The Star of Hope Mission needs YOU!


Ending homelessness…one life, one family at a time.


As we work together to meet the needs of Houston’s homeless, one of Star of Hope Mission’s most valuable resources is our volunteers. Simply stated, committed volunteer partners, who become valued team members and an extension of our staff, are vital to this ministry. What a blessing to know we have friends in the community who are eager to partner with us to meet the needs of the homeless men, women and children we serve each day! We consider this a “God thing”—the way He impresses people’s hearts to partner with our ministry, enabling us to do far beyond what we could have ever imagined for over 100 years!

Our volunteer program is very diverse with many exciting onsite and offsite opportunities for both individuals and groups. Serving meals, tutoring adults and children, assisting in the Family Store, and working with clients in the Computer Learning Centers are just a few of the exciting onsite volunteer opportunities available at Star of Hope.

See more opportunities for Palmers to become involved at The Star of Hope.


Daughters of the King Quiet Day

The Daughters of the King have a quiet day scheduled at the Villa de Matel on October 13 from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm. A day at the Villa de Matel is one of quietness, reflection, prayers, sharing, and enjoying the beauty of the Villa. It is a holy time spent with our Lord and our God. The address is 6510 Lawndale St., Houston, TX 77023. The maximum number of attendees is 25. If you would like to attend contact Phyllis Svrcek at 713-946-7147 (home), 713-202-0733 (cell), or

Palmer Notecards for Sale

Notecards are once again for sale! The notecards, featuring the art of Jackie Campbell and Rachel Harmeyer, capture the beauty and spirit of Palmer and of our Christian faith. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Retreat. A set of 12 cards is $10 and can be purchased in the breezeway after the 9 and 11 am services.

Order Your Christmas Evergreens!


Orders for North Carolina Fraser fir wreaths and garland will be taken Sundays in October
(October 4, 11, 18, and 25) and on Wednesday evening, October 28.

Proceeds from the sales will be used to sustain the annual Women’s Retreat.

Decorate your doors with wreaths…

Fill your house with the scent of fresh fir garland…

Want one delivered to a family member or friend?

We can take that order and ship it directly!

Pick up will be at the church on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6.
The wreaths to be shipped directly will be shipped from North Carolina on December 2;

allowing 3 days and the weekend, arrival of a shipped wreath should be December 7 or 8.

2015 Prices

For pick up at Palmer

22” Fraser fir wreath with bow……….. $30

28” Fraser fir wreath with bow……….. $35

25’ Fraser fir garland……………………….$40

For direct shipment

28” Fraser fir wreath with bow………….$45

Look for the sales table in the breezeway at church beginning October 4.

Order deadline is October 28.

For more information, contact Carolyn Baker (
or Jenn Vaughan ( 


Thank you for your support of the 2015 Women’s Retreat!


Dinner & Discussion Group October 9

The next Friday Dinner and Discussion gathering will be on Friday, October 9 from 7:00 to 9:30 at the home of Nancy and David Webb, 3707 Darcus (77005). Palmer member Laura Van Ness, who works in city planning, will present the topic “Downtown Houston: How It Works, What’s Happening, and Why It Matters.” Everyone is welcome! Simply come with a salad, main dish, or dessert to serve six and $2.50 for beverages and hosting expenses. There is no need to RSVP, but if you’d like more information, call Mary Tobin at 713.668-8308.

“In Vino Veritas” Fundraiser October 11

Join us at Priscilla Plumb‘s home on Sunday, October 11 from 4:00–6:00 pm for food, wine, and a presentation and discussion on forgiveness led by Cynthia Tobola. Proceeds from this event will go toward the Women’s Retreat Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in the breezeway after the 9 and 11:00 am Sunday services. For more information, contact Jackie Campbell (

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For Joy in God’s Creation
Palmer’s Parish Retreat at Camp Allen
November 13-15, 2015


“I heard that the Parish Retreat is just for families with children.”

NOT AT ALL! The Parish Retreat is just that – a retreat for ALL parishioners of Palmer! We are hopeful that parishioners of all ages will join us. Optional activities will include Yoga, Photography Hike, Bible Study, Canoeing, Trail Rides, Board Games, Cards, and so much more!

“I heard we are staying in the campsites this year.”

Yes. Located in the heart of Camp Allen’s thousand plus acres of piney woods, Campsites 1 and 2 make the perfect location for an economical retreat for large groups. Campsites include: eight cabins (6 Treehouse Cabins, ?2 Ground Level Cabins, 5 Bunk beds in each cabin), commercial kitchen, dining room, bathroom facilities, and covered outdoor meeting areas. All of the indoor facilities have heat and AC units. Campsite guests are also invited to enjoy the pavilion, playing field, park area, catch & release fishing on Lake Goddard, and a variety of nature trails.

Situated on 1,100 acres in the serene piney woods of the Navasota area, Camp Allen provides a place to relax, refresh, and refocus. Sam Hensley, Austin-based musician will be joining us for the weekend.

