Holy Week | Easter 2015


Sunday, March 29 | Palm Sunday
Holy Eucharist Rite I 7:45 am Nave
Liturgy of the Palms 9:00 am Patio
Holy Eucharist Rite II 9:15 am Nave
Family Eucharist 9:15 am St. Bede’s Chapel
Liturgy of the Palms 11:00 am Patio
Holy Eucharist Rite I 11:15 am Nave
Organ Recital by Ken Cowen 3:00 pm Nave
Canterbury Eucharist 6:30 pm St. Bede’s Chapel
Monday, March 30
Morning Prayer 7:30 am St. Bede’s Chapel
Evening Prayer 5:10 pm St. Bede’s Chapel
Tuesday, March 31
Morning Prayer 7:30 am St. Bede’s Chapel
Holy Eucharist 8:05 am St. Bede’s Chapel
Wednesday, April 1
Morning Prayer 7:30 am St. Bede’s Chapel
Evening Prayer 5:10 pm St. Bede’s Chapel
Holy Eucharist with Unction 6:00 pm Holy Cross Chapel
Thursday, April 2 | Maundy Thursday
Morning Prayer 7:30 am St. Bede’s Chapel
Contemplative Eucharist 12 noon Nave
Maundy Thursday Eucharist & Foot Washing** 5:30 pm St. Bede’s Chapel
Maundy Thursday Eucharist & Foot Washing** 7:30 pm Nave
All Night Vigil—Altar of Repose 9:00 pm St. Bede’s Chapel
Friday, April 3 | Good Friday
Morning Prayer 7:30 am St. Bede’s Chapel
Good Friday Liturgy 9:40 am Patio
Good Friday Liturgy
12 noon Nave
Stations of the Cross 1:30 pm Nave
Good Friday Liturgy** 6:00 pm Nave
Holy Saturday, April 4 | Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday Service 12 noon St. Bede’s Chapel
Easter Vigil and Holy Eucharist** 7:30 pm Nave
Sunday, April 5 | Easter Sunday
Holy Eucharist Rite I 7:30 am Nave
Festive Choral Easter Eucharist Rite II** 9:00 am Nave
Festive Choral Easter Eucharist Rite I** 11:00 am Nave
Canterbury Eucharist 6:30 pm St. Bede’s Chapel
**Childcare is provided for this service.


Gethsesame Vigil

Keep watch with Jesus. Sign-up to take an hour during the Gethsemane Vigil following the Maundy Thursday service on April 2. The sign-up poster is located in the Church Office.


Help enhance Palmer’s beauty for Easter

Please volunteer to help Palmer’s own Dennis Kutach on Holy Saturday, April 4 at 10:00 am as he ministers to the people of Palmer and our guests by placing Easter flowers and greenery in the Nave and St. Bede’s Chapel. He promises that it won’t take more than a couple of hours of your time and you’ll have the opportunity to help enhance the beauty of Palmer’s sacred spaces. Please join Dennis at 10:00 AM on April 4.

Celebrate Easter at Palmer | 2015

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Easter Day | Sunday 5 April 2015


Holy Eucharist Rite I 7:30 am Nave
Festive Choral Easter Eucharist Rite II** 9:00 am Nave
Festive Choral Easter Eucharist Rite I** 11:00 am Nave
Canterbury Eucharist 6:30 pm St. Bede’s Chapel
**Childcare is provided for this service.



Easter Sunday Flowering of the Cross

Parents of young children are invited to bring cut flowers to church on Easter Sunday so their children can adorn the Cross of Jesus that will be located in front of the steps at the Main Street entrance to the church. Extra flowers, generously provided by the Palmer Children’s Ministry, will be available for those who forget to bring cut flowers.


Parking on Easter Sunday

South End of Campus: Enter from Fannin Street
North End of Campus: Enter from Main Street

Additional parking is available Sunday mornings in the Hermann Professional Building. Access from either Main or Fannin Street, go to the lower level and park in the VALET section. There will be no valet on duty. Punch the green button for a ticket. You will NOT be required to pay as you exit.

Palmer/Cornerstone Golf Tournament April 9

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Join us for the 21st Annual Palmer/Cornerstone Golf Tournament on Thursday, April 9 at Hermann Park.

