Educational and spiritual growth opportunities

The Church of the Palms offers several educational opportunities to assist folks in their spiritual journeys.

SUNDAY MORNING DISCUSSION (8:30 AM -9:30 AM)  Starting May 13, 2018, we began Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication taught by: Professor Bart D. Ehrman, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The discussion group is led by Debby Stinton. Come for one or come for all! We enjoy the diversity of conversation and fellowship.

June 17th – The Gnostic Gospel of Truth
June 24th – Gnostics Explain Themselves
July 1st – The Coptic Gospel of Thomas
July 8th – Thomas’ Gnostic Teachings
July 15nd – Infancy Gospels
July 22th – The Gospel of Peter
July 29th – The Secret Gospel of Mark
August 5th – The Acts of John
August 12th – The Acts of Thomas
August 19th – The Acts of Paul and Thecia
August 26th – Forgeries in the Name of Paul
September 2nd – The Epistle of Barnabas
September 9th – The Apocalypse of Peter
September 16th – The Rise of Early Christian Orthodoxy
September 23rd – Beginnings of the Canon
September 30th – Formation of the New Testament Canon
October 7th – Interpretation of Scripture
October 14th– Orthodox Corruption of Scripture
October 21st – Early Christian Creeds


“Eclipsing Empire: Paul, Rome and the Kingdom of God”
Join preeminent New Testament Scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan on location in Turkey as they trace the Apostle Paul’s footsteps throughout the Roman Empire. This study explores fresh insights into Paul’s message of Kingdom of God, its challenge to Roman imperial theology, and the apostle’s radical relevance for today.

This 12-session DVD and web-based study explores fresh insights into Paul’s message of the Kingdom of God, its challenge to Roman imperial theology, and the apostle’s radical relevance for today. Filmed in high-definition across Turkey, Greece, and Italy.


June 12,  July 10  and August 14:  Our board takes responsibility for summer breakfasts…breakfast will be continental style.  Programs TBA – stay tuned!

COSMIC CHRISTIANS (Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

This energetic group meets on Tuesdays from 11:30 am till 1pm. We began a new series on Tuesday, May 29, facilitated by Kay Klinkenborg.

Kay presents a DVD, “Everything is Spiritual” produced and preached by Rob Bell. Bell notes that the Hebrew Scriptures have no word for ‘spiritual.’ Jesus never used the words ‘spiritual life’ …yet Jesus’ life and tradition exemplified that all is spiritual. What does that mean for us today?

The DVD and discussion are the bridge to the classes that will learn about ‘Integral Spirituality,’ a model of spirituality designed by Ken Wilbur.

The classes will watch a DVD series: “The Future of Christianity: A Startling New Vision of Hope for the 21st Century,” featuring Ken Wilbur and Fr. Thomas Keating will be the core material for learning about Integral Spirituality.

Ken Wilbur is an internationally known author and philosopher, and Fr. Thomas Keating is a Trappist Monk who has focused his ministry on teaching “Centering Prayer” and is the author on numerous spiritual books.

Integral Spirituality is a model that describes our individual development of spiritual/consciousness levels.

Discussion will include applications and questions that this brings to us personally and to our church, our families and our communities. This series has no book; handouts will be provided for each class session.


[on summer hiatus]


White Privilege Part 1 led by Debby Stinton…we are presenting this to determine if there is an interest in a program time that will be available for those who work during the week.  This class will begin on June 24 and run for 5 weeks.

Lifelong Learning – coming to Sunday afternoons!
beginning Sunday, June 24, 1:30 p.m.
White Privilege, Part 1 – a five-week series
led by Debby Stinton

Lifelong Learning – coming to Sunday afternoons!

beginning Sunday, June 24, 1:30 p.m.
White Privilege, Part 1 – a five-week series
led by Debby Stinton

Do you feel a bit left out when it comes to the wonderful learning opportunities offered by the church during the week when you are busily buzzing around at work? Well…guess what?

Life Long Learning is starting up a Sunday afternoon class!

Would this group be of Interest to you? Join us for the first class and let us know!

We are hoping this day and time will be convenient work for those who work during the week.

New Member Orientation

Wednesday, June 13, 3:30 p.m.

Q & A / Orientation Session followed by a light supper

If you are a visitor and would like to join the church, or just learn about:

1. Church operations (boards, committees, helpers)
2. Choir / bell playing
3. Bible study / classes
4. Planned events
5. Mission projects
6. Rummage Sale participation
7. Health-minded groups
8. Social and friendship groups
9. Physical activity groups
10. Church bus; golf cart

…and more!

Please add your name to the sign up sheet in the narthex.

White Privilege: let’s talk

Mondays, April 2 through 30, 2018 at 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 8, 2017 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.

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays

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.

“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

Jump Start Bible Study – Tuesdays at 4 pm

Jump Start resumes on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 4 pm in the chapel area or board room.

All are welcome for fellowship, study and discussion of the scriptures from the lectionary for the following Sunday. The lectionary is a pre-selected collection of scriptural readings from the Bible used for worship, study and/or theological discussions. Many Christian churches use the Revised Common Lectionary which follows the liturgical year in a 3-year cycle and provides scriptural recommendations that complement the current season of the liturgical year.

The Bible study group, which meets weekly, begins with a brown bag dinner and fellowship from 4:00 to 4:30 and Bible study from 4:30 to 5:30.

If you have any questions, please contact John Durbin.