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Congratulations to our Palmer Memorial and Archway Academy Graduates!
We give thanks for the graduations of the following students as they celebrate
this important milestone:
|Higher Education Graduates|
|MacKenzie Grant Mercurio||Savannah College of Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts|
|Sonya Valdez||Alvin Community College, R.N. Degree|
|High School Graduates|
|Evelyn Lee de Groot||High School for the Performing and Visual Arts|
|Jack French||Carnegie Vanguard High School|
|Philip Kensinger||St. John’s High School|
|Julian Gascoyne||Los Alamitos High School, University of Edinburgh in Scotland|
|Archway Academy Graduates|
|Christian Alexander Arguijo|
|Brendan Nicholas Carr|
|Sean Patrick Dwyer|
|Emma Rae Hightower|
|Madison Alaynna Jones|
|Skylar Jean Kirkland|
|Connor Blaine Leggett|
|Christian Sterling Leslie|
|Zachary Charles Mertz|
|Nicholas Charles Murphy|
|Spencer Lawrence Nyffeler|
|Sydney Reese Packwood|
|Kaitlyn Nicale Phillips|
|Christian Campbell Price|
|Janelle Lynn Ropp|
|Jordan Anne Ross|
|Spencer Christy Snyder|
|Andrew Paul Stefanick|
The weather is warming up and I am very much looking forward to summer days ahead! This summer, let’s meet one Sunday a month to share a meal and have some discussion! Starting on May 29th, join us for a conversation about the Lord’s Prayer, led by Roger Hutchison and myself. Bring some food and drinks to share (wine, cheese, Cokes, fruit, etc.) If it’s not too blazing hot, we’ll meet on the patio at Palmer. We’ll begin at 6:00 pm, right after the 5:00 pm Eucharist ends.
Sunday, May 29th at 6:00 – Roger – Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Sunday, June 26th at 6:00 – Alex – Give us this day our daily bread.
Sunday, July 24th at 6:00 – Roger – And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Sunday, August 28th at 6:00 – Alex – And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
As always, please feel free to get in touch with me any time! Let’s get lunch or coffee!
The Rev. Alex Easley
The Palmer Music Department announces a new CD for purchase. “So the Night Fall: Music of David Ashley White” is a compact disc that has been newly published on the prestigious Gothic records label. The CD features the Palmer Schola Cantorum: a chamber group of choristers, conductor Dr. Brady Knapp, organist Dr. Sigurd Ogaard, and instrumentalists from the music faculty of the University of Houston Moores School of Music.
Named the American Guild of Organists’ Distinguished Composer for 2016, David Ashley White was also awarded the 2015 Esther Farfel Award from the University of Houston, the university’s highest honor for teaching and creative work. In July 2015, he was awarded the Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition. Dr. White is composer-in-residence at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston.
This is a second recording of David Ashley White’s sacred music featuring members of Palmer’s music ministry. The first CD, “Praise the Sprit,” features the Palmer adult choir and is also published on the Gothic label and available in the music office for purchase.
The newest CD is available through the Palmer music office for purchase: $20 per CD or $15 per CD for two or more. Please email Brady Knapp, Director of Music, firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to reserve/purchase copies.
Palmer needs additional Alms Counter team members to assist with counting the Sunday donations. It normally requires about 45 minutes once a month after the 11:00 a.m. Sunday service. The procedures are documented and available for review. If you may have interest in this ministry, please contact David Harshbarger at email@example.com or by cell at 832-524-5685. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.
Palmer on the Playground—Summer Mondays from 9:30-10:30 am. Join us each Monday morning in the summer for POP! This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to play and for adults (parents, grandparents, babysitters) to enjoy the company of other adults…especially in the coolest part of the day. Bring a friend! Begins June 6, 2016.
The beautiful floral arrangements on the Altars in the Church and in St. Bede’s Chapel are funded, not by an annual operating budget, but through the generous donations of our parish family and Palmer guests. You can enhance the beauty of our glorious worship spaces by contributing $100 for Sunday flowers in the Church or $80 for flowers in St. Bede’s Chapel or the Columbarium. To reserve a date for your Sunday flowers, please visit the Church office. We have provided a new sign-up book in the reception area; space is provided for you to include an optional “In Honor of” or “In Memoriam” for a family member or friend, or to celebrate a special day or anniversary. Your words will appear in the Orders of Worship for your reserved Sunday. Please consider making a donation that will make our sacred surroundings even more beautiful on Sundays.
This Sunday, May 29 our summer worship schedule begins. Through mid-August, our Sunday morning liturgies will include Holy Eucharist, Rite I, at 8:00 a.m. and Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at 10:00 a.m. That early service will be a complete traditional liturgy and not one of the shortened versions that we use for all of our traditional services throughout most of the year due to time constraints. The mid-morning service, which brings together most Palmers who don’t always see one another during the rest of the year, will include the summer adult choir, a sung psalm, and limited use of incense (i.e., not filling the church with it while the gospel is read).
