Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Kingwood, Texas
 
 
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Announcements for Sunday March 24 

Our Family: Issues that matter for parents of children of 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 are: March 24, March 31, April 14, April 28, and May 5.

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 bookworm@texashemphills.com or 281-851-7504 with any questions.

Stations of the Cross will be offered in the Sanctuary on Wednesdays at 5:45p.m., March 27. April 3, 10.

Once again, Morning Prayer will be offered in the chapel at 6:30 a.m. Monday - Friday during Lent and 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!

Daughters of the King will meet on April 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Rm 211. We will continue our study of “The Way of Love - Practices for a Jesus Centered Life” www.episcopalchurch.org/wayoflove. Jackson Hearn will be our guest as we explore WORSHIP. Please join us for what will surely be an interesting and lively discussion. If you have any questions about DOK please contact Patricia Roberts at 281-361-2704 or pandgroberts@gmail.com.

The Train club meets the first Monday of the month. The next meeting is April 1 at 7 p.m. in Rm 206. Any questions, please call Bill Knapp at 281-358-5422.

The Grief Support group meets the first Thursday of every month from 7:00-8:30 pm in Rm 205. Our next meeting will be April 4. If you have recently (or not so recently) lost a loved one and are still struggling with the pain of loss, please join us in a safe place to learn about the grief process and experience the healing that comes from sharing your story. For more information, please contact Dave Kerkes at dkerkes@earthlink.net or Anne Palmer at annepalmer2014@gmail.com.

The Knit/Crochet Group will meet on Friday, April 5, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Rm 205. The group gathers for fellowship, knitting and crocheting, while making items for themselves and for outreach. 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, April 6 at 8:00 a.m. This church activity is an opportunity for all at Good Shepherd to contribute. For more information, please contact Whit Drake at 281-360-2971.

Women’s Book Group April 11 -It seems we have chosen books involving Royalty as this title suggests, The 7th Wife of Henry the 8th: Royal Sagas: Tudors I, by Bette Younis. This is the story of Elizabeth de Grey of Coudenoure, the secret love, the one and only truly great love of England's famed King Henry the VIII. Pre-contracted in the blush of youth and young love before the death of Henry the VII's first son, Henry and Elizabeth are then kept apart through the malice of his grandmother, Lady Margaret Beaufort once Henry becomes heir apparent to the throne. But theirs is a love so deep that all of history's tides cannot quench the sacred flame of love that burns between Henry and Elizabeth, the seventh wife. We will be meeting on April 11 in Rm 208 at noon. Please come join us. Questions? contact Carole Quinn at caq47@ yahoo.com.

Join in the fun of making Palm Sunday crosses with Altar Guild on Saturday, April 13. Everyone is invited to come to the Parish Hall from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. We will gather for fellowship, fun and cross making. Everything is provided except YOU. We will make the crosses to be given out the next day. See you there. For any questions contact Joyce Horton at jhortonhhs@aol.com or 281-359-3622.

Join us on April 14 for our Taizé service when we will meet together to pray and meditate through repetitive song, extended silence, spoken and silent prayer, and encouraging words from scripture and religious writers. The service is at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel for 45 minutes.

We will be having our Seder Meal on April 17 at 5:30 p.m. This is a seated dinner (reservations are a MUST) during which Father Bill will lead a Seder ceremony. Dinner is $12 for adults and $5 for children. To make a reservation, sign up on the sign up sheet in the hallway or call the church office at 281-358-3154. The last day to sign up is April 14.

As is our tradition, beginning April 18, there will be an all-night prayer vigil in the chapel from the end of the Maundy Thursday service until the beginning of the noon-time Good Friday service.  This simple act reminds us of Christ's admonition to his Disciples to "keep watch and pray."  Please come to the church and pray for an hour during his time.  Men are especially needed; youth are welcome to sign up with a parent.  The sign-up sheet is in the hallway.

Prime Timers will not be going out for dinner this month – instead we are encouraging everyone to support the April in Paris Gala on April 27. This promises to be a great evening and it will be so nice to be back in the Country Club again. A bientot!!!!!

Good Shepherd looks forward to a festive evening at our April in Paris Gala on April 27. Enjoy a French style buffet, music, fellowship, and auction at Kingwood Country Club. Stop by the reservation table in the narthex today to make your reservations with check or credit card or mail a check and your reply card in the envelope supplied with your invitation. Reservation questions? Contact Tricia Bagley at trb822@gmail.com or 713-443-5722. If you have questions about donating an auction item, see Fran Barrack in the narthex today or contact her at fbarrack@earthlink.net or 713-818-7511.  

