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This Week
SPRING BREAK WEEK
There will be no "Great Wednesday" dinner and classes this week but we will have Wednesday Noon Bible Study and the 6 PM Healing Eucharist. "Great Wednesday" dinner and classes will resume next week. 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
cross-mountain-clouds.jpg This year, Hal Gordon will once again lead the Stations of the Cross every Friday at noon from March 8 through April 12 in the Nave of Palmer.  The Stations of the Cross is an ancient devotion by which believers may symbolically walk with Christ on the road to Calvary.  Come join us.  It will enrich your Lent and make your Easter all the more joyful.

DAUGHTERS OF THE KING (DOK) MEETING
All Palmer Women Invited! Our March meeting is this Saturday from 9-10:30 AM in the Family Room. Sue Howard will lead our study of Part One of the book "Called" by Barbara Cawthorne Crafton. We will discuss what it means for each of us - lay or ordained alike - to pursue The Divine Call. This is a wonderful Palmer source for fellowship with other women, and we welcome any Palmer woman to attend!

FAITH FORUM THIS WEEK:
Observing a Holy Lent: What's Grace Got To Do With It? This Sunday Morning at 10 AM in St. Bede's Chapel
Lent, more than any other liturgical season, is
vulnerable to extremes. Some of us delight in the flagellation of the season with our ascetic disciplines, while others, in rebellion against the strictures of penance, flaunt Lent as if it were one long Mardi Gras. Funnily enough, both extremes belie a yearning for forgiveness and a fear to see ourselves as we really are. This Lenten series seeks to explore what Lent might be for us if God's enduring forgiveness were the seedbed, the launch point, for gracious self-examination. Join us as guest conveners and Palmer clergy introduce us to a Lent characterized by grace in pursuit of holiness. This week we welcome The Rev. Canon Joann Saylors and Nick Puccio.

Upcoming Palmer Events
LENTEN BOOK DISCUSSION:
Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I've Loved 
by Kate Bowler
"What does it mean to die in a society that insists everything happens for a reason?" This is the question that motivates Kate Bowler's writing as stage IV colon cancer interrupts her life, just as it is taking off. A professor of American Christianity at Duke Divinity School, Bowler weaves her research interest in the prosperity gospel into the experience of diagnosis, treatment, and the loss of certainty that comes to enrich her faith. Riddled with wit and honesty, Everything Happens for a Reason invites us to consider our own mortality and the God who companions us through it. Join us for this lively discussion every Wednesday night beginning March 20 in Lent at 7PM in A202. You can read her NY Times op-ed on the experience by clicking here or click here to listen to a podcast with The Rev'd David Wantland who will be leading the discussion group.

SAFEGUARDING GOD'S PEOPLE CLASS 
The next Safeguarding God's People class is March 23 at 9 AM. Are you a ministry leader at Palmer? Are you a Eucharistic visitor or Stephen Minister? If so, or if requested by your ministry leader or clergy, you need to take a Safeguarding class! There is a new online recertification option for those who are currently certified and up for renewal. Please contact safeguarding@palmerchurch.org to start your certification or learn more about the recertification process.

PALMERS ASSISTING RE-ENTRY (PAR)
An informational meeting about Palmer's newest social justice initiative, Palmers Assisting Re-entry, will be held on Wednesday, March 20 at 5:30 pm in room A201. PAR will support persons exiting prison as they seek to successfully re-enter society. Learn more about Palmer's newest social justice initiative and how you can get involved.  Questions?  Contact Cathy Troisi,  ctroisi@gmail.com , 713-854-5980.

BRAZOS BOOKSTORE PRESENTS:
Patton Oswalt -  Michelle McNamara's  I'll Be Gone in the Dark
Brazos Bookstore presents Patton Oswalt, reading from and discussing his late wife Michelle McNamara's true crime  thriller,  I'll Be Gone in the Dark . He will be in conversation with Michael Hagerty.  This event will take place on Tuesday, March 26 at Palmer. This is a ticketed event. Doors open at 7pm. the event starts at 7:30pm. Click here to learn more or purchase tickets.

LIVING COMPASS LENTEN MINI-RETREAT
Come join us in the midway through Lent on Saturday, March 30 from 9 AM - 1 PM in St. Bede's Chapel. Lunch is included. It will be led by John Wallace and the Rev. Liz Parker.  We will use the Living Well Through Lent 2019 booklet (freely available at Palmer; online as a pdf) and the theme is Forgiveness. Please RSVP to John, jbwtex31@gmail.com , if you are attending or may attend.

