Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Kingwood, Texas
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Announcements for Sunday April 22

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.

Our Final "Month of Music" concert is today, with a voice recital by Christine Marku, soprano, at 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Ms. Marku is director of choral activities at Riverwood Middle School. She will be joined by a few of her students at this concert which will include selections from Debussy,  Vivaldi, German operetta selections, opera arias, and the entire Exultate Jubilate by Mozart. 

Feed My Lambs will be meeting Tuesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. in Rm 215. We will be making up sack lunches and then delivering them to White Oaks Apartments. After delivering the sack lunches, we will meet for lunch at Fuddruckers. If you can join us, or for more information, please contact Maureen at
The Vestry has approved the creation of a Cross Wall in the hallway between the Great Hall and the Narthex. We want this to be a Parish project, so if any member (individual or family) would like to donate a cross for the wall please drop them off at the office. The crosses can be big, small,  new, something you have at home, or a family favorite. We want this to be a fun project that involves everyone. For questions call the office and ask for Patty Harris 281-358-3154.

Our next Grief Support meeting will be May 3. We will meet the 1st Thursday of the month. The meetings are facilitated by Anne Palmer and Dave Kerkes. The program is intended specifically for individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one. The meetings will be from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Rm 205. For more information, contact Anne Palmer at or Dave Kerkes at

RoadRunners. Hemi Hideout and Brookwood Community, May 3. It appears we have a full bus! The more, the merrier!!! The Precinct 4 bus will depart at 8 am from the main church entry. Please try to arrive by 7:50 am at the latest so we can depart on time at 8 am. We will collect $11/person as you board the bus to cover admission to Hemi Hideout and the bus driver’s lunch at Brookwood. Correct cash amount is most welcome! Your lunch at Brookwood is on your own; we will be seated in groups of 4 or 6 and individual checks will be given. Time is scheduled for shopping in Brookwood’s extensive gift shop & nursery before heading back to Kingwood. Please call Karen Bush, 713-302-2988 for questions; leave a message and reference the May 3 trip if I don’t answer right away. See you all May 3!!!

Women’s Book Group May 10, the members have submitted recommendations for the Reading List for the 2018-2019 season. Voting begins and a new list will be announced at the June Luncheon. If you are interested in the Women’s Book Club at Good Shepherd, a list of what we have read and our selections for May and June can be found in the pamphlet displays. The May selection is The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng. Maybe you have read it so, consider coming on May 10 at noon in Rm 208 and join our discussion. You can join us even if you haven’t read it to see what we are all about.

Katy Hayes will be hosting a “Painting Party” sponsored by DOK on May 10 at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall. She hosted one 2 years ago and all had a wonderful time. Katy supplies all the materials, and she will teach us how to paint a specific work of art. This event is open to all parishioners, but please invite friends to join in the class. The cost will only be $35. Katy is a Kingwood resident who lost her limbs 8 years ago. However, she is a true inspiration to all who know and meet her. Please come support this wonderland artist. Please call or email Janet Mansfield to register for the class at 281-360-5143  or

Church Wide Prayer an Upper Room Experience: Participate in our 2018 Ascension to Pentecost Novena (May 11-19). We will have group prayer in the chapel every day during the Novena at 6:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Overview:

Moms, Dads, and Young Disciples (MDYD) 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 May 13. Please drop by for a slice, fellowship, and fun. One dollar per slice is the suggested donation. See you there!

The fundraiser will be held at: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks, Houston 77027 on Wednesday, May 16, 11 a.m. The speaker will be – the former Houston Astros All Star Pitcher - J.R. RICHARDS - who has been intimately touched by ministries to the homeless. His compelling story is one of success, reversal, courage, and hope – and mirrors the aspirations at LOTS for those who seek a renewed life. As we have done previously and as a supporting parish of LOTS, we would like to support this annual event. A table of 10 can be booked for $2,000 by a host who can then invite their own guests. An individual ticket can be purchased at $200 each to be on the Good Shepherd Kingwood table. In order to make reservations we need to advise LOTS of names with checks made payable to LOTS and left at the church office as soon as possible. Please email me at to advise if you will be able to attend. Thank you so much for your support of this worthy ministry of our church.
Paul W Barker

Congratulations! Through your thoughtful and generous contributions our Celebration of Hope was a great success! Individually, we can all make a difference. Our impact is multiplied when we combine many individual offerings. Your donations will help victims of domestic violence find safety, support families struggling with pediatric cancer, connect homeless people with a spiritual community, provide food, clothing and vital services such as a mailing address, legal help and housing. All of these things are important and necessary. But the most important use of our dollars is boosting hope. Thank you for doing God’s work. Collectively, our Lenten offerings in conjunction with funds raised at the event came to $7,350! We look forward to Celebrating Hope together at this annual event.

Christian Education  
Children’s Christian Education
Sunday School Schedule -  Sunday School will be held on  April 22, 29 and May 6.
Our 2018 Vacation Bible School has been scheduled! We will be having Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus, July 16-19 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. As always we need a lot of volunteers to have a successful week.  If you and/or your middle school/high school students are interested in volunteering, please contact Heather Dumais! 
Adult Sunday Morning Classes at 9:00 a.m.
NOOMA® - Rm 206, Facilitated by Bill Richter
Rob Bell’s NOOMA® is a series of short films that explore our world from a perspective of Jesus. NOOMA is an invitation to search, question, and join the discussion. We will watch the videos together and follow a discussion guide for conversation following the film. For more information check out: or
Weekday Offerings
Spirituality and Mysticism (aka the Hermeticism Café)
Mondays 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.  Rm 208. Facilitated by Kipp and Bill Richter.
We are reading and studying  Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism, by Anonymous, Robert Powell (translator), Hans Urs von Balthasar (afterword). The book is available on Amazon, we provide chapter outlines. This is an amazingly deep text that offers unique insights into mystical Christianity. This is an open and ongoing group. 

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. We are currently studying Galatians.
CS Lewis, the Most Reluctant Convert
Wednesdays 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. School Library, (Brinsden Rm).
Facilitated by Ailsa Cornell.
Some of us from Good Shepherd recently attended this play staged by AD Players and starring Max McLean of the Fellowship for Performing Arts. Funny, clever, insightful, important, and based entirely on the known facts of Lewis’s life, with a script drawn from a wide selection of his own writings – we enjoyed it so much that we bought the DVD for others’ benefit. The second half of the film will be shown April 25. There will be a chance for discussion afterwards if you want.
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.  Call Janet Mansfield for more information, 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 Spring 2018 dates are: April 22. 
Senior Sunday is April 29. Please join seniors in celebrating their high school journey.  Graduating High School Seniors are invited to wear their cap and gown to the 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. worship service.
Mission Trip Sign-up for Canyon Lake (June 3-7) begins today! Please fill out mission trip packets and return them to Beth Anne Nelson by April 29.  We will be rebuilding homes for flood victims while experiencing God at Quest Ranch.  Cost $400/participant. 

Beth Anne Nelson
Director of Youth Ministry