Jim Alexander’s Ordination

The members of The Church of the Palms and the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ joyfully invite you to

The Ordination of James E. Alexander
to the Ministry of the Word and Sacrament

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 3:00 p.m. at the Church of the Palms.

All clergy are asked to arrive at 2:30 p.m. with robes to assemble for the processional. A reception will follow the service.

It’s time for ordering Poinsettias!

We will be decorating our Sanctuary with vibrant, beautiful multi-colored poinsettias.

We invite you to memorialize your flowers by filling out your offering envelope marked “Poinsettia” including $10 and give it to the church office by December 20th . Please honor this deadline so the memorial bulletin can be prepared for Christmas.

Those folks without giving envelopes may pick up a Poinsettia coupon on the Opportunity Table in the Narthex, fill it out and return it to the office or put it in an envelope and drop it in the giving basket on Sunday.

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

Ride the Palms bus to worship

Ride the Palms bus to worship!
Ride the Palms bus to worship!

To arrange your ride to worship or to ask questions, call Mary Kennicott (623-249-8999) by Friday at noon. You will receive a call back by Saturday. Your friends are welcome to ride the bus as well. 




rummage sale gift certificates

The next best thing to inviting a family member, neighbor or friend to join you in church on Sunday morning is to invite them to the Rummage Sale. And who knows, if they come to the Rummage Sale and meet our wonderful volunteers, they may just decide to try church!

So, here is the deal: Buy a $5 (or $10 or $20) Rummage Sale Gift Certificate and give it to your family member, friend or neighbor. Encourage them to come, have fun, meet great people, and find a new treasure!

Rummage Sale Gift Certificates will be available starting in early October!

2017 Rummage & Bake Sale, Part II – first call for donations and volunteers

There will be an organizational meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12th 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 2017 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!!

Please continue to pray for Debby Stinton and family

debby and rick
Debby and her son, Rick

On the morning of Tuesday, August 8, Debby Stinton, our pastoral assistant, learned that her son, Rick Woodford, had been hit by a car and suffered numerous internal and external injuries. Rick passed away on August 22.

A Go Fund Me page was set up for Rick’s medical fund, if you feel moved to contribute.

Please keep Rick, Debby, and their family and friends in your prayers.

Grief Share

Fridays, 1 to 3 p.m.
September 15 through December 22

For people grieving a death of a loved one.

You can come for one or all of the sessions. (You don’t have to commit to all of them). Each session is a complete lesson in and of itself. Come when you can.

Jim Alexander moving forward for ordination!

We are rejoicing with Jim’s news that he has the blessing of the Southwest Conference’s Committee on Church and Ministry A as he pursues ordination in the United Church of Christ.

Many of us have prayed and worked to make this happen – none more than Jim himself! And we rejoice! We rejoice with Jim, his husband, Jeff, and with each person in The Palms’ family.

Pastor Paul

And here is a note from Jim:

I wanted to reach out to you, my faithful partners on this MID journey, and let you know that today COCAM voted “Yes” to moving me forward for ordination. This is wonderful news! I am grateful to God and to each of you who have been walking with me every step of the way. Thank you for your prayers, your hours of labor & organization, and for your love of Christ. May our ministry together continue far into the future.

We will schedule the Ecclesiastical Council for Sunday, November 19th (time to be determined) shortly. The actual ordination will be scheduled and planned once the EC takes place.

Thank you again for your love and support!