Palmer Downtown Lunch | April 27

The monthly Palmer Downtown Lunch will take place on Monday, April 27 at noon at the Treebeard’s inside Christ Church Cathedral. Please join us for fellowship among Palmers who live or work in downtown, or for anyone who finds themselves downtown for the lunch hour. Feel free to bring a friend—and join us at the reserved Palmer tables in the back. As this is the last Downtown Lunch before the summer break, we do hope to see you on the 29th!

Diocesan Assessment of Children’s and Youth Ministries

The Diocese of Texas provides support for parishes with youth and children’s ministries by sending diocesan representatives to your campus to assess strengths, challenges and gather input and ideas from parishioners for the future of these programs. On April 26 and 27, Palmer will participate in an assessment with Matt Blank and Jamie Martin-Currie on campus visiting and leading listening groups. Prior to their visit, we invite parish participation through an online survey. The links for that survey are:

Children’s Ministry Assessment:

Youth Ministry Assessment:

Thank you for working with the newly forming Youth Task Force and myself to make this assessment a fruitful undertaking. We look forward to sharing these findings with Roger Hutchison upon his arrival in June. Questions? Contact Courtney Daniell-Knapp,

Palmer Young Adults

Who We Are

We are a diverse group of young people, mostly in our 20’s and 30’s, who like to have fun while sharing a common faith. Stay tuned to Sunday announcements and to the Flash throughout the year for details on exciting events including happy hours, nights at the theatre, sports events, trips to the beach, and other opportunities to connect, grow, and serve. Whether you’ve been attending Palmer for years—or just once or twice—we hope you’ll join us!


Saturday, May 2 at 6:00 pm—Game Night at the home of Sarah and Jeremy Breckbill

Bring your geeky self and your favorite beverage and enjoy a fun night with fellow PYAs before the busy-ness of the end of spring sets in! Sarah and Jeremy have lots of games to choose from, but if you have a favorite, feel free to bring it along. Pizza and sodas will be provided in abundance, so invite a friend or two to come eat, drink, and be merry with us! For location information and to RSVP, contact Sarah Breckbill at You can also RSVP via the Facebook event: A couple of days before the event, Sarah will e-mail her home address to everyone who has RSVP’d.

Want to join the mailing list? Contact Sarah at
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Want to know more? Contact Allison at


“So Close to the Other Side” Blog

The Rev. Kit Wallingford invites you to visit her blog, So Close to the Other Side,” at If you feel so inclined, please pass the web address on to anyone you think might be interested. Enjoy!


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“Meet on the Patio” Changes

Easter has arrived, and spring is in its full glory. Alleluia. As hard as it is to believe, however, summer will soon be here. The arrival of that new season will bring with it changes for those who gather for fellowship at “Meet on the Patio” after the 11:00 a.m. liturgy on Sundays. While the church will continue to provide beverages for refreshment, the nibbles and goodies will be provided on a “sign-up basis” by individuals or groups that would like to provide food items. Beverages will still await folks even if no one signs up to provide food, but remember that no individual or group is limited to signing up for only one Sunday. Also, beginning on June 7, as a respite from the heat, that weekly gathering will take place in the foyer outside St. Bede’s Chapel. “Meet on the Patio” will return outdoors, weather permitting, on September 13.

Please contact Frances Vonk at to sign up to provide food items for the summer session, beginning June 7, and the fall session, beginning September 13. Thank you!

The Way Station needs volunteer Bread Runners

A little-known Palmer ministry is the team of Way Station Bread Runners. Five days a week, a different member of this team picks up bread donations from Whole Foods (Waugh at Dallas streets) and brings it to the Way Station to be served to the hungry & homeless. This bread is picked up between 6 – 6:30 am, Mon – Fri, and taken to Palmer before the bread runners go to work. Currently an opportunity for ministry exists on Wednesday mornings and there is also a need for backup bread runners (substitutes) on Wednesdays and Fridays. Imaginative alternatives for serving include a one-month trial period before deciding and/or teaming up with a friend to serve every other week. Training provided. Or, if you just want more information, contact or 713-253-2882. It’s an easy way to help feed the hungry without being in the crowd. Check out Matthew 25:35.

Join us for Mayfest 2015 on Sunday, May 3




The vestry invites everyone to Palmer’s Mayfest on Sunday, May 3.

The 7:45 a.m. service will be held as usual. All other services will be a COMBINED worship service at 10:00 a.m. in the Nave, followed by lunch on the patio. There will be no Sunday School for children, youth, or adults that day.

Lunch will be a casual cookout on the patio. Since we will be coming from the worship service to the patio party, please come casually, if you choose.

We have much to celebrate! Bring family and friends for this wonderful opportunity for fun, food, and fellowship. Remember that it begins with the combined worship service at 10:00 a.m. on May 3.


