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This series of films will focus on stories that have moved from the written page to the movie screen.

From a short story, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” to a magazine serial, Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina,” to novels set in the 50s,60s and 2000s. These include Patricia Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt” (also titled “Carol,” the name of the film as well) Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize winner ”The Sense of an Ending,” and Robert Harris’ taut thriller “The Ghost Writer.

Anyone who is interested may also read the corresponding fiction before viewing but it is not necessary for the enjoyment of watching these finely crafted cinematic works of art.

Jack and Pastor Judy will be taking a long delayed trip and will be gone the months of February and March. Films will resume again in April.

 

Friday, January 19th
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

February: No Movie

March: No Movie

Friday, April 20th
Anna Karenina

Friday, May 18th
The Ghost Writer

Friday, June 15th
The Sense of an Ending

Annual Meeting, Potluck, and Service Auction

Members, visitors, and friends are all invited to the 2018 Potluck and Service Auction – sharing Time, Talent, and Treasure to support Church of the Palms vital ministries.

Organized and conducted by the Boards of Stewardship and Evangelism.

On January 27th, our church will conduct its Annual Meeting. Following the meeting we will provide an opportunity to fellowship with one another during a Potluck and Service Auction. What an informative and fun morning it will be!

At the Annual Meeting, we will look back at our accomplishments during 2017 and approve the 2018 budget and list of board and committee members to lead us through 2018.

During the Potluck and Service Auction, we will share our donations of time, talents, and treasures with each other, enjoy good food, and participate in an auction with proceeds going to the Boards of Mission & Outreach, Evangelism,  and Lifelong Learning.

How does the Service Auction work? Think about something you do well and could contribute for someone else’s enjoyment. It could be the gift of time to take someone shopping, pet sitting, homemade tamales, transportation to the doctor’s appointment, homemade bread, dining experience, bird walk, homemade quilt, timeshare weekend, painting, luncheon for four, homemade jewelry, or stained glass. You get the idea.

For the potluck lunch, the Boards of Evangelism and Stewards will provide the main dish (brats & buns) with condiments. All you need to do is bring a side dish or dessert. Then relax, enjoy good friends, good food, and be prepared to bid on all the wonderful donations of time, talent, and treasure available in the auction.

If you have not already done so, please be sure to put your information on the Potluck & Service Auction sign up sheet in the Narthex. If you have questions, talk to a member of the Board of Evangelism or Stewardship.

Lunch at The Spicery

Saturday, January 13, 2018
The Spicery, 7141 N 59th Avenue, Glendale
* bus leaves promptly at 11 a.m. *

The Board of Worship and Fine Arts will host an outing for lunch at The Spicery in Glendale.

Our reservation is for 11:30 a.m. and the bus will leave the parking lot of Church of the Palms promptly at 11 a.m.

A sign-up-sheet is available in the Narthex. As the restaurant has requested a limit of 18 attendees, reservations will be on a first-come basis. Each person attending should put their name on a separate line, rather than, for instance, putting a husband and wife on the same line. It is essential that you indicate whether you will be taking the bus or will drive. The bus is limited to 14 riders, so again reservations for the bus will be on a first come basis.

Social Justice Action Team

Seeking justice through Prayer, Action, Love, Ministry & Support

The Church of the Palms Social Justice Team has been very active. The team members working on the Immigration/Refugee issue have developed a working relationship with Refugee Focus, a division of Lutheran Social Services. For more than thirty years, this organization has served some of the world’s most persecuted people living right here in Phoenix. Violence and armed conflict chase millions of people from their homes, their families, and their countries, forcing them to seek safety in other countries around the world.

