Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Kingwood, Texas
Daily Devotional             

Announcements for Sunday November 11th 

Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan - TODAY is our Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Sunday, a day we commemorate our Scottish/Anglican heritage by remembering Samuel Seabury, the first American Episcopal bishop, who was consecrated in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1784. We will thrill to the sound of the bagpipes as we hear Highland Cathedral, Amazing Grace, and other great piping tunes at all morning services.
Our Family Game Day - 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 on November 11. Please drop by for a slice, fellowship, and fun. One dollar per slice is the suggested donation. See you there!

Be sure and get your Forward Day by Day TODAY if you haven't already. The November-January Issue is here.
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 Good Shepherd Choir relies on the vocal leadership of local students in helping our choir reach its full potential. It costs us $280 a week to cover this, which is not included in the annual budget. Your gifts to the music ministry not only helps the choir, but also those students who need the extra income to help meet their expenses. Please give if you feel led and if you have been touched by the ministries of our choir. See Jackson Hearn for more information.

Praying for Peace and Remembering the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI—A service in the style of Taizé (Teh-ZAY) will be offered at Good Shepherd tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel. On this day, we will remember the peace accord that brought the First World War to a close. Moreover, we will yearn for that day when swords will be beaten into plowshares, and we will make war no more. May it come to pass, Lord, and soon. There will be no preaching nor teaching, no talk of sin or repentance or forgiveness. It will be just this elegantly simple service: short chants, some in Latin, repeated over and over in candlelight, with short Scripture readings or psalms. And silence, at least 5 or 6 minutes, sometimes more. In 45 minutes, it will be over. People from all over Kingwood as well as Good Shepherd have come to take part in the service. Come join us!

We have committed to providing 1-lb bags of dried beans for HAAM’s Thanksgiving baskets. There will be a basket in the hallway Nov 4 and 11. Thank you. Valerie McMullen.

The Church office will be closed on November 12th in honor of Veterans Day.

Time Treasure Talent
‘It is the Lord Christ you are serving’

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 9-11:30a.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 Thanksgiving service will be on Wednesday night, November 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Nave. Come join your church family in offering thanks and praise to our God who, along with the Holy Spirit, has brought us through an incredible year. Father Bill will preach, and we will sing hymns of Thanksgiving. We ask that as an act of gratitude, you bring some sort of non-perishable food item for HAAM. The Food Pantry accepts non-perishable food and hygiene donations that are unopened and have not expired.

Vestry Elections December 2 - If you are interested in running for Vestry or would like more information about the Vestry, please contact Charles Wenck at 281-358-3903, or Bill Richter at 281-358-3154, or

RoadRunners: The final RoadRunners trip for 2018 is Wednesday, December 5 for a private History and Art tour of the Cistern on Buffalo Bayou, followed by lunch at Vincent's on West Gray. The Cistern is a former drinking water reservoir built in 1926 for the City of Houston. After operation for decades, an irreparable leak was discovered and after a few years, the reservoir was decommissioned in 2007. Buffalo Bayou Partnership restored and repurposed the Cistern into a magnificent public space to house an ambitious program of changing art installation. We will have our own docent to guide us. Cost will be approx. $20 - $25, depending on the final number of people and including the bus driver's lunch at Vincent's. We will depart the Good Shepherd parking lot at 9:15 a.m. and should return by 2:00 p.m. For further information, please contact Karen Bush, 713-302-2988 or The sign up sheet is posted on the Sign Up Board outside the Great Hall.

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Good Shepherd is having its final blood drive for this year on SUNDAY, DEC. 9, from 9a.m. to noon in the front parking lot of the church. Registration will be in the Parish Hall during that time.   As you know, there is always a need for blood, but even more-so during the upcoming holiday season.  I hope you will consider donating blood (if able) during this final drive this year.  Here are four good reasons to donate:
1) Donating blood can save 3 lives
2) What better gift during the holiday season than to give the gift of life
3) You get a cool T-shirt & a nice snack
4) Your personal satisfaction that you’ve done something really terriffic for others
We are especially in need of ‘younger donors’ (ages 17-50+), as many of our regular donors can no longer donate due to medications, health issues, etc.
To be eligible to donate, you must be 17+ in age, 110 lbs + in wt., & in good health and you MUST HAVE A PICTURE ID that day. Let’s have a good turnout for this last blood drive of the year!!  

I want to thank the following parishioner’s and staff for the donations to the Silent Auction this year. Their dedication to Good Shepherd and talents are truly appreciated.
Maria Litvan, John Rood, Joyce Horton, Paul Brinsden, Patty Harris, Libby Kara, Wendy Brinsden, Bill Knapp, Laura Hawley, Donna Clifford, Sue Panzeralla, Good Shepherd School, Denise Rood, Dianna Barker, Paula Yale, Joe Jones, Karen Bush, Leila Hayes, Amber Higbie, Jennifer Kapusciak, Lilly Gomez, and Allyson Mansfield.

Please visit the following businesses that have generously donated to the Silent Auction:
Nice Winery, Kingwood Garden Center, Warrens Garden Center, Cyrese & Co, St Arnolds Beer, James Avery, Mama Fu, Camp Cho Yeh, Back Pew Brewery, Stages Theater, The Grand Opera House, Dynamo’s, Astro’s, Urban Air, Show Biz, Rancho Polomas, Hacienda Polomas, Club House Drop in, 3 B’s, N 8 Massage, John Rood CPA, Lake Houston Area Artist, and Kingwood Area Quilt Group.

Patty Harris Silent Auction Coordinator

Christian Education  
Sunday School

Fall Sunday School Dates:- November 11, December 2, 9, 16

Sunday Morning Adult Sunday School
Animate Bible: November 11, 18, 25.
Rm 206 9:00 a.m. Sunday Morning, Facilitated by Bill Richter
This 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 reinvigorate and deepen understanding of the Bible. Speakers in the series include Nadia Bolz-Weber, Phyllis Tickle and Will Willimon. Video presentations will be followed by group discussions and reflections. For more information, check out
Facilitated by Bill Richter
December 9 and 16, Rm 207, 9:00 a.m.
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

December 2 Vestry Elections: No Adult Sunday School

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. It would be helpful if you could read the Afterward (6 pages).  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 - 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.

Lectio Divina -A group that gathers to pray and meditate with  scripture Thursdays 9:30  – 10:30 a.m., Rm 207. 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

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)
Youth Group Meetings Today after the 10:15 a.m. worship service for juniors (grades 5-8).

Jr. EYC 2018-2019 Dates November 11 at 11:30 a.m.; December 2 at 11:30 a.m.; January 7 at 11:30 a.m.; January 14 at 11:30 a.m.; January 27 at 1 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 2018-2019 Dates: November 14 at 5:30 p.m., 28 at 5:30 p.m.; December 5 at 5:30 p.m., 9 at 11:30 a.m.; January 9 at 5:30 p.m., 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., 13 at 5:30 p.m., 20 at 5:30 p.m., 27 at 5:30 p.m.; March 6 at 5:30 p.m., 20 at 5:30 p.m., 27 at 5:30 p.m.; April 3 at 5:30 p.m., 10 at 5:30 p.m., 24 at 5:30 p.m.; May 1 at 5:30 p.m.

Happening, a spiritual retreat for youth in grades 9-12 is November 16-18 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to:

Youth Encounter Spirit, a spiritual retreat for youth in grades 6-8 is November 16-18 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to:

Beth Anne Nelson
Director of Youth Ministry