Author Archive: gsaustin

Giving Thanks & Saying Goodbye

Dear Parish family and friends, When I accepted the call to Good Shepherd in 2009, I covenanted to model a healthy leadership transition – that, one day, our season together would complete while ministry is vibrant and with the parish in better condition than when I arrived. With intentions to keep that promise, I write […]

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Rise Against Hunger 2018

Good Shepherd’s 2018 Advent theme, He has Filled the Hungry with Good Things, directed the parish in an exploration of hunger. Looking at hunger from various perspectives created an understanding of our relationship with food and how that relationship reflects our faith and becomes an issue of justice. The season culminated with a Rise Against […]

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A Good Word from the Rector: Back to School!

Dear Parish Family & Friends, We are now officially back to school!  After yesterday’s wonderful Sunday of blessing backpacks for ourselves and for others; of commissioning students and educators; and of asking God to ride with our new, teen drivers; we are now ready for all comers on our first days of school.  For a […]

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A Good Word from the Rector: Responding To Family Separations

Dear Parish Family and Friends, When my fourteen-year-old son was younger, he would explain misbehaviors by claiming to have “accidentally” done what he was not supposed to have done. Over time, my wife and I helped Michael realize that he had, in fact, purposely pushed his sister despite knowing better, and while we appreciated his […]

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What a Weekend to be an Episcopalian!

Dear Parish Family & Friends, Wow! By now, I bet you’ve heard that after The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, spoke here at Good Shepherd two weeks ago, he announced an invitation to preach at a fancy wedding the day-before-yesterday…and it was amazing! Since then, the whole world has become curious about this Episcopal branch of […]

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