Please join us as we express our gratitude and appreciation for our financial manager, Tom Matchett, who is retiring after more than 20 years of service to Palmer Church. A reception honoring Tom will be given this Thursday, June 30 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in St. Bede’s Chapel. Palmer is deeply grateful for Tom’s sound financial oversight and dedication to our community. Everyone is cordially invited to join Tom and his wife Peg in celebration of this very special milestone.
We’d like to provide a quick update on how we are tracking in fulfillment of our 2016 pledges. As of May 31st, 43% of the $1.5 million of pledges has been received, in line with month-to-date planning. Thank you for your generosity! With a tight 2016 budget, we are depending on every dollar coming in. During the summer months which may include holiday travel, we remind you that you can utilize “MyPalmer” for online payments or send checks to the church office to keep your giving current.
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 Palmer campus will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
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/
Outreach — A new council is forming to support our current outreach ministries, act on future plans, and plan Serve Sundays. If you have a heart for service beyond our walls, would like to be part of supporting Palmer’s outreach initiatives in the future, or want to share some ideas, we want to hear from you.
Senior Ministry — A small sub-committee of the Pastoral Care Council is forming to explore special needs of and ministry opportunities for serving older adults within and outside the walls of Palmer. Your ideas, knowledge of resources, experiences, and awareness of challenges are needed as we plan for future ministry.
Contact Linda Shelton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-529-6196×116 for more information.
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 email@example.com 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
- Traditional VBS – All children Ages 3yrs – 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 6:00PM and conclude with a brief worship experience for everyone present. Register Here: https://palmerchurch.wufoo.com/forms/sn9ucid15wwjgn/
Summer is upon us! That means new offerings and events here at Palmer. “Sharing Our Faith” returns this Sunday. It will be during the 9 o’clock hour as as a part of our Summer schedule between the 8 am Rite I and 10 am Rite II services. Join us Sunday evenings as well at 5 pm now through mid-August for a special Rite II service. It will include bluegrass music from a banjo player and the opportunity to volunteer to participate, perhaps for the first time, in parts of the service as you arrive.
There are many summer offerings for you to enjoy. See them all in the LATEST NEWS section of this website, the weekly FLASH, and the Sunday service leaflets.
All are invited to join the Palmer choir for the summer occasional choir on the following dates:
- June 5
- June 12
- August 7
- August 14
- August 21
Anyone from the congregation who is not able to sing with the choir during the school year is invited to join on Sunday mornings. There are no regular Wednesday night rehearsals in the summer. Please arrive at 9:15 am for the 10:00 am services on Sunday.
Come sing with us this summer!
As you may recall from Fr. Willard’s recent letter to the parish, our much-admired and loved Fr. Brooks is retiring from service at Palmer Church. His last day as our Senior Associate Rector will be July 31. To thank and honor Dub and the talented and effervescent Suzanne, two events are planned. First, on Sunday, July 24 at 5:00 PM, the wonderful Palmer Choir will offer a service of Evensong to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the Brooks’ ministry to and with us. Then, on Sunday, July 31 we will all meet in the Parish Hall following the 10:00 AM service to celebrate and thank God for bringing Dub and Suzanne to Palmer Church in May 2011.
It is a custom to thank a retiring priest with a monetary “purse.” Make your checks payable to “Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church” with “Fr. Brooks’ Retirement Purse” on the memo line and mail to the church office. Please be generous… Dub and Suzanne have given so much of themselves to us.
Ladies, please save the dates of January 20-22, 2017 for our next Palmer Women’s Retreat at Camp Allen. Brooke Summers-Perry, director of the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer, will be leading us in an exploration of the theme, “Transitions and Transformations.” Registration will open in November, and we will keep you up to date on events to be held in upcoming months to defray the costs of this very special weekend. If you would like more information, contact Laura Van Ness at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Order of St. Luke (OSL) would like to invite all parishioners to their “Pretty Good Wednesdays” during the summer, which will be held every other Wednesday, starting June 15, and continuing on June 29, July 13, July 27, August 10, and ending on August 17. We meet around 6:30 after the Wednesday Eucharist in Room A101, and it is a potluck (or BYOS, bring your own sandwich). We are reading Gospel Memories, by Jake Owensby—(three page chapters, based on a bible verse with reflection questions), and we are discussing Chapters 1 and 4 on the 15th, with assignments to be selected at each meeting. We would welcome your company on our summer journeys!! Any questions, please contact Adrienne Bond at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell at 832-524-5685. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.
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! Contact
Alex Easley at email@example.com.
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 PARISH-WIDE Picnic and Pool Party
Saturday, August 27, 2016 – 7:30–9:30PM
Colonial Park Pool | West University Place
More details to follow…
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.
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 email@example.com.