8:00 AM | Holy Eucharist, Rite I | Nave
10:00 AM | Holy Eucharist, Rite II | Nave
In addition to those morning liturgies, there will also be a more informal service through mid-August in St. Bede’s Chapel. On most of those evenings, this service will include some bluegrass music from a banjo player. Individuals will have the opportunity to volunteer to participate, perhaps for the first time, in parts of the service as they arrive. Folks who do so might want to sign up for those ministries to serve at other services after the summer. This is a way of inviting people to offer part of their lives to the whole community gathered in worship and, above all, to the glory of God.
5:00 PM | Holy Eucharist, Rite II | St. Bede’s Chapel
Without that last part, all of these things are merely a clanging symbol because love is absent from our hearts. Fill our hearts with love divine, Lord Jesus!
Additionally, Palmer staff hours will switch to summer office hours on Tuesday, May 31: Monday–Thursday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Friday 9:00 am to noon. Regular office hours will resume August 29.
—The Rev. Neil Alan Willard
SUNDAY MORNING ADULT FORMATION
SHARING OUR FAITH
Palmer’s much-beloved Sharing Our Faith discussions will resume on Sunday, June 5, 2016 during the 9:00 hour in Room A102. Sharing Our Faith will continue through Sunday, August 14th – except for Sunday, July 3rd.
Sharing Our Faith Presenters for June:
• June 5 – The Reverend Alex Easley
• June 12 – Adrienne Bond
• June 19 – Roger Hutchison
• June 26 – Steven Vaughn
• July 3 – No Program
PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN – SUMMER EDITION
This thought-provoking and fun class will explore the blessing of parenthood through conversation, fellowship, and laughter. While geared to families with younger children, this class is open to everyone: dual parents, single parents, stepparents, godparents, and grandparents. Time/Location: 9:00AM in Holy Cross Chapel
PALMER SACRED ARTS ROOM
Palmer’s Sacred Arts Room will be open before and after the 10:00AM Service beginning June 5, 2016 for creative reflection, prayer, and occasional guided art experiences. A special thank you to Adrienne Bond and Sherry Byrd for your leadership with this. Please contact Adrienne Bond at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about this special offering.
ATTENTION PALMER ADULTS!
Have you heard the big news? Palmer’s VBS is set for the week of July 11-14, 2016 from 6:00PM-8:00PM each evening. The big news is that Palmer has partnered with The Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer and will be offering a VBS experience for adults at the same time as our offering for children! We are encouraging all Palmer adults to sign up to participate in collaboration between the Very Big Story at Palmer and the Bishop John E. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer. The Hines Center seeks to address four critical components of a healthy spiritual life: education, art, movement, and spiritual practices. Very Big Story adult participants will have the opportunity to explore each area over the course of the week:
• Monday—Memoir Writing
• Tuesday—Creative Collage
• Wednesday—Field trip to the Hines Center for a Labyrinth Walk
• Thursday—Yoga with Meditation
Please register today!https://palmerchurch.wufoo.com/forms/sn9ucid15wwjgn/
Palmer on the Playground—Summer Mondays from 9:30-10:30 am – Join us each Monday morning in the summer for POP! This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to play and for adults (parents, grandparents, babysitters) to enjoy the company of other adults…especially in the coolest part of the day. Bring a friend or neighbor! Begins June 6, 2016.
BE RADIANT – The Very Big Story at Palmer
July 11-14, 2016 – 6:00PM-8:00PM
From the earliest moments of creation to Jesus’ Transfiguration, light has been a central image in our story as a people of faith. Join us this summer for The Very Big Story at Palmer as we explore what it means to let our lights shine…to BE RADIANT…to share Christ’s love with the world around us. Experiencing God’s love is for everyone and so is The Very Big Story at Palmer!
Palmer’s VBS is an INTER-GENERATIONAL VBS, which means the there are formation opportunities for all of Palmer—children, youth, and adults. In addition to the traditional approach to VBS for the children, Palmer has partnered with the Bishop Hines Center For Spirituality and Prayer and will offer workshops at Palmer for adults that include memoir writing, a meditative art project, and gentle yoga. A special field trip is also planned to The Bishop Hines Center. Each evening will begin with dinner at 6:00PM and conclude with a brief worship experience for everyone present. Register Here: https://palmerchurch.wufoo.com/forms/sn9ucid15wwjgn/
Mark your Calendars for Summer Shenanigans at Palmer—a Parish-Wide Event
It’s all fun and games at Summer Shenanigans! Join Palmers of ALL AGES for an evening of Bingo, “sandcastle” building competitions (not real sand!), trivia, and more on Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 pm. A simple meal of pizza, salad, and cookies will be provided. A basket will be available for contributions to help cover the cost of the meal. Childcare also provided. For more information, please contact Roger Hutchison at email@example.com.
Have you heard the big news? Palmer’s VBS is set for the week of July 11-14, 2016 from 6:00–8:00 PM each evening. The big news is that Palmer has partnered with The Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer and will be offering a VBS experience for adults at the same time as our offering for children! We are encouraging all Palmer adults to sign up to participate in a collaboration between the Very Big Story at Palmer and the Bishop John E. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer. The Hines Center seeks to address four critical components of a healthy spiritual life: education, art, movement, and spiritual practices. Very Big Story adult participants will have the opportunity to explore each area over the course of the week:
Wednesday—Field trip to the Hines Center for a Labyrinth Walk
Thursday—Yoga with Meditation
Children and adults can register HERE today!