The cost for the weekend is $30.00 per person – including children. Official registration will begin next week. For any questions email Roger Hutchison at

Women’s Retreat 2016: “Forgiveness & Freedom in Christ”

Join us for the 2016 Palmer Women’s Retreat Friday, January 29 – Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Camp Allen. Bishop Geralyn Wolf, who served the Episcopal Church in Pennsylvania and Kentucky and as bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island, will facilitate the retreat on “Forgiveness and Freedom in Christ.” This retreat will give us the opportunity to center our lives on Christ, to make new friends, and strengthen our connections in a beautiful setting. The registration fee is $225 (double room, meals, program) or $325 for a single room (plus meals and program). Scholarships are available. The program starts Friday evening with dinner and ends Sunday after lunch. Registration begins Sunday, November 1. Space is limited, so make sure to sign up early! Questions about registration and scholarships? Contact Sue Murphy( or Priscilla Plumb ( For more information about the retreat, contact Jeanine Baker ( or Laura Van Ness ( We look forward to seeing you there!


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Find YOUR Palmer


Our newest BRIGHT SPOT highlights the
9th Annual Men’s Retreat.


Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Palmer Prayer Shawl Ministry invites all who are interested in knitting prayer shawls to its monthly meeting, Saturday, September 12, 9:30–11:30 am. Knitters will be meeting in the Family Room (aka the Bride’s Room) at Palmer. We will have Lion’s Pride Homespun yarn and a pattern. All you need to do is bring your enthusiasm for this ministry and your prayerful thoughts. Also, if using our yarn, please bring size 11 knitting needles, either straight or circular. If you would rather use your own yarn and pattern, that is perfectly acceptable! Contact Suzi Feickert at or 713-621-9945 for more information.

Star of Hope Ministry Update

Plans are developing. A small team of clergy, staff, and leaders are going to the Star of Hope’s Women and Children’s Transitional Center on Wednesday, September 9 for a tour, followed by a meeting with their Manager of Volunteer Services who will help us learn more about specific volunteer needs and volunteer procedures. If you are interested in serving children or adults in any capacity, you will need to go through Safeguarding training. Please sign up for Palmer’s Safeguarding God’s Children and /or Safeguarding God’s People training sessions. Contact Pam Harvey at to register and for information. Go to the Star of Hope website to learn more. Look for specific information in the September 20th Sunday Weekly and come to the 10 am Education Hour on Sunday, September 20 to hear Wes Powell from Star of Hope speak about the Women and Children’s Center and their needs for volunteers. If you want to volunteer, have questions, or feel called to help lead this new ministry, contact Connie Wallace at

Kairos #57

Kairos #57 closing at the Carol Vance Unit will be on Sunday, October 11. If you wish to attend the closing and discover the miracles God works in the lives of these men, please send an email to Carole Mather ( with your name as it appears on your driver’s license, the state where the license was issued, and the last four digits of the license number. This needs to be done no later than September 25 in order to make sure you will be on the approved list for entry.

Bring your children to Sunday School this week!

If you have a young child or youth who has not yet joined a Sunday School class, we want to extend an enthusiastic invitation to join us! This is an exciting year for children and youth at Palmer and we want you and your children to be part of it. Register online today.

Liturgy Prep

Children of all ages are invited at this time to follow the children’s cross to St. Bede’s Chapel for Liturgy Preparation. After learning, praying, and singing together in St. Bede’s Chapel, the children return to the Church at the Peace to receive communion with their families.

Knit Together in God’s Will | Class for Parents

This class for parents of young children meets at 10 am in Holy Cross Chapel during the Sunday School hour. We will be using the book, The Five Love Languages for Children which will be available on Sunday for $8.00. Checks should be made payable to Palmer.)

“Faith is…” Lecture Series

Join us Sunday morning at the 10 o’clock hour in Parish Hall for our “Faith is…” Lecture Series. A special thank you to Wes Powell from the Star of Hope for his presentation last week. This week’s speaker is Lisa Madry with the Episcopal Health Foundation. Lisa’s theme for the day is “Faith Is…Love in Action.”

Refugee Ministry

As we pray for refugees around the world, celebrate Palmer’s commitment to sharing the journey and showing refugees welcome through our co-sponsorship and support in the last eight years of nine families forced to flee their homes in Burma, Iraq, Eritrea, and Cuba. In partnership with Episcopal Migration Ministries and Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, we have helped them begin anew as they have resettled in Houston.

Palmer’s Refugee Ministry has notified Interfaith Ministries that we are ready to welcome and co-sponsor a new arriving refugee family this month. Furniture donations are coming in and now all we need is your participation! Help on moving day—muscle, pickup trucks and bed making skills are always appreciated. Even more important to the refugees is the welcome we provide at the airport and in the first weeks after their arrival. Finding their way in Houston is a challenge and is made easier with friends to guide them. Won’t you join in sharing the last leg of their journey to new life as citizens of Houston and our friends and neighbors? Contact Frances Vonk at or 936-537-5937 for details and to volunteer.

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Wear hearing aids? Have trouble understanding speakers in the nave? Help is now available!

An audio loop is now working in the Nave which broadcasts the signal from the sound system to hearing aids equipped with a T-Coil. If your hearing aids have a T-Coil setting, switch it ON when you enter the nave. If you are unsure whether or not they do, check with your audiologist. It might be that the T-Coil just needs to be activated. Several people have tested the loop and report significant improvement. Questions or to report success with your hearing aids, please contact Fr. Todd (who has one) or Fr. Price (for technical issues).

Requests for transportation to church

Occasionally, we receive requests for rides to church on Sundays and other special events. If you are willing to assist with this ministry, or to consider the possibility on an occasional basis as needed, please contact Cathy Troisi, James Ministry Chairperson, at