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This Week
DR. BRADY KNAPP CELEBRATES 
20 YEARS AT PALMER
As the Rector announced earlier this month in worship, there will be a special reception during the 10:00 hour on Sunday, April 7, in honor of Dr. Brady Knapp. Dr. Knapp, who teaches at the University of St. Thomas and chairs the music department there, is Palmer's Director of Music and has served in that part-time role for more than 20 years. Throughout those two decades, he has nurtured the outstanding choral music program that lifts up our hearts to God at every Choral Eucharist and Evensong liturgy. As part of celebrating this anniversary, we would like to give Dr. Knapp a mini-sabbatical for the purpose of observing choral music programs in the Church of England and discussing those programs with his British colleagues. This will benefit not only Dr. Knapp but also Palmer. So the Vestry invites parishioners who would like to contribute to a sabbatical fund to send a check to the church and write "Knapp Sabbatical" in the memo line. In the meantime, do be sure to thank Dr. Knapp for his devotion to our life together in Christ!

"GREAT WEDNESDAY" CLASSROOM CHANGE
Traveling the Palmer Way: Life as a Pilgrimage will move to A101 (The Palmer Library). Our book discussion class for Lent Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I've Loved will be held in A102 (Chancery).

PALMERS ASSISTING RE-ENTRY (PAR)
An informational meeting about Palmer's newest social justice initiative, Palmers Assisting Re-entry, will be held this Wednesday 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.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
cross-mountain-clouds.jpgHal Gordon is once again leading the Stations of the Cross every Friday at noon through April 12 in the Nave.  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.

SAFEGUARDING GOD'S PEOPLE CLASS 
The next Safeguarding God's People class is this Saturday, 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.

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
Our guest for the Faith Forum this week is  The Rev. Bob Flick. Bob is responsible for developing collaborative work with the Episcopal congregations, particularly in the area of mental health. Bob had served as Vicar at Lord of the Streets Episcopal Church serving Houston's homeless and disadvantaged. Along with serving many other churches, Bob spent 13 years as Director of Mental Health Services for The Gulf Coast Center in Galveston .

LENTEN BOOK DISCUSSION STARTS THIS WEEK:
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 in Lent at 7 PM in A102.  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.


Upcoming Palmer Events
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.

JERUSALEM PEACEBUILDERS SERVCE PROJECT
On March 31, Jerusalem Peacebuilders will be bringing together Jewish, Christian, and Muslim youth for a day of volunteering, interfaith learning, and team-building at the Houston Food Bank. Teens will enjoy making new friends and a service-project focused on sorting and packaging donations for the needy of the city. All Palmer youth between the ages of 13-18 years old are invited to participate. For more information and how to register, please contact Youth Ministry, Davis Mathis, at dmathis@palmerchurch.org.

PARISH PHOTOS
Calling all Palmers! On Sunday, April 14, Palmer is organizing a panoramic group photo with all of our members. It will be hung in the hallway next to the church office with the other newly installed parish photos. They date from 1930's all the way to the photo taken last year. Please mark your calendars to be a part of this momentous occasion.

NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY PHOTOS
On Sundays, April 28, May 5, and May 12 we will be taking new church portraits and updating parishioner information in between services on the patio. The photos will be posted in the digital church directory on MyPalmer. If you don't have a MyPalmer account you can sign up by clicking here. You can also download the Church Life app from your mobile device's app market and log in to your account. If you would like to volunteer to help or have questions contact Dustin Jesudason at djesudason@palmerchurch.org.

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
EASTER FLOWER DONATIONS
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 Easter Sunday flowers on the altars in the Nave, St. Bede's Chapel, or the Columbarium. To make a flower dedication, please use sign-up on the website or use an envelope on Sunday morning located in the narthex or bell tower entrances and mark it for Easter.  The deadline for submissions is April 7. We are grateful for any and all donations.

CALL FOR ART 
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A new art exhibit "Heaven and Earth are Full of Your Glory" is planned for May 12-September 13, 2019 - All 2D media welcome. Please contact Sherry Byrd at Sherry@sherrybyrd.com or Jackie Campbell at JCampbell8404@sbcglobal.net for information on how to submit your entries. Deadline is May 5 for submissions. 

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

DINNER MENU
Chef:
Caroline Jesudason
Serving: Wednesday Noon Bible Study  

Veggie Lentil Soup
Rice 
Chicken Noodle Soup
Salad
Fruit

  • 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 A102
  • Traveling the Palmer Way: Life as Pilgrimage Jack Karn and The Rev. Neil Willard in Room A101
FORMATION
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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 28 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