Paul at the Palms:
thoughts, prayers, justice, humor, and upcoming events
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The Church of the Palms has a mission statement:

Sharing God’s Unconditional Love, Justice, and Extravagant Welcome.

That statement is more than a policy statement; it speaks of our core values and desires. Plus, it gives us direction when the Spirit blows forcing us to adjust our sails.
So, what is your mission? I suspect that yours has changed over the years – I know mine has. When you were employed or raising kids or grandkids, your mission reflected the needs of the moment. Now that you have reached your current situation, how has your mission and purpose changed? What core value reflects who you are presently?
You may no longer be able to march for justice – can you pray for those who do? Can you help fund social justice ministries? Can you be a word of cheer for people? All of us can do something!
We need all of us working together to be whole: From our LGBTQ+ siblings to our assisted living residents to our chairs of our ministry groups and every place and person in between. You are needed. And God is calling all of us to do our part.
So, spend some time this week examining who you are right here, right now. What core values shape your life? Where can God use you? Then go and do and be about sharing God’s Unconditional Love, Justice, and Extravagant Welcome.
Shalom, Paul

Palm Calm Balm

Justice Is Not for Just Us at The Palms

The Coconut Palm
Q: What do birds say on Halloween to get candy? 
A: Twick-or-tweet

Q: Why are all of Superman's costumes tight? 
A: They’re all size S.

Q: Why are ghosts bad liars? 
A. Because you can see right through them!

Q. What does the ghost call his true love? 
A. My ghoul-friend.

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

Q: Why are skeletons so good at chopping down trees? 
A: They're LUMBARjacks!

Q: Why are skeletons so calm? 
A: Because nothing gets under their skin!

The skeleton canceled the gallery showing of his skull-ptures because his heart wasn't in it.

The skeleton ordered a cabernet wine with a full body because he didn't have one.

Did you hear about the skeleton that dropped out of medical school? He just didn't have the stomach for it.


A Palm Reader's Look into the Future

This Sunday I will be back in the pulpit. Read Luke 18:9-14. The words we use are important. Use yours with intentionality!

Sign up to be an usher. 
Registration for our 19th annual interreligious conference is still open. It will take place November 4 & 5.
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. Be on the lookout for opportunities to donate food and to volunteer to help. Christmas Day is a Sunday and both Pastor Jim and I will be leading worship – we hope you can join us.

When you're fixated on trying to get ahead, it can be hard to recognize what's really important. 
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