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Print Day Volunteers Needed!

The church office needs 1 or 2 volunteers to help monitor the copy machine every Thursday 
from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

This is a great opportunity for students looking for community service hours, or anyone who would like to volunteer their time. Feel free to bring your iPad, iPod, or a good book. No heavy lifting and seating is provided. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Tina Warner at


Come Sing with the Summer Choir!

During June, July and August, The Summer Choir sings most Sundays at only the 11 a.m. service. With no Wednesday evening rehearsal, this is a great opportunity to enrich your life and the worship life of Palms 
with the gift of music. The Summer Choir rehearses Sunday mornings at 10:10 a.m. in Rm. 121. 
All are welcome to join us. Bring a friend!

Birthdays are BACK! 

Be on the lookout in the next Palms Newsletter! 

Ushers Needed

We are in need of ushers and usher captains to serve in the coming months! 

Meet one of our usher coordinators following worship at a table in Patten Hall to learn more and sign-up, or email Arlin Lewis at to volunteer at the 8:30 a.m. service or John Spaulding at to volunteer at the 11 a.m. service. Thank you for your support!

Congratulations, Tom

We are pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Tom Walker has been elected to serve as the Chair of Board of Trustees at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA beginning in October 2014. Please join us in congratulating Tom!


How Many Presbyterians Does It Take to Change a Hymnal?

- A note from Dr. Ronn Cummings -

Most mainline denominations in America produce a new hymnal approximately every 20 – 25 years. Why? With each new generation there are new theological ideas to be reflected upon (or maybe old ideas seen in a new way?), new tune writers and new poets have been producing new material and new theologians hope to share a new spin on an old idea. Tastes in music, just like tastes in fashion, evolve. The church must evolve and keep up with evolving social ideas. Last October our denomination, the PC-USA, published a new hymnal, titled Glory to God, which was 10 years in the making. Every PC-USA congregation in America now has a decision to make: Do we purchase this new hymnal? Do we stick with the hymnal we have? Do we purchase a different hymnal?  

Do you know the dates of our hymnal history? Palms’ first hymnal (Red) was published in 1955. The next hymnal our denomination produced was published in 1970. Palms - like the majority of Presbyterian congregations in America - chose to NOT purchase that hymnal. Our current hymnal was published in 1990. Ten years ago the PC-USA formed The Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song, charged with producing a new book to help lead the worship lives of Presbyterians now and in the years to come. What a task! There many important questions facing any new hymnal committee. Looking at the previous hymnal, What stays and what goes? Which hymns new to the last hymnal have become an important part of the worship life of your church? Which hymns have NOT withstood the test of time and have fallen out of favor? Which brand-new hymns show promise for inspiring Christians and today and tomorrow? Presbyterian congregations have never been more diverse – how do we inspire people from many different faith backgrounds?  

Last month I gathered a group of 14 people together – they are now known as the Palms Hymnal Evaluation Team. They have met twice thus far and will meet a total of four times to sing from, discuss and evaluate the new hymnal. When the team’s journey is finished, they will make a recommendation to our Worship Ministry. 

Should Palms purchase the new hymnal? Stay tuned. 

For more information about the Presbyterian Hymnal, please visit


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