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Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

Friendswood, Texas


Welcome to Good Shepherd!

We are a healthy, vibrant, Program-size church situated between

Houston and Galveston, near the Texas Gulf Coast and NASA’s Johnson

Space Center. At Good Shepherd we believe that Jesus is all about

relationship, and we seek to model Jesus’ focus on relationship

through our vision of being a sanctuary. Staying centered on our

vision, which was wholeheartedly embraced by our congregation over

10 years ago, is what has kept us healthy and growing and strong.

Sanctuary for us is like home base in the game of tag. It is a safe place

to be healed, refreshed and reinvigorated, enabling us to go out into

the world and offer sanctuary to each other and our community,

extending the loving, healing hands of Christ to those who do not

know Him and those who desperately need Him. We are excited to see

God’s plans for Good Shepherd unfolding and are eager and ready to

embrace the change His plan represents. The Vestry, lay leadership,

congregation and staff of Good Shepherd are prayerfully and joyfully

looking forward to welcoming the Rector that God has already chosen

for us, and joining with our new Rector to make God’s plan for us a

reality.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Vision and Goals 4

Core Values 5

The Rector We Seek 6

Who We Are

Sunday Morning Worship 7

Children and Youth 11

Spiritual Growth 15

Newcomer Ministries 18

Pastoral Care 19

Good Shepherd School 21

Outreach 22

Parish Life 25

Administration 28

Appendices

Parish Statistics 32

Demographics 33

Rector Profile 33

Parish History 34

Campus and Facilities 36

The Diocese of Texas 37

About Friendswood 38

Scrapbook 39

Open Hands

Open Hearts


Episcopal Church of

the Good Shepherd

Diocese of Texas

The Rt. Rev. Charles Andrew

Doyle, IX Bishop of Texas

1207 W. Winding Way

Friendswood, Texas 77546

Phone 281.482.7630

Fax 281.482.4307

www.gshepherd.net

Sunday Services:

8:00, 9:30, and 11:30AM

One Service 10:00AM on

Fifth Sundays

(Meal Following)

Wednesday Service of Holy

Eucharist: 6:30PM

OFFICE HOURS

MON-FRI 9:00AM-4:30PM

Visit us on Facebook and follow

us on Twitter@goodsheptx

Good Shepherd Episcopal School

Mon-Fr. 8:30-4:30PM

Phone 281.992.1357

SHEPHERD'S NOOK Resale Shop

Tues., Thurs., Sat.:

10:00AM-3:00PM

Phone 281-482-8603

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Vision

Good Shepherd seeks to

be a sanctuary for

equipping and

empowering people to

deal with the issues of

life in an atmosphere of

love, security and

support. We find

sanctuary in Jesus Christ.

We are called to model

sanctuary to others in

our community and the

world.

2016 Goals

• A vibrant Newcomer Ministry that invites and engages our

newcomers to become active members of our church family.

• An atmosphere that enables and promotes spiritual growth

and invites the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit through

age appropriate educational programs and increased

participation in Bible studies.

• Expanded family life ministries that include activities for

children, youth, young families, and young adults, including

intergenerational programs.

• Increased visibility in and interaction with the Friendswood

community through outreach activities that make our name

synonymous with sanctuary.

• A successful capital funds drive that retires our debt by

2014, enabling expansion and remodeling of our facilities and

parking capacity to invite and accommodate our growing,

changing community.


Live

Love

Laugh

Core Values

Good Shepherd Episcopal

Church is a SANCTUARY

offering traditional and

contemporary worship and funfilled

fellowship that focuses

on meeting

your individual needs.

Scripture-based

Anglican tradition

Nurturing

Christ-centered; community

outreach

Teaching

Unity in diversity

Always welcoming

Relationships

Youth

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The Rector We Seek

We seek a joyful PRIEST who will provide a safe place for all to worship, using various

worship styles in the Anglican tradition; who passionately shares his/her faith and

knowledge in personal conversations and through sermons that relate to our lives.

We seek a loving PASTOR who is called to become part of the Good Shepherd family, who

warmly welcomes all, truly values and cares for people, establishes relationships based on

trust, and actively supports our pastoral care ministries.

We seek a TEACHER, who values the children and youth of the congregation and is called to

provide programs they need to grow into strong Christians. We seek someone who will

encourage spiritual growth for a congregation of diverse ages, education, cultures and ethnic

backgrounds, who are at all stages of the Christian journey.

We seek a dedicated DISCIPLE who has a personal relationship with Christ, who lives his/her

faith in a spirit of joy and fun; who has a conservative understanding of Scripture and

respects those with different understandings.

We seek a confident, vision focused LEADER with passion, joy and sustainable energy, who

encourages members to share their gifts, builds and empowers effective teams, and inspires

the congregation to participate fully in the life and ministries of Good Shepherd.


Sunday Morning Worship Services

Sunday Mornings at Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd has three worship services on Sunday morning. Our 8:00AM service is

Holy Communion Rite I, and is a spoken service. Our 9:30AM service is Holy

Communion Rite II with choral music. Our 11:30AM service is a service of

contemporary music offered with Holy Communion in the Anglican tradition,

utilizing portions of the New Zealand Prayer book. Children ages 3 through 10

are invited to Children’s Church for their own worship service during the first

part of the 9:30 service. The children rejoin their families during the Passing

of the Peace before Holy Communion.

On “Fifth Sundays” we have One Great Service at 10:00AM, offering the

opportunity for our entire church family to worship together. The One Great

Service combines elements of worship from our 8:00, 9:30 and 11:30AM

services.

At Good Shepherd we believe that worship is the primary purpose of the

church, and many dedicated lay persons are actively involved in ensuring

excellence in our worship services. These dedicated parishioners serve in

numerous Worship Ministries, Music Ministries and Worship Support

Ministries.

Worship Ministries

Good Shepherd has a small team of Vergers who rotate their service. A verger

attends to the “big picture” so that the service can run smoothly, ensuring that

the priests and chalice bearers have what they need to serve communicants and

enhance the worship experience of the congregation. Chalice bearers have the

honor of reverently serving the Blood of Christ to communicants. They receive yearly

training in the philosophy and duties of a chalice bearer. Lay readers bring the word of God to life

through readings from the Old Testament, the Psalms, and selected New Testament readings. Lay

readers participate in yearly training in communicating the word of God effectively and

enthusiastically. Our Acolytes are faithful and conscientious men, women, boys and girls, who love

the Lord Jesus Christ and love serving Him at his sacred altar. It is an honor to be selected as one

who serves God and His people as a Verger, Chalice Bearer, Lay Reader, or Acolyte.

