Broaden your Lenten experience! Every Wednesday through March 20, from 11:45a-12:15p, enjoy soup, salad, bread, a cookie, conversation, and a visit to the latest Lenten Station. A new Lenten Station focusing on an aspect of Jesus’ life and ministry with scripture readings, a prayer, and an activity is added in the Fellowship Hall every Wednesday.
Copies of daily devotionals for the coming week are also provided, taken from Local Pilgrim, A Wandering, Wondering Daily Devotional by Presbyterian Outlook. And you may also access the devotional here.
Our DOES It (Done On Every Sunday) project for March is collecting gently used mens’s pants and shorts for the clothes closet at Turning Points. All styles and colors of pants and shorts in men’s sizes 30-36 are needed, so clean out your closets (or buy new!) and drop your donations in the bins in the Narthex or bring them to the church office by Sunday, March 31st.
Our Outreach Offering for March will go to Presbyterian Mission Agency’s One Great Hour of Sharing. Proceeds support three PC(USA) programs providing people with safety, sustenance, and hope: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People -- all work together to provide individuals and communities with access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. You may donate to One Great Hour of Sharing:
- during the worship service using the special envelopes provided in the pews,
- by mailing a check to the church office with “OGHS” in the memo line, or
- through online giving
The 3-year partnership between Palma Sola and Westminster Presbyterian Churches culminated on Sunday, December 17, as we officially became one church, United Presbyterian Church! Palma Sola and Westminster Presbyterian Churches began their partnership in June 2020, sharing facilities at Palma Sola and joining together in worship, service, fellowship and Christian education. Our histories have intertwined, and we are excited about the future--as we experience God's grace, learn what God asks of us, share our lives, and work towards the common good in our community.
The Holy Strollers take walks with short devotional programs on Friday mornings in beautiful Robinson Preserve starting at 9am. For more information, contact Andrea Harmon
Mayberry Bible Study begins this Sunday for 4 consecutive days. We watch an episode of the Andy Griffith Show, and then spend time discussing its meaning as connected by scripture. Each day has a different theme: service, peace, mercy and commitment. Included is a ‘dee-licious’ treat like the kind Aunt Bee would make.
Sunday, Feb 25, 11am: Service - ‘Andy’s English Valet’ - Ephesians 6:7
Monday, Feb 26, 6pm: Peace - ‘Class Reunion’ - Psalm 85:8
Tuesday, Feb 27, 6pm: Mercy - ‘Dogs, Dogs, Dogs’ - Matthew 5:7
Wednesday, Feb 28, 6pm: Commitment - ‘The Darlings Are Coming’ - Proverbs 16:3
Saturday, February 17, we are hosting a Rise Against Hunger meal packing event from 10:30am-12:30pm in the Fellowship Hall, and we want as many people as possible to participate.
We have once again partnered with Rise Against Hunger to sponsor and pack over 10,000 rice and soy-based meals to help fight hunger all around the world. These nourishing meals go to locations such as schools, care homes, and areas that have experienced environmental disaster or devastating human-conflict.
Everyone is invited. The event is free, and there are a variety of jobs--sitting, standing, and walking--with something suitable for everyone from age 5 and up. The packing is done in an educational assembly-line process, guided by an event leader from Rise Against Hunger. It’s a great event for friends, family, and our campus partners.
To reserve your space, please call the church office (941-792-3141), or sign up before or after the Sunday Service at the Outreach table.
What's in a Rise Against Hunger meal, and where are they served? The meals provide caloric intake and 20 essential vitamins and minerals. They are served in medical clinics, vocational training programs, elder care facilities and schools. Research has shown that one in three people in developing countries is adversely affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The meals address the top micronutrient deficiency concerns (iodine, iron and vitamin A), and work to prevent other common deficiencies that lead to blindness, poor immune function, and other disorders.
What is Rise Against Hunger? Rise Against Hunger is an international humanitarian organization dedicated to ending hunger by providing nourishing meals, responding to emergencies, and empowering communities. Through a global network based in the U.S. and with six international offices, the organization provides immediate nourishment for those facing hunger, and implements sustainable solutions to lift entire communities. In 2022, Rise Against Hunger has facilitated volunteer meal packaging of more than 600 million meals to be distributed to countries around the world.
Work on the 2023-2024 Habitat for Humanity Faith Build is well under way! We have scheduled a workday for United Presbyterian Church members and friends on Saturday, January 13th from 7:30 am to noon. The home for Theresa and her son Brandon is located in the Poling Gardens site in Samoset. We need 8-10 volunteers, and all the equipment needed is provided. No experience is necessary and there will be competent leaders to guide you in any task. Please sign up in the Narthex or by calling the office (941-792-3141) and fill out the waiver form to reserve your spot.
United Presbyterian Church invites all those suffering from loss during this holiday season to a service of hope at Palma Sola Botanical Park. The service is held outdoors on the back deck of the Galleria, the building with the front porch visible from the parking area (see photo). The service begins at 5pm on the day of the year with the longest night, the Winter Solstice.
Christmas is a holiday associated with excitement and joy, but it can also be a season of sadness. The loss of a loved one, unemployment, or loneliness can be overwhelming in the midst of seasonal celebrations. This service supports those who need the space and time to acknowledge sadness and loss and to know that they are not alone.
Palma Sola Botanical 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 park was created 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.
The park showcases collections of rare palms, fruits, and flowering trees and other subtropical plants. It also has lakes, gazebos, abundant bird life, and a butterfly garden. The park is free and open from 8am to sunset and may be visited before the service.
You are invited to a Christmas gift wrapping party on Saturday, December 16th from 10 am – noon in Fellowship Hall to prepare socks and cards for clients of Our Daily Bread. For many years, member Amy Pedon has been giving out socks and other goodies there on Christmas Eve morning, and the Outreach Team has assisted by purchasing gift items. The party is a fun time of fellowship and fun as we wrap, write, and enjoy beverages and light snacks. Friends and family are welcome.
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.
Trick or Treaters! Join in our family 'Trunk & Treat' event on church grounds. Wear your costumes, enjoy hot dogs and chili in our Fellowship Hall, and visit the decorated trunks of cars in our parking lot to collect yummy treats. All community families, and congregation members and their guests, are invited.
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.
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:Pen Pals
- 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.
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.