'Forgive reality for what it is and for what it has been' are words to live by in this week's Sunday Spotlight.

While it may be difficult for us to have great faith during this time, may we have faith in a great God.

I look forward to worshipping with you online and in-person this Sunday.
REnew | REstart | REform

Our theme for this program year is REnew. Together we seek ways to REnew our relationships with one another and to grow in our relationship with God. One way we REnew ourselves is through our formation programs at Good Shepherd - from Sunday morning coffee hour conversations to our weekly formation offerings.

God is about the work of formation, of REforming us, much like clay in a potter's hands, Through our openness to be life-long learners, God continues to form us into whom God has called us to be. Formation takes place not only when we engage in formation offerings, but also when we participate in worship or volunteer for outreach.

In an effort for you to find ways to be REformed, we invite you to click HERE and scroll through the opportunities we have at Good Shepherd for you to REstart your spiritual formation and involvement this Fall. You will be contacted with information on how to participate in these activities before they begin the week of September 13th.

May we as a community of faith welcome this new program year with an openness to the REforming that God is about in our lives.

Join us as we gather on The Common with beautiful music, a cool breeze, and everyone from grandparents, kids, friends, and families gathered around. Take a peek at our time together last week HERE.

We hope you will join us in this beautiful setting for a shortened service of Holy Communion with music by members of Holy Ghost Supreme. You are welcome to bring your own blanket or chairs (we will also have chairs available), and wear your most comfortable, casual clothes. All are welcome!

The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker

“Crucible moments ... are challenging moments in our lives that shape us in some deep way and shift our lens on the world. They are stories that define us in our own minds - and that, nevertheless, seldom comes up in the ordinary course of conversation.”

As a church, gathering seems to be at our core. We gather for worship on Sunday mornings, yes, but we gather in so many other ways that allow us to engage in conversations about our "crucible moments". We are excited about reading The Art of Gathering in hopes of helping us re-imagine our weekly gatherings and to help us hold on to much of what we feel we have learned over the past 18 months.

Check out this podcast episode of Dare to Lead with Brene Brown to learn about Priya Parker.
Order your copy here and stay tuned to join the discussion!
Dear friends, I am excited to share with you that I have promoted the Rev. Stanford Adams to be the Vice Rector of Good Shepherd. Stanford will now manage the day-to-day operations of the parish in all ministry areas. This change will take advantage of our individual talents and free me up to focus more on the long-term vision and goals of our parish. Our close collaborative, working relationship is a joy for both of us. I feel this is a very good outcome for Good Shepherd. Stanford’s change in position officially began September 1. We will commission him at our 10:30 service this Sunday in the Windsor nave. Please join me in congratulating Stanford. Peace, Channing
Market Bag Give-Away


Another Market Bag Give-Away is happening this week! Join us at the market for your chance to win the "Dinner for Two" market bag which includes a meal kit from Rosebud, flan from Algo Dulce, and a posey jar of flowers from Dripping In Petals. Make a purchase from any of our vendors and hand in the raffle ticket you receive at the welcome table by our Windsor entrance. The drawing will be held before the market ends and the winning ticket number posted on social media.

The Good Shepherd Farmers Market is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, until September 25th.

Volunteering at the market is a wonderful way to support this ministry and to get some shopping done early! Please sign up here for a shift.

Receive weekly updates from the Good Shepherd Farmers Market by sending us an email.

Community First! Village: We need YOU to help us tomorrow, September 3rd at the Village for our 2 p.m.-4 p.m. shift. This group assembles furniture, stocks the pantry and makes up the bed. Come share in the goodness at Community First! Village. Please sign up here or contact Aimee Bostwick.

Farmers Market Volunteers: If you are an early bird, we need a few more volunteers for our 7:30 a.m. shift at the market this Saturday, September 4. Help with set up and be first in the shopping lines! Please sign up here.

Gift Cards for Afghan refugees: As we have watched the events in Afghanistan, we long for ways to be helpful. Please consider donating gift cards that will be shared with refugees arriving in Austin in the coming weeks. Gift cards from HEB, Walmart, Target, Goodwill, or Dollar Tree are all welcome in an increment you choose. Please write the amount of the gift card so it is visible. We will deliver the gift cards to Refugee Services of Texas on Tuesday, September 7th. Please mail or drop off your gift cards through the drop box located at the back of the Admin Building on our Windsor campus. For questions about this effort please contact Aimee Bostwick.

Much is happening at The Hill, our Woodland campus. Worship continues with the Rev. Whitney Kirby at the helm. Music is led by Keith Forbes and Philip Bedford. So many talents of this tight-knit community are coming to light. Bring your gifts and your voice to worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, September 26th we will gather after the 10:30 a.m. service for our second conversation of discernment as we seek new ways of being and serving during this time. The Rev. Channing Smith will facilitate.


You are invited to serve in our Sunday morning worship services. Readers, intercessors and acolytes are important liturgical ministers, leading the congregation in readings from the Bible, in praying the Prayers of the People, and in the flow of the liturgy. If you would like to serve as a reader, intercessor or acolyte, please contact the Rev. Terry Gleeson.

Masks are welcome at all parish services and events, and we strongly encourage wearing masks when indoors. Masks are required for those who are not fully vaccinated and for those who are participating in our Sunday liturgies (clergy, choir members, other liturgical participants). Our goal is to create a climate where people feel comfortable and safe worshipping and to keep from contributing to the spread of Covid-19. 
We ask your prayers for all of those in our community affected by the ongoing pandemic and for those who are caring for them.

September 12
Formation REstart
  • Lectionary Reflection Group
  • Godly Play Outdoor Classroom
  • Coffee Hour Conversations
  • Episcopal 101
  • Choral Evensong

Monday, September 13
  • Men's Bible and Brew | 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 14
  • Moms' Bible Study | 9:30 a.m.
  • Women's Book Club | 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 15
  • Wednesdays on Windsor Dinners | 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Edge and EYC Meetings | 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 16
  • Thursday Morning Forum | 10:00 a.m.
  • Women on the Journey | 11:00 a.m.

Friday, October 15
  • Candlelight Concert Series begins

Saturday, October 23
  • Celebration of New Ministry and Formal Installation of the Rev. Channing Smith at 10:30 a.m.
For information on all of the ways you can worship with us, take part in formation and serve others, please click here.