During Communion at each worship service, trained Prayer Teams are available in the Prayer

Room, just off the foyer. Experienced prayer ministers pray with parishioners and visitors

confidentially. Parishioners and visitors may also request prayers through prayer cards in each

pew rack, which can be placed in the offering plate.

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Sunday Mornings at Good Shepherd (cont’d)

Each Sunday, Good Shepherd Lay Eucharistic

Visitors deliver Communion to our

parishioners who are home bound or

hospitalized. Recipients are blessed by the gift

of Communion, and the participants in this

ministry are blessed by the act of sharing God’s

presence in the elements.

Music Ministries

The mission of the Good Shepherd Sanctuary

Choir is to enrich worship at Good Shepherd

and proclaim Christ through music. This choir

provides music at the Sunday service at 9:30AM

and provides music at all services on Christmas

Eve and Easter. Special seasonal performances

are often offered during Lent, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. The choir

is made up of 20 to 25 dedicated parishioners who feel that the highest and

best way they can worship God is through music. The choir is committed

to the ministry and each other. Members of the choir pray for and

support each other, attend area musical events, and enjoy periodic offcampus

gatherings. Anyone who loves to praise God through song is

welcome to join!

The newly formed Good Shepherd Children’s Choir provides music at our

9:30AM Sunday service about once a month. We are very excited about

what the future holds for this new ministry!

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Our Third Service Contemporary Praise Band is a small group of

musicians offering strong voices singing contemporary praise

songs for the 11:30AM Sunday service. The group includes

members who play keyboard, drums and guitar.

Worship Support Ministries

Members of the Altar Guild are dedicated to preparing the altar

for worship every Sunday. Altar Guild members serve on a

rotating basis, ensuring that the table is prepared for Communion

and the church is equipped with candles. They also ensure that

the colors for the season or for special Sundays are reflected on

the table and the hangings.


Sunday Mornings at Good Shepherd (cont’d)

In preparation for Sunday worship services, the Flower Guild arranges

the flowers and greenery and places the arrangements in the sanctuary.

For special occasions and seasons of the year, the Flower Guild provides

flowers and greenery for the foyer and other areas of the church. At

Christmas, the flower guild provides leadership for the Greening of the

Church, and encourages members of the congregation to participate.

The Guild fills the altar with poinsettias for Christmas, and adorns the

altar with lilies for Easter.

Good Shepherd’s Nursery is available during all Sunday services, and for

many parish events. Its mission is to provide care for the infants and

young children of Good Shepherd’s parishioners and visitors in an

attractive and loving environment. On Sunday this ministry enables

parents and grandparents to worship fully, confident that their children

are safe and lovingly attended. The nursery is professionally staffed and

available to all children from infants through age 4.

Ushers provide a welcoming

environment and distribute the

Sunday Service Bulletins to

parishioners and visitors at our

Sunday worship services.

Christian Formation

Opportunities for Christian education for both children and adults are offered

on Sunday mornings immediately following the 9:30AM worship service. For

children and youth, Christian formation is available from preschool (age 3)

through the 12th grade. Classes typically run from September through May. Good Shepherd is blessed with a team of

dedicated and inspired teachers. These leaders infuse their ministry with enthusiasm and devotion to providing a

positive environment for age-appropriate learning.

Christian Formation for Adults

“Clergy Corner and Coffee” is held after our 9:30 worship service. This class includes a topical presentation

and discussion. Topics are generally determined by the class attendees, and the discussion is led by a

clergy person.

In the recent past we have also offered a study of C.S Lewis’ “Mere Christianity”, and a class on the “50

Greatest Moments in Church History.” Both classes were very well attended. Based on the response to

these classes, inputs received from our parish survey, and our 2016 Goals, clearly we are very interested in

more Christian Formation opportunities for adults.

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Sunday Mornings at Good Shepherd (cont’d)

Christian Formation For Children and Youth

Godly Play 1 is for children in preschool through kindergarten, and Godly Play 2 serves children in grades 1

through 3. Godly Play is based on the understanding that children have an innate sense of the presence of

God. All they lack is the appropriate language to help them identify and express it in order to explore and

strengthen their understanding. The Godly Play approach teaches basic Christian language in a way that

encourages natural creativity and enhances the child’s authentic experience of God. Godly Play is a way of

preparing children to join in the worship and life of their congregation as they develop a deeper

understanding of stories, symbols and rites.

Middle School classes are designed for children

in grades 4 and 5. Junior High classes are for

Good Shepherd youth in grades 6 through 8.

These classes use the “Living the Good News”

curriculum, an age appropriate curriculum

focusing on the same cycle of readings found in

weekly worship. Junior High Classes may include

items for further study or use in family

discussions.

High School classes are for teens in grades 9

through 12. Classes feature an open discussion

of the lectionary focusing on the same cycle of

readings found in weekly worship. For each of

three readings, the leader introduces a question

or provides a statement for reflection while the lesson is read. After the reading, the young people are

encouraged to discuss their reactions, beliefs, and understanding.

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Children and Youth Ministries

Children and Youth at Good Shepherd

At Good Shepherd, Family Matters. We care about the whole family, from our very youngest parishioners

and visitors, to our seniors. We have programs and activities for all ages, including intergenerational

activities, throughout the year. Special activities for the entire family are planned each quarter, typically

on 5th Sundays. Family Matters events also include activities geared for younger children and their

families, such as “Movie Night at Good Shepherd”. Our younger

children also enjoy an annual Easter party, “Trunk or Treat” and

the “Blessing of the Pets”.

Children’s Church is a scaled-down version of the typical

worship service, and follows the same liturgical calendar.

The service includes a children’s version of the Nicene

Creed, the Gospel reading followed by discussion, Prayers of

the People, the “Good Shepherd Children’s Prayer,” and an

offering followed by the Doxology, and the passing of the

peace. Children begin to learn and understand the basic

parts of a typical Episcopal service while hearing the stories

of the Bible in terms they can understand. Simple craft

projects are often used to illustrate the Gospel lesson. We

are blessed with four teams of Children’s Church ministers who rotate leadership weekly.

