Worship Schedule Reminders

The summer worship schedule has now officially ended. This Sunday, August 30, we will return to offering three morning worship services in the Church:

7:45 | Holy Eucharist, Rite I, spoken

 9:00 | Holy Eucharist, Rite II, sung

 11:00 | Holy Eucharist, Rite I, sung with incense

What will be slightly different this fall are the options that parents have for their children to experience worship at Palmer. Beginning on Sunday, August 30 “Liturgy Preparation” (a.k.a. Liturgy Prep) with Roger Hutchison, Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life, will be offered in St. Bede’s Chapel at the beginning of both the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. worship services. The Rev. Neil Alan Willard, our Rector, has written to the parents of young Palmers with details about how this will work. Read about those details here.

Parking on Sundays

As a reminder to parishioners, on Sunday mornings you can park for FREE in the basement of the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza building across Cambridge Street from Palmer Church. This courtesy will permit more of our visitors and our members who need closer access to park in the surface lots by our campus. Thank you for your hospitality!

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9th Annual Men’s Retreat

Calling all men! The 9th Annual Men’s Retreat at Laity Lodge (the Frio River Canyon) is Friday, September 11–Sunday, September 13. Our speaker will be author of Jesus My Father, the CIA, and Me, Ian Morgan Cron. The retreat will begin with dinner on Friday at 6:00 pm, and end at 11:00 am Sunday. The cost for the weekend is $240 (2 nights accommodations and 6 meals). Registration for the retreat ends on September 8, 2015.

Register online today: http://www.laitylodge.org/register/PMEC25681.


Changes in Vessel Leadership

Palmer’s Vessel structure, which supports our many, diverse ministries, is undergoing changes in leadership. We thank our Vessel leaders who have served many years as they step aside to take on new challenges at Palmer and welcome those individuals who are taking on new leadership positions in the vessel structure.

The ENCOUNTER Vessel, which supports our worship services and evangelism efforts, will be led by Jeanine Baker and Vestry Member Margie French, with The Rev’d Dub Brooks serving as clergy leader. We thank Danna Kurtin who is stepping aside from her role in Encounter.

The GROW Vessel, which supports our Bible study and formation classes, will be led by Kristie Van Arsdel and Vestry Member Marie Wehrung, with Roger Hutchison serving as staff leader. We thank Bill Robertson, John Wallace, and Father Brooks for their past leadership in Grow.

The SERVE Vessel, which supports our many outreach ministries and pastoral care, will be led by Suzie Dennis and Vestry Member Connie Wallace, with The Rev’d Alex Easley serving as clergy leader. We thank Catherine Thompson, Ken Begalke and The Rev’d Linda Shelton for their past leadership in Serve.

We pray that God will watch over these leaders of the Palmer parish family in their goings out and their comings in and we express our heartfelt thanks for the countless hours they give to our community. Please take the opportunity when you see each of them to offer your own congratulations and thanks.

Star of Hope Ministry Update

Plans are developing. A small team of clergy, staff, and leaders are going to the Star of Hope’s Women and Children’s Transitional Center on Wednesday, September 9 for a tour, followed by a meeting with their Manager of Volunteer Services who will help us learn more about specific volunteer needs and volunteer procedures. If you are interested in serving children or adults in any capacity, you will need to go through Safeguarding training. Please sign up for Palmer’s Safeguarding God’s Children and /or Safeguarding God’s People training sessions. Contact Pam Harvey at safeguarding@palmerchurch.org to register and for information. Go to the Star of Hope website to learn more. Look for specific information in the September 20th Sunday Weekly and come to the 10 am Education Hour on Sunday, September 20 to hear Wes Powell from Star of Hope speak about the Women and Children’s Center and their needs for volunteers. If you want to volunteer, have questions, or feel called to help lead this new ministry, contact Connie Wallace at connieswallace@gmail.com.

