Celebrate Your Roots and Embrace Your Personal History

Presented by the Social Justice Action Team

Sunday, March 17th, in King Hall at noon, following worship

Come to an all-church potluck and program event for members and friends where we will share, explore, and celebrate our various personal heritage stories.

Please bring a dish to share that reflects your ancestry, or a salad, side dish or dessert. Don’t know your history/ancestry? Just bring a favorite dish. You may wish to wear clothing which reflects your ancestry/heritage. Think about sharing stories, perhaps about how family traditions have been maintained, or how holidays and birthdays have been celebrated.

Featured Speaker: Attorney Brendan Mahoney, a member of First Congregational Church UCC in Phoenix, will be our presenter. Brendan will share his extensive knowledge of immigration patterns to the United States over the centuries. Where have our immigrants come from and what were the motivating factors that brought them here? How has the richness of our past histories enhanced our country? A Social Justice Action Team member has heard Brendan’s presentation and rates it A+ so you won’t want to miss this event.

There will be a signup in the narthex beginning late February. If you ride the church bus, that’s no problem, because transportation will be arranged so that you can attend this event.

English Afternoon Tea

Saturday, April 13, 2:00 p.m.

A fun, delicious way to relax and enjoy friends and church family.

Tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts are on the menu along with entertainment and door prizes.

English Afternoon Tea - a 50th Anniversary fundraiser for Church of the Palms UCC, Sun City AZIt’s an opportunity to show your creativity as well. This is an invitation to decorate and wear a hat—-there will be prizes for your unique, imaginative handiwork.

All are welcome to attend this 50th Anniversary fundraising event for a $15.00 donation.

Tickets will be available soon.

Memory and Faith Project Dementia Care and Education

Wednesday, March 13, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered if someone you love is facing Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia? Have you wondered how you might help the individual or family as they faced this?

Are you a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s and facing its many challenges, feeling alone, stressed, or experiencing burnout?

The Church of the Palms’ Faith Health Ministry is pleased to be one of the churches participating in the Dementia Care and Education Memory and Faith Project, an educational project designed to provide education and resources to churches across Arizona. The program is being offered in churches with the goal being to mobilize and educate faith communities, increasing awareness and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and supporting those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

The Church of the Palms’ Faith Health Ministry will be participating in this project by hosting a series of five educational sessions. The programs are aimed at identifying signs of dementia, providing a support system incorporating family, friends and the faith community, and to assist caregivers in their difficult task. Topics being addressed in the series of programs include:

    • The ABC’s of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
    • Is it Alzheimer’s or Natural Aging
    • Brain Tune-up
    • Nutrition and Prevention of Alzheimer’s
    • Memory Screening

The first session will be held at the Church of the Palms on Wednesday, March 13, at 3:00 p.m. A second session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10. The remaining sessions will be held in the fall after the summer travelers have returned. United Church of Sun City will be hosting sessions during the same time frame, allowing interested individuals to “make-up” a missed session.

2019 Spring Rummage & Bake Sale: first call for donations and volunteers

Important dates to mark on your calendar:

Wednesday, February 14, 9 a.m.: Organizational meeting

Sunday, March 10: Bake sale sign up begins (sheet in narthex)

Monday, March 25–Wednesday, March 27: Bring donations to the church

Thursday, March 28–Saturday, March 30: Rummage Sale and Pop Up Bakery!

The hours of the Rummage Sale have changed this year. Sale hours will be as follows:

    • Thursday 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM
    • Friday 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Saturday 7:30 AM to 12:00 Noon

You’ll also be able to use a credit card for all purchases of $100 or more.

The organizational meeting is for volunteers and all those interested in finding out more about the sale.

If you can help or have questions, please contact one of the members of the 2019 Rummage Sale coordinating team:

    • John Durbin ~ Board of Mission and Outreach
    • Pat Durbin ~ Board of Evangelism
    • Judy Jondahl ~ Board of Stewards

Or sign up on one of the volunteer sheets in the narthex or office. We need lots of help and we would love to have you be involved.

If you’ll be baking something for our wonderful bake sale, please plan on filling out the bake sale sign up sheet which will be available in the narthex.

Now’s the time to go through your closets and storage areas and donate those items that have served you well but now need a new life with new owners who’ve been looking for just such items. Your donation items will be sorted, priced, and staged for the Rummage Sale!

If you need to have an item picked up prior to Sunday, March 24th, please contact John Durbin.

