Church of the Palms brings back summer gathering on potluck salads

Church of the Palms gathered for Super Summer Salad Spectacular, a potluck event for the church and friends. (Photo by Jill Wellington from Pexels)

Church of the Palms United Church of Christ (UCC) hosts the comeback of the Super Summer Salad Spectacular, an annual event to gather the community for food sharing. The event was held in the church on July 17, Sunday. It resumed after a two-year hiatus due to COVID–19.

Super Summer Salad Spectacular, Returns 

Church of the Palms UCC invited its congregation for the comeback of its Super Summer Salad Spectacular. According to its calendar, the church is happy to resume this annual event with some modifications to guard everyone's health and safety.

Since the pandemic hit two years ago, the church's calendar of events did not include the Super Summer Salad Spectacular. On July 17, Sunday, the church gathered again for this community event.

However, unlike the previous years, members were requested to bring a completely prepared salad instead of some salad ingredients.

Church of the Palms UCC also welcomed bringing cookies or brownies to share.

Moreover, the church provided a sign–up poster available in advance that shared a list of items members can bring for the Super Summer Salad Spectacular day. It was delighted to host this event again.

It was a time for fellowship and catching up over a meal with friends and family at the church. The church hosted the event after the service on July 17. 

Donations for HART Pantry 

Church of the Palms UCC requested donations to help HART Pantry fill backpacks for teens in need. It is united with the entire Christian community to help students begin with their needed supplies for school.

As shared on its website, the church encouraged its congregation to donate to the Back–to–School Drive for at-risk teens. It asked all to drop off items in the HART Pantry box in its narthex until July 13. 

Church of the Palms UCC also provided a list of items needed for the HART Pantry Back–to–School Drive.

HART Pantry 

As per its website, HART Pantry stands for Helping At-Risk Teens Food Pantry. The pantry gives food bags on weekends to teens who do not have enough food when school is off. Nonetheless, it provides food and extends more help to teens in need. 

The HART Pantry began as a mission, a community outreach program of the First Presbyterian Church of Peoria in 2011. Ruth Langford is the founder of HART Pantry. 

Currently, it has a network of faith-based partnerships with various non–profits in the West Valley. Moreover, it also lends its helping hands to individuals and supports corporate partners. 

Church of the Palms UCC

Its Facebook page shared its address, which is at 14808 N Boswell Blvd., Sun City. Moreover, as stated on the same Facebook page, The Church of the Palms UCC welcomes all. It shares the Lord's unconditional love, justice, and extravagant welcome to everyone.

Church of the Palms UCC is a member of an Open and Affirming congregation, the United Church of Christ. Reverend Paul A. Whitlock serves as the Senior Minister for this faith community.

At the same time, Reverend James E. Alexander is the Associate Pastor.


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