As we emerge from COVID, let's talk about reestablishing routines.

We look forward to worshipping with you Sunday at 10:30 am and Evensong at 6 pm on our website or Facebook pages. We also look forward to returning to in-person worship this Sunday at 8 am, 5 pm and Evensong at 6 pm.

In our reopening, we are strictly adhering to our COVID reopening protocols. We want to ensure everyone has a spot and don't want to have to turn anyone away, so please RSVP in advance to secure your spot. Please see our website for more information and to RSVP.
Sunday, March 14

The Rev. Channing Smith will explore the interplay between sabbath and service with the Rev. Dr. Kevin Moroney, Liturgics professor at the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Dr. Moroney will share insights of his new book, "The Common Thread." All of this will help us to reestablish our spiritual rhythm and honor how the Spirit has formed us during COVID. Please join us!

We are excited to see you! This Sunday, we look forward to gathering at Windsor at 8 am or 6 pm and at Woodland at 5 pm. Attendance at our in-person services is limited, and you will need to RSVP in advance. Please remember to wear a mask while you're at Good Shepherd. If you can't make it, you can still worship online.
Saturday, March 13, 8 am

Please join us at Windsor to take a meditational walk through Tarrytown. Walking creates the space for us to converse with God. Walking in our community allows us to be present with our neighbors in prayer for their needs, known and unknown. After a 30-minute walk we will return to church to share our observations and close with a reflection. To ensure social distancing, space is limited. Please register here.

Many groups within the church are reading "Tattoos on the Heart" by Gregory Boyle. If you aren't already reading it, we would like to invite you to do so and join the Coffee Hour Conversation on April 11 led by our Outreach Committee after worship. A Zoom link will be shared so all can be a part of the conversation.

Outreach committee member Mary Ann Frishman has several favorite quotes from the book, including, “Teilhard de Chardin wrote that we must ‘trust in the slow work of God.’ Ours is a God who waits. Who are we not to? It takes what it takes for the great turnaround. Wait for it.” 

Our Shepherd Circles are focusing on brainstorming ways to GO during Lent. Here are just a few of the ideas: helping a school in the neighborhood of your circle by offering a food pantry or support for the school staff, baking cookies for front-line workers, offering to help technologically challenged parishioners sign up for a vaccine, offering rides to get their vaccines, or collecting food for Community First! Village. We would love hear how your circle is GOing this Lent.

All parishioners are encouraged to GO by signing up to be a volunteer with Drive a Senior ATX. Look for emails from your Shepherd Circles for ways to connect with Drive A Senior clients in your neighborhood

If you haven't joined a Shepherd Circle, then please contact Aimee Bostwick or fill out a request form here.

As we share these stories from Christmas Benevolence during the next few weeks, we hope that they may provide us with some ideas for how we can GO during Lent and make us smile with their warmth.

Christmas Benevolence Story from Jordan Cronin
Every year that we have participated in this wonderful experience, we let our girls decide how to share the gift. This year, they chose to brighten the day of the doctors and nurses at their pediatrician’s office. They chose their office because they felt some of the individual doctor offices may be overlooked as frontline workers. They chose to have five dozen Tiff’s Treat cookies delivered along with a note thanking them for helping to keep all of the children healthy. We talked about how an act of Hope doesn’t always have to be big or life changing. Sometimes what may seem like a small act is all it takes to show somebody you care and give them hope. 

How can you GO during Lent?
New Date - March 26

Rescheduled with a new format. We hope you will join us for an evening of music and meditation as we ask ourselves, "What would the desert mothers do?" The past few weeks have been difficult, so come and find the quiet center and allow yourself the space to breath and heal. Fran McKendree's music will create the space while Mary Earle's words will offer rest and healing. If you haven't already registered, please click here: Click here to register. If you already registered, you do not need to re-register.

I am a native Austinite and lifelong member of Good Shepherd. I have served the parish through various activities and ministries, including as an acolyte and crucifer, EYC and Vacation Bible School counselor, Sunday School teacher, the Sunday breakfast and Good Ole’ Boys cooking groups, and currently as an usher and worship leader. 

Professionally, I have more than 25 years’ experience in communications, as a reporter and columnist, and in public and governmental affairs for the State of Texas and the private sector. 

When my wife, Sylvia, and I moved from Austin to Bastrop in 2019, many of our friends at Good Shepherd asked if we would find a church closer to our new home. That was never a consideration for either of us. We were married at Good Shepherd, and it’s our spiritual home. 

I am delighted and honored to have the opportunity to serve Good Shepherd and our community as a member of the vestry. I have been blessed to have grown up in the church and have so many wonderful memories here. I look forward to contributing to our flock’s continued success and growth while expanding and deepening my relationship with God. 

Meet the new Vestry members and warden here.
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