My seventh anniversary of being pastor at the Palms!

The beginning of June marks the seventh anniversary of being pastor at The Palms. So many memories come flooding up as I reflect upon this anniversary. I am amazed at the ministry God has done with us – it’s not you or me – but God’s Spirit working through us.

Here’s a top 10 list plus three (in no particular order) of highlights for me:

  1. The ordinations of Pastor Jim, Debby, and Shea!
  2. Bringing Pastor Jim on staff full time!
  3. Solar Panels / Creation Justice Ministry!
  4. New organ!
  5. Building updates: Narthex doors, security system, office updates!
  6. Ministry with the Homeless – Feet-N-More Shower Trailer & I-Help Program!
  7. Living out our Open and Affirming status – Flying the rainbow flag & our ministry with our LGBTQ+ siblings!
  8. Art: Labyrinths, fountain patio!
  9. New bus!
  10. Becoming a WISE Congregation!
  11. Doubling our endowments!
  12. Expansion of our Social Justice Ministry!
  13. Sabbaticals for Pastor Jim and for me!

That’s being the church! Good job, Church of the Palms. I am so very proud of you. Now, what will the next seven years bring? I can’t wait to find out! 

Shalom, Paul