WORSHIP 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 • www.churchofthepalms.org Prayer line (941) 924-9979 d 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. Prelude *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 Offering Scripture 2 Samuel 12:1-9 (Pew Bible Pg. 285) I.D.’d Sermon Communion Prayer *Hymn #280 “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound” *Benediction Postlude SANCTUARY WORSHIP LEADERSHIP TODAY 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 OCTOBER USHERS 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 website. 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. The Garden @ CHURCH OF THE PALMS Join us at 9:00 a.m. in the Campus Center for our Modern Worship service. THE GARDEN WORSHIP LEADERSHIP TODAY Pastors: 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. PRELUDE • 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. 4 Church of the Palms • we share • RESPONSE 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. MUSIC MEDITATION 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. offertory www.churchofthepalms.org 5 *DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION 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. • we PROCLAIM • 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) “I.D.’d” SERMON Dr. Bruce Hedgepeth • we GO • *Hymn #280 “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound” *Benediction 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! 6 Church of the Palms new member class 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 Prayer 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. Individuals 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 Non-Members 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 Military 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. Family ministry family MINISTRY 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 #Bullying 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. 8 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. CONTACT FAMILY MINISTRY STAFF (924-1323): 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. FAMILY FRIENDLY DEVOTION 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: www.churchofthepalms.org Under Families Children & Parents - Try it @Home. If you are new to family devotions, how about trying just one at dinner this week? www.churchofthepalms.org 9 adult discipleship & fellowship sunday 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] gmail.com), 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] 10 Church of the Palms MONday PALMS’ SINGLES DINNER (50+) 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. TUESday MEN’S BIBLE STUDY & BREAKFAST 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: https://www.daveramsey.com/legacy/registration/class/259192/. 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. WEDNESday 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] verizon.net. 12 Adult Discipleship & Fellowship EXPERIENCING gOD 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 www.churchofthepalms.org. 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] comcast.net, 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] www.churchofthepalms.org 13 THURSday PALMS BRIDGE CLUB 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 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] mindspring.com 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. 14 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. SATURDAY 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] comcast.net 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] churchofthepalms.org, 924-1323 or John Mercier, Chair of the Legacy Giving Committee, 921-5726, [email protected] www.churchofthepalms.org 15 spotlight on missions 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.” 16 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. www.churchofthepalms.org 17 upcoming ministry events 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. 18 Church of the Palms upcoming ministry events WATERWorld 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. Christmas BAZAAR 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. www.churchofthepalms.org 19 opportunities for generosity 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 out our young 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] gmail.com 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] churchofthepalms.org. 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. 20 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] churchofthepalms.org back t bas cs 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, 724-6876. Church of the Palms calendar of events Sunday, OCTOBER 19 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. 3:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Chapel Worship Service Prayer Meeting Childcare 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 Chapel Study See Page 9 Campus Center Sanctuary 205-207 See Page 9 See Page 9 206 202 Chapel 109 Sanctuary 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 Tutoring 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 202 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 206 Watercolor Wednesday Chapel Reception Room John Mercier Meeting West Meeting Room Prayer Shawl Group Chapel Narthex Congregational Prayer Time Chapel COP Nominating Committee Meeting West Meeting Room Palms Buffet & Grille Campus Center Remembering Your Story Kick Off Campus Center Jubilee Handbell Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary 4th & 5th Grade Service Team Meeting Campus Center/Courtyard www.churchofthepalms.org 21 calendar of events 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 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 205 Chapel Reception Room 202 206 208, 209, 210 Music & Arts Building Music & Arts Building 205-207 East Meeting Room Campus Center 202 Chapel Reception Room Campus Center Music & Arts Building Off Campus Saturday, OCTOBER 25 9:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Foundation Retreat 206 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. 22 Chapel Worship Service Prayer Meeting Childcare 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 Chapel Study See Page 9 Campus Center Sanctuary 205-207 See Page 9 See Page 9 206 202 Chapel 109 Sanctuary 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. - Continued on back - New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used with permission. All rights reserved. New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used with permission. All rights reserved. God’s Story 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: 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. Bless: 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. Amen. Copyright © 2014 Clergy Stuff. Used with Permission. Find more at www.ClergyStuff.com. Blessing written by Pr. Chip Borgstadt.
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