Make a Stewardship Pledge for 2017
Make A Stewardship Pledge for 2017
Living a Life of Promise
WHAT IS "STEWARDSHIP" AT GOOD SHEPHERD?
A “steward” is one who manages what is not one’s own. As Christian Stewards, we recognize that all we have is from God, and we return to our generous Creator a measure of what we have been given. God has chosen the Church as the primary bearer of Jesus’ Good News, and God has equipped every member of the Body of Christ with a gift to offer this mission.
During our annual Stewardship seasons at Good Shepherd, we invite the people of this congregation to make a financial commitment for the upcoming year. We call this commitment a “pledge,” and our pledge is a promise between us and the Lord of all creation, that we will make a priority of our relationship with God. By our pledge, we become partners in God’s saving work.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE? HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?
The standard of our Christian giving should reflect the standard of our Austin living, and, at Good Shepherd, we seek to give God our best, not just what’s leftover or what’s easy. Thanks be to God, we live in a vital, growing community, and in Austin we enjoy extraordinary privileges and opportunities. The biblical standard of giving is the tithe, the first 10% of one’s income. For some, the tithe will be a goal to which one works, while, for others, the tithe will mark a minimum gift.
We do not pledge to keep the church lawn mowed or our prayer dues current. We give because God has called us to give. The tension, of course, is that we must keep the church’s lamps lit and fund the ministry of our parish. Therefore, our invitation to Stewardship, has two goals: individually, our prayer is that every member of this congregation will give faithfully; and, communally, our prayer is that we will provide for the ministry to which God has called us.
SIGN THE SCROLL
We hope you will Sign The Scroll, the time capsule that we will set into the cornerstone at a ceremony with our Austin bishop, the Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison, before worship on Sunday, November 20!
Celebrating God’s fulfillment of promises to us; our promises to God; and our promises to one another; this year’s Stewardship theme will be Living a Life of Promise. Each Sunday from October 16, through November 20, we will consider a different promise, beginning with our shared covenant to be faithful Stewards of God’s Church and creation, and continuing with our five baptismal commitments. These promises will inform the scriptures we hear in worship on these Sundays, as well as our Sunday-School programming for all ages. Details of these programs may be found here, and each week a different member of the parish will tell their Scroll Story, messages which will be update weekly and may be read here.
With great excitement, we invite every member of every household to make a 2017 Stewardship pledge and to Sign the Scroll. Beginning Sunday, November 6, sections of this embroidered, cloth scroll will be available to sign throughout the week and at all of our worship services in the Parish Life Center (the temporary home of our worship during construction); in the Parish Hall (home to our 10:30a, more casual Sunday worship, Communion Café); and at Good Shepherd on the Hill (our 11:00a, second-campus worship at 1700 Woodland Avenue). During the ceremony on November 20, these several sections will be sewn together, a symbol of our kinship in Christ; of our union in gratitude for Good Shepherd; and of our common commitment for the future of this special community.
As you will know, the operation of all our ministries depends exclusively on the financial gifts of our membership. Looking forward to the completion of construction and our expanding programs, the Vestry has set a goal of 600 pledges for $3m, for our 2017 Stewardship program. These goals represent a 20% increase from our current giving, and will allow us to fulfill the promise of our renewed and expanded campuses, including: the continued development and opening of our early-childhood center, which will become our parish’s primary outreach ministry; the operational funding necessary to sustain the our second-campus’ worshipping community, Good Shepherd on the Hill; the expansion of ministry with and for our more senior members; the launch of young-adult programming (for parishioners in their 20s and 30s); and the enhancement of our pastoral care ministry.”
We will only achieve these goals with your participation. Every member of your Vestry has made a 2017 pledge, and we invite you to join us in this year of promise and fulfillment.