Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Kingwood, Texas
Daily Devotional             

Announcements for Sunday December 16th 

This is the last day to turn in your poinsettia dedications.

Our Family: Issues that matter for parents of children with all ages meets during the Sunday School hour at 9 a.m. in Rm 206. Current parenting topics and questions and answers are offered. Dates for 2018-2019 are: December 16, January 13, January 27 February 3, February 10.; February 24, March 3, March 24, March 31, April 14, April 28, and May 1.

Carols and Cookies tonight! Our annual gathering to sing the familiar carols of Christmas and join in fellowship will be on this evening.. Make your plans to be "Home for Christmas" with Jackson Hearn, Brenda Royal, and the Good Shepherd Choir for music and merriment!

The Funeral for our beloved Harry Satterwhite will be December 22 at 11a.m.

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.

Do you shop on Amazon? Did you know a portion of most of your purchases can de donated to Good Shepherd from Amazon? Its True! Just go to and choose Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in the drop down menu to support us at no extra cost to you. It’s a simple and automatic way for you to support Good Shepherd every time you shop. DO IT!

EPIC NERF WAR!  On January 27, Our Family group will meet after morning services for lunch and church work day, followed by an epic NERF war. (Bring your own NERF gun.) We’ll end with a family church service.  

Thank you to the 125 or so parishioners who have turned in their pledge cards in for approximately $559,688 as of Tuesday December 11. can say 'we're only one-third there, or you can say 'we're ALREADY one-third there!!' So, please let's keep up the momentum and make our very best effort at getting close to our goal of $1.5 million!  Please turn in your pledge card if you haven't already done so.  Thank you to our inspiring and thoughtful speakers, who laid out so eloquently, the financial needs of the church, the benefits we receive from pledging, as well as the level of service we provide to our community:  Jonathan Brinsden, Jack Spithill, Nick Dyke, Jill Kirkonis, and Jackson Hearn. And especially to Father Bill, who has kept the message in front of us every service, every Sunday.  Please check the board in the hall to see our progress as we step up to meet our goal!  Questions or suggestions, contact Richard Murray,

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 9-11:30 a.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.

Save the Date
April in Paris Gala
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Kingwood Country Club

Christian Education  

Sunday School

Children’s Sunday School Dates:- December 16

Sunday Morning Adult Sunday School

Facilitated by Bill Richter, December 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

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. We will begin studying Luke this week.

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

Our Diocese will hold an election for a bishop suffragan to replace retiring Bishop Suffragan Dena Harrison on February 22, 2019, during the annual meeting of Diocesan Council.  This bishop will have oversight of the Western Region of the diocese, the area including and surrounding Austin.  The slate of those standing for election will be announced either the last week in November or the first week in December.  Please keep all of those who are involved in this process, both applicants and Search Committee members, in your prayers.    
A Prayer for the Election of a Bishop Suffragan:
Almighty God, giver of every good gift:  We thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ, and for the witness of your whole church in his name. We thank you for your Holy Spirit, empowering us for ministry. Guide the hearts and minds of those who shall choose a Bishop Suffragan for the Diocese of Texas and those who will respond to the call, that we may receive a faithful pastor who will care for your people and glorify your name. May our discernment transform our spirits and draw us closer to you, Almighty God; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)

Jr. EYC 2018-2019 Dates January 6 at 11:30 a.m.; January 13 at 11:30 a.m.; January 27 at 11:30 a.m. - 5 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: December 16 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., February 13 at 5:30 p.m., February 20 at 5:30 p.m., February 27 at 5:30 p.m.; March 6 at 5:30 p.m., March 20 at 5:30 p.m., March 27 at 5:30 p.m.; April 3 at 5:30 p.m., April 10 at 5:30 p.m., April 24 at 5:30 p.m.; May 1 at 5:30 p.m.

Convocation Jump Day at Urban Air Spring on January 20 for grades 5-12 at 5:30 p.m. in Rm 217. Cost is $14/person. Sign-up with Ms. Beth Anne by December 14.
IFly for Senior EYC on December 16 at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $30/youth.

Happening, a spiritual retreat for youth in grades 9-12 is January 18-20 and April 26-28 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to:

Youth Encounter Spirit, a spiritual retreat for youth in grades 6-8 is April 26-28 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to:

Beth Anne Nelson, Director of Youth Ministry