Good Shepherd’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) program is quite possibly

the highlight of the year for our children! VBS is also a great outreach

ministry to the children of our community. The number of children

served has steadily increased over the years - approximately 100

children participate in our VBS. “Hometown Nazareth - where Jesus

was a kid” was our VBS theme for summer 2011. Many dedicated

parishioners, adults and teenagers devoted their time and talent to

making VBS a very special event for all the children who attended. Even

our parish hall was transformed into the town of Nazareth by one of our

parishioners who is a professional set designer!

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Children and Youth at Good Shepherd (cont’d)

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)

The EYC is for all youth 6 th grade and higher. EYC activities are

designed so that adolescents and teens have fun, build their

relationships with their peers, and share and strengthen their

belief in Christ. EYC members participate in trips for fun, service

projects and annual mission trips. We have over 40 members in

our EYC and are continually expanding.

Starting in the fall of 2011, EYC will take place on Sunday nights as

a part of our Sunday Nights Under God (SNUG) program. The Jr.

High will meet from 5:00-6:00PM. We will share a meal with all who

are in attendance at SNUG from

6:00-6:30PM. The Sr. High will meet from 6:30-7:30PM and then

head over to someone’s house for dessert, games and Compline

from 7:30-8:30PM.

The EYC does at least one service project a month in and

around the greater Houston area. Some of the projects we are

involved with are the Shepherd’s Nook, Trunk or Treat,

Christian Helping Hands, St. Vincent’s House, Sweet Jesus

Season, Souper Bowl of Caring and sponsoring a child in Africa.

Every summer our Jr. High and Sr. High EYCs go on week long Mission

Trips. The Jr. High EYC trips are in Texas and involve different

service projects. The Sr. High EYC goes out of state on a Group

Work Camp in which they work on homes for those in need.

We take other smaller trips throughout the year. Every summer,

we travel to the beautiful Texas Hill Country for a weekend

retreat at Wessendorf Retreat Center, where we relax, have fun

and enjoy activities such as floating down the river, tacky dance

and messy games. In 2011, we also took a Spring Break trip to

visit all the amusement parks in the San Antonio area.

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The EYC has many fundraising events that completely

support our large budget. Our biggest fundraiser is a

Concession Stand at Minute Maid Park, where the Houston

Astros play. Good Shepherd adults, many of whom are not

parents, volunteer to work the Concession Stand throughout

the baseball season. Proceeds from Minute Maid Park make

up about 75% of our budget. Additional fundraisers

conducted by EYC members include activities such as serving

breakfast tacos to the congregation once a month and

hosting the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Suppers.

Our EYC is heavily involved in many Diocesan events. We have youth who attend and regularly staff Y.E.S.

and Happening. Youth Encountering Spirit (Y.E.S.) weekend brings young people in grades 7 through 9

together in Christian Community. The retreat focuses on Christ and helps foster a clearer appreciation of

self, richer relationships with others, and a deeper experience with Jesus. Happening is a weekend for

teenagers in grades10 through 12. Happening provides an exciting forum for teens to develop, nourish,

and share the spirit of Christ within them. The Happening movement proclaims that Jesus Christ has

made and will continue to make a difference in the world and in individual lives. Happening is a life

affirming and life changing weekend!

Many EYC members attend various retreats throughout the year such as Mid-Winter, Jr. High and

Intermediate Retreats. Good Shepherd is

also the host twice a year for the

Galveston Convocation Lock-In.

As you can see, our EYC program is

thriving! We will continue to nurture and

develop our youth as well as reach out to

the community.

One of Good Shepherd’s 2016 Goals, “Expanded

family life ministries that include activities

for children, youth, young families and young

adults including intergenerational programs”,

confirms our church family’s enduring

commitment to our youth.

Children and Youth at Good Shepherd (cont’d)

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Mission Trips 2011

Wessendorf


Women’s Bible Study

In the fall and spring of each year, Good Shepherd offers Bible

studies for women. Groups meet once a week, either at the

church or in members’ homes. The women have enjoyed Beth

Moore Bible studies and reading and discussing books such as

those written by Max Lucado and Becca Stevens. The classes are

designed to strengthen participants’ relationships with Christ

and one another.

Discovery and Rediscovery Weekends

This on-campus lay retreat offers a relaxed environment for

witness, discussion, worship, fellowship and food. Several

different formats are grouped under this ministry, all of which

follow the general pattern of lay talks on various subjects

followed by discussion.

Alpha Course

The Alpha Course has been offered several times over the past

few years at Good Shepherd. Alpha is an opportunity to

explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The

Alpha course usually meets once per week for 10 weeks.

During each session, people enjoy great food, laughter and

learning in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Spiritual Growth at Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd offers many opportunities for spiritual growth. As we

grow spiritually, our relationship with Jesus becomes stronger, and we

become more like Him. The more we become like Jesus, the better we are

at providing sanctuary to each other, our visitors, our community and

the world. One of our goals for 2016 is to develop “An atmosphere that

enables and promotes spiritual growth and invites the abiding presence

of the Holy Spirit through age appropriate educational programs and

increased participation in Bible studies.” We are eager to enhance our

opportunities for spiritual growth.

Wednesday Evening Worship Service and Bible Study

This 6:30PM. worship service is a Litany of Healing with Holy

Communion. The service is held in the chapel and is followed by a

Bible Study.

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Spiritual Growth at Good Shepherd (cont’d)

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The mission of The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK) is to

extend Christ's Kingdom through prayer, service, and evangelism.

Our DOK chapter is alive and thriving with approximately 60 active

members. The DOK meets monthly for prayer, study and outreach.

Speakers and programs focus on forms of prayer and how to invite the

Holy Spirit in as you pray. Various forms of prayer and prayer

methods have been explored, such as reflective prayer, invitatory

prayer, contemplative prayer, Taizé, prayer beads, walking the

labyrinth, silent retreats, and use of the prayer book.

The Good Shepherd DOK chapter is active in outreach, with particular

emphasis on the seafarers in the Port of Houston, and US troops

serving in war zones, providing over 100 “Holiday Boxes” filled with

toiletries, goodies, hand-knitted scarves and caps. The DOK also hosts

a luncheon for visiting Seafarers Chaplains at the Howard T. Tellepsen

Seafarers' Center.

