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Palmer Place Series: Chapter 5, The Maintenance Crew

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An essential part of the Palmer Place Apartment ministry, the Maintenance team works behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly for residents during their stay. The team attends to all things above and beyond routine maintenance that’s provided by the apartment complex...

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Roy Jones Requiem

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This Sunday, November 4, is when All Saints’ Day is celebrated with an Annual Requiem at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. The Requiem, one of the earliest known practices of honoring the dead dating back to the 2nd century, has been celebrated at Palmer for 20 years in memory of Dr. Roy...

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Palmer Place Series: Chapter 4, Rent Collectors

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A rent collector. Normally, someone folks avoid or only see as a necessary part of the renting process. But what if you were going through a crisis? What if your spouse or brother or daughter had received a medical diagnosis, you were new to a big city, and you knew no one? The rent collectors...

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Food Miracles

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Lynn Morstead and her husband Kip Krause volunteer at the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas to help immigrants who have been released to stay in the United States. Please enjoy Lynn’s recount of “miracles” that occurred during two of their most recent visits to...

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Jerusalem Peacebuilders Reflections

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For twelve days, twenty-three teenagers from Israel and Palestine–Muslims, Christians, and Jews–took part in Jerusalem Peacebuilders’ Interfaith Citizenship Program, where the shared value of environmental stewardship creates space for personal reflection, new friendship, and...

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Palmer Place Series: Chapter 3, Compassionate Support During Stressful Transitions

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Imagine arriving to a new, strange city the size of Houston while coming to terms with a critical illness diagnosis and the prospect of advanced medical treatment ahead. It’s a daunting time for anyone in these circumstances and thankfully the Palmer Place Apartments Resident Check-In and...

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Autry Housers

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One of the great privileges of my last six years of ministry has been watching Autry Housers begin their time at Rice as teenagers, and leave as more fully formed young adults. At least among the kind of students that Rice attracts: high performing, very intelligent teenagers with a fair degree...

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Bahamian National Youth Choir

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Palmer Church was privileged on Sunday to welcome the Bahamas National Youth Choir to its campus. The choir performed two beautiful, lively concerts in the Nave, both before and after the 10:00 service, and then joined parishioners for lunch in Parish Hall. The idea for the choir visit began...

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Palmer Place Series: Chapter 2, The Placement Team Connects People to Palmer Place Apartments

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When a family has a serious diagnosis that requires travel to Houston for specialized medical care, one of the first things they have to do is find a place to stay. Many of them call the Houston Church Apartment Ministry, which is housed at South Main Baptist church and staffed by volunteers...

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It Was Good That We Were Here

Posted by The Reverend David Wantland and Kathy Herrin on

“It is a good thing that we are here.” Those words which surround the Transfiguration Window in Palmer’s Nave echoed as a Muslim electrical engineer named Ali reminded a gathering of Christians and Muslims of the place of fasting with the Biblical tradition. “It is good...

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