At Palmer, we strive to be a community who cares for one another. We all have times when we need the comfort and support of the community, whether that is in a time of illness, death, or a life change. At Palmer, we believe that God "comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God" (2 Cor 1:4).
If you are in need of pastoral care, please reach out so that we can walk together. Email The Rev'd Liz Parker or call the church office at 713-529-6196.
Out-of-Town Medical Guests please click HERE for more information on Palmer's ministry to The Texas Medical Center.
The pastoral care opportunities at Palmer are summarized below. For any of these opportunities, please contact the Rev. Liz Parker at or one of the other contact people listed below.
Clergy Visits Clergy make regular visits to those receiving care in the Medical Center and to those unable to attend church due to illness or disability. Please contact the Rev. Liz Parker to request a clergy visit for yourself or a loved one or call the church office: 713/529-6196.
Community of Hope (COH) The goal of the Community of Hope is to create and sustain Christian communities of lay pastoral care givers united in prayer, shaped by Benedictine spirituality, and equipped for and serving in pastoral care ministries. Members of COH at Palmer receive training and serve as pastoral care givers in a variety of settings. For more information go to www.cohinternational.org or contact Gretta Boshara at
Eucharistic Visitors (EVs) are lay people who take communion to people who are ill, unable to leave their homes, or living in nursing homes. To request a visit from an EV, or if you’re interested in becoming an EV, please contact Thad Logan at .
The Order of St. Luke (OSL) Members of the Order of St. Luke have received training in the art of healing prayer. They are available to pray with you for healing on Sundays during communion and at the Healing Eucharist on Wednesdays at 6:00pm in St. Bede’s Chapel. If you are interested in becoming a member of OSL, please contact Allen Sparkman at or the Rev. John Price at
Stephen Ministry Stephen ministers are lay people who are trained to provide high quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. To learn more go to www.stephenministries.org. To request a Stephen Minister for yourself or a loved one, or if you’re interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact Laurie Rigby at .
Meal Train Members of the parish are organized to provide meals to new mothers and others in need. Please contact Posey Saenz at if you are in need of a meal.
Ministry to Older Adults This ministry provides library materials, hosts workshops and other opportunities to support older adults in aging well. Please contact George Ferry at for more information.
The Living Compass is a whole-person wellness program born out of the conviction that our faith is integral to our wellness. The four points of the compass come from the Hebrew and Christian Scripture verse: “Love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind.” Palmer provides Living Compass programs throughout the year and encourages all members to go to www.livingcompass.org to take the wellness self-assessment. For more information, please contact John Wallace, head of Palmer’s Wellness Council, at .
Walking the Mourner’s Path is a small group designed for those who are mourning the death of a loved one. Meeting once a week for eight weeks, this program is grounded in prayer, spiritually directed, and guided by trained facilitators and clergy. While Christian, it is open to all, including members of the wider community. Palmer tries to offer this group twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. It is never too late in the mourning process to participate. Contact Jeanine Baker for information at .
The Wemmicks This is a small support group for people who are care takers for parents or adult children. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Carolyn Watson at .