Honoring a proud identity as a nation of immigrants, the United States has welcomed refugees and asylees throughout its history. Every year, the State Department identifies global regions in which people have an exceptional need for protection outside of their home countries. These refugees and asylees are then invited to resettle in the “land of opportunity,” in a nation that has traditionally cherished the value of uplifting the oppressed. Refugee Focus services include:

Pre-arrival housing
Case management
English classes
Transportation services
Employment support
Education service
Women’s empowerment
Immigration services

And here is what Church of the Palms Social Justice Team members are doing to support this effort:

Beth Malmgren – tutoring in finances
Linda Hofmann – teaching English
Kurt Hofmann – mentoring families
Nancy & Richard Mueller – teaching English
Suzanne Boisclair – teaching English
Linda Rouches – working with children

Please feel free to speak to any of these Social Justice Team members to see how you could become involved. The Social Justice Team meets the second Friday of the month at 9:30 in the chapel. All are welcome.

 

Gifted singer and songwriter in concert

Thursday, February 1, 7 p.m. at Church of the Palms

General Admission tickets $20 in advance; $25 at door

Tickets are available:

All ticket sales not purchased online are cash only. No refunds.

Tret Fure began her career at the age of 16, singing in coffeehouses and campuses in the Midwest. At 19, she moved to LA in hopes of obtaining a record deal. Within a year she was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, touring with him and penning the single for his album “Mousetrap”. She went on to record her own album in 1973 on MCA/UNI Records, with the late Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer. With the success of that release, she opened for such bands as Yes, Poco, and the J Geils Band.

One of the most prolific artists in the contemporary singer-songwriter arena, Tret Fure has released 15 albums and CDs over the course of her 47 year career. In addition to being a gifted songwriter, Fure has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work.

For more information, email lbgtclubofsuncity@gmail.com

Understanding the Journey of Dementia

King Hall
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
9 a.m.— 2 p.m.

Speaker: Maribeth Gallagher

Learn about dementia and what resources are available to help patients and families.

  • Participants will learn to understand dementia and how it progresses from early to advanced stages.
  • Develop strategies for making and maintaining meaningful connections with the person with dementia.
  • Value the caregiver role and ways to reduce stress.

Maribeth Gallagher, psychiatric nurse practitioner and doctor of nursing practice, directs Hospice of the Valley’s Dementia Program, which has received national and international awards for its innovative approaches to dementia care.

Dr. Gallagher’s commitment to improving dementia care was inspired by her own experiences as a family caregiver, sharing the journey with her loved one from diagnosis to death…

Visitors – you are invited…

…to the next New Member Orientation on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 3:30 pm in King Hall.

The orientation will include introductions and an informational program about The Church of The Palms, followed by a light meal.

The New Member ceremony will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018, during the regular church service.

This invitation is extended by the Evangelism and Growth Board to all visitors (whether new or long-time regular visitors).

The sign-up sheet is now on the opportunity table in the Narthex.

January Fellowship Breakfast

Tuesday, January 9th, 8:00 a.m.

Enjoy a full, hot breakfast provided by our always smiling kitchen team of Maria and George Wall and Bonnie Green. There is no charge for our breakfast. The free will giving basket will be out. Invite a friend or neighbor!

Our presenter in January is Amy Alves, Reiki Master and author with 30 years of experience.

What is Reiki? Amy will answer everything you ever wondered about the art of Reiki.

Reiki samples at your table by Jan Hutchins and Peter Lewis.

Reiki may change you physically… emotionally… or spiritually.

Come and experience God’s LOVE through the Reiki Light.

“White Privilege: let’s talk” presented by the Board of Lifelong Learning

Our Board of Lifelong Learning is presenting “White Privilege: let’s talk” as our Monday morning educational piece, which will run for five weeks starting Monday, January 8th from 10:00 – 11:30 am.

We will be covering Part One of the series, “The Spiritual Autobiography Told Through the Lens of Race.” This is an adult curriculum from the United Church of Christ that’s designed to invite church members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race. We encourage everyone to attend.

Jim Alexander’s Ordination

The members of The Church of the Palms and the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ joyfully invite you to

The Ordination of James E. Alexander
to the Ministry of the Word and Sacrament

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 3:00 p.m. at the Church of the Palms.

All clergy are asked to arrive at 2:30 p.m. with robes to assemble for the processional. A reception will follow the service.