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Groups/Care/Outreach

Altar Guild
The Altar Guild is a group of women who are called to serve God by preparing and tending the places where His people worship Him. Their work is a thank offering of time and many talents - a ministry of love undertaken in the name of Christ. This dedicated group's ministry is to keep services, baptisms and weddings running smoothly and alter linens and clergy vestments clean.
Contact:   Altar Guild contact : Joyce Horton 281.359.3622, jhortonhhs@aol.com

The Beacon
At, The Beacon, a ministry to the “street community” in the inner city, four programs come together under one roof to provide meals, showers, laundry service, case management, medical and psychiatric care, pro bono legal services and pastoral care to 600-800 clients daily. This ministry is a project of Christ Church Cathedral, the Diocese of Texas, and the business and downtown communities. Good Shepherd parishioners go to The Beacon Day Center periodically to help serve meals to the homeless.

Blood Drive
Good Shepherd hosts several blood drives each year. Dates of upcoming blood drives will be announced in the monthly Newsletter, the weekly Announcements Bulletin and on Good Shepherd’s website. Mary Ellen Yale coordinates the Blood Drives and can be reached at 832.797.4510 or mejyale@kingwoodcable.com

Casserole Patrol
Members take a prepared meal to the home of a parishioner when an emergency occurs or when there is a special need. To volunteer to help or if you need this service, contact Janet Mansfield at 281.360-5143 or dmansfie@kingwoodcable.net

Chalice Bearers
These persons assist during the Holy Communion. Contact Suzanne Slauer at 281.358.8140

Cursillo
This spiritual weekend Christian experience expands and deepens your faith. For more information contact Barbara Monk at 281.360.1310.

Daughters of the King
Daughters Of The King (DOK)  St. Agnes Chapter is comprised of women who have made a commitment to serve God our King, and wear crosses as an outward and visible sign that they can not live a day without Christ in their lives. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our vision is to reflect God’s love, reaching out through prayer, service, and evangelism to spread HIS kingdom. Meetings are held the first and third Mondays of the month at 7:00 pm (September through May).  For further information, contact Barbara Monk, President at (281) 360-1310 or barbaramonk1@gmail.com.

Fall Festival
Saturday, October 26, 2019 10 am-4 pm. The whole community is invited! 
Invite your friends, bring your family, and enjoy the festivities. Live music, obstacle courses, moonwalks, face painting, bake sale, Shortcakes the Clown, fabulous games, a trackless train, petting zoo, lots of pumpkins, great food with multiple food trucks. We will have a silent auction, model train display, vendors with wonderful crafts and merchandise, and a whole lot more! For booth information, click here. If you would like to help, contact Donna at 281.358.3154 or donnaclifford@goodshepherdkingwood.org

FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center/The Door
FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center assists area families and individuals in crisis. To that end, FamilyTime needs help in many ways, including financial assistance and volunteers for The Door (a shelter for battered women and their children), Counseling Center, Thrift Shops, and fundraising events. Contact: Judy Cox at 281.446.2615 or www.familytimeccc.org.

Feed My Lambs
Feed My Lambs is an outreach program that provides nutritious sack lunches to low income, elderly and/or disabled people, and single mothers with young children. Good Shepherd participates as a partner with other area churches to make and deliver the lunches. Time commitment is only two hours per month! From August through May, we meet at Good Shepherd at 10:15 am on the fourth Tuesday of each month, make 80-100 lunches, and then deliver them in Porter. During the summer, various churches including Good Shepherd’s youth, participate for a week at a time.
Coordinators:
Hedy Gunther -  hedyg@aol.com
Valerie McMullen - harryvalerie@aol.com
Maureen Wheatley - wheatley@cebridge.net

Flower Guild
Flower Guild members have in common a desire to beautify God’s house in a manner that is completely natural and liturgically appropriate for the season. Their experience and talents are varied. Willing hands to help with the decorations for major church festivals and participation in the flower ministry are as needed as experienced flower arrangers of inspired designers. Contact: Andrea Dixon for more information andrea@kingwoodcable.net

