Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014
GRACIOUS GOD, we come into your house
with grateful hearts. You provide for us as your
people, O Lord, and we rejoice and give you
thanks. It is a joy to gather as a family of faith
whom you have brought together for mutual
ministry and service. We pray for vision and
discernment in our walk with you. Give us the
wisdom to use the gifts you have given us to
be a blessing to others, sharing the good news
of Jesus Christ in what we say and in what we
do. May each part of this service of worship
be pleasing in your sight, O God, for you are
worthy of all praise and honor. Amen.
Church of the Pa ms
a community of faith . . . a way of life
3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239 • Ph (941) 924-1323
Fax (941) 923-9594 •
Prayer line (941) 924-9979
welcome to
w rship
Church of the Palms
Our mission and deep commitment is:
“Equipping Disciples for the Service of Christ.”
We are a community of faith dedicated to a way of life contained in our name:
P. A . L . M. S
P raising God in Worship
A ligning ourselves with Christ
L oving one another in Community
M inistering generously with our Time, Talent & Treasure
S haring our story and The Story
Our Pastors, staff and Session invite you to share not only in our worship, but also
in the exciting opportunities that Church of the Palms offers to learn, serve and
grow in your faith. So whether you are a first time visitor, member, affiliate member
or frequently attend . . .
. . . we are glad you are here!
In Memoriam
We extend our Christian sympathy to the family of William Merrill, who passed away
on October 13; to the family of Philip Moore, who passed away on October 12; and to
the family of Jon William Lowry, who passed away on October 9. Memorial services
are scheduled for: William Merrill on October 20 at 11:00 a.m in the Sanctuary; Clayton
E. Webb on October 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel.
Sanctuary Flowers
The flowers are given today to the glory of God and in loving memory of Louise
Shepherd, from her family; and in loving memory of Payton McHenry, given by
his cousins.
8:00 a.m. Chapel Communion Service
Please sign the red covered friendship pad at the end of the pew.
*Call to Worship
Leader: Bless the Lord, O my soul!
People: Let all that is within me bless
his holy name.
Leader: Do not forget all his benefits. The
Lord forgives all your iniquity, heals
all your diseases, redeems your life
from the Pit, crowns you with
steadfast love and mercy, and
satisfies you with good as long as
you live.
People: Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Leader: Let our worship begin.
*Hymn #420 “God of Grace and God of Glory”
Opening Prayer
Psalm 51
2 Samuel 12:1-9
(Pew Bible Pg. 285)
*Hymn #280 “Amazing Grace, How
Sweet the Sound”
Senior Pastor
Executive Pastor
Congregational Care Pastor
Visitation Pastor
Family Ministry Director
Director of Music Ministry
Organist / Pianist
Dr. Stephen D. McConnell
Dr. Bruce Hedgepeth
Dr. Lal Hmingliani Browne
Dr. Alan Rodda
Laurie Haas
Genevieve Beauchamp
Dr. Jonathan Spivey
Church Copyright License for all Music #706640 • Church Copyright License for all Video #503843606
9:00 a.m. - Paul Goetz, Ginny Greenawalt, Monty & Andrea Jackson, Ben &
Jayne Jacobson, Bob & Edith Lane, Ann Lang, Brigitte Lontz, Dave Lutes, Susan
McKinnon and Carol Selvey. Captain: Bob Nerthling.
11:00 a.m. - Steve Black, Emily Conklin, Jane Delgado-Semidei, Jean DeMeritt,
Jackie Garn, Debbie Keck, Patti Kelly, Bob Luedeka, Peg Pentz, Eleanor Smith, Peg
Tonn, and Carol Spangle. Co-Captains: Pat Frazier and Brad Wilson.
Hearing Loop System in the Sanctuary
Switch Hearing Aids to T-Coil (telephone setting)
Sanctuary Worship Aids: Large-print copies of the Order of Worship and
hearing devices are available. Packets containing children’s worship activities are
available in the Sanctuary and Campus Center. Please ask an usher for assistance.
Sermon Text: Printed copies of previous sermons are available in the Narthex
of the Sanctuary, Campus Center, the Administration Building and on the church
Televised 9:00 a.m. Worship Service - Every Sunday, Comcast Cable Channel
189. Live streaming of the service is available on our website, www.churchofthepalms.
org and may be replayed Sunday afternoon. All services are archived online. DVD
copies may be purchased through the church office.
Join us at 9:00 a.m. in the Campus Center for our Modern Worship service.
Joe Davis ([email protected])
Bruce Hedgepeth ([email protected])
Technical Director: Mike Bassett ([email protected])
Worship Leader: Megan Mooney ([email protected])
Need Someone To Talk To?
In times of trouble, we turn to caring Christian friends to listen to us while we work
through our feelings. A Stephen Minister can become such a friend. If you or someone
you know could benefit from the trained, caring presence and listening ear of a Stephen
Minister, please call our Congregational Care Pastor, Dr. Hmingi Browne at 924-1323.
a celebration of
w rship
9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. • Sanctuary
19th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of invocation
9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
• we gather •
Sandra Schene
Brad Wilson
“Eatnemen Vuelie (Fairest Lord Jesus) ” Frode Fjellheim
Sarasota Young Voices
*Call to worship
*Hymn #420
*Call to Confession
“God of Grace and God of Glory”
• we confess •
*Prayer of Confession (together)
Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love. For we
know our transgressions, and our sin is ever before us. Against you
and you alone have we sinned, and done what is evil in your sight.
