Covenant Sunday is this weekend

Please take some time to read and pray about the Stewardship materials you should have received in the mail recently. Then, bring your completed pledge form with you to worship on Covenant Sunday, October 26, at 7:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. The 10:00 a.m. service will combine the rest of our regular morning services and be followed by Palmer’s Fall Festival. In light of Fall Festival there will be NO Sunday School.

Covenant Sunday & Fall Festival–October 26

Please join us in celebrating
the arrival of Fall and
the blessing of community at the

Palmer Church

Fall Festival


Bring your family to the 10 am service and stay for food, games, and door prizes on the patio immediately following this service!

(Wear comfortable clothing.)


There will be two Eucharists offered this morning at 7:45 & 10:00 am in the Church.



Garland and wreath orders for church pickup are due THIS Sunday!

Purchase your Christmas garland and wreaths from usYes, it’s almost the season…Decorate your doors with wreaths…Fill your house with the scent of fresh fir garland! Want one delivered to a family member or friend? We can take that order and ship directly for delivery on the date you select. For pick up at the church on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, we are offering:

  • A North Carolina Fraser fir 22” wreath with bow for $30
  • A North Carolina Fraser fir 28” wreath with bow for $35
  • A 25-foot North Carolina Fraser fir garland for $40

The orders for garland and wreaths to be picked up at Palmer
must be made NO LATER THAN Sunday, October 26!

If you want a wreath shipped, we are offering a 24” wreath with bow for $45.
Sales run through Sunday, November 23.

See us in the breezeway on Sundays after the morning services. Thank you for your support!

Visit the Mini Artisans’ Market during the Fall Festival

Palmer Creative Artists Community

Mini Artisans’ Market
Sunday, October 26
9:00 am–1:00 pm (during the Fall Festival)
Handcrafted items just in time for holiday giving!
Also, don’t forget to visit the art exhibit “All Things Bright and Beautiful” that will run through November 7, 2014 in the Fra Angelico Art Gallery, located in the hallway on the north side of the campus.

A Night of Scenes from Musical Theatre & Operettas

Several Palmer Choir members will be performing songs and scenes from musical theatre and operettas this weekend at Cullen Hall on the campus of the University of St. Thomas, 4001 Mt. Vernon. Shows are Friday and Saturday nights, October 24 and 25 at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoon, October 26 at 3:00 pm. Those singing include Alexandra Summerour, Bethany Goldson, Mohammad Salman, Megan Vaughn, Katherine Glinka, Cristina Amaro, and Luisana Rivas. Dr. Brady Knapp is Musical Director. The performances are choreographed and staged by Debra Dickinson and stage managed by Johnna Kincaid. Come support these talented students! Great, FREE family entertainment!

Call for nominations to your Palmy 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

Palmer Downtown Lunch / October 27

Please join us at noon on Monday, October 27 for our monthly lunchtime gathering of Palmers in the downtown area. The gathering is held at Treebeard’s inside Christ Church Cathedral. Just look for the reserved Palmer tables in the back. Contact Tom Van Arsdel or George Webb for further information. See you there!

All Souls’ Day Eucharists—Monday, November 3

Monday, November 3 at 12 Noon and 5:30 PM

Please join us for one of two special All Souls’ Day services in the Palmer Columbarium as we remember and celebrate the lives of our loved ones who have gone before. On-street parking will be available for the 12 Noon service.

A Letter to the Parish from Greg Hambrick, Sr. Warden

Dear Palmers:

Many of you are aware of recent news accounts in the city about the increasing use of “synthetic marijuana,” referred to commonly as “kush.” “Kush” and other such drugs are relevant to Palmer in that the use of these substances amongst the homeless and other street people has increased dramatically in the last several months according to City of Houston officials and the Houston Police Department (HPD), with whom we have been in close communication. This drug is very inexpensive and many forms have been legal in Houston until just recently when the City Council passed an ordinance that would broadly make these drugs illegal in our city.

