Ways To Give

There is good news for donors in their 70s--and for the churches and causes they care about.  Federal law makes it possible to give individual retirement account (IRA) assets to charitable organizations like your church.

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Tralee Johnson
Parishoner Spotlight

 Although she earned a MA at the University of Indiana in political science and international studies,  her career was devoted to bi-lingual education. She worked as a teacher in Puerto Rico

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Getting To Know You

Following an early retirement in 1992 Bob Evans and Peg (McIntosh) Evans took a step back and asked themselves “what have we always wanted to do, but haven’t had the chance to do? We’d each raised a large family, watched them grow, complete their schooling, marry and have families.

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Grave Matters

The Communion of Saints stretches across time and all modes of existence. We celebrate it at every Eucharist as we feast with believers past, present and future and as we remember our loved ones who have died

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God Is Love: The Heart of All Creation

Faith allows us to interpret the meaning and the mysterious beauty of what is unfolding. We are free to apply our intelligence towards things evolving positively, or towards adding new ills, new cause of suffering and real setbacks. This is what makes for the drama of human history, in which freedom, growth, salvation and love can blossom, or lead toward decadence and mutual destruction. 

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Vestry Stewardship Statement

The Vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is committed to our mission “To know Christ and to make Christ known.”  As the lay leaders of this community of faith, it is important that we invite our parishioners to pursue a healthy spiritual life through responsible stewardship based on biblical principles.

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From Your Stewardship Team

Do your eyes glaze over a bit when it comes to the annual Fall finance campaign? Do you shift a bit in your seat? Do you NOT want to be the person asking for money? 

If you answered yes, you are in good company.

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Update On ST. Paul's School, Haiti

Imagine what your life would be like if you did not have the opportunity to attend school, let alone a good school, when you were 6 years old. That’s what it is like in Haiti–today. If you are one of the fortunate to attend school in Haiti today, hopefully it is a church-sponsored school as the public school standards are below par.

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Tralee Johnson
Music as Meditation

My meditation practice is music. I listen to it so much that I have paid the annual Pandora fee to not be interrupted by ads.  Yes – I stream my meditation!

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Pray Without Ceasing

When St. Paul advises the Thessalonians to pray without ceasing, what does he mean? Seriously? Is that even possible? It turns out, it may be more possible than we think!

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Tralee Johnson
From Worry to Joy

As I sat down to write this article, my phone kept chiming, dinging, and bonging with notifications and updates of Hurricane Florence heading straight towards our recent home of North Carolina. The updates kept coming, from family members asking if our house was “safe,” to friends sharing personal experiences, decisions to stay or evacuate,

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Zelle

My name is Catherine “Katie” Hyland. This is about my dog “Zelle”. She is a six month old German Shepherd mix adopted from Monterey County Animal Services. More importantly, she is an Emotional Support Animal.

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Solar Savings

We are leasing our solar system (no out of pocket expenses to install the system) and set the monthly payment equal to what we had been paying PG&E.
Chalk one up for the good guys!

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From The Rector

From pets to wild animals, dry river beds to deep wells of water – we cherish this fragile earth, our island home, and want to open our eyes and hearts in ever greater wonder and gratitude.

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Tralee Johnson