Houston Ground Angels

This terrific organization is seeking volunteer drivers for missions between Houston area airports and the Texas Medical Center hotels and hospitals. To learn more, see www.houstongroundangels.org or call Mary Hutto at 832-301-2816.

Support the Women’s Retreat Program

Shopping Night: Join us on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for a Shopping Night at Ten Thousand Villages, 2424A Rice Boulevard in Rice Village. Fifteen percent of net sales during the Shopping Night will be donated to the Women’s Retreat scholarship fund. Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit, self-supporting, non-governmental, and fair-trade organization, designed to benefit artisans—not to maximize profits. They market handmade products (jewelry, toys, musical instruments, household accessories, and holiday décor) from artisans in low-income countries and provide consumers around the world with products that have been fairly purchased from sustainable resources. Gift wrapping will be available. Contact Cathy Troisi at ctroisi@gmail.com for more information.

Christmas Wreaths: You can still order mail delivery of a 24″ wreath with bow for $45 (including shipping) for you or friend or family member until Sunday, November 23. Yes, it’s almost the Christmas season! Decorate your doors with wreaths! See us in the breezeway on Sundays after the morning services. Order forms can be obtained online by clicking here or at our table in the breezeway. Thank you for your support!

Meet on the Patio this Sunday

Please join us after the eleven o’clock service for Meet on the Patio. This is a time for fellowship and community in the glorious autumn weather. This Sunday our host will be the Altar Guild. The Altar Guild prepares the church for our worship services, including the items used during the celebration of the Eucharist.

Call for nominations to your Palmer 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 tghambrickjr@yahoo.com.

Palmer Young Adults


Sunday, November 9
7:00 p.m.
Sarah Breckbill’s Home
Celebrate Thanksgiving early! Bring a dish to share, and relax around the dinner table with old friends and new. Please RSVP to sarah.breckbill@gmail.com by Friday, November 7; Sarah will share her home address via e-mail. Bring your spouse/kids/friends!

Friday, November 21
6:00 p.m.
Double Trouble (3622 Main St.)
Celebrate the end of the work week with an evening of fellowship with your fellow young adults at Double Trouble.

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!

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.

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 djesudason@palmerchurch.org by Wednesday, November 12.

View the invitation for this event


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 ctroisi@gmail.com.

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, fvonk@yahoo.com. 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


“Blessing of the Animals” gallery!

View all of the blessings here!

Women’s Retreat—Paths to the Center: Tools for Everyday Spirituality

The women of Palmer are invited to a retreat on January 30–February 1, 2015 at Camp Allen. The retreat will be facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Jane Tomaine, a priest and retreat leader in the Diocese of Newark, New Jersey and the author of St. Benedict’s Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living (Morehouse 2005). This will be a great weekend to center our lives on Christ, to renew friendships, and to make new friends in the relaxed setting of Camp Allen.

The registration fee is $225 (double room, meals, program) or $325 for a single room (plus meals and program), if available. If all rooms at Camp Allen are reserved, single rooms will be available at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Navasota ($125 for meals and program plus the cost of the room). Scholarships are available. Registration will begin on November 2.

See more details about this fabulous weekend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Adult Formation Offerings | Fall 2014

Our autumn Adult Formation offerings are intended to bridge our personal worlds and concerns to a larger world. If we allow it in the process, we just might be bound together in bonds of discovery. We may find that our own individual images have an essential part of a Greater Whole, a comprehensive life that invites us to newness of life and ministry. Uniting us in exploration of faith is part of the formation of discipleship. Gathering our uncertainties into a generous obedience in friendship is a sure result of giving oneself to study, prayer and community…All these are part of Adult Formation at Palmer.

Jesus gathered friends before. He does so still for the same purpose: To enlighten and ignite the world in Spirit. Let us be those who go in his Name joyfully!

View the adult classes we are offering from September through December 2014.