Kids4Peace comes to Palmer on August 14!

Please join us Friday, August 14, for lunch and music as Kids4Peace comes to Palmer Church. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Parish Hall. At noon, this special group of young people will present a concert in the Nave. Kids4Peace is an interfaith program that brings together Christian, Jewish, and Muslim children from the Holy Land and the United States to take part in summer camps. This year’s summer camp will use art and music to help the youths understand and express ideas around identity, relationships, and social justice.

“Psalms for the City” Art Show & Reception

Palmer artists will be participating in a multi-site art show, Psalms for the City, from August 15-September 27. Please join us on Saturday, August 15, in a reception at Palmer from 4-6 pm to celebrate the opening of this new exhibit in our Fra Angelico Gallery. Other participating churches will host receptions that day as well—The Vineyard Church of Houston from 3-5 pm and Ecclesia from 2-4. For directions and more information about these receptions and exhibits, check out

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

Dinner & Discussion annual planning event—Saturday, August 15

Everyone interested in the monthly Dinner and Discussion gatherings that take place on the second Fridays is urged to come to the annual planning meeting on August 15. It will take place at Joyce Dutcher’s Galveston beach house, 13634 San Domingo in Pirates Beach – Beachside (Galveston 77554). We will gather about 4:00, do our planning, and then make a meal of the salads, main dishes, or desserts we’ve all brought. All are welcome. If you’d like more information, call Mary Tobin at 713.668-8308.

Festival Day is August 23!

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Join us on August 23 as we gather to worship, to discover opportunities at Palmer, and to celebrate who and whose we are.

Palmer fellowship and food will abound. Bring your family! Bring a friend! Come to learn and have fun. More details coming soon.

The Palmer Choir sings at Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans

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July 2015

View a rehearsal clip from this amazing tour

Be sure to see this clip as well!

Enjoy photos from this event

NEW Gallery: VBS 2015 | The VERY BIG Story

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See what everyone was smiling about!

Join the Holy Spokes in the Tour de Pink

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. To join the Holy Spokes as a rider or support them as a contributor, please visit the Holy Spokes Team Page.


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Our newest BRIGHT SPOT highlights
The Order of the Daughters of the King.

VBS for Grown-Ups —Summer Reading

Beginning at 9 am on Sunday June 21, please come to Summer Reading, or Grown-Up’s VBS. Are there books—fiction or otherwise—that prompt questions that you have asked in prayer, or dilemmas that you have held in your heart?

Adrienne Bond and Allen Sparkman have made a list of their favorite summer reading and will look at two books each Sunday, giving a synopsis (but NOT giving away any good endings), reading their favorite parts, and looking at Bible passages that are illustrated/implicated. After the first class, class participants will be encouraged to bring books for “Show and Tell.”

Topics will include:

  • Choosing Faith and Love
  • Our Jewish Heritage-Ancients Laws and Ancient Angels
  • Justice in Unlikely Sources
  • Animals Make us Human
  • Vacation Treats—New Mexico
  • Vacation Treats—Colorado
  • Literature of the Oppressed (Reader’s choice—Native American or Irish?).

    We will have coffee and a lively discussion. Come join the summer fun!

    The class will run June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 28, August 9 and August 16. Location is TBA.

  • Youth Task Force Update

    Youth Task Force: Courtney Daniell-Knapp, chair, Jennifer Enos, Margie French, Megan Henry, Stuart Kensinger, Betty Key, Sasha McLean, Emily Meyers, Kristie Van Arsdel, Steven Vaughan, and Olivia Wehrung.

    Eleven parents, grandparents and professionals who work with youth are serving on behalf of the parish on the Youth Task Force. The aim of the Youth Task Force is two-fold: we will support Roger Hutchison in his first year of ministry at Palmer and we will will work together with Roger to define the best leadership model for youth and identify a future leader or leaders. Our role this summer is hosting events to introduce Roger to the parish and provide support for VBS as well as recruitment of youth Sunday school teachers and EYC leaders. We want to offer Roger the time to “live into” Palmer’s programs before making any decisions about future leadership structure or leadership.

    Our initial meeting allowed us to review the Diocesan Assessment which identified both positive factors and challenges to the youth and children’s programs at Palmer. Despite the challenges that exist, the tone of those who participated in the survey and interviews is hopeful. It was noted that Palmer is poised for renewed health and strength in its children’s and youth programs. We are thrilled to welcome Roger to the staff and look forward to working with him this year to bring about positive changes. Please contact Courtney Daniell-Knapp with any questions,

    Report from the Finance Chair

    Through May of 2015 Palmer has operated at a modest deficit. This was anticipated as we began the year with a need for additional pledge income to balance the budget. You can assist in the financial support for all we do by:

    1. Becoming or staying current with your pledge.

    2. Considering an increase in your pledge if you have been financially blessed this year.

    3. Encouraging others to join our parish as pledging members.

    The details of our 2015 financials through May can be reviewed on the Palmer website by clicking here.

    — Dick Viebig

    Lions and tigers and… Palmer Staff?

    Can you guess where the Palmer Staff met for their recent Staff Development meeting?

    Read Fr. Willard’s remarks — Haiku Friday: Team Building.


    Financial Notes: Summer Giving

    This summer, if you can’t make it to church due to travel or other commitments, we encourage you to automate your regular donations. Palmer relies on the consistent financial support of the congregation and electronic giving offers an easy way to give on a recurring basis. Simply visit, locate the MyPalmer link for recurring donations or the Giving link for one time gifts. We thank you for your continued support! Did you know you can view your contribution report on MyPalmer? Please let Tom Matchett know at if you have any questions about giving to Palmer.

    Summer Schedule: Sunday Worship & Office Hours

    To bring us together in the summer and also to permit us to be better stewards of our resources, through August 23 (Festival Day), we will observe two worship times on Sunday morning: 8:00 AM (Rite I) and 10:00 AM (Rite II). Please join us during the summer at one (or both!) of these times. Additionally, Palmer staff hours have now switched to summer office hours: Monday–Thursday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Regular office hours will resume September 8.

    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 August 28, 2015. Register online today:

    Costa Rica Mission Team photo gallery & blog

    Read a blog of this mission by Paul Spellings.

    Here are our Heroes in Hardhats:



    Save the Date for the Palmer Women’s Retreat January 29–31 at Camp Allen!

    Ladies, put this on your family and work calendars now! Bishop Geralyn Wolf will be leading us in a retreat on “Forgiveness and Freedom in Christ”. Bishop Wolf has served the Episcopal Church in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Rhode Island. For further information contact Jeanine Baker ( or Laura Van Ness (

    Do you enjoy the beauty of flowers on the altar?

    The beautiful floral arrangements on the Altars in the Nave 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 Nave or $80 for flowers in St. Bede’s Chapel or the Columbarium. To reserve a date for your Sunday flowers, please visit the Church office or email Michael LaRue. 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 enhance our beautiful and sacred surroundings even more on Sundays.

    New Gallery: Fra Angelio | “Growth”

    Palmer Creative Artists Community

    “Growth,”a new exhibition of paintings, photographs, and textiles, is currently on display in the Fra Angelico Gallery and will run May 16 until July 31.

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