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UPDATE: Churches Respond to Central American Children Seeking Refuge at Border

’Truly, I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family you did it to me.’”  

—Matthew: 25: 37-40

Advocacy:  The Metropolitan Organization is hosting a press conference on Tuesday, July 29 at 3:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Houston, to release a copy of a letter signed by many clergy asking for compassionate care, protection, and legal representation of the unaccompanied children. Clergy and others are invited to participate.

Contact TMO houston@gmail.com for information.

Austin Interfaith and religious leaders, including The Rev. Lisa Saunders of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Austin, spoke at a press conference at Travis County Commissioner’s Court this past week, calling for a compassionate response by the community, sharing concerns of clergy, and urging fair treatment for the children.

Donations:  Financial donations are requested to purchase supplies and should be sent to The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas:  Online giving at: http://tinyurl.com/l2px4p5 or make checks out to the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, noted for Emergency Relief. Mail: Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, P.O. Box 6885, San Antonio, TX 78209.

Several churches around the diocese have gathered donations and delivered supplies to the border churches. Some churches are making baby slings for mothers to carry young children in as they travel. If interested, I have the instructions.

Mission Trips:  Three groups from the Diocese of Texas are heading to St. John’s Episcopal Church, McAllen, in early August to gather information, take donations, and minister to the needs of arriving immigrants. Most participants are clergy who are also exploring the possibility of later taking groups from their churches.

If you would be interested in making a mission trip to McAllen, possibly in September, please let me know.

Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Director is visiting Austin and McAllen this coming week to gather information and see the needs of the people firsthand.

If you have questions or interest in serving in this ministry area, contact:

The Rev. Linda Shelton
Deacon, Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
lshelton@palmerchurch.org   713-529-619 6×116

Also see previous news item: Humanitarian concerns for unaccompanied children & other immigrants

The Women’s Bible Study is moving to Tuesdays!

The Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study will begin meeting on Tuesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. in Canterbury Room beginning July 29th. Summertime study is Psalms and we will return to the Book of Exodus in September.


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Join the Holy Spokes in the Tour de Pink!

The Holy Spokes, Palmer’s friendly and welcoming cycling group, will ride in the Tour de Pink on Sunday, September 14. The Tour de Pink is a one-day ride supporting breast cancer education and research and is one of two principal rides that Palmer participates in each year. It is known as one of the best-organized rides in the Houston area.

To join the Holy Spokes as a rider or support them as a contributor, please visit the Holy Spokes team page today!


A Family in Need

Palmer Medical Center Ministries has learned of a family which was recently forced to leave their home for medical reasons. They are currently searching for an apartment.  They were able to save a few pieces of furniture.  If you can assist them, the following is a list of their needs: 3 or 4 dining chairs, 2 living room chairs (gently used), 1 bedroom chest of drawers, 1 bedside table, 3 or 4 lamps, TV and stand; Linens: kitchen, bath, and bed linens for a double bed; Kitchen: utensils, pots, pans, dishes, bakeware, etc.; Small kitchen appliances (call for updated list), microwave  oven; Gift cards would also be appreciated.

We know that the kind and generous hearts of Palmer will answer this call to help a family truly in need. For questions or to donate, please contact Suzie Dennis at sdennis@palmerchurch.org or 713-218-9093. Time is of great importance!

Become a 2nd Story Sunday School Teacher

Do you enjoy fun and fellowship? Do you like to share your faith with others? Are you willing to be a mentor and an example to the Church’s future generations? Then you should volunteer to teach Sunday School! The Palmer 2nd Story Children’s Ministry is looking for energetic, enthusiastic people to teach Sunday School for the coming year. We have a fun, interactive, and simple curriculum that is enjoyable for students and teachers alike. Please contact Kaci Timmons, Coordinator of Children’s Ministry and Music for more information.

Wednesday Healing Service—same time, NEW location

Beginning August 6, the Wednesday Healing Service will take place at 6:00 pm in Holy Cross Chapel. Whether you are a visitor or a parishioner—you are welcomed to join us for this peaceful service that provides spiritual nourishment with the sacrament of Holy Eucharist. The major emphasis is healing of mind, body, and spirt through laying on of hands, prayers for healing, and anointing with holy oil. Members of the Order of St. Luke are present each week to pray for those in need of healing, whether for yourself or for someone you love.

New Organists Appointed at Palmer

From Fr. Willard’s letter to the community on July 17, 2014:

There is good news to share with you about the organ bench at Palmer Memorial. It will not be vacant after we say farewell to organist and friend Sigurd Øgaard with a celebration on Sunday, August 17, before he assumes his new, full-time duties at our diocesan cathedral in downtown Houston. He has been a wonderful blessing to our congregation.

I’m honored to let you know that I have named Ken Cowan, an internationally acclaimed concert organist, to be our new Artist-in-Residence and Organist and that I have named Yuri McCoy to be our Associate Organist. They will be sharing the same part-time duties that Sigurd has done so faithfully.


