Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Kingwood, Texas
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Announcements for Sunday September 23

Large print bulletins and hearing devices are available, please ask an usher if needed.

Our Family, a group for families with children (typically ages 0-18) has many opportunities for Christian study, fellowship, and discipleship. Parent Support meeting for those with children ages Kindergarten through third grade are meeting on October 14 at 9 a.m. Parent Support meeting for those with children ages fourth grade through eighth are meeting on September 23 & October 28 at 9 a.m.

Our Family group we will be watching the Houston Astros Event at Good Shepherd on Sunday September 23 at 1 p.m. in Rm 217.

Stewardship - [There is] treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise;
but foolish man spendeth it up.Proverbs 21:20

September is our month to help stock up the Food Pantry at HAAM. There is a supply of grocery sacks available in the hallway. Attached is a list of suggested items which are in greatest need. Please return the filled sacks to the table in the hallway and I will deliver them to HAAM. The last day for collection will be Sept 30. Last year we collected ~600lbs – lets see if we can beat that total this year!!!

From the Music Ministry:  The Children's choir has just begun rehearsals and there is still room for more. Please contact Jackson Hearn today or by phone 281-358-3154, ext 114 or email at

Do you read music? Do you read bass clef? Do you have Wednesday morning free? The Good Shepherd Handbell Guild needs ONE MORE ringer who can read bass clef to ring the big bells. It’s a great workout for your mind AND body. See Jackson Hearn (contact info above.)

There is also space for you in the Good Shepherd Choir (high school through adult), which meets Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Jackson Hearn wants to talk to you. See above for his contact information
On September 30 at the 5:00 p.m. service the Good Shepherd Acolyte Guild will hold their annual celebration service. The ENTIRE Acolyte Guild will be present. This is a glorious full Sung Eucharist in the “high” style led by our 81 acolytes.   The Acolytes would like to invite ALL members of Good Shepherd to come and enjoy this beautiful service with full choir to help us celebrate our Acolytes and their ministry.

The Train club meets the first Monday of the month October 1 at 7 p.m. in Rm 206. Any questions, please call Bill Knapp at 281-358-5422.

Prime Timers is a group of empty nesters who enjoy eating out. Saturday October 13 we will be dining at Hacienda Palomas at 5:30 p.m. The restaurant is in the Randall’s Center, Kingwood Drive @ W Lake Houston Pkwy. They will accommodate us with separate checks. You may make reservations by contacting Ann at or we will be in the hallway the Sunday before to sign you up and answer any questions you may have. Hope to see you there.

The Grief Support class meets the first Thursday of every month from 7:00-8:30 pm in Rm 205. Our next meeting will be October 4. If you have recently (or not so recently,) lost a loved one and are still struggling with the pain of loss, please join us in a safe place to learn about the grief process and experience the healing that comes from sharing your story. For more information, please contact Dave Kerkes at or Anne Palmer

The Knit Crochet Group will meet on Friday, October 5,
1:30-3:30 p.m. in Rm 205. The group gathers for fellowship, knitting, crocheting and making items for themselves and outreach. For more information, contact Kathy Kincaid at 281-358-0634 or Emily Maas at 281-359-4341.

The church will conduct a Stewardship  of the Church Work Day on  Saturday, October 6 at 8:00 a.m. This church activity is an opportunity for all at Good Shepherd to contribute. For more information, please contact Martin Light at 281-358-9400.

Women’s Book Group-Have you ever wondered about the title of a book or what hints the cover reveals? Well, this month’s book had me wondering. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult is the book that will be reviewed and discussed. Come join us on Thursday, October 11 at noon in the Mission Center Rm 208. Any questions contact Carole Quinn at

Our Family would love for you to join us for pizza and game day in the Parish Hall after the 10:15 a.m. church service on October 14. Please drop by for a slice, fellowship, and fun. One dollar per slice is the suggested donation. See you there!

Healing ministry during communion in the chapel. Members of Good Shepherd’s chapter of the Order of St. Luke offer healing prayer ministry in the sanctuary chapel during communion at both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. services. The chapter also hosts a class on Christian healing using the DVD series “The Healing Miracles of Jesus,” second Sundays at 11:45 a.m in the Brinsden Room. Contact Barbara Hemphill,, or  281-851-7504, with any questions. .

