Farm to Table Dining

Saturday, April 28th
The Palms Bus leaves at 10 a.m.

Born from an ancient riverbed that blessed the grounds with naturally-rich soil, The Farm’s vision of sustainability was originally conceived by Dwight Heard (benefactor of the Heard Museum) in the early 1920’s. He acquired a large parcel of land and then subdivided the property into two-acre parcels that he sold for the whopping sum of $1,150 with the distinct purpose of promoting self-sufficiency. Heard offered a cow and fifty chickens with each purchase. That was the beginning of the Farm as we know it today. Please use the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.

-Barbara Arnold, Tour Leader

“Becoming Transgender”

Monday, April 16, 2018, 6–8:30 p.m.
The Church of the Palms, 14808 Boswell Blvd., Sun City, AZ 85351

”in some point of time, every journey must have a beginning, and at this point the journey is usually just a vague idea, such as i want to go hike Mt. Rainer or i want to go to Italy… the journey at this point may be an idea, a hope, a wish or a promise that we can carry with us for years or we put into place immediately… my current journey i carried with me literally my whole life.” -tess julianna

tess julianna was born male and lived her life in that role for 66 years, including a beautiful marriage of 44 years. tess is transgender.

This is a discussion of one person’s lifelong journey and the implication of living a life being transgender. Through understanding can come acceptance.

RSVP: 623-302-0356

Promoted by the LGBTQA Groups and Clubs of Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Sun City & Corte Bella.

The Heart of Nuba

You are invited to experience “The Heart of Nuba” at the April Fellowship Breakfast, Tuesday, April 10, at 8 a.m. This timely and moving film by award-winning director/producer, Kenneth A. Carlson, is presented by Kenneth’s father, Palms’ associate member Rev. Bob Carlson.

The film explores the genocide of the people of Sudan, and the faith and courage of Dr. Tom Catena, an American doctor who selflessly serves the needs of the forgotten Nuba people of Sudan.

This film was so impactful that the President of Sudan, after seeing it, stopped bombing the South Sudan. Wow!! With the bombing stop, innocent lives have been saved!! It is an opportunity you won’t want to miss! ALL are welcome.

Read more: The Heart of Nuba: CNN Coverage

Treasures and treats at our Rummage Sale!

Thursday, March 22, 7:30 am — 2 pm
Friday, March 23, 7:30 am — 2 pm
Saturday, March 24, 7:30 — noon

Our church rummage sale is famous for its:

Treasures: furniture, housewares, books, clothing, DVDs, CDs, office items, linens, notions, shoes, and MORE

Bakery pop-up: cakes, pies, brownies, cookies…(we have the BEST bakers)

Lunch combos: Hot dog, chips, soda, and a cookie $3.50
Add 50 cents and swap out that hot dog for a coney dog, meatball hero, or a sloppy joe!

Shop with a friend, or bring your family! It’s a great place to meet your neighbors, too. We look forward to seeing you.

“Response to Art” show

10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, February 24, 2018 in King Hall

The Worship and Fine Arts Committee is happy to announce an art show!

We expect a wide variety of media with artists from our church and some from the Sun City community. We invite you to come see some surprising hives of buzzing activity in our town.

We also invite you to respond to what you see. More art shows are suggesting a new dimension to the visual experience by articulating written responses as they view — only if wished by the viewer. As an elective addition the church would offer “RESPONSE TO ART” materials and encourage willing visitors to consider small written responses expressing how the various art forms have enriched, expanded or impacted them; as few or many as chosen. This can more fully complete the whole art circle of experience if one desires to do so.

The artists may choose, or not, to sell their works at the show on their own initiative. Our church is not involved in those transactions.

Questions? Contact Judy Beal or Mary Funck.

Gifted singer and songwriter in concert

Thursday, February 1, 7 p.m. at Church of the Palms

General Admission tickets $20 in advance; $25 at door

Tickets are available:

Tret Fure began her career at the age of 16, singing in coffeehouses and campuses in the Midwest. At 19, she moved to LA in hopes of obtaining a record deal. Within a year she was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, touring with him and penning the single for his album “Mousetrap”. She went on to record her own album in 1973 on MCA/UNI Records, with the late Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer. With the success of that release, she opened for such bands as Yes, Poco, and the J Geils Band.

One of the most prolific artists in the contemporary singer-songwriter arena, Tret Fure has released 15 albums and CDs over the course of her 47 year career. In addition to being a gifted songwriter, Fure has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work.

For more information, email

Page to Projector

This series of films will focus on stories that have moved from the written page to the movie screen.

From a short story, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” to a magazine serial, Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina,” to novels set in the 50s,60s and 2000s. These include Patricia Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt” (also titled “Carol,” the name of the film as well) Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize winner ”The Sense of an Ending,” and Robert Harris’ taut thriller “The Ghost Writer.

Anyone who is interested may also read the corresponding fiction before viewing but it is not necessary for the enjoyment of watching these finely crafted cinematic works of art.

Jack and Pastor Judy will be taking a long delayed trip and will be gone the months of February and March. Films will resume again in April.


Friday, January 19th
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

February: No Movie

March: No Movie

Friday, April 20th
Anna Karenina

Friday, May 18th
The Ghost Writer

Friday, June 15th
The Sense of an Ending

Annual Meeting, Potluck, and Service Auction

Members, visitors, and friends are all invited to the 2018 Potluck and Service Auction – sharing Time, Talent, and Treasure to support Church of the Palms vital ministries.

Organized and conducted by the Boards of Stewardship and Evangelism.

On January 27th, our church will conduct its Annual Meeting. Following the meeting we will provide an opportunity to fellowship with one another during a Potluck and Service Auction. What an informative and fun morning it will be!

At the Annual Meeting, we will look back at our accomplishments during 2017 and approve the 2018 budget and list of board and committee members to lead us through 2018.

During the Potluck and Service Auction, we will share our donations of time, talents, and treasures with each other, enjoy good food, and participate in an auction with proceeds going to the Boards of Mission & Outreach, Evangelism,  and Lifelong Learning.

How does the Service Auction work? Think about something you do well and could contribute for someone else’s enjoyment. It could be the gift of time to take someone shopping, pet sitting, homemade tamales, transportation to the doctor’s appointment, homemade bread, dining experience, bird walk, homemade quilt, timeshare weekend, painting, luncheon for four, homemade jewelry, or stained glass. You get the idea.

For the potluck lunch, the Boards of Evangelism and Stewards will provide the main dish (brats & buns) with condiments. All you need to do is bring a side dish or dessert. Then relax, enjoy good friends, good food, and be prepared to bid on all the wonderful donations of time, talent, and treasure available in the auction.

If you have not already done so, please be sure to put your information on the Potluck & Service Auction sign up sheet in the Narthex. If you have questions, talk to a member of the Board of Evangelism or Stewardship.

Lunch at The Spicery

Saturday, January 13, 2018
The Spicery, 7141 N 59th Avenue, Glendale
* bus leaves promptly at 11 a.m. *

The Board of Worship and Fine Arts will host an outing for lunch at The Spicery in Glendale.

Our reservation is for 11:30 a.m. and the bus will leave the parking lot of Church of the Palms promptly at 11 a.m.

A sign-up-sheet is available in the Narthex. As the restaurant has requested a limit of 18 attendees, reservations will be on a first-come basis. Each person attending should put their name on a separate line, rather than, for instance, putting a husband and wife on the same line. It is essential that you indicate whether you will be taking the bus or will drive. The bus is limited to 14 riders, so again reservations for the bus will be on a first come basis.

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…