Welcome to the website of Church of the Palms, a part of the United Methodist Church, where we believe a life connected to God, and a life connected to one another, is the most meaningful life there is!
The hardworking Scouts of BSA Troop 213 were recognized at a wonderful Court of Honor at Church of the Palms on Thursday, September 19.
Twenty-one scouts were awarded one or more merit badges. Two Scouts advanced to the rank of Scout and Life.
Mike Goddard, Scout Master, was awarded a special prize for the best blackberry-peach cobbler.
View some the scenes of these scouts receiving well-deserved recognition for their dedication and continuing efforts on our Flickr page at https://flic.kr/s/aHsm85bvyA
Many have been affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Here are four things you can do to help.
A Service of Death and Resurrection for Steve Kundrat, 93, Beloved Child of God, will be held Friday, September 22, 10 a.m. at Church of the Palms
Following a reception after the service, interment, with military honors, will be at 1 p.m. at Beaufort National Cemetery.
The United States Flag Code states, “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."
If you have a flag that needs proper retirement, BSA Troop 213 of Church of the Palms and the Low Country District of the Coastal Carolina Council are willing to assist in that flag being disposed of in a dignified way.
Look for the “Flag Bin” in the Narthex (Gathering Area) in the church building beginning Sunday, September 10. Simply drop your tattered or torn flag in the bin and the Scouts will take care of the rest. The flag bin will be available through September 30.
The Low Country District will take care of disposal. Every effort will be made to make known the date and time of the ceremony so that you can attend if you wish. Questions? Please contact John McMullan at 412-370-1358.
Boy Scout Troop 213 at Church of the Palms is in need of a Merit Badge Counselor for the Cooking Badge. If you love to cook and have great experience in the kitchen, ideally professional, and are willing to volunteer your time to support the young men of Troop 213 in instructing them in cooking, kitchen safety, and menu planning - you can help!
Helping Scouts earn the Cooking Merit Badge can be accomplished at Scout Meeting on Tuesday nights. To volunteer or for more information, please contact John McMullan at 412-370-1358. Thanks!
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Church of the Palms utilizes VANCO, a trusted and provided service provider endorsed by the UMC General Commission on Finance and Administration.
An authorization form and a “Frequently Asked Questions” flyer are available from the church office. You may also visit the donation page on our website at www.palmsumc.org/giveonline where you can create your account to start giving online.
The 2017 Charge Conference for Church of the Palms has been set by Rev. Thomas Pearson, Superintendent of the Walterboro District, as Thursday, September 21, at 7 p.m.
Rev. Pearson will preside at this conference.
The charge conference is the basic unit in the connectional system that meets annually and serves as the connecting link between the local church and the general Church. The Church of the Palms is a station church on the Church of the Palms charge, meaning it is the only church on the charge.
Brothers Too!, men meeting on alternating Saturday mornings. for breakfast and Bible study will continue a study of Ezra on September 23, at Ezra 5.. Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. with the study starting at 8 a.m. and concluding by 8:30 a.m.
The book of Ezra records two separate time periods directly following the seventy years of Babylonian captivity. Chapters 1-6 of Ezra covers the first return of Jews from captivity. Led by Zerubbabel, following the edict of Cyrus of Persia, this portion ends after twenty-three years with the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. Ezra 7–10 picks up the story more than sixty years later when Ezra led the second group of exiles to Israel.
Your assistance is needed during our ministry of Family Promise as we provide shelter to homeless families. Our week to host is coming up from September 24 - October 1.
Consider providing food, or supplies, or spending an evening and overnight with these guests. Look for opportunities to train or serve at SignUp Genius or in the book in Narthex.
The Brothers! Thursday morning breakfast and Bible study continue their study of Jeremiah on Thursday, October 4, at Jeremiah 48:11. (No Brothers! on Spetember 28 due to Family Promise.) Breakfast starts at 8 a..m. with the study starting at 8:30 a.m. and concluding by 9 a.m.
