Annual Summer Salad Spectacular

Sunday, July 8, 11:30 a.m.

Visitors are welcome!

We start with fresh, crisp greens and add all the diverse and wonderful ingredients that make a salad a SALAD. The best part of the feast is that everyone contributes their favorite “fixin” to the salad. It might be olives, garbanzo beans, onions, mushrooms, raisins, etc.… You name it, you bring it, and we will put it on your plate.

It is a wonderful way to enjoy a great meal with the Church of the Palms family, enjoy some good fellowship, and perhaps hear some July patriotic music.

Mark your calendar now for July 8th.

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

Proudly presented by the Church of the Palms’ Board of Evangelism.

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

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

“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.

FELLOWSHIP BREAKFASTS (2ND TUESDAYS)

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.

THIRD FRIDAY MOVIES (Jack Evans)

[on summer hiatus]

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

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

Yoga at breakfast!

Tuesday, June 12, 8 a.m.

Join us for our first Continental Fellowship Breakfast!

Jill Ellis (cousin of Debby Stinton), certified in B.S. Iyengar Yoga, will be talking about different types of yoga and why she chose Iyengar.

She will also treat us to a demonstration and instruction on a few simple poses.

All are welcome!

Page to Projector

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

Our last two “morning movies” (9:30 a.m.) are from novels set in the 50s, 60s and 2000s.

Friday, May 18th: Robert Harris’ taut thriller “The Ghost Writer”

Friday, June 15th: Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize winner ”The Sense of an Ending.”

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.

 

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

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.

Women’s Discussion Group

From Debby Stinton:

I am delighted to host a “Women’s Discussion Group” on Wednesday, December 6th at 10:30 am to chat about what we want as a group going forward. In the past, the group has been a Bible study, but I have been in conversation with some women here in the church, and we were thinking we could expand the discussions to current topics and issues that we have specifically as women. Plus, it is a great opportunity to make new women friends here at the Church.

Tuesday Fellowship Breakfast – Nancy Tsuchiya presents: “Memoir Writing made Fun and Easy”

November 14, 2018, 8:00 a.m.

Enjoy a full, hot breakfast provided by our always smiling kitchen team of Maria and George Wall and Bonnie Green. There is no charge for our breakfast. The free will giving basket will be out. Invite a friend or neighbor!

Meet Nancy:

I grew up in a big family with lots of aunts and uncles and cousins. For me, as a youngster, listening to the aunts and uncles and my grandmother was the highpoint of our holiday gatherings. My formal education included Sociology, Journalism, and Photojournalism. Certified and licensed to interview and photograph, I eagerly entered the working world and continued my education across from willing story tellers in unusual places. After my daughter was born I began freelancing as a memoir ghost writer and later teacher.

It is my conviction, proven by experience, that everyone has a load of wonderful stories and brilliance in his or her own way. Everyone has a different and distinctive voice (think orchestra or flower garden). By bent of genes, disposition, and God’s grace, I know how to tease stories out of people in a way that delights and surprises the story teller. The Scottsdale Library System, Paradise Valley Junior College, and the Sun City Bell Library are a few of the places I’ve taught classes in the Phoenix area over the past 26 years.

I have been a member of The Church of the Palms since August, and have been made to feel more than welcome! I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. Hey, let’s swap stories and have fun.

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.