Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Kingwood, Texas
Daily Devotional             

Announcements for the week of  September 24th

Just a reminder that September is our month to stock the food pantry at Humble Area Assistance Ministries. As you can imagine, they have been using all their resources to help Harvey victims so please consider picking up a Kroger bag from the table in the hallway. I have attached a suggested list of items to purchase. Return the bag to the same table or the donation bin and we will get them to HAAM.
Thank you, Valerie McMullen

There is still room for first, second and third graders in the Coventry Choir. This choir meets Wednesdays at 4:30 in the Music Suite/Great Hall. See Jackson Hearn to sign up or for more information.

Feed My Lambs, please join us Tuesday, September 26 at 10:30 a.m. in Rm 205. We will make up the sack lunches for White Oak Apartments. We need people to sack and then people to deliver so please let Maureen Wheatley know if you can do one or the other – or both!!! Contact her at Hope to see you all then.

Grief Support at Good Shepherd. An 8 week grief support program, facilitated by Anne Palmer, will begin at Good Shepherd on Thursday, September 28 and will meet each subsequent Thursday evening through November 16. 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. There will be a charge of $20.00 per person to cover the cost of materials. To assist with the preparation of materials, individuals are asked to preregister by e‑mail with either Anne Palmer at or Dave Kerkes at Continuing support will be provided by monthly meetings for individuals that would like to participate.

RoadRunners: We've been able to reschedule the Sept. trip to Huntsville for Oct. 4. We'll travel to the Sam Houston Visitor's Center to meet our docent who will take us on a Heritage Tour of some of the historic homes in Huntsville, enjoy lunch at the popular Farmhouses Cafe on the Downtown Square, then tour the Prison Museum. Departure from Good Shepherd will be at 8:30 a.m. and return will be 4-4:30 p.m. Cost for the Heritage Tour and Prison Museum is $10, payable when you board the bus. Hope all of you who originally signed up will be able to join us! A new sign up sheet has been posted outside the Great Hall. For additional information, please contact Karen Bush, 713-302-2988 or
The KnitCrochet Group will meet on Friday, October 6, 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.

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 October 8. Please drop by for a slice, fellowship, and fun. One dollar per slice is the suggested donation. See you there!

Christian Healing class - Good Shepherd’s Raphael chapter of the Order of St Luke will offer “Journey into Healing,” four introductory classes on Christian healing – second Sundays at noon in the Brinsden Room (CE Library), October 8 or contact Barbara Hemphill, 281-851-7504 or

Blessing of the Animals  October 8, you  are invited to bring your pets for their annual blessing at 3:00 p.m. on the front lawn.  This annual observance is held on a  Sunday near the Feast of St. Francis of  Assisi who left a legacy of love for all God’s creatures, especially the animals. The blessing starts with a short liturgy which includes a song  (“All things bright and beautiful”), a prayer that gives thanks for God’s creatures especially those we love and care for, 
and a reading from Genesis about the creation of the animals. Then, each pet is presented by name to Father Bill who blesses the animal. Water and treats will be available for dogs.

The Women’s Book Club will meet on October 12 at Noon in Rm 208. We meet on the second Thursday of each month. Come join us and join in our discussion. Bring a lunch if you wish. The read for October is “ A Gentelman In Moscow.”

The church will conduct a Stewardship  of the Church Work Day on  Saturday, October 14 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.

Thank you to everyone who attended our Primetimers dinner last month. It was a welcome distraction from all the post Harvey recovery efforts. We have not yet determined our venue for our meeting Saturday October 14 so please check your Sunday bulletin for more information.

SAVE THE DATE, Good Shepherd School Sunday, October 15.
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.

Thursday, Oct 12 : Cashier Workshop 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct 13: Goody Bag and Organize Kids Corner 1 p.m.
Saturday, Oct 14: Fence, Pallets and Maze setup 8 a.m.
Sunday, October 15: Pumpkin unloading 1 p.m.
Monday, October 16: Pumpkin Patch opens 9 a.m.
Thursday, October 19 : KSBJ and Camp Cho Yeh 5 p.m.
Monday, October 23: Pumpkin Unloading 4 p.m.
Friday, October 27 : Movie Night  7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31 : Patch closes at noonish
Please contact Trish Kessler 281-748-9466,,
or John Ballay 832-289-7946,,
with any questions

October 21, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.
Mark Your Calendars
Invite your friends, bring your family, and enjoy the festivities.
Live music, obstacle courses, moonwalks, silent auction,
face painting, Shortcakes the Clown, fabulous games, trackless train, pony rides, lots of pumpkins, great food with multiple
Food Trucks , model train display,
vendors with wonderful crafts and
merchandise and a whole lot more!
Please contact Donna Clifford at if you would like to help or sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex.
We will also be collecting soft drinks and juice boxes during the months of September and October.