Create in us clean hearts, O God. Teach us wisdom, for you desire
truth in the inward being. Wash us, and we shall be whiter than
snow. Restore to us the joy of your salvation and sustain willing
spirits within us. Have mercy on us, O God, and put a new and right
spirit within us. Amen.
*Declaration of Pardon
Leader: Friends, believe the good news of the Gospel.
People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
*Congregational response (together)
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, Amen.
*Affirmation of Faith - The Apostles’ Creed (together)
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the
Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day
he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on
the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come
to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy
catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the
resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
Church of the Palms
• we share •
O for a thousand tongues to sing
My dear Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of God’s grace!
Life at Church of the Palms
Please sign and pass the red covered friendship pad at the end of the pew.
“Here I Am to Worship”
Russell Mauldin
Praise & Glory Choir
Light of the world, You step down into darkness,
Opened my eyes, let me see.
Beauty that made this heart adore You,
Hope of a life spent with You.
And here I am to worship;
Here I am to bow down;
Here I am to say that You’re my God.
You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy,
Altogether wonderful to me.
King of all days, O so highly exalted,
Glorious in heaven above.
Humbly You came to the earth You created.
All for love’s sake became poor.
And I’ll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross.
No I’ll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross.
New Member Recognition and the Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom
come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day
our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is
the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
“Little David, Play on Your Harp”
arr. Rollo Dilworth
Sarasota Young Voices
Little David play on your harp,
Hallelu, hallelu.
David was a shepherd boy,
He killed Goliath and shouted for joy.
David was a shepherd boy,
Don’t you know he killed Goliath and shouted for joy.
Joshua was the son of Nun,
He never would quit ‘til his work was done.
Joshua was the son of Nun,
Don’t you know he never would quit ‘til his work was done.
David played, he danced and sang all day ‘til the heavens rang.
Singin’ songs of joy and praise,
David played his harp for the rest of his days.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Laurie Haas
Children’s MomenT (9:00 a.m.)
*Hymn #298
“There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”
Scripture LESSON
Leader: This is the Word of the Lord!
People: Thanks be to God!
2 Samuel 12:1-9 (Pew Bible Pg. 285)
Dr. Bruce Hedgepeth
• we GO •
*Hymn #280
“Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound”
Benediction Response
“It Takes a Village”
Sarasota Young Voices
Joan Szymko
*Congregation, please stand if able
Messiah Rehearsals
Tuesday, October 28 • 7:00 p.m. • Music & Arts Building
If you enjoy singing, join the Sarasota Chorale Society
for their 70th production of The Messiah by G.F.
Handel. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, October 28
at 7:00 p.m. in the Music & Arts Building. For more
information, contact Genevieve Beauchamp at 924-1323,
[email protected]
All Saints Day Celebration
Saturday, November 1
5:30 p.m. • Campus Center
All Saints Day Celebration will be held on Saturday,
November 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Center. It will be
a potluck supper, so be sure to bring a dish to share. Dress
up as your favorite saint or your favorite living Christian
person. Come one, come all! The whole congregation is
invited - don’t forget to a friend or two...or five!
Church of the Palms
November 9 • Chapel Reception Room
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. New Members Part 1 - COP Orientation: If you are
ready to make a deeper commitment to the Church of the Palms family of faith or
would just like to explore what that means, then this is the class for you! Just here
seasonally? Come learn about our affiliate membership.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. New Members Part 2 - Join The Community: If
you have made the decision to join our community of faith, this is your opportunity
to be received into membership. The only prerequisite is to have attended a New
Member Orientation. No need to sign up for either New Members Part 1 or 2...just come
to the Chapel Reception Room!
Call to Prayer
Sundays, 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Chapel Reception Room
Join us every Sunday before the services as
we pray for our pastors and the morning
services. Come and pray silently or out
loud. Contact Susan Grundy, 355-2156.
Remember In
Missionaries & Mission Partners
An updated list of our supported worldwide and local mission partners and missionaries
is available on the literature racks at the doors in the Sanctuary, the Campus Center
and the Church Office. We ask for your continued prayers for all of our Missionaries
and Mission Partners.
June LeBell Alley
Earl Bloom
Betty Brook
Dottie Cole
Joyce Christiansen
Mary Frances Dockum
Jo Drymon
Janet Eddy
Aaron Gooding
Babe Hart
Mary Jaqua
Beverly Killian
Bob Kramer
Paul Mercer
Mae Perry
Ragnar Petri
Linda Dallman-Repp
Lee Stewart
Sunny Ulrich
Roland VanderValk
Mary Wadsworth
Marjorie Aliberti
Ann Andrus
Jean Baray
Kim Bassett
Patty Brainard
Jason Candido
Claire Cane
Maaika Clark
Jeff Dockum
Marien Favat
Jessica Flagiello
Khloe Hill
Bob Kelly
Nutei Khawlhring
Frank, Karen & Phil Lagana
Brian Rogers
Devon & Carol Simon
Alice & Harlan Twible
Joan White
Don Wilson
Chris Branning
Richard Carson
Zack & Daniel Castle
Rob Garner
Peter Higginbotham
Zachary Miller
David Moffett
Lauren Moffett
Tracy Prohoniak
Jared Sweetser
Ben Young
The Families of
Jon William Lowry
William Merrill
Philip Moore
In Need of Prayer?
