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  • COVID-19 Safety Protocols Changed Jan. 3

    The sessions of Palma Sola and Westminster met together on Jan. 3 to decide how to respond to the rise of the highly-contagious Omicron COVID-19 variant. It was decided to continue worshiping in the Sanctuary at this time, following these safety protocols to best protect each other and our community: 

    • Masks must be worn properly at all times, covering both the nose and mouth.
    • The Worship Service has no congregational responses or choral/congregational singing.
    • Visitation or conversation before or after the service is only permitted outdoors, not in the Sanctuary.
    • Just 2 from the same household may sit at green ribbons and 1 at white ribbons for 6' social distancing.
    • During the Postlude, ushers dismiss worshipers, pew-by-pew starting from the rear, to go directly outdoors for conversations. Do not remain in the Sanctuary or Narthex.

    All worship attendees need to sign the Connect Card placed in their seating area so contact notification can be performed as needed. After-worship fellowship is held on Zoom at 11:30 am. Sunday and midweek classes are held in the Fellowship Hall with masks worn and social distancing by all participants.

    If you or someone close to you have cold or flu symptoms, even mild ones, please do not come to church, avoid close contacts, and get tested. Click here for more information, including the status of COVID-19 in Manatee County.

  • Interfaith Build Groundbreaking - Jan. 27

    Habitat for Humanity's Interfaith Build will have service opportunities for everyone, either through donating or working at the home site. Habitat for Humanity anticipates being ready for onsite volunteers at the end of March or in early April. More news to come!

    Manatee County Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical, volunteer-based organization with the mission to develop resources, educate and mobilize people to work alongside families in need, rehabilitating existing homes and building sustainable, affordable homes, thereby improving the quality of life in Manatee County. For more information visit manateehabitat.org

  • Two Christian Faith Studies Begin in January
    Note the change of location to the Fellowship Hall. Masks must be worn by all and social distancing will be practiced.
     
    Dead Seas Scrolls
    Sundays 9:00-9:50 am, beginning January 2, Fellowship Hall
    Led by Al Zimmer and based on Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls by Hershel Shanks. Come learn and discuss. The first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a Bedouin shepherd in 1947 and are considered among the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century. What does their discovery mean to us? How does it affect our Old and New Testament?
     
    Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White
    Thursdays 2:00-3:00 pm, January 13 - February 17, Fellowship Hall
    Led by Betty Bashaw and Marilynn Gillette and based on Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics by Adam Hamiliton. This class is designed to help Christians look at issues in today’s world in light of our Christian faith. Its purpose is to engage thoughtful Christians in dialogue and self-examination on the political, moral and religious issues that divide us. Participants will be encouraged to listen, learn, make their voices heard, and to love those with whom they disagree. For more information, click here.
     
  • January DOES It - Books for Turning Points Library

    Our DOES It (Done On Every Sunday) project for January is collecting books to create an onsite
    library for clients at Turning Points. All types of books – fiction, non-fiction, how-to, spiritual, and picture books, etc. are needed for men, women and children. Clients will be able to borrow or keep books of interest that will help improve reading skills, life skills, or just facilitate the joy of reading. The new year is a great time to clean out your closets and shelves for gently used books (or purchase new!) and make an impact in the life and education of our community members. Drop donations in the bins in the Narthex or bring items to the church office through January 30th.

  • January Outreach Offering - Our Daily Bread
    Our Outreach Offering for January goes to Our Daily Bread of Bradenton to support free meals and a food pantry for those in need. Our Daily Bread staff and regular volunteers (that’s Palma Sola and Westminster on Fridays!) serve hearty meals seven days a week from 10-11:30 am. At Our Daily Bread’s self-serve food pantry, clients can shop free once a month for fresh produce and other food items of their choice. Over 20,000 people a year are served by the pantry. With food insecurity stemming from the economic impacts of COVID-19 and other supply chain issues, the need is great.
     
