Sunday, November 16, 2014

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 •
Prayer line (941) 924-9979
welcome to
w rship
Church of the Palms
Our mission and deep commitment is:
“Equipping Disciples for the Service of Christ.”
We are a community of faith dedicated to a way of life contained in our name:
P.A .L .M .S
P raising God in Worship
A ligning ourselves with Christ
L oving one another in Community
M inistering generously with our Time, Talent & Treasure
S haring our story and The Story
Our Pastors, staff and Session invite you to share not only in our worship, but also
in the exciting opportunities that Church of the Palms offers to learn, serve and
grow in your faith. So whether you are a first time visitor, member, affiliate member
or frequently attend . . .
. . . we are glad you are here!
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.
*Call to Worship
*Hymn #151
Opening Prayer
Psalm 148
“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
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
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
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
Televised 9:00 a.m. Worship Service - Every Sunday, Comcast Cable Channel
189. Live streaming of the service is available on our website, www.churchofthepalms.
org and may be replayed Sunday afternoon. All services are archived online. DVD
copies may be purchased through the church office.
Join us at 9:00 a.m. in the Campus Center for our Modern Worship service.
Joe Davis ([email protected])
Bruce Hedgepeth ([email protected])
Technical Director: Mike Bassett ([email protected])
Worship Leader: Megan Mooney ([email protected])
Need Someone To Talk To?
In times of trouble, we turn to caring Christian friends to listen to us while we work
through our feelings. A Stephen Minister can become such a friend. If you or someone
you know could benefit from the trained, caring presence and listening ear of a Stephen
Minister, please call our Congregational Care Pastor, Dr. Hmingi Browne at 924-1323.
a celebration of
w rship
9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. • Sanctuary
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
• we gather •
Prayer of invocation
9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
Fran Patterson
Helen Dickinson
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.
Church of the Palms
• we share •
O for a thousand tongues to sing
My dear Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of God’s grace!
Life at Church of the Palms
Please sign and pass the red covered friendship pad at the end of the pew.
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.
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
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Laurie Haas
Children’s MomenT (9:00 a.m.)
*Hymn #450
“O Day of Peace”
Scripture LESSON
Leader: This is the Word of the Lord!
People: Thanks be to God!
Isaiah 2:1-4 (Pew Bible Pg. 631)
“Stepping Into The Picture” Dr. Stephen D. McConnell
• we GO •
“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 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
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 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?
Did you know you have 24-7 access to your year-to-date contributions? Go to 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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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], 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 or contact Carol Homeister,
Family Ministry Coordinator, [email protected]
Church of the Palms
SUNDAY KIDS WORSHIP • 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
All Pre-K through 5th grade kids should begin worship with their families at
the 9:00 a.m. service. After the Children’s Moment, they will be escorted from the
service to participate in Kids Worship in room 205-207 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
On the first Sunday of the month, children will have Chapel (in the Chapel) during
Kids Worship time. Parents are welcome to join us for Chapel, which will include
music, a short message, and Communion. After Kids Worship or Chapel, children
will have Fellowship Time in room 205-207 from 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
SUNDAY CHILDCARE • 8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Nursery: room 101
Toddlers & 2 Year Olds: room 103
3 Year Olds: room 103B
sunday Elementary Small Groups • 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
This year, children are learning the same theme being preached in the Sanctuary
and Garden each week. We are all finding our place in God’s Story, the Bible.
Pre-K - Kindergarten: room 114
1st & 2nd grade: room 207
3rd grade: 211 Library
4th & 5th grade: room 205
SUNDAY Middle & High School Small Groups (Rooms 208, 209, 210)
Each Sunday from 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 am, students will gather in Rooms 208,
209, and 210 to explore the deeper themes of God’s Story through the narrative
lectionary being studied church wide. We will have creative conversations and
share personal stories to find where we connect to God’s greater story.
