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  • January 11 - Palma Sola Habitat for Humanity Work Day

    Our work day for Manatee County Habitat for Humanity’s 25th Interfaith Build is Saturday January 11, 7:30 am-noon. We are excited about this opportunity to serve, and welcome family and friends to join us!

    Volunteers 16 and older are needed at the home site at 2207 11th St. W., Bradenton to work alongside experienced volunteers, including future homeowner Markisha Harris. As a volunteer, you will be guided through tasks such as painting, planting, hammering, and loading and unloading materials; no experience is needed. You may also volunteer to help provide snacks for workers. Sign up in the Sanctuary lobby, or by calling the office at 941-792-3141.

    As a participant, you will learn about Habitat’s advanced construction techniques that dramatically reduce maintenance and energy costs for homeowners, while keeping construction cost low. You are asked to sign a waiver form, wear closed-toe shoes, and observe other work-place practices described in this information sheet provided by Habitat's Program Manager Barbara Slater.

    Volunteers are also welcome at the home site on other Saturdays, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with advance sign up.

  • January 12 - Renewal Sunday

    If you have been away from the church, if one of your New Year's resolutions is to explore church life, this second Sunday in January is an excellent time to do so at Palma Sola. On this Sunday, we remember the Baptism of the Lord and renew our own baptismal covenants. Join others in ‘coming back to church’ for a special Sunday of spiritual renewal.

    Following the service, there will be an informational gathering with Pastor Ted and other members of the leadership team in the Fellowship Hall. Guests will learn and have an opportunity to ask questions about being Presbyterian, Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, and what it means to be a member. A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP at the church office, 941-792-3141.

  • January 23 - Financial Freedom for Seniors

    COMING SOON ! As part of our ministry to provide support and connection for older adults, Palma Sola is hosting a presentation by David Kennon, of Kennon Financial in Sarasota, on achieving financial peace of mind in retirement. The presentation will include optimizing social security benefits and end of life planning. David’s goal is for all seniors to fully participate in the “retirement revolution.” David is an Accredited National Social Security Advisor (NSSA) and Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS). The presentation will be held in the Fellowship Hall from 10 am to noon, and is open to all interested folks in our community.  

  • November 8 Movie - Unbroken: Path to Redemption

    We honor veterans this Friday with the showing of the movie Unbroken: Path to Redemption, the continuation of the Louis Zamparini story first told in Laura Hillenbrand's book Unbroken. Bring a friend, grab some popcorn and a drink, and enjoy the movie. The event is free and open to the community. The movie will be shown in Palma Sola's fellowship hall at 3rd Ave and 67th St, one block north of Manatee Ave. 

  • October 12 - RISE Against Hunger Meal Packing

    Palma Sola will host a community Rise Against Hunger meal-packing event Saturday, October 12, 9:30 -11:30 am, to lend a hand to people in critical need of food across the globe. In two hours, in a fun and educational assembly-line process, we'll pack thousands of life-giving soy and rice meals. Adults have both sitting and standing jobs. Children accompanied by an adult(s) age 5 and up are welcome, with special run-around jobs available! Packing will be in Palma Sola's fellowship hall at the corner of 67th St and 3rd Ave W. Please reserve a space by calling the church office at 792-3141, or signing up after Sunday services.   

  • September 22 - Rev. Miguel Estrada's Visit

    On Sunday September 22, we had the pleasure of hosting Rev. Miguel Estrada and his family from Misión Peniel in Immokolee FL. Rev. Estrada preached on Mark 6:30-44, how Jesus taught generosity through a shortage of loaves and fishes, and described the desperate housing situation of the Immokolee farm workers. Unlike other farm workers whose housing is provided by growers, Immokolee workers pay 60% of their income to landlords for housing in trailers that not only lacks AC, but is so substandard it's considered condemnable by county authorities. The ~20,000 Immokolee workers provide 85% of tomatoes in the United States. Palma Sola has donated $5,000 towards the purchase of land for future housing for the workers, through the Immokolee Fair Housing Alliance, an amount that will be matched by another organization. To listen to Rev. Estrada's sermon, go to Resources>Sermons Online and click on the September 22nd soundtrack.

  • September 14 - ABC of Dementia Program

    Our ABC of Dementia program was well attended by Palma Sola Presbyterian and community members. Presenter Debbie Selsavage, founder of Coping with Dementia, shared many insights, stories, and techniques helpful to those suffering from dementia and their caregivers--drawing from her personal experience as caregiver to her husband Albert and expertise as a trainer of the Positive Approach to Care. As a result of our participation, Palma Sola Presbyterian is now a certified Dementia Friendly Congregation, allowing us to better serve those affected by dementia. To listen to the 1.5-hour presentation, beginning with its introduction by Roger Tyrrell, go to Resources>Sermons Online and click on the September 14th soundtrack. 

  • September 12 - Habitat for Humanity┬áInterfaith Build Groundbreaking

    On September 12, representatives from local Catholic, Islamic, Jewish, and Protestant faith communities, including Pastor Ted, turned shovels of soil at home site for the 25th Anniversary Interfaith Build. Future homeowner, Markisha Harris, shared her excitement about the project and experience working on past Manatee County Habitat for Humanity projects. Markisha, born and raised in Florida, is a single mother of three, works as an LPN at an assisted living facility, and dreams of going back to school to complete her RN degree. We also learned about Habitat’s advanced construction techniques that dramatically reduce maintenance and energy costs for homeowners, while keeping construction cost low. Look for volunteer opportunities in the coming months on ways you can participate.

  • September 8 - Rally Day Ministries Fair

    Fall season at Palma Sola was kicked off with the Rally Day Ministries Fair on Sunday, September 8. The event included potluck breakfast, live instrumental music, and booths with information about Palma Sola ministries. Participants learned about ways to volunteer, and had their questions answered by representatives from our mission-partner organizations and other organizations who share our campus.