2016 Pledging

Stewardship season is underway at Palmer! If you have already returned your pledge for 2016, we thank you! As of Friday, Nov. 13 we have received 235 pledges for a total of $1,242,199 (average household pledge of $5,286). While we give thanks for this generosity and support, we also recognize that we are still far from our target of $1,850,000. We need your support to do the many good things we all love and care about in our faith community—from supporting our ministries to maintaining our buildings to paying our incredible staff.

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If you have not had a chance to prayerfully consider your 2016 pledge, please take a moment to do that this week. You can mail your completed pledge form to the attention of our financial manager, Tom Matchett, at the church office. You can also send that information to him via email at tmatchett@nullpalmerchurch.org or a confidential voicemail at 713-529-6196 (extension 111).
If you would like to have the opportunity to get to know our Rector—The Rev. Neil Alan Willard, better—there is an ongoing opportunity to make a reservation for lunch with him at the Church together will a small group of other parishioners and, occasionally, other staff members. Please contact the church office and let them know you are interested.
We will have a Stewardship Forum hosted by chairpersons Trent Williams and Ellee de Groot as well as members of the Finance Committee on Wednesday evening, December 9 and Sunday morning, December 13 to review the proposed 2016 budget and our progress towards meeting that budget. More details to come. Let’s close the gap before this date! Send in your pledge now! Thank you.

Advent Wreath Making

Come join us in the Parish Hall on Sunday, November 29 during the 10 o’clock education hour for our annual Advent Wreath Making! This fun, intergenerational event is the perfect way to celebrate our anticipation of the Savior’s birth! Wreath kits are $10 and can be purchased at the event, or in advance from Roger Hutchison. Questions or Comments? Contact Roger at rwhutchison@nullpalmerchurch.org.

It’s time for Angel Tree!

angelTreeLogoAngel Tree begins this Sunday, November 29, and continues through Sunday, December 6. This ministry provides Christmas gifts to children whose parents are incarcerated and this year Palmer will support 44 children who live with a caregiver. Please look for the Angel Tree in the breezeway on Sundays and in the Fellowship Hall on Great Wednesday to see how you can help make a child’s Christmas brighter.
Volunteers are needed to:

1) Adopt a child by taking a gift tag off the tree and purchase a Christmas present for this child on behalf of the inmate. Return the wrapped gift to Palmer no later than Thursday, December 10.
2) Sign up to deliver gifts to the child’s home beginning Sunday, December 13. Safeguarding God’s Children/People training is preferred and there must be two adults per car.
3) Make a monetary donation to Angel Tree (envelopes provided).

Please contact Johnna Kincaid (johnna.kincaid@nullgmail.com, 832-721-4913) for additional information.

Advent Gift Market: One-stop shopping, no wrapping required

Advent Gift Market Poster 2015
Be sure to visit our Advent Gift Market at Palmer during Advent to choose the perfect gifts for friends and family that reflect the true spirit of Christmas. By doing so, you are making a donation in their names to a Palmer outreach ministry. You will receive a gift card announcing that a donation has been made in the recipient’s honor.

View the Advent Gift Market 2015 Brochure
for a complete list of gifts available!


—Easy gift payment—
Place your gift order online TODAY!

Simply select “Miscellaneous” as the fund, and enter
Advent Gift Market” for the description.


Please contact  Ansley Browns or Bobbie Wallingford
for more information.


Palmer Youth | November 29

Join us on Sunday, November 29 for our Play it Forward event. This youth event will take place from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Palmer Youth Room. When you’re not playing Ping Pong help us make care packages for our Palmer college students preparing for finals. Come hang out with us before you head back to school after Thanksgiving break! Questions? Email Casey Titus cetitus87@nullgmail.com or Roger Hutchison rwhutchison@nullpalmerchurch.org.

“Call for Art”

A new art exhibit “Joy” is planned for December 6, 2015—January 31, 2016. All 2D media 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 December 1, 2015 for submissions.

Palmer Downtown Lunch | Last one of the year!