Annual Workshops for Youth & Adult Lectors

It is time again for our annual workshops for youth and adult Lectors. The workshops are open to those who presently serve as Lectors and those who would wish to begin service. Lectors are expected to attend one of the workshops in order to remain active in the rotation. Time will be given to various techniques that should be used in reading scriptures in the Nave and in St. Bede’s Chapel, in addition to a practice session where we will read and then receive critiques from others attending the workshop.

Nine workshops are offered during the upcoming weeks:

      • Tuesday, September 1 | 6:00–7:30 pm
      • Sunday, September 6 | 12:15–1:15 pm
      • Wednesday, September 9 | 6:00–7:30 pm
      • Sunday, September 13 | 12:15–1:15 pm
      • Thursday, September 17 | 6:00–7:30 pm
      • Saturday, September 19 | 10:00 am–12:00 noon
      • Tuesday, September 22 | 6:00–7:30 pm
      • Sunday, September 27 | 12:15–1:15 pm
      • Thursday, October 1 | 6:00–7:30 pm

Please respond to Carolyn Baker as to which of the workshops you will attend.
We look forward to seeing you!


Formation Training Weekend with Sharon Ely Pearson

Sharon-PearsonSeptember 11-13, 2015

Friday Evening Keynote
September 11, 2015 | 6:00–7:00 pm | St. Bede’s Chapel
Open to anyone interested in the future of faith formation
Childcare provided

Saturday Morning Teacher Training
September 12, 2015 | 9:00 am–12:00 noon | St. Bede’s Chapel

For all teachers, volunteers, and small group leaders at Palmer
Childcare provided

Currently the Christian Formation Specialist with Church Publishing, Sharon supports congregations through consulting and workshops. Also an editor and writer, she brings new initiatives in formation to the wider church through publications. With over 35 years experience in Christian formation at the local and church-wide level, Sharon was an EfM mentor for 10 years and is a certified Godly Play teacher.

Active in Forma (formerly NAECED), she is a regular contributor to Episcopal Teacher magazine and has had articles published in Episcopal Life, Vestry Papers, and several academic journals. She is the co-editor/author of The Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education, 3rd edition (2009), co-author of Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People (2012), and author of The Episcopal Christian Educator’s Handbook (2013). Sharon lives in Norwalk, CT with husband, John, Shadow the cat, and Chobe, a rescue-lab.

For more information, please contact: Roger Hutchison.


Community of Hope invitation to attend presentation on Contemplative Prayer

The Community of Hope members of Christ the King and Palmer Memorial invite you to join them Thursday, September 10, 6:00-7:30 pm, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, (corner of Greenbriar and Rice University), for a special presentation on CENTERING AND CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER—”Centuries Old Christian Meditative Tradition Is Thriving”—presented by Catholic Deacon Robert Hesse, Ph.D. Join us for a time in a more contemplative, restful mode and allow one of Christianity’s most ancient, authentic and profound prayer practices to heal you with renewed resolve to deepen your spirituality and to grow closer to God. Questions? Contact The Rev’d Linda Shelton lshelton@palmerchurch.org.

Dinner & Discussion Group September 11

Our September get-together will be from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. on the 11th at the home of Betty and Jim Key, 1816 North Boulevard (77098). Dr. Elena Marks, President and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation, will be with us to discuss the current and future work of the Foundation. Please bring “the usual”—a salad, main dish, or dessert to serve six and $2.50 for beverages and hosting expenses. Hope we’ll see you on the 11th!


Great Wednesdays resume September 16

Join us each and every Wednesday…
There is something for everyone!


Great Wednesdays Dinner and Formation Offerings

Since the earliest days, Christians have celebrated Jesus through the sharing of worship, ideas and food. Our Great Wednesdays continue in that tradition of nourishing body, mind and spirit.

Great Wednesdays start again on September 16. The Eucharist begins at 6:00 pm and a celebratory supper will be served from 6:15 to 7 pm. Palmer’s special guest will be Bishop Andy Doyle. As part of that celebration, each person joining us that evening will receive a new Palmer coffee mug to take home. Classes begin the following week.

