sisterslogo03sqThe first brunch of the year for the women of Church of the Palms (The Sisters!!) is Thursday, February 20 at 10 a.m. at The Clubhouse at Okatie, Sun City. Don’t reside in Sun City? Tell the guard at the main gate you’re going to The Clubhouse.

Sign up in the event book located at the Christian Life Center entrance counter, on page 20. Questions: contact Lib Sanders 843-705-9898.


holyland202101sqHoly Land Pilgrimage, Part II - March 3-10, 2021

A Holy Land Pilgrimage, designed by Mika Rabinovich, Sandy Gies, and Pastor Pete is scheduled for March 3-10, 2021.

With a custom itinerary, this pilgrimage will follow similar paths to our other two pilgrimages but will focus on different places of interest, including:

Kursi Archeological site
Mt. Arbel
Pillar of Absalom
Ein Gedi Reserve
Garden of Gethsemane (private side)
Siloam Pool

We have the land cost, but air will not be available until closer to the time. Because this is a custom tour, the more that decide to go with, the less the cost! With 20 pilgrims, the land cost will be $2459 per person. With 30 or more, the land cost will be $2289 per person land only.

For more information, contact Sandie Gies at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A website is available at for information and reservations. Full refunds are available until 180 days to departure (around September 3, 2020).

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.

•“Making Sense of the Bible” study by Adam Hamilton with 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.

•“Famous Sermons of John Wesley” Co-leaders Larry Fullen and Harry Danforth. The cllass meets in Room 103.

ws20200125sqThe "Gathering", our contemporary worship experience, meets every Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. This week, January 25, Portia Foden will center us, Pastor Pete will share the message "A Radical Call" based on Matthew 4:12-23. Lauren, Jeff and Abigail will lead us in our music.

- Move
- I Will Follow
- New Wine
- Lead Me

Holy Communion will be shared with all. And then join in a time of community over a light meal following the worship.

Come experience the most meaningful life there is - "Connected To God, and Connected to One Another"- at Church of the Palms.

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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.

radicalcall01sqJanuary 25 & 26
5:30 p.m. / 8:30 a.m. / 11 a.m.
Matthew 4:12-23
“A Radical Call”
Pete Berntson, Proclaimer

Our scripture for this weekend is Matthew 4:12-23. Jesus has left the Judea area of Israel and is now in the Galilean region, living the village of Capernaum. His message is pointed and direct — “…the kingdom of God is near!”

Walking along the Sea of Galilee, he extends a radical call to others to join in this work that he is doing. Remarkably there is no interview, no reference checks, no performance contract, just another invitation to “Follow me.”

We don’t know if others also were called but did not come along. We do know some did respond and became part of a movement that is still changing the world. Even more remarkable, this Jesus is extending to us this radical call. How will you respond?

So come this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. to our contemporary worship experience, the “Gathering.” Portia will center us, and Lauren, along with Jeff and Abigail, will lead our singing. New members of our faith community will be welcomed, and Holy Communion will be shared with all.

Or come on Sunday morning to one of our two classic style worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Prayer shawls will be blessed at 8:30 a.m., and New Members will be welcomed at 11.



giveplus01sqDonations can now be made to Church of the Palms from anywhere, anytime via your phone.

Vanco Payment Solutions trusted processor of electronic giving for over 20 years and over 30,000 clients (including Church of the Palms), now offers Mobile Giving.

Free apps for Apple and Android phone, and security provided by your devices Touch Id, pin, and/ or password, provide for convenient and secure giving anywhere and anytime.

Learn more here.

mercymission01sqPlease place your generous donations of food in the box found in the office entrance. Your support will help supply the food pantry in Hardeeville.

The pantry food supply is currently very low and needs cereal, canned peas, corn, and mixed vegetables, canned tomatoes, dried beans, pasta sauce, small bags of rice, pork and beans, canned fruit and bottled water along with personal care items including individually wrapped toothbrushes and toothpaste. They always need paper, plastic or cloth shopping bags.

Please contact Sylvia Kaufman for additional information: 843-705-5306.



vanco01sqJoin the people who have found electronic giving to be convenient, safe, and easy.  

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 where you can create your account to start giving online.


newmemberweekend01sqOur first New Member weekend of 2020 is Saturday, January 25 at 5:30 p.m. or Sunday, January 26, at 8:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

If you have felt God's urging to connect more deeply, simply contact Sandy Biggs, Church Secretary, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 843-379-1888 for a Family Information Sheet to get things started.

Sandy can assist you with the details needed, including time with Pastor Pete.


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