Missing Sermons and Lessons: Part I of II “Why Shy and Silent About Domestic Violence?”

(This series is about adult with adult relationships) by Kay Klinkenborg  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  A topic we seldom write about in our religious or spiritual articles.  I was about 40 years old, married to an ordained minister and the first time in my life I heard a sermon from the pulpit on domestic… Continue reading Missing Sermons and Lessons: Part I of II “Why Shy and Silent About Domestic Violence?”

Can spirituality or religion decrease or even prevent depression?

by Kay Klinkenborg, Church of the Palms UCC; Spiritual Director; Retired: RN, LMFT, Clinical Member AAMFT A burst of joy went off inside me as I read of research by Dr. Lisa Miller, PhD that has clinical documentation revealing depression is avoided and certainly significantly reduced in persons that recorded a high connection to religion… Continue reading Can spirituality or religion decrease or even prevent depression?

Voting on a revised Constitution & Bylaws

Members of the Church of the Palms UCC will be voting on a revised Constitution and Bylaws (CaB) in the coming days. Voting begins on Monday, September 20 at THIS LINK, by telephone 623-748-3574, or in-person following worship next Sunday, September 26. The remaining opportunities for Q&A with the Constitution and Bylaws Task Force via… Continue reading Voting on a revised Constitution & Bylaws

Church of the Palms “Computer Library” is Here: Home Participation Now Available

The Church of the Palms is stepping solidly into the future of being “the church” to those who cannot physically be present for classes, events or worship. Ten Hewlett Packard Chromebook computers have been purchased through a grant to enable anyone to participate who doesn’t have access to Internet or cellphone. The new “hybrid” church… Continue reading Church of the Palms “Computer Library” is Here: Home Participation Now Available

The Palms Receives $5K Hybrid Church Grant

By John Durbin, Moderator A team consisting of representatives from the Boards of Worship and Fine Arts, Lifelong Learning, the Digital & Technical Team, and Pastors and Moderators recently wrote and received a grant of $5,000 from the UCC’s Southwest Conference to expand our hybrid church activities. Hybrid church activities include those actions we were… Continue reading The Palms Receives $5K Hybrid Church Grant

Elaine Klauser is retiring

During all of my tenure here at The Palms, we’ve been gifted with a talented accompanist. It is with mixed emotions that we announce that Elaine Klauser is retiring. She has served the church almost seven years and worked with Pastor Jim 20 years. It’s bittersweet because we are so happy for her and her… Continue reading Elaine Klauser is retiring

Update from the MOD(erator) Squad

You may recall that in our first Mod Squad Palm Leaf article, we promised to use this space to keep you posted on our church leadership priorities for the year. They are: Planning and implementing in-person worship services. Fully implementing the WISE Congregation for Mental Wellness Program. Supporting and expanding the work of the Social… Continue reading Update from the MOD(erator) Squad