Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Kingwood, Texas
 
 
Announcements
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Announcements for the week of  March 26th

Liturgical Dance Company rehearsal will resume today 3-4pm in the Great Hall.

Once again, Morning Prayer will be offered in the chapel at 6:30 a.m. Monday - Friday during Lent, continuing through Good Friday.  This quiet, brief (30 minutes) service is an excellent Lenten discipline and a great way to start the day.  Come join us!

Lenten Outreach Offering - Some people give something up as a way to observe Lent. Please also consider doing something that will bring hope and life to another. Cash or checks that you place in the Purple Offering envelopes found in the pews will benefit the hungry, homeless and abused in our area. If you write a check, make it out to Good Shepherd with “Lenten Outreach” in the memo. Please be generous. To learn more about our outreach ministries, visit the church website or contact Stephan Badot at stephan.badot@kennametal.com.        

Lenten Program Wednesdays of Lent March 29, April 5. Father Bill will lead a class on forgiveness that will use a book by The Rev. Dennis Maynard entitled Forgive and Get Your Life Back. Materials from the book and other sources will be used to broaden our understanding of what forgiveness is and how it does and does not work. The book is available through Amazon. 7:15 – 8:00 p.m. in the Great Hall

Stations of the Cross, in the Sanctuary will be Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m., March 29 & April 5.

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association will meet 7 – 9 p.m. in Rm 211 on Thursday, March 30. Our guest speaker will be Kathy Gray, MA, LPC, LMFT-A, OTA. Her presentation is entitled, “Managing the Challenges of ADHD, Autism, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, and Other Similar Conditions Through Sensory Processing Work.” Please join us and find answers to your most pressing questions. Our community is invited to attend! For more information please contact Susan MacHugh at 281-812-3182 or email MrsQ123@aol.com

Evōk (Eclectic Voices of Kingwood), a chamber choir from Lone Star College, will present their Spring concert at Good Shepherd on Friday night, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. There are 16 singers in this ensemble, half of them professional musicians from the Kingwood area and half of them students from the college. Dr. Todd Miller directs this group, singing works of Frank Martin, Matthew Harris, popular Madrigals and King’s Singers Arrangements.There will be a reception afterwards for those attending the concert. Tickets are $10.

The KnitCrochet Group will meet on Friday, April 7, 1:30-3:30 in Rm 205. The group gathers for fellowship, knitting and crocheting, while making items for themselves and for outreach. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, contact Kathy Kincaid at 281-358-0634 or Emily Maas at 281-359-4341.

Come Join the Fun!! Altar Guild invites everyone to help make the Palm Sunday crosses Saturday, April 8 at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Why not come and have a great time enjoying this great ministry? Craft experience is not necessary. We will teach you everything you always wanted to know and then some. For questions contact Joyce Horton at 281-359-3622 or jhortonhhs@aol.com.

The church will conduct a Stewardship  of the Church Work Day on  Saturday, April 8, 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.

“BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND”! Our Prime Timers group will be revisiting The Curry House on FM1960 Bypass Road on Saturday April 8 at 5:30 p.m. As usual, separate checks will be given. You may check out their menu at www.humblecurryhouse.com. They were very accommodating last time, explaining all the dishes and making sure people ordered to their taste so no surprises!! We hope you will be able to join us. We will be taking reservations in the hallway on Sunday April 2 or you may email Ann at
anwenck@gmail.com.

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 April 9. Please drop by for a slice, fellowship, and fun. One dollar per slice is the suggested donation. See you there.

A meditative service of Passion readings and music will be presented by the Good Shepherd choir and instrumentalists on Palm Sunday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the narthex. Almost a "Lessons and Carols" for Holy Week with prayers and readings, this liturgy is a beautiful way to begin Holy Week. The list of music includes anthems and hymns from the rich tradition of Anglican Music as well as newer works by contemporary composers. Because of the quiet and somber nature of this service, it may not be appropriate for small children. There will be no Taizé service in April.
We will be having our Seder Meal on April 12 at 5:30 p.m. This is a seated dinner (reservations are a MUST) during which Father Bill will lead a Seder ceremony. Dinner is $12 for adults and $5 for children. To make a reservation, sign up on the sign up sheet in the hallway or call the church office at 281-358-3154. The last day to sign up is April 9.

The Women's Book Club meeting will be on April 13 in Rm 208. In this “enjoyable, fast-paced tale,” master historian David McCullough “shows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly” and “captures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished.” He draws on the extensive Wright family papers to profile not only the brothers but their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.

As is our tradition, beginning April 13, there will be an all-night prayer vigil in the chapel from the end of the Maundy Thursday service until the beginning of the noon-time Good Friday service.  This simple act reminds us of Christ's admonition to his Disciples to "keep watch and pray."  Please come to the church and pray for an hour during his time.  Men are especially needed; youth are welcome to sign up with a parent.  The sign-up sheet is in the hallway.

