Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Kingwood, Texas
Daily Devotional             

Announcements for the week of  March 25th

Congratulations to those being Confirmed and Re-Affired this morning:
Confirmed - Jenelle Anne Dumais, Jack William Fulton, Sofia Guggemos Garza, Eric Haden Halliday, Gareth Ernest Williams, Christopher David Johnsen, Kelli Michelle Chambers, Tammy Ann Hunter. ReAffirmation - John Cosslett Hunter Jr.

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 -Wednesday March 26,27 & 28 at 6:15 p.m., March 30 at 2 & 7 p.m.

The Good Shepherd Liturgical Dancers will rehearse today from 3:00 p.m. til 4:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary and Thursday, March 29, 6-7 p.m. in the Great Hall.

Feed My Lambs will be meeting Tuesday March 27 at 10:30 a.m. in Rm 215 to prepare lunch sacks to take up to White Oak apartments. We need people to make the sandwiches/ fill the sacks and then deliver them. If you can help out with this please let Maureen know at

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association will meet 7- 9 p.m. in Rm 211. Our next support group meeting will take place March 29. We welcome our guest speaker, Bernard Rosenberg, M.D. of Cornerstone Psychiatry Associates. His presentation, “The Doctor is In,” will include the most updated information in the areas of ADD, Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, as well as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Rosenberg will lead a question and answer session following his talk. For more information, please contact Susan MacHugh at 281-812-3182 or email

As is our tradition, beginning March 29, 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.

Celebration of Hope April 15, Parish Hall after the 8:00 & 10:15 a.m. services
 How can we have a greater impact together through our Lenten Offerings?  As part of Good Shepherd’s Outreach Mission, we endeavor to ease the burdens others carry - in the form of time, talent and treasure. We will celebrate our Lenten efforts together at our Celebration of Hope, an alternative giving market, on April 15th.
Use the purple envelopes in the pews to donate. You can make your checks payable to Good Shepherd and designate your chosen charity in the memo line.  For more details and information on how you can contribute time and talent to each of the charities, see the bulletin board in the Narthex.
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.

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

Our next Grief Support meeting will be April 5. We will meet the 1st Thursday of the month. The meetings are facilitated by Anne Palmer and Dave Kerkes. 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 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 them 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.

Lord Of The Streets needs volunteers during the week. Can you help ?
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 Month of Music. We will have several concerts at Good Shepherd the month after Easter. Our first concert will be April 5, 7 p.m, by the choirs of Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. This historically Black university was founded in 1877 by the American Baptist Home Mission Society of New York City. It became a state-supported public institution in 1940. Their choirs will present a program of classical, gospel and jazz choral music that is sure to delight you.

Christian Education  

Children’s Christian Education

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

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.

NOOMA® March 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. Class will resume April 10 with the study of Galatians.

Poetry and Spirituality
Wednesdays 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. School Library, (Brinsden Rm).
Facilitated by Ailsa Cornell
Come and discuss some poems – old and new – reflecting the spiritual yearnings, revelations and conflicts of their authors. All opinions and questions welcome! We will meet on the first two Wednesdays after Easter, April 4 and 11.

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: March 25, April 8, April 15, April 22.

Our Lenten Study group entitled “The Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Heavenly Habits.” meets at 5 p.m. in Rm 217. The course is open to seventh 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.
Daily Lenten Meditation available at Since there will be a break in youth group meetings for Spring Break and Easter, we will send out daily messages for Lent. ​

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.

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. 

Beth Anne Nelson
Director of Youth Ministry