WORSHIP Sunday, November 16, 2014 fiLl us, gracious God, with a sense of your abiding presence. Awaken our spirits to realities unseen. Turn us from the dullness of our fear-filled grasping for security and help us to live with trust in you. Expand among us such mutual regard and encouragement as will build up community and lead all of us to live in the light. May faith and love dominate all our relationships as we enter into the joy of serving in the name of Jesus Christ. 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 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 d 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! Sanctuary Flowers Designation You are invited to designate Sanctuary flowers in memory of a loved one, in honor of a special person or event, or just in thanksgiving to God. To place your reservation, contact Jackie Gomez, 924-1323, and send a separate check of $40.00 payable to “Church of the Palms” and marked “for flowers” to her attention in the church office. After worship, your gift continues as the Sanctuary flowers become part of the Deacons’ Flower Ministry. They are divided into small arrangements and delivered to our members who are hospitalized or shut in. 8:00 a.m. Chapel Communion Service Please sign the red covered friendship pad at the end of the pew. Prelude *Call to Worship *Hymn #151 Opening Prayer Psalm 148 Offering Scripture Sermon Communion Prayer *Hymn *Benediction Postlude 2 “Crown Him with Many Crowns” Isaiah 2:1-4 (Pew Bible Pg. 631) Stepping Into The Picture “This Is My Song” (please see pg. 6 for lyrics) Church of the Palms SANCTUARY WORSHIP LEADERSHIP TODAY Senior Pastor Executive Pastor Congregational Care Pastor Visitation Pastor Family Ministry Director Equipping Ministry Director Director of Music Ministry Organist / Pianist Dr. Stephen D. McConnell Dr. Bruce Hedgepeth Dr. Lal Hmingliani Browne Dr. Alan Rodda Laurie Haas Carolyn Wilson Genevieve Beauchamp Dr. Jonathan Spivey Church Copyright License for all Music #706640 • Church Copyright License for all Video #503843606 NOVEMBER USHERS 9:00 a.m. - Joan Agnacian, Judy Armitage, Barry Buchanan, Pat Curry, Judy Falkenthal, Genie Hindall, Margo Krusing, Penny Mathews, Paul Nielsen, Andrea Reynolds, Sandra Schene, Sandy Snyder and Chuck Volkert. Captain: Glynn Armitage. 11:00 a.m. - Ruth Baker, Jerry Cline, Jean Demeritt, Jackie Garn, Bob Harris, Len & Carole Higley, Ben Morgan, Peg Pentz, Eleanor Smith, Peg Tonn and Bob Van Bergen. Co-captains: Steve Black and Carol Spangle. 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 23rd Sunday after Pentecost • we gather • Prayer of invocation 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. PRELUDE 9:00 a.m. Fran Patterson Helen Dickinson “Jerusalem” Hubert Parry 11:00 a.m. “The Rhythm of Peace” Joseph Martin Kati Halloy and Susy Welsh, soloists; Praise & Glory Choir *Call to worship *Hymn #151 *Call to Confession “Crown Him with Many Crowns” • we confess • *Prayer of Confession (together) God of life, grant us your forgiveness. We have been heedless in our thoughts, cruel in our words, shameful in our actions. We are indifferent to a world made sad by want and wastefulness. We pass by on the other side when we see our neighbor in need. We wander from the way that leads to peace in paths of our own pleasing. God of life, grant us your forgiveness. In Jesus’ name. 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. New member recognition (9:00 a.m.) Andrea Jackson Sharing our story pastoral prayer 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. offertory 9:00 a.m. “The Rhythm of Peace” Joseph Martin Kati Halloy and Susy Welsh, soloists; Praise & Glory Choir I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river in my soul. The rhythm of peace is the gift we’re bringing. The music of life is the bell we’re ringing. So reach out and take your neighbor’s hand, And together we will dance into the Promised Land. Lord, teach us to live. Teach us to give, Teach us all to move into the rhythm of peace. The rhythm of joy is the song we’re sharing. The music of hope is the word we’re declaring. Can you hear it in the laughter of children? Can you feel it when you move to help a friend? Can you feel it in the beating of your heart? Let the celebration start and never end. 11:00 a.m. “I Will Sing With the Spirit” Chancel Choir John Rutter *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 #450 “O Day of Peace” Scripture LESSON Leader: This is the Word of the Lord! People: Thanks be to God! SERMON Isaiah 2:1-4 (Pew Bible Pg. 631) “Stepping Into The Picture” Dr. Stephen D. McConnell www.churchofthepalms.org 5 • we GO • *Hymn “This Is My Song” This is my song, Oh God of all the nations, A song of Peace for lands afar and mine. This is my home, the country where my heart is; Here are my hopes, my dreams, my sacred shrine. But other hearts in other lands are beating, With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine. Jean Sibelius My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean, And sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine. But other lands have sunlight too and clover, And skies are everywhere as blue as mine. Oh hear my song, oh God of all the