Death in the Parish Family

Dr. Robert Rankin White, brother of Palmer parishioner Eleanor Viebig, passed away on July 17, 2014 at his home near the University of New Mexico. Please keep Eleanor, Dick, and their family in your prayers during this time of mourning. Funeral services for Dr. White will be held Friday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Palmer Church, with The Rev’d Sam Todd officiating. A short reception will follow in Parish Hall.

Death of a Parishioner

Palmer Parishioner, Robin McCorquodale, died yesterday in South Carolina. A celebration of Robin’s life will be held at Palmer Church on Saturday, July 26 at 11 a.m. Please keep Robin and her family in your prayers in this time of grief.

The Wardens’ Forum is this Sunday at 10 a.m.

Please join Sr. Warden, Greg Hambrick and Jr. Warden, Tom Van Arsdel in the Parish Hall on Sunday, July 27 at 10 a.m. for another in our series of Warden’s Forums. We will discuss a number of items related to our ongoing Parish life. See you next Sunday!

Join the Summer Choir

Sundays July 6, 13, 20, and 27. No audition is necessary for summer choir. All are welcome! No weekday rehearsal. We will rehearse the music Sunday mornings at 8:15 and 10:15 am. Come to the service you like (you don’t have to sing two services.) You get the best view form the loft—it’s wonderful to sing—great for stress relief and anxiety—and relief from boredom!

Palmer Young Adults


Friday, July 25th at 6:00 p.m.
Friday Fellowship at Grand Prize Bar

This summer, the Palmer Young Adults are coming together each Friday at 7:15 am to volunteer at the Way Station. We hope that you will join us in supporting this ministry and spreading God’s love to our neighbors without homes. Please click here for volunteer instructions. There is no need to register beforehand, so join us Friday mornings!

The Women’s Bible Study is moving to Tuesdays!

The Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study will begin meeting on Tuesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. in Canterbury Room beginning July 29th. Summertime study is Psalms and we will return to the Book of Exodus in September.

Children’s Chapel in Holy Cross is on summer break

Children’s Chapel that takes place in Holy Cross during the 9:00 am service begins a summer break on July 20 and will resume on September 7. The 9:15 am Family Service in St. Bede’s Chapel will continue uninterrupted through the Summer.

We look forward to worshipping with you in St. Bede’s Chapel at 9:15 each Sunday morning!

A Family in Need

Palmer Medical Center Ministries has learned of a family which was recently forced to leave their home for medical reasons. They are currently searching for an apartment.  They were able to save a few pieces of furniture.  If you can assist them, the following is a list of their needs: 3 or 4 dining chairs, 2 living room chairs (gently used), 1 bedroom chest of drawers, 1 bedside table, 3 or 4 lamps, TV and stand; Linens: kitchen, bath, and bed linens for a double bed; Kitchen: utensils, pots, pans, dishes, bakeware, etc.; Small kitchen appliances (call for updated list), microwave  oven; Gift cards would also be appreciated.

We know that the kind and generous hearts of Palmer will answer this call to help a family truly in need. For questions or to donate, please contact Suzie Dennis at or 713-218-9093. Time is of great importance!

New Organists Appointed at Palmer

From Fr. Willard’s letter to the community on July 17, 2014:

There is good news to share with you about the organ bench at Palmer Memorial. It will not be vacant after we say farewell to organist and friend Sigurd Øgaard with a celebration on Sunday, August 17, before he assumes his new, full-time duties at our diocesan cathedral in downtown Houston. He has been a wonderful blessing to our congregation.

I’m honored to let you know that I have named Ken Cowan, an internationally acclaimed concert organist, to be our new Artist-in-Residence and Organist and that I have named Yuri McCoy to be our Associate Organist. They will be sharing the same part-time duties that Sigurd has done so faithfully.


