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2021 Matching Funds Giving Campaign


We're blessed and so grateful that generous members have once again offered to match up to $15,000 in member contributions for a 2021 Good Shepherd giving campaign. Before sharing the details of our 2021 campaign, let's recap what we accomplished together as a result of our very successful 2020 matching funds campaign... read more

  • How Much Should I Give?


    Expecting an answer with clear instructions – or formula to use? No, though it would be nice if there were a simple answer to this important question. But the decision of how much and how frequently to donate is a private one. One that’s rooted in our own relationship with God and Christian understanding that all that we have, indeed, comes from God. Read more (pdf)

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  • Planned Giving Workshop


    Thanks Chris Hoeffner and Denise Gray for organizing the workshop and to Yvonne Lembo for her wonderful presentation. If you couldn’t attend or want a refresher:


    See video below and article Yvonne  provided.


    Presentation slides (pdf, 1.6 mb)


    Asset inventory worksheet (pdf)

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2021 Matching Funds Giving Campaign

We're blessed and so grateful that generous members have once again offered to match up to $15,000 in contributions for a 2021 Good Shepherd giving campaign. Before sharing the details of our 2021 campaign, let's recap what we accomplished together as a result of our very successful 2020 matching funds campaign.


The 2020 giving campaign contributions funded a significant portion of our new AV streaming equipment purchase.

The pandemic impacted our worship experience in positive and not so positive ways. While we sorely missed seeing everyone in person, we’ve grown our outreach and discovered a whole new way to connect with members and visitors who aren’t able to be in-person or prefer to worship virtually!


We completely replaced and upgraded the flooring in our downstairs fellowship hall, bathrooms and stairwell

to beautiful, durable and waterproof cement. Once again, your gifts to last year’s campaign enabled us to pay for a large portion of this job upfront and the balance was drawn from our Long-Term Property Maintenance fund. When you’re at church, we’d love for you to see it in person. Many thanks to our property chair, Denise Elfes, and all those who were involved, for the necessary research and coordination of this huge project!


We designated $3,000 from last year’s campaign to our Anti-Racism fund.

Those donations will be used to award scholarships to high school students pursuing post-secondary education or training with a focus on populations that have less access to scholarship funds. We’re thrilled to be able to make meaningful contributions to individual students that support their particular education and career opportunities and advance educational equity.


Many thanks to each of you who helped make these important accomplishments possible.


For the 2021 giving campaign, the goal is to use the proceeds to:

  1. Increase regular giving toward annual operating and benevolence funds.
  2. Offset the $25,000 cost to add a sump pump system to the elevator shaft to prolong the life of the elevator and address future flooding events.

To achieve this goal, we’re suggesting a slightly different approach to the matching campaign to better serve the long-term needs of our church and its mission.


Rather than making a one-time contribution, will you consider increasing your regular giving by a small increment? You might be surprised to know what a difference a weekly increase of as little as $5 per week could make to an organization our size.


If 100 members each give an extra $5 per week x 52 weeks in a year, that adds up to an additional $26,000 in contributions at the end of a year! Growing our giving this way is a much more sustainable and shared way to ensure a stable and financially healthy church.


Where do you/your family stand? Have you evaluated your giving in the last several years? Could you be more consistent with your current offering or consider growing your giving?


This is a time of re-opening and renewal. We’re very excited about the future of Good Shepherd and Pastor Kate’s arrival. Please take time to reflect and pray over how you can contribute toward this effort.


If you determine you can increase your giving, we ask that you plan to do so starting in October. We will monitor weekly contributions through the end of the year and use those trends to qualify for the matching donation.


If this approach doesn’t work for you at this time, of course a one-time donation between October and December is greatly appreciated as well. Rest assured, we’re not seeking to cause you stress or create a financial hardship for you/your family. These personal decisions are between you and God, and we will always respect yours.


If you have any questions or comments or need assistance creating or modifying your online contribution set up, please contact Denise Gray.


Peace and blessings,

Chris Hoeffner, Stewardship Chair and Denise Gray, Financial Secretary

Thank You for Embracing the Bigger Table!

