We celebrated Pastor Jim’s return from sabbatical! The joy was palpable. The smiles came readily. The laughter was contagious. In the midst of all of life’s brokenness and sorrow, a holy moment of love shined upon us and embraced us reminding us that love is still present and active. And now we get to focus… Continue reading It was a wonderful Sunday.
When Hitler began interfering with the churches and humiliating, torturing, and killing the Jews, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a loyal German himself, began to resist and protest. Being a minister, he refused to take part in the state churches which bowed to the Nazi’s demands. Some other ministers faced this tragic situation with quite a different logic.… Continue reading We will not be “taking the summer off” of ministry
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… Continue reading My seventh anniversary of being pastor at the Palms!
After a two-year absence, Church of the Palms is happy to announce that the Spaulding Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner will once again take place in King Hall on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2022. We’ll be serving the meal between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM. This meal takes place with generous donations of food from our… Continue reading Spaulding Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner is BACK!
It’s that time of the year when things start to get busy at The Palms. Our winter friends are returning, meetings and classes are happening with greater frequency, and our social justice ministry, which never takes a day off, is expanding! We are busy being the church, the palms of Jesus. Thanks be to God! To… Continue reading If you can no longer march, what can you do?
Sunday, May 15, 2022 will be a special day at Church of the Palms. During the worship service we will focus on mental wellness and hear from members of our WISE Congregation for Metal Wellness Team. It will be Pastor Paul’s last Sunday with us before embarking on his well-earned sabbatical. After the service, our… Continue reading Mental Wellness / Sabbatical Farewell / Ministry Fair / Fellowship Cookout
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!
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
My favorite quote is, “To love another person is to see the face of God.” ―Victor Hugo, Les Misérables. I mentioned this fact at our annual meeting last week. My prayer this year in 2021 is for us to see the face of God in neighbor, children, and creation. This coming year we’ll be doing… Continue reading Seeing the face of God
Seeking JUSTICE through Prayer, Action, Love, Ministry & Support P. A. L. M. S. The Church of the Palms Social Justice Team, which is part of the Board of Mission & Outreach, is moving forward by addressing major social justice issues of our times. Using the scripture passage from Micah 6:8, “And what does the… Continue reading Social Justice Team update