Ken CowanKen will begin on Sunday, August 24, which will be “Rally Day” at Palmer Memorial with a combined worship service at 10:00 a.m. and food and fellowship afterwards. Ken is Associate Professor and head of the organ program at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He has also served on the organ faculty of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey.

Ken has recorded on the Pro Organo, JAV, and Etheral recording labels, and many of his recordings and live performances have been featured on NPR. He received a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in New Haven, Connecticut, and his Bachelor of Music degree from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a church musician, he has held posts as Artist-in-Residence and Organist at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City and as Assistant Organist at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.

Yuri McCoy

Yuri is a doctoral student in organ performance at Rice University and studies with Ken Cowan. He comes to us from Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Angleton, Texas.

Yuri received his Master of Music degree in organ performance from Rice University and holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Hawaii. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Yuri was the Organ Scholar of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral while living in Honolulu, Hawaii.

These are exciting times at Palmer Memorial. I’m especially grateful for the opportunity in this next chapter of our life together as God’s people to strengthen our ties with Rice University. So come and see for yourself what the Holy Spirit is doing in our community, and be encouraged in your faith. Invite others to come and see, too, so that they may also be renewed in their faith and rediscover its meaning.


Humanitarian concerns for unaccompanied children & other immigrants

“You too must love the alien, for you once lived as aliens in Egypt.” —DT 10:19 NEB 


“Help us to look with compassion on those who suffer injustice, terror, hunger, disease and death as constant companions.

Stir us by love for all people to serve the homeless, to open hearts and hands to the stranger, the lonely, the broken in mind and spirit, who come to these shores from foreign lands.

Preserve our nation that, rejoicing in and recognizing our many blessings, we may offer peace, comfort and protection to the troubled, the weak and the weary.

Above all, make us witnesses and carriers of love. Cause us to recognize that we are all one family and grant us grace to show forth in our lives what we profess with our lips. Take away our arrogant indifference. Open our eyes to the many opportunities for giving help and instilling hope, and rouse us into loving action. Amen.”  (Episcopal Migration Ministries)

Dear Palmers:

We want you to know that current concerns regarding unaccompanied children and other immigrants from Central America are being addressed within our diocese through coordinated conversations between our clergy, diocesan staff, interested parishioners and community leaders; and, advocacy efforts, donation appeals, and mission trips to the churches and communities most affected to date in McAllen, and elsewhere on the border, are also underway. Diocesan liaisons to Episcopal Migration Ministries and Episcopal Relief and Development are participating in these conversations on national, diocesan and inter-diocesan levels.

We thank you for your interest and response to the needs you see through education, loving service, prayer and concern for all refugees, immigrants and vulnerable people. Questions about how best to respond, serve, or be in relationship with refugees or other immigrant communities are welcome.  If you would like more information or are interested in helping in the near future, please let me know. This is an unfolding event and calls to us on many levels. We will be sharing information in the coming days about additional opportunities for donations and outreach as they develop.  Please watch the Palmer website and The Flash for updates.

In Christ’s love and service,
The Rev. Linda Shelton, Deacon
Diocese of Texas Liaison for Episcopal Migration Ministries     713-529-6196 x116 
The following links may be helpful to you.

Bishop’s Statements:

Presiding Bishop’s Statement:

Bishop Doyle’s Statement:  or

West Texas Diocesan Bishop Lillibridge’s Statement and request for donations:

Los Angeles Bishop Bruno’s statement:

Episcopal News Service:

Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) statement:

“Episcopal Migration Ministries remains deeply concerned about the tens of thousands of vulnerable immigrant children forced to flee ongoing violence in Central America. We urge Congress and the Administration continue to provide appropriate, child-centered care for these children, while maintaining access to protection and services for all refugee populations.
‘We must address overseas crises and crises in our hemisphere with the same dedication to protection and commitment to keeping borders open to vulnerable refugees, or risk damaging our ability to react effectively and humanely to other emerging refugee situations and protracted refugee situations where partners like Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon are hosting millions of Syrian refugees.’ —The Episcopal Church’s Congressional Testimony on Unaccompanied Alien Children.

