St. Bede Eucharist Thursday, May 28

This past Monday was not only Memorial Day but also St. Bede’s Day. In honor of the Venerable, Priest, and Monk of Jarrow, St. Bede, we will be holding a special Eucharist tomorrow, Thursday, May 28 in St. Bede’s Chapel at noon.

Summer Schedule: Sunday Worship & Office Hours

To bring us together in the summer and also to permit us to be better stewards of our resources, through August 23 (Festival Day), we will observe two worship times on Sunday morning: 8:00 AM (Rite I) and 10:00 AM (Rite II). Please join us during the summer at one (or both!) of these times. Additionally, Palmer staff hours have now switched to summer office hours: Monday–Thursday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Regular office hours will resume September 8.

Sharing Our Faith

The Sharing Our Faith discussions are held Sundays during the 9:00 hour in the Parish Hall through August 16 except for Sunday, July 5 (JulyFest). This Sunday, May 31, Bob Hensel is scheduled to lead the session. Please join us to listen and talk with Bob!


Meet on the Patio this Sunday

This Sunday will be the first Meet on the Patio operating under the new format. The new format consists of volunteers providing the food. If you would like to volunteer some goodies for a Meet on the Patio please contact Frances Vonk at Our thanks go to the members of the Vestry will be contributing to this Sunday’s Meet on the Patio.


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Meet our new Curate

Alex EasleyIt is with great joy that we are able to announce this week that Alex Easley will be coming to Palmer in August as our third full-time member of the clergy. She is a 2015 graduate of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin and a 2012 graduate of the University of Texas.

The Bishop of Texas has appointed Alex to serve at Palmer for two years as a curate. She and her fellow seminary graduates from the Episcopal Diocese of Texas will be ordained as transitional deacons at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston on Saturday, June 20. More details about that ordination service will be forthcoming, and you are invited to attend.

God willing, Alex will be ordained as a priest some months later at Palmer. She will also participate in the Curate Program for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, learning about the priesthood with her peers. In the context of Palmer, Alex’s main focus will be on our pastoral care ministries, but she is very interested in spending part of her time with both our youth and young adults and in helping all of us discover the connection between our faith and our work.

Look for a letter in the mail this week from the Rector with more details about this exciting announcement. In the meantime, join us in praying for Alex as she prepares to move to Houston this summer:

O God, watch over Alex in all her going out and her coming in; keep all evil away from her door; and let her share the hospitality of the Lord’s Table at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, that she and all those who are fed there may know your love and peace. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


Register NOW for VBS 2015 | “The VERY BIG Story”

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Register HERE for Palmer VBS “The VERY BIG Story”.
Please contact Kristie Van Arsdel or Randy Byrd for more information.

Financial Notes: Summer Giving

This summer, if you can’t make it to church due to travel or other commitments, we encourage you to automate your regular donations. Palmer relies on the consistent financial support of the congregation and electronic giving offers an easy way to give on a recurring basis. Simply visit, locate the MyPalmer link for recurring donations or the Giving link for one time gifts. We thank you for your continued support! Did you know you can view your contribution report on MyPalmer? Please let Tom Matchett know at if you have any questions about giving to Palmer.

9th Annual Men’s Retreat

Calling all men! The 9th Annual Men’s Retreat at Laity Lodge (the Frio River Canyon) is Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 13. Our speaker will be author of Jesus My Father, the CIA, and Me, Ian Morgan Cron. The retreat will begin with dinner on Friday at 6:00 pm, and end at 11:00 am Sunday. The cost for the weekend is $240 (2 nights accommodations and 6 meals). Registration for the retreat ends on August 28, 2015. Click here to register online today.

Do you enjoy the beauty of flowers on the altar?

The beautiful floral arrangements on the Altars in the Nave 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 Nave 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 or email Michael LaRue. 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 enhance our beautiful and sacred surroundings even more on Sundays.

