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For Sunday, October 20, 2019

 The Sanctuary flowers today are in memory of Linda C. Gillespie. Given by the Gillespie family. The flowers are also in memory of JoAnn Currell given by Bud Currell.

Randalls Pharmacy Flu Clinic will be held TODAY in the school Conference Rm, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Flu Vaccines are $38.99 and the High Dose is $64.99. Tetanus, Shingles and Pneumonia Vaccines will also be available. Most patients insurance cards are accepted and will be billed.

Pumpkin Patch Important Dates

Wednesday Oct.23, Pumpkin Unload 4pm

Thursday Oct. 24, KSBJ in patch 4-7pm

Saturday Oct. 26, Fall Festival 10 - 4pm

Thursday Oct. 31, Closing Luncheon at noon

Saturday Nov. 2, Patch takedown and move to storage

The Our Family Vision: a village of families focused on loving and serving Christ and each other. Where church is Social Life (going outside the church walls).

Our Family Service Day at Good Shepherd on November 3 following the 10:15 a.m. worship service.

Our Family will be sponsoring the Live Nativity on December 12. If you are a member of Good Shepherd, please sign-up to bring baked goods and have your children participate in the Live Nativity; particularly on this night.

If you lent any equipment out to any of the flood families please give us a call to retrieve them 281-358-3154.

Feed My Lambs will be meeting October 22 to make sack lunches for our clients in White Oaks apartments. We meet at 10:30 a.m. in Rm 215 to assemble the sacks and then leave to deliver. If you can help with either or both of these activities, please notify Maureen at wheatley@cebridge.net. As usual we will meet afterwards for lunch.

Coventry Choir for 1st through fifth graders has started rehearsals each Wednesday at 5 p.m. Contact Jackson Hearn today or call him at the church office or email at jacksonhearn@goodshepherdkingwood.org. “We don’t just teach music to children. We lead children to experience, love, and serve God through music!”

It’s Auction time again for the Fall Festival. If you can donate a service, season tickets, vacation rental, or if you are artistically inclined and could make an item, contact Patty Harris at patriciaharris@goodshepherdkingwood.org. Your donations will be greatly appreciated.

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, at 281-851-7504 or bookworm@texashemphills.com with any questions.

“The Good Steward” Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart . Luke 18:1 “Pray always and don’t lose heart.” Probably Jesus spoke from personal experience, as the gospels tell us that he often turned to prayer in difficult times, times when he was tempted to lose heart. Let’s remember to do the same.

Fall Festival , October 26, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 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, 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! Please contact Donna Clifford at donnaclifford@goodshepherdkingwood.org if you would like to help or sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

All Saints Sunday November 3 -Please send your names of departed loved ones to be remembered at the altar by email to Donna Clifford at donnaclifford@goodshepherdkingwood.org by Tuesday October 29..

The KnitCrochet Group will meet on Friday, November 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. For more information, contact Kathy Kincaid at 281-358-0634.

On November 2 at 8 a.m. we will be taking the Pumpkin Patch down and moving everything to storage. Trucks, strong hands, gloves and pocket knives will be needed. Thank you.

The Train club meets the first Monday of the month. The next meeting is November 4 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 9 at 8:00 a.m. This church activity is an opportunity for all at Good Shepherd to contribute. For more information, please contact Whit Drake at 281-360-2971.

November 10 is our Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Sunday, a day we commemorate our Scottish/Anglican heritage by remembering Samuel Seabury, the first American Episcopal bishop, who was consecrated in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1784. We encourage the congregation to wear your plaids. We will thrill to the sound of the bagpipes as we hear Highland Cathedral, Amazing Grace, and other great piping tunes at all morning services.

Vestry Elections will be November 17. If you are interested in running for Vestry or would like more information about the Vestry, please contact Charles Wenck at 281-358-3903, charlescwenck@gmail.com or Bill Richter at 281-358-3154, or wtrbout350@gmail.com.

Support for Flooded Parishioners, if anyone would like to make a financial contribution to support church members who were flooded by Imelda, you may make your check payable to Good Shepherd and write “discretionary fund’ or “flood fund” in the memo line. Please continue to keep all flood victims in your prayers.

HAAM -We have committed to providing 1lb bags of dried beans for HAAM’s Thanksgiving baskets. There will be a basket in the hallway to collect donations. Thank you. Valerie McMullen

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be on-site November 10 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Since the Center is now collecting personal information electronically, there are no forms to complete within the Great Hall. When you are ready to donate, go directly to the motor coach in the front parking lot. For first-time donors your personal information will be typed into their computer and retained. For future donations this should equate to shorter sign-up times. 16 year-olds with a picture ID, in good health, and parental consent, now qualify as donors. Thank you, Mary Ellen Yale, 832-797-4510.

Christian Education

Sunday School

Sunday School Schedule-October 20, October 27, November 3, November 10, November 17, December 8, December 15.

Sunday Morning Classes, Adult Forums

Rob Bell: October 20 and 27 - Rm 207 Facilitated by Bill Richter

Rob Bell is a much sought after author and speaker. We have used his materials quite often, here. For this outing, we will watch and discuss a film from his 2016 Tour: Everything is Spiritual. We will watch a portion, then reflect and discuss, week by week.

The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life November 3, 10, 24 -Rm 207 Facilitated by Bill Richter

The Way of Love is a project of the National Episcopal Church. The series is a path of reflection, discernment and commitment around specific practices of the Christian Life: Turn – Learn – Pray – Worship – Bless– Go – Rest. This is not just a curriculum. It will offer participants specific suggestions for living as community and practicing our faith in our day to day lives. The Way of Love has the power to change each of our lives and to change this world. In this section we will consider Pray and Worship.

Weekday Offerings:

Spirituality and Mysticism (aka the Krishnamurti Café) Mondays 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. Rm 208, Facilitated by Kipp and Bill Richter

We are reading and studying, Think on These Things, by J. Krishnamurti. Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) was an Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher. The book is available on Amazon, we will provide discussion questions for each chapter. This café style group is not a series of lectures, but a discussion group where we all are free to air our own opinions about the topic. The café 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.

Wednesday Evenings in October-Wednesdays October 23 and 30 from 7:15-8:30 School Library. Facilitated by Bill Richter.

Our Faith and Reason video and discussion series will continue in October. Topics to be discussed include: Are humans sinful by nature? What can we expect from prayer? Is there only one God for all these faiths? Faithfulness or extremism? Don’t I have a right to my personal rights?

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 and 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 www.wccm.org

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)

Youth Group on October 20 at 11:30 a.m. for grades 5-12, our theme for the day is Handling Stress & Worry. Come for discussion, fellowship, and lunch.

Youth Group on October 27 at 11:30 a.m. for grades 4-12, we will be decorating pumpkins. Come for discussion, fellowship, and lunch.

Galleria Day on November 2 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with Christ the King Please meet at Good Shepherd and bring your own money for spending.

Author Event and Church Service Day on November 3 from

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please join Neil Bockoven author of Moctu and the Mammoth People: An Ice Age Story of Love, Life, and Survival.

Youth Group on November 10 at 11:30 a.m. our theme is making & keeping friends. Come for discussion, fellowship, and lunch.

Youth Group on November 17 at noon. Meet at Max Bowl in Humble. Grades 4-12 are welcome for this event.

Allie Norman, Costa Rica Companion Diocese Officer, Visit on December 15. Allie will discuss the importance of our mission in Costa Rica

Beth Anne Nelson Director of Youth Ministry bethannenelson@gmail.com