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

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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.

January Fellowship Breakfast

Tuesday, January 9th, 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!

Our presenter in January is Amy Alves, Reiki Master and author with 30 years of experience.

What is Reiki? Amy will answer everything you ever wondered about the art of Reiki.

Reiki samples at your table by Jan Hutchins and Peter Lewis.

Reiki may change you physically… emotionally… or spiritually.

Come and experience God’s LOVE through the Reiki Light.

Don’t Be Alone This Christmas!

Would you and your other would like to have dinner with another family?

Are you cooking Christmas dinner and you can seat one or more extra guests?

The first signup sheet is – if you can HOST some more people for Christmas dinner in your own tradition. The number in guest’s column is the most people you would like to take. The last column is optional in case the need is great and you can setup extra tables to serve more – then note this greater number also.

The second signup sheet is – if you would like to be a dinner GUEST at another family home.

The third signup sheet is – if you know someone who isn’t here, and you think they should get an invitation to Christmas dinner. Regardless if they are a church member. Put their name and info down and hopefully we can place them.

For the hosts, it doesn’t have to be elaborate. Just your own family tradition – Then just enjoy each other’s company.

Finally, next Sunday (Dec 17) after church we will be matching up hosts and guests and start calling everyone that Sunday and Monday. Hosts will get a guest list. Guests will get time to show up and the name/address/phone# of their assigned host.

Paul Hiles 480-297-3838

December Fellowship Breakfast

Tuesday, December 12, 8 am

Our December breakfast fellowship program will be presented by Sharon Christenson, sharing a once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Kolkata, India. The DVD to be presented was photographed by a professional photographer with help from a drone. This expedition was the very first cruise ship allowed by its government into Bangladesh. Also included were visits to several Andaman Islands. Excursions were mostly done via zodiac boats and tuk-tuks. You will see people and places that few have ever seen. Don’t miss this exciting and informative presentation.

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!

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.

Board of Worship and Fine Arts – November Outing

Saturday, November 11, 11 a.m.

Hola! After a long, hot summer, BOWFA is back to offer interesting and fellowship-oriented outings. The indoor Picnic and Costume Party was a huge hit, so this month BOWFA is offering a field trip to a wonderful Mexican taqueria for lunch!

Revolu is a modern taqueria featuring hand-crafted Mexican Street Fare and drinks. It is located at 15703 N. 83rd Avenue in Peoria.

We will meet at the church and the bus will leave at 11 a.m. sharp. There is space for 24, so we will need folks to carpool after the bus is full. Please let us know if you can help with that by checking the appropriate box on the sign-up sheet.

Join us for fun and fellowship!


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

November 14th, 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.