50th Anniversary update

Those of us who use social media have seen the question, “Where were you on July 20, 1969?” Most of us can give a reasonably accurate account of whether or not we witnessed the lunar landing on that day. I have another question for you – where were you in October, 1969?

From some of the conversations I have had lately, I can tell you that in the fall of 1969, as newlyweds, Sandy and Bob Krueger were setting up housekeeping; Jane Zukowski was a stay-at-home mom making sure her young son, Jim Alexander, got off to kindergarten during the week in Winslow (we will try not to hold that against you Jim); while Carol and Clint Reynolds, with their four children, had recently relocated from California to Flagstaff where Clint was the pastor of the First Congregational Church, a church near and dear to my heart.

Meanwhile, here in Sun City, in the fall of 1969, there was a dedicated gathering of kindred souls, under the direction of Dr. Albert King, also relocating from Calif, who envisioned building a new church. They met weekly in the parsonage, discussing the formation of the first church in Phase II of Sun City. The United Presbyterian denomination, the Disciples of Christ, and the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ worked together helping establish the new church.

So, where were you, specifically, on October 5th, 1969? Any thoughts? I can tell you it was Worldwide Communion Sunday and the first Sunday of worship in Sun City for Church of the Palms. The congregation met in Town Hall North, which I believe was Oakmont Center, for a time, waiting for the completion of Lakeview Recreational Center before the groundbreaking of the building of our current sanctuary.

Needless to say, we are celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2019. The anniversary committee has designed outstanding projects and events as part of our celebration.  The first event is a fundraiser (yes, celebrations of this nature need funding), a Chili Cook Off following worship September 23. A freewill offering jar will be available. Kevin Nicastro and Michael Cullen are leading this event.

We currently have enough volunteers who are cooking chili, thank you. We are in need of salads and condiments such as sour cream and shredded cheese.

Also, please sign up in the narthex if you will be attending so that we can be prepared.

Come with us on the journey ahead. We are looking back at the early years of our church and toward what the next years will bring. We are celebrating the past and embracing the future.

Sandy Znetko
50th Anniversary Chair

Chili Cook-off

Sunday, September 23, 11 a.m.

Come one, come all to the Chili Cook Off!

This event is a fundraiser for our upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2019. A freewill offering jar will be available.

We currently have enough chili cooks, thank you!

We are in need of salads and condiments such as sour cream and shredded cheese. And chili eaters!

All are welcome!

2018 Fall Rummage & Bake Sale – first call for donations and volunteers

There will be an organizational meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 13th 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 2018 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.

More details will follow soon. Check the September Palm Leaf to see what items are needed.

Thank you very much!!

Jack Evans presents: The Palms’ monthly film

Good friend and film aficionado, Jack Evans, will once again be our guide this Fall and Winter for an eclectic and varied line-up of movies.

This season, we have something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue:

September 21st: HAROLD AND MAUDE
Hal Ashby’s cult classic from 1970 about a young man who falls in love with a 79 year old woman.

The highly imaginative Charlie Kaufman wrote the screenplay for this Michel Gondry film about two lovers who have erased memories of each other’s existence . A new cult classic that’s postmodern cinema at its best.

One of America’s best filmmakers of the past quarter-century, Wes Anderson borrows stories from the once popular but now obscure Austrian author Stephan Zweig to forge this intricate tale of love and intrigue.

December 14th: THE DEEP BLUE SEA
This destructive love affair set in World War II, features powerful performances by Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston and is directed by the great British filmmaker Terrence Davies.

Fellowship Breakfast

September 11, 8:00 a.m.

Speaker: Education Activist Jan Nichols

“The Black Money Hole of Charters & Vouchers”

A native Arizonan, born in Winslow, Arizona, Jan went to Scottsdale Public Schools all 12 years and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University, a Masters Degree in Secondary Education, Reading Diagnosis & Treatment.

One of founders for manpower training program Phoenix Opportunities Industrialization Center (still operating.)

Taught 40 years in public school and is a lifetime member of AEA-NEA.

Has spent eight years researching the money trail of charters & vouchers for efficiency & effectiveness in addressing the needs of all students.

Jan says “I am concerned also with corruption & fraud in the for-profit industry of charters.”

Jan has given this presentation all around the state of Arizona.

