Our Outreach Offering for May and June goes to Meals on Wheels, which provides nutritional assistance and caring, supportive services to homebound seniors in Manatee County.
Home delivered meals—chilled dinners, and frozen weekend and holiday meals—are delivered by volunteers to over 900 seniors per day. These meals serve those who are not able to leave their homes and purchase food, or have limitations that leave them unable to prepare meals. This crucial service allows seniors to continue living independently.
Last year Meals on Wheels delivered over 300,000 meals to homebound or disabled seniors in Manatee County.You may give to Meals on Wheels by
- cash or check placed in an offering envelope during the worship service,
- mailing a check to the church office with “MOW” in the memo line, or
- through Online Giving
The DOES It (Done On Every Sunday) project for June is collecting non-perishable food items for the Food Bank of Manatee. Drop your items in the bin in the narthex on Sundays, or bring them to the church office Tuesday and Thursday 10a-1p, or Monday and Wednesday 9a-4p (new office hours).
The Food Bank of Manatee is the leading, local source of nutrition for food-insecure babies, children, families, and the elderly in Manatee County. The need in our community is great, especially now that school is out for the summer and fewer children will be receiving meals at school. Canned fruits, vegetables, soups, and meats as well as boxed and bagged pasta, rice, beans, and healthy cereals and breakfast bars are always in demand.
The Safety Team is pleased to report that in the May 9 worship service, 64 of 76 members of the congregation (84%) responded to our COVID-19 vaccination status survey, with 55 saying they were fully vaccinated.
By Sunday, May 23 all those responding to the May 9 survey except one will be fully vaccinated, having reached two weeks past their second shot.
We believe May 9 was a typical Sunday, so at least 84% of the congregation will be vaccinated by May 23!
On May 13, the Center for Disease Control announced that those who have been vaccinated do not need to wear masks either outdoors or indoors. Contributing to this policy change was the finding that there is an extremely low probability that vaccinated people pass the virus to unvaccinated people.
The number of new COVID-19 cases per day in Manatee County has also been dropping significantly. As of May 20, the average daily new cases over the previous week was 51 per day, the lowest since mid-October.
Taking all this together, we and Session developed new mask-wearing rules that begin in the worship service on Sunday, May 23.
- If you are fully vaccinated (two weeks past your last injection), you are not required to wear a mask.
- If you are not vaccinated, or until you are fully vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask to protect yourself and others who are unvaccinated.
- As a courtesy, please wear a mask when you are close to someone else wearing a mask. Keep in mind that not everyone has been vaccinated or can receive the vaccine, and some people’s immune systems don’t allow them to get full benefit from the vaccine.
Our other indoor safety protocols remain in place: maintaining social distance, leaving doors open to the outdoors, limiting time spent indoors, and holding conversations outdoors. Please be mindful that COVID-19 spreads through the air—proximity to, duration of exposure, and repeated exposure to aerosols matters.
Now that it is known that there is very little spread of COVID-19 from surfaces, hand sanitizer will no longer be dispensed by ushers, but will remain available in the Narthex.
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make adjustments, with approval of Session, as conditions and guidelines evolve. We hope that the positive trends continue, but of course there are no guarantees. You may view a weekly-updated report of COVID-19 status in Manatee County here.
Blessings, your Safety Team
With the departure of West Manatee Fire Rescue on June 1, we are seeking new tenants for the second floor of the PSPC Office Building. Options range from renting individual rooms to the entire office suite of 11 offices plus a conference room.
If you know of someone looking for space—perhaps to start a business, move a business out of their
home, or have an art studio—please let them know about this opportunity to rent at a modest rate with
office furniture and utilities included. WMFR graciously left the space furnished with modern, high-quality
furniture. Interested parties should contact the church office (941) 792-3141 or Ron Dickerson (941) 792-9104.
Support Feeding Empty Little Tummies throughout the year.
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.
Your contributions of spare change, soft money and checks are GREATLY APPRECIATED, and will really make a difference in the lives of these children. Please make your contributions by using your offering envelopes during worship, or by sending checks to the church office with "FELT" in the memo line.
We have a new Sanctuary seating arrangement to provide additional socially-distanced seating. In this arrangement, there is seating for one person in the middle of some pews, and seating for two people at both ends of other pews. This increases the total number of seats by about 25% to a maximum capacity of 115.
Single seats are marked with white ribbon, and double seats are marked with green ribbon. You may walk up any aisle, side or center, to find your seat. The COVID Safety Team asks that you please sit only as singles or pairs to maximize safety.
