Shower trailer one-year anniversary!

It’s the church being the church! There are so many good things happening at The Palms – our mission and outreach ministry with our homeless population is certainly at the forefront of that! It’s the church being the church! This week marks the one-year anniversary of our Feet-N-More Shower Trailer ministry. This ministry goes out… Continue reading Shower trailer one-year anniversary!

Welcome, Jennifer Hoppe, our new keyboardist / accompanist

Great things are happening at The Palms! We are dreaming big, acting boldly, and loving God. To that end, we welcome Jennifer Hoppe! She will be our new keyboardist / accompanist. Her skillset has taken her around the world—she’s worked for the Metropolitan Opera and most recently four years of teaching and performing in Italy.… Continue reading Welcome, Jennifer Hoppe, our new keyboardist / accompanist

“Did-Ya-Know?” top ten

10. Did you know that we expanded our Feet-n-More Shower Trailer ministry in 2021? It traveled from Sun City to Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Tempe – all over the metropolitan area. 8. Did you know that buying Girl Scout cookies and donating them to the church office is calorie-free? 7. Did you know that we received over $518K… Continue reading “Did-Ya-Know?” top ten

Don’t miss my State of the Church address

Thirty years ago I was listening to President Bush give the State of the Union address. The governor then gave the State of the State and the mayor the State of the City. I thought, “Why can’t a preacher do the same thing with the church?” To my mind, my thought was so original and… Continue reading Don’t miss my State of the Church address

We have a good group guiding us

Our Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 29 at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary will be a celebration: record-setting financial giving to the church, great volunteer leadership, expansion of our social justice ministry, hope for tomorrow. Having said that, every time I start to think that I have this Covid thing figured out, a new wave… Continue reading We have a good group guiding us

Anniversaries are an important part of life

On this day, 31 years ago, I was ordained into Christian ministry. My family and church family gathered to celebrate. My travels have taken me to serve churches in Texas, Florida, back to Kentucky and finally home in Arizona. My family has changed as well (with the addition of two more kids). How blessed I… Continue reading Anniversaries are an important part of life

2022 resolutions the fabulous Whitlocks shall attempt

New Year’s resolutions are common this time of the year. Overheard at dinner, here are some of the (tongue in cheek) resolutions the fabulous Whitlocks shall attempt:  I resolve to keep my fake houseplants alive this year. I resolve to stay within the earth’s atmosphere all year. I resolve to not move this year. I… Continue reading 2022 resolutions the fabulous Whitlocks shall attempt