2017 Rummage & Bake Sale, Part II – first call for donations and volunteers

There will be an organizational meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12th for volunteers and all those interested in finding out more about the sale.

If you can help or have questions, please contact one of the members of the 2017 Rummage Sale coordinating team:

  • John Durbin ~ Board of Mission and Outreach
  • Pat Durbin ~ Board of Evangelism
  • Judy Jondahl ~ Board of Stewards

Or sign up on one of the Volunteer Sheets in the narthex or office. We need lots of help and we would love to have you be involved.

More details will follow soon. Check the September Palm Leaf to see what items are needed.

Thank you very much!!

Celluloid Psalms

9:30 am, Boardroom

Jack Evans is our guide through a series of four films that draw their inspiration from four different faith sources. These are not “religious” films, but are instead films that derive their stories from characters and themes based on the tenets of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

August 18th Tender Mercies

September 15th A Separation

October 20th A Serious Man

November 17th Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring

Raising the Rainbow Flag Ceremony Photos

Church of the PALMS Social Justice Team:
Seeking justice through Prayer, Action, Love, Ministry & Support

The rainbow flag represents affirmation of our Church’s commitment to be open and affirming and to show our support for the LGBTQ community. The flag is commonly flown with the red stripe on top, as the colors appear in a natural rainbow. The colors were determined to symbolize: life (red), healing (orange), sunlight (yellow), nature (green), harmony/peace (blue), and spirit (purple/violet).

This flag is a statement of welcome. We welcome the LGBTQ community, friends, and family.  But it is more than just that – it is a symbol of welcome to one and all.

Pastor Paul’s statement in worship:

The Social Justice Team raised a rainbow flag this morning.  While some rejoiced with the raising of the flag. Others raised a voice of worry and concern. I want you to know, I have heard both voices. No matter your opinion, I will listen.

A rainbow is a symbol that makes a powerful statement about who we are. Some, I am sure, will reject that openness and that affirming approach. Our own experience in hanging our rainbow banner, last summer, has been extremely well received. The rainbow flowers around the fountain, while battered by the monsoon winds, remain spinning and showing all who enter of our extravagant welcome. Please know that the Social Justice Team and I are not naïve.

When considering this step in faith, we contacted other congregations to get their real life experiences. I contacted several clergy friends within the UCC and the Disciples. Most said, they have only received good comments.  The worst that was reported was from our friend and former Interim Pastor, Jim Meadows.  I had lunch with him this very week. While supporting our move, he reminded me of his experience:  In 15 months, Shepherd of the Hills UCC has had three flags stolen.  Each time Jim just put up a new one. We are not naïve. I expect ours, one day, to be stolen. And if that day happens, (maybe I should say, when that day happens), we will follow Jim’s lead, and put up a new one, again and again.

That fear that some have over this, is just a glimpse, a sliver of what some people deal with 24/7, 365 days a year.

Because, I also know to be faithful to our call from God, we must have a heart, use our brains, and we must muster up some courage.  Rather than living as though we are untouched by faith, let us be the citadel against bigotry. Let us be bold examples for our neighbors of what faithful living looks like.  And let us not shrink and hide from our responsibility to be God’s palms reaching out with love and acceptance. Let us not let fear mongers frame the moment, but rather let us live these days and let us define the moment as an expression of what it is – the rainbow is God’s promise to one and all of love, grace, and acceptance.

PHOTOS FROM OUR CELEBRATION on August 6, 2017:

Thank you Dott M for sharing these photos with us!

Thank you Nancy T for sharing these photos with us!


Photos submitted by Janet H.

                    

 

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.

Filmmakers of the 20th Century – Summer 2017

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

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.

Friday, June 16th
Midnight in Paris
A 2011 fantasy comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. Set in Paris, the film follows Gil Pender, a screenwriter, who is forced to confront the shortcomings of his relationship with his materialistic fiancée and their divergent goals, which become increasingly exaggerated as he travels back in time each night at midnight

Friday, July 21st
The Double Life of Veronique
The Double Life of Veronique is a 1991 French-Polish-Norwegian drama film directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and starring Irène Jacob. Written by Kieślowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz, the film explores the themes of identity, love, and human intuition through the characters of Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Véronique, a French music teacher. The two women do not know each other, and yet they share a mysterious and emotional bond that transcends language and geography.

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.