After the program, enjoy a continental breakfast – the free will giving basket will be out. Invite a friend or neighbor!

Page to Projector

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

9:30 a.m. Friday, August 17:  “The Age of Innocence”

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.


Writing the Psalms – at breakfast!

August Continental Fellowship Breakfast
“Writing the Psalms”
Presented by Kay Klinkenborg

August 14, 8 a.m.

Each person has innate creativity; the question becomes how to express it. “Writing the Psalms” is an experiential presentation by Kay F. Klinkenborg on models to tap your own sacred thoughts and create psalms like those found in the Hebrew Scriptures. Did you know it took over 70 people 1000+ years for the Psalms to be completed? So– there is not just one model. All has not been written that needs said….your voice is needed. Come explore ways to write your spiritual thoughts and questions. This interesting topic comes with a continental breakfast menu.

Invite a friend or neighbor to join us!

“Sing in Unity” – an ecumenical music event

Sunday, July 29, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Church of the Palms
14808 N Boswell Blvd.
Sun City, Arizona 85351

You are invited to “SING IN UNITY” – an ecumenical hymn sing and worship service hosted by The Church of the Palms.

You will hear worshipful vocal and instrumental music by some great musicians of the participating churches. You will also have an opportunity to join in song with the crowd that gathers together in praise to God!

Light refreshments will be provided after the service.

No tickets needed. Please come and sing (or just listen) in unity!

All are welcome. Church of the Palms is an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation.

four-hand piano by Rev. Jim Alexander and Elaine Bunney
Have you ever seen a four-hand piano? The afternoon will begin with a prelude by Elaine Bunney and Pastor Jim as they play some lively hymns arranged for four-hand piano.
Jeff Sinley from Faith Presbyterian on trumpet and Susan Thacker from The Palms on sax
Jeff Sinley from Faith Presbyterian will be playing his trumpet. Susan Thacker from The Palms will be playing her sax! Heavenly music will fill this place! Hope to see you there.
Sing in Unity ecumenical hymn sing, hosted by Church of the Palms UCC, Sun City, Arizona
Come hear some golden oldies like “Preachin’, Prayin’ Singin'” sung by Roy Spaulding (Church of the Palms). You will also hear some contemporary music like “More that Wonderful”, sung by Connie and John Groff (Lakeview United Methodist). There will be some toe tappin’ and some hand raisin’.
Sing in Unity - The Palms ensemble
The clock is ticking down to Sunday, July 29th as the final preparations are made for SING IN UNITY. Find your way to the Church of the Palms by 2:00 p.m. You will hear some familiar hymns and songs like “We’ll Understand it Better By and By” by this small group from The Palms! Jane, Paul, Ruthie, Jim, Wendy, Jeff and Elaine will put a smile on your face with this great tune!
Sing in Unity - SING IN UNITY will feature Sheryl and Mike Campbell gettin' jazzy with "O, How I Love Jesus"! This piano/flute duo is from Faith Presbyterian Church.
SING IN UNITY will feature Sheryl and Mike Campbell gettin’ jazzy with “O, How I Love Jesus”! This piano/flute duo is from Faith Presbyterian Church.


Sing in Unity at Church of the Palms UCC, Sun City
Another great feature of our Ecumenical SING IN UNITY event will be the choir from St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church singing “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”. St. Christopher’s will also offer “They Shall Soar Like Eagles”, presented by Charlyn & Killy Balabanis and Don Palm.





The Evans Bell Conversion

The Evans Bell Conversion will perform an excerpt from their program of spoken word and music entitled “Meditations Traveling Towards the Setting Sun” at The Palms’ worship service on Sunday, July 8 at 10 a.m.

Their program is set around a journey that was taken during the last Lenten season. This trip through South East Asia inspired this collection of work that is an attempt to intertwine the ancient rhythms of eastern religions with our own continuing exploration of spirituality in the cosmically focused 21st century.

This is a free event and open to ALL. No tickets are needed.

Jack Evans has been performing spoken word in the Valley for 40 years. He has performed from coast to coast and was the UCC Southwest Conference Official Poet Laureate from 2011-2015.

Tom Bell is a classical guitarist and composer who has been playing and performing for over 40 years. Initially in local bands and over the past 20 years as a solo artist.