We’ll be accepting all donations during the dates above, but the items for the March sale include:

Clothing | Handbags | Shoes | Belts |  Luggage | Linens | Decorative Pillows | Books | DVDs | CDs | Office Items | Electronics | Tools | Notions | Housewares | Furniture

More details will follow. Thank you very much!

We’ll do it all again in October . . .!

“From Jack’s Private Stock”

Jack Evans’ film series returns as “From Jack’s Private Stock”

We’ll watch the film on fourth Fridays at 9 a.m. in the boardroom. Bring a friend! It’s free.

This series begins with Atonement on February 22.

This sweeping English drama, based on the book by Ian McEwan, follows the lives of young lovers Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) and Robert Turner (James McAvoy.) When the couple are torn apart by a lie constructed by Cecilia’s jealous younger sister, Briony (Saoirse Ronan), all three of them must deal with the consequences. Robbie is the hardest hit, since Briony’s deception results in his imprisonment, but hope for Cecilia and her beau increases when their paths cross during World War II..

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Monday, December 24 at 7 p.m.

Experience Christmas Eve in word and music as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service features carols, communion, readings, and the music of our choir and handbells.

All are welcome; no exceptions. Bring family, friends, and neighbors.

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) currently on hiatus.

MONDAY MORNING LIFELONG LEARNING (10 AM – 11:30 AM)

On November 26 (through January 14 with a break from class on December 24 and 31) Nick Nichols will lead us in discussing the DVD, “The Power of Myth” by Joseph Campbell.

On January 21 we will begin a continuation of the class on “White Privilege” which will take us through April 15 (no class on Feb. 11 or March 18).

FELLOWSHIP BREAKFASTS (2ND TUESDAYS)

Continental-style breakfasts follow a speaker and program. Bring a friend or neighbor. Freewill offerings accepted to defray the cost.

On January 8, Susan Herschberger will present “Scientific Hucksters.”

INCHWORMS (Tuesdays, 10 a.m.)

Led by Mary Whitlock, this group pursues a book discussion. In December, we’ll begin inching our way through How to Read the Bible Today by N.T. Wright.

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

This energetic group reads and discusses progressive theology
and its perspective on contemporary issues; facilitated by Kay Klinkenborg.

We began a new book, Coming Back to Earth: From gods, to God, to Gaia by Lloyd Geering, on Tuesday, October 23rd. Geering takes us on a journey that explores the evolution of religion and the history of the Christian faith as we encounter new understandings of our faith in the face of the ecological crisis which has been said to be the most important problem humans have ever had to face.

JUMP START (Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m.)

A lively discussion of next Sunday’s Scriptures. Fellowship, study, and discussion of four Bible passages assigned for the upcoming Sunday’s worship service from Old Testament, Psalms, and New Testament. Bring a light snack to enjoy.

JACK EVANS PRESENTS: The Palms’ monthly film

Stay tuned for more information.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON LIFELONG LEARNING (1:30-3 PM)

(currently on hiatus) October 14—January 20: no afternoon class

Fellowship Breakfast

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 8 a.m. TBA


Tuesday, February 12, 8 a.m.

The Stones Cry Out: The Story of the Palestinian Christians

Christians have lived continuously throughout the Middle East for 2000 years. They’re the descendants of those early followers of Christ. Yet few are aware of their continuing existence there. It’s important that people understand the living aspect of Christianity in Palestine. That it’s composed not only of the “dead stones” of archeological sites, but of living people, practices, resistance to occupation, and steadfast hope.

Church of the Palm’s Social Justice Team will sponsor the February Fellowship Breakfast – Tuesday, February 12th at 8 a.m. Using a recent video, we’ll focus on both the history and present of Palestinian Christians. In addition, Beth Moore will provide an update on the Nassar families international peace work at the Tent of Nations – outside of Bethlehem.

Be sure to sign up for this event in the narthex or by calling the church office!

Thanksgiving Feast

Joyce Spaulding Memorial Community Thanksgiving Feast

The Church of the Palms invites all to join us for our annual Thanksgiving Day dinner!

The meal is free and the event is handicap accessible.

Please call early for reservations 623-977-8359 or use the sign up sheet in the narthex.

Wendy Whitlock has graciously offered to serve as event coordinator; please let her know if you can volunteer or have questions.

Bring-a-Friend Sunday

Sunday, November 11, 10 a.m.

Worship will be followed with a free lasagna and salad lunch.

Meet new people, share worship together, and enjoy a homemade lunch!

Like our rummage sale, this event helps people to learn about the church and to be blessed by the love and welcome that we share.

Bring a friend, bring two, bring a bunch!

Palms people: Use the sign-up sheet in the narthex so we know how many to plan for.