Let’s thank Dub & Suzanne!

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 Sunday, July 31. To thank and honor Dub and the talented and effervescent Suzanne, we will all meet in Parish Hall that Sunday 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.

Sharing Our Faith update

Please join us this Sunday when we will have a Roast for Father Brooks during the Sharing Our Faith hour and please bring your favorite story! Sharing Our Faith will continue on August 7 with Sarah Breckbill and August 14 with Kamron Massumi. Sharing Our Faith is held at 9:15 am in A102.
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URGENT need for white blood cells!

A patient at MD Anderson who is staying in a Palmer Place apartment is very ill and has reached a critical point in her treatment. She is in urgent need of white blood cell donations. She needs a donor every day until her condition changes and she and her husband have no family or friends in Houston. This is a critical need and the process is a bit more involved and direct than usual blood donations. If you are able and willing to donate, please contact Sandra Begalke at 281.704.8972.

Community of Hope Training

If you are interested in pastoral care ministry, seeking training, and connecting with others in the community who are serving and making visits beyond our walls, please contact Linda Shelton for information about Community of Hope. A new training session will be offered this fall through our partnership with Christ the King Lutheran Church and deadline for applications will be August 8. Contact the Rev’d Linda Shelton at lshelton@nullpalmerchurch.org 713-529-6196 x116.

Baby Shower for Refugee Family

Palmer is joining with St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church to host a baby shower for Chantal, who is expecting a son in November. Diapers of all sizes are being collected as gifts, but other practical gifts such as infant sleepers, t-shirts, etc. are also welcome and needed. Please join us, or if you wish to give a gift, they may be left in the church office. Please mark with my name. Contact Francis Vonk / fvonk@nullyahoo.com for questions.

“Good News” from the Costa Rica Trip

Recently, a group of parishioners from Palmer went on a life-changing Mission Trip to Costa Rica. Click here to read a firsthand account of their experience written by Catherine Thompson.

2016 Stewardship Update

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.

Call for Art | HOPE

A new art exhibit “Hope” is planned for for August 21–October 16, 2016. All 2D media is welcome. Please contact Sherry Byrd at Sherry@nullsherrybyrd.com or Jackie Campbell at JCampbell8404@nullsbcglobal.net for information on how to submit your entries. Deadline is August 19 for submissions.


EAC needs funds this month for back-to-school supplies

The Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC) invites you to join them in their “Annual Backpacks, School Supplies and Uniform Distribution” to over 1300 underserved children. Donate funds so EAC may purchase the correct items for each age group and help these students put their “best foot forward” with new supplies and with smiles on their faces as they begin the new school year. Go to www.eachouston.org for more information or make checks to Palmer and note EAC in the notation line.

New groups forming | Outreach Council and Ministry to Seniors & Older Adults

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 lshelton@nullpalmerchurch.org or 713-529-6196×116 for more information.

Travel toiletries benefit the Star of Hope & Ben Taub

Remember that your small travel size toiletries are much needed at the Star of Hope and our county hospitals. Old towels of various sizes are also sought. Bring them to the basket in the hallway near the reception area and we will deliver them.

Summer “Occasional Choir” dates

All are invited to join the Palmer choir for the summer occasional choir on the following dates:

  • 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!


Summer Worship Schedule

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.

Summer Formation Offerings


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.

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’s Sacred Arts Room will be open before and after the 10:00 AM 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 abond@nullfortitudemgt.com if you are interested in learning more about this special offering.

Photos | Costa Rica mission trip

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More photos to follow this week! View the photos here.


Mark your calendars for the 2017 Palmer Women’s Retreat

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 lsvanness@nullgmail.com.


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.


OSL & “Pretty Good Wednesdays”

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 abond@nullabondlaw.com.

Palmer Alms Counter Team

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 dvaharshbarger@nullsbcglobal.net or by cell at 832-524-5685. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

Young Adults | Dinner & Discussion

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 alexeasley@nullpalmerchurch.org.