Plant a Seed! Feed a Soul! Join in to pack Hope Seeds on Saturday, October 7, 10 am – noon in Fellowship Hall. Come for an hour or stay the full period. Friends, family and visitors welcome!
Hope Seeds International is a non-profit based in Bradenton with the mission of sharing the love of Christ and reducing worldwide hunger by empowering people with sustainable food production skills, seeds, and resources.
Since 1999, Hope Seeds has distributed over 10 million packets of quality garden seed in more than 60 countries. All seed packets include Gospel messages, and missionaries and other faith-based organizations provide discipleship and teach gardening methods, seed saving, and nutrition programs.
Giving a person good seed which is suited for their climate and culture allows them to work toward their own nutrition and welfare. When a person is empowered to grow their own food, they will not depend on someone for their daily meal. They will be stronger and more self-reliant, fostering a sense of accomplishment and community development.
Haiti is most common recipient of seed and agricultural support due to its long history of developmental need. Growth areas for Hope Seeds include several countries in east Africa – Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. Hope Seeds also responds after natural disasters to help countries regain their agricultural programs.
Our Outreach Offering for October will go to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church USA. PDA is on the ground when a disaster or crisis begins and remains active through the entire recovery process, accompanying their partners in the area to determine long-term program needs and providing financial support for rebuilding and resilience. You may donate to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:
during the worship service in your offering envelope,
- by mailing a check to the church office with “PDA” in the memo line, or
- through online giving
Our DOES It (Done On Every Sunday) project for October is collecting warm wear for clients served by Turning Points. Turning Points provides a variety of free services designed to help individuals and families on their path to financial stability and independence. Clean out your closets (or purchase new!) and help us donate items to those in need as the weather turns colder this year. Gently used coats, jackets, hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, and blankets in all sizes for men, women, and children are needed.
Collections bins are in the Narthex through October 29th or drop off your donations at the church office. This is a great way for your unused items to warm another’s heart, literally, this winter.
F.E.L.T. provides weekend backpacks of food to over 800 homeless students in Manatee County each week, a time when these children often go hungry.
Contributions of loose change, soft money, and checks for FELT (Feeding Empty Little Tummies) are always welcome. FELT provides weekend backpacks of food for over 800 children in Manatee County who might otherwise go hungry over the weekend. To donate, use the envelopes in the pews or mail a check to the church office with FELT in the memo line.
The Holy Strollers take walks with short devotional programs on Friday mornings in beautiful Robinson Preserve. They resumed on Friday, September 22, 9:00 am. Outreach Team is considering adding new walking locations and times in the Fall, to enable additional participation. If you have thoughts on new locations and times, please contact Andrea Harmon.
Join in the 2023 Ministry Fair! The theme is: United Begins with U ‘N’ I.
Gather in the Sanctuary at 9:30 am for a brief worship service around this theme, followed by a continental breakfast in Fellowship Hall with displays and opportunities to discuss the various ways we can be united in service and fellowship in the coming year.Committee members will be available for questions and to hear YOUR suggestions on things YOU want to be a part of. Sign-up in the Narthex or call the church office to let us know you will be there. Here are some of the ministries and activities being presented:
- Who are our Missionaries?
- Who are our Mission Partners?
- Older Adult Ministries
- Holy Strollers
- Choir and Handbells
- Earth Care
- Prayer Group
- Ushers/Lay Readers
- Bible Studies
- Property & Grounds Team/Safety Team
The Palms Sola and Westminster congregations are hosting an Earth Day Fair, Saturday, April 22, 10am-12pm in the Palms Sola Fellowship Hall. The Fair will carry out the theme of this year’s international Earth Day, “Invest in the Future.” The public is invited to drop in, browse displays, watch videos, pick up information sheets, sample foods, and consider future actions they might take in caring for the Earth.
There will be stations covering topics, including: 1) why this is the critical decade for addressing climate change; 2) Florida's energy profile now and planned for the future; 3) how to calculate your carbon footprint and the best things you can do to reduce it, including making use of the Inflation Reduction Act; 4) planting Florida native plants and landscapes, and why that is important to sustain wildlife; 5) eating for a healthy planet; and 6) books to sustain and inform you while caring for Earth.
Join Pastor Edward in Palma Sola Botanical Park for our annual Easter Sunrise Service. The service begins at 7:00; sunrise is at 7:10 am. All welcome!Palma Sola Botanical Park is located at the west end of 17th Ave. next to the north entrance of Robinson Preserve. The service is held on the lawn behind the Galleria, the building with the front porch visible from the parking area. The lawn may be reached by walking though the Galleria or using a path around the right side of the building.Palma Sola Botanical Park9800 17th Ave NWBradenton, FL 34209
Join Attorney Jim Johnson for an informative presentation to assist you in planning for the distribution of assets at death, including preparation of advanced healthcare directives and a will. Mr. Johnson is a certified Elder Law Attorney with Greene Hamrick Schermer & Johnson, P.A. and practices primarily in the areas of Probate and Trust Administration, Estate Planning, and Medicaid Planning and Application.
'A Savior is Born' was presented by our campus partner, Creative Arts Academy, on December 16 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary. This was the debut performance of the academy's new children's theater program. Members joined the children's families to see the children enact the story of Christmas while talented musicians played and sang. We thank Laine Ruise, CAA Director, for his creativity and dedication to providing this program.
Palma Sola Presbyterian Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church invite all those suffering from loss during this holiday season to a service of hope at Palma Sola Botanical Park.
Christmas is a holiday associated with excitement and joy. It is a season when gatherings at home, work, school, and places of worship celebrate the happiness of the season.
Yet it can also be a season of sadness. The loss of a loved one, the insecurity of unemployment, or the pain of isolation can be overwhelming in the midst of seasonal celebrations.
This service in the Park supports those who need the space and time to acknowledge sadness and concern and to know that they are not alone. The service is held on the Winter Solstice, the day of the year with the longest night.
The Park is located in the “Old Palma Sola” section of northwest Bradenton, an area rich in history from the Timucuan Indians to the Conquistadors to the present. The service will be held outdoors on the back deck of the Galleria, the building with the front porch visible from the parking area.
Palma Sola Botanical Park, one of those places that feeds the soul, began in 1990 when interested citizens and community groups rallied support to preserve the 10-acre site, a former nursery, as a valuable green space and park.
With its warm micro climate, the Park is able to showcase collections of rare palms, fruits, and flowering trees and other subtropical plants. This tranquil garden also has lakes, gazebos, abundant birdlife, a butterfly garden, and facilities for public and private events.
The Park is free and open from 8am to sunset and may be visited before the service.
Each year, Palma Sola Presbyterian Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church also welcome the community to an Easter Sunrise Service in the Park.Palma Sola Botanical Park9800 17th Ave NWBradenton, FL 34209
Learn about why rainforests are important, what's being done to save them, and how you can help. Also learn about easy-care native and other Florida-friendly plants for your yard that support birds, butterflies, and bees. This is a special program on Friday, October 21, 7:00-8:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall, presented by church members Amy Pedon and Betty Bashaw. Refreshments will be served and children are most welcome.