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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, November 17th
“A Serious Man”

Friday, December 8th

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

Tuesday Fellowship Breakfast – Nancy Tsuchiya presents: “Memoir Writing made Fun and Easy”

November 14th, 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!

Meet Nancy:

I grew up in a big family with lots of aunts and uncles and cousins. For me, as a youngster, listening to the aunts and uncles and my grandmother was the highpoint of our holiday gatherings. My formal education included Sociology, Journalism, and Photojournalism. Certified and licensed to interview and photograph, I eagerly entered the working world and continued my education across from willing story tellers in unusual places. After my daughter was born I began freelancing as a memoir ghost writer and later teacher.

It is my conviction, proven by experience, that everyone has a load of wonderful stories and brilliance in his or her own way. Everyone has a different and distinctive voice (think orchestra or flower garden). By bent of genes, disposition, and God’s grace, I know how to tease stories out of people in a way that delights and surprises the story teller. The Scottsdale Library System, Paradise Valley Junior College, and the Sun City Bell Library are a few of the places I’ve taught classes in the Phoenix area over the past 26 years.

I have been a member of The Church of the Palms since August, and have been made to feel more than welcome! I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. Hey, let’s swap stories and have fun.

Bring a Friend Sunday

November 12, 2017

Church of the Palms: The Friendliest Church in Town!

The Board of Evangelism encourages everyone to invite their friends and neighbors to come to our inspirational Sunday worship service at 10:00 a. m. and stay for the luncheon to follow. Just think, if each one in our church family brings even one guest, the pews would be overflowing with folks who may wish to worship with us again at The Palms. Please RSVP using the signup sheet in the Narthex with the number of guests in your party. There is no charge for the lasagna luncheon. If you have questions, please contact Pat Durbin (623.696.8866) or Debi Martin the office.

Refugee Focus

November 14, 2017 – leave Church of the Palms at 11:00

Enjoy the lunch of your choice at a location in Park Central Mall at 12:00 noon, then go to Refugee Focus campus for orientation and tour from 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Return to Sun City approximately 3:00 pm

Come along with your Social Justice Team (SJT) and visit the Refugee Focus campus in Phoenix. Refugee Focus is a division of Lutheran Social Service of the Southwest and is supported by many local churches. Your SJT has identified it as an organization with which we plan to partner. This visit will point out ways in which we can do that.

For more than thirty years, its refugee services have served some of the world’s most persecuted people 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. Every year, the United States 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 cherishes the value of uplifting the oppressed.

With volunteers and community “Welcome Teams,” Refugee Focus builds self-reliant foundations for approximately 1,000 refugees each year. Their services include: Pre-arrival housing, case management, English classes, learning to navigate transportation and basic public services, employment support, K-12 refugee education services, women’s empowerment classes and other immigration services.

“Refugee Focus gave us a stepping stone that helped us stabilize and
start living again. There have been many challenges. But there were so
many people to help us. We have worked very hard to become a part of
the fabric of what it means to be American.” – Petrit, former refugee

The Social Justice Team will be taking our church bus to the central Phoenix campus to “Come & See” what this nationally recognized service provides to refugees and asylees.

Sign-up sheet is in the Narthex. For more information, contact Pam Clark at 623-910-4099 or at

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.


The ladies and gents of The Church of the Palms are feverishly preparing for their autumn rummage sale (Oct. 19th thru 21st ). Wonderful new-ish things: Kitchen accessories, tools, toys, medical equipment, sports equipment, furniture and clothing, as well as holiday decorations are being priced and shelved for your easy exploration.

The Church of the Palms is located on the southwest corner of 103rd and Boswell Avenues. The Sale hours are from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and until noon on Saturday.

Church of the Palms UCC church sign
Even our church sign is prepared for the rummage sale!

Pet Blessing

Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m.

Bring your furry or feathered or finned friends to Church of the Palms for a special blessing.

Talent Show, Costume Party, and Indoor Picnic

The Church of the Palms Board of Worship and Fine Arts Presents:

Talent Show, Costume Party, and Indoor Picnic
Sunday, October 29, 4:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited to come for indoor fun, food, and entertainment.

Costumes are greatly encouraged but, true to our church motto, we do not judge!

BOWFA will provide chicken and subs.

Bring a side dish or dessert and join the fun.

Come and share your talent or come to just enjoy the show!

Sign up in the narthex to sing, dance, play an instrument, read poetry, or tell a good story!

How to get your rummage sale donations to the church

Is your junk someone else’s treasure? Take a good look at your “stuff” and consider donating it to the Rummage Sale!

Your donated items should be brought to the church beginning Monday, October 16th thru Wednesday, October 18th. There they will be sorted, priced and staged for the Rummage Sale.

If you need to have an item picked up prior to Monday, October 16th, please contact John Durbin 623-974-8255.

The Rummage Sale will happen on Thursday & Friday, October 19th & 20th, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and  Saturday, October 21st, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday Fellowship Breakfast

October 10, 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!

George Wall will be our guide as he relates the interesting sights and experiences of his and Maria’s trip to Florida in 2008.