SAVE THE DATE: SERVE SUNDAY IS MAY 5
Mark your calendars for our next Serve Sunday, May 5. There will be opportunities for every Palmer to participate and our goal is 100% participation! If you would like to get more involved with planning or preparations, please contact Kelly Williams, kellymrush@yahoo.com 
Announcements
ALTAR FLOWER DONATIONS
flower-bunch.jpg The floral arrangements in our glorious worship spaces are funded through the generous donations of our parish family and Palmer guests. You can help by contributing $100 for Sunday flowers on the altars in the Nave, St. Bede's Chapel, or the Columbarium. To reserve a date for your flower dedication, please use the sign-up book in the Church office, sign-up on the website, or use an envelope on Sunday morning located in the narthex or bell tower entrances. Be sure to notate "In Honor of" or "In Memoriam" for a family member or friend, or to celebrate a special day or anniversary. Your dedication will appear in the Orders of Worship on your reserved Sunday.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED BY PALMER PLACE MINISTRY 
Palmer Place Ministry needs a volunteer to help with weekly rent collecting. The position would require about 1.5 hours per week. Please c ontact Sandra Begalke at sebegalke@ gmail.com.

STAR OF HOPE NEEDS TOWELS
Palmers have answered with enthusiasm the request by Star of Hope for towels. You may drop off new and "gently-used" bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths in the basket in the church office. Towels are provided to men, women, and children who take showers at Star of Hope facilities in Houston. Your support is much appreciated.

PALMER PRIDE TEAM PLANNING
Got a truck? Got a trailer? Palmer Pride needs you! This year, the Palmer Pride presence is going big and we need your help! To embrace this year's festival theme-the summer of 1969- we're aiming for a large-scale float and space for riders to sit. If you have or know of someone who has a flat bed trailer or someone who has a truck that they could use to pull said trailer, please contact Jeanine Baker or Lynn Morstead.

PLEASE SEND US YOUR NEWS FOR PALMER PUBLICATIONS
The deadline for all submissions to The Palmer Email Newsletter, Sunday Announcements, and website is every Friday at 5 PM. Publication requests will appear the following week.


OurStoriesOUR STORIES BLOG & PODCAST 
"Our Stories" is the Palmer blog and the name of our new podcast where we will periodically share stories from our Parish.

Check out our new blogs recently posted:


EVANGELISM CHALLENGE  OurStories
GREAT
 WEDNESDAYS
HEALING EUCHARIST W/ UNCTION
6 PM in St. Bede's Chapel

GREAT WEDNESDAY CLASSES & DINNER RESUME 3/20

  • LENTEN BOOK DISCUSSION:Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I've Loved by Kate Bowler - The Rev. David Wantland and The Rev. Liz Parker, Wednesdays in Room A202
  • Traveling the Palmer Way: Life as Pilgrimage Jack Karn and The Rev. Neil Willard in Room A102
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SUNDAY SCHOOL
  • Welcome Reception - First Sunday of the Month - 10:15 AM, Parish Hall
  • Faith Forum - Various Speakers, 10:15 AM, St. Bede's Chapel
  • This Is Us! Getting to Know Anglican Christianity at Palmer - The Rev. Liz Parker and a gaggle of fellow Palmers,10:15 AM, A102
  • Where the Wild Things Are - Parenting in an Ever-Changing World Kristin Hutchison, Leigh Kent, Catherine & Mark Beebe, 10:15 AM, Holy Cross Chapel
  • A Study of Paul's Letters - 
    Allen Sparkman, 10:15 AM, A102
WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY
  • Wednesday Parish Bible Study - The Rev'd David Wantland, Noon, A102
  • Men's Bible Study -  The Rev'd Neil Alan Willard, Tuesdays, 7 - 8 AM, A102 (Chancery).
  • Women's Bible Study Tuesdays, 7 - 8 AM, A101 (Palmer Library).
Young Professionals Group: Tacos on the Patio
New to Palmer and looking to get involved with fellow young professionals? Join Palmer Young Adults for our monthly dinner gatherings. Tacos on the Patio is a low-key way to hang out with fellow young adults over some good Tex-Mex. Bring yourself and bring a friend! Join us Thursday, March 21 from 6:30-8:30 PM on the Palmer Patio.

For more info or to get involved contact The Rev'd David Wantland at dwantland@palmerchurch.org
OLDER ADULTS
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2019 LUNCH & LEARN SERIES - Noon - 1 PM

Mar. 21:  " Museum of Fine Arts Houston Tour " with Gretta Boshara
 - Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

April 2019 - Break for Holy Week

May 2019 - "Aging In Space," with architects Gail and Joe Adams

June 20:  "Growing While Growing Older"  with Arlene Price and The Rev'd John Price 

PALMER YOUTH
MINISTRIES (PYM)
PYM BIBLE STUDY
There will be a monthly youth bible study on the third Wednesday of the month at the Great Wednesday receptions. Grades 6-12 are welcome to come as we wrestle with the word of God and how we can apply it in our lives and the world around us. Email Davis Mathis at dmathis@palmerchurch.org for more information.

SCHEDULE FOR 
THE PYM YEAR

May 26: End of Year EYC Bash

Email Youth Coordinator Davis Mathis for more information on these upcoming events at dmathis@palmerchurch.org
or
The Rev'd David Wantland at dwantland@palmerchurch.org

www.palmerchurch.org/youth

Contact Us
Palmer Memorial  Episcopal Church
6221 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030-1572
713-529-6196