“On the Road with the Rector” Series

Friday, January 30 at 9:00 am
Rice University, Fondren Library, Kyle Morrow Room

A lecture sponsored by the Rice Religion and Public Life Program: “Public Religion in America,” with Peggy Edgell, Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.

Read more about the “On the Road” series on Neil’s blog
 



New Vestry Members, Lay Delegates, and Sr. Warden

On Sunday, January 25, the people of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church elected these five members to a three-year term on the Vestry: Ellee de Groot, Courtney Daniell-Knapp, Jim Lober, Marie Wehrung, and Trent Williams. Connie Wallace was elected to assume the third year of an unexpired three-year term. Elected to a two-year term as Lay Delegates to Diocesan Council were Jim Key and Cathy Troisi.

Tim Driggers was asked by the Rev. Neil Alan Willard, Rector, to serve as Palmer’s Senior Warden for 2015, and he has graciously accepted this responsibility.

“For their willingness to serve our congregation, I want to thank both those who were elected and those who appeared with them on the slates for Vestry and Lay Delegates, including Allison Marek, Ann Pittman, Dick Sylvan, Steven Vaughan, Martha Bersch, Dan Cromack, Hal Gordon, and Megan Henry. I hope you’ll express to them your own personal word of thanks for their present leadership and their participation in this election over the weekend. We are blessed to call them sisters and brothers in Christ.”

 
—The Rev. Neil Alan Willard, Rector
 



Loose Change Sunday is February 1

The first Sunday of every month is Loose Change Sunday! Please help support Palmer’s Way Station, our ministry that feeds the hungry a hot breakfast each weekday, by placing your loose change in the straw baskets during the Offertory. Thank you!
 



Safeguarding Classes in February

We have three trainings for Certification in Safeguarding scheduled in February.

Tuesday 3rd February at 6:00 pm in Room A201 for Safeguarding God’s Children
This is applicable for choir interns, scout leaders who’ve not been through the Episcopal training, applicable staff, youth leaders and any Sunday school teachers who are wanting to teach this semester.

Saturday 7th February at 8am in Room A101 for Safeguarding God’s Children
This is applicable for choir interns, scout leaders who’ve not been through the Episcopal training, applicable staff, youth leaders and any Sunday school teachers who are wanting to teach this semester.

Sunday 22nd February at 1 0am in Room A101 for Safeguarding Gods People
This is applicable to any Palmer staff who’ve not taken the training (or Certificate has expired, they last five years), contract guards, sextons, potential new volunteers for ministries and renewals for ministry positions (again the Certification lasts five years only). New vestry members will also need this Certification if they don’t already have it.

Certification starts with e-mailing safeguarding@palmerchurch.org with the applicant’s name, contact e-mail, and cell number. If you’ve not previously informed the Safeguarding administrator of that information please do so to get the Certification started. We are anticipating many applicants for the People training so please provide the information asap.
 



A NEW BRIGHT SPOT is HERE!

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Find YOUR Palmer
BRIGHT SPOT

 
 
 
 

Our newest BRIGHT SPOT highlights the
Hospitality Ministries at Palmer.
 



Come with us to see SELMA on Saturday, February 7

WELMAThe Palmer Young Adults have organized a night at the movies to see SELMA. This event is open to ALL PALMERS and friends of Palmer in preparation for Fr. Neil Alan Willard’s Lenten reflections examining whether or not love really does prevail. We hope that you, your family, and your friends will join us for this powerful multi-generational evening. This event will take place the evening of Saturday, February 7, at 5 p.m. at Sundance Cinema.

Dinner and discussion to follow at Frank’s Pizza, 417 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77002. To RSVP and/or receive updates, please contact Allison Marek at allisonmarek@gmail.com.
 



Way Station Service Project February 8

All Palmer grown-ups and those hoping to be are heartily invited to join the Sunday School classes and Youth of Palmer for a Service Project on February 8th! We will be in the Parish Hall at 10:00 am making sack lunches for the Way Station clients. We are looking for donations of homemade cookies for the project; these can be brought to Parish Hall that morning. If you have often thought “What could I do to help?” this is as about as close as you can get to answering the call “…to be of one mind and do as I have done.” See you at 10:00 a.m. on February 8!
 



A Special Need for February 8!

EAC-eweOne of the largest expenses incurred by the Emergency Aid Coalition on a yearly basis is the purchase of new socks and underwear given to every client who comes for service in the Clothing Center. Every child and adult chooses several outfits and accessories from donated clothing and they are given new socks and new underwear at each visit. Many of the Emergency Aid Coalition 16 member congregations host an “Undie Sunday” where parishioners bring NEW socks and underwear to donate to help defray some of this expense. Men’s, Women’s, or Children’s underwear or socks, any size or style are needed.

Palmer’s “Undie Sunday” will be Sunday, February 8, 2015 and baskets will be provided for the donations. Thanks so much!

Questions? Contact Mary Bradshaw mhbrdh67@gmail.com.
 



Palms for Ashes

Beginning February 1 through February 17, the Altar Guild will be collecting last year’s palms to be burned for ashes to be distributed on Ash Wednesday. The burning will occur on Tuesday, February 17 (Shrove Tuesday) beginning at 5:30 p.m. You may drop the palms into baskets located in the Nave, St. Bede’s Chapel, and the church office. All parishioners are invited to come and observe the burning of the palms and then to attend the Shrove Tuesday supper.
 



Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Shrove Tuesday
 
Join us for pancakes to be served by the Palmer Youth in the Parish Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17. Voluntary proceeds will benefit our Youth Ministry!
 
 
 



Ashes to Go—Ash Wednesday, February 18

They come: they are doctors, students, and policeman on horseback. There are folks with medical appointments and heavy hearts. Their faces light up with this totally unexpected blessing. Sign up to be part of this blessing as we once again stand on the busy corner of Fannin and Cambridge and mark all God’s children. Shifts are one-hour-long starting at 7am. The last shift starts at 5pm. The sign-up sheet is on the Greeters’ Table on Sunday and in the office during the week.

For more info contact Catherine Frazier at rcatherinefrazier@gmail.com or 713.787.6441. To sign-up, contact Michael LaRue, mlarue@palmerchurch.org or 713.529.6196.

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”

 
 



Way Station needs volunteers

The Way Station has a need for volunteers to hand out mail to our guests.  Help is needed from 8:00 am. until 9:30 am., Monday through Friday.  Please call Pat Simmons for details at 713-529-6196.
 



Palmer Holy Spokes: BP MS150 training begins NOW

If you made New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, make new friends, and spend more time experiencing the wonder of God’s creation, the Holy Spokes Cycling Team is for you! The BP MS 150, a two-day bike ride to Austin to raise money for MS research and support, takes place in April. The Holy Spokes training season begins now with a planning meeting this Sunday, January 11 at 6 pm at 503 w 31st. All interested cyclists or wannabes welcome. (It’s not as hard as you think.) For more information, contact Melanie Fahey at melanie.fahey@gmail.com.
 



Adult Formation | Spring 2015

Adult Formation Winter 2015

 
 

View the brochure for more Adult Formation Opportunities for Spring 2015

 



Parents with Young Children—new class on Sundays!

Every Sunday
10:00 Hour in Room A201

An opportunity for parents with young children to gather with other parents and discuss the joys and concerns of raising children and how the Church can play a role in our behaviors, actions and experiences.
 
 



Children’s Choir Rehearsal Schedule

Cherubs (Pre-K&K) / NEW TIME 5-5:30 pm meet in C203 (upstairs classroom)

Boy & Girl Choir (3rd-12th grade trebles) / 5-6 pm meet in the Palmer Choir room

Saint Nicholas (1st and 2nd grade) / 6-6:40 pm meet in C203 (upstairs classroom)

 



Wear hearing aids? Have trouble understanding speakers in the nave? Help is now available!

An audio loop is now working in the Nave which broadcasts the signal from the sound system to hearing aids equipped with a T-Coil. If your hearing aids have a T-Coil setting, switch it ON when you enter the nave. If you are unsure whether or not they do, check with your audiologist. It might be that the T-Coil just needs to be activated. Several people have tested the loop and report significant improvement. Questions or to report success with your hearing aids, please contact Fr. Todd (who has one) or Fr. Price (for technical issues).
 



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.
 



Palmer Young Adults

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, February 7 Movie Night—SELMA
The Palmer Young Adults are organizing a night at the movies to see SELMA. This event is open to ALL PALMERS and friends of Palmer in preparation for Fr. Neil Alan Willard’s Lenten reflections examining whether or not love really does prevail. We hope that you, your family, and your friends will join us for this powerful multi-generational evening. This event will take place the evening of Saturday, February 7, at 5 p.m. at Sundance Cinema. Dinner and discussion to follow at Frank’s Pizza, 417 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77002. To RSVP and/or receive updates, please contact Allison Marek at allisonmarek@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 21 at 10:00am—Service Project at the Emergency Aid Coalition
Come serve with us at the Emergency Aid Coalition’s Third Saturday Workday. For more information or to RSVP, contact Allison Marek at allisonmarek@gmail.com.

Sunday, April 19 at 10:00am—“Relationships: How do we form them, how do we tend to them, and how do they give us meaning?” with guest speaker Adrienne Bond in A202 Logos
Join us for spiritual formation and reflection on the importance of relationships in our young adult lives. For more information or to RSVP, contact Allison Marek at allisonmarek@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 2 at 6:00pm—Game Night at the home of Sarah and Jeremy Breckbill
Bring your favorite game and beverage and enjoy a fun night with fellow PYAs before the busy-ness of the end of spring sets in! For location information and to RSVP, contact Sarah Breckbill at sarah.breckbill@gmail.com.
 
Want to join the mailing list?  Contact Sarah at sarah.breckbill@gmail.com.
Want to connect on Facebook?  Visit www.facebook.com/ palmeryoungadults.
Want to know more?  Contact Allison at allisonmarek@gmail.com.

 



Praise the Spirit—by D.A. White now available

Need a Christmas gift for someone special? We’ve just received a new shipment of the CD, Praise the Spirit: Sacred Music of David Ashley White, sung by Palmer’s Adult Choir that is now available through the Music Department for $10 each. Contact the Music Office directly to reserve your copy 713-529-6196 ext 114.

Other CDs available for purchase are:

    • The Holy Child | Music for Advent and Christmas
    • O Love Divine | Music for Lent and Easter
    • Nearer my God to Thee | Communion anthems, motets and hymns