November 1, 2016
Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a way of life which acknowledges our responsibility before God. A primary goal of Stewardship is to promote our spiritual growth and strengthen our faith. We become Stewards when we believe in God and begin to act on our beliefs. As Orthodox Christians, we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. By our faith, we are called to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which we have been blessed.
Parish leaders are called to lead the people to a new way of seeing things – a new way of life – with words that echo the greatest commandment to “love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength,” calling others to commit their lives to Jesus Christ in such a way that leads to the joy of knowing Him personally and profoundly.
An Orthodox Christian Steward is an active participant in the life of the Church. The parish encourages all who accept the Orthodox Faith to become practicing Stewards. Each year the Steward is expected to carefully review his or her personal circumstances and make a commitment of time, talent, and treasure to support the Parish and her Ministries, which in turn support the National Ministries of our Archdiocese, Metropolises, and related institutions.
As a general guideline, our Stewardship Committee has adopted a 2% Stewardship Plan. This plan encourages each family to contribute at least 2% of their time, talent, and treasure to the Parish. What does this mean? We encourage everyone to offer 2% of their: 1. Time – through participation in the services of the Parish; 2. Talent – through volunteering in at least 2 of the various ministries of the Parish; and 3. Treasure – by offering at least 2% of their annual income to the Parish.
Please understand, these are general guidelines! If you are already at or above 2%, we appreciate your continued support. If you are unable to offer 2%, we understand, and appreciate your continued support. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us every year in his Paschal Homily: “God both accepts the deeds, and welcomes the intention; He honors the acts, and praises the offering.”
We look forward to continuing the work that our Lord has set before us, through the ministries of our Parish, and by sharing the Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ. May He send down His grace upon us, and continue to bless our Parish family.
With Love in Christ,
Rev. Father Simon Thomas, Parish Priest
Maria Moore, Stewardship Committee Chair