Please call the church
office. We would love
to pray for you and any
prayer requests you may
have, 924-1323.
Children’s small groups special themes in october
Sundays in October • 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. • Education Building
Kids in 1st through 5th grades will enjoy learning about these special themes during
the month of October:
1st & 2nd grade: Baptism & Communion
3rd grade: Get into the Bible
4th & 5th grade: Service in our Community
Pumpkin Carving Party at the McCauley’s! (8th-12th graders)
TODAY • 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. • At the McCauley home
8th graders through 12th graders are invited to the McCauley House
for a night of pumpkin carving. All you need to bring is yourself,
a pumpkin to carve, and $3 for dinner. Well, maybe a friend. Let’s
get in the Halloween spirit together. Contact Jeff McCauley,
[email protected] for address and directions.
parents forum: Beyond Facebook
Parents of 4th - 12th Graders
Wednesday, October 22
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. • Room 205
We are bringing in an expert to lead us in a discussion of social media influence and
bullying. As you drop off your student for Youth Group, please stay for an hour of
conversation with other parents about subjects that are important as we try to raise
healthy, Christ-centered kids.
high school fall retreat
Friday, November 14 - Sunday, November 16 • At the Straeb home
This fall, we will launch our very first High School Fall Retreat. Led by a team of
caring adults, high school students will settle into a weekend retreat house, where
rest, conversation, service and worship are the agenda. Special thanks to the Straeb
family for graciously allowing us to use their home for this retreat! Because of their
generosity, the price has been reduced to $70! Sign up by Sunday, November 2
to hold your spot.
pulse on the road - jumpin’ fun
Wednesday, November 12 • Jumpin’ Fun in Lakewood Ranch
Join us for a night at Jumpin’ Fun in Lakewood Ranch on Wednesday, November
12. Details on cost and times coming soon.
Church of the Palms
SUNDAY KIDS WORSHIP • 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
All Pre-K through 5th grade kids should begin worship with their families at
the 9:00 a.m. service. After the Children’s Moment, they will be escorted from the
service to participate in Kids Worship in room 205-207 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
On the first Sunday of the month, children will have Chapel (in the Chapel) during
Kids Worship time. Parents are welcome to join us for Chapel, which will include
music, a short message, and Communion. After Kids Worship or Chapel, children
will have Fellowship Time in room 205-207 from 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
SUNDAY CHILDCARE • 8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Nursery: room 101
Toddlers & 2 Year Olds: room 103
3 Year Olds: room 103B
sunday Elementary Small Groups • 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
This year, children are learning the same theme being preached in the Sanctuary
and Garden each week. We are all finding our place in God’s Story, the Bible.
Pre-K - Kindergarten: room 114
1st & 2nd grade: room 207
3rd grade: 211 Library
4th & 5th grade: room 205
SUNDAY Middle & High School Small Groups (Rooms 208, 209, 210)
Each Sunday from 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 am, students will gather in Rooms 208,
209, and 210 to explore the deeper themes of God’s Story through the narrative
lectionary being studied church wide. We will have creative conversations and
share personal stories to find where we connect to God’s greater story.
Family Ministry Director:
Student Ministry Director:
Family Ministry Coordinator:
Nursery Coordinator:
Laurie Haas ([email protected])
Jeff McCauley ([email protected])
Valerie Mathews ([email protected])
Corrie Hoffman ([email protected] )
Youth Group - echo the story
Middle School & High School Students
Wednesdays • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. • Rooms 208-210, 209
This year, we invite middle and high school students to join us
as we enter the Story of God, the larger story that we are all a
part of. Join us for games, discussion and music each Wednesday.
Families, we have a resource just for you and your kids to
continue the conversation of The Story at home. Each day,
there are a few verses to read along with a question to discuss.
These Devotions are available by the Children’s Worship
packs or online: Under Families Children & Parents - Try it @Home. If you are new to family
devotions, how about trying just one at dinner this week?
adult discipleship
The story: creation TO THE resurrection
10:15 a.m. • Chapel
This class is designed as a companion to the Sunday sermon series. Each week we
will have the opportunity to look deeper into the scriptures behind the sermon. We
will learn how God has revealed His plan of salvation from Creation to the Cross.
Augustine formulated the axiom, “in the Old Testament the New is concealed, in the
New the Old is revealed”. Led by Dale Vollrath: [email protected]
New Life Class
10:15 a.m. • Room 202
New Life Class is a wonderful group of parents who meet Sunday mornings
to discuss topics related to parenting and marriage. Our purpose is to provide
a time and place for couples to grow closer to God by studying scripture
and gleaning wisdom from current books related to parenting. Led by Alisia
Thompson and Kim McCauley: [email protected]
Christians Under Construction - Biblical Potpourri
10:15 a.m. • Room 206
Each week we will tackle a new subject. For example, we will bring Bible lessons
to current issues, we’ll ponder Biblical mysteries, we will wrestle with the question
of free will against Biblical truth, and match what we know from science against
traditional Biblical beliefs. We read the Bible, consider how the lessons apply to the
real world, and practice informed discussion. Led by Tom Webber ([email protected], Adam Leonard and Alan Rodda.
