New Member Orientation & Dinner

3:30 pm, Wednesday, November 8, King Hall

We already have many names on the list and would love to see your name there as well. Orientation includes a brief presentation about The Church of the Palms, where we came from…and most importantly…where we are going! Our church is growing and learning and sharing the holy message with joy and thanks.

An always delicious and homemade New Member Orientation dinner will be served right after the presentation. We have been told that the dinner is a real treat!

New Members will be welcomed into the church on Sunday, November 12th during worship.

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays

Friday, November 3, 2017 1 – 3 pm in the Boardroom.

Help and hope as you navigate the Christmas season

Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?

Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death. You’ll learn:

How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
What to do about traditions and other coming changes
Helpful tips for surviving social events
How to discover hope for your future

We know the holidays can be a difficult time after the death of a loved one and so we are offering this program to support one another.  If you feel the need and want support during this time, please join us.  Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex, or contact Debby Stinton.

“Living the Questions” class

Our Monday morning class meets at 10 am. On October 2 we began a new “Living the Questions” DVD with discussion, “The Jesus Fatwah.”

Our October (and one November) topics will be:

  • October 2 “Islam 101: In Which We Tell You Some of What You Need To Know
    About Islam.”
  • October 9 “Misconceptions About Islam: In Which We Help You Adjust Your
    Malarky Filter.”
  • October 23 “Islam In America: In Which We Introduce You to People Who Love
    America and Pray Towards Mecca.”
  • October 30 “Making Connections, Part 1: In Which Non-Muslims Make a Case.”
  • November 6 “Making Connections, Part 2: In Which Muslims Have Their Say.”

NOTE: Rummage Sale Week (October 16-21) there will be no class.

Sneak peek:

Cosmic Christians began another book

On Tuesday, September 19, we began Lloyd Geering’s book, Tomorrow’s God: How We Create Our Worlds.

Geering speaks of God as a central symbol of meaning and discusses the collective drift towards meaning that gave rise to the various religions and explores reasons for their decline. He challenges us to “consciously create new meaning in our lives” and he shows how the Christian tradition may lead towards a new world of meaning.

We meet at the church every Tuesday from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Many of us bring a lunch. All are welcome.

“Krazy Kinfolk”

The Inchworms Class will begin their study of Barbara Essex’s “Krazy Kinfolk” on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Each study unit in Krazy Kinfolk reviews the stories of selected biblical “dysfunctional” families such as:

Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar
Jacob, Leah, and Rachel
Moses, Miriam, and Aaron
Lois, Eunice, and Timothy
Mordecai and Esther
Mary, Martha, and Lazarus

Reflection questions close each study.

Barbara J. Essex is a best-selling author of The Pilgrim Press. She has written 10 books, including the bestselling Bible studies: Bad Girls of the Bible and Bad Boys of the Bible. Essex is an ordained United Church of Christ Minister and Executive Director at The United Protestant Campus Ministries in Cleveland.

Chapter One – Parental Authority
Chapter Two – Blended Families
Chapter Three – Suffering & Grace
Chapter Four – Multicultural Families
Chapter Five – Domestic Violence & Violation
Chapter Six – Singles
Chapter Seven – Overview of Families

October 17: Rummage Sale Kraziness – no class

Jump Start Bible Study – Tuesdays at 4 pm

Jump Start resumes on Tuesday, September 12 at 4 pm in the chapel area or board room.

All are welcome for fellowship, study and discussion of the scriptures from the lectionary for the following Sunday. The lectionary is a pre-selected collection of scriptural readings from the Bible used for worship, study and/or theological discussions. Many Christian churches use the Revised Common Lectionary which follows the liturgical year in a 3-year cycle and provides scriptural recommendations that complement the current season of the liturgical year.

The Bible study group, which meets weekly, begins with a brown bag dinner and fellowship from 4:00 to 4:30 and Bible study from 4:30 to 5:30.

If you have any questions, please contact John Durbin.

The Great Courses “Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad” – Sunday morning discussion

Our Board of Lifelong Learning Sunday Morning Discussion at 8:30 am presents The Great Courses “Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad” taught by Professor Mark W. Muesse. In this course, we examine these four figures both separately and comparatively in an effort to grasp the essential features of their lives and teachings and to explore the factors that contributed to their greatness.  This course includes 36 lectures, but feel free to stop in to view the ones that interest you the most.  Come join the Sunday morning community of lifelong learners!

