Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Kingwood, Texas
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Announcements for the week of  August 20th

Join us for a pool party TODAY from 3-5pm and learn more about Jr. Daughters of the King.  We'll have pool volleyball, snacks and fun at the Dillard's house. Contact Liz Dillard for more information at 713-775-1961 or

The Choir of Good Shepherd Church is open to all those who can sing and carry a tune, from High School age on up! We will resume rehearsals for the season on Wednesday, August 23, preparing for Rally Day. If you are interested, see Jackson Hearn for more information!

Rally Day Sunday, August 27 after our one service at 10:15. Come to our many Rally Day exhibits and reconnect with friends and groups, new and old. See activities from Bible studies and our book group, to tour groups, coffee hour, DOK and many more. If you would like an area for your group, please contact Richard Murray at or 281-358-7340-- setup will be noon to 5:00 the Friday before and Saturday morning. (A light lunch will be served at Rally Day.)  

Please join us for Feed My Lambs on Tuesday, August 22 at 10:30 a.m. in Rm 205. We will make up the sack lunches for White Oak Apartments. We need people to sack and then people to deliver so please let Maureen Wheatley know if you can do one or the other – or both!!! Afterwards we enjoy lunch together at Fuddruckers!! Contact her at Hope to see you all then. Please stop by our booth on Rally Sunday for more information on this Outreach project.

Do you know a child who likes to sing? Our children’s choirs not only give your youth an opportunity to sing, but they also teach them appropriate singing technique for their age group, instill an understanding of commitment and service, and deepen their faith through music and scripture. Sign-up will commence on Rally Day, August 27. See Jackson Hearn for more information.

Christian Healing class
Good Shepherd’s Raphael chapter of the Order of St Luke will offer “Journey into Healing,” four introductory classes on Christian healing – second Sundays at noon in Rm 205, beginning September 10. Come by our table at Rally Day to sign up. Or contact Barbara Hemphill, 281-851-7504 or

Please join us for the Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday September 3 at the 10:15 service. Come celebrate the beginning of a new school year with this very special beloved event. We hope to see you there!

We begin the new year for RoadRunners with a trip to Huntsville, Texas. We leave Good Shepherd at 8:30 a.m. on Sept.6 and travel to the Huntsville Visitor's Center, located at the Sam Houston Statue as we enter Huntsville. There we will meet a docent who will take us on a Heritage Tour of some of the historic homes in the area and discuss the early history of Huntsville. Lunch will be at the Farmhouse, known for its home-style food and desserts. After lunch we tour the Texas Prison Museum with an introduction by a museum staff member. If time permits, we will visit the Veteran's Military Museum. Cost of the morning Heritage Tour and Prison Museum is $10.00, payable as you board the Precinct 4 bus. Lunch at the Farmhouse will be on your own. For further information about the Huntsville trip or RoadRunners, contact Karen Bush, 713-302-2988 or We'll look forward to seeing you at the RoadRunners' table on Rally Day, August 27!

The KnitCrochet Group will meet on Friday, September 1, 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, September 9 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.

On Sunday, September 10 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). Please contact the Acolyte Master, Mr. Paul Brinsden at 281-358-6127, or email or any of our Guild leaders (Mrs. Nolting, Mrs. Roberts and Mr. Stephan) any time or just meet us after church on September 10. Training will start with lunch at approximately 12:45 in the Great Hall. Candidates should be 10 by October 1st (or VERY close!).

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association will be meeting 7 – 9 p.m. in Rm 211 on September 14. Our guest speaker will be Celia Ulloa, TEAM Project Lead Regional Coordinator. TEAM, a project of Partners Resource Network, offers free services to parents of children from birth to age 26 with all types of disabilities in Texas, and helps to empower parents to become effective advocates for their children. Please join us and find answers about qualifying for Section 504 in order to receive accommodations in the school setting. Our community is invited to attend! For more information please contact Susan MacHugh at 281-812-3182 or email

Blood Drive September 17, 9 12 p.m.

The Beacon has their annual fundraiser, “Come to the Table," on Thursday evening, September 21, at the Beacon Day Center adjacent to Christ Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Houston. "Come to the Table" is a culinary event featuring some of the best chefs in Houston. This is a great opportunity for supporters to meet the Beacon Staff and learn more about The Beacon and its ministries for Houston's Homeless population. Tickets are $500 per person. Paul Yale, a  Good Shepherd Parishioner and Beacon Board member, is attempting to put together one or more tables of Good Shepherd Parishioners to attend the event. For more information, contact Paul Yale at or at 713-444-8088.