A Time out for parents
10:15 a.m. • Room 109
Parents: please join our small group for a 4 week study of the
Verbs of God with the Margaret Feinberg video series from
RightNow Media. Each week we will visit with each other
and discuss our week. This will be followed by a 10-15 minute
video, scripture readings, and discussion questions. Contact Jen
Clifton, [email protected], 925-0198.
Church of the Palms Book Group
TODAY, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Chapel Reception Room
You are encouraged to join us for our October book choice, Bridge to Haven
by best-selling author, Francine Rivers. In this fascinating story, readers
encounter a tale of temptation, grace and unconditional love. Our hour
of discussion is certain to be jam-packed with high interest, valuable insights, and
enjoyable sharing. Everyone is most welcome. Contact Doris Kamphuis, 360-8474,
[email protected]
Church of the Palms
5:30 p.m. • Campus Center
Every Monday we have dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by events such as book talks,
game night, special outings and more. Please call in your dinner reservations by the
Thursday prior to this dinner, no later than noon. Contact Dottie Stoddard, 924-7430.
7:00 a.m. • Off Campus
This group is open to any men who would like the opportunity
to get to know other men from our church while deepening their
faith through Bible study and prayer. Please bring a Bible. We are
currently studying the book of John. Led by Dale Vollrath. Contact
Dale Vollrath, [email protected]
Women’s Prayer Group
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. • Chapel Narthex
Our prayer time is a time for encouragement through God’s Word and
prayer. Prayers are for our church, country, family relationships, adult
children with addictions, grandchildren and friends. We will stroll with
Paul through Romans. Join us to know Jesus Christ more clearly, to
love Him more dearly, and to follow Him more nearly. We welcome all
prayer requests. Gaye O’Brien 377-3480.
C.S. Lewis Reading Group
October 21, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Chapel Reception Room
Our reading group, led by Dr. McConnell, will discuss chapters
8-10 of The Problem of Pain.
Invest an Evening To See If You Are Ready To Begin
The Legacy Journey
Experience “Session One” free of charge and
decide if you want to continue the journey.
Begins October 21 - December 9
(No class on Nov. 25)
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Room 202
This is an all-new, 7-week, Bible-based class that will
lead you deeper into investing, basic estate planning, purposeful living, safeguarding
your legacy, and discovering the keys to generational wealth and true generosity. It will
involve video teaching, class discussions and interactive small-group activities. Register
for the class at: Cost of
materials is $109; see Bob Baarson to purchase or for help registering. Contact Bob
Baarson: [email protected], 400-9391.
Stephen ministry
October 21, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Room 206
Receive continuing education and meet in supervised groups every third Tuesday of
the month. Contact Hmingi Browne, 924-1323.
north home bible study
October 28, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.• Off Campus
We will be concluding our studying of the book of James. Starting in November,
we will begin our study on the book of I Peter. We meet on the second and fourth
Tuesday of the month. Please join us for Bible study, prayer and food/fellowship.
Please contact Reyn or Doris Kamphuis at 360-8474 or email us at [email protected]
com if you have any questions.
Men’s Bible Study
7:30 a.m. • Chapel Reception Room
In the Letter to the Romans Paul develops the argument that is the basis of
Christianity: Nothing you can do will save you. It is through faith alone that we are
saved. Led by Tom Webber, [email protected] and Rev. Fred Marsh.
watercolor wednesday
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. • Chapel Reception Room
Paint with watercolor and enjoy the company of other artsy folk! Please
remember to bring your own supplies. Contact Hmingi Browne, 9241323 or [email protected]
prayer shawl group
3:30 p.m.• Chapel Narthex
We are knitting prayer shawls. All are welcome to join us! Contact Hmingi Browne,
924-1323 or [email protected]
Living a life of significance (Men’s Study)
6:30 p.m. • Room 202
This fall, we will explore our role in the modern world, developing our role as the
spiritual leader for our families and the significant people who surround us. We will
also focus on living lives of significance; getting rid of the board in our eyes before
we remove the speck from others. We will turn to God and the Bible to eliminate
harmful habits/addictions that men must deal with. Led by Brad Wilson, [email protected]
Adult Discipleship & Fellowship
Today - November 12 • 6:30 p.m.
Chapel Reception Room
Come and explore how we experience God in each day of
our own lives. This class consists of short DVD lectures and
class discussions. Led by Pastor Hmingi Browne: 924-1323,
[email protected]
Palms Buffet & Grille
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. •Campus Center
Enjoy food and fellowship for all on Wednesday evenings!
On The Menu: Shepherd’s Pie, Steamed Vegetables, our delicious
Salad Bar and Dessert. Family Price w/reservation (2 adults, 2 children):
$15; $16 without reservation • Kids (ages 3-17): $5 • Adults w/reservation: $8; $9
without reservation. Kids two and under eat FREE! Make your reservation by
calling the office before noon on Tuesday, filling out a dinner reservation card,
or going to
Remembering your story by Richard Morgan
“Kick off” session begins TODAY! 5:15 p.m. • Campus Center
Remaining sessions October 29 - November 19 • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
West Meeting Room
Remembering Your Story will help you to recall the memories of your
spiritual journeys and project them into the future. This series will
kick-off today at 5:15 p.m. with a guest speaker, Donna Authers.
