Dinner & Discussion February 12

The Friday Dinner and Discussion gathering for February will be on the 12th from 7:00 to 9:30 at the home of Mary and Ron Robins, 2113 Albans (77005). We’ll have an opportunity to hear the Rev. Dr. Henry Strobel’s reflections on his many years of taking Univ. of Texas Health Science Center medical students to China.

Everyone is welcome; there is no need to RSVP. Each person comes with a salad, main dish, or dessert to serve six and $2.50 for beverages and hosting expenses. If you would like more information, call Mary Tobin at 713-668-8308.
 



Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross is a devotion that goes back to the 4th century, when Christian pilgrims would retrace the route that Jesus took on his way to Golgotha. When the Muslims captured Jerusalem, the Medieval Church adapted the Stations so that worshippers could walk the Way of the Cross in their own churches. This year, during Lent, all who desire to participate in this ancient rite can walk the fourteen Stations of the Cross every Friday at noon in the nave of Palmer Church. Parishioners are warmly invited to take part, especially if you have never included the Stations of the Cross in your Lenten observances before. This devotion is a powerful reminder that we, as Christians, have been bought at a dear price.
 



Lenten Organ Concerts | 2016

Palmer Lenten Organ Concerts 2016

 



Christian Education | Spring 2016

Christian Education is at the very heart of the church and should be a lifelong quest to explore one’s faith and grow closer to God. Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church is committed to promoting the spiritual growth of all ages. We offer a variety of classes, retreats and activities all of which are geared toward enhancing one’s faith and providing spiritual enrichment. We want members and visitors alike to be nurtured in their beliefs, grow in their knowledge and be inspired to live faithfully and joyfully. We believe Christian Education occurs not only in the classroom but is also part of everything we do….it is in our worship, in our outreach efforts and in our fellowship with one another. All are welcome to join us in any of our education programs—as seekers, teachers or both!

Please join us on Sunday for these small group Christian Formation offerings. We will start promptly at 10:15 am and be finished by 10:50 am. We look forward to being with you. See the section titled “Formation Offerings | Spring 2016” to read descriptions about each offering.
 



Intermediate & Jr. High Retreat at Camp Allen | February 19–21

Intermediate and Junior High Retreat at Camp Allen
February 19-21, 2016

The Episcopal Diocese of Texas Intermediate and Jr. High Retreats at Camp Allen is a time for youth (grades 4–6 and grades 6–8) to break free in the middle of the year and relax, play, worship, laugh and draw near to God. Palmer’s own Roger Hutchison is serving as the co-coordinator of the Jr. High Retreat and hopes to bring a strong group from Palmer for both retreats.

Please register today! Deadline is February 12, 2016 .

Intermediate Retreat:   http://www.epicenter.org/event/575375-2016-02-19-intermediate-retreat-2016/
Junior High Retreat:   http://www.epicenter.org/event/575413-2016-02-19-junior-high-retreat/

Once you register through the diocese, please let Roger know that you have registered by emailing him at rwhutchison@nullpalmerchurch.org.
 



Introduction to Contemplative Prayer | February 24

Introduction to Contemplative Prayer
February 24, 2016
7:15-8:30 pm
Holy Cross Chapel

Be still, and know that I am God”  —Psalm 46:10

Here God is inviting us into a silence and stillness that can—if we let it—draw us more and more deeply into the One who is already and always calling to us out of Love. In this class we will explore a prayer practice called Centering Prayer that fosters this letting go into God. Facilitated by Shirley Burgher, longtime teacher of Centering Prayer at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Kit Wallingford.
 



New to Palmer? Join this class!

New to Palmer? Wanting to learn more about us? The Connections Class for this semester has recently started! The class is a great way to deepen your appreciation of Palmer and the Episcopal faith and to form lasting relationships with other participants in the group. The class meets on Wednesday at 7:15 pm, in Room A201, and will continue (with several weeks off for Ash Wednesday, HISD Spring Break, Holy Week and Easter Week) through April 6. Welcome!
 



