If you are visiting our website for the first time, Welcome! The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is a thriving, downtown church with a rich history and vibrant ministry today. Having served Corpus Christi and South Texas for over 150 years, we continue to change lives by sharing Christ in our community and among our neighbors. The Church of the Good Shepherd is an energetic and enthusiastic congregation of believers, who welcomes you to join us in our worship, our study and fellowship, and mission outreach to the city, state, country and the world. We invite you to learn more about us by exploring this site, and of course by visiting us in person. Our prayer is that in joining us, you will grow in your faith in God, through the Lord Jesus Christ, while experiencing God’s Spirit through authentic fellowship. For more information, click on Explore Good Shepherd.
The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry Confirmed 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
The House of Bishops elected Curry, presently Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, from a slate of four candidates on the first ballot. Curry received 121 votes of a total 174 cast. Diocese of Southwest Florida Bishop Dabney Smith received 21, Diocese of Southern Ohio Bishop Thomas Breidenthal, 19, and Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, 13. The number of votes needed for election was 89. The House of Deputies then confirmed the election by a vote of 800 to 12.
The bishops of The Episcopal Church gathered at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Salt Lake City for the election. After the vote was brought to the House of Deputies back at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Curry and his family arrived to address the deputies and visitors of General Convention.
Curry entered to joyous applause by the many gathered to welcome him as the new Presiding Bishop-Elect. In his remarks, Curry said, “Oh God love you. It really is a blessing to serve our church and our Lord in this way. I treasure this church, both the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, and all of us.”
Curry said he was baptized in the Episcopal Church, by way of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. “This is the church where I learned about Jesus. We have ourselves a good God, and this is a good church. We are good and wonderful people.”
Both diocesan bishops Lillibridge and Reed were enthusiastic and positive in regards to the election of Curry. “Today was a very joyful day. I am excited about Curry’s episcopacy in leading this church, and I have high hopes he can serve as the chief evangelist of our church,” said Lillibridge.
Current Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will continue to serve in her role, until a special liturgy is celebrated on All Saints Day, November 1, marking the beginning of Curry’s ministry as Presiding Bishop at Washington National Cathedral.
Curry said he is blessed to call and act on the Jesus movement in the world. He imagines a world that looks more like God’s dream and less like our nightmare. “I take seriously evangelism and witness, especially being a witness to social advocacy,” said Curry. “I believe The Episcopal Church has something to offer in the public square; I believe we find ourselves seeking to be a reconciling agent. We can be a positive and proactive voice joining with others seeking to be the same.” When asked what the average person in the pew needed to know about the new Presiding Bishop-Elect, Curry said, “I am a follower of Jesus. I am not a perfect one, but I want to be one of his disciples. I believe in the way of Jesus and the way of God’s love, in a life that can set us free and lead us to places we can’t go alone.”
The role of the Presiding Bishop is to serve as Primate, Chief Pastor of the Church, Chair of the Executive Council, and President of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (The Episcopal Church). The Presiding Bishop serves for a nine-year term.
Follow diocesan news from the 78th General Convention at www.dwtx.org/general-convention.
Introducing Our New Youth Minister!
After a year of careful review and prayerful consideration of many Youth Minister candidates, we are excited to announce our new Youth Minister, Matthew Bloss. Matthew is a 2013 graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He was drawn to ministry in college and decided to join the Episcopal Service Corps to explore ministry as a lifelong vocation. He has served the last year through the Episcopal Service Corps at St. Stephens Episcopal Church and School in Houston. He has been an active leader in their Youth Ministry program working with children and youth of various ages. Matthew has a strong passion for the ministry of the Episcopal Church and is excited for the opportunity to serve as our Youth Minister at Good Shepherd and St. James Episcopal School. You will find that he is warm, very bright and articulate, has a strong sense of faith, and is enthusiastic about sharing Christ with the Youth of our church and school.
Thank you to all of the Youth parents for the ongoing support of our Youth Ministry program over the last year, and many thanks to those who have been involved in the search process.
