Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Kingwood, Texas
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Announcements for the week of  December 17

Please join family and friends of Dave Hale for cake today In the parish hall following the 10:15  service as he celebrates his 85th birthday.

Sing We Now of Christmas! The 18th Annual Carols and Cookies is tonight at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall. Come join Jackson Hearn and the choir with special guests Kristen Satterwhite and the Good Shepherd Liturgical Dance Company for an evening of Christmas Carols and Songs followed by cookies and other treats.

Reminder, this is the last day to turn in your Poinsettia Dedication

Just a reminder that if you have not yet turned in your pledge card for 2018 we would like to have it before the end of the year as we are working on the budget for next year and need to know how much we can count on. Thank you so much for your good Stewardship and support of our church.

Our Grief Support meeting will be January 4. An ongoing grief support program, facilitated by Anne Palmer, will meet each 1st Thursday of the month. 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

The Knit/Crochet Group will meet on Friday, January 5, 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.
The church will conduct a Stewardship  of the Church Work Day on  Saturday, January 6 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.

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association will meet at 7p.m. in Rm 211 on January 11. We welcome our guest speaker, Ellen Delap, a Certified Professional Organizer and Family Manager Coach. Her talk, “Kick Off Your Most Productive Year” will be an insightful gift for our community. For more information, please contact Susan MacHugh at 281-812-3182 or email

Primetimers, Happy New Year. This month we will be going to Italiano’s on 1960 in Atascosita, Saturday January 13 at 5 p.m. Unfortunately, we will be limited to 20 people this month as they are very busy on a Saturday evening. So it will be a case of first come, first served!!! We have been averaging 22-24 each month so it shouldn’t be too bad! As usual if you would like to make a reservation, please contact Ann Wenck at

Christian healing ministry class
Good Shepherd’s Raphael chapter of the Order of St Luke is studying “The Healing Miracles of Jesus,” a DVD series on Christian healing – second Sundays at noon in the Brinsden Room. All are welcome to attend. Contact Barbara Hemphill,, 281-851-7504, if you have any questions.

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 January 14. Please drop by for a slice, fellowship, and fun. One dollar per slice is the suggested donation. See you there!

Feed My Lambs, please join us Tuesday January 23 to prepare lunches for White Oak apartments. We will meet at 10:30 a.m. in Rm 215 to assemble the lunches and then leave to deliver them. Please let Maureen Wheatley know if you can prepare/deliver that day

The Church office will be closed December 22, 25, 26 and January 1.

Christian Education  

Children’s Christian Education

Sunday School Schedule - *No class December 17, 24, 31.
Class resumes on January 7, 2018.

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. We will not meet December 25, and January 1.

Adult Tuesday Bible Study
Tuesdays 9:30 – 10:45 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 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians. We will not meet December 26.

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. We will not meet December 21 or 28.

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)
No Youth Group Today: Please enjoy the holidays with your family.

Youth Group Spring 2018 dates are January 7, January 21, January 28, February 11, February 25, March 4, March 25, April 8, April 15, April 22.

Youth Ministry Celebration Fundraiser to raise funds for a needs based scholarship will be after the 10:15 a.m. worship service on Sunday, February 11. Youth will serve a Caribbean style lunch to all who attend. All proceeds benefit the youth scholarship fund.

Youth Encounter Spirit and Happening, spiritual retreats for youth in grades 6-12 are January 12-14 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to:

Midwinter Retreat for youth in grades 9-12 is December 28-30 at Camp Allen. To register, please go to

InSpire Rock Climbing is January 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is our youth group Spring 2018 kickoff event. Participants meet in the youth room. Interested youth please bring $25 plus money for lunch, appropriate clothing, Good Shepherd Medical Release, and make sure to have the online release form filled out:

Dominican Republic Mission Trip Sign-up has begun for adults (must be safeguarded or willing to take Safeguarding God’s Children) and high school youth. The mission trip is June 9-16. The cost is $1,600/participant. The sign-up deadline is January 21.

Youth Ministry SuperBowl Party is February 4 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Youth in grades 5-8 please bring something sweet to share; Youth in grades 9-12, please bring something savory to share.

Beth Anne Nelson
Director of Youth Ministry

Holiday Schedule

December 17
7 p.m. Carols and Cookies
(Sing Christmas Carols, enjoy cookies &
other delectable Christmas goodies)

December 24
8:00 a.m. Holy Communion Service
Rite I—Advent 4

4 p.m. Christmas Eve Holy Communion Service

6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve
Holy Communion Service

10 p.m. Christmas Eve
Holy Communion Service

December 25
10:00 a.m. Christmas Day
Holy Communion Service

December 31
10:15 a.m. Holy Communion Service Rite I

10:15 a.m. New Light Worship Service
New Year’s Eve