Shortly after I accepted the Bishop’s call, now over nine years ago, to help plant the community that has become St. Julian of Norwich Episcopal Church, I spent much time praying and dreaming about what we might call this new community. Indeed, the Lord did provide an answer.
One night during that early period of preparation, I had a vivid dream. In that dream, people were gathered on a piece of land. There were people present of all ages and backgrounds full of joy. Laughter abounded. Children full of energy darted to and fro. I remember it was a lovely day in a lovely Hill Country setting. There were bells ringing in the back ground, and we were preparing for a wedding. And I remember quite vividly that the church was named St. Julian’s.
Over the past 8 plus years, we have worked together, with God’s help, to become a vibrant, Christ-centered community of over 300 people that has taken significant strides in becoming the very place that God set before me that night. This brochure is an invitation to join in the next step to fully realize that dream together. The Episcopal Diocese of Texas is working diligently, as we speak, to purchase this very piece of land. The goal of the Good Soil Campaign is to raise the funds required to begin the work of preparing that “Good Soil” for a phase one building project on day one following the purchase.
I am certain that St. Julian’s is called to be a place from which God’s love abounds in transformative and healing ways for us and our many neighbors. This campus that we are called to build together is the firm foundation from which this holy work will indeed flow.
The first step in laying the initial cornerstone of our campus is to “prepare the soil.” Preparing the soil encompasses activities such as master planning, zoning, platting, geological studies, water handling, and more.
The campaign targets $500,000 to prepare a piece of land for a phase one building.
Success will begin with our own stewardship and commitment. God has no hands but ours, and we are Christ’s Body, alive and active in the world today. Thus, we are called to step forward in faith to see our vision come alive in this future home.
As in years past, we are asking all our church members to prayerfully consider supporting the ongoing work of our church through a commitment to each year’s Stewardship Campaign. In addition to our ongoing work, we are asking for prayerful consideration of a pledge to fund the first step of developing land & construction of our new church location by contributing to the Good Soil Capital Campaign.
We must do all the surveys, planning, establishment of utility services and site preparation before we can start on a first foundation. The goal of the campaign is $500,000 over a 3-year period. This will require not an equal share, but an equal sacrifice from all.
We have a faithful and generous partner in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, who is fully committed to purchase land for our campus. We believe the campus we are called to create will be a place from which God in Christ’s love can grow. This vision will grow with time, but for now it is about working the dirt that the Diocese will purchase to build our future.
“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When Jesus said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” - Luke 8:8More Information and Current Pledge Form