It’s time to register your children for Sunday School

“Let the Sunday school for the children teach Christ first, Christ last, Christ in the middle, Christ all the time…”

— Stephen Higginson Tyng, Jr.

The 2014 Children’s 2nd Story Sunday School Program promises another exciting and refreshing year with our “Living the Good News” curriculum. This lectionary-based program ties together lessons learned both in the classroom and in worship, uniting the whole family’s Sunday experience. It offers learning experiences through arts, crafts, movement, music and lots of interaction. For more information, contact Kaci Timmons. You can also review the curriculum by visiting

Sunday School begins on September 7, 2014 in Holy Cross Chapel.
Download the Registration Form today!


Palmer Men’s Retreat September 19–21

8th Annual Palmer Men’s Retreat

Laity Lodge

Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21, 2014

Calling ALL men! The 8th Annual Men’s Retreat at Laity Lodge (the Frio River Canyon) is Friday, September 19 – Sunday, September 21. Our speaker will be The Rev’d Dr. Roger Paynter. The retreat will begin with dinner on Friday at 6:00 pm, and end at 11:00 am Sunday. Fr. Neil Willard will be attending! Come and get to know him in a casual setting. The cost for the weekend is $240 (2 nights accommodations and 6 meals). Registration for the retreat ends on September 5, 2014. REGISTER ONLINE TODAY! / VIEW the RETREAT BROCHURE!

Girl Scouts “Adopt-a-Pot” Program

Calling all Palmer families! For our Silver Award project, the Senior Girl Scouts of Palmer have been beautifying the grounds so that our church is more attractive to everyone. To help achieve this goal, we are starting a program called Adopt-A-Pot, in which any family can sponsor a pot on the patio and plant lovely flowers in it. Each family will also be given a sign to place in the pot on which they can paint their family’s name. For families who would like to participate, each big pot will cost $50 to $100, depending on the type of plants the family chooses to buy, and each small pot will cost $25 to $75. Paint, signs, stencils, and flowers will be provided with the purchase, and planting will take place on September 6 or 13. The Scouts will have an Adopt-A-Pot table on Rally Day, so come on out and sponsor your very own!

Annual Workshops for Youth & Adult Lectors

It is time again for our annual workshops for youth and for 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. Eight workshops are offered during the upcoming weeks:

  • Saturday, September 6, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
  • Wednesday, September 10, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
  • Thursday, September 25, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 1, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon

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

Autry House needs YOU!

Autry House is gearing up for the Fall! We are deeply grateful to all the men and women who undertook the responsibility of cooking for college kids during the 2013-14 school year! We’re also in the market for new folks who are willing to commit to making and serving dinner on a Sunday evening once every six weeks or so for 10-15 Rice students. If you feel called to provide a meal for grateful, hungry, quirky, smart, college students, please contact Kathy Fields at; or via the telephone at 832.724.2524.

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 14. The Tour de Pink is a one-day ride supporting breast cancer education and research and is one of two principal rides that Palmer participates in each year. It is known as one of the best-organized rides in the Houston area.

To join the Holy Spokes as a rider or support them as a contributor, please visit the Holy Spokes team page today!


Take a fresh LOOK at Palmer!

When was the last time you viewed our galleries?
So much is going on at Palmer…

Why don’t you take a look today?



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Find YOUR Palmer


Our newest BRIGHT SPOT highlights the
Palmer Lectors.

Palmer’s New “Summertime” Art Exhibit

Summertime,” the new Art Exhibit at Fra Angelico Art Gallery opens August 8 and runs through September 18. Treat your eyes to beautiful art by fellow Palmer artists. The gallery is located in the first floor hallway on the North Side of the Campus.


Preview the Gallery here!


Change in Needs of Central American Immigrants and Unaccompanied Children

Significant changes occurred this week as the outreach efforts at churches along the border towns saw a sudden decrease in the number of arriving Central American immigrants seeking asylum.

Changes in detention sites were made this week by government programs, including closing of some detention sites and opening others in different locations, and  may be the reason for this change. Other possibilities may include extreme temperatures in the desert preventing travel, word reaching immigrants of detention upon arrival, etc.

At this time, we are being asked to stop sending donations of goods, financial contributions, and mission teams. Generous donations of needed goods are in supply at this time should the need for them re-occur.

Pro-bono Legal Services, advocacy and post-release services are still needed:

See Episcopal Migration Ministries’ just released information sheet: How You Can Help: Central American Child Asylum Seekers Crisis

Pro-bono Legal Services:

Legal representation for the asylum seekers is needed and training is being provided for those attorneys who are willing to provide pro-bono services. Contact parishioner Adrienne Bond  for more information.

Questions regarding advocacy, foster care and other post-release services:

Contact Linda Shelton, Diocesan Liaison for Refugee Ministry,

Other Resources:

Episcopal Migration Ministries Backgrounder: EMM How You Can Help (UAC)

This paper has information on the position of the Episcopal Church for advocacy on behalf of the children.

EPPN—Episcopal Public Policy Network

EMM—Episcopal Migration Ministries

Thank you for your continued interest and prayers for these children and all immigrants and refugees from violence and persecution around the world.
The Rev. Linda Shelton
Deacon, Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church   713-529-619 6×116
Also see previous news items:

Churches Respond to Central American Children Seeking Refuge at Border

Humanitarian concerns for unaccompanied children & other immigrants

“Forward Day by Day” available in large print

Copies of “Forward Day by Day” for August through October (in large print) are available by request at the front desk.