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 in the box by the sign up table. We are limiting the types of drinks this year to:
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Maria DuBois


The flood waters have receded. The shock and loss caused by the disaster we have just experienced lingers. The initial help by our wonderful Church Family volunteers for those whose homes flooded, the generous monetary gifts and many acts of kindness reflects the compassionate caring of our congregation. Ongoing support, however, is needed for all who have been affected by these recent events. Not all have been directly affected, but we have ALL been touched by the disaster. Stephen Ministers will be available now and in the future to listen compassionately and provide confidential support to you, our Sisters and Brothers in Christ. Look for us during coffee hour, and at church activities and programs. We will be wearing our blue identification name tags. Tell us your storm story, your frustrations, share your emotions and let us provide Christian support you may need now and as you move forward. This may be over a cup of coffee or through an ongoing caring relationship. Stephen Ministers are here to provide caring support for our Good Shepherd Family.
Stephen Leaders: Dave Kerkes, Janet Mansfield and Carolyn McGaughey

Stephen Ministers: Karen Bush, Bud Currell, Barbara Goodwin, Patsy Mancivalano, Kipp Richter, Olga Sheets, Judy Spithill, Steve VanNostrand, Charles Wenck, and Marian Wilson

Contact information is available in the Church Directory or Church Office

Christian Education  

Children’s Christian Education

Sunday School Schedule
September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Adult Sunday Morning Classes.

Adult Bible Study Rm 205 .
Facilitated by Gretchen Vogel.
Pastor and author Matt Rawle is on a mission. He sees Christ all around him—in books, movies, TV shows, rock music—and he wants to share what he sees. As Matt says, "God offers the raw ingredients, and 'culture' is whatever we cook up." Hollywood Jesus is pastor and author Matt Rawle's study of Jesus and Christ figures in films, including Cool Hand Luke, The Lion King, The Truman Show, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, explore what happens when script meets Scripture and when pop culture encounters the King of kings and Lord of lords. Hollywood Jesus is part of The Pop in Culture Series of Bible studies in which Matt Rawle stirs up a tasty gumbo of insight, humor, and inspiration based on some of your favorite pop culture classics.

September 24, October 1 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

Animate Faith
October 8, 15, 22 and 29; November 5, 12 and 19. Rm 206, Facilitated by Bill Richter
Animate Faith 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 be “An imaginative exploration of Christianity’s big questions.” Speakers in the series include Brian McLaren and Nadia Bolz-Weber. Video presentations will be followed by group 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
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 – 11:00 a.m. Rm 208. This is an ongoing Bible study led 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 Romans.

Wednesday Night Short Courses
7:15 – 8:30 p.m. School Library
Facilitated by Bill Richter
NOOMA - September 27.

Animate Faith - October 4, 11, and 18; November 1, 8, 15 and 29

The plan through November is to reprise Fr. Bill’s Sunday morning class on Wednesday night. The classes and appropriate links are listed above.

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 is moving days due to the change in youth schedules. Beginning TODAY: junior high youth in grades 5-8 will meet from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Rm 211. Senior high youth in grades 9-12 meet from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Rm 217. There is no youth group on September 20.

Youth Group Fall 2017 dates are September 24, October 1, October 8, October 15, November 5, November 12, November 19, December 3, and December 10.

Youth Encounter Spirit and Happening, spiritual retreats for youth in grades 6-12 are November 17-19 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to:

Seafarer’s Outreach: youth are collecting items for the seafarer’s outreach. Please bring appropriate items to the pink bag outside the youth room. Items include: paper, paper clips, pencils/ pens, small gifts, rubber bands, band aids, chap stick, conditioner (trial size), combs, cotton balls, decks of cards, knitted watch caps, lotion (trial size), needle and thread, t-shirts, work socks, work gloves, soap, shampoo (trial size), shoe polish, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wash cloths, and wrapping paper. Last day for collection is Sunday, November 26.

Youth Ministry Inreach: In lieu of youth group, youth will help unload pumpkins on October 15 and 23 and volunteer at the Fall festival on October 21.

Beth Anne Nelson
Director of Youth Ministry