Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Kingwood, Texas
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Announcements for the week of  February 25th

YOU’RE INVITED! The Blood Drive Committee (Judy Johle, Ruth Justice and Betsy Bohlen) invites all of you to the 10:15 coffee hour TODAY to honor Roy Lively as he steps down from his job as the dedicated coordinator of the Blood Drives at Good Shepherd.  Join us for cake and coffee as we say THANK YOU to Roy for his tireless efforts and ALL that he has done to make the Blood Drives so successful during the past 15 years!

Palm Sunday Children's Chorus. We want 20 children, grades 1-5, to be part of a chorus to sing on Palm Sunday, March 25, when Bishop Fisher is here. We will rehearse for 30 minutes after the 10:15 a.m. Service today and the next few Sundays (February 25, and March 4  & 18 - No rehearsal on March 11 due to Spring Break). Come to the Choir Loft by 11:45 TODAY!

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!

Stations of the Cross, in the Sanctuary -Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m.,
February 28. March 7, 14 & 21.

Our next Grief Support meeting will be March 1. We will meet the 1st Thursday of the month. The meetings are facilitated by Anne Palmer and Dave Kerkes. This month we welcome Lisa Cano-Nunn, LCSW as guest speaker. Lisa is a local therapist with offices in Kingwood and The Woodlands and specializes in grief counseling. Lisa will talk about “feeling stuck” in the grief process and offer suggestions to help with moving forward. The program is intended specifically for individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one. The meetings will be from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Rm 205. For more information, contact Anne Palmer at or Dave Kerkes at

The KnitCrochet Group will meet on Friday, March 2, 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. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, contact Kathy Kincaid at 281-358-0634 or Emily Maas at 281-359-4341.

On March 4, the Good Shepherd Acolyte Guild will hold a training session for all those who are interested in joining 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. 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. Come and Join us! Please contact the Acolyte Master Mr. Paul Brinsden at 281-358-6127 or or any of our Guild leaders (Mrs. Nolting, Mrs. Roberts and Mr. Stephan) any time or just meet us after church on March 4. Training will start with lunch at 12:45 p.m. after church. 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!). We start with lunch!!

The Train club meets the first Monday of the month, March 5 at 7 p.m. in Rm 205. Any questions, please call Bill Knapp at 281-358-5422.

Woman’s Book Group - Consider joining us on March 8 at noon in Rm 208.We will be discussing Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. Our gatherings are always lively and full of laughter. Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this remarkable debut novel reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. For more information contact Carole Quinn or Judy Spithill

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.

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

Prime Timers Mark the date! Saturday March 10. Please check your e mails and/or Sunday bulletins for time and restaurant. For more info on this group contact Anne Wenck at or Valerie McMullen at

HAAM - Thank you for all the donations of food and clothing etc which I take down to the resale store and food pantry. One suggestion from the resale people is that we try to bring “ in season” clothing as they do not have a lot of storage space. Thank you Valerie McMullen

Are you an attorney ? The homeless need legal help. The Beacon, which serves the homeless and people in transition provides its customers with legal help. The Beacon Law helps with traffic  warrants, license holds, birth certificate issues. Assistance with Social Security, Veteran Benefits, Disability/ADA and other elder law. Housing Law including Landlord/Tenant disputes, Foreclosure and Title disputes. Employment/Labor Law including criminal history correction…If you can volunteer, please contact Paul Yale at

Good Shepherd’s quarterly Blood Drive, in partnership with St. Luke’s, will be held on Sunday, March 11 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Remember to bring a picture ID. You may register to donate on that date. Anyone 17 and older and in good health is a potential donor, so please consider donating. Feel free to bring a friend or relative, too. Every donation can save 3 lives; every drop counts! Questions: contact Judy Johle, 281-361-6012 or

Christian Education  

Children’s Christian Education

Sunday School Schedule - Sunday School will be held on February 25.  March 4, 25, April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6.

Confirmation will be held on March 25.  If you have a child that is in the 9th grade or older and he/she would like to participate in Confirmation this year, please contact Heather Dumais at ext. 103 as soon as possible.  Confirmation class has already begun.  If you are an adult and would like to be Received or Confirmed by the Bishop in March, please contact Father Bill.

We are collecting items for our annual Easter Egg Hunt.  Please consider donating non-chocolate candy, stickers, or any other small items.  The donation box will be in the Narthex. 
Our 2018 Vacation Bible School has been scheduled! We will be having Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus, July 16-19 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. As always we need a lot of volunteers to have a successful week.  If you and/or your middle school/high school students are interested in volunteering, please contact Heather Dumais! 

Adult Sunday Morning Classes at 9:00 a.m.

Animate Faith - February 25, 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

NOOMA® March 4, 11 and 18 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

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.

Adult Tuesday Bible Study
Tuesdays 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Rm 208.
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 are currently studying 2 Corinthians.

Lenten Short Course: The Journey Beyond Yourself
Lent calls us into a time of prayer and self-examination. This 4-week course in Lent will explore insights and practices to assist us in developing and maintaining a mindful inner peace and calmness in spite of the stresses and complexities of life. New understandings of emotional balance, mindfulness, healthy boundaries and emotional sobriety will be considered. Multimedia resources, lecture and group discussion will center around this text: The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer. We will meet February 28 and March 7, 14 and 21 in the Good Shepherd School Library (The Brinsden Room) from 7:15 until 8:30. Call or e-mail Bill Richter for more information.

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.

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)

Youth Group Spring 2018 dates are: February 25, March 4, March 25, April 8, April 15, April 22.

Our Lenten Study group entitled “The Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Heavenly Habits.” meets today at 5 p.m. in Rm 217. The course is open to seven grade plus students. We will try to meet most Sundays during Lent excluding Spring Break. The course is based on lectures by now Bishop Robert Barron, the Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles. Co-instructors will be Anne Marie Efferson and Jimmy Hemphill.

Mission Trip Sign-up for Canyon Lake (June 3-7) begins today! Please fill out mission trip packets and return them to Beth Anne Nelson by April 29.  We will be rebuilding homes for flood victims while experiencing God at Quest Ranch.  Cost $400/participant. 

Youth Outreach: Abundant Harvest Food Truck on February 25 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. We will be serving food to elderly residents at Tamina Community.

Intermediate (grades 4-6) and Junior High Retreat (grades 6-8) is March 2-4 at Camp Allen. To register, please go to:

Youth Encounter Spirit and Happening, spiritual retreats for youth in grades 6-12 are April 13-15 at Camp Allen. To sign-up, please go to:

Main Event Convocation on April 21 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meet at Main Event in Humble (20945 Spring Creek Crossing, Humble, TX 77338). Cost $25/youth.

Senior Sunday is April 29. 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