She will speak on “Sharing Your Wisdom” which will then lead into
your own personal discernment journey. Work books need to be
picked up in advance in order to prepare for the first session. Cost of workbook:
$14.00. Contact Fee Mercer to obtain a workbook. Led by Fee Mercer: [email protected], 371-8091
the family of jesus by Karen Kingsbury (Women’s study)
Begins today - November 19 • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. • Room 206
The Family of Jesus offers a fictional view of six of the family members
of Jesus, all anchored in Scriptural truth, creating a life-changing and
unprecedented emotional connection to the Bible. Karen intersperses
fictional and emotional details anchored in Scripture with historical and
theological insights and questions that will inspire soul-searching and
reflection. Led by Alison Dietz-Ross, [email protected]
November 6, 7:00 p.m.• Chapel Reception Room
We meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month for fun and
fellowship. Please join us. Contact Gloria Knox, 371-0848 to make
your reservation.
Beginning Creative Signing Class
5:30 p.m. • Music & Arts Building
We are now offering a new Beginning Creative Signing class on
Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Music & Arts Building. This class
is an introduction to incorporating American Sign Language
with Music to interpret God’s message to us in visual form.
No previous experience is necessary. Our Advanced Creative
Signers will be leading this class. Anyone from Middle School
through senior adults is welcome. If you are curious how this works, and you love to
talk with your hands, come and sign up under the Fellowship Tree. Contact Susy Welsh
321-5703, [email protected]
sisters in Christ
October 23, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Chapel Reception Room
We meet on the fourth Thursday of the month. We study books and articles to help
us on our spiritual journeys. We share insights and fellowship with coffee, discussion
and prayer. Contact Cindy Lanoue-Foster, 922-1826 (please leave a message);
[email protected]
Friday Morning Bible Study
The Tabernacle: Christ in the Old Testament
9:30 a.m. • Room 202
This first of several Fall and Winter sessions will be a 7-week study
exploring how the wilderness Tabernacle of Moses foreshadowed
Jesus Christ’s incarnation, ministry, death and resurrection, down
to the smallest detail. Led by Meriam Matthews, [email protected] and Peter Connor, [email protected]
grief support group
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. • Campus Center
All those who have lost a loved one are invited to attend. Licensed counselor Diane
Brantley of Samaritan Counseling is leading. Contact Pastor Hmingi Browne, 9241323.
Church of the Palms
loving stitches
October 24, 9:45 a.m.• Chapel Reception Room
We are a group of women who knit, crochet, sew and quilt for local
charities. We create baby sweaters and blankets for Healthy Start
and the Veterans Hospital; teddy bears for the Sheriff and Police
Departments and hats for the Resurrection House and the Salvation
Army. We meet on the fourth Friday of each month. If you enjoy
sewing, knitting, quilting or crocheting, please join us. Knitting and
crochet instructions are available. Contact Alberta Adams, 924-8464.
south home bible study
October 24, 6:30 p.m. • Off Campus
We meet the second and fourth Friday of the month. We are continuing our study
of the book of Romans. Join us for prayer, Bible study, and fellowship. Contact Reyn
and Doris Kamphuis, 360-8474 or [email protected]
Eat, Meet & Be Merry
October 31,11:30 a.m. • Off Campus
Join Pastor Hmingi Browne for food and fellowship at Der Dutchman every
last Friday of the month. Contact Hmingi Browne, 924-1323.
Shepherding Deacons’ Quarterly meeting
Saturday, October 25, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. • Campus Center
Be sure to bring your Deacons Binder, $6.00 for lunch and stories to share. Please
RSVP by Monday, October 20 by sending an email to Jan Gilbert at [email protected] so that we know how much food to prepare. You may also call Pastor
Hmingi to RSVP, 924-1323.
Legacy Giving Corner
A gift of a paid-up life insurance
policy which you no longer need
can save you some taxes and help
strengthen and deepen God’s work here
at Church of the Palms. Contact your
tax professional for more information.
For more information, about the Legacy
Society, contact Dr. McConnell, [email protected], 924-1323 or John Mercier, Chair of the
Legacy Giving Committee, 921-5726, [email protected]
spotlight on
First Impressions Ministry of Hospitality
“The roots of a mission of hospitality lie in the New
Testament, where Jesus urges his followers to welcome
strangers,” (Matthew 25:35) - quoted in a book by Dr.
Dana L. Robert, Truman Collins Professor of World
Christianity and History of Mission at Boston University.
The decision to join a large and well-known church such
as Church of the Palms requires couples, families, and
individuals to give considerable thought about what
they are seeking and what needs to be explored in the
process. The Sunday selected for a visit brings with it
anticipation, excitement, perhaps a few hesitations
about what members might be like. They wonder which
prayers may be offered, what music might be provided.
They’ll wonder how memorable the sermon will be, and there’s probably some
concern about where to park.
