Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Kingwood, Texas
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Announcements for Sunday May 27

The Knit/Crochet Group will meet on Friday, June 1, 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.

Living Americans - The Good Shepherd Choir will present a service entitled “Living Americans,” with music by contemporary composers connected to the Episcopal Church or with connections to Texas and Houston, at the 10:15 a.m. service on June 3. This will include the anthem When in Our Music God Is Glorified by David Ashley White, Professor of Composition at UH and Composer-in-Residence at Houston’s Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. This festive anthem was commissioned by the Houston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists for its 1988 National Convention.

You are invited to join us next Sunday, June 3 after coffee hour to celebrate and honor all our musicians at Good Shepherd! We will have an extended coffee hour after both services to thank our choirs, music director and all those involved in the music program. This will be the choir’s final Sunday before summer and there will be a special music program called Living Americans, composers active in the Episcopal Church.  Please join us!

The Train club meets the first Monday of the month, June 4 at 7 p.m. in Rm 206.

Drivers Wanted -Occasionally we have parishioners that need assistance with a ride to Church. If you would be willing to do this, please call the Church office at 281-358-3154 and leave your name and phone number. Thank you.
Lord Of The Streets needs volunteers

Clothing & Hygiene Center Attendants –  LOTS’ clothing center is set-up like a boutique, so as an attendant you have direct interaction with our neighbors. Help us receive, sort, size, and display donated clothing and then assist clients as they search for items that fit both their size and their needs.  It is a rewarding time to share time and God’s love with those in need. Weekday mornings 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Mail Clerks –  Homeless neighbors need a mailing address for job applications, resumes, and interaction with state and federal agencies like the DPS, IRS and other agencies.  Clerks sort, date, file and distribute mail to LOTS clients. The job requires attention to detail and is rewarding in that you are providing a much-needed service to over 1,000 of our neighbors. Weekday mornings 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

A new eight week Grief Support class will begin Thursday, June 7. 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. Meetings will be held Thursdays, June 7-28 and July 12-August 2 from 7:00-8:30 in Rm 205. For more information, please contact Dave Kerkes at or Anne Palmer at A one time $20 donation to cover the costs of books and materials is suggested. The regular monthly follow up meeting will still be held on June 7, July 12, and August 2 for those who have completed the course last fall or they will be welcome to repeat the course at no charge.

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 Vestry has approved the creation of a Cross Wall in the hallway between the Great Hall and the Narthex. We want this to be a Parish project, so if any member (individual or family) would like to donate a cross for the wall please drop it off at the office. The crosses can be big, small,  new, something you have at home, or a family favorite. We want this to be a fun project that involves everyone. For questions call the office and ask for Patty Harris 281-358-3154.

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

Good Shepherd’s second quarterly Blood Drive, in partnership with CHI-St. Luke’s, will be held on Sunday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. You may register to donate on that date. Remember to bring a picture ID. Anyone 17 and older, 110+ lbs. and in good health is a potential donor, so please consider donating. Feel free to recruit a friend or relative, too. Every donation can save 3 lives; every drop counts! Questions: contact Judy Johle, 281-361-6012 or

RoadRunners, Wednesday, June 13. Have you driven around Houston and noticed some of the beautiful artwork painted on the sides of buildings, along fences, etc. Plan to join us June 13 as Laurie Mills introduces us to Houston Street Art, the artists behind the art, and the meaning of the painted wall. (You may visit Laurie's Facebook page or Google an interesting article about her at “houston, just vibe houston, laurie mills”.)  We'll meet at Good Shepherd at 9:15 a.m., then meet Laurie at a designated place in Houston where she will board the bus and take us on a 2-hour tour planned specifically for our group. Cost for the tour will be determined based on the number who sign up, probably $10-$15/person. Following the tour, we'll have lunch at the original Ninfa's on Navigation. Sign up sheet is on the board outside the Great Hall. Hope to see you "on the bus"! For questions, please contact Karen Bush, 713-302-2988 or This will be our last trip until September 19, when we will visit Lake Jackson, the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory for a special presentation on the hummingbird. We did this a few years ago and it was one of everyone's favorite trips.  

Patriotic Picnic, please join us Sunday, July 1 following the 10:15 service (the only service on July 1st) for delicious food, fun games, and fellowship. We’ll be grilling hotdogs and serving them with all the fixings, sides and dessert. We’ll have bingo, games and activities for all ages, and a pie contest! Can’t wait to see you there!

Pumpkin Patch, we are looking for someone who is available to work in a team and learn how our pumpkin patch works!. Need someone who will be available for the whole month of October. First two weeks only as needed, last two shift work from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. while patch is open. I have been doing the patch for the past 4 years and would like to retire for my 5th. Please take time and consider this and help our church and community. It’s worthwhile work!! Contact Trish Kessler 281-748-9466 with any questions. Thank you

Episcopal Night at  Minute Maid Park Astros take on the Detroit Tigers at 7:10 p.m. on July 13. Christ Church Cathedral will host a  free hotdogs cookout (while they last) from 5-6:30 p.m. Parking is also available in the garage on San Jacinto across from the Cathedral. Ticket prices and sections listed below:
Sec - 108 - $36, Sec - 110 - $58, Sec - 427 - $17
Please sign up on the sheet by the Great Hall and leave your check made out to Good Shepherd Church (Astros in the memo) in the envelope.
Proceeds benefit the Beacon. Deadline for ticket sales  TBA.

Summer Office Hours
During the months of June, July and August the office will be open from 8:30 a.m.—to 4:30 p.m.

Rector’s Sabbatical
It is customary in the Episcopal Church for a priest to take a sabbatical every 7 years. Fr. Bill will have his 9th anniversary at Good Shepherd on July 1, 2018. Beginning May 31, Father Bill will begin a 90 day sabbatical which will end in late August. This is a time for prayer, renewal, study, reflection and rest.
The Rev. Andrea Polvino will be here during this
sabbatical period on Sundays and two weekdays.
Fr. Bill has said, “This is a time for me to focus on wellness and self-care to inspire and inform my work and ministry as priest and pastor. I am used to working with intensity and passion. I like to get things done and will take on challenges. July 1 will mark my 9th anniversary as your rector. I need a break and some time away. I want to assure everyone, I have no plans to leave Good Shepherd, so I will be back: tanned, rested and ready!!”
Please keep Fr. Bill and Kipp in your prayers during the sabbatical. It is very important for all of us to continue our active involvement and participation at Good Shepherd this summer. This is our faith community—please support Good Shepherd in our rector’s absence. Come to church and church events. The financial well-being of the community is important as well. Please continue or expand your support during the summer.

Christian Education  
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! 
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 not meet June 11, July 9, August 6 and August 13.

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 not meet in July or August.

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 We will not meet June 9, June 16, July 7 and August 11.

 Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)

Please pray for our Good Shepherd Missionaries: youth and adults are traveling to Costa Rica (June 2-9) and Canyon Lake (June 3-7).

Faith, Family, and Film Day on June 29 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Youth (and any family members) are invited to watch a movie about the importance of having a deep relationship in their families.

Make A Difference in Your Heart and In Your Mind on July 24 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a special service day. Youth entering Grades 5-Graduating seniors welcome.

Convocation Splash town Day on July 27 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cost is $25/youth. Deadline to sign-up is June 10.
Drone Day on August 14 after the 10:15 a.m. worship service. Youth will explore Artificial Intelligence and have a special drone demonstration. Light lunch provided.

Happening, a spiritual retreat for youth in grades 9-12 is September 7-9 and 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