The quieting, mystical experience of Taizé prayer A service in the style of Taizé (Teh-ZAY) will be offered at Good Shepherd on Sunday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel.  “It is a time to rest in God, to let the words listened to and sung penetrate one’s being.” So says Brother John, a Taizé monk, in lectures and writings explaining what the service is all about. There is no preaching, no teaching, no talk of sin or repentance or forgiveness. There is just this elegantly simple service: short chants, often in Latin, repeated over and over in the dark. Plus some short Scripture readings or psalms. And silence, at least 5 or 6 minutes, sometimes more. In 45 minutes, it’s over. People from all over Kingwood as well as Good Shepherd have come to take part in the service. Come join them!

Good Shepherd School Sunday October 21 -10:15a.m. Worship Service featuring singing by the children of Good Shepherd School. 11:30 a.m. School Open House and complimentary Story Book Lunch. Everyone is Invited. Please help celebrate the Ministry of Good Shepherd School.

Pumpkin Patch are ordering tee shirts again this year. Please sign up at pumpkin patch table. We are only buying 24 shirts so it's a first-come-first-serve basis. The shirts will cost $20.Please contact Trish Kessler 281-748-9466 or
Thank you !
Pumpkin Patch Important Dates
October 6th: Pumpkin Patch yard setup
October 12th: Pot Luck Workshop Luncheon 12 p.m.
 Oct 14th: Unloading of the pumpkins,  1 p.m.

Oct 15th: Pumpkin Patch Opens!! 9:00 a.m.

Oct 18th: KSBJ & Camp Cho-Yeh

Oct 20th:
Movie Night -The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown & Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie.

Oct 22nd:  Unloading of the  pumpkins, 5 p.m.

Oct 27th: Fall Festival, 10 a.m.—4 p.m.

Oct 31st: Patch closes, Luncheon 12 p.m.

Fall Festival October 27th 10 a.m.—4 p.m.
The whole community is invited!
Invite your friends, bring your family, and enjoy the festivities.
We will have live music, obstacle courses, moonwalks,
face painting, Shortcakes the Clown, fabulous games, a trackless train, petting zoo, lots of pumpkins, great food with multiple food trucks, model train display, vendors with wonderful crafts and merchandise and a whole lot more!
If you would like to help, sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex
or call Donna at 281-358-3154.

Fall Festival Auction -We need YOUR HELP!
There are some exciting items lined up for our auction! We are accepting donations as follows:
Gift cards/cash/checks – to enhance themed gift baskets
Large baskets – to prepare gift baskets
Event tickets – theater, music, game tickets to include in gift baskets
*If donating by check, please note “Fall Festival Auction” in memo line
Thank you!! For more information or questions:

Festival Drinks Needed -If you are able, the next time you are food shopping, could you please pick up one or two 12 or 24 packs of drinks for the drink booth at the Fall Festival. Drinks may be left in the church office or the box under the sign up table. We still need: Cokes, Sprite, Diet Sprite, Dr. Pepper and Diet Root beer.

Christian Education  
Sunday School
We are in need of some Sunday School teachers.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Heather Dumais. 
Fall Sunday School Dates:-September 23, 30, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, December 2, 9, 16

Sunday Morning Adult Sunday School

Thomas Merton and the Journey to the True Self
Rm 205-207, 9:00 a.m. Sunday Morning
Thomas Merton was a Roman Catholic Trappist monk and arguably one of the 20th Century's greatest spiritual writers. He did more than almost anyone to articulate the idea of the “false self” which is a construct of the world and culture, and the “true self” which was created by God and set apart for a unique purpose. This five-week reading and discussion group, led by John Gillespie, a professor of History and Humanities, will introduce participants to the life and thought of Thomas Merton while focusing on his understanding of the spiritual journey as a movement from false self to true self. It is free and materials will be provided. For more information, please contact John at .
Schedule times and topics:
September 23 - Understanding of the “true self”  
September 30 - Understanding of God through contemplation
October 7 - Understanding of others through compassion
Thursday, December 6 at Lone Star College Kingwood
Participants are welcome to join me for “The Life and Thought of Thomas Merton,” part of the College’s “Writers, Speakers, and Ideas” series.