The last Palmer Downtown Lunch of 2015 will take place on Monday November 30 at noon at Treebeard’s inside Christ Church Cathedral. Please join us for fellowship among Palmers who live or work in downtown, or for anyone who finds themselves downtown for the lunch hour. Bring a friend, and look for the reserved Palmer tables in the back. Palmer Downtown Lunch will resume in January 2016 on the last Monday of the month. Click here for more info!

Next Safeguarding God’s People training December 2

The next Safeguarding Gods People training will be on Wednesday, December 2 at 6.30 pm. Margie French will be the trainer. Those who have already completed the application can just follow the last link they received from the Diocese system and sign themselves up; those who have not completed the application need to contact safeguarding@nullpalmerchurch.org to get started.

Advent Lessons & Carols | December 6

Advent Lessons & Carols 2015

Kirking of the Tartans returns December 6

The Kirking of the Tartans returns to Palmer at the 9:00 a.m. service on Sunday, December 6 with bagpipes, drums, and tartans in honor of St. Andrew and the connection between the Episcopal Church in America and the Scottish church. Wear your tartan if you have one—or adopt a plaid for the day! The award-winning St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band will play.


Christmas Flower Dedications due by Monday, December 14

The Flower Guild is planning Christmas flowers and campus decor. If you would like to make a donation in memory of or thanksgiving for a loved one; or to mark a special occasion, please send your donations to the church or use the flower dedication envelopes in the pews and mark them for Christmas. All flower and campus décor are funded solely by your generous donations. The deadline for your floral dedication is Monday, December 14! The church will be decorated Sunday, December 20 starting at noon and poinsettias will be installed Tuesday, December 22. Your HELP would be greatly appreciated. Contact Dennis Kutach at dfcbk@nullaol.com if you have any questions.

Ten Thousand Villages | December 10

Join us on Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for a Shopping Night at Ten Thousand Villages, 2424A Rice Boulevard in Rice Village. Fifteen percent of net sales during the Shopping Night will be donated to the Women’s Retreat Scholarship Fund. Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit, self-supporting, non-governmental, and fair-trade organization, designed to benefit artisans—not to maximize profits. They market handmade products (jewelry, toys, musical instruments, household accessories, and holiday décor) from artisans in low-income countries and provide consumers around the world with products that have been fairly purchased from sustainable resources. Gift-wrapping will be available. For more information, contact Jackie Campbell at jcampbell8404@nullsbcglobal.net.

We welcome our newest Palmers!

Congratulations to our newest Palmers! 
On November 10, 2015, Bishop Jeff Fisher baptized: 
Hayden Lawrence Hass
Dominique Symone Shelton
And reaffirmed:
Julia Longoria
Justin Vollmer
We welcome each of you into our family of God at Palmer.


Parking on Sundays

As a reminder to parishioners, on Sunday mornings you can park for FREE in the basement of the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza building across Cambridge Street from Palmer Church. This courtesy will permit more of our visitors and our members who need closer access to park in the surface lots by our campus. Thank you for your hospitality!

Palmer Pecans are back!

The famous Palmer Pecans are back! This year we have branched out to package Jordan Almonds in festive colored candy coating and festive colored Jelly Belly jelly beans too! Solve all your thank you, neighbor, co-worker, and teacher presents in one fell swoop with a visit to the table in the breezeway in the 10 am hour this Sunday and for the next few. Funds raised support the Diocese ECW and for the first time in a few years there should be enough left over funds to be available to Palmer ministries. Watch out in the new year for the invitation to apply for those funds.

Altar Flower Donations

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 or email Michael LaRue at mlarue@nullpalmerchurch.org. 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.

A MUST SEE—photos AND video from the Parish Retreat!


VIEW the Gallery — WATCH the Video!


Open Hands, Willing Hearts: Embodying God’s Love in the World

An online and in-person class offered by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation
and facilitated by The Rev. Kit Wallingford

Why am I here? What is mine to do? Who am I called to be?
And what can I offer to the world?


