Christmas at Palmer


“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”


— Luke 2:14

Christmas Eve Services

3:00 PM – Children’s Service & Eucharist (Rite II–Nave)

5:00 PM – Family Service & Eucharist (Rite II–Nave)

7:30/8:00 PM – Christmas Carols & Anthems/Holy Eucharist (Rite II–Nave)

10:30/11:00 PM – Christmas Carols and Anthems/Holy Eucharist (Rite I – Nave)


Childcare will be available for all services except for the 10:30/11:00 PM service on Christmas Eve and the 10:00 am service on Christmas Day.

Parking for Christmas Eve Services

Along with our regular parking in Palmer’s north and south lots, on Christmas Eve we’ll have two additional options for our parishioners and guests. First, we can park on the Palmer side of Main Street beginning at 2:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon. Please be sure and see the uniformed officer to get an on-street parking permit and place it on the dashboard of your vehicle.

The second parking option will be in the basement of the Hermann garage across Cambridge Street. The nice folks at the Hermann Medical Plaza will let us park for free in the basement of the garage just as we do on Sunday mornings. This free parking will be available for all Palmer services on Christmas Eve. Please pull a ticket at the gate to gain admittance to the basement of the garage. The gates will open automatically when you leave.

Christmas Day Service

10:00 AM / Holy Eucharist (Rite II–Nave)

First Sunday after Christmas

7:45 AM / Holy Eucharist (Rite I–Nave)

10:00 AM / Holy Eucharist (Rite II–Nave)


Children’s Christmas Pageant

The Annual Children’s Christmas Pageant is on Sunday, December 21 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Bede’s Chapel!
ALL children and youth are welcome to participate! There will be two rehearsals: Sunday, December 7 from 10-11 a.m. and Sunday, December 14, 10-11 a.m. in Holy Cross Chapel. Choose a character: Camel, Sheep, Cow, Donkey, Angel, Shepherd, or Narrator. Questions or Comments? Contact Kaci Timmons, Coordinator of Children’s Ministry and Music.


Pecan fundraiser

Pecans! The annual Episcopal Church Women’s fundraiser is back! Packaged frosted pecans in a variety of flavors and packaging make an ideal gifts for teachers, neighbors and stocking fillers. The gift box set is $25, 1/2lb bags are $10, and 1lb bags are $15. We’ll be in the breezeway before and after the regular services.

Women’s Retreat at Camp Allen January 30–February 1, 2014

Women’s Retreat
Paths to the Center:
Tools for Everyday Spirituality
January 30-February 1, 2015
Camp Allen

The women of Palmer are invited to a retreat facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Jane Tomaine, a priest and retreat leader in the Diocese of Newark, New Jersey and the author of St. Benedict’s Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living (Morehouse 2005).

This will be a great weekend to center our lives on Christ, to renew friendships and to make new friends in the relaxed setting of Camp Allen. The registration fee is $225 (double room, meals, program) or $325 for a single room (plus meals and program), if available. If all rooms at Camp Allen are reserved, single rooms will be available at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Navasota ($125 for meals and program at Camp Allen plus the cost of your hotel room). We look forward to seeing you there.

Registration is currently underway and will continue until December 15. Registration forms are available at the registration table on the patio between Sunday services, at the Palmer front office, and on the website. Scholarships are available.

Download and print the 2015 Palmer Women’s Retreat Registration Form.

Praise the Spirit—by D.A. White now available

Need a Christmas gift for someone special? We’ve just received a new shipment of the CD, Praise the Spirit: Sacred Music of David Ashley White, sung by Palmer’s Adult Choir that is now available through the Music Department for $10 each. Contact the Music Office directly to reserve your copy 713-529-6196 ext 114.

Other CDs available for purchase are:

    • The Holy Child | Music for Advent and Christmas
    • O Love Divine | Music for Lent and Easter
    • Nearer my God to Thee | Communion anthems, motets and hymns


“Celebrating Art” now at Fra Angelico Gallery

Palmer Creative Artists Community

“Celebrating Art” is the new art exhibit in Palmer’s Fra Angelico Art Gallery.

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


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Find YOUR Palmer


Our newest BRIGHT SPOT highlights the
Ushers of Palmer.

Congratulations to our newly confirmed, reaffirmed, & received Palmers!

On Sunday, November 9, 2014, The Rt. Reverend C. Andrew Doyle carried out the Rites of Confirmation, Reaffirmation, and Reception for the following Palmers:

Kate Peterkin
Kirk Brassfield
Katy Odom
Dakarai Mayo
Tom Wild

Debbie Brassfield
Patrick Sermas
Kathy Long

Phyllis Svrcek
Cathy Thompson
Mary Ann Starks
Margie French



Great Wednesdays resume January 14

There will be no Great Wednesdays for the remainder of 2014. We will resume Great Wednesday activities in 2015. However, the Wednesday evening Healing Eucharist will continue as scheduled.

Did YOU pledge to Palmer Church on Covenant Sunday?

If so, thank you! If not, please know that you still have time to pledge for God’s work in 2015. Thus far, we are at about 40% of the total that we need to do our work for next year. Several options are available for your pledging:

Pick up a pledge form in the Narthex, reception area outside St. Bede’s Chapel, or the bookcase outside the Church office main reception area.

Update your pledge in the 2015 Giving Forms in the Church pews.

Pledge ONLINE today. It’s easy! Use this handy link or simply select “Giving” on the upper right hand corner of the homepage. From there you may prepare an online pledge or print a paper form to submit. Oh yes—you may also set up recurring or one-time donations online while on the website.

Questions? Contact Thank you!

Houston Ground Angels

This terrific organization is seeking volunteer drivers for missions between Houston area airports and the Texas Medical Center hotels and hospitals. To learn more, see or call Mary Hutto at 832-301-2816.

Call for nominations to your Palmer Vestry: The Ministry of Leadership

The role of a Vestry is often misunderstood. Some think of it as a Board of Directors, while others believe it should play a major role in managing the day-to-day affairs of the church. At its most basic level, though, a Vestry is a group of lay leaders, selected by the congregation, charged with the welfare, mission, and vision of the church. In addition to overseeing the facilities, finances, and the major events in the life of the church, our Vestry tries to discern ways in which we make God more present in our families, our community, and the world. Accepting a call to Vestry service is accepting a call to make Palmer a more vibrant, faithful, and joyful community. In mid-November, the Vestry Nomination Committee will meet to select a slate of 10 nominees, from which the congregation will elect 5 new Vestry members. Please consider whether you, or anyone you know at Palmer, would be a good addition to the Vestry. Please forward the names of anyone you want the Nomination Committee to consider to Greg Hambrick at

Go Green to Get Green!

Yellowstone Academy earns money by recycling your old electronic items including toner cartridges, cell phones, chargers, and personal electronic devices. These items can be placed in the square basket next to the tract rack outside the church office anytime!

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

Refugee Resettlement Ministry

We are preparing to sponsor and welcome a new refugee family to Houston. Through your donations, we will furnish an apartment and we invite you to join in the excitement and joy as we move items, welcome the family, and introduce them to Houston, their new home. To participate, contact Frances Vonk, For more information, please visit Palmer’s Refugee Resettlement Ministry page.

Pastoral Care

Please call the church office at 713.529.6196 if you are sick, hospitalized or in need of pastoral care such as prayer, home or hospital visits and communion, meals, rides, etc. Out of respect for patient privacy laws, hospitals do not notify the church of admissions. Palmer clergy and our pastoral care and prayer ministries want to reach out to care for you when you or family members are ill or homebound. Contact The Rev’d Linda Shelton at for more information.