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A Message From the Rector
Dear Palmers and Friends,

"Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ."

This week your clergy and church staff received many messages of gratitude for the online worship service that people were able to watch from their homes last Sunday morning. Others joined us in praise and prayer from across the country, many for the first time. Please know that we are praying for you and remain available not only for urgent pastoral care needs but also if you just need a listening ear for a moment or someone to pray with you over the phone or a prayer sent to you via email. As each of us does our part, loving our neighbor, to help "flatten the curve" in order to maximize the availability of our hospitals for those who will be most in need of that level of care, we as the people of God will have to learn how to sing together in new ways, how to sing the Lord's song in a strange land, as Psalm 137:4 puts it so memorably.

Right now, as you will read below, our focus is on making phone calls to everyone in our church directory with the help of the clergy and our trained lay pastoral care ministers. We are also offering to help our most vulnerable members get items they may need in the safest possible way. We are also working to improve our technical capabilities so that the online experience of gathering together remotely for worship and other offerings will be the best it can be. 

And the people who work at our church make all of these things possible only because of your generous financial support. Please continue to do that as best as you are able so that we can not only take care of our employees, both the program and administrative staff, but also take care of - to the extent that we are able - the hourly contract workers who are so familiar to most of us around the church. We understand the stresses and strains our shared circumstances are placing upon each household at Palmer, and we are trimming our expenses in program areas to prioritize the people who are helping us to continue our ministry through uncharted territory. Our goal is to ensure that we do not lose our capacity to do ministry together when we return as a community, face to face, on the other side of all of this.

Remember this: Whether you are imagining what the church building is like on Sunday mornings or looking around your home right now, the room is never empty. In his sermon last Sunday, the Rev. David Wantland asked a question the children of Israel asked as they wandered in the wilderness, "Is the Lord among us or not?" The answer, of course, is, "Yes, the Lord is here." And now more than ever, we need to remind one another of this truth and bear witness to it in creative ways. In doing so, we will be fulfilling our mission, which is to "know and share the love of Jesus Christ."

Faithfully yours,
The Rev'd Neil Alan Willard

This Week
The Palmer campus is closed. We will keep everyone up to date on when we will be able to resume in-person worship services and group meetings. But that will not be in the near future. In the meantime, if you need to contact the church, please call the church office at 713-529-6196 or email us at If you are in need of pastoral care, please call the church office at 713-529-6196 and follow the instructions for members to leave a message about that or  email the Reverend Liz Parker. Also know that the clergy and our trained lay pastoral care ministers will be making phone calls to everyone in our church directory to check on them, which may take a while to complete.

This Sunday we will continue to worship together, not in person, but via Facebook Live. Thank you to all who joined us this past Sunday online and in spirit. Click on this link to download a copy of the bulletin for this Sunday. The service will be broadcast as a post on our church's  Facebook feed at this link. Scroll down until you see an image of the inside of the church and a notation that says "Fourth Sunday in Lent | March 22." That will first appear there, however, only a few minutes before 10 AM. You do not need a Facebook account to watch this service.

Each Wednesday evening, a short service of Compline will be recorded and posted to our church's Facebook feed at this link. Scroll down until you see words about Compline above a video. That will first appear there, however, only at 8 PM. You can also follow along at home by turning to page 127 in the Book of Common Prayer, which is where those prayers begin. You do not need a Facebook account to watch this service.

Palmer now has text message notifications for urgent updates -- and don't worry, we won't spam you! Click here to subscribe to our messaging system and receive timely and important information. Your carrier's standard message and data rates apply. Complete the form at the link above and follow the prompts you receive via text message.

Thank you to all who are continuing to give in support of our church during this time. We encourage thoughtful, intentional stewardship that ensures that our parish will continue to be able to "know and to share the love of Jesus Christ" for the greater good of our congregation and of our city and its people. Your support is vital as the clergy and staff stay in touch with you and other Palmers and offer new ways to gather as a community that follows Jesus and that cares for one another, especially those who are most vulnerable, under extremely challenging circumstances.   You can give online by clicking here or visiting

Palmer is providing a service, for those in need, to take trips to the pharmacy or grocery store to buy necessary items and deliver them to their doorstep. If you or someone you know requires this service or you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Laura Van Ness.

Click here to be connected to a weekly Sunday School lesson from StoryMakers NYC. StoryMakers, the curriculum our children are using during Lent and Easter, is dedicated to creating new ways to share God's redemptive narrative found in the Bible. StoryMakers shares the gospel with children in ways that are meaningful, healthy, and ultimately draws children into God's story. StoryMakers gives children and grown-ups the chance to connect while exploring the greatest story ever told. Please contact Roger Hutchison if you need additional StoryMakers support and materials or if you are interested in joining the curated private Facebook Group for Palmer Parents and Guardians of Children, where he is staying connected to households with children and posting a variety of Christian formation resources.

Our three weekday Bible studies will continue to meet by moving online via Zoom. Please contact   the Rev'd Liz Parker to join the 7 AM Tuesday Women's Bible Study, the Rev'd Neil Willard to join the 7AM Tuesday Men's Bible Study, or the Rev'd David Wantland to join the Noon Wednesday All-Parish Bible Study.

Our newcomer class "This is Us" will continue to meet on Sunday mornings via Zoom.  Contact the Rev'd Liz Parker to learn how to join this gathering and specific details.