Returning to in-person indoor worship 5/2/2021

I’ve been waiting for this Sunday for a long, long time. I confess I have a mixed bag of emotions surrounding it: excitement, anxiety, hope, fear, joy, worry, and gratitude all blended together. Maybe you are in a similar situation. In any case, this Sunday is the day! And together we will support one another with all of our ranges of emotions.
To help us on the logistics, please call our dedicated line: 623-748-3574 and register your attendance or register online here. Outside, we could set up as many chairs as we needed; inside, we need to go under different rules. Yes, we are being abundantly cautious. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe. Remember: masks, temperatures, sanitizer, no hugging.
To help us navigate this Sunday, I’ve made a video on what you might experience on May 2 as you arrive — consider it a “how to return to in-person worship” video. It is at the end of this email. Look for it on the website and Facebook as well.  
This Sunday is also the first time the congregation will be able to hear the new organ live and in person! We are certainly grateful to everyone who gave to bring that new organ to us. The Palms will have organ music for another generation!
Also on May 2, at 3 p.m., we’re hosting Shea Darian’s Ecclesiastical Council along with the Southwest Conference. This will be online and is available by clicking here to register. Come and support Shea!
Shalom, Paul

Shea Darian passed her ordination interview!

Congratulations to Shea Darian! She unanimously passed her ordination interview with the Southwest Conference (SWC) Committee on Church and Ministry. Wahoo!

The next step is her Ecclesiastical Council. It will be online Sunday, May 2, at 3:00 p.m. That group is composed of representatives of congregations from across the SWC. You are welcome to join that group – register here. Shea will present her ordination paper and defend it at the Ecclesiastical Council. After the quiz time, it will be their time to affirm Shea. Once that happens and she gets a job, she can be ordained.

Read Shea’s portfolio here.

Shea is a gifted person and has blessed this congregation in more ways than we can count. We hope you can join us online to celebrate her ministry Sunday, May 2, at 3:00 p.m.

—Pastor Paul