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew is a ministry to “spread Christ's

Kingdom among men and boys in the Episcopal/Anglican

Communion.” This men’s organization meets twice a month to

discuss a current news topic and interpret the event through the

Anglican three-legged stool of “scripture, tradition and reason.” The

group also offers prayers of thanksgiving and prayers for God’s

intervention for healing, spiritual guidance, and peace. The

Brotherhood supports the parish in many ways, particularly by

cooking for numerous parish events each year. For holidays, they

cook and sell brisket, chicken and other delectable grilled meats. The

proceeds from these cook fests have funded upgrades to Good

Shepherd’s kitchen. The Brotherhood is active in outreach,

sponsors the Guy Stuff Ministry and is also responsible for

organizing the visitation ministry to newcomers.


Lenten Series

Each year Good Shepherd hosts a series of Lenten classes. Each

class starts with a covered dish meal (there is always food at

Good Shepherd!), followed by a presentation by an invited

speaker. “A Season of Invitation” was the theme for our

2011 Lenten series. Speakers included a clergy member,

parishioners and speakers from the Diocese.

The Labyrinth

Good Shepherd owns a 40-foot square Chartres labyrinth,

on three canvas panels. The labyrinth is set up in our

parish hall for meditative walks. In the past the walks

were held on a quarterly basis. These opportunities were

well received. This ministry is currently inactive and we

would like to “revive” it in the near future.

Cursillo

Good Shepherd actively supports the Cursillo program of the

Diocese, which is a movement of the Christian church designed

to help the laity better understand their individual gifts and

callings to be Christian leaders. Good Shepherd teams have led

many Cursillos, most recently Cursillo #233 in August 2011. It

was the best Cursillo ever! Good Shepherd also supports

reunion groups and Ultreyas, which are methods for staying

accountable to one another in our Christian journeys.

Baptism and Communion Preparation Classes

Our clergy offer Baptismal classes by appointment with people

who are interested in Baptism, either for themselves or their

children. Communion preparation classes are offered once a

year, usually during Lent, for young people whose parents want

them to have instruction before receiving Holy Communion.

Spiritual Growth at Good Shepherd (cont’d)

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Newcomer Ministries at Good Shepherd

While we believe that we do a great job of welcoming our newcomers to Good Shepherd, we desire to

do a better job of engaging them and helping them “plug into” Good Shepherd. This desire is

expressed as one of our goals for 2016: “A vibrant Newcomer Ministry that invites and engages

our newcomers to become active members of our church family.”

We have applied for a Diocesan Strategic Mission Grant that will enable us to add a Newcomer

Minister to our church staff. This person will be responsible for assessing our current practices,

planning a program of newcomer assimilation and integration, launching and activating a

strategic plan of evangelizing new members, identifying their unique talents and needs through

direct interaction, and helping them move from a visitor to an engaged member of our church family.

Current Newcomer Ministries include:

Newcomer Bags

Every Sunday during announcements, newcomers

are invited to identify themselves. Each

newcomer is presented with a Newcomer bag and

welcomed to Good Shepherd. The Newcomer bag

provides information about Good Shepherd that,

hopefully, encourages them to return. Each bag

also includes a half-pound bar of chocolate!

Newcomer Visitation

When new worshipers identify themselves by

completing a visitor’s card, a pair of parishioners

from the Newcomer Visitation Team visits them

that day. The team thanks our visitors for

visiting, answers any questions they may have

and presents them with a loaf of homemade

bread or some other welcoming gift, then bids

them a good afternoon. The intent is to visit

without intruding and for the visit to be

restricted to the front porch of the home. This

ministry has a tremendous impact!

Liturgy of Belonging

This liturgy is included in our 9:30AM worship

service on a quarterly basis for those newcomers

who have decided to join our church family.

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New members come to us in a variety of ways and

this is our opportunity, as a church family, to

officially welcome them—whether they have

transferred their letter from another Episcopal

church, joined us from a different denomination, or

have never had a church home. This short liturgy

includes vows for both the new members and the

congregation. The members of the congregation

pledge to encourage and support the new members,

and acknowledge that the body of Christ will grow

in new ways with its growth in numbers. The

Liturgy of Belonging is celebrated with a meal for all

after the worship service!

New Member Dinner

New members of the church are invited to attend a

dinner hosted by the Vestry, the Clergy and the

Newcomer ministry leads. This dinner provides an

opportunity for new members to meet one another

and their hosts. The dinner is held soon after the

Liturgy of Belonging and all participants are

invited.


Stephen Ministry

Good Shepherd’s Stephen Ministry began in 1990. Over the last

20 years, 16 Stephen Ministry leaders, and more than 40 Stephen

Minister caregivers have been trained. Stephen Leaders and

Stephen Ministers have provided over 430 hours in one-to-one

care in the last 4-5 years.

Pastoral Care at Good Shepherd

Pastoral care is a key component of providing sanctuary. Our pastoral care ministries are always available for

anyone in need, whether or not they are members of our church family. At Good Shepherd, we are blessed to have so

many compassionate parishioners who willingly give of their time and talent to share the love of Christ by reaching

out, comforting and walking beside those who are going through difficult periods.

The Good Shepherd Stephen Ministry seeks to expand on Good

Shepherd’s vision of “equipping others to deal with the issues of

life.” Through this ministry, lay persons are trained to provide

distinctively Christian one-to-one care. The ministry provides a

loving listener to those who are experiencing a variety of needs

including grief, illness, the care of aging parents or troubled

family members, and transitions such as unemployment and

divorce. The Stephen Ministry program is completely

confidential, and those receiving care can be sure that their

identity and their confidences will remain private. Stephen

Ministers are committed to expressing God’s love through their lives and

actions to others.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The parishioners in this ministry gather each week to knit and

crochet prayer shawls. These lovingly created shawls augment the

Good Shepherd prayer ministry by extending a warm and physical

touch—assuring the recipients of our prayers and God’s infinite love

and care. Typically, the shawls are presented by a friend or loved

one to someone experiencing a life-threatening illness. Experienced

shawl makers are happy to assist anyone who is less experienced and

would like to participate. All are welcome!

Prayer Card Ministry

This ministry remembers parishioners in special need by providing

get well, sympathy, and other cards of encouragement that are

signed by Good Shepherd parishioners on Sundays. For parishioners

who are confined to their homes or in nursing homes, this ministry

supplies birthday, Easter, Valentine’s Day and Christmas cards,

which are also signed by parishioners.

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Pastoral Care at Good Shepherd (cont’d)

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The Martha’s Guild provides direct care for those

in need by organizing the provision of meals,

transportation or other help for families

celebrating the birth of a child or experiencing

serious illness or loss.