nations, A song of Peace for their land and for mine. May Truth and Freedom come to every nation; May Peace abound where strife has raged so long; That each may seek to love and build together, A world united, righting every wrong; A world united in its love for freedom, Proclaiming Peace together in one song. *Benediction *Benediction Response Grant us thy peace upon our homeward way; With thee began, with thee shall end the day. Guard thou the lips from sin, the heart from shame, That in this house have called upon thy name. Organ postlude “Sonata in G” Johann Fasch *Congregation, please stand if able STEWARDSHIP Traditionally at this time of year, Church of the Palms has conducted an annual stewardship campaign. As the Generosity Team requested, the Session has approved moving the 2015 Stewardship Campaign to the winter quarter. This will allow us to reach more people with the story of generosity. For those who would like to pledge now, you may do so in one of two ways; you may use the website http://www.churchofthepalms.org/pledge.html or use a 2015 pledge card now available in the back of the Sanctuary or in the church office. We encourage you to consider increasing your pledge for 2015. Want to Know Your Year-to-Date Giving? 6 Did you know you have 24-7 access to your year-to-date contributions? Go to www.churchofthepalms.org and click on the “Give Online” tab at the top of the page. Login in and click on the Contribution History tab and voila! Your yearto-date contribution history appears! Don’t have a login?, click on Register and follow the instructions. If you have any questions please contact Cathie Silbaugh, 924-1323 ext. 205. new member class December 14 • 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 Earl Bloom Bill Brandenburg Dennie Bunch Jean Chase Joyce Christiansen Dottie Cole Dottie Dahms Mary Frances Dockum Janet Eddy Don Fisher Aaron Gooding Khloe Hill Mary Jaqua Bob Kramer Cherie Leetzow Paul Mercer Bob Montgomery Mae Perry Ragnar Petri Linda Dallman-Repp Lee Stewart Sally Taylor Roland VanderValk Bob VanBergen Mary Wadsworth David Wachtel Bill Zurlo Non-Members Marjorie Aliberti Patti Brainard Jason Candido Claire Cane Jeff Dockum Marien Favat Jane Kern Nutei Khawlhring Frank, Karen & Phil Lagana Lloyd Odegaard Ann Prohoniak Brian Rogers Devon & Carol Simon Don Wilson Kim Woodruff www.churchofthepalms.org Military Chris Branning Alex Brown Richard Carson Zack & Daniel Castle Rob Garner Peter Higginbotham Zachary Miller David Moffett Lauren Moffett Tracy Prohoniak Jared Sweetser Ben Young 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. 7 Family ministry family MINISTRY COP’s Got Talent & Family Fun Night Wednesday, November 19 • 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. • Campus Center Do you have a talent that you would like to share with your church family? Then join us for COP’s Got Talent and showcase the gifts God has given you. We want to encourage preschoolers through adults to share their talents. If you’re not planning to share your gift or talent, then come and support others. Make a reservation for dinner in the Campus Center, and enjoy dinner and a show. Join us after dinner for more family fun in room 205 as we explore the theme of generosity using games, activities, and discussion. Contact Laurie Haas, [email protected] churchofthepalms.org, for questions or if you would like to participate. High school radiate Friday, November 21 • 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. • Campus Center This is a great opportunity to serve our community. Games, Food, and friendly competition to benefit the Food Pantry! Bring $3 for pizza and ice cream. student sponsorship brunch Saturday, November 22 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. • Campus Center Thank you to everyone who sponsored a student this year. These trips often provide significant and cherished memories that these student’s will carry with them for the rest of their lives. RSVP to Valerie Mathews, [email protected] so that we can express our DEEP thanks!! homeless sleepover (4th & 5th grade) Saturday, November 22 • 5:00 p.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Sunday, November 23) Attention 4th and 5th graders! Sign up for the annual Homeless Sleepover and experience a meaningful mini retreat at church. Come learn about homelessness and scarcity in our community, Christmas shop for a family in need and sleep in a cardboard box! Cost $20. Register online at churchofthepalms.org/children or contact Carol Homeister, Family Ministry Coordinator, [email protected] 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: Children’s Ministry Coordinator: Nursery Coordinator: Laurie Haas ([email protected]) Jeff McCauley ([email protected]) Valerie Mathews ([email protected]) Carol Homeister ([email protected]) Corrie Hoffman (corrie3ho[email protected]) Costume Makers for Live Nativity Is your talent sewing? Want to use that talent in an exciting project? We need your help making costumes for the upcoming live Nativity. If you are willing to help, please call (955-2860) Faith Reynolds or e-mail [email protected] 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 Reception Room 