Family Ministry Director:
Student Ministry Director:
Family Ministry Coordinator:
Children’s Ministry Coordinator:
Nursery Coordinator:
Laurie Haas ([email protected])
Jeff McCauley ([email protected])
Valerie Mathews ([email protected])
Carol Homeister ([email protected])
Corrie Hoffman ([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]
Families, we have a resource just for you and your kids to
continue the conversation of The Story at home. Each day,
there are a few verses to read along with a question to discuss.
These Devotions are available by the Children’s Worship
packs or online: Under Families Children & Parents - Try it @Home. If you are new to family
devotions, how about trying just one at dinner this week?
adult discipleship
The story: creation TO THE resurrection
10:15 a.m. • Chapel 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] 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]
Church of the Palms
5:30 p.m. • Campus Center
Every Monday we have dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by events such as book talks,
game night, special outings and more. Please call in your dinner reservations by the
Thursday prior to this dinner, no later than noon. Contact Dottie Stoddard, 924-7430.
7:00 a.m. • Off Campus
This group is open to any men who would like the opportunity
to get to know other men from our church while deepening their
faith through Bible study and prayer. Please bring a Bible. We
are currently studying the book of John. Led by Dale Vollrath.
Contact Dale Vollrath, [email protected]
Women’s Prayer Group
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. • Chapel Narthex
Our prayer time is a time for encouragement through God’s Word and
prayer. Prayers are for our church, country, family relationships, adult
children with addictions, grandchildren and friends. We will stroll with
Paul through Romans. Join us to know Jesus Christ more clearly, to
love Him more dearly, and to follow Him more nearly. We welcome all
prayer requests. Gaye O’Brien 377-3480.
C.S. Lewis Reading Group
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.
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
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.
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]
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]
Friday Morning Bible Study
The Tabernacle: Christ in the Old Testament
9:30 a.m. • Room 202
This first of several Fall and Winter sessions will be a 7-week study
exploring how the wilderness Tabernacle of Moses foreshadowed
Jesus Christ’s incarnation, ministry, death and resurrection, down
to the smallest detail. Led by Meriam Matthews, [email protected] and Peter Connor, [email protected]
grief support group
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. • 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.
Church of the Palms
opportunities for
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], 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]
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,
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]
spotlight on
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
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:
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:
Individual Remittance Processing
P.O Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
Attn: ECO Fund #052049 - Displaced Christian Relief
upcoming ministry
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.
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.
Church of the Palms
upcoming ministry
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.
upcoming ministry
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, by clicking on the
Thanksgiving icon and following the directions.
Church of the Palms
upcoming ministry
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.
•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]
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.
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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
calendar of
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
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 Study
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Campus Center
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Chapel Reception Room
West Meeting Room
Chapel Reception Room
Campus Center
West Meeting Room
Music & Arts Building
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
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.
Men’s Bible Study Chapel Reception Room
Watercolor Wednesday
Chapel Reception Room
Prayer Shawl Group
Chapel Narthex
Congregational Prayer Time
Palms Buffet & Grille
Campus Center
COP’s Got Talent
Campus Center
Equipping Ministry Team Meeting
East Meeting Room
Jubilee Handbell Choir Rehearsal
PALMS Essentials Small Group
East Meeting Room
The Family of Jesus
Remembering Your Story
Church of the Palms
calendar of
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.
Campus Center
Beginning Creative Signers Class
Music & Arts Building
Girl Scout Troop 127 Meeting
The Garden Worship Team Meeting
East Meeting Room
Sisters In Christ
The Garden Worship Band Rehearsal
Campus Center
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
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
Campus Center
Chapel Reception Room
Music & Arts Building
Campus Center
Music & Arts Building
Campus Center
Chapel Study
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North Parking Lot
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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.
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 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?
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
Close your devotion with a blessing.
God most powerful, speak confidence and courage to your people in the
reading of your word today. Amen.
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by Pr. Chip Borgstadt.