgy of the Church

Understanding the Journey of Dementia

King Hall
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
9 a.m.— 2 p.m.

Speaker: Maribeth Gallagher

Learn about dementia and what resources are available to help patients and families.

  • Participants will learn to understand dementia and how it progresses from early to advanced stages.
  • Develop strategies for making and maintaining meaningful connections with the person with dementia.
  • Value the caregiver role and ways to reduce stress.

Maribeth Gallagher, psychiatric nurse practitioner and doctor of nursing practice, directs Hospice of the Valley’s Dementia Program, which has received national and international awards for its innovative approaches to dementia care.

Dr. Gallagher’s commitment to improving dementia care was inspired by her own experiences as a family caregiver, sharing the journey with her loved one from diagnosis to death…

Visitors – you are invited…

…to the next New Member Orientation on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 3:30 pm in King Hall.

The orientation will include introductions and an informational program about The Church of The Palms, followed by a light meal.

The New Member ceremony will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018, during the regular church service.

This invitation is extended by the Evangelism and Growth Board to all visitors (whether new or long-time regular visitors).

The sign-up sheet is now on the opportunity table in the Narthex.

“White Privilege: let’s talk” presented by the Board of Lifelong Learning

Our Board of Lifelong Learning is presenting “White Privilege: let’s talk” as our Monday morning educational piece, which will run for five weeks starting Monday, January 8th from 10:00 – 11:30 am.

We will be covering Part One of the series, “The Spiritual Autobiography Told Through the Lens of Race.” This is an adult curriculum from the United Church of Christ that’s designed to invite church members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race. We encourage everyone to attend.

Inchworms Class has begun “Formation of the Bible”

The Inchworms Class, led by Mary Whitlock, began Formation of the Bible by Lee Martin McDonald on November 21.

Join them each Tuesday, 10 – 11:15 am.

Here is a brief description of their book, from Amazon:

Well-known for his scholarly works on the formation of the biblical canon, Lee McDonald has written a carefully researched and reasoned explanation on the history of the formation of the Bible expressly for the interested pastor and curious layman.

Combining a lifelong commitment to the Scriptures, both as a pastor and as a scholar, McDonald approaches his task with sensitivity to the importance of these sacred texts as well as with the thoughtful practice of a person steeped in the process by which these texts were brought together to form the Bible as the church knows it now. From the collection (and translations) of the Hebrew Scriptures through the collection of the New Testament Scriptures, and finally the process of settling on the final forms for these collections, McDonald leads his reader right up to the present moment.

New Member Orientation & Dinner

3:30 pm, Wednesday, November 8, King Hall

We already have many names on the list and would love to see your name there as well. Orientation includes a brief presentation about The Church of the Palms, where we came from…and most importantly…where we are going! Our church is growing and learning and sharing the holy message with joy and thanks.

An always delicious and homemade New Member Orientation dinner will be served right after the presentation. We have been told that the dinner is a real treat!

New Members will be welcomed into the church on Sunday, November 12th during worship.

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays

Friday, November 3, 2017 1 – 3 pm in the Boardroom.

Help and hope as you navigate the Christmas season

Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?

Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death. You’ll learn:

How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
What to do about traditions and other coming changes
Helpful tips for surviving social events
How to discover hope for your future

We know the holidays can be a difficult time after the death of a loved one and so we are offering this program to support one another.  If you feel the need and want support during this time, please join us.  Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex, or contact Debby Stinton.

“Living the Questions” class

Our Monday morning class meets at 10 am. On October 2 we began a new “Living the Questions” DVD with discussion, “The Jesus Fatwah.”

Our October (and one November) topics will be:

  • October 2 “Islam 101: In Which We Tell You Some of What You Need To Know
    About Islam.”
  • October 9 “Misconceptions About Islam: In Which We Help You Adjust Your
    Malarky Filter.”
  • October 23 “Islam In America: In Which We Introduce You to People Who Love
    America and Pray Towards Mecca.”
  • October 30 “Making Connections, Part 1: In Which Non-Muslims Make a Case.”
  • November 6 “Making Connections, Part 2: In Which Muslims Have Their Say.”

NOTE: Rummage Sale Week (October 16-21) there will be no class.

Sneak peek:

Cosmic Christians began another book

On Tuesday, September 19, we began Lloyd Geering’s book, Tomorrow’s God: How We Create Our Worlds.

Geering speaks of God as a central symbol of meaning and discusses the collective drift towards meaning that gave rise to the various religions and explores reasons for their decline. He challenges us to “consciously create new meaning in our lives” and he shows how the Christian tradition may lead towards a new world of meaning.

We meet at the church every Tuesday from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Many of us bring a lunch. All are welcome.

“Krazy Kinfolk”

The Inchworms Class will begin their study of Barbara Essex’s “Krazy Kinfolk” on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Each study unit in Krazy Kinfolk reviews the stories of selected biblical “dysfunctional” families such as:

Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar
Jacob, Leah, and Rachel
Moses, Miriam, and Aaron
Lois, Eunice, and Timothy
Mordecai and Esther
Mary, Martha, and Lazarus

Reflection questions close each study.

Barbara J. Essex is a best-selling author of The Pilgrim Press. She has written 10 books, including the bestselling Bible studies: Bad Girls of the Bible and Bad Boys of the Bible. Essex is an ordained United Church of Christ Minister and Executive Director at The United Protestant Campus Ministries in Cleveland.

Chapter One – Parental Authority
Chapter Two – Blended Families
Chapter Three – Suffering & Grace
Chapter Four – Multicultural Families
Chapter Five – Domestic Violence & Violation
Chapter Six – Singles
Chapter Seven – Overview of Families

October 17: Rummage Sale Kraziness – no class