Holy Week Schedule 2014

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Schedule for Holy Week 2014


Special Parking for Good Friday, Holy Saturday, & Easter

The City of Houston has given permission for worshippers at our Noon Good Friday Service and our 1:30 pm Stations of the Cross service to park on the Palmer side of Main Street from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. Please get a parking permit from the police officer on duty and place it on the dashboard of your vehicle.

Additionally, the great folks at the Hermann Medical Plaza across Cambridge will let us use their garage on Holy Saturday from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Please park in the basement of the garage as we do on Sunday mornings.
Parking at the Hermann Medical Plaza garage on Easter Sunday will be available until 2 pm.


Decorating the Church for Easter

On Saturday, April 19 from 10 am to 12 noon, the church will be decorated for the Easter season. Volunteers are needed and all are welcomed. Please contact Dennis Kutach at dfcbk@aol.com if you have any questions.

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.

Easter Sunday Services

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Easter Day | Sunday 20 April 2014


Holy Eucharist Rite I 7:30 am Nave
Festive Choral Easter Eucharist Rite II 9:00 am Nave
Family Eucharist Rite II 9:15 am St. Bede’s Chapel
Festive Choral Easter Eucharist Rite I 11:00 am Nave
Mosaic Contemporary Liturgy 11:15 am St. Bede’s Chapel
Autry House Eucharist 6:30 pm St. Bede’s Chapel



Palmer Offices Closed

The Palmer staff offices will be closed for Easter on Monday & Tuesday, April 21 & 22. The Way Station will be operational and other campus activities will occur as scheduled.

A Call for Art!

Gifts of the Spirit

In this exhibition we will attempt to inspire through a celebration of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit within us or the Fruits of the Spirit that we seek to reveal through our interpretations. This is a juried exhibit. The juror is Mercedes Fernandez, local artist and muralist.

Palmer Artists may submit up to three images to be considered for this exhibition.


Entries must be sent to palmer.artgallery@gmail.com.

Read all the specific GUIDELINES for art that is to be submitted.



Attention—All Adult Volunteers

All adult volunteers who have any one-on-one contact with parishioners or the community outside of Palmer must be certified in Safeguarding to be eligible for this work. Some volunteers have completed the online application but have not participated in the mandatory three-hour training session while others have not begun the application process.

If you need the training—and that includes those of you who didn’t attend the last full three-hour training—please use your SRS login details to sign up for this upcoming training that will be on Thursday May 1st, from 6 to 9 pm, in room C203.

If you have not started the certification process, please make yourself known to your ministry leader ASAP and e-mail Pamela Harvey at safeguarding@palmerchurch.org with your full name, e-mail address, and telephone number so you can begin the process. If you wait to the last minute there will not be time for you to complete the application before the training takes place.


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Preparations for Holy Week and Easter.

Children’s Choir Hymn Sing on April 30

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What’s better than dinner and a movie?

Dinner and a Hymn Sing, of course! 

Please join the Palmer Children’s Choir for an old-fashioned Hymn Sing
during the Great Wednesday Dinner on April 30 from 6:30–7:00 pm.
The choir will sing a selection of hymn favorites and we hope that you’ll join in!
All free-will donations will go to the Children’s Choir Summer Camp Scholarship Fund
and are greatly appreciated.

Contact Kaci Timmons at ktimmons@palmerchurch.org for more information.


Women of Palmer: Join Us For Our Quarterly Mini-Retreat

Please join us for our 2nd Quarterly “Mini – Retreat” on Saturday, May 10, from 9 am to 12 noon. In response to the Annual Retreat on prayer life, this morning will be devoted to “Prayer and Temperament.” We will take a basic Kiersey-Bates assessment to sort the group by type, spend time on one prayer method that is accessible for all types, and then break into type groups to explore a form of prayer based on your personality.

The retreat is open to all women at Palmer (and their daughters and mothers). There is a text that you may find helpful, but not at all required, called “Prayer and Temperament” by Chester P. Michael and Marie C. Norrisey. You may want your Bible and journal, but we will have Bibles and paper available. Breakfast and childcare will be provided.