Blessing of the Graduates, May 3

Are you graduating from high school, college, or graduate school? Please send your name, your college destination, or your degree to Courtney Daniell-Knapp to have your name included in the bulletin on Sunday, May 3 when we give thanks for those graduating.
Email Courtney at acourtneydaniell


Palmer Women’s Retreat: Two Dates to Remember

The Palmer Women’s Retreat committee is mobilizing for action. We have confirmed dates (January 29-31, 2016), the speaker (Bishop Geralyn Wolf), the location (Camp Allen) and placed our first fundraising event on the calendar. Please mark these dates on your calendar:

May 5 (6-8pm) at Ten Thousand Villages in Rice Village (2424A Rice Blvd.). You can shop for Mother’s Day, graduation, birthdays and even just for yourself, while enjoying a glass of wine & cheese and visiting with other Palmer friends. Palmer receives 15% of sales for all day Tuesday May 5.

January 29-31, 2016 at Camp Allen. Ladies, get this on the family calendar now! For further information contact Jeanine Baker ( or Laura Van Ness (

Palmer Choir Fundraiser, “A Night in New Orleans,”on May 9

Palmer Choir has been invited to sing at Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans in July. To support the travel the choir will host a fundraiser, “A Night in New Orleans”, on Saturday evening, May 9, 2015 from 7–9 pm in the Parish Hall. Choir members will prepare a delicious Creole dinner and provide a program of musical entertainment. Tickets go on sale beginning Sunday, April 19. They can be purchased from any choir member, from the Music Office, between Sunday morning services in the breezeway, and at Great Wednesday dinners. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

VBS 2015 | The Very Big Story!

VBS 2015-Save the Date

AV Technicians Needed

We are looking for several audio/computer “geeks” to control the soundboard during Sunday worship and edit service recordings. Live theatre or church AV experience is a plus, but not required. High school and college students are encouraged to apply and can be paid for their time. Contact Cynthia Purvis Roe at for more information.

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Financial Notes

If you donated shares of Verizon Communications, Inc. (VZ) to Palmer early in February, please contact Tom Matchett and identify the number of shares, and advise the fund to which you are donating. Thanks very much.

Call for Art

Palmer Creative Artists Community

A new art exhibit “Growth” is planned for May 16–July 31, 2015. All 2D media welcome. Please contact Sherry Byrd at or Jackie Campbell at for information on how to submit your entries.

Deadline is May 8 for submitting entry forms and May 13 for delivering accepted artwork.

Drive for Drives

The middle school students at Yellowstone have a special need for USB drives (aka thumb drives.) If you would like to donate these items, they can be dropped in the collection in an envelope marked “Yellowstone Drive.” You may also bring them to the front office.

Volunteer Drive

Yellowstone is in need of Volunteers and Shepherds.  Volunteers can be on a weekly basis or as-needed for special events.  Shepherds function like a Big Brother/Big Sister.  Families or individuals are matched with a student in grades K-8 and spend time with their student at least once a month.  Our family does this, and I would be happy to share our personal experience!  — Anne Warner


Costa Rica Mission Trip

The Palmer Costa Rica Mission Team will leave for San Jose, Costa Rica on Saturday, May 30th and return Saturday, June 6, 2015. We encourage anyone going on the trip to watch ticket prices every few days and purchase as soon as possible. One participant purchased a ticket on United for $657, leaving May 30 on United flight 1098 at 10:20 AM and returning June 6 on flight 1490 leaving at 12:36 PM, but the price varies widely from day to day. Contact George Ferry ( for more information.


Meet our new staff member!

It is with great joy that we are able to announce today that Roger Hutchison will be coming to Palmer in June as our new full-time staff member for children, families, and parish life.

Roger has served for 17 years on the staff of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina, where he is the Canon for Children and Family Ministries. He is married to Kristin, who teaches kindergarten. Roger and Kristin have a 13-year-old daughter named Riley, and she will be entering the 8th grade next fall. The Hutchison household also includes Scout-the-dog.

In addition to his outstanding work with children and families at Trinity, Roger is a talented artist for whom painting is a form of prayer. This is how he describes it:

“Painting is the way I talk to God. I find joy when I move my fingers through puddles of color and across blank canvas. I am always surprised–and blessed–by the conversation that takes place. It is never the same.”

In the spring of 2013, he was invited to paint with children, families, and teachers at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, Connecticut, where one of the children killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School only a few months previously was a member. Here’s one story, as told by Roger, about what happened there:

“A third-grade girl told me she’d had a really bad day. Her painting was dark and frantic. I listened to her for a little while—then encouraged her to paint another one. The second painting was a bit more colorful. She took her two paintings and smashed them together. When she pulled them apart, the darkness had lifted . . . and she smiled. That’s when I saw light and love in her face. I saw God.”

Later that same year, Roger wrote a book titled The Painting Table: A Journal of Loss and Joy, which was published by Church Publishing, Inc. He takes his “Painting Table” out into the community for events that range from birthday parties in the neighborhood to art workshops in schools.

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Last summer, for his community service, Roger received the Order of the Silver Crescent Award from the Governor of South Carolina. It is the highest civilian honor that a citizen of that state can receive and is awarded for exemplary performance, contribution, and achievement within the community.

Look for a letter in the mail this week from the Rector with more details about this exciting announcement. In the meantime, join us in praying for Roger, Kristin, and Riley as they prepare to move to Houston this summer:

O God, watch over Roger, Kristin, and Riley in all their going out and their coming in; keep all evil away from their door; and let them share the hospitality of the Lord’s Table at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, that they and all those who are fed there may know your love and peace. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.