Consider Great Wednesday to be a midweek spiritual break, a mini-Sabbath. Give yourself, your friends, and family this gift of time. Put it on your weekly schedule. Come for the intimate service, the best meal in town for $5, and the opportunity to learn something new. On Wednesday nights, join us for worship, dinner, and conversation.

View the formation offerings for fall 2015

Safeguarding Certification Classes

Safeguarding Certifications are due for renewal. If you are considering getting involved in outreach, pastoral care or leadership—whether helping deliver Angel Tree gifts at Christmas, volunteering at Yellowstone, Star of Hope, Palmer Place Apartment Ministry, Refugee Ministries, Community of Hope, Stephen Ministry, even serving on the Vestry, you need Safeguarding God’s People training. In fact, every parishioner is encouraged to go through the training to help us all be informed and actively engaged in making Palmer a safe church for all.

The next Safeguarding God’s People class will be Sunday, September 20, in A202 at 11 am. YOU MUST have completed the application before you can get credit for the training. The first step in the application is a five-minute interview to be conducted with Margie French or Pamela Harvey on August 30 or September 6th. A table will be set up in the breezeway, please present yourself if you would like to be Certified OR if you have been identified by your ministry leader as having a Certificate that expires this Fall. Please come to the table to complete the interview.

The next Safeguarding Gods’ Children class will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, September 12, in A101 at 1 pm. Please identify yourself at the table one of those two days if you have been told you need the Certification or if you would like the Certification. If you have any questions please contact safeguarding@palmerchurch.org.

Refugee Ministry Donations

The Refugee Ministry is gearing up to welcome another new family to the United States and Houston. We are not paired with a specific family yet but, in anticipation of that happening in the next few months, we would like to ask for any donations of household furnishings and kitchen items. Please keep us in mind as you clean house, attic, and garage. Contact Frances Vonk if you have any questions—fvonk@yahoo.com or 936.537.5937.

New Gallery: Festival Day 2015

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View the Festival Day 2015 Gallery




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Find YOUR Palmer


Our newest BRIGHT SPOT highlights the
New Orleans Choir Tour 2015.


New Gallery: “Psalms for the City” Opening


View the “Psalms for the City ” gallery.

“Union of Black Episcopalians” Family Fun Fest

Palmers are invited to a “Labor Day Family Fun Fest” complete with carnival games, music, BBQ cook off, and food concessions to benefit the local chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians’ youth missions programs. This special event and fundraiser will be Monday, September 7 from 11 am–4 pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Belfort St. Call 713-446-5756 for information and tickets.

The Parish Retreat is coming…

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Palmer’s Parish Retreat at Camp Allen is scheduled for November 13-15, 2015 and we want YOU to join us for a weekend of fellowship and fun! Situated on 1,100 acres in the serene piney woods of the Navasota area, Camp Allen provides a place to relax, refresh, and refocus.
Details and registration information will be posted soon!

Palmer Place Apartment Ministry needs a Turnover Volunteer

If you are organized and have an eye for everything in its place, Palmer Place Ministry needs you. This volunteer position makes the final check of the apartment after a departing guest check-out but before new guest check-in to ensure that the apartment is properly prepared. Come serve our TMC patients and families; it’s guaranteed to feed your soul. Contact Sandra Begalke, 281.704.8972 or sebegalke@gmail.com.

Join the Holy Spokes in the Tour de Pink 2015

The Holy Spokes, Palmer’s friendly and welcoming cycling group, will ride in the Tour de Pink on Sunday, September 20. The Tour de Pink is a one-day ride supporting breast cancer education and research. It is also one of the best-organized rides in the Houston area and one of two principal rides that Palmer participates in each year.

For beginning riders, the Tour de Pink sponsors training rides each Saturday from August 22 to September 12; for information on these rides, please visit Tour de Pink Training Rides. To join the Holy Spokes as a rider or support them as a contributor, please visit the Holy Spokes Team Page.