    You may donate to Our Daily Bread:
    • during the worship service, in your offering envelope,
    • by mailing a check to the church office with “ODB” in the memo line, or
    • through online giving.
  • MINDSET Program Postponed

    This program, originally scheduled for Jan 10 and 11, 9:30a-12:00p, is being rescheduled.

    Want to learn more about cognitive aging and how to stimulate memory and thinking? MindSet stands for Mental stimulation, Interacting with others, Nutrition, Do for others, Sleep, Exercise, and Time out for self.

    Certified Dementia Practitioner Katie Scott will address normal cognitive aging and memory deficiencies, and teach skills to exercise your brain and develop healthy habits and stimulating environments.

    The program is free and open to the community. Class size is limited and reservations are required. Contact Katie Scott at 941-366-2224 ext. 123 or sign up at the outdoor Outreach table after worship.

  • Give to Feeding Empty Little Tummies Year Round
    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.

  • Read January-February 'Presbyterians Today'

     

    Did you know that through this website you can read the current issue of the Presbyterian Church USA's magazine, Presbyterians Today? PC USA posts the current issue on their website, available to everyone. It's easy to access through this website by going to Resources in the top menu, then clicking on Presbyterians Today Magazine. Take a look and be inspired!

  • Longest Night Service in Palma Sola Botanical Park - December 21

    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 Park
    9800 17th Ave NW
    Bradenton, FL 34209
     
     
     
  • November 6 - Pack Hope Seeds Event

    On Saturday, November 6th from 9:30 am-12:30 pm, 38 people packed turnip seeds in the Fellowship Hall. 4300 packets were packed with approximately 400 seeds per packet. These will be distributed in Haiti in family packets that will also contain packets or other vegetables.

    Hope Seeds is a Christian charitable organization that seeks to improve the nutrition of the poorest in the world by providing quality garden seed and agricultural education through Christian missionaries and organizations.

     

  • Office/Studio Space Available
    We offer affordable office space for the community on the second floor of the PSPC Office Building. If you or someone you know is looking for space—perhaps to start a business, move a business out of their home, or have an art studio—consider this opportunity to rent secure space with office furniture, wifi, and utilities included. Interested parties should contact the church office (941) 792-3141 or Ron Dickerson (941) 792-9104.

     

  • October 24 - Installation Service for Rev. Edward Dunn

  • Photos of 2020-2021 Pen Pals

  • Photos of Pentecost Season Kickoff

  • Creative Arts Academy Outdoor Concert on April 24

    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!"

     

  • March 26 - Outdoor Movie Night 7:30p: Singing in the Rain

    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!

  • 'Souper Sunday' on Feb. 28 for CROP Hunger Walk
    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!

  • Palma Sola and Westminster Churches Welcome Our New Pastor, Rev. Edward Dunn
    January 17, 2021

     

  • Outdoor Movie Night November 13: Hidden Figures

    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!

  • 'Drive Away Cold' Warm Wear Collection, October 24, 10a-12p

    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.

  • July 11 - 'Drive Away Hunger' Food Drive

    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.

  • July 1 - Estate Planning Seminar on Zoom July 31

    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 peedethree@gmail.com to receive easy instructions for how to join this Zoom session.

  • March 21 - Mission Spotlight: Misi├│n Peniel in Immokalee

    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.

  • February 23 - Manatee County CROP Walk

    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.

  • February 9 - Scouts BSA Sunday

    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!

  • February 7 - Movie Night: 'Harriet'

    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.

  • January 11 - Habitat for Humanity Work Day

    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).

  • January 5 - Financial Freedom Seminar for Seniors on January 23

    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.

  • December 5 - Thanks from the Dominican Republic

    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.

     

  • October 12 - RISE Against Hunger Meal Packing

    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.

  • September 14 - ABC of Dementia Program

    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. 

  • 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.

  • May 31 - Creative Arts Academy

    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!