Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Timely announcements for this holiday weekend:

  • The Palmer office will close at 2:00 PM on Wednesday for Thanksgiving and remain closed Thursday and Friday. 
  • There will be a 6:00 PM Healing and Thanksgiving service Wednesday in Holy Cross Chapel.  
  • The Palmer campus will be open from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM on Thursday for the Thanksgiving potluck dinner.
  • The Way Station will be closed for Thanksgiving and will reopen at its usual time on Friday.

All of the Palmer clergy and staff wish you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving at Palmer

Thanksgiving Service with Eucharist and Healing Prayer will be celebrated Wednesday evening, November 26 at 6 pm in Holy Cross Chapel.
Thanksgiving Day, November 27, a casual potluck Thanksgiving Day Meal will be offered. The meal will begin with a special litany of prayers of thanksgiving beginning at 12 noon in the Parish Hall. All are welcome, but for planning purposes, please contact host Rodrigo Canedo at or 713.702.9271 so he may contact you regarding your signature dish in order that we might avoid having all pecan pies and no pumpkin, all oyster stuffing and no cornbread!

Advent Wreath Making–November 30

Come join us in the Parish Hall at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 30 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 Kaci Timmons, Coordinator of Children’s Ministry and Music.

Angel Tree begins Sunday, November 30

Making wishes come true…

Palmer’s Angel Tree project helps make the Christmas wishes come true for the children of Houston whose parents are serving time in prison. With your help, specific gifts are given to these special children in the names of their parents. This is all done in the true spirit of the season as we minister to these families.

This year Angel Tree starts on Sunday, November 30 and continues through Sunday, December 7. Please stop by the Angel Tree in the Fellowship Hall or breezeway and adopt a child by taking a gift tag. Watch for details in the Palmer Weekly and Palmer Flash. Be an angel and make Christmas brighter for a needy child!


Please contact Johnna Kincaid to learn more about this joyous and meaningful ministry.


Only weeks left until Christmas…


Give Christmas gifts that keep on giving throughout the year—and honor friends, family, teachers, scout leaders, and colleagues!

Make a donation to one or more Palmer outreach ministries, complete the gift card(s) and distribute with abandon! Instead of one more tie or electronic gadget, these gifts provide needed assistance for the following ministries which you may designate with your gift:

  • Archway Academy
  • Kairos Prison Ministry
  • Palmer Place Apartments
  • Refugee Resettlement Ministry
  • Way Station
  • Yellowstone Academy

Volunteers will be ready to assist you. This year’s ADVENT GIFT MARKET will be held on the following Sundays: November 30, December 7 and 14 on the Patio and on Wednesdays, December 3 and 10 upstairs in the Parish Hall. Check the ADVENT GIFT MARKET flier in the Sunday Worship Service bulletins all during Advent!


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Our newest BRIGHT SPOT highlights
the Angel Tree ministry.

Kirking of the Tartans returns on December 7

The Kirking of the Tartans returns to Palmer at the 9:00 a.m. service on Sunday, December 7 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.


Advent Lessons & Carols—December 7 at 5 PM


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Pajama Party! Parents’ Nite Out

Come hang out at our Parents’ Nite Out (PNO) Pajama Party on Saturday, December 13 from 6:00–9:00 pm in Holy Cross Chapel. It’s FREE! Bring a sack dinner, enjoy games, arts and crafts, a movie, and hot cocoa. Ages 3-12 (potty-trained, please.) Volunteers are welcomed!

Download the PNO Permission Form

For more information, contact Kaci Timmons at


Palmer Young Adults


Sunday, December 14

7 p.m.

Mary Beth Browning’s home


Christmas Flower dedications due by December 15

The Flower Guild is planning Christmas flowers and campus decor. If you would like to make a donation in memory of/or in 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.

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.


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.

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



Financial Notes

It is difficult to believe that the end of 2014 is swiftly approaching. With this in mind, certain financial events are important to the success of our many Palmer ministries. Thank you for your continued financial support of Palmer either through the Sunday offering plate or via online donations.

Online Operating Fund pledging for 2015 is now working through the Palmer website. However, please remember that online giving is separate from the pledging process. To set up online giving, please go to MyPalmer at If you plan to donate shares of stock to Palmer and have not previously received the instructions, please contact Tom Matchett for a copy (there are no recent changes to these instructions). Authorization to your broker for shares to be donated in 2014 should be done before December 19, 2014 to allow sufficient time for processing.

Online “cash” gifts to Palmer via “MyPalmer” should be processed no later than Friday December 26, 2014 to assure the funds are received in 2014. Please let Tom Matchett know if you have any questions about giving to Palmer.

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