Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Kingwood, Texas
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Announcements for Sunday October 21

Welcome to all of our School Families! Good Shepherd School Sunday is today at 10:15 a.m. Our worship service will feature singing by the children of Good Shepherd School. 11:30 a.m. School Open House and complimentary Story Book Lunch. Everyone is invited. Please help celebrate the Ministry of Good Shepherd School.

There will be an 8:00 coffee hour today, but none after the 10:15 service -- please enjoy the complimentary Storybook lunch at the Good Shepherd School Open House today! 

Parent Support meeting for those with children ages fourth grade through eighth are meeting next Sunday on October 28 at 9 a.m.

All Saints Sunday is November 4, please send the names of deceased loved ones you’d like to be remembered during the service by email to Donna Clifford at by Tuesday October 30.

The Good Shepherd Choir (high school through adult) is beginning Christmas Music, and they need sopranos and altos! We meet Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Jackson Hearn wants to talk to you. Contact Jackson Hearn today or by phone 281-358-3154, ext 114 or email at
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.
Parent Support meeting for those with children ages eighth grade through twelfth grade are meeting on November 4 at 9 a.m.

Pumpkin Patch Important Dates
Oct 22nd:  Unloading of the  pumpkins 5 p.m.
Oct 27th: Fall Festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oct 31st: Patch closes, Luncheon 12 p.m.

Music Line Up for Fall Festival: We are pleased and excited to announce this year’s music line up.  The day will start at 10:00 with our very own Harrison Boyd singing the National Anthem. Next up:  AndyRoo, who is a featured performer on Radio Disney AM 1590, Andy has delighted kids of all ages at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, at the PBS Kids show at SXSW, and at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. He’ll entertain our young guests from 10:15 to 11:00.  From 11:15 to 2:00 we will enjoy the talent of Howlin’ Howie who will entertain us with his parody of Arvis Parsley and Rillie Nelson and a little mix of just good old Howie.  At 2:00 Jackson Eli returns to our stage.  If the name sounds familiar that’s because it is!  This is his 7th year to return to our festival all the way from Denton.  We love his style and his sound and are so pleased that he will be with us again this year!  

Festival Drinks Needed -If you are able, the next time you are food shopping, could you please pick up one or two 12 or 24 packs of drinks for the drink booth at the Fall Festival. Drinks may be left in the church office or the box under the sign up table. We still need: Cokes, Sprite, Diet Sprite, Dr. Pepper and Diet Root beer.

Fall Festival October 27th 10 a.m.—4 p.m. The whole community is invited!
Invite your friends, bring your family, and enjoy the festivities. We will have live music, obstacle courses, moonwalks, face painting, Shortcakes the Clown, fabulous games, a trackless train, petting zoo, lots of pumpkins, great food with multiple food trucks, model train display, vendors with wonderful crafts and merchandise and a whole lot more! If you would like to help, sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex or call Donna at 281-358-3154.

Kickoff Stewardship Sunday will be October 28. We will have one service that day at 10:15 a.m.

The Grief Support class meets the first Thursday of every month from 7:00-8:30 pm in Rm 205. Our next meeting will be November 1. 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 or Anne Palmer at
The Knit Crochet Group will meet on Friday, November 2, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Rm 205. The group gathers for fellowship, knitting, crocheting and making items for themselves and outreach. For more information, contact Kathy Kincaid at 281-358-0634 or Emily Maas at 281-359-4341.

There will be a Safeguarding God's Children class on Sunday, November 4, from 2 - 5 p.m. in Rm 211. This class is free and is required for church leadership or if you work or volunteer with children or youth in our church and must be repeated every 5 years, along with a background check.  Registration is online only.  Please see the staff person for whom you plan to volunteer to begin the registration process.  If you need to check your certification status, please contact Pam Nolting at

Newcomer Social -All newcomers are invited to the 5th annual Wine and Cheese Social. Come join us for the 5 p.m. service followed by a Newcomers Wine and Cheese Social on Sunday, November 4. Children are always welcome. Please RSVP to Patty at by November 1st.

Due to popular demand, Daughters of the King will have an information table available at coffee hour after both services on Sunday, November 4.  Please come visit us and see what it means to be a Daughter of the King!  For current Daughters, we would like to determine the interest level for holding a weekday or weekend meeting time as an alternative to our regularly scheduled Monday evenings.  For more information or questions, please contact Patricia Roberts at, or come see any of the Daughters at Coffee Hour in November!

The Train club meets the first Monday of the month November 5 at 7 p.m. in Rm 206. Any questions, please call Bill Knapp at 281-358-5422.

The church will conduct a Stewardship  of the Church Work Day on  Saturday, November 10 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.

Women’s Book Group - Our meeting this month is on November 8 in Rm 208 at noon. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Gann is the novel we will be discussing.

Our Family Movie Night on November 10 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. we will have dinner and movies. Younger kids will watch movies in The Brinsden Room. Older Kids will watch a movie in the youth room.
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. Though it is a long trip from Kingwood, volunteers are still needed in the clothing room, in particular. The volunteer shift is daily from 9-11:30a.m. If you would ever like to try it, my husband and I travel from Kingwood every Wednesday morning. 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.

"The Essence of Living is Giving" Mattress Mack McIngvale

Christian Education  
Sunday School

Fall Sunday School Dates:-October 21, 28, November 4, 11,
December 2, 9, 16
Sunday Morning Adult Sunday School
Animate Bible: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18, 25.
Rm 206 9:00 a.m. Sunday Morning, Facilitated by Bill Richter
This 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
reinvigorate and deepen understanding of the Bible. Speakers in the series include Nadia Bolz-Weber, Phyllis Tickle and Will Willimon. Video presentations will be followed by group 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.
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.

Wednesday Night Series - A Benevolent Universe: Video and Discussion series
“If God is Trinity and Jesus is the face of God, then it is a benevolent universe. God is not someone to be afraid of, but is the Ground of Being and on our side”. Bestselling author Rob Bell joins Franciscans Fr. Richard Rohr and Ilia Delio in exploring the foundation of the Christian faith. Through Scripture, human experience, and science, these masterful teachers show that from the very beginning God has been bringing life from seeming chaos. We will meet in Rm 205-207 from 7:15 – 8:45 pm Wednesdays:
October 24 and 31. November 7.
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
Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)
Jr. EYC 2018-2019 Dates Monday, October 22 at 5 p.m.; October 29 at 11:30 a.m.; November 4 at 11:30 a.m.; November 11 at 11:30 a.m.; December 2 at 11:30 a.m.; January 7 at 11:30 a.m.; January 14 at 11:30 a.m.; January 27 at 1 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.
EYC at the Pumpkin Patch: Youth will be helping with the Pumpkin Patch unloading Pumpkins on October 22 at 5 p.m. Youth and their families will also be helping with fall festival.
Urban Air Day on November 10 at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. for youth in grades 5-12. Cost is $10/person
Happening, a spiritual retreat for youth in grades 9-12 is November 16-18 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to:
Youth Encounter Spirit, a spiritual retreat for youth in grades 6-8 is November 16-18 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to:
Beth Anne Nelson
Director of Youth Ministry