doughnuts01sqOkatie Elementary School’s PTO is hosting this fun family event. Church of the Palms Missions Committee is asking you to volunteer to enjoy a doughnut before school with a child who doesn’t have a grownup attending.

Sign up at SignUpGenius by December 9 for 7:00 a.m. - 7:40 a.m. Thursday, December 12 or Friday, December 13.

Doughnut let a student eat alone!

ourcoming01sqThe ancient story of the advent of Jesus Christ to this world has never ceased to capture the imaginations of men, women, and children.

For those of us who know that it actually happened in time and space two thousand years ago, we are repeatedly amazed and astonished by the grace and kindness of God. God came as one of us, as Jesus, to be born in the most humble of human settings to save and exalt the people God loves.

This Advent Season, we are going to contemplate anew the wondrous story of the Incarnation of God in the womb of a peasant girl named Mary. Through our study each weekend in Advent, starting November 30 and December 1, we shall encounter Zechariah and Elizabeth, Herod (Gathering only — Cantata “Heaven’s Child” on that Sunday), Mary and Joseph, and concluding with lessons from the Innkeeper.

May God enter every heart during these days to remind us of God’s love as we wait and prepare for “Our Coming Savior.”

cotpconnect01sqSeeking more information on CONNECT - our ministry to USCB students?

Looking for the links to the Grandparent signup?

Everything is here.

smileamazon01sqAmazonSmile 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, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, 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 from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, 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 will result in a donation.

spiritualformation01sqThere are several opportunities to participate in small group studies on Sunday mornings. Each has a stand-alone subject every week, so attend as schedules permit. Contact the study leader for a book.

Sunday morning adult studies:'

There are several opportunities to participate in small group studies on Sunday mornings. Each has a stand-alone subject every week, so attend as schedules permit. Contact the study leader for a book.

"Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?” starting November 24. A study by Philip Yancey with a book and DVD. Leader Chick Mazon, meeting in Room 107.

"Faithful" Joseph's Faithfulness to God and to his wife Mary. Based on the book by Adam Hamilton. Leader Richard Robertson, meeting in Room 106.

"Festivals of Israel" November 17 and November 24, led by Faye Fetzer. Understanding God's purpose for the Festivals, the Jewish Traditions, and the importance of the Festivals to the promised Messiah. Meeting in Room 103.


lyws01sqSave the date of December 15, at 4 p.m. for the Holiday Concert of the Lowcountry Youth Wind Symphony.

The concert will be in the Sanctuary of Church of the Palms at 4 p.m. on December 15.

A reception will follow the concert. Don't miss it!


icons01sqDo 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.

Here’s how:

  1. Tap Safari to launch it
  2. Go to
  3. Tap on the share button (box with arrow) at the bottom of the screen
  4. Tap “Add to Home Screen” A sheet will appear that will allow you to change (or shorten) the name the website if you like. An icon for the website will also be provided
  5. Tap Add. An icon for the webpage will be added to an open spot on your home screen.

(Watch for similar steps for Android smartphones!)

bluechristmas02sqIs Christmas a “blue” time for you? Stephen Ministry at Lord of Life Lutheran Church is offering a quiet, simple service on Monday, December 9, at 6:30 p.m.

With Stephen Ministers from other congregations, including Church of the Palms, this service offers time to reflect and remember in a calming candlelit space.

Perhaps you, or someone you know, is aware “this Christmas will be a hard one” either because of the death of a loved one, loss or broken relationship or because of painful memories of Christmases past. Many individuals experience pain and sadness as the holidays approach. This service intends to encourage people to move toward hope.

All are welcome to come and share. Feel free to invite any friends or neighbors to join us. Lord of Life Lutheran Church is located at 351 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton, SC 843-757-4774

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