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A Message from Sara Jensen, 2016 Stewardship Committee Chair
This is the year of a paradigm shift for me and my approach to giving.
When I was first asked to serve on the stewardship committee, I was a faithful but frugal giver. I increased my giving that year, and not only did it feel good, but I received a raise in almost the exact amount of my increased giving. The timing of this gift from God was quite serendipitous.
In year two of my service on the stewardship committee, I increased my giving again, and I set up my recurring payment on line so that I would not miss fulfilling my commitments. My motivation that year was the crucial crossroads the church was at. My giving felt sacrificial, and the miracle was that I felt great for having given more.
This brings me to this year, year three, and my paradigm shift. Our motto for this year is: We give because it is the nature of Jesus Christ. This year, I am focused less on the blessing I receive and more on what God wants to see in my heart. If I want my heart attuned to Godly things, then I must invest in His work. Giving is a privilege and responsibility for those who have received from God the gift of eternal life.
Wonderful changes are occurring in the life of our church. This is a time to give generously to the growing ministry of SHPC. We have the opportunity to present to the minister God is sending us a church that is financially sound and thriving. We have the blessing of the funds from the sale of the property on Hwy 290 to invest in God’s plan for our community of faith, but only if we as a congregation continue to bless ourselves and the church with our generous and committed giving. I feel God has great plans for SHPC to minister to South Austin and beyond.
I know that when I give generously my reward is a stronger relationship with Jesus Christ, and I desire that each of you experience this same reward.
Oct. 30th is commitment Sunday at SHPC. As chairperson of the stewardship committee, I ask that you and your family consider prayerfully and joyfully your gift to the life of our church and the ministry of Jesus Christ worldwide as you make your commitment of time, talents, and treasures for 2017.
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Thank you, and God’s blessing on you and yours,
Sara C. Jensen
Chairperson, SHPC Stewardship Committee 2016-2017
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November 11, 2015
By Jody Wright
“I don’t think I can afford to tithe” is an all-too-often-heard response to a church’s call for giving, isn’t it? I think it is frequently the case that, when people feel that they cannot contribute a full 10 percent tithe, they choose not to commit to giving in any amount to the church on a regular basis. As described by the Christian Bible Reference, the word tithe in the Old Testament means a tenth or 10 percent of one’s income; however, these tithing rules were based specifically on the religious and social system of ancient Israel and on an agricultural economy. Read more…
October 29, 2014
by Rev. Britta Dukes
Pastor Britta delivered a powerful sermon on the story of the miracle of the loaves and fishes on October 26th, 2014. If you missed it in worship, read it here!
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In scene 1, King Herod is hosting a lavish dinner party for various dignitaries and military officials. One minute they are gathered around the table enjoying royal banquet fare and the evening’s entertainment. The next thing they know, Herod’s wife has requested the beheading of John the Baptist. Read more…
October 24, 2014
By Mary Aversa
In the winter and spring of 2010, I was unemployed. This sentence knits a tight knot in many a gut—because many of you were also unemployed in the winter and spring of 2010.
October 23, 2014
Adrienne Prewett has been part of the SHPC family for several years, and she was just married last summer. In this video, she talks about what it means to be part of the Shepherd of the Hills community. Watch Adrienne’s story here…
October 22, 2014
By Sara Jensen
When I was asked to serve on the Stewardship committee this year, my first thought was, “Why me?” I mean, I was flattered to be considered, but…
October 21, 2014
SHPC Members Ron and Trinka Miller have served in a number of roles at Shepherd of the Hills, including Elder, Treasurer, teacher, office volunteer, and more. They have a wonderful story as a couple and part of the Shepherd of the Hills family for decades, and their giving story is one many of us can relate to. Watch their story here.
October 17, 2014
By Jason Sanchez
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
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October 6, 2014
By Jason Sanchez
Stewardship Campaigns have become more frequent in the last half-century for 3 main reasons:
1. Church members today aren’t giving in the same way as they did in the past.
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