Come out for a day of fun and fellowship. Proceeds from the golf tournament benefit The Way Station. For more information contact John Fields (832-544-1051 or jfgolfish@aol.com) or Bob Hawley (rcwingz@comcast.net).



“All glory, laud, and honor”… Liturgy of the Palms 2015

Bell ringers from three countries to ring at Palmer April 9–12!

Palmer, along with St. Thomas Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Methodist Church, will co-host the Seven Towers Festival from Thursday, April 9 through Sunday, April 12. The festival feature Ringers from England, Canada, and the United States.

There will be a ringing course at Palmer on Thursday and Friday. Saturday morning, the Festival opens with participants ringing for a Palmer wedding. Palmer bells ring through the air again on Sunday morning between the 7:45, 9:00, and 11:00 am services. More ringing will follow the 11 a.m. service and continue until mid-afternoon.

We are proud to field, for the first time, a team of Palmer ringers in the Striking Competition at St. Thomas late Sunday afternoon. What an incredible way to ring in the Easter season — you won’t want to miss this remarkable opportunity to hear outstanding ringers April 9–12 at Palmer !

Please contact Palmer ringing master Allen Nunley (a_nunley_sqm@yahoo.com) for more information.

20th Anniversary of Stephen Ministry at Palmer

Join us Sunday, April 12 at the 11:00 service to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Palmer’s Stephen Ministry. All are invited to a reception in the Parish Hall following the 11:00 am service. Palmer will celebrate the 20th anniversary of this one-on-one confidential Christian caring ministry. Over the years we have trained 125 Stephen Ministers who have ministered to over 500 care receivers undergoing periods of loss, such as grief, job loss, divorce, serious illness and other troubles. The confidential nature of the ministry keeps us “under the radar,” so come help us celebrate a milestone and recognize this normally quiet, behind-the-scenes, ministry.

April 19 is Yellowstone Snack Sunday

Please bring individual or bulk snacks that will be distributed to Yellowstone students. Examples include granola bars, pretzels, crackers, dried fruit, fruit cups, and individual microwavable pre-cooked meals. Please avoid canned goods and non-nutritive items such as candy, cookies, and chips. Marked baskets to receive these offerings will be at the entrance to St. Bede’s and in the narthex of the Nave.

Grief Support Group will begin in April

Walking the Mourners’ Path… An eight week Christ-centered small group for those who are mourning the death of a loved one, facilitated by Sue Hamblen and the Rev’d Linda Shelton, will begin a new session in mid April and will run through the first week in June. Participation is open to those in the larger community. Please contact Sue Hamblen essayhamblen@att.net or Linda Shelton lshelton@palmerchurch.org or 713-529-6196×116 if you or anyone you know may be interested in participating.


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The Palmer Holy Spokes need YOUR support!

Every hour, someone is newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. The Palmer Holy Spokes ride the BP MS 150 because we want to do something about MS now. Please support our efforts with a tax-deductible donation.

Drive for Drives

The middle school students at Yellowstone have a special need for USB drives (aka thumb drives.) If you would like to donate these items, they can be dropped in the collection in an envelope marked “Yellowstone Drive.” You may also bring them to the front office.

Volunteer Drive

Yellowstone is in need of Volunteers and Shepherds.  Volunteers can be on a weekly basis or as-needed for special events.  Shepherds function like a Big Brother/Big Sister.  Families or individuals are matched with a student in grades K-8 and spend time with their student at least once a month.  Our family does this, and I would be happy to share our personal experience!  — Anne Warner


New Gallery: Fra Angelio | “Renewal”

“Renewal,” a new exhibition of paintings, photographs, and textiles,
is currently on display in the Fra Angelico Gallery and will run until May 15.

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



Costa Rica Mission Trip

The Palmer Costa Rica Mission Team will leave for San Jose, Costa Rica on Saturday, May 30th and return Saturday, June 6, 2015. We encourage anyone going on the trip to watch ticket prices every few days and purchase as soon as possible. One participant purchased a ticket on United for $657, leaving May 30 on United flight 1098 at 10:20 AM and returning June 6 on flight 1490 leaving at 12:36 PM, but the price varies widely from day to day. Contact George Ferry (gdferry@gmail.com) for more information.