Thanks to you, Good Shepherd raised $16,110 through the Embrace the Bigger Table 2020 year-end giving campaign. With the generous $15,000 match, that’s $31,110 to support antiracism initiatives and building and online worship infrastructure.


This is an active investment in continuing to share God’s grace with one another and the wider community online and in our church building once we’re able to gather there again safely. It’s an active investment in possibility, by establishing a scholarship fund that supports post-secondary education and the opportunities it unlocks.


We’re deeply grateful to all who contributed and to the anonymous members who provided such a generous matching gift. Thanks be to God for the faithful stewardship of so many that undergirds Good Shepherd’s efforts to be God’s hands in this world.


For more information, please read the Embrace the Bigger Table introduction letter (pdf).

Help Us Build a #BiggerTable

Join us to offer your time, talent and treasure to be God hands in this world by giving back to our local community, responding to needs across the globe, and supporting each other at and through Good Shepherd.


2020 and into 2021 have been a time of challenge and change for all. Your gifts undergirding Good Shepherd’s mission are as important. Together, we’re navigating this unprecedented time as a congregation and as God’s hands in a local and global world hurting in new ways.


2020 Annual Report (pdf, 1,4 mb)

Engaging Our World

We’re committed to sharing our gifts with the needs of our community and our world. Specifically, we:

  • Support the food pantry and related services of ALIVE!, Casa Chirilagua and Grace Pantry.
  • Support women rebuilding their lives after incarceration through Guest House.
  • Shelter those who are homeless through Carpenter's Shelter.
  • Support Lutheran camps and campus ministries, new mission starts, ELCA World Hunger, ELCA Disaster Response, Lutheran World Relief, advocacy for justice work, seminarians and sister synods in Namibia, El Salvador and Slovakia through our support of the Metropolitan DC Synod.

Inspiring Worship

Sunday worship, with the gifts of word and sacrament, is where faith is nurtured and discipleship is practiced. Though online worship and in-person when it's safe to gather again, we:

  • Preach and celebrate weekly worship throughout the year.
  • Celebrate baptisms, first communions, confirmations, weddings and funerals.
  • Turn our hearts to God through song and prayer with organ, piano, choir and other musical gifts.
  • Explore additional worship styles and activities to engage online and outdoors.

Growing Deeper in Faith

Education and discipleship ministries offer vital resources to enable people of all ages to grow in faith. Gathering online we:

  • Connect with each other and with God through morning prayer, Saturday Storytime and other devotional gatherings. 
  • Provide quality Christian education including Sunday School, adult classes, summer camp/Vacation Bible School (VBS), book studies, small groups and online devotions.
  • Encourage deepening of faith amid life in a diverse society through opportunities offered by our anti-racism team and conversations with our Muslim friends.
  • Participate in Mosaix, an intentional effort to build a multi-ethnic congregation. With leadership from the Metro DC ELCA Synod, we’ll share lessons learned, challenges and successes with five other churches also working to mirror the diversity of heaven here on earth. 

Connecting with New People

In pursuit of communicating the gospel to a hurting world we:

  • Engage our community with an updated website and social media presence.
  • Publicize events using multiple communication tools.
  • Work to ensure that our welcome is genuine to all through the work of all members as well as the Reconciling in Christ team.
  • Provide opportunities for the community to take part in social (block party, Easter egg hunt (pre-COVID), learning (summer camp/Vacation Bible School, guest speakers) events and service projects (God’s Work Our Hands, ALIVE! walkathon).
  • Work with the New Connections engagement team to strategize and implement tools for growth.

Caring for Our People & Space

Toward fellowship activities and care for our building and property we:

  • Provide opportunities for building relationships through online fellowship activities like game nights, hymn sings and blessings of the animals.
  • Check in with members and friends through the changes and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ensure our building is well-cared for including investing in proactive long-term maintenance.
  • Implement COVID-related protocols to ensure safety once we re-open the building to our members, guests and groups we share our space with, including the Alexandria Choral Society and Guest House.

Administrative Support for Ministries

Ministries require administrative support including:

  • Provide bulletins and materials for worship and Christian education.
  • Provide for telephone and internet use.
  • Maintain database of pastoral acts and membership.
  • Create weekly e-newsletters.