Grief Support | Walking the Mourners’ Path

An eight-week Christ-centered small group for those who are mourning the death of a loved one, facilitated by Betty Key, Jeanine Baker and the Rev’d Linda Shelton, will begin a new session in late February. Sessions follow a proven curriculum and participation is open to those in the larger community. Please contact Linda Shelton / lshelton@nullpalmerchurch.org or 713-529-6196×116 for more information.
 



Our new Sacred Arts Room

Palmer now has a new room that is dedicated to the creative arts—a space to be used by people of all ages! It is called the “Palmer Sacred Arts Room”. It is located in the large room next to the Nursery and Toddler Rooms. The first opportunity to be in this space begins this evening with the kick-off of Painting the Psalms—a Great Wednesday class that is being led by The Rev’d Neil Willard and Roger Hutchison. This class will explore the Psalms in a way that intertwines the creative arts and the beauty of poetry. Please come to see this special space!

 



Yellowstone Sunday | February 21

The next Yellowstone Sunday is February 21. On the third Sunday of each month we ask that you remember the students and bring donations of individually wrapped snacks, crackers, cookies, or goldfish to benefit the school. We are focusing on a different type of snack food item each month to help focus our efforts and make it easier for you to remember. A schedule will be coming out soon with more details! Please contact Jane Strickland at jane33strickland@nullicloud.com for more information.
 



“Undie Sunday”

“Undie Sunday” for Emergency Aid Coalition is March 6th. As a member of the Emergency Aid Coalition, Palmer is hosting an “Undie Sunday” asking parishioners to bring NEW socks and underwear to donate to EAC. Men’s, women’s or children’s underwear or socks, any size or style, are needed. Bring your gifts of new “undies” Sunday, March 6th and baskets will be provided for the donations. Thanks so much! Questions? Contact Mary Bradshaw mhbrdh67@nullgmail.com or Tim Raymond timraymond@nulloutlook.com, our EAC board representatives.
 



New Gallery | Women’s Retreat 2016

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View our photos from the 2016 Women’s Retreat at Camp Allen

 



2016 Stewardship Campaign

Your pledged contributions are making a difference! As of January 27, a total of 306 pledges ($1,632,788) have been submitted, including many who responded with increased pledges. We are now just $23,595 away from meeting our budget requirement for 2016. Each and every pledge is important in closing this remaining gap completely. We truly appreciate the generosity of all who have pledged.

The Finance Committee is planning to finalize a balanced budget in just 2 weeks. To those who still have not pledged, now is the time. Please turn in your 2016 pledge this week to Tom Matchett, our financial manager in the church office. You can:

  • Mail your pledge to Tom’s attention at Palmer.
  • Send via email to tmatchett@nullpalmerchurch.org
  • Call via a confidential voicemail at 713-529-6196 (extension 111).
  • Log into your MyPalmer account online at http://palmerchurch.org/mypalmer/ and complete the info there. Quick and easy!

Please help us push our pledge campaign over the finish line. Thank you for your generosity and, most of all, thank you for being part of our church family at Palmer.

 



Christian Education | Sunday Offerings

Christian Education is at the very heart of the church and should be a lifelong quest to explore one’s faith and grow closer to God. Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church is committed to promoting the spiritual growth of all ages. We offer a variety of classes, retreats and activities all of which are geared toward enhancing one’s faith and providing spiritual enrichment. We want members and visitors alike to be nurtured in their beliefs, grow in their knowledge and be inspired to live faithfully and joyfully. We believe Christian Education occurs not only in the classroom but is also part of everything we do….it is in our worship, in our Outreach efforts and in our fellowship with one another. All are welcome to join us in any of our education programs—as seekers, teachers, or both!

Please join us on Sunday for these small group Christian Formation offerings. We will start promptly at 10:15 am and be finished by 10:50 am. We look forward to being with you.

THE RECTOR’S FORUM (Parish Hall)
Join us on Sunday as The Rev’d Neil Willard talks with Roger Hutchison, Palmer’s Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life about Roger’s own personal and spiritual journey as a lay professional in the church, artist, writer, husband, and father.