Check out our table on Rally Day
Thursday, Oct 12 : Cashier Workshop 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct 13:Goody Bag and Organize Kids Corner 1 p.m.
Saturday, Oct 14: Fence , Pallets and Maze setup 8 a.m.
Sunday, October 15 : Pumpkin unloading 1 p.m.
Monday October 16 Pumpkin Patch opens 9 a.m.
Thursday, October 19 : KSBJ and Camp Cho Yeh 5 p.m.
Monday, October 23: Pumpkin Unloading 4 p.m.
Friday, October 27 : Movie Night  7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31 : Patch closes at noonish
Please contact Trish Kessler 281 748-9466 ,
John Ballay 832-289-7946,
With any questions

Fall Festival
October 21, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.
Mark Your Calendars & Sign up to help on Rally Day
Invite your friends, bring your family, and enjoy the festivities.
Live music, obstacle courses, moonwalks, silent auction, face painting, Shortcakes the Clown, fabulous games, trackless train, pony rides, lots of pumpkins, great food with multiple Food Trucks , model train display,
vendors with wonderful crafts and merchandise and a whole lot more!
Please contact Donna Clifford at if you would like to help or sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex after August 27.
We will also be collecting soft drinks and juice boxes during the months of September and October.

Fall Festival Silent Auction
We need YOUR help! There are some exciting items lined up for our auction!
We are accepting donations as follows:
Gift cards/cash/checks – to enhance themed gift baskets
Large baskets – to prepare gift baskets
Event tickets – theater, music, game tickets to include in gift baskets
*If donating by check, please note “Fall Festival Auction” in memo line
Thank you!!
For more information or questions:

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)
Youth Group Kick-off is September 6 and 13. We will have an exciting introduction to our curriculum, games, and more! Doors to the youth room open at 5 p.m. and close at 7 p.m.

“Youth Encounter Spirit and Happening,” - spiritual retreats for youth in grades 6-12 are September 8-10 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to:

“God’s the Main Event,” an interactive reverse lock-in is September 16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $30/youth. The day includes games at Main Event, lunch, dinner, tournaments, and closing Eucharist.

Beth Anne Nelson
Director of Youth Ministry

Christian Education  

Children’s Christian Education

Sunday School will resume on Sunday, September 10.

Adult Sunday Morning Classes - Beginning September 10.

Adult Bible Study Rm 205 .
Facilitated by Gretchen Vogel
Pastor and author Matt Rawle is on a mission. He sees Christ all around him—in books, movies, TV shows, rock music—and he wants to share what he sees. As Matt says, "God offers the raw ingredients, and 'culture' is whatever we cook up." Hollywood Jesus is pastor and author Matt Rawle's study of Jesus and Christ figures in films including Cool Hand Luke, The Lion King, The Truman Show, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Explore what happens when script meets Scripture, when pop culture encounters the King of kings and Lord of lords. Hollywood Jesus is part of The Pop in Culture Series of Bible studies in which Matt Rawle stirs up a tasty gumbo of insight, humor, and inspiration based on some of your favorite pop culture classics.

“More to Your Story” Bible Study Rm 208
Facilitated by Jeannie Whitney
Please join us for a 6 week study of the book, More to Your Story, by Max Lucado. This book will discuss the great promises of the New
Testament and help you discover your place in God’s plan. You can
purchase the book online. We will pick additional studies as the year
progresses. If you have questions, please contact Jeannie Whitney at
713-702-9456 or 

September 10, 17, and 24, October 1 Rm 206, Facilitated by Bill Richter
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

Animate Faith
October 8, 15, 22 and 29; November 5, 12 and 19. Rm 206,
Facilitated by Bill Richter
Animate Faith 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 be, “An imaginative exploration of Christianity’s big questions.” Speakers in the series include Brian McLaren and Nadia Bolz-Weber. Video presentations will be followed by groups discussions and reflections. For more information, check out

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 resume class in September.

Adult Tuesday Bible Study
Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Rm 208, Facilitated by Bill Richter
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 will finish the Acts of the Apostles and move on to Romans. We will resume class August 29.

Wednesday Night Short Courses
7:15 – 8:30 p.m. Good Shepherd School Library
Facilitated by Bill Richter
NOOMA - September 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Animate Faith - October 4, 11, and 18;
November 1, 8, 15 and 29

The plan through November is to reprise Fr. Bill’s Sunday morning class on Wednesday night. The classes and appropriate links are listed above.

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 resume class in September 7.

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