August 20 – Becoming a Sage

August 27 – A Gentleman and a Scholar

September 3 – Heaven and Earth

September 10 – Doing unto Others

September 17 – How to Rule a Kingdom

September 24 – What a Sage Does

October 1 – Confucius and Confucianism

October 8 – India at the Time of the Buddha

October 15 – Siddhattha Gotama

October 22 – The First and Second Great Awakening

October 29 – Knowing the World

November 05 – Can’t Get no Satisfaction

November 12 – Getting to the Farther Shore

November 19 – How the Buddha Taught

November 26 – The Buddha and Buddhism

December 03 – The Jewish and Roman Worlds of Jesus

December 10 – The Son of Mary

December 17 – The First 30 Years

“Painting the Stars” – new weekly program beginning August 7

“When I have a terrible need of – dare I say, ‘religion’? – then I go outside at night and paint the stars.”  – Vincent Van Gogh

Our Board of Lifelong Learning presents “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion, and an Evolving Faith” a weekly program starting Monday, August 7, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. hosted by Debby Stinton, Assistant Pastor. This is a seven-week program and was produced by the same people that did “Living the Questions.”

Celebrating the communion of science and faith, “Painting the Stars” explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. There is a participant reader written by evolutionary theologian Bruce Sanguin that goes along with the video presentation.

Session titles:

1. Toward Healing the Rift
2. A Renaissance of Wonder
3. Getting Genesis Wrong
4. An Evolving Faith
5. Evolutionary Christianity
6. Imagining A Future
7. An Evolving Spirituality: Mysticism

Living the Questions

Your Board of Lifelong Learning presents –

“Living the Questions 2.0: An Introduction to Progressive Christianity”

a weekly program starting Monday, May 1, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. hosted by Debby Stinton, Assistant Pastor. The program will be offered for approximately 12 weeks. This DVD series was written and produced by Jeff Procter-Murphy and David Felton, United Methodist Pastors.

“Living the Questions is an open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give participants all the answers. LtQ creates an environment where participants not only interact with one another in exploring the best of today’s theological thought, but together strive to explore what’s next for Christianity.”

Let’s do some God-talk!

May 1st – An Invitation to Journey & Taking the Bible Seriously
May 8th – Thinking Theologically & Stories of Creation
May 15th – Lives of Jesus & A Passion for Christ: Paul
May 22nd – Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians
May 29th – Restoring Relationships & The Prophetic Jesus
June 5th – Evil, Suffering & A God of Love, plus The Myth of Redemptive Violence
June 12th – Practicing Resurrection &
Debunking the Rapture
June 19th – Reclaiming the World
June 26th – A Kingdom with Walls & Social Justice: Realizing God’s Vision
July 3rd – Incarnation: Divinely Human & Prayer: Intimacy with God
July 10th – Compassion: The Heart of Jesus’ Ministry & Creative Transformation
July 17th – Embracing Mystery

“The Jesus Diaries”

Tuesdays 10 – 11:15 a.m.
Led by Mary Whitlock

The Jesus Diaries
The Jesus Diaries

Consider what Jesus means to you as we read and discuss these nine, original, short essays from the Stillspeaking Writers’ Group. Includes blank pages at back to write your own words about who Jesus is to you. 48 pages. Paper.

The Stillspeaking Writers’ Group is made up of United Church of Christ ministers, pastors, and authors who collaborate on a variety of resources for people in the church, outside the church, and not so sure about the church. Their motto: “Hearing God where you live (and other surprising places).”

Tentative Schedule for Discussions:

April 18th: “INCONSISTENT ON JESUS” by Lillian Daniel … Lillian writes of different ways she perceives and experiences Jesus … imagines a long table to which Jesus has welcomed all sorts of “sinning misfits,” including her…

April 25th: “NOT ASHAMED OF JESUS” by Tony Robinson … Tony says he was accustomed to the idea that he was to help others, but less accustomed to and comfortable with the idea that he might need help.

May 2nd: “JESUS AND THE CHURCH IN CONFLICT” by Kenneth Samuel … He tells the story of his childhood friend, Stevie… writes of his decision to deviate from the formula for a successful megachurch.

May 9th: “OF WINDOWS AND BODIES” by Quinn Caldwell … How the church strengthened and confirmed Quinn’s faith in ways that neither study nor emotions managed to do…

May 16th: “SAVED EARLY BY JESUS” by Donna Schaper … Donna mentions a particular person, Pastor Witte, who showed Jesus to her. … she goes on to say what that ancient term, “Lord” means for her.

May 23rd: “THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT JESUS” by Ron Buford … Ron writes of himself as “black, orphaned, adopted, gay and liberal.” Ron writes, “What is it about a living Jesus who defies the limits of cultural packaging?”

May 30th: “SEEING JESUS IN THE NIGHT SKY,” by William Green … He compares Jesus to a telescope that helps us to see, and understand, the distant God…Bill distinguishes between “the faith of Jesus” and “faith in Jesus.”

June 6th: “THE GIVER OF SECOND CHANCES” by Christina Villa … Tina describes Jesus on the cross as “some kind of ultimate protest, a refusal to accept,” and later says that Jesus is “the ultimate champion of the underdog.”

June 13th: “GOD WITH A FACE” by Martin Copenhaver … God can seem vague, like a “sacred blur,” writes Martin. But Jesus is “one who makes God real for me.”