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Stewardship reflection from Shaun Dickerson
"As you prayerfully consider your pledge for 2022, I ask you to think of all the ways the church has walked alongside you in ways big and small."
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Stewardship reflection from Ruth Whitehurst
“Considering and making our pledge is a very important part of our spiritual journey. It's no surprise to me that there's scientific research that says that people who give are happier.”
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Stewardship reflection from Taylor Bowles
“I am excited to rebuild our connections with one another. I am excited to regrow our programs and recommit to being present on our campuses. I am excited to renew.”
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Stewardship reflection from Lisa McMinn
Dear Good Shepherd Friends,
Thank you for your past and continued support of our parish. You have been steadfast in giving your time, talents, and financial resources, and that generosity has sustained us through the challenges of this past year.

Our mission and vision statements speak of “finding joyful union with God and one another” and “always reaching beyond ourselves, seeking and connecting with new neighbors and new communities.” In the last year, I have seen our parish striving toward those goals. God has given us two beautiful campuses that we use for worship, formation, and fellowship with one another. And we continue to offer virtual worship as a lifeline to those who cannot join us in person. But we have also reached out in love to share our campuses with our neighbors. At Windsor, we started a farmer’s market that brings together non-profits, vendors, musicians, neighbors and parishioners to create a new sense of community in Tarrytown. At the Hill, we continue to share our park with neighbors and we have increased our support of Hillside Early Childhood Center’s important service to Southeast Austin families. Good Shepherd has also grown its ministry to the homeless through Community First Village, with expanded volunteer opportunities.

God did not give us resources to keep to ourselves but to share with others and be the hands and feet of Christ. As you consider your pledge for the coming year, I invite you to acknowledge the gifts you have been given and share that abundance so that Good Shepherd can continue its role in the lives of our parishioners, our neighbors, and our larger community of Austin. Pledge cards are located in the in the back of the church, or in the pew or seat  pockets in front of you.  Or you may pledge online. Thank you for your generous support of Good Shepherd.

With gratitude,
Lisa McMinn, Junior Warden


Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Biblical practice of “tithing,” which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26).

The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it’s also about contributing time and talents and volunteering for ministry and mission. It’s about reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity.
Pledges fund more than 80% of our budget each year. Your pledges for 2022 will determine the scale and scope of our ministry in the coming year.