COP’s Senior Pastor Steve McConnell writes in the “Welcome” section of the COP
website “New Here?” - “We would like to welcome you to Church of the Palms’
website. We are happy to share with you the good news of good things that are
taking place in and through our ministry here at Church of the Palms. Whether it is
feeding the hungry throughout each week, tutoring children throughout the school
year, building houses, supporting a child care center and a counseling center, or
simply growing in our knowledge of Jesus, Church of the Palms is eager to be of
service. We want to help you become more equipped as a disciple to serve in Christ’s
mission in the world. On this website you will find many opportunities to connect
with us and grow in your love of God. Don’t hesitate to contact us and ask your
questions. We will do all we can to make sure you find your place in the great family
and mission of God!”
Pastor Steve provides some information that one might want to know before he or
she arrives. He describes the parking, and explains the yellow umbrellas. People
will be able to locate the two traditional services and the modern worship service.
He describes where to find brochures and publications, and the location of the
Welcome Center. He mentions the roles of ushers and greeters. He concludes with
information about Sanctuary Worship at Church of the Palms - “complete with
inspirational music, prayer, and sermon. And, he describes The Garden - A Modern
Worship Service in the Campus Center.”
Church of the Palms
Pastor Steve’s website welcome to visitors indicates what he sensed - that the
entire congregation had the genuine capability to improve “welcoming” in a variety
of ways. On September 13, 2014, over 100 COP ushers, greeters, yellow umbrella
holders, COP pastors, staff, interested others, and group leaders linked to the two
traditional services and to the Garden Worship Service, gathered to discuss how to
make first impressions for all visitors. We can be so welcoming, full of grace and
caring, so friendly, and so helpful that a family, a couple, or a single individual
would conclude very quickly: here is the Church where we feel truly welcome. We
are eager to explore how we might become involved in its mission of “Equipping
Disciples for the Service of Christ.” These connections are of critical importance.
No visitor should ever feel he or she is “on his/ her own” - once welcomed to Church
of the Palms.
The First Impressions Ministry of Hospitality Conference gathered numerous
and highly valuable suggestions from the group who also sensed there were still
a number of ways to improve how we welcome our visitors. We can help each
individual become involved in one way or another in the life and service at Church
of the Palms. In fact - some members have already mentioned that this particular
ministry may possibly be COP’s most important ministry. It should be put to work
because it focuses on bringing the entire congregation together in all that we do to
learn, serve, and grow in our own faith.
There is an important link between the First Impressions Ministry of Hospitality
and the Equipping Ministry directed by Carolyn Wilson, which connects with
newer members and assists them as they consider serving among the wide variety
of categories. There are duties both large and small and choices that also work for
affiliate members who come for part of each year.
The “Equipping Ministry Organization Chart” has four categories, one of which
is First Impressions Ministries. Listed below are the following: First Impressions
Leadership Team whose team leaders are: Sanctuary Ushers - John Mercier
and Glynn Armitage; Sanctuary Greeters - Marcia Baarson; Sanctuary Welcome
Center; Yellow Umbrella Greeters - Linda Lehman; Courtyard Welcome Center Sue Stolberg; Garden Greeters and Ushers - Jeanie Blazey; Parking Ministry Team;
Guest Connections - Bev Bassett; and Courtyard Connectors - Pam Williams; and
Sanctuary Coordinator during all services, and as such, is directly responsible for
the Sanctuary ushers and greeters - Yoko Spivey.
“Servant Connections - Opportunities to Serve” (with a subtitle of “Ministering
with our Gifts of Time, Talent, and Treasure”) is in booklet form and on COP’s
website - listed under SERVE. (Revised 2014-01)
The numerous ideas generated on September 13th during the first First Impressions
Ministry of Hospitality Conference are now recorded for discussion and action. In
summary - all of us appreciated hearing from Carolyn Wilson, Laurie Haas, and our
Senior Pastor Steve McConnell. We had the pleasure of listening to the memorable
Keynote Address “Choose Grace” by Megan Mooney - Garden Worship Leader.
“One must never underestimate the importance of a cup of tea in the evangelization
of the World.” (A statement by one of Dr. Robert’s mission workers.)
Anyone who might be interested in learning more about how they might participate
in this wonderful ministry can contact Carolyn Wilson, [email protected]
org or any of the First Impressions team leaders.
upcoming ministry
hope lives:
An Intergenerational and Intellectual Exploration Into
Poverty Around the World & Our Place in God’s Plan
Small Group • Sept. 16 - Dec.16 • 7:15 p.m. • At the home of the Huey’s
We invite high school students and up who have seen/experienced poverty
domestically and internationally, or are interested and would like to delve into the
roots of its existence, to join us. We will also explore God’s role and our role in
poverty. Contact Brett Keyser: [email protected], 957-8425.
Share your wisdom & thrive
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
5:15 p.m. • Campus Center
Our guest speaker Donna Authers returns to deliver a program that will
encourage us to share our wisdom and lessons of life to the benefit of
family and friends as we age. Dinner is optional. If you wish to have
dinner, reservations are required by Tuesday, October 21 at noon.
Copies of Donna’s book will be available for purchase. Sponsored by
Stephen Ministry, Fee Mercer 371-8091.
