Paul at the Palms:
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Peanuts ThanksgivingThe Evolution of a Holiday is fascinating. Little did the native population and the people of the Mayflower realize how the culture of Thanksgiving would evolve.

The traditions around my family’s celebration of Thanksgiving have taken years to take shape – each generation changing the flavor of the day – literally! Back in the day, when we were all younger, tackle football was played. Back before every football game was on TV, the TV game was a “Holy Grail.” As certain folks joined the family and became cooks (by marrying into or aging up) food has changed. Dietary restrictions have recently played a role as well. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

How did a 1621 harvest gathering evolve into a popular holiday? Colonists, states, and later the U.S. government proclaimed special days of thanksgiving. Although without the Wampanoag corn, there would have been no harvest in 1621.

In the 19th century, the modern Thanksgiving holiday began to take shape. In 1863, during the Civil War, President Lincoln declared two national Thanksgivings. One, in August, commemorated the Battle of Gettysburg. The second, in November, was to give thanks for “general blessings.”

Whatever ways you and your family celebrate, I hope you can give thanks. If you don’t like your choices on this day, it is not too late to join us at The Palms. We serve from 11:30 am to 1 pm in King Hall. All are welcome.

Shalom, Paul

Palm Calm Balm

Justice Is Not for Just Us at The Palms

The Coconut Palm
Q. If pilgrims traveled on the Mayflower, what do college students travel on?
A. Scholar ships.

Q: When do you serve tofu turkey?
A: Pranksgiving.

Q: What did the turkey say before it was roasted?
A: Boy! I'm stuffed!

Q: What do you call a running turkey?
A: Fast food.

Q: What did the turkey say to the computer?
A: Google, google, google!

Q: What do you wear to Thanksgiving dinner?
A: A Har-VEST.

Q: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter? 
A: Pumpkin pi.

Q: What would you get if you crossed a turkey with a ghost?
A: A poultrygeist!

Q: What did the mother turkey say to her disobedient children?
A: If your father could see you now, he'd turn over in his gravy.

Q: Why can’t you take a turkey to church?
A: They use fowl language.


A Palm Reader's Look into the Future

We will serve a Thanksgiving meal today (Thursday, November 24) from 11:30 am. to 1 pm. Join us!

This Saturday we will decorate for Advent at the church – the sanctuary, the narthex, King Hall, and the offices. There will be lots of jobs for volunteers. Whether you can stand on a ladder or have to sit, there are opportunities to help out. Come this Saturday, November 26 at 9 am.

This Sunday, November 27, Advent begins! I will be preaching. This week you’re going to have to stay awake for the entire sermon! Read Romans 13:11-14...and try to stay awake!

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

Yes, we are having worship on Christmas morning – at 10 am.

Check the church calendar for upcoming events.

Starring Cassie Rolle and Lee Fraker.
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