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, 281-851-7504 or bookworm@texashemphills.com, if you need multiple copies. 

Time Talent and Treasure
The gardener said, “Sir, let it alone for one more year.” Luke 13:8
In his parable of the barren fig tree, Jesus encourages patience. The lesson for us: people can realize their stewardship values at different times in life. Let’s be open to discovering the many ways we can compassionately care for our world and its people..

We are so grateful for the generous gifts of clothes that you have previously provided to LOTS.  However, the need is great!  The number of clients visiting LOTS’ clothing room through February is up 31% over last year. We are in desperate need of: MEN’s shoes, MEN’s pants, MEN’s shirts, Backpacks (new or used). Please place your donation in the box in the hallway.

Christian Education

Children’s Sunday School

Sunday School dates: March 24, 31. April 7, 14, 28. May 5.

First Communion classes have already begun.  If you have a child that is in the First Grade or older and you would like him/her to make First Communion on April 28, please contact Heather Dumais, 281-358-3154 ext. 103.

Confirmation classes have already begun. If you have a child that is in Ninth Grade or older and he/she would like to participate in Confirmation in March, please contact Heather Dumais, 281-358-3154 ext. 103.

Sunday Morning Adult Sunday School

Sundays in Lent - Father Bill will offer a “Not So Newcomer” class that will focus more specifically on 4 key elements of Christianity: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist and Prayer. Our consideration of these areas will be supplemented with discussion of Rob Bell’s NOOMA video. The Class is open to everyone. Sundays 9:05 – 10:00 a.m. in Rm 207. We will meet March 24 and April 7.

Weekday Offerings

Spirituality and Mysticism (aka the Christianity Café):
Mondays 6:00 – 7:15 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. He offers a new paradigm for the Christian life that is both faithful and contemporary. 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.
Tuesdays from 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.)

Wednesday Series -Our March offering will be a book study and discussion of the The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. The subtitle of the book is Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, Your Guide to a Wholehearted Life. This important work is research based and very well grounded. Check Dr. Brown out on the internet. This will be an inspiring and informative book to discuss. You will need to purchase a book for the class. All are invited. Bring a friend or neighbor. We will meet March 27 and April 3 and 10. The class will be held in the Brinsden Rm from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.
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 
281-360-5143.

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 www.wccm.org.  


Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)

Jr. EYC - 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.

Convocation Camp Out is coming in April for grades 5-12. More details to come!

Happening, a spiritual retreat for youth in grades 9-12 is April 26-28 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to: http://www.epicenter.org/happening/

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: http://www.epicenter.org/yes/

Canyon Lake Mission Trip Sign-up - The dates of the Mission Trip are June 3-7, 2019.

Beth Anne Nelson, Director of Youth Ministry,
bethannenelson@gmail.com

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Palm Sunday, April 14
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:00 a.m. Christian Education
10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:15 a.m. New Light Worship - Great Hall
10:15 a.m. Procession with Palms gather in church yard
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II - Chapel
6:30 p.m. Taizé - Chapel

 Monday, April 15 & Tuesday, April 16
6:30 a.m. Morning Prayer - Chapel
6:15 p.m. Stations of the Cross - Sanctuary
7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service
 
Wednesday, April 17
6:30 a.m. Morning Prayer - Chapel
5:30 Seder Supper - Great Hall, Parish Hall
7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service with Healing
 
Maundy Thursday, April 18
6:30 a.m. Morning Prayer - Chapel
6:15 p.m. Stations of the Cross - Sanctuary
7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing & Stripping of the Altar
(Prayer Vigil begins after service)
 
Good Friday, April 19
12:00 a.m.-thru 12:00 p.m. Prayer Vigil
6:30 a.m. Morning Prayer - Chapel
12:00 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy with Holy Eucharist
2:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
3:00-4:00 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation (private confession)
7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
 
Saturday, April 20
7:00 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter
  
Easter Sunday, April 21
6:30 a.m. Sunrise Holy Eucharist Service ( please bring your own lawn chair)
8:00 a.m. Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir
9:00 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt in Courtyard (weather permitting)
10:15 a.m. Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir, 10:15 a.m. New Light Worship - Great Hall
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist—Chapel