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 family life. Led by Derek Thompson, [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 Adam Leonard ([email protected] comcast.net) and Tom Webber. A Time out for parents 10:15 a.m. • Room 109 Parents, please join our small group Bible study. Each week we will visit with each other and catch up on our week. This will be followed by a 10-15 minute video from Right Now Media, scripture readings, and discussion questions. Church of the Palms Book Group TODAY, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Chapel Reception Room You are encouraged to join us as we discuss our November book choice, Plain and Simple - A Woman’s Journey to the Amish by Sue Bender. Looking ahead, we plan to read I Dared to Call Him Father by Bilquis Sheikh for January. Please note: We do not plan to meet in December. Everyone is most welcome for any of our gatherings (whether or not you’ve read the book). Questions? Please 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 December 2, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. • Room 206 Our reading group, led by Dr. McConnell, will discuss G.K. Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday. north home bible study November 25, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.• Off Campus This month 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] if you have any questions. Stephen ministry November 18, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. • Room 206 Receive continuing education and meet in supervised groups every third Tuesday of the month. Contact Hmingi Browne, 924-1323. www.churchofthepalms.org 11 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, 924-1323 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] 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: Roast Turkey dinner, 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 Now through November 19 • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. • Room 202 Remembering Your Story will help you to recall the memories of your spiritual journeys and project them into the future. Cost of workbook: $14.00. Contact Fee Mercer to obtain a workbook. Led by Fee Mercer: [email protected], 371-8091. 12 Adult Discipleship & Fellowship the family of jesus by Karen Kingsbury Now through 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 details anchored in Scripture with historical and theological insights and questions that will inspire soul-searching and reflection. Both women and men will find this class interesting. Led by Alison Dietz-Ross, [email protected] THURSday PALMS BRIDGE CLUB November 20, 7:00 p.m.• Chapel Reception Room We meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month for fun and fellowship. Anyone who is interested in being placed on a “fill-in” list may call Nancy. Fill-ins are greatly appreciated. Beginning Creative Signing Class 5:30 p.m. • Music & Arts Building We are now offering a 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 November 20, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Room 209 We meet on the fourth Thursday of the month. For the month of November, we will meet on the third Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. 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, 9221826 (please leave a message); [email protected] www.churchofthepalms.org 13 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. • Chapel Reception Room 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. south home bible study November 28, 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 November 21 • 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. loving stitches November 21 • 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, except in November we will meet on the third Friday of the month. If you enjoy sewing, knitting, quilting or crocheting, please join us. Knitting and crochet instructions are available. Contact Alberta Adams, 924-8464. 14 Church of the Palms opportunities for generosity Two Cents A Meal Collection on Nov. 30! 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. Got Blood? Donate. Nov. 23 • 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. North Parking Lot The Suncoast Communities Blood Bank will be here on Nov. 23 in the northwest parking lot. There will be one bus for whole blood only. There is a critical need for O negative and B negative blood types but all blood types are needed. Please consider donating your blood at this important time. Questions? Contact Don Schalekamp, 9234803. Sanctuary Decorating Volunteers Needed Nov. 29 • 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help us prepare for Advent and Christmas! 8:30a.m.: “Fluffing up” the garlands as they are brought out of storage. 10:00am: Hanging the garlands and other decorations, arranging the nativity sets, etc. If you can stop by for an hour or two to help, please contact: Yoko Spivey, [email protected] churchofthepalms.org, 544-2244. Did we mention the free coffee and donuts, with lovely Christmas music as a bonus? Every hand helps! 