Ken CowanKen will begin on Sunday, August 24, which will be “Rally Day” at Palmer Memorial with a combined worship service at 10:00 a.m. and food and fellowship afterwards. Ken is Associate Professor and head of the organ program at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He has also served on the organ faculty of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey.

Ken has recorded on the Pro Organo, JAV, and Etheral recording labels, and many of his recordings and live performances have been featured on NPR. He received a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in New Haven, Connecticut, and his Bachelor of Music degree from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a church musician, he has held posts as Artist-in-Residence and Organist at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City and as Assistant Organist at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.

Yuri McCoy

Yuri is a doctoral student in organ performance at Rice University and studies with Ken Cowan. He comes to us from Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Angleton, Texas.

Yuri received his Master of Music degree in organ performance from Rice University and holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Hawaii. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Yuri was the Organ Scholar of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral while living in Honolulu, Hawaii.

These are exciting times at Palmer Memorial. I’m especially grateful for the opportunity in this next chapter of our life together as God’s people to strengthen our ties with Rice University. So come and see for yourself what the Holy Spirit is doing in our community, and be encouraged in your faith. Invite others to come and see, too, so that they may also be renewed in their faith and rediscover its meaning.


Humanitarian concerns for unaccompanied children & other immigrants

“You too must love the alien, for you once lived as aliens in Egypt.” —DT 10:19 NEB 


“Help us to look with compassion on those who suffer injustice, terror, hunger, disease and death as constant companions.

Stir us by love for all people to serve the homeless, to open hearts and hands to the stranger, the lonely, the broken in mind and spirit, who come to these shores from foreign lands.

Preserve our nation that, rejoicing in and recognizing our many blessings, we may offer peace, comfort and protection to the troubled, the weak and the weary.

Above all, make us witnesses and carriers of love. Cause us to recognize that we are all one family and grant us grace to show forth in our lives what we profess with our lips. Take away our arrogant indifference. Open our eyes to the many opportunities for giving help and instilling hope, and rouse us into loving action. Amen.”  (Episcopal Migration Ministries)

Dear Palmers:

We want you to know that current concerns regarding unaccompanied children and other immigrants from Central America are being addressed within our diocese through coordinated conversations between our clergy, diocesan staff, interested parishioners and community leaders; and, advocacy efforts, donation appeals, and mission trips to the churches and communities most affected to date in McAllen, and elsewhere on the border, are also underway. Diocesan liaisons to Episcopal Migration Ministries and Episcopal Relief and Development are participating in these conversations on national, diocesan and inter-diocesan levels.

We thank you for your interest and response to the needs you see through education, loving service, prayer and concern for all refugees, immigrants and vulnerable people. Questions about how best to respond, serve, or be in relationship with refugees or other immigrant communities are welcome.  If you would like more information or are interested in helping in the near future, please let me know. This is an unfolding event and calls to us on many levels. We will be sharing information in the coming days about additional opportunities for donations and outreach as they develop.  Please watch the Palmer website and The Flash for updates.

In Christ’s love and service,
The Rev. Linda Shelton, Deacon
Diocese of Texas Liaison for Episcopal Migration Ministries
lshelton@palmerchurch.org     713-529-6196 x116 
The following links may be helpful to you.

Bishop’s Statements:

Presiding Bishop’s Statement:  http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2014/07/10/presiding-bishop-on-the-crisis-of-unaccompanied-children-at-us-border/

Bishop Doyle’s Statement: http://www.epicenter.org/article/bishop-doyle-border-crisis-is-a-test-of-texans-faith/  or http://tribtalk.org/2014/06/26/on-immigration-polling-defies-assumptions/

West Texas Diocesan Bishop Lillibridge’s Statement and request for donations: http://www.epicenter.org/article/west-texas-bishop-appeals-for-help-for-detained-minors-and-families-at-border/

Los Angeles Bishop Bruno’s statement: http://www.epicenter.org/article/los-angeles-religious-leaders-call-for-prayer-for-migrant-children/

Episcopal News Service: http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2014/07/08/unprecedented-numbers-of-children-detained-crossing-the-border/

Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) statement:  http://episcopalmm.org/how_you_can_help/alert_stop_cuts_to_refugee_services.aspx

“Episcopal Migration Ministries remains deeply concerned about the tens of thousands of vulnerable immigrant children forced to flee ongoing violence in Central America. We urge Congress and the Administration continue to provide appropriate, child-centered care for these children, while maintaining access to protection and services for all refugee populations.
‘We must address overseas crises and crises in our hemisphere with the same dedication to protection and commitment to keeping borders open to vulnerable refugees, or risk damaging our ability to react effectively and humanely to other emerging refugee situations and protracted refugee situations where partners like Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon are hosting millions of Syrian refugees.’ —The Episcopal Church’s Congressional Testimony on Unaccompanied Alien Children.

