All we are and all we have come from God.
Generosity is our response to God’s unconditional love and
an expression of our gratitude.
Generosity requires us to examine what is meaningful in our lives,
where we place our priorities, and how we nurture those priorities.
Generosity and gratitude turn what we have into enough.
We commit ourselves:
To trust in God’s abundant provision.
To love one another and serve others in Christ,
by sharing ourselves and our gifts from God.
To prayerfully discern how God is calling us to use the financial
resources entrusted to our care.
To practice radical generosity,
striving toward the biblical standard of the tithe.
We invite our congregation:
To examine your relationship with God as it relates to your possessions.
To join us in giving generously and meaningfully in order to sustain
the mission and ministry of Good Shepherd.
From the Good Shepherd Generosity Statement
Our pledge campaign for 2023 is underway! We believe that generosity is directly connected to gratitude. Click here to see materials and get information about our current goals and plans including a narrative budget, podcast series, introduction video, online pledge card, and frequently asked questions.
Every year brings new changes and options for demonstrating generosity through pledge gifts. We know you have questions! If you ever need additional guidance, please speak to our parish administrator, our bookkeeper, or our treasurer.
Toward the end of October, we will be sending out estimate of giving (pledge) cards for the 2023 budget year. Your estimate of giving is an intention to give only. The amount of your gift may be changed at any time by contacting the church office.
Click below to make your estimate online.
The 2023 Narrative Budget, Expressions of Grace, describes our Mission and Ministry, the many ways people find fulfillment and affirmation here, and the resources required to ensure our success in being a beacon of faith, hope, and love.
Through the month of October, Fr. Derek is leading us through a series of sermons on what it means to live a life of generosity. We are giving away Generosity Journals as part of this series, which you can find in our church office or in the Narthex on Sundays. Each week you are invited to bring your journal to church and engage with the story and homily through note-taking, doodling, and sketching. At the end of each homily Fr. Derek will offer two prompts to engage in the coming week.
While this series is about living generously in all aspects of our lives, we also encourage you in this time to reflect on how you might financially give generously to the mission and ministry of Good Shepherd in the coming year. Giving Sunday is November 13th and the day financial pledges are due for 2023 so we can complete our budget!
So bring your journal each week and let us reflect deeply on what it means to live generously!
Lesson: To be generous with our gratitude just as God has been generous to us.
1. Where in my life do I see but not perceive?
2. Where in my life is an opportunity to see and be grateful?
Lesson: To be generous with our trust just as God has been generous to us.
1. Where in my life have I shown strength and trust in a difficult time?
2. Where is God calling me to be more generous with my trust?
Lesson: To be generous with our vulnerabilities just as God has been generous to us.
1. What vulnerabilities have I withheld from God?
2. How might I offer them generously as a gift?
From the Good Shepherd Generosity Statement
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Heritage Society is comprised of members and friends of the parish who have included Good Shepherd in their will, or have made provisions for the future of the church in some other way. The Heritage Society ensures that Good Shepherd will continue to be a beacon of faith, hope, and love for years to come.
While few of us can give substantial sums of money to charitable purposes while we are alive, many of us do have the opportunity to leave bequests when we die. This is often done by making a church or charity a beneficiary in a will.
Everything we do at Good Shepherd is for God’s glory. Our Generosity Statement reminds us that “all we are and all we have comes from God.” Heritage Society is about responding personally to God’s grace, and also, helping the next generation encounter Christ in this unique, spiritual, welcoming place.
Good Shepherd Church is here because of generations past who saw the value of the church in society. They made financial promises to ensure that people would be married and babies would be baptized for decades to come. They gave to ensure our capacity to meet people wherever they are. Consider supporting the future of Good Shepherd with the confidence that your gift is always going to be about the glory of God and loving one another through worship and service.
Personal witness – something as simple as the listing of one’s name – can be an important encouragement to others to step forward and act. With that in mind, our annual report to the congregation will contain a list of those who have taken the step toward securing the future of Good Shepherd through a bequest or life income gift. We also plan to recognize members of Heritage Society for their foresight and commitment to Good Shepherd’s ministry of love and concern for others annually on Good Shepherd Sunday and at other times throughout the year.
We believe that Generosity is a response to God’s unconditional love and an expression of our gratitude today, tomorrow and forever.
Have you remembered good Shepherd in your will? Would you like to?
An estimate of giving is an intention to give in a specified amount. It is also commonly referred to as a ‘pledge.’ Keep in mind, if your situation ever changes throughout the year you can change the amount by contacting our bookkeeper.
An estimate of giving is important for the planning of ministry. When we know how much we can expect, we are able to make decisions about our ability to provide programs, technology, and staffing that allow ministry to grow.
Giving falls into three main categories:
TODAY: Annual operating budget; comprised of your estimates of giving and regular gifts
TOMORROW: Fund specific gifts that are for the sole purpose of supporting the designated ministry
FOREVER: Endowment, Investment Funds, Bequests, and Estate Planning
Your Estimates of Giving(pledges) keep our doors open, allow us to maintain safe and accessible space for worship and ministry, and pay salaries and benefits of clergy and lay employees.
If you ever wish to know what our greatest need is at any given time, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can fill out an Estimate of Giving card and mail it in or bring it to church to put in the offering plate. You may pledge online at our Giving page. You can pledge through Realm, our online directory. You may call our bookkeeper to make a pledge or discuss particular payment options.
We accept cash, checks, credit cards, ACH bank transfers, stock gifts, gifts from donor advised funds, IRA distributions and wire transfers for major gifts. These options are all described on our giving page.
If you would like giving envelopes for regular cash or check gifts, just let us know!
Yes! Online giving is secure through our online merchant fund processor. Currently, we are contracted with PushPay so when you click on the Give Online button you will see that name in the URL.
Very few necessary staff and one clergy member will be able to access the information. Individual pledge amounts are not shared with any financial committees or Vestry.
Pledge gifts (your estimate of giving) are applied to our annual operating budget. If you wish to support a specific ministry, that would be a separate gift not applied to your pledge amount.
Keep in mind, our operating budget allows us to remain open and able to serve the parish and greater community. It provides competent leadership and support staff to enable service, education, care, and evangelism.
Yes! Good Shepherd Episcopal Church is a registered 501 (c)(3) religious organization. However, recent changes in tax law have increased the standard deduction, so you may want to consult a tax advisor on the best way to realize tax benefits from your gifts.