HART Pantry update

HART Pantry June/July food items needed:

Apple Sauce cups or fruit cups
Vegetable cups
Fruit juice packs like Capri Sun 100% Juice
Carnation Instant Breakfast packets

Back-to-School Needs List:

Compass and protractor kits
3 ring binders (1 1\2 inch minimum)
Composition books
Pens, pencils, colored pencils, sharpeners, erasers
Assignment/calendar books
Single and multiple subject notebooks
Pocket folders
Glue sticks
Scotch tape
Tissue packs and wipes
Reusable water bottles
Men’s ankle socks medium, large extended sizes
Women’s socks shoe sizes up to l0
Gift cards for Walmart or Target
Men’s/women’s deodorants

Backpacks to be packed by the HART team from a consortium of churches the end of July and sent to schools in time for opening of schools in August.

Please bring your purchased items to church and put them in the Hart Pantry back-to-school bin. These donations are tax deductible.

Church of the Palms’ own Jan Eckstein, chair of our Board of Missions and Outreach, has joined the Board at HART Pantry!

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.

Easter Pop Quiz

Okay, my friends, it is pop quiz time. Here is a set of questions from yesteryear. Enjoy!

Easter I. Q. Test

Instructions:  this is an “open book” test.  Place an “x” on the line if you think the answer is Biblically correct:

1.  The woman/women who went to the tomb was/were:
____a. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary
____b. Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, & Salome
____c. Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Joanna & others
____d. Mary Magdalene

2.  The time of early morning was:
____a. When the sun had risen
____b. While it was still dark

3.  At the tomb was/were:
____a. An angel     ____b. A young man
____c. Two men    ____d. Two angels

4.  The reaction of the woman/women was one of:
____a. Amazement, astonishment
____b. Fear and trembling
____c. Great joy

5.  After leaving the tomb, the woman/women:
____a. Told the disciples    ____b. Said nothing to anyone

6.  The reaction of the disciples at first was that:
____a. They didn’t believe the women; seemed an idle tale
____b. Peter & John went immediately to the tomb

7.  Jesus first appeared to the disciples:
____a. In Galilee, on a mountain
____b. In an upper room in Jerusalem

8.  Jesus seemingly last appeared to the disciples:
____a. On a mountain in Galilee
____b. On a mountain in Bethany (or just outside Bethany)
____c. By the Sea of Tiberias

9.  The gift of the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples:
____a. Before Jesus ascended; in the upper room he breathed on them
____b. After Jesus ascended, on the Day of Pentecost

10. We have many details about the crucifixion and death of Jesus.  Which Gospel writer gives the most details about the actual Resurrection of Jesus from the grave?  Which one best describes what happened when Jesus rose from the dead?
____a. Matthew  ____b. Mark   ____c. Luke   ____d. John

The answers are found in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20-21, and Acts 1. In questions 1 through 9, all of the choices are correct, and in question 10, none are correct, since none of the Gospels describe the actual Resurrection of Christ;  only what happened afterward.

The first mention of the resurrection comes from the Apostle Paul in his letters which were written decades before the Gospels. He fails to mention an empty tomb. It was the living presence of Christ of which he speaks. And for me that’s what matters most – the living presence of Christ which is alive in you and me, in the church, and throughout the world.

Shalom, Paul

Meet the Moderator

George Wall
George Wall

I’d like to thank the church membership for electing me as your new Moderator. I just hope I can do as good of a job as Eona did in these past two years. I was Moderator in 2011, but things were a lot different then and a lot has transpired since.

For those who don’t know me, I was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1936. I joined the Air Force as an enlisted man as soon as I turned 18 and stayed in for 30 years attaining the rank of Chief Master Sergeant (E9). In the Air Force, I worked with computers. When I retired in Montgomery, Alabama in 1984, I worked for a computer company as a manager for 11 years. I moved to Sun City in May of 1999.

My first recollection of a church was attending a church revival about 1947. In the years since I’ve been a member of the Presbyterian Church, non-denominationals at military bases, a Baptist Church in Texas where I was baptized. I joined a 7,000 member Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in 1979, where I remained a member until May 1999 (20 years). During that time, I managed the Wednesday night kitchen servers (40) in order to serve about 1000 to 2000 people each Wednesday night.

I joined the Church of the Palms in March of 2005 and almost immediately Maria and I started helping Doris Gott in the kitchen at the Tuesday breakfast when Doc Mathews left. I’m an avid bird watcher and have traveled to 46 countries mostly bird watching or taking a cruise with my wife. I love the Church of the Palms.

George Wall

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.

Easter Plant and Spring Flower Orders

We are accepting Easter plant and spring flower orders now until April 12th, in the amount of $10 per plant. If you would like to purchase an Easter remembrance in honor of a loved one, please fill out your giving envelope or coupon and make sure it is in the church office by April 12th. The flowers will be placed throughout the sanctuary on Easter morning and available for you to take home or share with a homebound member.

The Church of the Palms is SOUPER BOWL OF CARING Silver Ladle Winner!


Thank you to everyone who stepped up to the challenge….your efforts made the SW Conference news:

February 12, 2017

Written by Diana Graettinger – United Church of Sun City

The New England Patriots Sunday may have won what can be described as a clash of the gladiators, but the real winners were the people of Sun City.

Because Sunday February 5 also ended the weeks-long competition known as the “Souper Bowl of Caring Competition” between three area churches. More than 8,300 cans and packages of soup were collected for local food pantries. 

Earlier this year, the Rev. Brady Abel of the United Church of Sun City threw out the challenge to Faith Presbyterian on Del Webb Blvd lead by the Rev. Dr. Susan Moorefield who collected 675 cans and packages and Church of the Palms of Sun City on Boswell under the leadership of the Rev. Paul Whitlock who collected 4,054 cans and packages. United Church of Sun City ended the challenge with 3,647 cans and packages. 

“I am really pleased with the results because the real winners are the people of Sun City,” the Rev. Abel said.

Rev. Abel started the soup drive two years ago at his church, but this year invited the other two churches to participate. “I am hoping this year’s soup drive will serve as a catalyst for other churches to join in the friendly competition next year,” he added.

The competition began about 20 years ago with a seminary intern serving at a Presbyterian Church in South Carolina. Seven years ago, the Rev. Abel introduced the idea to a church in Missouri where he was the minister. He later brought the idea to Sun City.

Last year, United Church of Sun City contributed more than 1,000 cans and packaged soup to Valley View Food Pantry. The church plans to donate to the same food pantry this year. The other churches will choose their food pantries to donate too.

Because Church of the Palms collected the most cans and packages of soup it won the “Silver Ladle,” which is now on display at the church. The “Silver Ladle” was the brain child of United Church’s Mission Committee. “We are pleased to share this wonderful trophy, but we are hoping it will return to United Church next year,” Rev. Abel said.

“The more churches that participate, the more cans and packages we collect. The idea of sharing and giving during Super Bowl season is our reward,” – Rev. Abel

Contact Rev. Brady Abel for more information at brady.abel@qwestoffice.net or 623-933-0058