Garden Guild
Spring is in the air and the Garden Guild is gearing up! Now is a great time to look around and really notice the beauty all around us. Remember that the church exists not only between four walls but outside all around us as well. One of our goals is to welcome people from the community into the church through our gardens. More than just digging in the dirt, gardening can be an enriching experience where we grow with the garden. This spring, please take a moment to walk around the grounds and see what catches your eye. Is that a shy toad hiding underneath a leaf or a tiny hummingbird hovering over a flower? And how about the color schemes? If you look closely you might notice they are designed to match the liturgical seasons. We also have several projects underway this spring, and all volunteers are welcome. We are looking for shutterbugs to help us with photos of the gardens to post online, as well as volunteers to help with our upcoming “Art in the Park” – a new children’s art project we will be doing in conjunction with Good Shepherd Episcopal School. It’s easy to get started. Look for our sign-up sheet on the Announcement Board. In May, we will be hosting another volunteer work day and even the smallest hands are welcomed helping hands. For more information, contact Jennifer Hawes at 832.226.9242 or jsh7737@gmail.com

Great News Train Club
The train club is in its 10th year and has a membership consisting of 14 members from within the church and local community. The club has two layouts, a 12x24 HO layout and a 5x9 ’O’ gauge. In addition to members running their own equipment, the club now has several HO engines and a large selection of rolling stock for members and guests to use. Details are continuously added to upgrade the layouts and to present a new experience to the viewer. The clubs business meeting is the  first Monday of the month. The layouts are setup once a month on various weekends and special functions such as Rally Day and The Fall Festival. The club is open to those 18 years of age or older. For more information contact Bill Knapp at nytx21@aol.com or 281.358.5422.

Healing Ministry
Healing Ministry Team (Order of St. Luke) – Offers healing ministry at the Wednesday night healing service and during the 10:15 am Sunday service. The group also sponsors classes on Christian healing. Members prepare for ministry through study, reading, and practice. For more information, contact Barbara Hemphill 281.851.7504 or bookworm@texashemphills.com.

Hearts and Hands
Hearts and Hands is an outreach ministry engaged in rebuilding, and in some cases resurrecting, inadequate housing. Required improvements are provided at no cost to our clients – the elderly, the disabled, and the poor. Our goal is to be “a hand up, not a handout.” To most, the measure of Hearts and Hands’ success is the homes we rebuild. We measure our success by the effect our work has on the lives of the people we touch and the people that help us grow in our ministry. We work with and among the poor. We transform buildings and we transform lives. We participate in all facets of our clients’ lives. The experience transforms everyone involved in our work. We need volunteers of all skill levels and we are 95% “self supporting.” Come and work with us...with your heart and your hands, or help us obtain needed material and supplies. For more information, please contact Jimmy Hemphill at 281.795.1989.

Holy Trinity Episcopal School
Accredited by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools, Holy Trinity’s mission is to prepare students for higher education and a meaningful life experience through a program emphasizing academic excellence, spiritual development, and social responsibility. Currently, the school serves students in Pre-K 3 through high school. For more information, visit www.holytrinityeschool.org

Hospital, Assisted Living, Nursing Home Visits 
To schedule hospital visits by the parish clergy,  contact the church office at 281.358.3154.
Lay ministry group members visit parishioners, family members, and others in these facilities. Contact the church office if you know anyone who would appreciate a visit.

Hospitality Corps
The Hospitality corps includes Greeters, Welcome Center Hosts and Ushers. These volunteers are often the "first face" of the church for newcomers and help make guests feel welcome.
Greeters greet parishioners and newcomers at the 10:15 am service. Newcomers are introduced to the Welcome Desk in the Narthex where they can ask questions and get information about membership in the Church. There are six Greeter teams, each with two members. Each team serves every six weeks. If you would like to be a Greeter, please contact Art Nolting at 713.806.1549 and agnoel@aol.com or Valerie McMullen 281.360.4146 and  harryvalerie@aol.com
Welcome Center Hosts welcome newcomers in the Narthex, answer their questions, and provide them with information about the Church. After the service, hosts escort newcomers to the parish hall for coffee and introduce them to other parishioners. There are four Welcome Center teams with three members on each team. Each team serves once a month. If you would like to be a Welcome Center Host, please contact Terry Whitney at 713.725.2656.
Ushers
 help make the worship experience hassle-free and spiritual for all participants. Their responsibilities include distribution of the Order of Service and Weekly Announcements, passing the plate during Offertory, and guiding worshipers to the rail for Holy Communion. After service, they collect stray bulletins and generally spruce up the worship area and Narthex. They also assist at special services, such as weddings, funerals, and confirmation. Ushers serve on teams approximately once per month. If you would like to be an usher, please contact Randy Sutton at 281.354.7272 and randysutton778@gmail.com or Bernice Satterwhite at 281.386.8299 and divamaestro@mac.com

Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM)
Good Shepherd is a member of Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM), an interfaith coalition of area churches and organizations. HAAM provides a community food pantry, social service agency, job bank, and resale store. HAAM serves families in crisis living in Humble, Huffman, Porter, New Caney, Kingwood, and Atascocita. It feeds some 3,000 people each month, provides 200 food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas, distributes toys and Christmas gifts to 1,100 families, and assists 1,800 students with its Back-to-School program. All of this is made possible through donations of food, clothing, and household goods, and volunteers. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer, please contact Valerie McMullen at harryvalerie@aol.com or visit www.haamministries.org.

