Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Kingwood, Texas
 
 
Announcements
Daily Devotional             

Announcements for the week of  February 19th  

The Liturgical Dancers will rehearse today at 3:30pm in the Great Hall.

Come hear Bishop Andy Doyle TONIGHT at Good Shepherd. He will be preaching and celebrating at the 5 p.m. service. In addition, the Good Shepherd Choir will sing, joined by bells, percussion and other instruments. The service will be in the nave.

Today is the final day to make your reservations for this festive evening of Mardi Gras fun, food and fellowship at the Kingwood Country Club. Bring your reply card and check or credit card to the Mardi Gras table today to make sure you don’t miss out on this celebration. If you want childcare at the club on the gala evening, please contact Liz Dillard at 713-775-1961 or lizdillard@hotmail.com to sign up in advance. We are so grateful for the number of auction items church members have given us and regret we cannot accept any more now. Thank you to all who have donated—we appreciate your generosity.

Daughters of the King will meet Monday February 20 at 7 p.m. to view the film "Mountains of Fire", Mary Nevels will present it. 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper,  Good Shepherd will host its annual family pancake supper on Tuesday, February 28, with dinner served from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  Pancakes, sausage and all the trimmings will be the order of the evening. Donations of $5 per adult and $3 per child ages 5-11 are requested. Please sign up in the hallway for dinner and to help, or call the church office at 281-358-3154.  Please contact Greg Roberts if you have any questions at  281-361-2075.  

Ash Wednesday, March 1, is the beginning of Lent. Worship services, which will include the imposition of ashes, will be held at 6:00 a.m.,
12:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

We had a medical emergency at church a few weeks ago. We would like to thank the kind parishioners who helped us while waiting for the emergency team. They were absolutely wonderful, I only wish I knew all the names, they were all truly a blessing.
Thank you, Greg and Judy Blizman       

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!
Feed My Lambs February 28, Our group will be meeting as usual on the 4th Tuesday of the month – February 28 at 10:30 a.m. in Rm 215. We will make up the lunch sacks and then deliver them to White Oak apartments. Please contact Maureen Wheatley at wheatley@cebridge.net, if you are able to come to make lunches and or deliver. Hope to see you all there.

Peace and Stitch will have a shorter meeting on Thursday, March 2, in Rm 211 from 10:00 a.m.-11-ish (note time change) and then go out for lunch together. The project will only require hand-work, so participants need only bring straight pins. All other supplies will be provided. Last month the group completed Prayer Pocket Lambs for the children receiving First Communion. For more information contact Melissa Vann at
xenawarriorseamstress@yahoo.com.

The KnitCrochet Group will meet on Friday, March 3, 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.

On March 5 the Good Shepherd Acolyte Guild will hold a training session for all those who are interested to join this beautiful ministry.    The Acolyte Guild offers a wonderful avenue for our young people between the ages of 10 and 18 (including college) to participate as an important part of our worship services at Good Shepherd.   Our Acolyte group is one of the largest and most active in the Diocese and the Episcopal Church. Being an acolyte does not demand a lot of your time but does provide you an opportunity to participate in the life of the church in a quiet and meaningful way and follow in the footsteps of young people who have fulfilled this role since about 200 AD!!
Come and Join us!  Please contact the Acolyte Master Paul Brinsden 281-358-6127or 832-314- 9160 or phbrinsden@gmail.com or any time on Sundays to add your name to this group.   You will only require ONE training session.   Training will start with lunch at 12:45 after the morning services.   We already have collected a number of names but we want to be sure that we include anyone we may have missed. Candidates should be 10 by April 1 (or VERY close!). Also, please find a brochure in the Tract Racks about the Acolyte Guild at Good Shepherd. 

Stations of the Cross, in the Sanctuary will be Wednesdays at 5:45p.m., March 8, 15, 22, 29 &
April 5.


 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 March 5. Please drop by for a slice, fellowship, and fun. One dollar per slice is the suggested donation. See you there.

Lenten Outreach Offering beginning March 2. 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.        
Sincerely,
The Women’s Book Group -This month’s book is Dead Simple by Peter James. It was meant to be a harmless stag-night prank. A few hours later Michael Harrison has disappeared and his friends are dead. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace—a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife—is contacted by Michael's beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison's whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot more to gain than anyone realizes, For one man's disaster is another man's fortune. We’ll meet in Rm 208 at noon on Thursday, March 9. Bring your lunch if you like and be prepared to enjoy a lively discussion. For information about the group, contact Carole Quinn at 281-360-1437 or Judy Spithill at 281-300-0814.

Please mark your calendars for the annual blood drives. The dates for this year are March 19, June 11, September 17 and December 10. If you have any questions, please call Roy Lively at 281-358-0970.

Thank you to my dear friends that prayed for me and sent wonderful cards during my illness.
Thankfully,
Margie VanKleeck

Christian Education  

Children’s Christian Education

Children’s Sunday School will have classes on
February 26, March 5, 26, April 2, 9, 23, 30 and
May 7. There is no Sunday School on February 19, March 12, 19 and April 16.


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.

Peace of Heart and Mind in Chaotic and Confusing Times.
We will explore insights and practices that assist us in maintaining an inner peace and calmness in spite of the stresses and challenges of life. New understandings of emotional balance, healthy boundaries and emotional sobriety will be considered. We will meet February 19 and 26. Sundays 9:05 – 10:00 a.m. Rm 206. Call or e-mail Bill
Richter for more information.

Weekday Adult Offerings
 
Spirituality and Mysticism Class (aka The Christian Café)
The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality, By Carl McColman, Mondays 6 – 7:15 p.m., Rm 208. Call or email Bill Richter for more information.

Adult Tuesday Bible Study: This is an ongoing Bible study led by Bill Richter. This study is on the book of Jeremiah*. 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.

World Religions Series -Wednesdays
Once again, we have the opportunity to learn about other religions and faith traditions. Please come join us for these informative presentations. We will meet in the Great Hall from 7:15 – 8:30 pm.

February 22: Craig Considine, Islam and the modern world
Lectio Divina, this 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 281-360-5143.

The World  Community for Christian Meditation -Our ongoing group meets each Saturday at 9:00a.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 February 23 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 5p.m. & youth group begins at 5:45p.m.

Ash Wednesday is March 1. There will be no youth group meeting. All youth are encouraged to attend the service with their family.

All Youth Crazy Crawfish Boil is on April 9 at the Kessler home (1906 Lake Village Drive Kingwood, TX 77339) at 5 p.m. Youth in grades 5-12 and their families are invited to attend.

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 6p.m. Youth in grades 5-12 are invited to participate.

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, 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