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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.

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

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…

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.

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.

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