“How does it feel to be back?” I was asked that several times in a variety of ways last Sunday. There are many layers to my emotions of my return – I felt nervous, excited, and welcomed. The church was kind and loving. I felt gratitude, love, and peace. One of the key factors in my… Continue reading “How does it feel to be back?”
I’m back! Well…sort of. It’s going to take some time to get back into the swing of things. Like a player in MLB, I’m going to need some time to get into the rhythm of the day. I pray for your patience! I did want you to know that I am soooooooooo excited to be back… Continue reading I’m back!
Hello Friends and Happy August! Are you also wondering where this summer has gone? We hope you are enjoying the season, whether you are here with us experiencing the heat (and hopefully some monsoon rain) or basking in some cooler weather. Either way, God’s creation is beautiful! Thank you to all who participated in our… Continue reading August notes from your Executive Board
Pastor Paul is on Sabbatical through August 15, 2022. Here’s what to expect: Pastor Paul While on Sabbatical, he and Wendy will travel to see family in the Midwest and California and go overseas and see the sites of London, England. Look closely and you will also find him hugging a giant sequoia, putting his… Continue reading Sabbatical Time: What to Expect
Before I head out on Sabbatical, I wanted to give you one more Top Ten list. I hope that during this time of discernment that you increase your giving of time, talent, and treasure to the church. Now is the time to demonstrate in word and in deed that you love the church. Be… Continue reading One last top 10 list before sabbatical!
Prior to my becoming involved in the leadership at Church of the Palms, when I heard the word “sabbatical,” I thought of a professor taking time away from teaching to do research, write, or travel. I’ve since learned that the word “sabbatical” is a biblical term related to the Sabbath, the seventh day or day… Continue reading Notes From Your Executive Board re: Sabbatical
The sabbatical is getting close. Like a kid approaching Christmas day, I can see it, but it is not here yet. It does, however, occupy much of my thoughts like sugarplums dancing in head. I’m famous for my to-do-lists. My family constantly makes fun of me and my lists. But it is the only way… Continue reading We’re Getting Close
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
Yeah, I’m still here. And I’m trying to finish these last few weeks before Sabbatical—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I begin with two words: Thank you! Thank you for these past six years in which we have journeyed together. There are so many instances where I have seen God at work within the walls of this church… Continue reading Just a few more weeks until…
Sabbaticals are a time for tuning our ears for listening carefully, for discerning the texture and quality of our own paths, for attending to God’s unceasing, creative plea amidst the noise of cultural pressures, the busyness of life, and our own self-limiting habits. Sabbaticals are for pastors and for congregations. I will be going on… Continue reading Tuning our Ears for a Sabbatical