“Walking the Mourner’s Path” is a Christcentered

support program for those who are

grieving the loss of a loved one. The mission of

this ministry is to “transform grief into joyful

living.” Over a span of eight weeks, these once-aweek

gatherings provide tools to facilitate

healing. The gatherings include short lessons,

scriptures, questions to consider, and times of

sharing. Each participant has the opportunity to

share in an atmosphere of safety and

confidentiality.


From the Director:

With eyes to the future, not unlike the scientists, engineers

and astronauts that guided NASA, Father Bill Sterling and several

parishioners envisioned Good Shepherd School in 1980. Friendswood

was growing with young families eager to move to our tree-filled

community with hometown values and a patriotic spirit.

Good Shepherd Day School opened in one large room of the

church’s Education Building, now known as the “Laura Building”.

Three year olds attended on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and

four year olds on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. The

focus then, as it is today, centered on nurturing children through a

daily interactive children’s chapel, hands on educational exploration,

teamwork, sharing and positive reinforcement. Our experienced and

loving teachers delight in the role of preparing children to be

successful in life and to meet challenges with confidence, filled with

God’s love.

The Good Shepherd Episcopal School

Today the school has two three year old and two prekindergarten

classes. Good Shepherd Episcopal School also offers preschool

care from 7:15AM and after school care until 5:00PM. We still

begin each day with children’s chapel, led by the teachers. The staff includes four teachers, two assistants, the

director (who also serves as a teacher) and a part-time Spanish teacher. Good Shepherd Episcopal School has

earned a strong reputation for excellence in education in an atmosphere of love, security and support. It is a

member of the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools.

The school has always enjoyed a strong bond with the Church. We are blessed to have parishioners

serving on the School Board, as volunteers in the school office, making financial donations and obtaining

matching grants from their employers. When a new playground was needed, parishioners even rolled up

their sleeves, got their hands dirty and built a new one. It is now enjoyed by all children of Good Shepherd.

The clergy of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church have a strong presence in the school and join us as

our story tellers in chapel. We look forward to our new Rector being our story teller. The children always

delight in hearing the stories and save their most interesting questions for our clergy! The Rector serves as

Headmaster of the school and sits on the Good Shepherd Episcopal School Board.

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Outreach at Good Shepherd

The people of Good Shepherd have open hands and big hearts! We are active in outreach to both local and far away

communities. Our outreach ministries touch the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people. There are many

opportunities for members of Good Shepherd, from age 11 to 101, to serve.

The Shepherd’s Nook is a thrift shop founded in 1979 by the Good

Shepherd ECW. The Nook is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

that receives donations of clothing, toys, books and household

items from individuals in the community and sells them at

deeply discounted prices. The Nook is staffed solely by

volunteers. Each year the Nook Board distributes 55% of net

proceeds to Good Shepherd’s ECW, and 20% to local nonprofit

organizations. This past January over $17,600 was distributed to

the ECW and nonprofit organizations, including Builders

Without Borders, Christian Helping Hands, Family Outreach,

Friendswood EMS and Volunteer Fire Department, Good

Shepherd Episcopal School, the Horizon School, the Laura

Recovery Center, Meals on Wheels, the Resource and Crisis

Center of Galveston County, St. James’ House and St. Vincent’s

House. The Nook also provides free clothing and household

items to clients referred from area churches and community

service agencies such as Christian Helping Hands. Along with

monetary donations, the Nook has provided free clothing,

household items, videos and books to Galveston area residents,

the Seaman’s Center at the Port of Houston, the Purple Heart

ministry, The Lord of the Streets ministry, Bay Area community

schools and others.

Christian Helping Hands (CHH)

“…Therefore, I command you, you shall open wide your

hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor in

this land” (Deuteronomy 15:11). The mission of CHH is

to fulfill this commandment in our communities

through the cooperative efforts of local churches. CHH

provides short-term assistance with basic needs,

primarily food, and helps others become more self-sufficient. Monetary assistance for medicine, fuel, rent

and utilities is provided on a case-by-case basis, as available. Good Shepherd parishioners donate nonperishable

foods to CHH on an ongoing basis. Parish members also contribute generously toward CHH’s

back-to-school campaign for school supplies and its Christmas campaign to collect gift cards from local

grocery stores.

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The Horizon School at Good Shepherd welcomed its first

students in 2009 to provide an educational opportunity for

children with Down syndrome and similar developmental

delays. The Horizon School offers its students tools and

practical skills to enable them to become productive citizens.

A structured learning environment in an atmosphere of love

and understanding helps students achieve their full academic

potential, contributing to their happiness and self worth.

The Good Shepherd Community Garden was initiated during

the summer of 2011. The garden is available to parishioners

and members of the local community. Half of each

gardener’s harvest is donated to Christian Helping Hands.

Needless to say, we hope for more rain next season!

Outreach at Good Shepherd (cont’d)

In October 2004 Good Shepherd

reinstated its Blood Drive Ministry,

holding four drives per year for the

benefit of St. Luke's Episcopal

Hospital. In 2006, at the request of

St. Luke's Blood Center, the number

of drives per year was increased to

five. Since 2008, Good Shepherd’s

donations have averaged

approximately 167 units of blood

per year. In total, Good Shepherd

has donated over 118 gallons of

blood. Parish participation

averages about 10%, which is twice

the national average for blood

donation. This level of

participation can be credited in

large part to strong support from

the clergy and lay church

leadership.

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Outreach at Good Shepherd (cont’d)

The Friendswood Community Prayer Breakfast began in 1969.

Once a month on Saturday morning, members of Christian

denominations throughout the community meet for a time of

prayer, fellowship and food. About 17 churches are

represented, and Good Shepherd is among a dozen churches

that serve as hosts on a rotating basis.

The United Thank Offering (UTO) begins with a yearly gathering

of contributions from the congregation. It is traditionally

collected on All Saints Day and sent to the Diocese, which

forwards it to the National Office of the UTO. Each year, the

National Office provides grants for worthy projects that have

great need and little support from other sources. The grants

support ongoing programs and “bricks and mortar” projects.

Good Shepherd’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is very active

in outreach in our communities. Along with monetary support

provided to Good Shepherd’s Clergy Discretionary funds, Good

Shepherd Episcopal School, and many Good Shepherd

ministries, the ECW provides educational scholarships for

women enrolled in higher education, scholarships for youth

summer camps, and donations to the Vera Gang Scott

Scholarship fund. The ECW also provides monetary support to

Christian Helping Hands, parishioners involved in medical or

other mission trips, and partners with the EYC for local

outreach ministry events such as an ice cream social at a local

Women’s Shelter.