ACTS (The Family Room)
The Explosion of Faith and the Saga of Peter, Paul, Philip, Barnabas, Thomas, and others who helped spread the Gospel in the early decades after the life of Jesus. The course will begin with Acts and occasionally detour to consider one or more of Paul’s letters, the reputed work of Thomas, and other New Testament writings. The course will be taught on Sunday mornings and will be led by Allen Sparkman with assistance from The Rev’d Dub Brooks and Jim Key.

*Please note: The Parents of Young Children Class will not be meeting this Sunday as a majority of the class will be attending the Palmer Women’s Retreat. This class will resume meeting the following week.
 



Financial Notes

A small quantity of boxed 2016 offering envelopes are available. If you are a cash contributor and would like envelopes for making your donations to Palmer, please send me an email to Tom Matchett (tmatchett@nullpalmerchurch.org) and he will leave you a set in the church office. Thanks for your support for Palmer Church.
 



A new BRIGHT SPOT is HERE!

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Find YOUR Palmer
TODAY!

 

Our newest BRIGHT SPOT highlights

“Miss Angel Tree Lady”.

 
 
 



Palmer Inter-Generational Costa Rica Mission Trip 2016

Consider the Palmer Inter-Generational Costa Rica Mission Trip in your 2016 Plans… As you start making 2016 plans at the end of the year, please consider including the Palmer Costa Rica mission trip next year. Here are the key planning information you will need:

DATE: May 28–June 4, 2016

WHO: Adults, high schoolers, and 6–8th graders if accompanied by a parent.

COST: $400-$500 for airfare (assuming early booking on Southwest) + approx. $600 for accommodations/meals and local transportation (per person).

HOSTED BY: The local community and the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Costa Rica at the diocesan house in San Jose. QUESTIONS: Please ask Roger Hutchinson, Alex Easley, George Ferry, or someone from this year’s mission trip, Burdette Keeland, Bob Ittner, Cindi Tharpe, Abigail Butler, Scott Follmar, Lynn Morstead, Kip Krause.
 



Media Ministry volunteers needed

Help is needed controlling the sound and video systems in the Nave, St. Bede’s Chapel, and the Parish Hall for worship and special events throughout the week. If you enjoy working with technology, all the necessary AV training will be provided. Students will be paid for their time. We also greatly need a volunteer to schedule the AV people for services as well as meetings. Contact Len Wehrung ( lwehrung@nullsbcglobal.net) for more information.
 



Unity in Mission Report & Recommendation on Same-Gender Marriage

Below are documents that relate to Palmer’s Unity in Mission Task Force, which was appointed by the Rector in 2015 to create a discernment and recommendation process about same-gender marriage, following guidelines established by the Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. The report of this eight-member task force recommended unanimously to the Rector and Vestry that Palmer embrace the celebration and blessing of same-gender marriages. The Vestry has affirmed this recommendation, and Bishop Doyle has since granted his permission for those marriages to be conducted at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church.
 

The Rector’s Report and Unity in Mission

The Rector’s Letter to the Bishop

The Senior Warden’s Letter to the Bishop

Unity in Mission Task Force Report and Recommendation

Understanding Diverse Perspectives on Same-Gender Marriage

Why People Are Opposed to Gay Marriage

Conversation Guidelines

Brief Summary of Positions on Same-Gender Marriage

Unity in Mission Summary


 



Acolytes

We would like to invite anyone middle school age to adults of any age to join the Acolyte Guild to serve at the 11:00 A.M service. Acolytes carry the processional cross or torches, light candles, and assist the priest or deacon in preparing the Altar for the Eucharist. With a little additional experience and training acolytes can also be thurifer (incense). Scheduling may be every three or four weeks, but can be less frequent if that suits your schedule better.

You should have the physical ability to carry a cross (about 6 pounds) as you walk up and down the steps. Informal on-the-job training as well as written instructions are provided. Contact Victor Lamas (jvlama1@nullgmail.com) or Glenn Turner (glenn.turner@nulllive.com.)