Please see our COVID Status and Safety page for additional information.
Our campus partner Creative Arts Academy hosts this "Spring has Sprung" outdoor event from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. CAA students will perform a concert on the big portico in front of the Sanctuary's front doors.
Bring your lawn chair, find a good spot on the front lawn, pick up BBQ'd chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, sides and a drink at the food table, and settle in to enjoy the food and live music. For everyone's safety, please wear a mask (unless seated) and socially distance.
The event is free and open to the community; a $5 donation is requested to support student awards in June. Come cheer on the student musicians of the Creative Percussion Ensemble, and help to "empower young people through music!"
Join us at Palma Sola Botanical Park for an outdoor Easter Sunrise Service led by Pastor Edward Dunn. The service begins at 7:10; sunrise is at 7:17 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 will be held on the lawn behind the Galleria, the building with the front porch visible from the parking area. A path leading around the right side of the Galleria leads to the lawn. Signs will direct you, and chairs will be provided. Please wear a face mask and observe social distancing.Palma Sola Botanical Park9800 17th Ave NWBradenton, FL 34209
Enjoy a night of fellowship and fun under the stars watching the old classic Singing in the Rain, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds.
The event is free and open to the community. Bring your own chair and grab a socially-distanced spot in the church's east parking lot at 7:30 pm. Individually packaged popcorn and drinks will be available, and you may also bring your own snacks. Facemasks are required except when seated. See you there!
Post note: $460 was raised in this event!
Walk up to or drive by the serving table near the east parking lot after worship and pick-up a meal to support CROP Hunger Walk. Members of the Outreach Team will prepare soup, bread and dessert in to-go containers for a minimum suggested donation of $5.
CROP Hunger Walks are community events throughout the United States sponsored by Church World Services and organized by local churches. 75% of the money raised goes to help fight hunger around the world and 25% goes to local hunger relief. Due to health concerns, this year’s CROP Walk is virtual...so everyone can participate!
Additional donation of funds beyond $5 appreciated. Cash, or checks made out to PSPC with 'Souper Sunday' in the memo line, accepted. Help make this a SOUPER EVENT!
January 17, 2021
Our DOES It for November was preparing stuffed shoe boxes to give to clients served by Meals on Wheels PLUS this Christmas. Thanks to everyone's efforts and our contact-less drive-thru on Saturday, December 5, 50 filled boxes were delivered to seniors throughout the holidays. Sometimes a Christmas shoe box the only gift a senior will receive.
Enjoy a night of fellowship and fun under the stars watching the inspirational story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
Bring your own chair and grab a socially-distanced spot in the church's east parking lot at 6:30 pm. Facemasks are required except when seated. Individually packaged snacks and drinks will be available or you may bring your own. The event is free and open to the community. See you there!
Clean out your closets (or purchase new) for us to donate warm-wear items to Turning Points to give for those in need as the weather turns colder. Gently used coats, jackets, sweatshirts, blankets, hats, gloves, and scarves in all sizes for men, women, and children are needed. Put donated items in your trunk and drive through the east parking lot, where volunteers wearing face masks and gloves will remove your items.
This is a great way for your unused items to warm another’s heart, literally, this winter. Hope to see you there!
You may also drop off empty shoe boxes with detachable lids for the upcoming Meals on Wheels program that provides Christmas goodies for seniors.
Thanks to all who participated in our July 11 'Drive Away Hunger' food collection for The Food Bank of Manatee. About fifteen cars drove through the East Parking Lot to have food items removed from their trunks by volunteers Don Azbell, Myrna Felix, Andrea Harmon, Janice Saylor, and Al Zimmer--who sported face masks and gloves. Three of our large rectangular tables in the fellowship hall were filled with items from The Food Bank of Manatee wish list, donated by WPC and PSPC members. The donations, totaling 520 lbs, were later packed up in boxes and delivered.
An Older Adult Support and Connections Event: Join attorney Jim Johnson via Zoom on July 31 at 10am for a one-hour informative presentation to assist in pre-death planning and the distribution of assets at death, including preparation of a will.
Mr. Johnson is a certified Elder Law Attorney with Greene Hamrick Quinlan & Schermer, P.A. and practices primarily in the areas of Probate and Trust Administration, Estate Planning, and Medicaid Planning and Application. The presentation is free and open to the community. Please contact Gregg Pead at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive easy instructions for how to join this Zoom session.
