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Ponderings

dreamcatcherIn some Native American cultures, there’s a talisman called a “dream catcher.” They’re popular folk-art items. A dream catcher resembles a spider’s web made of yarn. It’s adorned with decorative feathers and beads.

According to ancient lore, parents were to hang the dream catcher over the cradle of a newborn infant. The device would catch only the child’s good dreams, letting the bad ones escape through the spaces between the strands.

What would our dreams look like if we hung a dream catcher over our beds? Would we, could we catch the dream of God for our lives? Would that love be unconditional? Would justice flow like waters nourishing our souls? Could we possibly catch a vision of such radical hospitality that even we are welcomed?

There are few things we pursue in this life that are more holy than dreaming. Dream big, Church of the Palms, to the point where we catch each and every opportunity to be the palms of Jesus. I hope you can join us on our retreat this weekend as we learn about decolonization.

Shalom, Paul


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Justice Is Not for Just Us at The Palms

The Coconut Palm
Q: What do you use to mend a jack-o-lantern?
A: A pumpkin patch.

Q: Who helps the little pumpkins cross the road to school?
A: The Crossing Gourd.

Q: What do you get when you divide the circumference of your jack-o-lantern by its diameter?
A: Pumpkin Pi.

Q: What do you get when you drop a pumpkin?
A: Squash.

Q: When asked how they were feeling, what did the pumpkin say?
A: I’m vine, thanks for asking.

Q: What are gourds afraid of?
A: Things that go Pumpkin the night.

Q: What do adventurous pumpkins do for fun?
A: Go bungee gourd jumping.

Q: Why was Cinderella not very good at softball?
A: Because her coach was a pumpkin.

Q: How did the winter squash pay for things?
A: They used pumpkin bread.

Q: What did the pumpkin say after thanksgiving?
A: Good-pie everyone.


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A Palm Reader's Look into the Future

This Sunday we will be celebrating Native American culture. Special guest speakers will highlight moments of our retreat weekend. You won’t want to miss it! Plus, during fellowship time, we will be eating treats from our native culture.

Sign up to be an usher. 
 
Bring a Friend Sunday is November 13. It will include lunch after worship! Share your church and bring a friend! We will also be lifting up our veterans.

November 20 is our Thanksgiving Sunday and will be giving thanks for our clergy including our retired clergy.
 
Check the church calendar for upcoming events.

We'll be celebrating both Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day at The Palms. We're inviting the community to join us for a meal on Thanksgiving. Sign up to donate food, eat, and/or to volunteer to help serve. Christmas Day is a Sunday and both Pastor Jim and I will be leading worship – we hope you can join us.

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