The Very Big Story at Palmer
July 11-14, 2016 | 6:00–8:00 PM
• Traditional VBS—All children Ages 3 yrs–5th grade
• Volunteer opportunities for youth in Grades 6-12 and interested adults
• VBS is also being offered for all adults—not just parents of participating children!
From the earliest moments of creation to Jesus’ Transfiguration, light has been a central image in our story as a people of faith.
Join us this summer for The Very Big Story at Palmer as we explore what it means to let our lights shine…to BE RADIANT…to share Christ’s love with the world around us.
Experiencing God’s love is for everyone and so is The Very Big Story at Palmer!
Palmer’s VBS is an INTER-GENERATIONAL VBS, which means the there are formation opportunities for all of Palmer—children, youth, and adults.
In addition to the traditional approach to VBS for the children, Palmer has partnered with the Bishop Hines Center For Spirituality and Prayer and will offer workshops at Palmer for adults that include memoir writing, a meditative art project, and gentle yoga. A special field trip is also planned to The Bishop Hines Center.
Each evening will begin with dinner at 6:00 PM and conclude with a brief worship experience for everyone present.
Register here: https://palmerchurch.wufoo.com/forms/sn9ucid15wwjgn/
Palmer artists will be participating in a seven-site art show, Kaleidoscope, through May 29. Each of the seven sites will exhibit work inspired by a specific theme, and the Fra Angelico Gallery will show art inspired by The Names of Christ. For directions and more information about these receptions and exhibits, check out Art for the City.
Enjoy a Palmer
Palmer PARISH-WIDE Picnic and Pool Party
Saturday, August 27, 2016 – 7:30–9:30PM
Colonial Park Pool | West University Place
More details to follow…
We are excited that our long awaited Congolese family of six will be arriving in Houston on Tuesday, April 26 and we ask for your prayers for them as they make their journey to a new home and community in Houston. We and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church are preparing to welcome them and introduce them to their new city—school registration, grocery shopping, field trips around the city, social events, etc. Please let us know if you can join us in mentoring them as they get acclimated. We go in pairs and appreciate support. Email both Frances Vonk firstname.lastname@example.org and Rev. Linda Shelton email@example.com for more information.
A new art exhibit “Love” is planned for June 5–August 15, 2016. All 2D media is welcome. Please contact Jackie Campbell at JCampbell8404@nullsbcglobal.net or Sherry Byrd at Sherry@nullsherrybyrd.com for information on how to submit your entries. Deadline is June 2 for submissions.
The best way to find out is to attend a meeting. The Daughters meet every third Saturday of the month from 9:00–10:30 am in the Family Room. If you feel that there is something missing in your life or maybe you feel there is too much going on in your life…this might very well be the place for you. The Daughters are a spiritual group of women, devout in their faith, and ready to give a warm hug, a smile of affirmation, a word of understanding, and will certainly give you a prayer.
Please understand that we are everyday people, like you, who have found a joy in our hearts that can only be attributed to coming closer to our Lord. We keep prayers in our mind and hearts for members of the parish and others, who are in need (emotionally, physically, and spiritually.) The Daughters of the King are devoted to living a life “For His Sake” and isn’t that why we are here? You are invited to be a guest to one (or more) of our meetings.
For more information, contact Phyllis Svrcek at 713-946-7147 or Svrcek98@nullaol.com.
ATTENTION PALMER YOUTH!
Missionpalooza will be taking place from July 17-22, 2016 and will be centered on disaster relief in communities surrounding San Marcos, Texas. Any student enrolled in 7th-12th grade for the 2016-2017 school year may attend Missionpalooza 2016. This year participants will be working on cleanup efforts and helping residents recover from the 2015 floods. The Blanco River Regional Recovery Team is coordinating the cleanup efforts as well as all volunteer assignments. We will be housed at the San Marcos Baptist Academy. The cost for this trip is $250.00 per person. Scholarships are available. If you are interested in participating, please contact Roger Hutchison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know this is an early announcement, but we want to let you know that Palmer’s Parish Retreat at Camp Allen is scheduled for October 20–23, 2016 and we want YOU to join us for a special weekend of formation, fellowship and fun!
We are excited to share with you that The Rev. Canon John W. Newton, Chief of Staff to the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas will serve as the keynoter for the Saturday morning adult program. John is also the author of Falling into Grace: Exploring Our Inner Life with God and will give a hopeful and realistic look at what losing our life entails, articulating how “growth” in the Christian life is not our ascent to God but the process by which our eyes are opened to the beauty God has already given to us. John will talk with us about descending into God, and into our own inner depths, about the deep waters of the Christian faith. “Put out into the deep and let your nets down for a catch.” (Luke 5:4)
This parish weekend is just that—a weekend for the entire parish—not just families with children.
Situated on 1,100 acres in the serene piney woods of the Navasota area, Camp Allen provides a place to relax, refresh, and refocus. More details to come!