The Church of the Palms Social Justice Team Launched

At the March 18th, 2017 Church Council meeting, unanimous approval was given to establish the Church of the Palms Social Justice Team. The work of this team will include the following activities:

P (Prayer)
A (Action)
L (Love)
M (Ministry)
S (Support)

Each of these activities is an important as the next. So there is a place for anyone interested in social justice on this team.

According to Chris Marshall, author of the book Biblical Justice, “Social justice doesn’t happen by accident. It requires focus, dedication, and commitment. Because of God’s commitment to justice, there is always hope for positive change.”

As an extension of the Board of Mission and Outreach, the Church of the Palms Social Justice Team recognizes that the obligation of social justice falls upon the individual, but that individuals cannot fulfill the obligation alone. Rather, they must work in concert with others, through organized bodies, as a member of a group whose purpose is to identify the needs of society, and, by the use of appropriate means, to meet these needs locally, regionally, nationally, and even globally.

At its initial meeting on April 12th, a number of potential social justice issues were identified by the team for further investigation and possible
action planning. A Social Justice Team planning retreat will be held on Saturday, May 20th at the home of Pam & Paul Clark from 12:30 to 4:30 PM.

Look for further announcements in Sunday Bulletins regarding potential social justice issues and further details on the May 20th planning retreat. Or feel free to talk to Pat or John Durbin, Pam or Paul Clark, Jan Hutchins or Amy Alves, Kurt Hofmann, Debby Stinton, Eona Schulz, or Pastor Paul.

The Ecumenical Renewal Retreat XIV

September 5 – 8, 2017
Chapel Rock Conference Center, Prescott, Arizona

Focus of the retreat will be: Our Worship Music thru the Ages!

On Wednesday, Rabbi Nina Perlmutter & Friends will steer us.

On Thursday, Jim Alexander will lead us.

Mary Whitlock will lead us in Retreat hymns each of the days.

Music is, at its essence, the sound of spirit. When created from the heart and with truth and pure intention, music is a spiritual expression of the most universal nature and the highest order. The spiritual nature of music cannot be defined by religion, culture or genre. Music precedes and transcends all of those frameworks.

The Retreat includes 3 nights lodging, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts, and 2 lunches. The food is fantastic!

Our featured presenters (see below) are well-respected members of their church and temple communities.

You can expect to do some singing and some listening and lots of enjoying!

See registration form in the narthex for retreat enrollment costs and how to enroll.

Rabbi Nina Perlmutter
Rabbi Emerita, Congregation Lev Shalom,
Faculty Emeritus, Yavapai College

Jim Alexander
Church of the Palms,
Minister of Worship & Arts, Pastoral Assistant

Mary Whitlock
Member Church of the Palms,
Retreat Organizer and Bible Study Leader

For more information contact Debby Stinton dstinton@thepalms.org or John Durbin jst4us21@cox.net

Sign up early to get your spot!

Filmmakers of the 20th Century – May 2017

Jack Evans and the Board of Life Long Learning Presents: “Filmmakers of the 20th Century”.

The film for May is John Ford’s The Searchers – on Friday, May 19th, at 9:30 a.m.

Every third Friday of the month throughout the summer, our good friend Jack Evans will treat us to a film presentation in this series.

With the coming of the French New Wave in the late 1950s and into the 1960s, a new emphasis was placed on the concept of the director as the auteur or author of each film he or she produced. The theory formulated was that certain filmmakers, through style and vision, left a highly individualized signature on each movie they made. The French saw in the work of specific directors this most important aspect of film art. Singled out for praise were several directors, including Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford. Over the course of this year we will look at the work of a variety of filmmakers who have left their mark on the art and history of film in the past century.

Valley Women’s Ensemble concert

Free concert!
Valley Women’s Ensemble
Jim Alexander, Artistic Director
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m.

The Church at Cactus
8133 West Cactus Road, Peoria

The Bus will leave from the Church of the Palms at 1:15 p.m.
The Ensemble will present a varied program of music for women’s voices. Come and enjoy!

Welcome, new members!

We are continually delighted by the new folks coming into our church life! Our next class of new members will be received on April 30, with an orientation session and dinner on Wednesday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m.

If you have been considering membership or associate membership, we would love to include you! Give the office a call or sign the Covenant Book in the entry area on Sunday.

Photos from the April Fellowship Breakfast

Pastor Francis from Solution Church shared his experience ministering with refugees from Africa. Solution Church is one of the outreach projects that our Board of Mission and Outreach sponsors. Len Silvester, who first connected us with Pastor Francis, gave us a history of the relationship with Solution Church. Breakfast was delicious, as usual, thanks to George Wall and company.

Alfred Hitchock’s “Notorious” – Friday, April 21, 9:30 am

Jack Evans and the Board of Lifelong Learning Present:
Filmmakers of the 20th Century

Showing next: Alfred Hitchock’s Notorious
Friday, April 21, 9:30 am

Every third Friday of the month throughout the summer, our good friend Jack Evans will treat us to a film presentation in this series.

With the coming of the French New Wave in the late 1950s and into the 1960s, a new emphasis was placed on the concept of the director as the auteur or author of each film he or she produced. The theory formulated was that certain filmmakers, through style and vision, left a highly individualized signature on each movie they made. The French saw in the work of specific directors this most important aspect of film art. Singled out for praise were several directors, including Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, and John Ford.

Over the course of this year, we will look at the work of a variety of filmmakers who have left their mark on the art and history of film in the past century. City Lights, a silent film made by Charlie Chaplin in 1931, was our first showing in March. The film was a real hit with our members and guests!

Join us on Friday, April 21st at 9:30 a.m. for Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious. Great films and great fellowship!

Welcome, new members!

We are continually delighted by the new folks coming into our church life! Our next class of new members will be received on Sunday, April 30th, with an orientation session and dinner on Wednesday, April 19th, at 3:30 p.m. If you have been considering membership or associate membership, we would love to include you! Give the office a call or sign the Covenant Book in the entry area on Sunday.

2017 Holy Week and Easter Services

April 9, Palm Sunday: 10:00 am at Church of the Palms

April 13, Maundy Thursday: 1:00 pm at Church of the Palms

April 14, Good Friday: 1:00 pm at United Church of Sun City

April 16, Easter: 8:30 am and 10:00 am at Church of the Palms

8:30 am: Jim Alexander will be preaching – Walking With Jesus; the Emmaus Monologue based on Luke 24: 13-35.

10:00 am: Senior Minister Paul Whitlock will be preaching on Matthew 28:1-10. What are our Easter dreams for this church, this nation, this world? It is time to get on the streets and enact the word of God.

“The Apostle” showing at Cosmic Christians discussion group

The Cosmic Christians discussion group is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, April 4th at 11:30 am, Jack Evans will be showing the movie, “The Apostle” with Robert Duvall to our group as an enhancement to our discussion of the parable “Hidden Treasure”, Matthew 13:44.

The movie presents the theme of being seduced by what we think is good into action with an immoral outcome. Jack tells us that the movie also gives us a different and sympathetic perspective on fundamentalists. We invite anyone who wishes to come to join us. For more information, contact Linette Stenberg (623-334-9197) or curlinsten@msn.com .