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Why Keep Watch?

Posted by Danna Kurtin on

At Easter during the Gethsemane Vigil there is an opportunity to sign-up to keep “watch” for one hour as Jesus’ disciples were asked to do while Jesus prayed in the garden. This has become a very important practice as part of my Easter discipline because I feel this is...

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Diocesan Council

Posted by John Wallace on

What is the Council? In the words of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas (our diocese) website, Diocesan Council is the annual business meeting of the Diocese held every February. Who are the voting members of Council? All canonically resident clergy in good standing are voting members of Council...

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Ashes To-Go 2019 Reflections

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For me, the sacred space we create by offering the Ashes is the "special moment." The rules of social interaction are suspended. Strangers put down their car windows or face us Ashers on the sidewalk and invite us into their intimate space. They bow their heads and allow us to call them by name...

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Stations of the Cross

Posted by Hal Gordon on

South African poet Roy Campbell (1901-1957) was an adult convert to Catholicism.  Campbell's piety was eccentric but sincere. Once, when his wife chided him about being irregular in his attendance at Mass, he made this startling reply: "Ninety per cent of Christian doctrine you can...

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Faith Forum: Evangelism Advice from Molly Carnes

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Molly Carnes from St. Mary’s in Cypress visited Palmer recently to share with us her ministry as an Evangelist for the Episcopal Church.  She shared her experience of helping those wounded by their church experience to return to Christian community.  The good news is that the...

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Healthy Eating: Q & A with Libby Spoede

Posted by Kristina Van Arsdel on

Q and A with Libby Spoede, M.S., R.D., C.S.P., L.D., clinical nutrition specialist and pediatric clinical dietitian at Texas Children’s Hospital  In a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that nearly half of all deaths in the United States...

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A Window Into Our Retreat

Posted by Lynn Morstead on

Spirit-filled teachingVoices of angels mixed with flute and guitarThousand-piece puzzlePoetic listsSunshine and coolHikes in woodsQuiet rocking chairsShared tears over common lossesLaughter eruptionsPrayers blanketing a sister in distressCard games, chips and M&MsRaffle winning joySocial...

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Angel Tree Ministry at Palmer

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The gifts that parishioners give vary as far as the imagination can go – stuffed animals, Power Ranger figures, stylish leggings, magnetic rocks and baseball bats – but there is one consistent gift from Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church’s participation in the Angel Tree ministry...

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Advent Lessons and Carols at Palmer

Posted by Susan Howard on

The Palmer Choir will celebrate its annual Advent tradition of Lessons and Carols December 16 and extends a cordial invitation to the public. The service combines prayers and a sequence of biblical readings with a rich variety of sacred music including hymns, anthems, and carols performed in the...

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Palmer Place Series: Chapter 6

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The Palmer Place Apartment Ministry epitomizes the concept of a community that exists for purely compassionate reasons but necessarily encompasses all the skills and structures of a complex business organization. Call it a property management company, a well-oiled business, an efficient...

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