KnitCrochet
KnitCrochet is a group that gathers to knit and crochet outreach items. It is a wonderful way to serve, make new friends and have fun fellowship. Our current outreach projects are:
1. prayer shawls for our parishioners and a local hospice
2. scarves and caps for the Seafarers’ Centers at the Port of Houston
3. knitted baby caps for newborns at the Kingwood Medical Center
Meetings are on the first Friday of the month, from 1:30-3:30 pm, in the Mission Center. All skill levels, from beginner to advanced, are welcome.
Group leaders: Kathy Kincaid (281.358.0634) and Emily Maas (281.793.7193)

Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs)
Team members take communion to homebound or nursing home-bound parishioners each month. Licensed LEVs may be accompanied on their visits by volunteers who need not be licensed. To participate in or receive this ministry, contact Roy Lively at 281.358.0970.

Lay Readers
Lay Readers are responsible to read one of the assigned scripture lessons from the Bible. Click here for a copy of the READINGS
Contact Suzanne Slauer at 281.358.8140 for more information.

Lending Closet
Do you know there are medical supplies ready for your use? Wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, potty chairs, shower stools, and more. If you are in need of these, call the church office at 281.358.3154.

Live Nativity
A Live Nativity has been a part of Advent for many years at Good Shepherd. It’s an event that provides an opportunity for all to be involved, from erecting the crèche, to playing a part of the nativity story, to being a proud mom or dad watching their child performing a part dressed splendidly as a king or humbly as a shepherd. The Live Nativity is presented in the evenings on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before Christmas.

Lord of the Streets
Since 1990, Lord of the Streets Episcopal Church (LOTS) has ministered to the spiritual, emotional, physical, and social needs of individuals living in Houston who are homeless, in crisis, or in transition. Good Shepherd has been a supporting parish of Lord of the Streets for many years and often sends volunteers on Sunday mornings at 6:00 am to prepare a hot breakfast for more than 250 homeless men and women who attend worship at Trinity at 7:00 am www.lordofthestreets.org

Moms, Dads and Young Disciples (MDYD)
Moms, Dads, and Young Disciples (MDYD) brings together parents and children for family fun in a Christian setting. Families of all ages are invited to participate in these events.
Family Game Zone is a pizza party with board games held the second Sunday of each month, following the 10:15 am service.  
Family Camping Trips are planned twice a year (Spring and Fall). These are great fun! We journey to nearby campgrounds, pitch our tents, hike, play games, and roast hotdogs over the campfire! Families of all ages are invited.
To be added to the MDYD evite list, email Kim Hammond at kk1000@hotmail.com

Operation Santa
Operation Santa provides Christmas gifts of food, clothing, toys, and personal articles to Montgomery County and Humble ISD families, St. James Retirement Home residents, and Good Shepherd parishioners in need. It’s easy! Beginning right after Thanksgiving, simply take a tag from the Operation Santa board outside the Great Hall and return your unwrapped gift promptly. Then, if you're free, help us wrap the gifts at a member’s home. If you have any questions on how you can help keep the Good Shepherd spirit of Christmas going, please contact Maureen Wheatley at 281.360.0742.

Patriotic Picnic
Our annual Parish Picnic celebrating Independence Day will be on Sunday, June 30th, this year, immediately following the 10:15 am service (we will only have one service this Sunday). Join us for great food, BINGO, and a whole lot more! Volunteer sign-ups will be in the Narthex. There are big jobs, small jobs, and everything in-between. Let us know what you're good at, and we'll find a place for you to shine! If you have a new item you would like to donate for a BINGO prize, there is a box in the Narthex by the sign-up sheets. Contact any of these people to help:
Jeannie Whitney 713.702.9456   gjwhitney03@yahoo.com
Liz Dillard 713.775.1961   lizdillard@hotmail.com
Jennifer Kapusciak 281.797.6200   jenniferkapusciak@gmail.com
Greg Roberts will be our "hot dog " Chef 713.297.1168  GRHG@chevron.com