Matthew will complete his work at St. Stephens in July and will then begin at Good Shepherd the first week in August. Be on the look-out this summer for communications regarding opportunities to meet our new Youth Minister!
The Story is on Summer Break
We are enjoying an amazing journey through the Bible with The Story! From January through June we have moved through the entire Old Testament. In September we will return to The Story and will begin the New Testament. This new portion of The Story will begin on Rally Day, Sunday, September 13 in Church and in Sunday School. You have all summer to read the next chapter! There is no better place to begin than with Chapter 22, The Birth of the King!
During July and August, adults are invited to join us during the Sunday School hour (9:30 a.m.) in the Parlor as we come together for an informal Bible study on the Sunday Lectionary Readings. Children’s Chapel is available during the 10:30 a.m. service throughout the summer for children ages 3 and above. The Nursery is available for children ages 2 and under.
September will be a great time to start The Story for anyone who wants to take part in this amazing journey through the Bible! If you still need a book, they are available in the Church Office. We have copies for the whole family.
Service Times: 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m.
The Story Schedule with dates, chapters and topics: click here
Summer Break Dates
We will Resume on Rally Day, Sunday, September 13th!
Last Day of Breakfast Fellowship – May 31
Thank you to our ECOLI team for the wonderful breakfasts you served this year!
Last Day of Children/Youth Sunday School – May 31
For adults who have children, the nursery and Kids Zone will be available while you attend Adult Sunday School.
Last Wednesday Class – June 3
“Exploring They Story” with Rev. Philip May will take a break over the summer months and resume in September.
Last Day of Adult Sunday School – June 28
We will wrap up The Old Testament from The Story. The New Testament begins in September.
Make your Pledge for 2015
Every program we offer, every service we lead, every organization we support, every song we sing, and every dollar we commit, is for the sole purpose of Changing Lives and Sharing Christ. Behind all of our ministries are the real life-changing stories of God’s divine grace and mercy at work. If you have not yet made your Pledge for 2015, Pledge Cards are available in the Church Office and in the pew racks, or Click here to download a Pledge Card. Please prayerfully consider what you can give, and make your pledge today. It is not about the amount…it’s about the commitment. Every pledge makes a difference. Thank you for your support of the mission and ministries of the Church of the Good Shepherd.
“Living Our Legacy” Capital Campaign Update
- Richard King Building Endowment Fund
- St. James Scholarship Fund
- St. James Maintenance Reserve Fund
- Storage Shed Removed from Water Street
- New Children’s Chapel Floors
- Children’s Chapel Doors Refinished
- Courtyard Flowerbed Repaired
- Concrete Breezeway Repaired
- New Middle School Roof
- Exterior Lighting Repaired Campus Wide
- Tiles in Narthex and at Church Entry Repaired
- Rotted Soffitts outside Children’s Chapel Replaced
- Masonry Repaired
- Missing Downspouts Replaced
- Broken Drain Pipes on Water St. Level Replaced
- Water St. Level HVAC Water Lines and Insulation Replaced
- Security Alarm Panels Upgraded Campus Wide
- Upgrade Fire Alarm System for Foster, Brown and Gym
- Access Control System on Main Doors Campus Wide
- Security Cameras Campus Wide
- Munds/Dobbins Hall Water Infiltration
- Middle School Window Repairs
- Repairs and Updates to Men’s Breezeway Restroom
- Bluff Terracing
- Chiller Unit for Foster Hall and Sanctuary
- Humidity Control System for Sanctuary
- Insulation Replaced for Upper Foster Hall Chiller Lines
- Hurricane Shutters for St. James Art Room
- Electrical Sub-panels for Foster Hall Classrooms Replaced
- Projection System for Munds Hall Auditorium
- Middle School Courtyard Repairs
- Upgrade Church Office Server and Computers
The following projects are in progress:
- Campus Wide Wireless Network
- Campus Wide Irrigation System Repairs
- Impact Resistant/Energy Efficient Windows for Munds Hall
- Audio/Visual Recording, Projection and Sound System Upgrades for Sanctuary
- Replace Church Refrigerator