Author Archive: gsaustin

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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A Good Word from the Rector: Staff Transitions

Dear Parish Family and Friends, Alleluia, Christ is risen! The Lord is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Grace and Peace and Easter blessings to you! I write this morning with exciting news about changes in our staff. First, I am honored to announce the call of the Rev. Deacon Marcea Paul as our Curate for Pastoral Care. […]

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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on Discipleship

On Saturday, May 5, 2018 Episcopalians from all around Austin gathered at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd to hear Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speak on the topic of Discipleship. With this message, Bishop Curry intended to start an ongoing conversation about Discipleship around the city and beyond. We invite you to listen here! […]

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Disciples Among Us: Reflection Responses

  DISCIPLES AMONG US: SONDRA RYAN Glenda Goehrs Aimee Bostwick said, “Speak up if you recognize a disciple in our midst.” And it takes about five minutes to recognize Sondra Ryan. Look for a tall, glamorous grandmother with a million-dollar smile, a twinkle in her eye that a 30-year-old would envy, and a penchant for […]

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Disciples Among Us: Laura Eldredge

  DISCIPLES AMONG US: LAURA ELDREDGE Camille Pfister The Hill is a special place filled with wonderful people – one of whom is Laura Eldredge. I haven’t known Laura all that long but have quickly learned she’s one of the most kind and compassionate people I know. Laura spends significant time and energy making sure […]

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Disciples Among Us: William Cromwell

  DISCIPLES AMONG US: WILLIAM CROMWELL Joel Richardson Many of us know him personally, as he’s been a parishioner and lay leader at GS for many years. I bet everyone recognizes him. If you attend the 10:30 morning service, and if you peak over to the lectern side (what this ex-Baptist calls the preacher’s side), […]

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Disciples Among Us: Barbara Hunt

  DISCIPLES AMONG US: BARBARA HUNT Sondra Ryan Barbara is one of those special, behind-the-scenes, unsung heroes who shows her love by helping programs at Good Shepherd work better.  She has been assisting the Children’s Choir directors as ‘Choir Mom’ for 21 years – greeting children, watching them on the playground after rehearsal until all […]

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Disciples Among Us: Barbara Pitts

  DISCIPLES AMONG US: BARBARA PITTS Jessica Riels I love the idea that as followers of Christ, we are all in full-time ministry. Whether you are standing in front of the crowd, preaching on Sunday morning; or leading your family in prayer around a dinner table. If you are a believer, you are called to […]

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A Good Word from the Rector: Seeking Constancy Amid The Chaos

Dear Parish Family & Friends, Last Sunday evening, my wife and I took our children to Half-Price Books for one of the franchise’s “50%-Off-The-Highest-Item-In-Your-Cart” sales. We look forward to these Sundays that come a few times each year, but the first store we visited did not have anything that got our motors running. Rather than […]

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