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.
The phrase, “Thank you,” is an odd one. It can be over used while underused at the same time. In any of its forms, “thank you,” “thanks,” or “thankful” there is a sentiment we need to use more intentionally. Because gratitude, despite what the Hokey – Pokey says, is what it’s all about. Gratitude is… Continue reading Thank you
The time has finally arrived – Pastor Jim’s sabbatical starts right after worship this Sunday. He has earned every second of this time. We wish him the very best as he journeys. There are a couple of rules while he is gone: 1) He’s not allowed to contact us, and 2) We’re not to contact… Continue reading Pastor Jim’s sabbatical is about to begin!
Sabbatical 2023. This time, it’s Pastor Jim’s turn. That’s right, Pastor Jim will be going on sabbatical starting Monday, June 5, 2023, and will return to us on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. A dedicated group of leaders will be helping with the preaching, visiting, music, and technical stuff. Sabbaticals are a time for tuning our… Continue reading Sabbatical 2023
“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