The LOTS annual spring luncheon will be on Tuesday April 25 at the Bayou City Event Center in Houston. The guest speaker will be Prof. Brene Brown. Last year we had 3 tables of 10 people attend from Good Shepherd, we hope to have your support again this year! Please contact me if you would like, possibly jointly with others, to reserve a table to which you could invite other guests. My email address is padmarket@yahoo.com.
Many thanks, Paul Barker

RoadRunners. Mark your calendar for our next trip on Wednesday, May 3. We'll head to New Dubina, a short distance from LaGrange and Schulenburg, where we will have the opportunity to tour a unique recreation of a mid-1800's Western town on a 105-acre ranch, created by retired dentist Jimmy Helms, cousin of parishioner Jill Kirkonis. You may Google New Dubina, Texas to read further about the town and Dr. Helms. Additional information about the trip will be in your Sunday bulletins beginning April 2; a sign up sheet will also be posted outside the Great Hall on April 2. For further information, contact Karen Bush, 713-302-2988 or bushkngwd@aol.com.  


Christian Education  

Children’s Christian Education

Children’s Sunday School will have classes on March 26, April 2, 9, 23, 30 and May 7. There is no Sunday School today and April 16.

We are collecting donations for our Annual Easter Egg hunt. There is a box in The Narthex for donations.  Items that are great to stuff in our plastic Easter Eggs are stickers, Easter trinkets and non-chocolate candy!!!  Thank you in advance!!!

Adult Christian Education Sundays

 “The Story”, by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee, is a book study about the story of the Bible.  It is a progression of Bible characters from Genesis to Revelation.  The Story allows stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to be written like a novel. If interested in attending, you can purchase the book and participant guide from Christianbook.com, Amazon.com, or Lifeway.com. This class meets at 9:00 a.m. in Rm 208. For more information, contact Jeannie Whitney at 713-702-9456 or gjwhitney03@yahoo.com.

Adult bible study meets on Sundays in Rm 205 at 9:00 a.m.
The Faith of a Mockingbird is a small group study working to connect Christ and Pop Culture.  Books are available for $10.00 in the classroom or by seeing Heather Dumais.

Newcomer’s Class with Father Bill is offering an Introduction to the Episcopal Church on Sunday mornings. This course is  primarily for those who are new to the church; however, if anyone needs a refresher course, you are welcome. We will meet Sundays March, 19, 26 and April 2, 9:05 – 10:00 a.m. in Rm 206. Call or e-mail Bill Richter for more information.

Weekday Adult Offerings
 
Spirituality and Mysticism (aka the Hermeticism Café) We will be reading and studying Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism by Anonymous, Robert Powell (translator), Hans Urs von Balthasar (afterword). (available on Amazon). Meeting Mondays from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. in Rm 208. This group is facilitated by Kipp and Bill Richter

Adult Tuesday Bible Study: This is an ongoing Bible study led by Bill Richter. This study is on the book of Acts*. 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 will meet 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.
Lectio Divina, is an open, ongoing group that gathers to pray and meditate with scripture. We meet Thursday mornings in Rm. 207 at  9:00 a.m. Please contact Janet Mansfield, facilitator, if you would like more information, call 281-360-5143.

The World  Community for Christian Meditation - Our ongoing group meets each Saturday at 9:00 a.m. in Rm 206. Each session is about 50 minutes long and open to everyone 18 years old and over.

Luke 4:20 Group: Filled with Wisdom - Meeting April 27 at
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Rm 208. Reading: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr. Discussing questions from the Falling Upward Companion Journal


Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)
 
Biblical Encounter our youth ministry curriculum with a matching website is live! Please visit our website at biblicalencounter.com
 
Wednesday Evening Youth: youth room doors open at 5 p.m. & youth group begins at 5:45 p.m.
 
All Youth Crazy Crawfish Boil is on April 8 at the Kessler home (1906 Lake Village Drive Kingwood, TX 77339) at 2 p.m. Youth in grades 5-12 and their families are invited to attend.
https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=w.ProcessCreate7&requesttimeout=360

Give Back to Youth Missions at Chili’s on April 17, and May 15 at Chili’s in Humble (20070 HWY 59 North, Humble, TX 77338) from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Pick-up a flyer and come have a meal and 10% of the profit will benefit the youth mission fund.
 
Youth Encounter Spirit and Happening Retreats - Spiritual retreats for youth in grades 6-12 are April 21-23 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to: http://www.epicenter.org/happening-participants/
 
Zoo Overnight with San Jacinto Convocation on April 21-22. Meet at the zoo at 6 p.m. Youth in grades 5-12 are invited to participate. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094FAFAF28A3F85-zooovernight
 
Youth Volunteer with Hearts and Hands on April 22 and April 29 from 8:30a.m. until 4:30p.m. This Houston wide program will help rebuild homes in the Houston area.
 
Mission Extravaganza, a youth ministry mini-fundraiser and the major youth ministry fundraiser for 2016-2017, complete with games, inflatables, and entertainment will be April 30 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
 
Senior Sunday is May 21. 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.
 
Beth Anne Nelson
Director of Youth Ministry
youthministry@biblicalencounter.com