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Parish Life Ministries

Good Shepherd is blessed with lay leaders who

generously offer their time and talent by

providing classes on topics of interest to our

parishioners and members of our community.

Recent offerings have included parenting classes,

“10 Great Dates”, “Fireproofing your Marriage”,

and “Financial Peace University”.

We are excited about our newest program,

“Sunday Nights under God” (SNUG). From

5:00-6:00PM, while Jr. EYC meets and elementary

age children enjoy a class taught by our Sr. High

EYC, adults of all ages (parents especially) will

have an hour for small groups, Bible Study or a

study of their choice. From 6:00-6:30PM dinner

will be provided for all ages in our Parish Hall. At

6:30 the adults and those younger than Senior

High will have a prayer and go home, and our Sr.

High EYC will stay for their meeting and

fellowship.

Many parishioners enjoy offering hospitality to

our church family and visitors:

Hospitality hosts provide coffee, juice and

refreshments for the congregation on Sunday

mornings in the parish hall after the 9:30AM

worship service. This ministry provides an

inviting environment for fellowship.

“First Sunday Breakfast” is hosted by our

dedicated “First Sunday” Cook Teams. Good

Shepherd parishioners enjoy a scrumptious madeto-order

breakfast.

Our EYC treats parishioners to “Third Sunday

Breakfast Tacos” each month. They prepare and

serve delicious soft tacos for a crowd of hungry

parishioners. Taco Sunday is a solid fundraiser

for EYC activities!

Parish Life at Good Shepherd

We are passionate about having fun together and building our church community through food, fun and

fellowship, and learning and growing together!

Our Ministry Appreciation Dinner is a very special

meal hosted annually by the Vestry for all

ministry leaders, staff members, and their

spouses. The objective of the dinner is to say

“thank you” for the love and hard work the

ministry leaders and staff members contribute

throughout the year, and to enjoy good food and

company!

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Parish Life at Good Shepherd (cont’d)

Good Shepherd has an active Episcopal Church Women (ECW) fellowship

that meets regularly, holds entertaining and educational events for its

members, and hosts many of our Parish gatherings, ranging from

receptions for ordinations and visiting Bishops, to celebrations for our

newest members who join our church family through The Liturgy of

Belonging. ECW is dedicated to serving the Lord through service,

worship, education, evangelism and pastoral care. All women in the

church are members. The ECW generously supports many of our

ministries and provides outreach to the larger community.

Our Mug Sisters Ministry provides an opportunity for women who may

not know each other to connect, celebrate and encourage each other.

Each year, the ministry begins with a secret exchange of mugs. Each

woman contributes a mug and information such as her birthday, wedding

anniversary, hobbies and special needs for prayer. The mugs are

distributed so that participants do not know who receives their mug.

The ministry provides women the opportunity to focus on a fellow sister

in Christ by offering prayers, monthly notes and cards, and small gifts.

More than 40 women participate each year, and the program culminates

at our annual ECW Christmas party when each woman’s mug sister is

revealed.

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In the category of ‘Pretty Much Just For Fun’:

Parishioners and members of our local community enjoy Bridge

Nights at Good Shepherd, which are scheduled on the first Friday of

each month throughout the year. Experienced players and

beginners are welcome!

On the second Thursday of each month, “The Classics”, a group of

retirees and those who have some leisure time and love to have fun

meet at Good Shepherd. Members enjoy a pot luck salad luncheon,

board games, bridge and fellowship. The group also goes on picnics,

local scenic tours, and to local eateries. Everyone is welcome to be

part of the Classics!

The Guy Stuff Ministry promotes men’s fellowship through various

competitive events that have included horseshoe tournaments, golf

tournaments and a “Texas Hold ‘Em” night. Guy Stuff events are

open to the men of Good Shepherd and the community.


And in the category of ‘Fun and Fund Raising’:

Parish Life at Good Shepherd (cont’d)

Oktoberfest is our major annual fund raiser, held in October. It is

the biggest and most popular event of the year! Oktoberfest has

also become a major outreach to our local community, focused on

building our church family through inviting people who would

not otherwise visit Good Shepherd. The event offers live music,

authentic food, and fun for the entire family. Monies are raised

through t-shirt sales, opportunity tickets, dinner tickets, a silent

auction and an exciting live auction. All silent and live auction

items and a majority of items available through the opportunity

tickets are donated by either parishioners or community

businesses. Oktoberfest is made possible by a dedicated, creative

leadership team and a small army of enthusiastic Good Shepherd

volunteers each year.

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Administration at Good Shepherd

Annual Stewardship Campaign

At Good Shepherd, we believe that even Stewardship Campaigns should

be fun. Past Stewardship Campaign themes have included: “Hit the

Pickle,” “Good Shepherd Clearing House” (patterned after the

Publishers Clearing House), “Spot Man,” “Hold the Spoon,” and “Get Fit

(ter) with the Shepherd.” Our Stewardship Campaign teams enjoy

coming up with creative themes that engage parishioners in novel and

entertaining ways.

Ministry Fair

Good Shepherd holds an annual Ministry Fair, where our ministries

provide information about their functions and recruit volunteers.

Creativity, fun, food and prizes are always involved. Because we value

our people for who they are and not what they do, we also invite

everyone to quit their Ministries every year.

Vestry

Members of the Vestry model sanctuary through their relationships with Good Shepherd’s numerous

Ministry Leaders. All Good Shepherd ministries are categorized under a letter of the acronym

“APOSTLES”. Each letter in the acronym represents a category of ministries: Administration, Pastoral,

Outreach, Stewardship, Teaching, Liturgy, Evangelism and Service. Vestry members assigned to each

letter of “APOSTLES” contact their Ministry Leaders to discuss how things are going each month, and offer

assistance from the Vestry as needed. The Senior Warden and Junior Warden also contact Vestry

members monthly to offer support and encouragement.

Buildings and Grounds Teams

The buildings and grounds teams assist the Jr. Warden in providing for the maintenance of the grounds,

lawns, flower beds and buildings. Both teams accomplish their work by overseeing the contractors

providing maintenance services and scheduling and organizing work parties to accomplish specific tasks.

