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We welcome Jaimie Shires as our new Director of Children’s Ministry. Jaimie comes to Palms from Highlands United Presbyterian Church in Arlington, where she has served for seven years as Director of Christian Education. She has a wide range of experience including directing Sunday School programs, Rally Day, Vacation Bible School, a mid-week program, and other special activities. Jaimie brings a wealth of knowledge, hands-on program planning experience and joyful energy to Palms.

Jaimie holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a Recreation and Tourism major and an Interpersonal Communications minor from Bowling Green State University. She grew up in the Episcopal church and was mentored from an early age through camp, conference experiences and volunteer opportunities. Her experience at Highlands United has given her the opportunity to continue working in the Reformed tradition of churches and she has become well connected in the Christian Education work in and beyond the Presbytery of St. Augustine. She is currently taking an Introduction to the Hebrew Bible class through on online program at Chicago Theological Seminary. She hopes to continue taking online seminary classes while at Palms.

Jaimie shared that she is excited about “building and providing a welcoming, caring and educational community for children as they develop their faith journey and discover the love of God.”  She recently said, “I am very excited to join Palms Presbyterian Church! I am most excited about meeting the young families and finding ways to connect their passions to the ministry we can do on this journey of faith together. I look forward to working with the Bridge group to help them to "bridge" over to the Youth Group through activities of learning, connecting and serving others!" 


We are excited to have Wilson Kennedy as our new Director of Youth Ministry. Wilson comes to Palms from First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport, Louisiana where he has been serving as Director of Youth Ministries and Coordinator of Outreach.  In addition to his experience at First Shreveport, Wilson has been a Youth Ministry Intern for two summers at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Wilson is a graduate of Presbyterian College and grew up in Wilson, North Carolina.  (He calls himself Wilson from Wilson).  In addition to working with church youth groups, he has extensive experience working with planning teams for various youth and adult conferences of the denomination.  Wilson was a Young Adult Advisory Delegate to the 220th PC(USA) General Assembly, and is currently serving on the Committee on the Office of General Assembly.

Wilson’s references all speak to his ability to relate well to youth, their parents and church members, as well his enthusiasm and care for young people.  Here is what Wilson has to say about joining Palms on our journey:

"I am so excited to be a member of the Palms family and am grateful to God for this new thing in our combined lives and ministries!  I am looking forward to getting to know the Youth and their families, discerning together how to be the church in our ever changing world, and to live abundantly into God's great kingdom.  I know that we will forge our path together with energy, imagination, creativity, and love; trying fervently to worship, connect, nurture, and serve wherever and whenever God has already prepared for us."


 Print Day Volunteers Needed!

The church office needs a volunteer to help monitor the copy machine every Thursday 
from 10 -12 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


 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!


 The Gift of Music

Do you notice some new faces in our Chancel Choir? This past summer an anonymous donor made a generous gift to nurture and celebrate our music program at Palms. One of the blessings to come from this gift is the appearance of four new Choral Interns to sing with our Chancel Choir. We welcome Molly Anderson, soprano; Julimar Alarcon, alto; Matheus Coura, tenor; Wilford Kelly, bass. Another blessing to come from this gift will be the frequent appearance of guest musicians to accompany our Chancel Choir and help celebrate morning worship. Thank you to all for sharing the gift of music with Palms!

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