Ash Wednesday 2015… “We were not alone”


On this beautiful Ash Wednesday, 45 volunteers from Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church imposed ashes, said prayers, opened their hearts, and shared God’s love with 1,594 souls who were walking or driving through the Texas Medical Center and Rice University area. Palmers were found on every corner of Fannin and Cambridge, imposing ashes by reaching into cars, climbing onto Metro vans, and blessing those walking by. Connections were made, people were blessed and hope, comfort, and faith were passed one to another.

We looked into their eyes, said their names and reminded them: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return”.  You are blessed and you are marked and you are not alone…

Reaction of our Palmer Laity:

  • “I felt the Holy Spirit on me.”
  • “This is the first time I have put on vestments – wow!”
  • “This is the best thing I have ever done!”
  • “There are so many people here who are in need and have so little. Makes my problems seem so small.”
  • “I feel a connection with all these people. This is what love looks like.”

Reaction to ashes imposed:

  • “You people are so nice. I did this last year. Thank you.”
  • “This is a blessing that can’t be washed off.”
  • “Why do Episcopalians do so much for other people?”
  • Many said, “I couldn’t go to church today. Thank you.” One young woman said she was on her way to therapy and would miss church. Her mother would have been upset if she didn’t get ashes.
  • A small boy responded to the words, “You are not alone,” by saying, “I know.”
  • One woman said, “I’m a Quaker and we believe the same things you believe. You look like you should sing a beautiful song.”
  • One woman said her daughter was having a blood transfusion and asked if someone could bring ashes to her. A Palmer followed her to the daughter’s room.
  • After receiving the ashes and hearing the words, a homeless man named Jason said, “That’s just what I needed to hear.”
  • Some asked to receive a blessing or a prayer without the ashes – including a Buddhist.
  • “My special needs son is in the hospital – can you come to him?” Yes we will.
  • A young man came over to the church corner looking distraught. He said he didn’t know what was happening, but he just needed prayer. His baby daughter had just died. A Palmer took him into the church to meet with a priest.

Today, maybe some met God for the first time. Maybe some reconnected with a God they felt they lost a long time ago. Maybe some found a little peace and comfort during a difficult time in their lives. Maybe some wandering the Medical Center needed a reminder of their mortality and of a God who is present with them. Maybe some just needed love.


Meet our new staff member!

It is with great joy that we are able to announce today that Roger Hutchison will be coming to Palmer in June as our new full-time staff member for children, families, and parish life.

Roger has served for 17 years on the staff of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina, where he is the Canon for Children and Family Ministries. He is married to Kristin, who teaches kindergarten. Roger and Kristin have a 13-year-old daughter named Riley, and she will be entering the 8th grade next fall. The Hutchison household also includes Scout-the-dog.

In addition to his outstanding work with children and families at Trinity, Roger is a talented artist for whom painting is a form of prayer. This is how he describes it:

“Painting is the way I talk to God. I find joy when I move my fingers through puddles of color and across blank canvas. I am always surprised–and blessed–by the conversation that takes place. It is never the same.”

In the spring of 2013, he was invited to paint with children, families, and teachers at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, Connecticut, where one of the children killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School only a few months previously was a member. Here’s one story, as told by Roger, about what happened there:

“A third-grade girl told me she’d had a really bad day. Her painting was dark and frantic. I listened to her for a little while—then encouraged her to paint another one. The second painting was a bit more colorful. She took her two paintings and smashed them together. When she pulled them apart, the darkness had lifted . . . and she smiled. That’s when I saw light and love in her face. I saw God.”

Later that same year, Roger wrote a book titled The Painting Table: A Journal of Loss and Joy, which was published by Church Publishing, Inc. He takes his “Painting Table” out into the community for events that range from birthday parties in the neighborhood to art workshops in schools.

Hutchison-book cover

Last summer, for his community service, Roger received the Order of the Silver Crescent Award from the Governor of South Carolina. It is the highest civilian honor that a citizen of that state can receive and is awarded for exemplary performance, contribution, and achievement within the community.

Look for a letter in the mail this week from the Rector with more details about this exciting announcement. In the meantime, join us in praying for Roger, Kristin, and Riley as they prepare to move to Houston this summer:

O God, watch over Roger, Kristin, and Riley in all their going out and their coming in; keep all evil away from their door; and let them share the hospitality of the Lord’s Table at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, that they and all those who are fed there may know your love and peace. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.