New Organists Appointed at Palmer

From Fr. Willard’s letter to the community on July 17, 2014:

There is good news to share with you about the organ bench at Palmer Memorial. It will not be vacant after we say farewell to organist and friend Sigurd Øgaard with a celebration on Sunday, August 17, before he assumes his new, full-time duties at our diocesan cathedral in downtown Houston. He has been a wonderful blessing to our congregation.

I’m honored to let you know that I have named Ken Cowan, an internationally acclaimed concert organist, to be our new Artist-in-Residence and Organist and that I have named Yuri McCoy to be our Associate Organist. They will be sharing the same part-time duties that Sigurd has done so faithfully.


Ken CowanKen will begin on Sunday, August 24, which will be “Rally Day” at Palmer Memorial with a combined worship service at 10:00 a.m. and food and fellowship afterwards. Ken is Associate Professor and head of the organ program at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He has also served on the organ faculty of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey.

Ken has recorded on the Pro Organo, JAV, and Etheral recording labels, and many of his recordings and live performances have been featured on NPR. He received a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in New Haven, Connecticut, and his Bachelor of Music degree from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a church musician, he has held posts as Artist-in-Residence and Organist at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City and as Assistant Organist at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.

Yuri McCoy

Yuri is a doctoral student in organ performance at Rice University and studies with Ken Cowan. He comes to us from Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Angleton, Texas.

Yuri received his Master of Music degree in organ performance from Rice University and holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Hawaii. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Yuri was the Organ Scholar of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral while living in Honolulu, Hawaii.

These are exciting times at Palmer Memorial. I’m especially grateful for the opportunity in this next chapter of our life together as God’s people to strengthen our ties with Rice University. So come and see for yourself what the Holy Spirit is doing in our community, and be encouraged in your faith. Invite others to come and see, too, so that they may also be renewed in their faith and rediscover its meaning.


The Wednesday Healing Service has moved to Holy Cross Chapel

The Wednesday Healing Service now takes place in Holy Cross Chapel at 6:00 pm each week. Whether you are a visitor or a parishioner—you are welcomed to join us for this peaceful service that provides spiritual nourishment with the sacrament of Holy Eucharist. The major emphasis is healing of mind, body, and spirt through laying on of hands, prayers for healing, and anointing with holy oil. Members of the Order of St. Luke are present each week to pray for those in need of healing, whether for yourself or for someone you love.

Palmer’s “Fra Angelico” Art Gallery

Rejoice and Celebrate!

Palmer’s “Fra Angelico” Art Gallery is hosting an art exhibit entitled “Rejoice and Celebrate” from June 20 through July 31, 2014. The gallery is located in the first floor hallway on the North Side of the Campus.


Altar Flowers

Celebrate, honor, and remember the important people and events in your life by sharing altar flowers with you Palmer family. It will be noted in the Order of Wosrhip and will help us to mark the event with you!

Mosaic Keyboardist Needed!

We are seeking a keyboardist who would be willing to play contemporary Christian music for the 11:15 a.m. Mosaic services on Sundays beginning in August. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings prior to the service. Your gift of time and talent could become a powerful testament of your love of Christ—as well as of Palmer! Please contact Pat Robson at for more information.

Community of Hope

Community of Hope will offer training in September. Trained and commissioned COH members represent the Palmer community as they visit the sick, hospitalized, or homebound. Training also prepares us as pastoral caregivers in our daily lives and the emphasis on Benedictine Spirituality is foundational for this program and our spiritual growth. Contact The Rev’d Linda Shelton at or 713.529.6196 x116.

Stephen Ministry

Have you been considering Stephen Ministry? Now is the time to act! The new training group begins in August, so the application deadline is coming up soon.

Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.

If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister or would like more information, please stop by the table in the breezeway. Or you contact Lois Hamblin (mobile: 713.898.8495; email: or Katie Pannell (mobile: 713.854.3318; email:

A Family in Need

Palmer Medical Center Ministries has learned of a family which was recently forced to leave their home for medical reasons. They are currently searching for an apartment.  They were able to save a few pieces of furniture.  If you can assist them, the following is a list of their needs: 3 or 4 dining chairs, 2 living room chairs (gently used), 1 bedroom chest of drawers, 1 bedside table, 3 or 4 lamps, TV and stand; Linens: kitchen, bath, and bed linens for a double bed; Kitchen: utensils, pots, pans, dishes, bakeware, etc.; Small kitchen appliances (call for updated list), microwave  oven; Gift cards would also be appreciated.

We know that the kind and generous hearts of Palmer will answer this call to help a family truly in need. For questions or to donate, please contact Suzie Dennis at or 713-218-9093. Time is of great importance!

Lay ministers who serve at the altar

The Worship Team is preparing an updated list of all who serve at the altar to inform Fr. Willard. If you are, or your child is, a lector, Lay Eucharistic Minister (chalice bearer), acolyte, or verger and did not receive an email on May 26 or 27 with the subject line “Listing Lay Ministers Who Serve at the Altar,” please contact Glenn Turner at If you or your child would like to serve as an acolyte, chalice bearer, or lector also contact Glenn Turner.