"We Are Here for GOOD" Annual Appeal

Statement of Intent

You can download the 2023 statement of intent form (below), fill it out and either drop it off at the office, send it by mail, or email it to


Simply Giving form - to sign up for recurring giving.


The Stewardship Committee (Tom Felton, Tom Hansen, Brenda Berend, and Dick Sachs, along with Pastor Jen) takes responsibility for helping individuals live and give generously. Our focus for this year’s annual stewardship appeal was to recall our roots and remember how we got to where we are, as well as to dream about the future. Below are the results of that appeal, and your commitment to be Here for GOOD as we celebrate 50 years of ministry and service.

Tracking Statements of Intent

Total number for last year (2021) 71

Total number for this year (2022) 74

Net increase 3

Total number that increased their amounts this year 24

Total number of new commitments this year 15

Total new and increased commitments 39

Total number of commitments at same level as last year 28

Total number that decreased amounts from last year 6

Tracking Actual Dollars

Total amount from increased commitments $ 225.15 / week

Net increase of new commitments over actual previous giving $ 78.85 / week

Total increased amount $ 304.00 / week

Total decreased amount $ 40.00 / week

Net increase $ 264.00 / week

This year we exceeded our goal to increase overall pledged giving by $200 per week, but the calculations above only tell part of the story. Because we are blessed to have so many members who give more than they indicate on their Statements of Intent, the actual results will vary. Interestingly, when projecting our income for 2021, we underestimated by about $2,400 for the year. I am encouraged by the generosity displayed by the increases and excited to see so many new commitments.

Thank you all for being Here for GOOD and supporting this ministry, whether it has been less than one year, fifty years, or somewhere in between.

In Christ,

Tom Felton

Stewardship Committee Chair


Have you ever asked yourself: Will I leave this world a better place? Did I have a positive impact on present and future generations? Will my life show that “I was here for good?”

As you contemplate these questions, consider that one of the ways you can give a resounding answer of “YES” to each of these questions is through your Legacy. While the idea of Legacy may remind us of death, it is not really about death. It is about life; identifying what is important and taking steps to ensure that your Legacy is used “for good.” Thinking of one’s Legacy may give you a perspective of what’s really important, such as making certain that your church is able to continue helping others learn of Christ’s love and forgiveness long after you have left this earthly life.

Many people provide a Legacy to favorite charities, their alma maters, and organizations that are important to them. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, with guidance and assistance of the ELCA, is initiating a program to benefit the current and future ministries of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. This includes creation of a Legacy Endowment Fund for you to support future ministries as part of your estate plans.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and vote on creation of the Legacy Endowment Fund at the annual congregational meeting on January 31, 2021. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Tom Hansen, Pastor Jen, or Jim Trader with any questions you may have regarding Legacy gifting. By Tom Hansen

Stewardship Committee Overview

Support of our ministry through giving of our time, talents, and financial resources.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church utilizes the Simply Giving® program as a means of receiving offerings.

To enroll in Simply Giving, download the enrollment form, fill in completely, and return to the church office with a voided check or savings deposit slip.

Simply Giving® program Frequently Asked Questions

The Stewardship Committee shall be comprised of the congregation treasurer, the administrative assistant, and as many members of the congregation as the committee chooses. Each year the committee shall elect a chairperson and a recorder from its membership. The congregation treasurer will report from the Congregation Council any action that this committee needs to take, and report to the Congregation Council on behalf of this committee. The committee shall meet regularly.

The responsibilities and duties of the Stewardship Committee include, but are not limited to:

1. Prepare and implement a comprehensive stewardship program for the congregation members’ time, talents, and treasures.

2. Order and supervise the distribution of offering envelopes and provide opportunities for congregation members to give their offerings electronically.

3. Enlist and supervise volunteers responsible for counting money each week.

4. Plan and implement an annual financial stewardship program to be used for purposes of estimating contributions when preparing the budget for the following year.

5. Distribute members’ quarterly contribution statements at the end of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd calendar quarters. (Annual statements at the end of the year are mailed to members by the administrative assistant.)

6. Evaluate and revise the time and talents forms annually, with input from the Standing Committees and Ministry Teams.

7. Collect/update existing members’ time and talents information annually.

8. Collect time and talents information from new members as part of the new member orientation process.

9. Insure that the time and talents information is kept up-to-date in the church’s database. Distribute reports from that database to the Standing Committees and Ministry Teams on a regular basis.

10. Prepare and submit a budget request to the Executive Committee for anticipated stewardship expenses annually.

11. Oversee disbursement of the annual Stewardship Committee budget.