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Masks and social distancing is not mandated
but will be honored and respected
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Join Pastor Pete in a four week survey study of the Gospel of John, meeting Mondays August 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Different from the method used in Brothers! and Sisters!!, this Bible study will examine the significant role of this version of the Gospel and the unique perspectives on Jesus the Christ it provides.
This study will include participation by attendees with ample time for questions and discussions.
There will be an anonymous evaluation provided at the conclusion to supply feedback on this study.
Please let us know you are coming by using this SignUpGenius form.
Time to gather again to sew our Koinonia Kaps for those ladies in cancer treatment. We will meet Tuesday, August 9, in the Family Life Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
If you plan on staying all day, please bring a light lunch and a beverage. If you cannot stay the entire time, please come for as long as you are able. And don't forget, we need non-sewers also so don't let that keep you away. There is a job for everyone!
The Sisters!! Wednesday morning Bible study with Pastor Pete will continue a study of the Book of Acts on Wednesday, August 10, resuming at Acts 21:1.
The group meets from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
The weekly Thursday morning Brothers! Bible-study and Breakfast continues Thursday, August 11 at 8 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The coffee will be ready by 7:30 a.m. for those eager to reconnect.
Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. followed by our Bible study at 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Brothers! are currently studying the Book of Acts
Good News Club Training:
Okatee Baptist Church
The Good News Club is a weekly after-school program for students to come and hear the Gospel in Bible readings through lessons, songs, and crafts. All student participants receive an Action Bible. The curriculum is completely prepared and easy to run.
This school year, there is the wonderful possibility that Church of the Palms can sponsor a club and provide volunteers who can serve to facilitate the program at Okatie Elementary School.
What is needed for this program to start this fall?
1. 6-8 volunteers who can serve in a variety of roles. These roles can be rotated and trained volunteers can cover for each other in the necessity of an absence.
2. Volunteers who can attend a training session at Okatie Baptist church where Mark Mansel (Director) can take us through the operation of a club. August 13 from 9-11:30.
3. Volunteers willing to go through security check.
4. Volunteers who love to share the GOOD NEWS with young folks. (No teaching experience needed)
Who wants to share, and influence our young people, with the word of God?
Training for those interested is from 9 - 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 13 at Okatee Baptist Church, 5467 Okatie Highway, Ridgeland, SC 29936
Rev. Joey McDonald is holding a series of informal meetings addressing concerns about delays in the General Conference and issues of disaffiliation. Everyone (Laity and Clergy) are invited to attend any one of three (3) informal meetings:
Sunday, August 14, 2022
Allendale (Swallow Savannah UMC)
412 Walnut Street, West, Allendale, SC 29810
Sunday, August 14, 2022
St. George (St. George UMC)
120 North Parler Street, St. George, SC 29477
Monday, August 15, 2022
Port Royal (Port Royal UMC)
The deadline to register for the Fall Walterboro District Lay Servant School is August 15. The school is again virtual this year and will be August 26-28. Our own Larry Sanders will be leading one of the classes. These classes will fill fast so act now. Contact Larry Sanders, David Voyles or Pastor Pete with any questions or interest.
Lay Servant Basic Course - Pamela Goodwine-Glover (12 remaining)
Preach - Rev. Angela Ford Nelson (12 remaining)
Polity - Rev. George Hudson (13 remaining)
Soul Reset - Larry Sanders (12 remaining)
Faith Sharing - Rev. Lisa Way (14 remaining)
Emmaus Walk Pilgrims!
Join Pastor Pete and Pat Ary on Wednesday, August 17, at 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall to discuss reforming Reunion Groups.
If you have been on the Walk to Emmaus, please consider coming. Use this SignUpGenius or call the church office at 843-379-1888 to let us know. Based on interest, we will organize and form reunion groups.
An Emmaus group reunion is a small accountability group of two to 8 persons who have usually participated in the three-day Walk to Emmaus and who want to continue their pursuit of a life lived wholly in the grace of God.
You are invited to a very special prayer service on Friday, August 19, at 11 a.m. My House of Prayer is a time of reflection and repentance. A time to talk to God and listen for God’s word. It is a quiet time to feel the love God has for YOU! It is also a time of thanksgiving and joy for all the blessings God has bestowed on YOU!
Please join us as we quietly hear music, scripture and prayer that will help us to feel the warmth and love that the Lord's House of Prayer offers to each and every one of us. It is a time for us to be quiet and to honestly talk quietly to our Heavenly Father.