We are currently mapping the work that dioceses, congregations, and our affiliate network partners are doing to address the Central American child migrant crisis. We are also working closely with The Episcopal Church’s Justice and Advocacy Ministries, and Episcopal Relief & Development to connect Episcopalians interested in creating and/or sharing information, resources, and mutual support for immigration advocacy and ministry.”

Learn more about unaccompanied immigrant children and The Episcopal Church’s policy recommendations via Congressional Testimony on UACs:

EPPN Advocacy Center:

Immigration Advocate Newsletter: Border edition:

Episcopal Diocese of West Texas

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD:)

Join the Holy Spokes in the Tour de Pink!

The Holy Spokes, Palmer’s friendly and welcoming cycling group, will ride in the Tour de Pink on Sunday, September 14. The Tour de Pink is a one-day ride supporting breast cancer education and research and is one of two principal rides that Palmer participates in each year. It is known as one of the best-organized rides in the Houston area.

To join the Holy Spokes as a rider or support them as a contributor, please visit the Holy Spokes team page today!


Altar Flowers

Celebrate, honor, and remember the important people and events in your life by sharing altar flowers with you Palmer family. It will be noted in the Order of Wosrhip and will help us to mark the event with you!

Mosaic Keyboardist Needed!

We are seeking a keyboardist who would be willing to play contemporary Christian music for the 11:15 a.m. Mosaic services on Sundays beginning in August. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings prior to the service. Your gift of time and talent could become a powerful testament of your love of Christ—as well as of Palmer! Please contact Pat Robson at for more information.

Become a 2nd Story Sunday School Teacher

Do you enjoy fun and fellowship? Do you like to share your faith with others? Are you willing to be a mentor and an example to the Church’s future generations? Then you should volunteer to teach Sunday School! The Palmer 2nd Story Children’s Ministry is looking for energetic, enthusiastic people to teach Sunday School for the coming year. We have a fun, interactive, and simple curriculum that is enjoyable for students and teachers alike. Please contact Kaci Timmons, Coordinator of Children’s Ministry and Music for more information.

Cursillo Weekend is August 7–10

The next Diocese of Texas sponsored Cursillo Weekend is August 7-10 at Camp Allen. Cursillo is a three-day workshop designed to help you in your faith development and there is still time to sign up! Please click here for more details.


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Our newest BRIGHT SPOT highlights
The Fra Angelica Gallery Opening.

The LATEST & GREATEST galleries are here!



View photos from the Willards’ first Sunday at Palmer


View photos from Confirmation, Reaffirmation, & Reception on June 22


Palmer’s “Fra Angelico” Art Gallery

Rejoice and Celebrate!

Palmer’s “Fra Angelico” Art Gallery is hosting an art exhibit entitled “Rejoice and Celebrate” from June 20 through July 31, 2014. The gallery is located in the first floor hallway on the North Side of the Campus.


Wednesday Healing Service—same time, NEW location

Beginning August 6, the Wednesday Healing Service will take place at 6:00 pm in Holy Cross Chapel. Whether you are a visitor or a parishioner—you are welcomed to join us for this peaceful service that provides spiritual nourishment with the sacrament of Holy Eucharist. The major emphasis is healing of mind, body, and spirt through laying on of hands, prayers for healing, and anointing with holy oil. Members of the Order of St. Luke are present each week to pray for those in need of healing, whether for yourself or for someone you love.

Community of Hope

Community of Hope will offer training in September. Trained and commissioned COH members represent the Palmer community as they visit the sick, hospitalized, or homebound. Training also prepares us as pastoral caregivers in our daily lives and the emphasis on Benedictine Spirituality is foundational for this program and our spiritual growth. Contact The Rev’d Linda Shelton at or 713.529.6196 x116.