PASTOR’S PONDERINGS—HOLY WISDOM
What is wisdom? It is lifted up throughout the Bible as something good, something to be sought after… Psalm 111:10 says “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;” Proverbs 8 personifies wisdom as someone calling out and trying to get people to listen, we have the remarkable story telling of King Solomon’s wisdom in 1 Kings 3; and the quote of Jesus from Matthew 11:19, “wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
In Christian circles when I was growing up people sometimes prayed for wisdom for making decisions, which is good, but sometimes I think people are looking for someone else to tell them what to do, so they don’t have to bear the consequences of their decision. Now I know, that is not wisdom.
It was a huge insight for me when I was at the Conflict Trans-formation Skills Workshop put on by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center and the presenter made the connection for me that wisdom in the Bible can be understood through the lens of self-differentiation. Self-differentiation is kind of complex to understand, I looked online for a definition and a blog came up with a list of 18 things that go into it. But to me, a baseline definition has to do with self-awareness and reflection, an acknowledgment of emotions without being controlled by those emotions. In other words, not blowing up in anger over little things, not letting your emotions make all your decisions for you; it also has to do with not completely fusing
yourself to another person OR considering only your individuality but recognizing the tension between the self and community.
As I thought through different passages I knew that mentioned wisdom, I could see how this one Biblical concept shone through this more psychological term. It’s a deep self-knowing AND appreciation of others and their journey, it is a recognition of nuance and complexity.
Our society today has an almost cult-like worship of individuality and endless need to blame someone for everything. Strong reactions to being wronged and seeking vengeance have become replacements for truly listening to one another and considering carefully our course of action. We all need more of God’s wisdom these days. But instead of a magical solution, a real prayer for wisdom will often lead us to do some soul work on ourselves.
I am going to be learning more about this concept and about family systems in the continuing education I will be participating in this year, and I hope to do better myself in modeling wise ways.
May we heed the call in Proverbs 8:20 and with Lady Wisdom “walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice.”
God bless you !!
JOYS AND CONCERNS AMONG OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Please continue to pray for cancer warriors Michael dela Montanya, Jacob dela Montanya, Gerard Laquerrier (friend of Pat D.), Linda Gourley (friend of Mary Esmay), Irene Pasillas (Open Gate
Ministries), Isaac (Robert Serios’ co-worker), Stella (friend of Nancy), John Lown (Andy’s father-in-law), Janice Tucker (friend of Karen Jacob); Joy McKittrick and Lee Drouin (Nancy’s in-laws); and Chase
Glosier (Steve and Kathy Botkin’s nephew).
Please keep Phyllis Martzen, Romeo and Norma Lozano, Rosalinda Vasquez and her family, Florence Brayfield, Winnie Cadiente, Marcia Williams, Katherine Rodriguez and her family, Terry and Nancy McKittrick, Nancy’s sister-in-law Kay Drouin, Idasia Pack (Philip’s grand-daughter), Cherry Cadiente, Ginger Munson, Caroline Cadiente, Wilma Conner, Bette Crawford, Sandy Hansen, Bill Allen,
firefighters and first responders, Dinuba Youth for Christ, Cruising for Jesus, Afghan refugees, migrants, Open Gate Ministries; and all those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in your prayers.
Congratulations to Christine Cadiente on her new position as Public Health Advisor with the Center for Disease Control in Los Angeles !!
Sincere condolences are offered to friends and family of Betty (Dial) Barsotti who died at her home in Fresno on July 22, 2021, at the age of 93.
Deepest sympathy is extended to family and friends of John dela Montanya who passed away August 10 in Nipomo, California. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 4, 11:00 AM, in the former Dinuba First Methodist Church building (corner Fresno and North “K” Streets). Masks will be worn. Pastor Michelle will officiate. Catered lunch to follow.
NEWS BITS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2021
All worship services are live-streamed Sundays at 10:00 AM via Facebook (more information enclosed). Pastor Michelle will be leading three English “Grace Groups” via ZOOM and Spanish Grace
Group via conference call. Old Testament Bible Study convenes on Wednesdays at 11:00 via conference call. Ad Council will meet Tuesday, September 21 , at 5:15 PM via ZOOM.