Please RSVP to Adrienne Bond at abond@abondlaw.com, if you are interested; we’d like know how many to expect, especially for childcare. Hope to see you there!

Choral Evensong honoring David Ashley White / Sunday, May 18 – 5 pm

Evensong-David Ashley White-May 2014

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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 lshelton@palmerchurch.org for more information.

Palmer Boy Scouts need a parking space

Temporarily, the Boy Scouts have stored their camping equipment in the Palmer basement. The Boy Scouts recently completed a fundraiser to purchase a small trailer (5x8x6’, single-axle, box-trailer) to store and transport camping equipment. Since Palmer has limited parking space, the Boy Scouts need a spot to store their camping trailer, hopefully somewhere not too far from Palmer. Just one parking place is needed on a long-term basis. Is there anyone who would be willing to support the Boy Scouts by offering a parking space? Please contact Palmer Scout Master Darryl Hadsell atdhadsell@bcm.edu or 713.728.0774.

BLAST OFF for VBS 2014!

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Download the VBS Registration Form


A new group forming for those in mourning…

Walking the Mourner’s Path, a small group ministry for those mourning the death of a loved one, will be offered at Palmer again this spring, soon after Easter. Meeting for eight weeks on Tuesday evenings, the faith-based group is open to members of the larger community as well. The group will be led by trained facilitators, Betty Key and Sue Hamblen, and follows a time-proven curriculum. To participate or for additional information, email Betty Key at bettykey@sbcglobal.net or Sue Hamblen at essayhamblen@att.net.


Buenos Dias! I am Burdette Keeland, and I am here to urge you to pull on you work gloves and join us on another Palmer Mission trip to Bolivia this summer.

We will be providing three main services while we are there.

  1. Construction, led by me, with the goal to complete at least one new home for a family in the village.
  2. Medical team, led by Dr. Pamela Ferry, George’s daughter at the nearby clinic.
  3. The Orphanage, where we will be visiting, teaching and supporting both girls and boys.

You have choices each day as to what you will do. This ministry is very dear to my heart; it has brought me closer to my God, myself, many other Palmers, as well as my daughters who have joined us on past Bolivia mission trips. It is a great experience.

We are departing on June 13 and returning June 22. To see if this is the year you will join the Palmer Mission Trip, please contract Burdette Keeland atbwkeeland@gmail.com or George Ferry at gdferry@gmail.com for more information. If you are considering this ministry opportunity, please discuss with Burdette or George soon since they are already making reservations and completing other planning tasks for this trip.

Way Station Volunteers are Needed for Two-Hour Shifts

Way Station volunteers are needed each weekday morning for two hours (10 volunteers) to help us enter data about our guests into portable tablets. Please help us to better know the people we serve and the services we provide so that we can help the City of Houston address the needs of our community’s homeless, hungry, and medically-needy individuals.


Bob Hawley: rcwingz@comcast.net,
Terry Henry: thenry@palmerchurch.org
Rev. Linda Shelton: Lshelton@palmerchurch.org


Do you enjoy the beauty of flowers on the altar?

The beautiful floral arrangements on the altars in the Church and in St. Bede’s Chapel are funded not by an annual operating budget, but through the generous donations of our parish family and Palmer guests. You can enhance the beauty of our glorious worship spaces by contributing $100 for Sunday flowers in the Church or $80 for Sunday flowers in St. Bede’s.

To reserve a date for your Sunday flowers, please visit the Church office or email Michael LaRue at mlarue@palmerchurch.org. We have provided a new sign-up book in the reception area; space is provided for you to include an optional “In Honor of” or “In Memoriam” for a family member or friend, or to celebrate a special day or anniversary. Your words will appear in the Orders of Worship for your reserved Sunday.

Please consider making a donation that will make our sacred surroundings even more beautiful on Sundays.

Adult Formation Offerings for 2014

As we travel into the new and uncharted days and weeks of our New Year, we have much to celebrate and much to do. Coordination and unity, sharing and mission, identity and service are all aspects of the nature of our Communion and Community. We are pleased to offer following spiritual growth opportunities:

View the 2014 Adult Formation Offerings