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Good Shepherd’s Finances and Capital Debt

Financial information is provided separately. Capital debt remains from the

construction of our Worship Building. Proceeds from the sale of Good Shepherd’s

Rectory will be used to pay down the construction loan, and a Capital funds drive is

planned to retire the remainder of the debt.

Legacy Society and Endowment Fund

The Vestry recently approved establishing a Legacy Fund for Good Shepherd in 2011.

This ministry is currently in the planning stage.


Paid Staff and Volunteers

Administration at Good Shepherd (cont’d)

From our Associate Rector: “My name is Bob Moore. I was born in Galveston and grew up in

Beaumont, attending St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. I am married to Nansi and we have two

children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. I graduated twice from Sewanee with a B.

A. in Biology (1972) and a D. Min. (1993). I received my M. Div. in 1975 from the Episcopal Seminary

in Austin and I have served for thirty-six years in the Diocese of Texas. I retired in August of 2005

in order to build a home in League City and was called to serve as the associate rector in September

of 2005. My areas of focus at Good Shepherd are pastoral care and Christian Formation.”

“My name is Carol Blaine, and I am the Interim Rector of Good Shepherd. A native Houstonian, I

am a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. I taught in elementary, junior high, and high

school for sixteen years, eleven of which were with HISD. After retiring from teaching, I worked for the

Community of Hope at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. Following my husband’s death in 1999, I attended

the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin and graduated in 2002. I’ve served as priest-incharge

at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marlin, Texas, and retired this past March as rector of Grace

Episcopal Church in Houston. I am blessed with three wonderful children – a daughter and two sons –

as well as three grandsons.”

Suzy Spencer has served Good Shepherd as Youth Minister since January, 2010. She recently

expanded her duties to include all ages as our Family Matters Minister. Suzy also serves as our

convocation’s leader for Youth Ministry and hosts two convocational “lock-ins” each year.

Suzy received her B. A. in Human Resource Management from Texas A & M University in 1995.

She and husband Jay have two daughters. Suzy is a graduate of the Diocese of Texas

“Crosspoints” course and is currently enrolled in the IONA program. Prior to moving to

Friendswood in 2006, Suzy was employed in the Human resources Department of Christus St.

Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Suzy previously served as a member of our vestry and as our

Junior Warden.

From Mary Smith: “As Parish Administrator I am your contact person for questions regarding

membership, the parish data base, member financial statements, scheduling events and meetings,

administrative office volunteers, and much more. I'm a lifelong Episcopalian with a work background

in retail management, buying and marketing. My husband Randy and I have a young daughter who

spent the first 18 months of her life in the Good Shepherd office building nurtured by a host of

volunteer grandmothers and aunties.”

Gail Roe has been Adult Choir Director and Organist since May 2009, with over 20 years

experience with churches in Delaware and Texas. Recently she has founded the Children's

Choir at Good Shepherd and enjoys working with singers and instrumentalists, as well as

teaching "How to Read Music". A native of Kansas, she has studied piano and organ in her

home state (Bach. of Music - Wichita State), Germany (Hochschule fur Musik - Freiburg,

Rotary Stipend), North Carolina (MM - UNC), and additional studies in Delaware, New Jersey

and Texas. She and Nick, married in June, 1980, and are the parents of two sons. Since 1992

she has been on the music faculty at San Jacinto College South.

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Administration at Good Shepherd (cont’d)

From our Third Service Contemporary Praise Band Director: “My name's Brent

Williams but people call me Toast. When I'm not at work formulating creative concepts

to entice people into purchasing products and services they didn't even know they

wanted, I mostly spend my time making life interesting for my wife Ellen and my young

son. I've been associated with Good Shepherd longer than you think, having participated

in the youth group's annual Wessendorff adventure every summer since the early, what,

2000s? In 2009 Nancy Browning decided that before she retired from youth work, she'd get

me to take my talents to the contemporary service, and I've been doing that ever since.

Aside from music and family, my favorite past times include watching sports, brewing

beer, and smoking meat.”

JoAnn (JoJo) Hocking has served as the Accountant for Good Shepherd since 2007.

Prior to taking on this task, JoJo retired from her career in the financial side of

the automobile sales industry where she served as the accountant and

comptroller for major dealerships. JoJo grew up and lived in the Fort Worth area,

moving to the Houston area in 1979. She has two children and one grandchild.

In addition to serving as our accountant, Jojo is an active parishioner, supporting

the EYC through volunteering to work the concession stand at Minute Maid Park

to fund our youth programs and teaching “Godly Play” in Sunday School.

From Linda Ansell :“I have been the Director of Good Shepherd Episcopal School

since 2004. I have taught pre-school for twenty-one years, the last fourteen at Good

Shepherd. I attended the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in Education. My

husband, Rick and I and our five children moved from Galveston to Friendswood in 1991

and joined Good Shepherd Church. My association with Good Shepherd Episcopal School

began when I enrolled my fourth child as a pre-school student. Prior to being employed

as a teacher at Good Shepherd, I served for five years on Good Shepherd School’s Board

of Directors. In addition to serving the school, I volunteer in support of the EYC.”

Good Shepherd is blessed with many faithful, dedicated, volunteer lay leaders, including over 25 ministry

leads, a 12 member Vestry, a Treasurer, a Communications lead, a Children’s Christian Formation Director,

and multiple office volunteers. Together with our gifted clergy and staff, they are the engine of Good

Shepherd’s success, and provide an essential framework for our future. Join us!

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Appendices

Fiftieth Anniversary~ Palm Sunday

2009

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Good Shepherd Parish Statistics

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Parish statistics are provided for 2007-2010. Statistics for 2000 also

provided to illustrate our growth over the past decade.

2010 2009 2008 2007 2000

Average Sun. Attendance 320 317 308 309 151

Joined via Liturgy of Belonging 44 17 43 56 n/a

Baptisms 26 15 12 9 15

Confirmations 7 17 8 16 0

Marriages 4 0 6 1 1

Easter Sun. Attendance 785 772 739 715 385


Demographics and Rector Profile Survey

We received 250 responses to our Parish Survey, which was conducted in May 2011.

Survey responses indicated 42 children under the age of 12 attend Good Shepherd.

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The History of Good Shepherd

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In the beginning there were 17 sheep and one shepherd. On Palm Sunday

in 1959, the Rev. Mark Boesser, rector of St. Christopher’s Episcopal

Church, League City, held Good Shepherd’s first worship service in the

auditorium of the Friendswood School. In July 1959 a ground-breaking

ceremony was held on a five-acre prairie tract in Galveston County

located on the outskirts of Friendswood. The land had been purchased by

the Rt. Rev. John Hines, an extraordinary man of vision who later became

Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Boesser served as priest-in-charge until 1963 when the Rev. J.

