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!

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.

October 12th: ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
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.

November 2nd: THE HOTEL BUDAPEST
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!

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.

In the first centuries after Christ, there was no “official” New Testament. Instead, early Christians read and fervently followed a wide variety of Scriptures—many more than we have today. Relying on these writings, Christians held beliefs that today would be considered bizarre. Some believed that there were two, 12, or as many as 30 gods. Some thought that a malicious deity, rather than the true God, created the world. Some maintained that Christ’s death and resurrection had nothing to do with salvation while others insisted that Christ never really died at all.

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)

September 10th-October 8th
Richard Rohr…Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy
A DVD / Discussion led by Debby Stinton

FELLOWSHIP BREAKFASTS (2ND TUESDAYS)

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

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.

JACK EVANS PRESENTS: The Palms’ monthly film

Check the lineup!

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

September 9th through October 7th
Richard Rohr…Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy
A DVD / Discussion led by Debby Stinton
October 14-January 20: no afternoon class

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!