HPD reports to us that the behaviors of those using these drugs are becoming more aggressive, resulting in an alarming increase in the rate of reported incidents in our neighborhood, primarily in Hermann Park. As a result, HPD has been enforcing the existing 11:00 p.m. park curfew more vigorously. With that enforcement, we have seen a large increase in the number of people camping out at night on our campus. People have periodically slept on or around our campus for many years without incident. In recent months, however, we have seen increased evidence of very risky behaviors that put our campus at physical risk. Small fires have been set near the church, graffiti has been painted on the buildings, and human excrement can be found on nearly a daily basis. The fires have been set to ward off insects but imperil our buildings. This creates a risk we cannot afford to bear.

We have been advised by HPD to post our property with “no trespassing” signs to protect the campus and give them the authority to enforce trespassing violations at night. The Vestry has discussed this issue at length and with some sadness has agreed to take the advice of HPD and post the property. We have the assurance of the police that they will use their utmost discretion and consideration in dealing with this issue and not arrest anyone unless absolutely necessary. The Way Station, our ministry to the homeless, will be informing guests about the church’s policy in hopes they will voluntarily not camp here at night.

The signs will be as discreet as possible and still comply with city ordinances. Please know that we will continue to make Palmer a welcoming place while prudently protecting our campus. This is obviously a dilemma for the church as we welcome and minister to the homeless and yet have to realistically deal with events that pose a threat to the campus.

Over the coming weeks, we will be hosting several forums in which homeless experts from the City of Houston will speak to us about these recent events as well as the city’s homeless strategy going forward. We have established a good rapport with these officials and are pleased with their responsiveness to our concerns. Please look for coming announcements about these meetings. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Greg Hambrick


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Blood Urgently Needed

One of our Palmer Medical Center patients has reached a critical point in his recovery. He has been receiving blood transfusions and has almost met his limit. Replacement blood is needed. If you are able and willing, please donate blood (any type) for him. The easiest place is at 2555 Holly Hall. Please call the church office for the pertinent information if you can donate, 713-529-6196. Thank you so much!

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

All Things Bright & Beautiful

The new art exhibit “All Things Bright and Beautiful” opens September 26 and runs through November 7, 2014. Please join us at a reception honoring participating artists on Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:00 to 8:00 in the evening at Fra Angelico Art Gallery located in the hallway on the north side of the campus.

Palmer Financial Ministry Need

Several Palmer ministries would like to be able to accept credit cards for fundraising activities. This option to our online capabilities is possible. However, to make the mobile card reader work, we are in need of a “smart device”, preferably an iPad.

If anyone has a slightly used, functioning iPad (version 2 or above) that would be willing to donate it to Palmer, we can move forward with this online option. Oh yes—your donation would be tax deductible! Please contact Tom Matchett.


Refugee Resettlement Ministry

We are preparing to sponsor and welcome a new refugee family to Houston. Through your donations, we will furnish an apartment and we invite you to join in the excitement and joy as we move items, welcome the family, and introduce them to Houston, their new home. To participate, contact Frances Vonk, For more information, please visit Palmer’s Refugee Resettlement Ministry page.

When was the last time YOU looked?

There has been so much good news at Palmer recently!
When was the last time you viewed our online galleries?

We have blessed animals, celebrated the Institution of The Rev’d Neil Willard—
and so much more!
So, take a look TODAY…

Palmer Galleries


Annual Roy C. Jones Requiem Eucharist

The Annual Roy C. Jones Memorial Requiem Eucharist will take place on Sunday, November 16, within the 11 am service. It is Palmer’s tradition to include the names of departed souls in the 11 am order of service. If you would like to submit names, please send to Dustin Jesudason at by Wednesday, November 12.

“Blessing of the Animals” gallery!

View all of the blessings here!

Palmer Young Adults

Friday, October 24

6:00 p.m.
D&T Drive In (1307 Enid St)