Animate Bible: October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11 and 18.
Rm 206 9:00 a.m. Sunday Morning, Facilitated by Bill Richter

This is a video and discussion series from Sparkhouse, a publishing group focused on bringing new life into Contemporary Christian Education. This series is designed to “reinvigorate and deepen understanding of the Bible. Speakers in the series include Nadia Bolz-Weber, Phyllis Tickle and Will Willimon. Video presentations will be followed by groups discussions and reflections. For more information, check out

Weekday Offerings
Spirituality and Mysticism (aka the Hermeticism Café)
Mondays 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.  Rm 208. Facilitated by Kipp and Bill Richter.
If you would like to join us, we would love to have you! Please get the book Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism by Anonymous. It would be helpful if you could read the Afterward (6 pages).  We simply bring our life experience into the class and share ideas about some of the various philosophical threads woven throughout.  

Adult Tuesday Bible Study - Tuesdays 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Rm 208. Facilitated by Bill Richter. Everyone is invited to join us for a time of study, fellowship and lively discussion. There are no materials to purchase, just bring your Bible to class.

Wednesday Night Series - A Benevolent Universe: Video and Discussion series
“If God is Trinity and Jesus is the face of God, then it is a benevolent universe. God is not someone to be afraid of, but is the Ground of Being and on our side.”
Bestselling author Rob Bell joins Franciscans Fr. Richard Rohr and Ilia Delio in exploring the foundation of the Christian faith. Through Scripture, human experience, and science, these masterful teachers show that from the very beginning God has been bringing life from seeming chaos. Teachings include: Richard Rohr on hell, levels of spiritual consciousness and the spiral of violence, Rob Bell on the Creation story, the Trinity, non-dual consciousness and resurrection, Ilia Delio on evolution, cosmology, the expanding universe and quantum physics.
We will meet in Rm 205-207 from 7:15 – 8:45 pm Wednesdays:
September 26. October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. November 7.

Lectio Divina -A group that gathers to pray and meditate with  scripture 
Thursdays 9:30  – 10:30 a.m., Rm 207, For more information call Janet Mansfield  at  281-360-5143.

Christian Meditation - Saturdays 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Rm 206
Facilitated by Kipp & Bill Richter.
This open and ongoing group is a part of the World Community for Christian Meditation. We gather at 9:00 and spend a few minutes for check-in and introductions. We listen to an audio presentation on a meditation related topic for 15-20 minutes and conclude with a 25-minute silent meditation.  To learn more visit

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)

Youth Group Meetings today after the 10:15 a.m. worship service for juniors. Seniors are going to vote with their feet regarding youth group time: we will have meetings on Sunday (September 23) at 5 p.m. and Wednesday (September 26) at 5:30 p.m.

Jr. EYC 2018-2019 Dates September 23 at 11:30 a.m.; October 7 at 11:30 a.m.; October 14 at 1 p.m.; Monday, October 22 at 5 p.m.; October 29 at 11:30 a.m.; November 4 at 11:30 a.m.; November 11 at 11:30 a.m.; December 2 at 11:30 a.m.; January 7 at 11:30 a.m.; January 14 at 11:30 a.m.; January 27 at 1 p.m.; February 3 at 5 p.m. at Christ the King in Atascocita; February 10 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.; February 24 at 11:30 a.m.; March 3 at 11:30 a.m.; March 31 at 11:30 a.m.; April 14 at 11:30 a.m.; April 28 at 11:30 a.m.; May 1 at 5:30 p.m.

College Care Packages: Youth will be putting together care packages for college students. Donations for the care package are needed and include: instant latte coffee, Starbucks gift cards, cookies, small bags of chips, small packages of trail mix (no nuts, please), dried fruit, granola bars, cheese crackers, homemade baked goods with no nuts (we are putting together bags on October 4 & 8).

EYC at the Pumpkin Patch: Youth will be helping with the Pumpkin Patch set-up with their families on October 6, unloading Pumpkins on October 14 at 1 p.m. and October 22 at 5 p.m. Youth and their families will also be helping with fall festival. Youth who assist with the unloading of the pumpkins on October 14 are encouraged to meet at the Kingwood Lake Houston Parkway Sonic after the pumpkins are unloaded.

Urban Air Day on November 10 at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. for youth in grades 5-12. Cost is $10/person

Happening, a spiritual retreat for youth in grades 9-12 is September 7-9 and November 16-18 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to:

Youth Encounter Spirit, a spiritual retreat for youth in grades 6-8 is November 16-18 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to:

Beth Anne Nelson
Director of Youth Ministry,