Advent Dinner
To Benefit Samaritan Counseling Services
Friday, December 12 • 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. • Campus Center
Tickets: $40.00 or a Table of 8 for $320.00
Get ready for Advent by viewing inspiring table settings decorated by members and
friends of our church. Enjoy the delicious dinner, Christmas music entertainment,
and fellowship with one another. Our 2014 Advent Dinner will benefit Samaritan
Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast. Our mission is to strengthen individuals and
families through professional Christian Counseling services. For more information
contact Bonney Miller: 966-8102, [email protected] or see us under the tree.
Church of the Palms
upcoming ministry
2014 - 2015
Sanctuary Concert Series
Friday, November 14, 2014 • 7:00 p.m.
We kick off our 2014-2015 Concert Series with An Evening of
Jazz featuring international recording artist, Richard Drexler.
Joined by Greg Zabel on bass and Barry Smith on drums, Mr.
Drexler will fill our Sanctuary with a gentle rain of piano riffs.
Tickets will be on sale in the church office beginning today. You
may also purchase tickets at the door. Cost: $10.00.
Saturday, November 8
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. • Campus Center
Enjoy the season of giving of coming to our Christmas Bazaar! You
will find “gently used” Christmas decorations and new Christmas gifts
made by women from several countries sponsored by the
Presbyterian SERRV mission project. Also, the PW
Circles’ bake sale will entice your attendance. Proceeds
will benefit the Iraqi Christian Relief Fund. Donations
of baked goods from the congregation are appreciated.
opportunities for
Advent Readers
This is the time of year when we
look for couples and families who
feel like setting the tone for the
Christmas Season. Read a simple
text at either the 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.
service on one of the Advent Sundays or on
Christmas Eve. Just make sure you light the
right candle! Please sign-up under the Tree
or contact Jan Short: [email protected]
com; (508) 769-9752.
Volunteer in the Nursery
Interested in helping
families? Volunteer
in the nursery just one time per month!
This will allow our young parents to
worship and go to Small Groups on
Sunday morning. You will fall in love
with our littlest angels. Please contact
Corrie Hoffman to schedule a time.
Call 727-457-9403 or [email protected]
Wednesday Grille Volunteers
We need volunteers for prepping (2
hours), dining room setup (begins at
3:00 p.m.), dining room help during
dinner and cleanup afterwards. If
you would like to help, please contact
Kathy Robinett, 924-1323, [email protected]
Two Cents A Meal
Collection on October
26. Join the Fight Against
Hunger: Every donation
we collect will go to hunger
related projects, including 50% to our own
Food Pantry. Red collection baskets will be
located by the Sanctuary main entrances. To
donate by check, include Two Cents A Meal in
the memo line.
Food Pantry Help Wanted
The Food Pantry is
looking for substitutes
and packers. We are
in need of substitutes
for distribution on
an on-call basis. We
also need packers for Wednesdays
and Thursdays (beginning at 8:00
a.m. on Wednesdays and 8:00
a.m. on Thursdays). If you would
like to help, please contact Kathy
Robinett, 924-1323, [email protected]
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tutoring program
There is NO tutoring
this Thursday, October
23. There is no school on
Friday for the Sarasota Co.
Schools. We are still in need of tutors
at certain times, days and subjects.
For information and/or to volunteer,
please see Judy Armitage under the
Fellowship Tree between services or
call her at 324-1323.
The Resurrection House:
A Daycare Center for the Homeless
The RH continues to need your donations,
even if you are unable to volunteer. With
the coming of cooler weather, warm
clothing (coats, hats, 30-34 underwear
socks, & sneakers), bedding (blankets &
sleeping bags) and towels & wash cloths
are needed. Please drop off donations in
sacks or containers marked “RH” in the
Administration building. All donations are
greatly appreciated. Contact Len Higley,
Church of the Palms
calendar of
Sunday, OCTOBER 19
8:00 a.m.
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10:15 a.m.