Immokalee (from the Seminole word for “my home”) supplies 90% of the winter tomatoes grown in the United States. The thousands of migrant farm workers who live in Immokalee plant, harvest, and process those tomatoes, along with a substantial number of other crops. Their day begins early with a long wait for buses which transport the workers to the fields – sometimes over two hours away. Although traveling consumes a significant amount of the workday, workers are paid only for the buckets of crops they pick. Buckets weigh approximately 32 pounds when filled. To earn the $500 necessary to pay the weekly rent for a family of four, a working couple would have to pick 1000 buckets – 32,000 pounds or 16 tons – in one week, under difficult working conditions. And that pays only the rent.
Misión Peniel exists to give the farm workers of Immokalee a place to find spiritual renewal, food for their bodies, clothing, and other personal supplies for themselves and their families. What began in 2006 as an extension of the Beth-El Farm Worker Ministry, in 2013 became a ministry of Peace River Presbytery. This is a mission dependent upon weekly volunteers, donations of food and clothing, prayer and financial contributions.
In January, Pastor Ted and members of Palma Sola’s Outreach Team toured the Misión Peniel facility and the Immokalee area, seeing firsthand the importance of this ministry. Housing for farmworkers was extremely overpriced and conditions were poor. Resources for food, clothing, and basic necessities were geographically limited. Misión Peniel is a bright spot in the migrant community, connecting those in need with available services. Through our financial support of this ministry and the Immokalee Fair Housing Alliance, Palma Sola is partnering in this process. Listen for future programs and volunteer opportunities being planned by the Outreach Team where we can provide additional support of this community and their needs.
On Sunday Feb 23, PSPC participated in the 2020 Manatee County CROP Walk to help raise awareness and funds to end hunger locally and around the world. A PSPC team walked two miles from First United Methodist Church in Palmetto across the Green Bridge and back, and their efforts were supported by special donations from the congregation.
CROP Walks are community events throughout the United States sponsored by the Church World Service (CWS) and organized by local churches and other groups. 75% of the money raised goes to CWS to help fight hunger around the world and 25% goes to local hunger relief efforts (such as here in Manatee County). Money is raised by two means, sponsoring walkers and direct donations.
CROP stands for the Christian Rural Overseas Program, which was active in the late 1940's and involved American Midwest farmers who donated food and seed to help feed the hungry in post WWII Europe and Asia. The historic name (CROP) was kept when the first CROP Walk was organized in the U.S. in 1969.
On February 9th we were blessed to welcome our Scouts BSA for a special Scout Sunday worship. It was wonderful to see so many young people, their parents, and Palma Sola members gathered together to renew their commitment to Scouting on our campus. Prior to the worship service, many people enjoyed a pancake breakfast fundraiser hosted by Pack 22 in the Fellowship Hall. A great day was had by all!
Friday, February 7 at 7:00 pm, we show the movie 'Harriet', which tells the story of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad. With tenacity, ingenuity and courage, Harriet freed 70 slaves on multiple trips before retiring to Auburn NY. 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.
Our first work day for Manatee County Habitat for Humanity’s 25th Interfaith Build was Saturday, January 11, 7:30 am-noon. We participated in landscape prep, painting, and hammering. A small tree and shrubs were removed and dirt was graded and leveled in preparation for sod. It was a beautiful day and all volunteers felt a wonderful sense of accomplishment in helping to provide a forever home for the Harris family. We look forward to attending the dedication sometime later in the Spring. Before then, we expect another work day and opportunities to get this house move-in ready! For more information about the Habitat for Humanity program, see the February Newsletter (posted soon).
An Older Adult Support and Connections Event: Join David Kennon for presentation on achieving financial peace of mind in retirement in the Fellowship Hall from 10-11 am on Thursday, January 23.
The presentation will include basic principles for investing, spending, and giving in retirement. David is an Accredited National Social Security Advisor (NSSA) and Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS). The presentation is free and open to the community. The Fellowship Hall entrance is through the door on the circle driveway off 3rd Ave.
The team that traveled to Agape Flight's hangar in Venice FL on October 24 packed 210 Thanksgiving-meal care packages. Each package included a hand written message of gratitude and encouragement written by the congregation. The packages were then flown to missionaries in the Caribbean in time for Thanksgiving. We received thank you letters, including this one from the Dominican Republic.
Palma Sola hosts 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.
An Older Adult Support and Connections Event: 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 > Worship Online and click on the September 14, 2019 soundtrack.
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.
Join the talented youth of one of our campus partners, Creative Arts Academy, on Friday, May 31 at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall for original poetry and live entertainment by the Creative Percussion Ensemble. Plus food, raffle items, and art by a local artist!