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This contemplative six-week course is intended to support and encourage you as you look prayerfully at your life, no matter what age you are, and move towards discovering your unique contribution to God’s vision. You will receive weekly online materials on Sundays, and on your own time engage the audio teachings, reflection questions, prayer practices, and other resources. Then on Wednesday nights we will meet together to go more deeply into what the Spirit has begun in us. You will have the rest of the week to go deeper still.

The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation nurtures contemplative living and leadership by caring for the spiritual heart in prayer and by offering ways of opening into the life of the Spirit. We believe that living contemplatively is essential in today’s often chaotic and challenging world. And it is a way to live a truly authentic life—anchored in prayer, spiritually discerning, responsive to God. Our programs and resources draw particularly on the Christian contemplative tradition, and our participants come from many different denominations, faith traditions, and walks of life.
Dates: January 10–February 17, 2016

Time: 7:15 pm on Wednesdays: January 13, 20, 27, & February 3 & 17. (We will not meet on Ash Wednesday, February 10.)

Place: Holy Cross Chapel at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 Main Street.

Cost: $50 (Scholarships are available.)


(1) Provide your name, preferred email address, and mailing address to kwallingford@nullpalmerchurch.org;
(2) Send your check for $50 made out to the Rev. Kit Wallingford to her at Palmer Church, 6221 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030. Write “Shalem” in the memo line.

Registration Deadline: Monday, December 21, 2015

Technical Requirements: Google Chrome or Firefox browsers strongly recommended. Semi-weekly emails connect you to the course website after you set up your profile in the week prior to course start date. For prayerful technical assistance via email, contact helpdesk@nullshalem.org or 301-897-7334.

Directions:Parking Map

Palmer is located at 6221 Main Street, immediately north of the Texas Medical Center and east of Rice University. We are bordered by Hermann Park on the Fannin side and Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza on Cambridge Drive, just south of the Church.

See detailed map and driving directions.

Parking: To park on our south lot, enter from Fannin Street. To park on the north lot, enter from Main Street. Parking is also available on the east side of Main Street after 6 p.m.

For further information, email Kit Wallingford at kwallingford@nullpalmerchurch.org.

Financial Notes

It is difficult to believe that the end of 2015 is swiftly approaching. With this in mind, certain financial events are important to the success of the many Palmer ministries.

Many thanks for your continued financial support of Palmer either thru the Sunday offering plate, “mailed in”, or online donations.

Online Operating Fund pledging for 2016 is available thru the Palmer website (www.palmerchurch.org). It is accessed under the “Giving” tab in the upper right hand corner of the home screen of the website. Online giving is under the “Giving” tab too, and is a separate function from the pledging process. Remember, you may need to update your online giving instructions for 2016.

On-line 2015 gifts to Palmer via “MyPalmer” or by using bill pay from your bank should be processed no later than Monday December 28, 2015 to assure the funds are received in 2015.

Please remember, IRS rules state that contributions to the church to be tax deductible in 2015, must, be “delivered to” or “post marked by” December 31, 2015. Merely dating your check December 31, 2015 does not make it tax deductible in 2015.

If you plan to donate shares of stock to Palmer and have not previously received the instructions, they are available on the web site under the “Giving” tab or contact tmatchett@nullpalmerchruch.org for a copy (there are no recent changes to these instructions). Authorization to your broker for shares to be donated in 2015 should be done before December 18, 2015 to allow sufficient time for processing

Please let Tom Matchett know at tmatchett@nullpalmerchurch.org if you have any questions about giving to Palmer.

Media Ministry volunteers needed

Help is needed controlling the sound and video systems in the Nave, St. Bede’s Chapel, and the Parish Hall for worship and special events throughout the week. If you enjoy working with technology, all the necessary AV training will be provided. Students will be paid for their time. We also greatly need a volunteer to schedule the AV people for services as well as meetings. Contact Len Wehrung ( lwehrung@nullsbcglobal.net) for more information.