July Fest 2015

July Fest 2015 at Palmer
As American as Watermelon and Potluck

THIS SUNDAY, JULY 5, is the Palmer quarterly all-parish gathering. Following the ten o’clock service, everyone is invited to potluck lunch in Parish Hall. Bring an entrée, starch, vegetable, salad, dessert, or bread and butter to serve 6 persons. Please let Carolyn Baker at mnsscarolyn@gmail.com know what you will bring, so that we have more than just bread and butter!

It’s a Palmer Family gathering to celebrate our American heritage. See you there!


Holiday Schedule for Monday, July 6

In observance of the Independence Day Weekend, the Church Office will be closed Monday, July 6th. The Way Station and other church activities will continue as scheduled. The Palmer campus will remain open under normal hours. Have a Happy Fourth of July!

Summer Get-Togethers for Palmer’s Children & Youth

Let’s show Roger Hutchison, Palmer’s new Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life, some local Houston flavor!

Children Grades 2 and under (Yes! Even our littlest ones!)

Sunday, June 28 —5:00 pm at Goode Company Taqueria—4902 Kirby Drive


Children Grades 3–5

Wednesday, July 1—6:30 pm at Amy’s Ice Cream—816 Farnham Street

Youth Grades 6-8

Wednesday, July 8—6:30 pm at Whataburger—3712 South Shepherd Drive

Youth Grades 9-12

Monday, July 13—3:30 pm at Brasil—604 Dunlavy Street


Register NOW for VBS 2015 | “The VERY BIG Story”

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Register HERE for Palmer VBS “The VERY BIG Story”.
Please contact Kristie Van Arsdel or Randy Byrd for more information.


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.

  • 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.


    Parking on Sundays

    As a reminder to parishioners, on Sunday mornings you can park for FREE in the basement of the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza building across Cambridge Street from Palmer Church. This courtesy will permit more of our visitors and our members who need closer access to park in the surface lots by our campus. Thank you for your hospitality!

    Choral Evensong | Sunday, July 19 at 5:00 pm

    Evensong–July 2015

    View or print this flyer.


    Calling all Palmer Artists for “Psalms of the City”

    Palmer artists are invited to participate in a multi-site exhibition, Psalms for the City, along with artists from Ecclesia and the Vineyard Church at Houston.

    Each artist may submit up to three pieces based on or inspired by a Psalm or portion of a Psalm. Entry forms and instructions for submissions can be found at Art for the City. Submissions are due by July 26, and the selected work needs to be delivered to the Chancery at Palmer during the week of August 10.

    For questions, please feel free to contact Jackie Campbell or Sherry Byrd.

    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

    Archway Academy 2015 Graduation

    Archway Academy’s 2015 Graduation was true celebration of achievement!


    Archway Graduation 2015

    Archway Graduation 2015


    New Stephen Ministry training class forming

    If you have thought about training to be a Stephen Minister, we will be at a table under the stairs off the patio after each of the services on June 14th, 21st and 29th to answer any questions you may have. Over the years we have trained 125 Stephen Ministers who have ministered to over 500 Care Receivers undergoing periods of loss such as grief, job loss, divorce, serious illness and other troubles. If you would like to join us, please stop by!

    Costa Rica Mission Team photo gallery & blog

    Read a blog of this mission by Paul Spellings.

    Here are our Heroes in Hardhats:



    A new BRIGHT SPOT is HERE!

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    Find YOUR Palmer


    Our newest BRIGHT SPOT highlights
    David Ashley White.

    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: http://www.laitylodge.org/register/PMEC25681.

    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.

    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 (jeaninebaker143@gmail.com) or Laura Van Ness (laura@centralhouston.org).

    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.

    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 www.palmerchurch.org, 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 tmatchett@palmerchurch.org if you have any questions about giving to Palmer.

    The Way Station needs volunteers

    Three volunteers per morning (Monday–Friday, 7:00–9:30 am) are needed to greet our guests and help enter their names into a computer database program beginning late in May. Come and support our ministry to those in need by helping us better know them and connect them to community services. Training will be provided. For information, email The Rev’d Linda Shelton at lshelton@palmerchurch.org or call 713-529-6196×116.