Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Kingwood, Texas
Daily Devotional             

Announcements for Sunday May 19

Congratulations Graduates

Lessons in Healing from the Chapel Windows, a new booklet designed to help you pray for healing, is now available in the information kiosks. It includes reflections on the miracles portrayed in Good Shepherd chapel’s stained-glass windows, as well as example prayers and practices. Contact Barbara Hemphill, at or 281-851-7504 if you need multiple copies. 
Forward Day by Day -The May-July issue of the favorite daily devotional magazine Forward Day by Day is now available in the Narthex in both regular and large print edition. These are provided for the Good Shepherd congregation as a living memorial for Elizabeth and Buck Sloane by their family.

“The Good Shepherd Steward”
“This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35
Jesus sets a high bar for discipleship, that we so obviously love one another that other people will recognize it. And even though this particular verse speaks of loving only one another, Jesus clearly wants us to love everyone, especially those we may not be inclined to love.

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, at or 281-851-7504 with any questions.

Disaster Response Team questionnaire: Please remember to return your form to the Church.
RoadRunners. Our next trip is planned for Thursday, June 6, 9:00 a.m. Our recent weather-related conditions and the resultant traffic or other emergency issues suggest a return visit to Houston TranStar, a unique partnership of representatives from the City of Houston, Harris County, METRO and TxDOT who share resources and exchange information under one roof to keep motorists informed, roadways clear and lives safe in the fourth most populated city in the United States. Established in 1993, the Houston TranStar brand is globally recognized for managing southeast Texas’ transportation system and functioning as the primary coordination site for state, county and local agencies when responding to incidents and emergencies. You will be amazed seeing firsthand how this agency monitors our greater Houston area and leave with an appreciation for the significant coordination of the various agencies. The tour will last approximately 2 hours, there is plenty of seating along the way. Our tour will be followed by lunch at a to-be-selected nearby restaurant. Sign up sheet is posted outside the Great Hall. For questions, contact Karen Bush, 713-302-2988 or

The Summer Session of book club comes to an end with June and The Death of Mrs. Westerway. We will meet in Rm 208 at noon on June 14. Although I am only 30 pages into Ruth Ware’s novel, I am finding it quite intriguing. I think I am hooked.

Photo contest:   The communications committee is working on redesigning the church website.   We are looking for more photos for our site.  Please submit a photo that you feel best embodies Good Shepherd and we will announce a winner during the July 4 picnic. Winner receives $50 gift card!  Please email any submissions to Janet Garza at  

Communication committee needs you!  We are looking for additional photographers and videographers/editors to help us develop content for our website.  If you can donate time, please contact Janet Garza at

Save the date for Our Family Wednesday Night Dinner on July 17 at 6 p.m. for children, youth, families, and the parish! Enjoy Spaghetti, games, and fellowship.

Did you know that Humble ISD will start classes August12th this year?? With this in mind HAAM will start distributing school supplies in June! I will have a basket on the donation bin to collect items such as binders, ,highlighters, markers, folders etc. Of course donations of cash to purchase specific grade packages is greatly appreciated. Also they will start Sneakerdoodles – “so no foot is left behind”. Donations of new sneakers will be accepted May 1st through August 16th.

Mark your Calendars Episcopal Night at the Ballpark, Friday, July 19, 2019, Time : 7:10 p.m. Location: Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St, Houston, TX US 77002. Arrive Early!!! Enjoy a free pre-game cookout at Christ Church Cathedral. Event begins at 5 p.m., and everyone will head to the ballpark around 6:30 p.m. Free parking in the Cathedral’s parking garage (511 San Jacinto) Food, refreshments, and parking on a first come basis. Stay Late for post game fireworks. For ticket information, check the sign up area in the Narthex. The final day to sign up is May 28.

Christian Education
Vacation Bible School:  We are so excited to be “Roaring” through the week of July 8th-11th from 9am-12pm.  The kids will learn that “Life is Wild; God is Good”. We need many volunteers to get us through the week!  Please consider helping out.  Contact Heather Dumais at or 281-358-3154 ext. 103. Registration forms for participants and youth volunteers are in the office and on the website.

Adult Sunday Morning

May 19 and 26
Rm 207, 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 Christianity Café):
Mondays 6:00 p.m. Rm 208, Facilitated by Kipp and Bill Richter
We are reading and studying, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith by Marcus J. Borg. Borg considers how to rekindle passion for the essential ingredients of a Christian life—faith, being born again, the kingdom of God, and the gospel of love. The book is available on Amazon. We provide a schedule, chapter summaries and questions for reflection. This is an ongoing, café style discussion group.

Adult Tuesday Bible Study  
This is an ongoing Bible study led by Bill Richter.
9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in Rm 208
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. For more information, contact Bill Richter in the church office at 281-358-3154. * (The Books of the Bible will vary.)

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 

Christian Meditation
Facilitated by Kipp & Bill Richter
Saturdays 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Rm 206
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  
Thanks to each and every one of you who attended the successful April in Paris Gala, Saturday, April 27, at Kingwood County Club. And special thanks to those of you who made donations and purchased auction items. The Gala Committee is pleased to report our net for the evening was $16,733: $2,000 will be designated as seed money for a gala in two years, the remaining $14,733 will be given to the Vestry to use at their discretion.

Thank you to Domino’s for donating pizza for the kids last week during the flood.

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)

Senior Sunday is TODAY from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Youth are invited to enjoy celebrating the graduating seniors. Class of 2019 and their families have a breakfast at 9 a.m. Youth will lead in all services and four youth will preach during the services.
End of Year Pool Party at noon at the Woods Home TODAY.

Canyon Lake Mission Trip Meeting on May 19 in Rm 217 for all missionaries and their parents at 6 p.m.

Canyon Lake Mission Trip Sign-up continues. The dates of the Mission Trip are June 3-7, 2019. We will be assembling portions of walls for prefabricated homes, touring missions, having Bible Studies, and having ample time for Christian Fellowship. Mission Trip Meeting TODAY at 6 p.m. in the youth room.

Happening, a spiritual retreat for youth in grades 9-12 is in September 2019 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to:

Youth Encounter Spirit, a spiritual retreat for youth in grades 6-8 is in November 2019 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to:

Beth Anne Nelson
Director of Youth Ministry


Thank You
To Father Bill, Parishioners of Good Shepherd and Friends:

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.” - Albert Einstein

Again the Bells of Heaven tolled for someone very close to me.
My dear sweet Mother, my precious Mom has left this earth to be with Thee.
I now thank every one of you who, once again, found time to be A source of strength, hope, care and love, blessings and prayers to comfort me.
Thanks for hugs and calls and food, cards and music beyond words for me.
All done to soothe the pain I bear of losing another soul set free.
Along with memories I’ll always have of those in heaven from the past Are memories of how you consoled me, memories that will always last.
You are my family, my steady rock. You brought me joy, you brought me peace.
I thank you all for being there. My steadfast love will never cease.

“Now at last she is beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read, which goes on forever, in which every chapter is better than the one before.” - C.S. Lewis

Mrs. Bernice Mitchell Satterwhite