Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Kingwood, Texas
Daily Devotional             

Announcements for Sunday January 13 

Our Family: Issues that matter for parents of children with all ages meets during the Sunday School hour at 9 a.m. in Rm 206. Current parenting topics and questions and answers are offered. Dates are: January 13, January 27, February 3, February 10.; February 24, March 3, March 24, March 31, April 14, April 28, and May 1.

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 today. Please drop by for a slice, fellowship, and fun. One dollar per slice is the suggested donation. See you there!
Our monthly prayer service in the style of Taizé will be tonight, at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel. We will sing, pray, listen and wait in a quiet setting, lit by candles surrounding the cross and sacred icons. You will feel refreshed and centered. Invite a friend.

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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.
(After Jesus’ baptism), a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”  Luke 3:22 
Each of us is God’s beloved daughter and son; each of us is God’s steward of creation, of our world and all its inhabitants; with each of us, we hope God is well pleased.

Blankets, Backpacks and Britches! - The cooler weather has arrived and our friends in Downtown and Midtown Houston need our help. The cold weather is particularly hard on the homeless so please continue to search your closets for items for Lord of the Streets (LOTS). All clothing items are needed but in particular men’s pants, backpacks and blankets would be truly appreciated. The volunteer shift is daily from 9-11:30 a.m. Any questions about our outreach to the homeless, feel free to ask Kelly Trlica at or Stephan Badot at Our church cooks breakfast about every two months on Sunday mornings for the homeless at LOTS. Your help is truly appreciated.

Our Annual Parish meeting will be at 9:00 a.m. in the Great Hall on January 20, please plan on attending.

Feed My Lambs will be meeting Tuesday, January 22 at 10:30am in the Mission Center to prepare lunch sacks for White Oak Apartments. If you are able to prepare and or deliver the lunches, please contact Maureen at Thank you.

EPIC NERF WAR!  On January 27, Our Family group will meet after morning services for lunch and church work day, followed by an epic NERF war. (Bring your own NERF gun.) We’ll end with a family church service.  

The Grief Support group meets the first Thursday of every month from 7:00-8:30 pm in Rm 205. Our next meeting will be February 7. 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

Save the Date
April in Paris Gala
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Kingwood Country Club

Christian Education  

Children’s Sunday School
Sunday School dates: January 13, 27.  February 3, 10, 24. March 3, 24 31.  April 7, 14, 28.  May 5.

First Communion classes have already begun.  If you have a child that is in the First Grade or older and you would like him/her to make First Communion on April 28, please contact Heather Dumais. 281-358-3154 ext. 103.

Confirmation classes have already begun. If you have a child in Ninth Grade or older and he/she would like to participate in Confirmation in March, please contact Heather Dumais 281-358-3154 ext. 103.

Sunday Morning Adult Sunday School

Newcomer’s Class
Facilitated by Bill Richter, January 13, and 27; February 3, 10, 17 and 24, Rm 207
This class is designed to provide an introductory overview of the structure, beliefs and practices of the Episcopal Church. An important part of Episcopal life is using our faith and beliefs in the day to day of our lives. We encourage a kind of open theological thinking that can be used in just about any situation. I plan to use Rob Bell’s NOOMA® series as a tool for facilitating a process of theological thinking and discussion in the class. The class is open to everyone.
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. 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
This is an ongoing Bible study led by Bill Richter. We are studying the Gospel of Luke.* Come join us for a time of learning, fellowship and lively discussion. There are no materials to purchase. Please bring your Bible to class. The class meets on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in Rm 208. For more information contact Bill Richter in the church office at 281-358-3154. * The Books of the Bible will vary.

Wednesday Night Series
Wednesday Evenings for January. We will be watching a video series entitled Following the Mystics Through the Narrow Gate. The videos features Richard Rohr, James Finley and Cynthia Bourgeault. We will gather from 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. in Rm 208 of the Mission Center: January 16, 23 and 30. Hosted by Bill and Kipp Richter.

Lectio Divina
Thursdays 9:30  – 10:30 a.m. Rm 207
This is an open, ongoing group that gathers to pray and meditate with  scripture.  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  

Sincerest Thanks to Father Bill, Parishioners of Good Shepherd and Friends:

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain.
He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.
If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
- Unknown

For every thought and every prayer, for everyone who was always there.
For every card and every call, for every teardrop that did fall.
For hugs so tight and kisses warm, for stronger friendships we did form.
For errands run both day and night, for food and drinks and notes to write.
For sacraments at beck and call, for visits made by one and all.
For everything by everyone, you helped me get my planning done.
There aren’t enough words to ever show, the love I have for you and so,

’ll say it now and say it o’er, I love you and thank you forever more.

Mrs. Harry Gordon Satterwhite

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)

Jr. EYC 2019 Dates January 13 at 11:30 a.m.; January 27 at 11:30 a.m. - 5 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.

Sr. EYC 2019 Dates: January 16 at 5:30 p.m., 23 at 5:30 p.m., 30 at 5:30 p.m.; February 6 at 5:30 p.m., February 13 at 5:30 p.m., February 20 at 5:30 p.m., February 27 at 5:30 p.m.; March 6 at 5:30 p.m., March 20 at 5:30 p.m., March 27 at 5:30 p.m.; April 3 at 5:30 p.m., April 10 at 5:30 p.m., April 24 at 5:30 p.m.; May 1 at 5:30 p.m.

Convocation Jump Day at Urban Air Spring on January 20 for grades 5-12 at 5:30 p.m. in Rm 217. Cost is $14/person. Sign-up with Ms. Beth Anne by December 14.
Happening, a spiritual retreat for youth in grades 9-12 is January 18-20 and April 26-28 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to:

Youth Encounter Spirit, a spiritual retreat for youth in grades 6-8 is April 26-28 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to:

Beth Anne Nelson, Director of Youth Ministry