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10:15 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
12:15 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
Chapel Worship Service
Prayer Meeting
The Garden Worship Service
Traditional Worship
Kid’s Worship
Pre-K - Elementary Small Groups
Middle - High School Small Groups
Christians Under Construction
New Life Class
The Story: Creation to Resurrection
A Time Out For Parents
Traditional Worship
Session Study Session
Church of the Palms Book Group
Praise & Glory Choir Rehearsal
Monday, OCTOBER 20
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Palm Singles Dinner
Small Group Ministry Team
Sounds of Glory Orchestra Rehearsal
Mission Committee Meeting
Chapel Study
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Campus Center
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Campus Center/206
Chapel Reception Room
Music & Arts Building
Campus Center
West Meeting Room
Music & Arts Building
211 Library
Tuesday, OCTOBER 21
7:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:45 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Men’s Bible Study & Breakfast
Off Campus
Women’s Prayer Group
Chapel Narthex
Campus Center
SYV Prelude & Training Choir Rehearsal Music & Arts Building
Creative SignersChapel
SYV Concert Choir Rehearsal Music & Arts Building
C.S. Lewis Reading GroupChapel Reception Room
Stephen Ministry Leadership Team Mtg. 206
SYV Chamber Choir Rehearsal
Music & Arts Building
Stephen Ministry Continuing Education 205-207
The Legacy Journey Class
Wednesday, OCTOBER 22
7:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
5:15 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
Men’s Bible Study Chapel Reception Room
Samaritan Board Meeting
Watercolor Wednesday
Chapel Reception Room
John Mercier Meeting
West Meeting Room
Prayer Shawl Group
Chapel Narthex
Congregational Prayer Time
COP Nominating Committee Meeting
West Meeting Room
Palms Buffet & Grille
Campus Center
Remembering Your Story Kick Off Campus Center
Jubilee Handbell Choir Rehearsal
4th & 5th Grade Service Team Meeting
Campus Center/Courtyard
calendar of
6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
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Parent Forum: Beyond Facebook
Experiencing God
Men’s Study: Living a Life of Significance
Women’s Study: The Family of Jesus
Youth Group (Middle & High School)
Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, OCTOBER 23
5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Beginning Creative Signers Class
Girl Scout Troop 127 Meeting
The Garden Worship Team Meeting
The Garden Worship Band Rehearsal
Friday, OCTOBER 24
9:30 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Friday Morning Bible Study
Loving Stitches
Grief Support Group
Palms String Ensemble
South Home Bible Study
Chapel Reception Room
208, 209, 210
Music & Arts Building
Music & Arts Building
East Meeting Room
Campus Center
Chapel Reception Room
Campus Center
Music & Arts Building
Off Campus
Saturday, OCTOBER 25
9:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Foundation Retreat
Shepherding Deacons Quarterly Meeting Campus Center
Sunday, OCTOBER 26
8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
8:45 a.m.
9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
12:15 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
Chapel Worship Service
Prayer Meeting
The Garden Worship Service
Traditional Worship
Kid’s Worship
Pre-K - Elementary Small Groups
Middle - High School Small Groups
Christians Under Construction
New Life Class
The Story: Creation to Resurrection
A Time Out For Parents
Traditional Worship
Session Study Session
Praise & Glory Choir Rehearsal
Church of the Palms
Chapel Study
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Campus Center
See Page 9
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Campus Center/206
Music & Arts Building
God’s Story
Your Story
October 19, 2014
For the week of October 19, 2104
Devotion: Use this resource at home to guide your household’s daily
devotions. You can do this alone, as a couple, as a family; in the morning,
during the day, or at night. Find a routine that works best for you.
Pray: Light a candle and open your devotion time with a prayer.
Patient and forgiving God, you helped David see his sin, and then you
forgave him, and remained faithful to your promises. Help us see where
we fall short, so that we might live rightly in you, for the sake of Jesus
Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Reflect: Reflect on the key verses from Sunday’s reading.
He said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves
to die…” Nathan said to David, “You are the man!” 2 Samuel 12:5b-7a
Study: Study the reading and consider the background.
One day while King David was walking upon the king’s roof, he saw a
beautiful woman bathing. He asked about the woman and discovered she
was Bathsheba, wife of Uriah. He sent for her, and lay with her, and she
became pregnant.
When David discovered she was pregnant, he sent for Uriah who was
serving as a soldier in David’s war. He tried to get Uriah to go home and lie
with his wife so that it would seem as though her baby belonged to Uriah.
But Uriah was a faithful servant, and soldiers were not to enjoy comforts of
home while they were serving. Uriah refused to lie with her.
To cover his indiscretion, David had Uriah sent to the front lines of the war,
where he was killed. When Bathsheba’s time of mourning was over, David
brought her to his house and she became his wife.
All of this angered God, who had given David everything he had ever wanted
or needed. God sent the prophet, Nathan, to confront David. Nathan used the
story of the rich and poor man to reveal David’s sin. David repented. As a
punishment, God did not let his child live. But then God forgave David and
remained faithful to God’s covenant with David.
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Your Story
- continued -
Read: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding of
Sunday’s text. After the reading, ask the follow-up questions.
Follow the stories of Solomon’s birth and rise to power, following the
death of his father, David.
Sunday, 2 Samuel 12:1-9; Psalm 51:1-9, David and Bathsheba
Monday, 2 Samuel 12:15b-23, Bathsheba’s Child Dies
Tuesday, 2 Samuel 12:24-25, Solomon Is Born
Wednesday, 1 Kings 1:1-21, The Struggle for Succession
Thursday, 1 Kings 1:22-27, The Struggle for the Succession
Friday, 1 Kings 1:28-53, The Accession of Solomon
Saturday, 1 Kings 2:13-25, Solomon Consolidates His Reign
What role did God play in the accession of Solomon? What role did his
mother, Bathsheba play?
Connect in conversation with others in your household. Discuss the
following questions, or simply check in with “Highs” and “Lows.”
What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
Where do you see power struggles within your community? In
these struggles, who gets hurt? Who gains the most? How might
God shape how power is distributed within your community?
When have you committed a sin that you were unable to see?
How did you come to realize your sin? What did you do next?
Do: By acting on what we learn, we make God’s word come alive. Do the
following activity this week.
Write a letter forgiving someone of a sin they committed against you.
You need not send it; simply write it, and see how your forgiveness
shapes your attitude this week.
Close your devotion with a blessing.
God of grace, help us hear the promise of grace in the midst of
acknowledging our failures. Give us courage to trust in your love.
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