The second of the major prophets, the book of Jeremiah is a challenge to conscience and a comfort to the wounded in body and spirit. The book addresses the destruction of Judah and the capital Jerusalem by Babylon’s armies but also strives to move beyond this historical milestone to a new future.
The book of Jeremiah seeks to defend God from charges of being unjust, uncaring, or unable to protect God’s people. Instead the responsibility of the people and their failure to “listen” is brought front and center.
Come join the Brothers! each Thursday morning, with breakfast from 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and a study of Jeremiah from 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Additional details on The Brothers! available online.
Come join the Sisters!! Wednesday morning Bible study of Genesis. Each Wednesday morning starts with a little breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Church of the Palms, followed by a study led by Pastor Pete from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The study this week on October 4 (no Sisters!! on September 27 due to Family Promise) starts at Genesis 37:5.
The book of Genesis is important as it forms a starting point of God's interaction and concern with God's specially chosen people, Israel. At the same time, Genesis forms a foundation for the broader scope of God's interaction and concern for all humanity and creation.
The book of Genesis presents stories about the beginning of the world and humanity along with stories about the beginning of the particular people of Israel and their ancestors.
The Quesada family home is nearing completion and is expected to wrap up the end of September! Volunteers, along with the Quesada family, have done an awesome job with the build and it could not have been accomplished so quickly without the Godly Service from all the church volunteers.
For the month of September, the build dates will be as follows:
Wednesdays: September 6, September 13, September 20, September 27.
Each Wednesday there will be four volunteer slots to fill.
If you have not reviewed the safety manual and filled out a Habitat Volunteer Agreement form, please contact Jeff Harrison as soon as possible.
World Communion Sunday, October 1, offers all congregations a distinctive opportunity to experience Holy Communion in the cont
ext of the global community of faith.
The first Sunday of October has become a time when Christians in every culture break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church.
On that day, people come to be reminded that they are part of the whole body of believers. While Christians celebrate the communion liturgy in as many ways as there are congregations, they are united in love of the same God.
Realizing the important role pets play in people's lives, Church of the Palms will offer a special "Blessing of the Animals" on Sunday, October 1, at 3 p.m. on the church grounds (weather permitting.)
All animals are welcome provided they are under physical control (leash, harness, or crate), are safe to be around others and comply with appropriate ordinances. If your pet is unable to be present, an article representing them (picture, collar, toy, halter, etc.) will be blessed on their behalf.
Here at Church of the Palms we carry on the practice from early years of the Christian church when people were encouraged to bring "offerings for the poor" to their celebration of the Lord's Supper.
Such monetary gifts offered, and then left on the communion railing (often referred to as a "rail offering"), are placed in a special fund for use in providing assistance to those in the community, as well as those in our own congregation facing extraordinary financial challenges.
We all need and ask for payer at various times and we know the power of prayer is awesome!
On non-communion Sundays we have the Laying on of Hands for Pastor Pete where you have the wonderful opportunity to go forward and pray silently for Pastor as he prepares to deliver his message.
You do not need to be asked - let the spirit of our Lord guide you - you will be blessed!
8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
"Come, For All Is Ready!"
World Communion Sunday
Partners or Squatters?
There is still an opportunity to support the construction of our Christian Life Center and Sanctuary renovation.
Any size of sacrificial gift to the Forward in Faith Capital Campaign is a way of joining the vision God has for us as a church. The act of making a commitment is a way of being “all in” and placing trust in God.You may download a card here and simply return it to the church office. Join us as we continue "Forward in Faith."
Follow the construction of the Christian Life Center.
1425 Okatie Highway
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Church of the Palms is pleased to announce the introduction of an electronic option for making regular offerings, making contributions to the capital campaign/building fund, paying for books, and other donations.
Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account or processed using your credit or debit card. Our electronic giving option, enabled by Vanco Payment Solutions, offers safety, security, and convenience for you and easier processing of funds for our church.
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