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The Gifts of God: Stewardship Through the Lens of Covenant Sunday

Posted by Tom Van Arsdel on

We arrived at 11:30 and they were already waiting for us. The residents of the New Hope Sakowitz community were gathered for a weekly meeting, and they knew if they stuck around afterwards, they'd get to partake of the lunch we'd prepared for them. This is our third year at New Hope Sakowitz, so...

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Shopping with Purpose

Posted by Kristina Van Arsdel on

Looking for a way to make the holiday season more meaningful? With Christmas decorations up before Halloween, the holidays often feel stressful and commercialized, constantly being told to find the “perfect” gift for someone. For me, the perfect gift comes in the form of something...

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The Gifts of God: You Matter to Us

Posted by Pamela Harvey on

God nudged Jack and me to Palmer through a series of seeming coincidences, where we found a wonderful, nurturing community. Over the past decade and a half, we have married, had children, watched them grow, dealt with illness and death, and had personal successes and failures. The people of...

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The Gifts of God: The Speck of the Divine

Posted by John and Kathy Fields on

"The grander purpose of life is not to create wealth, to pursue pleasure, or to get our names in the history books, but rather to find the tiny speck of the Divine in our heart."  Eknath Easwaran For the Fields family, Palmer has been a beautiful sanctuary where we have come to worship...

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The Gifts of God: So Thankful for Palmer

Posted by Linda Sylvan on

We will soon be celebrating Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, and one of the things that Dick and I are thankful for is our Palmer family. Palmer has opened our hearts and minds to our worship at this wonderful church and congregation of Palmers. This is our second home where we are...

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Gifts of God: Saints of Palmer

Posted by Ken Alexander on

As we sang the hymn, “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God” on All Saints Sunday recently, I thought about the real, personal sacrifices by saints of our church, be they “doctor, queen, or shepherdess on the green,” to call themselves Christians.  Close to home, think...

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Proclamation of David Ashley White

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Palmer is so honored for David Ashley White’s contributions to our beautiful music and for serving as our Composer in Residence. David was recently honored by Bishop C. Andrew Doyle with the proclamation below. Saturday, October 26, 2019 Whereas David Ashley White has inspired...

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This is Us: Homecoming

Posted by Jim Rosenbach on

As a teenager growing up in the Methodist Church of Schulenburg, Texas during the late 1960s, my mother nervously approached my grandfather and asked if she could go to the High School homecoming dance with her friend Robert. “You know he is Catholic don’t you?” he asked. My...

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Palmer Youth Join MissionPalooza To Help A Houston Community Rebuild

Posted by Davis Mathis on

This year MissionPalooza brought together 100 youth from around the Episcopal Diocese of Texas to serve the greater Houston area in its continued Harvey rebuild efforts. Palmer was represented by five youths and two adults, including myself, as we worked at rebuilding houses throughout the...

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God Thinks You're Fabulous

Posted by Lauren Attaway on

Among the crowds at this year's Pride Houston Festival, a man read our "God Thinks You're Fabulous" shirts as he was walking past, pointed our direction, and said "You guys are true Christians." His words affirmed to me that what we do matters and that there need to be more Christians showing...

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