Raper was appointed as the church’s vicar. The Rev. Bill Sterling served

Good Shepherd from 1966 until he was elected Bishop Suffragan of the

Diocese of Texas in 1989. For the first years, Good Shepherd continued to

hold services at Friendswood High School. It was an exciting time ---

NASA was developing its space program to put a man on the moon. Many

of the people moving to the area to work for NASA or NASA’s contractors

found their way to Friendswood and to Good Shepherd. Not only did they

work together, but they prayed together as well. Our first building, a

multi-purpose building designed for worship and community services,

was dedicated in June 1969.

Friendswood, originally founded by Quakers, still prohibited dancing.

Good Shepherd soon broke with the tradition and held the first high

school dances in Friendswood. From the beginning, Good Shepherd had a

reputation for offering sanctuary to those seeking it. The church doors

were never locked, allowing entry to those who wanted to pray or who

needed a place to escape or spend the night. Several people have shared

with us that our church was a haven for them when they had nowhere

else to go.

Good Shepherd obtained Parish status in 1977. In 1980, a new worship

space was completed. The Rev. Robert Wareing served Good Shepherd

from 1991 to 1999. On Palm Sunday, 1999, we dedicated our parish hall,

Sterling Hall, named in honor of former rector Bill Sterling and his wife

Evelyn. Considerable “sweat equity” was invested in the building of

Sterling Hall, with many parishioners sacrificing countless hours in

general planning and construction. The congregation participated in the

raising of the walls, and provided much of the interior work.


The History of Good Shepherd (cont’d)

This message from Good Shepherd’s 20-year anniversary

pamphlet still holds true today: “Good Shepherd has

continued to earn praise for the friendliness of its

people and its worship environment. It is not a

pretentious church. It is an active, worshipping

community of people who are dedicated to their

church and the Lord’s charge to be a servant to

others. A caring church community begins with the

leadership of the clergy and extends outward through

the entire congregation. This atmosphere of caring

appropriately explains the environment at Good

Shepherd. People care about one another in a special

kind of relationship that is difficult to describe but

impossible not to notice and cherish. This pastoral

relationship spreads outward to the community.”

This is the DNA of Good Shepherd, our story.

The Rev. James Nelson served Good Shepherd from 2000 to 2011. Our

most recent building project was the significant remodeling of our

worship space. We expanded the seating significantly, and added a

chapel, choir room, prayer room and Bride’s room/parlor. We

celebrated the grand opening and re-dedication of our beautiful

worship space on Pentecost Sunday, 2004. God has continued to bless

Good Shepherd over the past decade. We embraced our Vision of being

a sanctuary in early 2001. Our average Sunday attendance has more

than doubled from 151 in 2000 to 320 in 2010, and our capacity to

provide sanctuary in an atmosphere of love, security and support has

multiplied.

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Good Shepherd Campus and Facilities

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The Good Shepherd campus includes 5 acres

of land, 4 buildings and covered walkways

between all buildings. Our worship building

was built in 2004. It includes our beautiful

Worship Space, a Chapel, a Bride’s Room/

Parlor, a Choir Room, 2 Vestry Rooms, a

spacious Narthex, and a Prayer Room.

Sterling Hall was built in 1999. It includes

our Parish Hall, a large, well equipped

kitchen, four classrooms, and Good

Shepherd Episcopal School offices on the

first floor, and a large “Upper Room” on the

second floor. The classrooms are used by

our School during the week and as Christian

Formation classrooms on Sundays. The

“Upper Room” is the EYC room.

The Laura Building was built in 1977. It

includes the Nursery, the Horizon School,

and a large multi-purpose classroom that is

used for Children’s Church and for Women’s

Bible Study.

Shepherd’s Hall was built in 1969. It was the

original church, and is now the

Administration Building. It includes Clergy,

staff and volunteer offices, a small kitchen

and a medium sized meeting room used by

multiple ministries and the Vestry.


Diocesan Vision

About the Diocese of Texas

The Rt. Rev. Charles Andrew Doyle, IX Bishop of Texas

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are One Church within the

Anglican Communion and The Episcopal Church. All are sought

and embraced in worship, mission and ministry in a spirit of

mutual love and respect. We are:

Youthful: Our congregations and institutions are continually renewed and

revitalized through the infusion and inclusion of younger members. Children, youth, young adults, their

friends and families, find in our diocese significant and engaging programs and ministries that inspire,

inform and support them on their Christian journey.

Multicultural: Our diocese is enriched through intentional efforts to reflect the communities in which we

live. People of diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds find respect, dignity and

opportunity in the life and ministry of the church.

Forming and Growing: Those seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus are nurtured and equipped to

share the love of Christ in the world. They find lifelong opportunities for spiritual formation and servant

leadership grounded in scripture and our historic catholic faith.

Reaching out to Serve: Those who serve and are served are transformed. People who are in need and

who struggle, find hope, care and restoration through the outreach and justice ministries provided by the

people of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

One Church: We are a united, vibrant, healthy and growing community of faith. The world will recognize

us as Jesus' disciples because we love one another as Christ loves us.

The Mission of the Diocese of Texas

We are one Church reconciled by Jesus Christ, empowered by

the Holy Spirit, called by God through worship, witness and

ministry, building the Kingdom of God together.

Find the Diocese of Texas on the web

http://www.epicenter.org

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Friendswood is serviced by two

excellent school districts, the

Friendswood Independent School

District (FISD) and the Clear Creek

Independent School District (CCISD).

FISD earned the Texas Education

Agency’s highest rating, Exemplary, in

2011. CCISD earned the second highest

rating, Recognized, in 2011.

For more information on these schools

and the city of Friendswood:

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City of Friendswood Website:

www.­ci.­friendswood.­tx.­us

Friendswood Area Schools Links:

Friendswood ISD

www.fisdk12.net

Clear Creek ISD

www2.ccisd.net

About Friendswood

Named by Family Circle Magazine and CNN Money as

one of the top places to live in the USA.

“When residents decided in 2008 that Friendswood needed a

veterans memorial, they raised $110,000 and got businesses to

donate materials and labor. Today, the monument, which

includes a steel flag flanked by granite columns, sits on a 3,500square-foot

site amid olive and oak.”


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