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Paul at the Palms:
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Ponderings

A letter written in 1621 containing only 115 words inspired the growth of an American tradition that became a national holiday: Thanksgiving. There are several assumptions that are far from factual about that event; things like the Pilgrims taking over empty land, the Wampanoag people being uncivilized, the Pilgrims being peaceful while the natives were savages.

History is rarely that simple – the real story is a lot more complicated.

There are many myths concerning the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag peoples. The Mayflower voyagers were not the first explorers to the area. English, Dutch, French explorers plus fishermen and traders arrived years before the Mayflower. There was neither pumpkin pie nor cranberry sauce at the 1621 harvest celebration.

So, here’s the challenge: be willing to stretch your heart and mind and learn the facts – the real facts of what happened, what did not, and what Hollywood has implanted in our brains. Listen to learn. Read the stories from the Wampanoag perspective as you will be blessed.

The one factual thing that has come down from all of our cultural myths – giving thanks is always a good thing! Find a way to give thanks today.

Shalom, Paul


Palm Calm Balm

Justice Is Not for Just Us at The Palms

The Coconut Palm
From the life and times of yours truly…
 
Over fifty people – family and friends – had gathered for their annual Thanksgiving feast on the family farm which was far from the city and away from civilization. It was the Wednesday before the big day. Pies were baked and ready for the throng. My brother and I were hungry for pie; we wondered what they tasted like. But our grandmother warned us with her words and her finger wagging to stay away from the pies.
 
pie slice stealingToo bad she went to bed at 8 pm on that Wednesday. You know what happened. A slice here. A slice there. Soon every pie had a missing piece.

I still remember that hair-curling scream at 5 am that Thanksgiving morn. We never were convicted of the crime. But she knew.
 
This Thanksgiving remember the fun and funny times of your childhood surrounding Thanksgiving. And share a story or two. Listen to others. Laugh. And most importantly, give thanks!

A Palm Reader's Look into the Future

This Sunday Pastor Jim is preaching from Colossians 1:11-20. For what are you thankful? Family, friends, health, creativity, kindness, generosity? What can you add to this list? On this Thanksgiving Sunday, we count our blessings!

 We will be giving thanks for our clergy this Sunday including our retired clergy.
 
We will serve a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up today to donate food, volunteer to serve, or to eat. Questions? Talk to Wendy Whitlock.

Make plans to join us for our 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Worship service on December 24.

Yes, we are having worship on Christmas morning.

Check the church calendar for upcoming events.

"Every Southerner on Thanksgiving"

"because you can never have too much gravy."
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