Prayer Chain
Prayer requests are sent out via email. To become a member of the chain or to ask the chain to pray, contact Betty Herring at 281.358.1825 or prayerchain.bherring@yahoo.com

Prime Timers
This group is for those who feel they are in the “PRIME OF THEIR LIFE” with no kids to worry about and who would be interested in dining out at local restaurants to enjoy good food, good fun, and good fellowship.  We are a large group and usually number between 30 and 40 folks at our very casual get-togethers. Over the past few years, we have visited local Italian, Chinese, Mexican, American, Seafood, French, and Japanese restaurants, among others, and are always ready to try out new restaurants in our area. For more information, please contact Ann Wenck at anwenck@gmail.com or Valerie and Harry McMullen at harryvalerie@aol.com.  

Pumpkin Patch
The Pumpkin Patch is an annual event that everybody enjoys. Starting October 18th, the 2019 Good Shepherd Pumpkin Patch will be ready for fun every day from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm. 
We have over three tons of pumpkins, ranging in size from very small to very large, offered for sale in a safe, relaxed environment. Young children can enjoy lots of fun activities while parents check out the large selection of pumpkins. Pumpkins are priced by size and volunteers will help deliver customer purchases to their cars. Thanks to all who work and shop in our Pumpkin Patch. Your support means so much to us! If you would like to participate in this year’s Pumpkin Patch, please contact Trish Kessler at trishkessler@gmail.com. Please visit our extended site for more details https:www.facebook.com/kingwoodpumpkins/

RoadRunners
RoadRunners offers fellowship and fun for men and women, age 50+. The group gathers monthly, from September through June, to enjoy day trips to various places of interest within a 150-mile radius of Houston (courtesy of Harris County Precinct 4 buses. Past trips have included visits to the Museum of Natural History and Museum of Fine Arts, the Mize Azalea Gardens, Nacogdoches, The Painted Churches, Schulenburg, George H.W. Presidential Library, College Station. For further information contact Karen Bush, 281.358.6726 bushkngw@aol.com

Seafarers' Center
The Seafarers' Center at the Port of Houston is a “home away from home” for seafarers. Chartered in the late 1960s/early 1970s by the local maritime industry, community leaders, and churches, the center provides a safe and welcoming recreational and spiritual environment on land for those who have chosen the sea as their livelihood. Many volunteers give of their time and talent to the center, which also has a team of ministers on duty. Contact the Rev. Lacy Largent at 713.672.0511 or visit www.houstonseafarers.com

Women's Book Group
The Women’s Book Group invites you to join us the second Thursday of the month in room 208 of the Mission Center from noon to roughly 1:30 pm for a lively discussion of the book of the month. While attendance each month is not required, you will find you simply want to come each and every time. Books are chosen just a few months’ at a time. We are hoping that will keep our selections more current. We choose books for September through January with December off for a Christmas luncheon. Then we start with a new slate of books in February right through June, while enjoying a spring luncheon in May. The summer may see our group on a field trip or reviewing a more lighthearted book or perhaps taking in a movie. Please join us any 2nd Thursday at noon in room 208. Even if you haven’t read the book when you come, you probably will want to by the time you leave. For more information, contact either Carole Quinn @ 281.360.1437 or Judy Spithill @ 281.300.0814.

Support Groups

ADD/ADHD Support Group
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association will meet Thursday August 22 from 7–9 pm in Room 211. Our “Welcome Back” support group meeting will feature guest speaker, Bernard Rosenberg, MD, a psychiatrist in private practice, Cornerstone Psychiatry. He is a well-known lecturer on mental health issues. Medication plays a central role in the management of ADHD and related conditions. Dr. Rosenberg will address the potential benefits and risks associated with a variety of medications. Time will be offered for questions and answers. The community is invited to attend! For more information please contact Susan Mac Hugh at 281.812.3182 or email MrsQ123@aol.com.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver Support Group 
A monthly support group for family members and caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia related disorders. Meetings are the second Monday of each month, 7:00–8:30 pm in room 215. This is a community group, serving the entire Kingwood and Lake Houston area. For more information visit www.SynapseSite.net, or contact Barbara Hemphill, 281.851.7504 or bookworm@texashemphills.combarbara@synapsesite.net

Gamblers Anonymous
Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they might solve their common problem and help others recover from a gambling problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. Our primary purpose is to stop gambling and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same. Gamblers Anonymous meets weekly at Good Shepherd. For more information, go to Gamblers Anonymous.org