We are currently mapping the work that dioceses, congregations, and our affiliate network partners are doing to address the Central American child migrant crisis. We are also working closely with The Episcopal Church’s Justice and Advocacy Ministries, and Episcopal Relief & Development to connect Episcopalians interested in creating and/or sharing information, resources, and mutual support for immigration advocacy and ministry.”

Learn more about unaccompanied immigrant children and The Episcopal Church’s policy recommendations via Congressional Testimony on UACs: http://library.episcopalchurch.org/article/testimony-behalf-episcopal-church-unaccompanied-alien-children-and-refugee-populations#_ftn1

EPPN Advocacy Center:  http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/home

Immigration Advocate Newsletter: Border edition: http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/app/document/3107244

Episcopal Diocese of West Texas http://www.dwtx.org/department-ministries/communications/dwtx-blog/immigration-situation-in-south-texas-appeal

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD:) http://www.episcopalrelief.org/

Palmer’s “Fra Angelico” Art Gallery

Rejoice and Celebrate!

Palmer’s “Fra Angelico” Art Gallery is hosting an art exhibit entitled “Rejoice and Celebrate” from June 20 through July 31, 2014. The gallery is located in the first floor hallway on the North Side of the Campus.


Altar Flowers

Celebrate, honor, and remember the important people and events in your life by sharing altar flowers with you Palmer family. It will be noted in the Order of Wosrhip and will help us to mark the event with you!

Mosaic Keyboardist Needed!

We are seeking a keyboardist who would be willing to play contemporary Christian music for the 11:15 a.m. Mosaic services on Sundays beginning in August. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings prior to the service. Your gift of time and talent could become a powerful testament of your love of Christ—as well as of Palmer! Please contact Pat Robson at robsonpat@hotmail.com for more information.

Cursillo Weekend is August 7–10

The next Diocese of Texas sponsored Cursillo Weekend is August 7-10 at Camp Allen. Cursillo is a three-day workshop designed to help you in your faith development and there is still time to sign up! Please click here for more details.

Children’s Chapel in Holy Cross is on summer break

Children’s Chapel that takes place in Holy Cross during the 9:00 am service begins a summer break on July 20 and will resume on September 7. The 9:15 am Family Service in St. Bede’s Chapel will continue uninterrupted through the Summer.

We look forward to worshipping with you in St. Bede’s Chapel at 9:15 each Sunday morning!

The LATEST & GREATEST galleries are here!



View photos from the Willards’ first Sunday at Palmer


View photos from Confirmation, Reaffirmation, & Reception on June 22


Community of Hope

Community of Hope will offer training in September. Trained and commissioned COH members represent the Palmer community as they visit the sick, hospitalized, or homebound. Training also prepares us as pastoral caregivers in our daily lives and the emphasis on Benedictine Spirituality is foundational for this program and our spiritual growth. Contact The Rev’d Linda Shelton at lshelton@palmerchurch.org or 713.529.6196 x116.

We celebrate recent baptisms and confirmations

On Sunday, June 22 The Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison joined us to celebrate the Rites of Baptism and Confirmation.

Please join us in welcoming our newest members:

— At the 9 am service —


Conor Joseph Smith Healey
Son of Katherine Healey & Darla Joan Smith

Lucy Catherine Todd
Daughter of Kasey & Robert Todd III

Evelyn Gail Warren
Daughter of Angela Denise & James Patrick Charles Johnston Warren


Jalan Carson

Jeffrey DeGroot

Ben Enos

Nina French

Elisabeth Gerstacker

Augie Giannoni

Julia Hoff

Emerson Knapp

Nathan Lawrence

Kate Logan

Kelly Logan

Dhakaya Mayo

Luke Mee

Jillian Merritt

Luke Moran

Ian Myers

Dennis O’Connell

John Peterkin

Abigail Price

Lauren Rocha


— At the 11 am service —


Stephanie Little

Sarah Elizabeth Leal Suarez

Lisa Mouzi Wofford

Travis Judson Wofford


Guadalupe Arrendondo

Bob Hensel


Kathy Herrin

Carl D. Inskeep

Martha Sheppard Inskeep

David Little

Pamela Mae Pocklington

Suzanne Marie Scribner

Constance Tuthill


Visit our photo gallery of this special day!

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 click on 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 you contribution report on MyPalmer? Currently data through May is loaded. Please let Tom Matchett know at tmatchett@palmerchurch.org if you have any questions about giving to Palmer.

Stephen Ministry

Have you been considering Stephen Ministry? Now is the time to act! The new training group begins in August, so the application deadline is coming up soon.

Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.

If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister or would like more information, please stop by the table in the breezeway. Or you contact Lois Hamblin (mobile: 713.898.8495; email: lois_hamblin@yahoo.com) or Katie Pannell (mobile: 713.854.3318; email: krpannell@gmail.com).