Prayers for Costa Rica Mission Trip

If you would like to be part of a special prayer team committed to praying for our Palmers going to Costa Rica May 30–June 6, please let the Rev’d Linda Shelton know. This will be another way to support both the mission and missioners from home and will mean a lot to them. Parishioners of all ages are encouraged to participate: email or call 713-529-6196 x116.

The Way Station needs volunteers

Three volunteers per morning (Monday–Friday, 7:00–9:30 am) are needed to greet our guests and help enter their names into a computer database program beginning late in May. Come and support our ministry to those in need by helping us better know them and connect them to community services. Training will be provided. For information, email The Rev’d Linda Shelton at or call 713-529-6196×116.

Congratulations to the newly confirmed and reaffirmed Palmers!

On Sunday, May 10, 2015  The Rt. Reverend C. Andrew Doyle gave the Sacramental Rites
of Confirmation and Reaffirmation to the following Palmers:


Justin Henry Broadfoot

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Martin Christopher Hadsell

Sarah Louise Hadsell

Terry Henry

Hallie Elizabeth Krudy

Anna Maria Macia

Steve Alan McConathy

Gabriella Marie Wehrung


Sara Westcott Haynes


New Gallery: “A Night in New Orleans”


New Gallery: Fra Angelio | “Growth”

Palmer Creative Artists Community

“Growth,”a new exhibition of paintings, photographs, and textiles, is currently on display in the Fra Angelico Gallery and will run May 16 until July 31.

The Gallery is located in the first floor hallway on the north side of the campus.


Save the Date for the Palmer Women’s Retreat January 29–31 at Camp Allen!

Ladies, put this on your family and work calendars now! Bishop Geralyn Wolf will be leading us in a retreat on “Forgiveness and Freedom in Christ”. Bishop Wolf has served the Episcopal Church in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Rhode Island. For further information contact Jeanine Baker ( or Laura Van Ness (

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Meet our new staff member!

It is with great joy that we are able to announce today that Roger Hutchison will be coming to Palmer in June as our new full-time staff member for children, families, and parish life.

Roger has served for 17 years on the staff of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina, where he is the Canon for Children and Family Ministries. He is married to Kristin, who teaches kindergarten. Roger and Kristin have a 13-year-old daughter named Riley, and she will be entering the 8th grade next fall. The Hutchison household also includes Scout-the-dog.

In addition to his outstanding work with children and families at Trinity, Roger is a talented artist for whom painting is a form of prayer. This is how he describes it:

“Painting is the way I talk to God. I find joy when I move my fingers through puddles of color and across blank canvas. I am always surprised–and blessed–by the conversation that takes place. It is never the same.”

In the spring of 2013, he was invited to paint with children, families, and teachers at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, Connecticut, where one of the children killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School only a few months previously was a member. Here’s one story, as told by Roger, about what happened there:

“A third-grade girl told me she’d had a really bad day. Her painting was dark and frantic. I listened to her for a little while—then encouraged her to paint another one. The second painting was a bit more colorful. She took her two paintings and smashed them together. When she pulled them apart, the darkness had lifted . . . and she smiled. That’s when I saw light and love in her face. I saw God.”

Later that same year, Roger wrote a book titled The Painting Table: A Journal of Loss and Joy, which was published by Church Publishing, Inc. He takes his “Painting Table” out into the community for events that range from birthday parties in the neighborhood to art workshops in schools.

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Last summer, for his community service, Roger received the Order of the Silver Crescent Award from the Governor of South Carolina. It is the highest civilian honor that a citizen of that state can receive and is awarded for exemplary performance, contribution, and achievement within the community.

Look for a letter in the mail this week from the Rector with more details about this exciting announcement. In the meantime, join us in praying for Roger, Kristin, and Riley as they prepare to move to Houston this summer:

O God, watch over Roger, Kristin, and Riley in all their going out and their coming in; keep all evil away from their door; and let them share the hospitality of the Lord’s Table at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, that they and all those who are fed there may know your love and peace. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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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).