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 Thursdays (beginning at 8:00 a.m.). To help, please contact Kathy Robinett, 9241323, [email protected] org back t bas cs tutoring program 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 924-1323. The Resurrection House: A Daycare Center for the Homeless The RH continues to need your donations, even if you are unable to volunteer. 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. 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. To help, please contact Kathy Robinett, 924-1323, [email protected] churchofthepalms.org. www.churchofthepalms.org 15 spotlight on missions Update on Iraq Even though the news media is no longer reporting on it, the crisis of the Iraqi refugees continues. Since August more than a million Iraqis have been forced by ISIS to flee their homes or risk losing their lives. They had to leave their homes without money, belongings, or vehicles, wearing only summer clothing on their backs. Now that colder weather is moving into northern Iraq, they need warmer clothing: coats, blankets, and heaters. Many of the refugees are trapped in Iraq without money to buy anything, and without an opportunity to earn. Unemployment in Iraq had been about 40% since the wars, but now it is 90% in certain areas because of the influx of hundreds of thousands of displaced refugees within the country’s borders. Food, gasoline, and other supplies are running low, and as the need increases, so does the price. Some of the wealthier Christians left Iraq before ISIS took over seeking refuge in neighboring countries such as Jordan, Syria, and Turkey. Those who can afford it are escaping to Europe, North America, and Australia. Many of the refugees who have been internally displaced within Iraq have been granted help by local Christian churches such as the Kirkuk Presbyterian Church, but there are hundreds of thousands just living on the city streets or in the mountain wilderness. Pastor Haitham Jazrawi of the Kirkuk Presbyterian Church is a leading native born Christian pastor who has been serving our Lord Jesus Christ, his congregation, and the refugees for many years in Kirkuk. He strongly believes that it is absolutely essential that Christians stay in the Middle East calling them the ‘salt of the earth’ and the ‘light of the world’ (Mt 5:13-14). He says, “Who will be salt and light to our Muslim brothers and sisters?” As a living example of Christian care, the Kirkuk Presbyterian Church congregation is caring for 62 Christian refugees in their church and expects more refugees in the future. They have converted their Sunday school classrooms to family living quarters, provided food, clothing, blankets, mattresses, refrigeration, stoves, and portable toilets. The congregation has extended its mission outside the church compound by giving similar supplies to those living on the streets 16 Church of the Palms and in the hillsides and mountains nearby. The church has taken the refugees outside the church property for picnics and games, and provided Christian education along with concerts and plays in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Haitham does not expect to be thanked for the work his church is doing as it is an example of “letting your light shine forth before others so that they may give glory to our Father in heaven. (Mt 5: 16).” City schools are not open for classes this fall because they are housing refugees, but the Kirkuk Church Kindergarten has been able to open because it is a private school, now providing pre-school Christian based education to almost 400 children in this war torn country. Their Primary School is ready to open, but because of the war on ISIS the Baghdad government has not been able to issue the needed permits. Pastor Haitham and his church are helping to guide other Christian congregations to set up refugee camps within their churches. The refugees are attending church and prayer services regularly, and many Chaldean (Catholic) and Orthodox Christians are receiving an evangelical education by reading and discussing the Bible. While many church members have fled from Kirkuk, the refugees are keeping the pews full and experiencing the love of God. Pastor Haitham knows that this is the mission that God has chosen for him to serve in Iraq. He and his wife are dedicated to staying and continuing to serve Iraq. He is a modern day living example of the Apostle Paul in preaching and serving in spite of life-threatening danger and political instability. People say he is crazy to stay there, and say that “You take the Jesus thing too seriously.” He replies, “Christ took me pretty seriously when he died for me on the cross!” Pastor Haitham and the Kirkuk Presbyterian Church have been able to do many of these wonderful things because of the continuing generosity of Christians here in the USA, including Church of the Palms. We have donated to that church and school since Pastor Haitham visited here in 2009 through our Mission Committee and individually through the PC/USA Extra Commitment Fund #053049 (The Iraq Partnership Network). Donations from the Presbyterian Women’s Christmas Bazaar held on November 8 will also benefit the Displaced Iraqi Christian Refugees. -COP members Charles and Carol Haeussner prepared this update. Iraqi Displaced Christian Relief Contributions can be made online: http://www.presbyterianmissions.org/donate/ E052049, or you may make a check payable to PC/USA ECO Fund # 052049. Write “Iraqi Displaced Christian Relief” on the Memo Line and mail to: PC/USA Individual Remittance Processing P.O Box 643700 Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 Attn: ECO Fund #052049 - Displaced Christian Relief www.churchofthepalms.org 17 upcoming ministry events Support Our Troops Veterans Day had its birth in 1954 when the national holiday, Armistice Day, was redesignated. Armistice Day, recognized the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when World War I hostilities officially ceased. By 1954, two additional wars had occurred, World War II and Korea. In remembrance of those who served in those conflicts and those who served (and are serving) in conflicts since that time, Veterans Day is now celebrated. You can remember those who served and continue to serve our great country and show your Christian charity by packing and shipping one or more morale support boxes to our troops serving in Afghanistan. Boxes with complete instructions and addresses are available following in the church office. The Salvation Army - Angel Tree The Christmas Angel tree will be set up under the fellowship tree starting today. You can be an angel by taking a gift request and returning that gift to church by December 10. Gift options range from the Salvation Army’s wish list for children and senior citizens to items needed for other missions of the church such as Resurrection House and Good Samaritan Mission in Wimauma. Be an angel and bring a smile to someone who might otherwise be forgotten this Christmas. Contact Helen Dickinson, 923-0125, if you have any questions. WATERWorld 2014 - 2015 Sanctuary Concert Series Friday, December 19, 2014 • 7:00 p.m. Our next performance in our 2014-2015 Concert Series will be a Festival of Carols. This is a collaboration between First Presbyterian Church, Church of the Palms’ Chancel Choir and Sarasota Young Voices. Tickets will be on sale in the church office. You may also purchase tickets at the door. Cost: $10.00. 18 Church of the Palms upcoming ministry events Food Pantry Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast & Round Table Discussion Friday, November 21 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.• Campus Center As a way of saying “Thank You” for your service, you are invited to our Food Pantry Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, November 21. There you will also receive an update on Food Pantry operations and be given an opportunity to provide input on how to improve the ministry. Please RSVP to Kathy Robinett, 924-1323, by Monday, November 17. ‘Tis The Season To Ring The Salvation Army Bells November 28 - December 24 (various times) Publix on Bee Ridge Road & Beneva Once again we have an opportunity to show the love and light of Christ in the cold dark world by ringing the Salvation Army bells. We will be ringing at the Publix just down the street from the church at Beneva and Bee Ridge. We are inviting you to sign up for a two-hour shift between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday, beginning November 28 and running through Christmas Eve. We will also ring on Saturdays ONLY from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Macy’s at Southgate Mall. Like last year, we don’t want anyone to ring alone, so please sign up with a family member or friend from church. Or even better, invite a friend who doesn’t attend church to ring with you! We especially need people with a flexible schedule to sign-up as substitute bell ringers in case someone has to cancel his/her shift. www.churchofthepalms.org 19 upcoming ministry events Christmas Tea Friday, December 5 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. • Campus Center The women of COP are invited to the annual Christmas Tea. Come and enjoy our celebration of the 12 Days of Christmas with music provided by the COP String Ensemble. Presentation of the Lifetime Membership Award, installation of the new PW officers for 2015 and dining on delectable confectioneries with friends will begin a great holiday season. Cost: $10.00. Reservations required by December 1. Sign up at the PW table under the tree, or contact Eleanor McCallum at 375-8214. Foster Hope - Socks & Underwear Drive Hayes Leaver would appreciate your help with giving kids in foster care the basics, so during your next shopping trip add an extra pair of socks or underwear to your cart. We will be collecting donations under the tree on Sundays or in the office during the week from November 9 - November 23. Your donations will be distributed by the Safe Children Coalition to foster kids in need as they come into care. If you don’t have time to stop at the store we would be happy to take cash donations as well. Make checks payable to the Sarasota YMCA with the “Safe Children Coalition on the memo line”. All donations are tax deductible and much appreciated. Bring a taste of “home” to the mission field and stretch your Thanksgiving guest list to include a missionary family. Your $80 gift helps deliver a turkey and all the trimmings to one missionary family in Haiti, the Bahamas, or the Dominican Republic. Send a check to Agape Flights (note “Thanksgiving” in memo line), 100 Airport Ave., Venice FL 34285 or do so online at www.agapeflights.com, by clicking on the Thanksgiving icon and following the directions. 