GRIEFSHARE MINISTRY WILL BEGIN ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 — FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT KATHERINE (393-3789), WINNIE (393-5250), PAT MARTZEN, OR
PASTOR MICHELLE. CLASSES WILL BE OFFERED BOTH IN-PERSON AND ON ZOOM.
Our re-launch plan is to meet indoors, in-person at 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 5 (Communion Sunday), on September 19, and on October 3 (World Communion Sunday); September 12 we will worship online; September 26 we will worship in Norma Lozano’s
backyard or on-line depending on the weather forecast and the air quality (check your weekly Worship Helps). Following indoor, in-person services AND outdoor services, Coffee Hour snacks and water will be available outdoors. Masks and social distancing protocols will be observed at both.
Adelaide Ruth Clifton will be dedicated during worship on Sunday, September 5.
Open Gate 46th Anniversary Dinner will be drive-through, October 14, Dinuba Mennonite Brethren Church. Diane Domingo has information.
Please remember to honor in your own way our first responders, police, fire, health care, and military personnel on Patriot Day, September 11.
Coronavirus Pandemic Stay-at-Home order began on March 19, 2020. Palm Church hastily began worshiping online, and Easter 2020 and 2021 were observed via Facebook Livestream and
Zoom. Our first in-person outdoor worship was held on October 8, 2020, at Romeo and Norma Lozano’s backyard and was attended by 29 people.
WAYS TO COMMUNICATE WITH PASTOR MICHELLE
(805) 233-5796 – firstname.lastname@example.org
My cell phone continues to be the best way to reach me, and please know that you can call me; I would love to hear from you !! Let me know how I can pray for you and if you would like a visit !! (I will continue to wear a mask indoors for the foreseeable future, and I have received the Covid Vaccine.)
Other than that, Mondays continue to be my day off. If you have not yet checked out our website and Facebook page, please do so !!
Due to COVID, the postponed memorial service for Sharlene Hayakawa, who died November 24, 2020, will be held on Monday, August 23, 2021, 10:30 AM, at Palm Methodist Church. Masks required, no singing. Lunch to follow at Reedley Manning Chinese Buffet Restaurant.
17—Lindsay Takeda 18—Randy Ide 20—Buddy Thomas
21—Robert Pipkin 23—Johnny Leibert 26—Greg Mizuno
27—London Serios, Joey Galvan
28—Janice Serios, Rosalea Galvan
God continues to call us to thankfully be good stewards of all we have received. Please remember, even though we aren’t presently using our facility, we still have bills to pay: salaries, utilities, insurance, etc. Your tithes and offerings are VERY important !! Snail-mail (USPS) still works, and now we have the convenient option of online giving through our web-site or Facebook !! Give it a try – SEE OUR NEW GIVING PAGE. Thank you !!
“Balikbayan” boxes are large crates lovingly filled with canned food, hygiene items, school supplies, summer clothing, linens, etc. then shipped to the Philippines. Winnie is currently packing two balikbayan boxes to ship the end of October. It will cost $90 to ship each box. Fillers and donations toward shipping costs will be gratefully accepted !! (Please make donations through Palm Church,
designated “Philippine Project.”.) -Marian Clifton & Aiko Takeda, Missions co-Chairs
ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES
HOW TO LISTEN TO PALM CHURCH 10:00 AM SUNDAY SERVICES
August 29 (and possibly August 8 or 22 )
“LIVE” through Zoom using a phone for audio only
1. Dial 1-669-900-6833 OR 1-346-248-7799
2. After prompt, enter Meeting I.D. 901-220-3185, and hit #
3. After prompt, hit # again, Option—Try Speaker Phone
LISTEN AND VIEW PALM CHURCH 10:00 A.M.
SUNDAY SERVICES ON FACEBOOK LIVESTREAM
or you can watch a previous Sunday service.