Be part of the church-wide initiative to help us all identify and explore our spiritual gifts. It all starts with an understanding that each Christian has received certain gifts to be used to build up the body of Christ. No one receives all the spiritual gifts, but God has given at least one gift, and often several, to each individual. We are to use our gifts in service to meet the needs of the world as the hands, feet, eyes, and ears of Christ.
Starting August 27 you will be able to complete a paper-based Spiritual Gifts Inventory survey. The survey has been developed by Stephen Ministries and Pastor Pete has found it to be very informative in the many times he has used it with groups and individuals.
The survey is NOT a test of your level of faith or spirituality. Rather, it’s an opportunity to enrich your faith and discover how you can best service Christ’s mission in the world.
Dick and Ann Tullie will lead a 6-week study of Heirloom Love by Dominic Sputo starting Sunday, September 11, at 9:45 a.m.
This study has six daily lessons each week (usually less than 1/2 hour of time needed for each lesson). Banners from several persecuted churches across the globe will focus prayers at the conclusion of each lesson.
Study guides ($14.00) need to be ordered by August 26. The study guides will be distributed about a week before the class starts. 2 people may share a guide. If the cost presents a barrier, register anyway, and let us know so the guide may be gifted.
Register via SignUpGenius or call the church office at 843-379-1888.
Dick and Ann share this information on their passion for this topic and study:
"About three years ago, we were at a global mission conference and introduced to the plight of persecuted Christians. Little did we know their suffering and obedience to the Lord. More Christians are being martyred, tortured, incarcerated, and oppressed for Christ's sake than ever before. As Dominic Sputo (author of Heirloom Love) says, "the church of Jesus is suffering as much as - if not more than- it ever has. That's why the New Testament's teachings on helping persecuted believers are as critically relevant today as when first written."
Are you in need of someone to pray with and for you but this isn't something you need a Stephen Minister for: a small problem, an illness, or a worry about someone or something?
If you would like someone to pray with you and for you, contact Dee Lehr and ask for a prayer angel. Your name will be given to one of our prayer angels who will contact you and pray with you over the phone. Of course, everything will be kept confidential. If in need, please contact Dee at 843-816-6775.
Our community is saddened and prayerful concerned for those affected by the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine. For those wishing to support the United Methodist Church’s humanitarian efforts, we encourage you to do so through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief.)
The Church Council has authorized a $10,000 contribution to this UMCOR relief.
Gifts through UMCOR provide direct assistance to those in Ukraine as well as assistance to Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries. Donations can be made in one of the following ways:
Online at https://umcmission.org/advance-project/982450
By toll-free telephone: 888-252-6174
By check with “Advance #982450-Ukraine” written on the memo line, either mailed and addressed to Global Ministries/UMCOR, GPO, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY, 10087-9068
The link to Church of the Palms’ VANCO online giving is here.
Go to “Missions Contributions”; to “Missions-UMCOR”, fill in donation amount and enter Advance 982450 in the blank box.
Calling those who may wish to serve the church with Worship Enhancement. Displaying prayers, songs, or videos or by adjusting sound so all can hear is our main focus.
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Church of the Palms every time you shop on Amazon, at no additional cost to you.
When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the eligible purchase price to Church of the Palms.
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select Church of the Palms (search using “Palms United Methodist Church”) to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
For many years, Church of the Palms parishioners have provided meals to our church members who hit the occasional bump-in-the road. It has been a while since we have updated this program, and with new energy stirring within our committees and new members coming aboard, now is the perfect time to get the word out that we have this great meal program available to our parishioners in need.
If you would like to provide a meal for someone in need, please use this link for SignUpGenius or email or call Cheryl and provide your name, email address and phone number.
Do you know that the Church of the Palms website automatically adjusts to fit the device on which it is being viewed? This means it works well with smartphones and tablets.
You can also place a COTP icon on the homepage of your iPhone that acts just like an app icon. A single tap of the new icon will launch Safari and take you right to the web page.
(Watch for similar steps for Android smartphones!)
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In-Person and Live-streamed
Saturdays, 5:30 p.m.
Alternative Style Worship
Sundays, 8:30 a.m.
Classic Style Worship
In-Person and Live-Streamed
Sundays, 11 a.m.
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Aug 13 / 14
Live Like Jesus:
Enduring The Times We Live In
Aug 20 / 21
Live Like Jesus:
Breaking the Rules for A Higher Rule
Aug 27 / 28
Live Like Jesus:
Creating A Different Kind of Banquet
Luke 14:1, 7-14
Sep 3 / 4
Live Like Jesus:
Choosing the Right Path
1425 Okatie Highway
Okatie SC 29909
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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.
Vanco is endorsed by the General Council on Finance and Administration.