20 Church of the Palms upcoming ministry events Messiah Saturday, December 6 • Sanctuary Performance: 4:00 p.m. • Tickets: $20 Dress rehearsal: 1:00 p.m. • Tickets: $15 Sarasota Choral Society presents Handel’s Sacred Oratorio The Messiah. Come celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Sarasota Choral Society on December 6. 150 member chorus, orchestra and soloists. Genevieve Beauchamp, Director, Jonathan Spivey, Organist. Tickets are on sale in the church office for $10. 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. www.churchofthepalms.org 21 THINGS TO CONSIDER IN YOUR YEAR-END GIVING •Supporting the ministry of Church of the Palms is like investing in a lifechanging diversified charitable portfolio. Think of all we do: educate children and youth, feed the hungry, counsel the discouraged, tutor young students, inspire worshippers through exceptional music, preach the message of good news, support missionaries across the globe, and the list goes on. •If you have highly appreciated stocks, instead of selling the stocks and contributing the cash, contributing the stocks directly will usually provide for a larger tax deduction. Consult with your financial planner on tax advantages to your giving. •Your generosity in these remaining weeks of the year will allow us to address our severely underfunded capital reserve. We are blessed to have such fine facilities and we must be prepared to care for them in the years ahead with a hearty capital reserve. Legacy Giving Corner Like many who have given to Church of the Palms over the years, you’ve probably been nourished and supported by being a part of your church community. It’s a privilege to give back to your church that has been such a big part of your life. Bequest gifts have the power to impact future generations in the same way. It’s so easy to include your church in your will and still provide for loved ones...and also become a member of The Legacy Society at Church of the Palms. Contact your tax professional to learn more. For more information, about the Legacy Society, contact Dr. McConnell, [email protected] org, 924-1323 or John Mercier, Chair of the Legacy Giving Committee, 921-5726, [email protected] 22 Church of the Palms back t bas cs tutoring program Tutors are still in need for the subject areas listed below. If would like to help, please see Judy Armitage under the Fellowship Tree between services or call her at 924-1323. Tuesdays 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursdays 4th grade: Math, Reading 5th grade: Math, Writing 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 9th grade: Algebra 1 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 1st grade: Reading 9th grade: Math, Reading 5th grade: Math, Money, Time 2nd grade: Essays 11th grade: Geometry online 6th grade: Math 4th grade: Reading, Science, Cursive 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 6th grade: Math 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 9th grade: Math, Biology 7th grade: Math, Reading 5th grade: Math, Writing/Spelling 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 12th grade: Geometry, Liberal Arts 9th grade: Geometry 4th grade: Math, Reading Comprehension 4th grade: Math, English 4th grade: Math 6th grade: Math, Reading 6th grade: Math 6th grade: Math, Writing 3rd grade: Math, Homework 7th grade: Math 4th grade: Math 1st grade: Reading 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 6th grade: Language Arts, World History 3rd grade: Math, Reading, All 4th grade: Math, Reading Comprehension 8th grade: Math 1st grade: Math, Writing 3rd grade: Reading 7th grade: Math 5th grade: Reading 7th grade: Math, Reading 10th grade: Geometry 6th grade: Math 12th grade: Spanish 6th grade: Math 8th grade: Math, Science 6th grade: Math, Reading 7th grade: Math, Reading 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 7th grade: Math, Reading, Science 3rd grade: Reading Comprehension 7th grade: Math, Reading 3rd grade: Math, Reading Comprehension www.churchofthepalms.org 23 calendar of events Sunday, NOVEMBER 16 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. 3:00 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 Church of the Palms Book Group Monday, NOVEMBER 17 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Family Ministry Team Meeting Stephen Ministry Leadership Meeting Palm Singles Dinner Small Group Ministry Team Sounds of Glory Orchestra Rehearsal Cantori Choir Practice First Impressions Leadership Team 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 Chapel Reception Room West Meeting Room Chapel Reception Room Campus Center West Meeting Room Music & Arts Building Sanctuary 202 211 Library Tuesday, NOVEMBER 18 7:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:30 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 COP Nominating Committee West Meeting Room Creative SignersSanctuary SYV Concert Choir Rehearsal Music & Arts Building Stephen Ministry Continuing Education 206 Messiah RehearsalSanctuary Wednesday, NOVEMBER 19 7:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 24 Men’s Bible Study Chapel Reception Room Watercolor Wednesday Chapel Reception Room Prayer Shawl Group Chapel Narthex Congregational Prayer Time Chapel Palms Buffet & Grille Campus Center COP’s Got Talent Campus Center Equipping Ministry Team Meeting East Meeting Room Jubilee Handbell Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary PALMS Essentials Small Group East Meeting Room The Family of Jesus 206 Remembering Your Story 202 Church of the Palms calendar of events 6:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m. Youth Group (Middle & High School) Chancel Choir Rehearsal 208, 209, 210 Music & Arts Building Thursday, NOVEMBER 20 2:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Tutoring Campus Center Beginning Creative Signers Class Music & Arts Building Girl Scout Troop 127 Meeting 205 The Garden Worship Team Meeting East Meeting Room Sisters In Christ 209 The Garden Worship Band Rehearsal Campus Center Bridge Chapel Reception Room Friday, NOVEMBER 21 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. Food Pantry Volunteer Breakfast Friday Morning Bible Study Grief Support Group Palms String Ensemble Radiate - High School Service Project Saturday, NOVEMBER 22 9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. SYV Chamber Choir Rehearsal Student Sponsorship Brunch 4th & 5th Grade Homeless Sleepover Sunday, NOVEMBER 23 8:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:30 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. 4:30 p.m. Chapel Worship Service Prayer Meeting Childcare The Garden Worship Service Traditional Worship Kid’s Worship Blood Drive 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 Praise & Glory Choir Rehearsal www.churchofthepalms.org Campus Center 202 Chapel Reception Room Music & Arts Building Campus Center Music & Arts Building Campus Center Courtyard Chapel Chapel Study See Page 9 Campus Center Sanctuary 205-207 North Parking Lot See Page 9 See Page 9 206 202 Chapel 109 Sanctuary Music & Arts Building 25 are you new here? Want to find out more about Church of the Palms? Check out our website at: http://www.churchofthepalms.org There you can: • • • • • • • • • • Learn more about our ministries Catch the Livestream worship service every Sunday Watch archived services Download our 2014 Advent Planner Connect via iTunes to our sermon & teaching podcasts Sign up to be on our email list Friend us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Make an online donation - it’s fast, easy & secure! And more . . . got the QR app? Use this QR code on your mobile phone to give online! Every 2nd Sunday at 10:15 a.m. in the Chapel Reception Room God’s Story Your Story November 16, 2014 For the week of November 16, 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. God who beats swords into plowshares, you remained faithful to the people of Judah when all hope seemed lost. Remind us that you always remain faithful, even when we cannot see it, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. Reflect: Reflect on the key verse from Sunday’s reading. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Isaiah 2:4 Study: Study the reading and consider the background. First Isaiah was written for Judah (the Southern Kingdom), whose borders were being threatened by Assyria, the same country that had already conquered Samaria and defeated Israel a few hundred years before. The Rabshakeh (the chief steward of the king of Assyria, and messenger) threatened Judah and invited the people to surrender, promising they would be taken care of. King Hezekiah of Judah remained faithful to God, asking Isaiah to plead to God on behalf of Judah. God heard King Hezekiah’s plea and saved Judah from the Assyrian king. Once again, God’s promise of deliverance was kept. - 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. 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 story of Hezekiah and Isaiah, and how God saved them from conquest and exile for many years. Sunday, Isaiah 36:1-3, 13-20; 37:1-7; 2:1-4, Swords into Plowshares Monday, Isaiah 36:4-12, Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem Tuesday, Isaiah 37:8-13, Hezekiah Consults Isaiah Wednesday, Isaiah 37:14-29, Hezekiah’s Prayer Thursday, Isaiah 37:30-38, Sennacherib’s Defeat and Death Friday, Isaiah 38:1-22, Hezekiah’s Illness Saturday, Isaiah 39:1-8, Envoys from Babylon Welcomed How did God respond to Hezekiah’s words and actions? What were God’s promises to God’s people? 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? How do you suppose God decides how to arbitrate when communities are at odds with each other? When have you trusted in God at a time when trusting took great courage? How did it turn out? Do: By acting on what we learn, we make God’s word come alive. Do the following activity this week. Keep a prayer journal. Record your prayers and how God answers them. Bless: Close your devotion with a blessing. God most powerful, speak confidence and courage to your people in the reading of your word today. Amen. Copyright © 2014 Clergy Stuff. Used with Permission. Find more at www.ClergyStuff.com. Blessing written by Pr. Chip Borgstadt.
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