If Facebook Livestream is not working, try Zoom Dial-in or the Zoom Meeting Link above.
If you get the Log-in Window, Click on “Not Now.”
► When the Live Video appears, click on the red LIVE button
Please leave a Facebook comment (If using a computer, click on video to open the Comments field) or click on an “Emoji Bubble,” or send Pastor Michelle a text (805-233-5796), OR send Marian an email (email@example.com) for the purpose of attendance record.
TO PARTICIPATE IN VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR FOLLOWING THE SEPTEMBER 12 SERVICE
“LIVE” through Zoom using computer or smart phone
(or audio only—see instructions above for dial-in, hit * 6 to un-mute yourself)
Join Zoom Meeting—
ONLY AVAILABLE ON SEPTEMBER 12; ALSO AVAILABLE IF OUTDOOR SERVICE IS CANCELLED —
READ YOUR WEEKLY WORSHIP HELPS TO FIND OUT !!
THIS IS A TEST !!
OPEN GATE MINISTRIES ON-GOING NEEDS
511 North “K” Street, Dinuba 559-591-1241
Feminine Products and Diapers
Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
Lotion, Shampoo, and Hairbrushes
Coffee and Creamer
Juice and Children’s Snacks
Ziploc Bags (quart and gallon size)
Aluminum Foil / Paper Grocery Bags
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Socks and Pajamas- All sizes
SEPTEMBER 2021 WORSHIP TASKS
Worship Leader: Kathy Lamb
Communion Steward: Marian Clifton
Greeters / Ushers:
5 indoor, in-person worship
12 WORSHIP ONLINE
19 indoor, in-person worship
26 OUTSIDE WORSHIP OR ONLINE
Oct. 3 World Communion Sunday; indoor, in-person worship
Dear Members and Friends of Palm UMC
We will finally be able to worship in our Sanctuary again !! Many of you have been longing for this day, which will be September 5 and 19. As cases of COVID-19 continue to decline and more people are vaccinated, our relaunch team feels we can safely join indoors with some modifications to our worship space. While it seems like nearly all of our congregation’s adults have been vaccinated (hurray !!) we want to continue to care for the most vulnerable among us such as children who can’t be vaccinated yet, or those with an auto-immune disease.
We are planning on using box fans in certain Sanctuary windows to increase airflow from outside, and we will mark alternate pews to assure we remain six feet apart from others not in our household.
All will be expected to wear a mask, to stay home if you feel ill, and to please only seat one household per pew.
Hand sanitizing stations will be easily accessible and bathroom sanitizing practices will be posted.
In our survey, we found that more people are wanting to continue outside or rotate between indoor and outdoor worship, so that will be our plan for now. Indoors we will not have congregational singing, but at outdoor services we will be able to sing together.
Please pay careful attention to the newsletter and weekly messages Marian sends out to know where to come to worship the Lord together !! We will also return to 10:00 AM as our worship time whether indoors, outdoors, or online, beginning July 18.
Newsletter Editor: Marian Clifton
Worship Bulletin Editor: Kathy Lamb
Webmaster: Sandy Hansen
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 10:30 – 4:00
Office Phone: 559-591-0746
Listen to Pastor Michelle’s sermons at –
Church Location: Tulare and “P” Streets
Sunday Service: 10:00 AM—Facebook Livestream and Zoom Worship
2021 Palm Church Administrative Council
Nancy McKittrick–Assistant Treasurer
Susan Yoshimura–Education Chair, SPRC co-Chair, Ad Board Chair
Jerry Munson—Finance Chair, Financial Secretary
Janice Serios—UMW President, Youth co-Chair, SPRC co-Chair
Marian Clifton—Missions co-Chair, co-Recording Secretary
Aiko Takeda—Missions co-Chair
Katherine Rodriguez—Outreach Chair, Youth co-Chair
Cathy Yada—co-Recording Secretary
Derek Fujinaga—Lay Leader, Annual Conference Delegate
Philip Martzen—Trustees Chair
Pastor Michelle Magee—Nominations Chair
Norma Lozano—Worship Chair