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Fred RogersFred Rogers, aka, Mr. Rogers, is a hero of mine. I often turn to his wisdom - two books dedicated to his thoughts sit on my desk. Here are ten of my favorite quotes.
10. "Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now."
9. "As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has — or ever will have — something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression."
8. "In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers."
7. "Whether we're a preschooler or a young teen, a graduating college senior or a retired person, we human beings all want to know that we're acceptable, that our being alive somehow makes a difference in the lives of others."
6. "Real strength has to do with helping others."
5. "There is no normal life that is free of pain. It's the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth."
4. "How great it is when we come to know that times of disappointment can be followed by joy; that guilt over falling short of our ideals can be replaced by pride in doing all that we can; and that anger can be channeled into creative achievements . . . and into dreams that we can make come true."
3. "The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self."
2. "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world."
1. "There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind."
Shalom, Paul

Palm Calm Balm

Justice Is Not for Just Us at The Palms

The Coconut Palm
Knock! Knock! Who's there? Says. Says who? Says me, that's who!

Knock! Knock! Who's there? Candice. Candice who? Candice door open, or am I stuck out here?

Knock! Knock! Who's there? Voodoo. Voodoo who? Voodoo you think you are, asking all these questions?

Knock! Knock! Who's there? Mikey. Mikey who? Mikey isn't working, can you let me in?

Knock! Knock! Who's there? Dejav. Dejav who? Knock! Knock! 

A Palm Reader's Look into the Future

This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. I will be preaching. and sharing some communion memories. What do you think of when you consider communion – what are your experiences?

Cancer Conversations with Tanya Bellavia, a Physician's Assistant with two decades of experience in this area, will happen right after worship, THIS Sunday, Oct. 2 at 11:00 a.m.  
Registration for our 19th annual interreligious conference is now open. It will take place November 4 & 5.
Check the church calendar for upcoming events.

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