Christian Stewardship is...
…learning how to be a responsible and concerned caretaker of Christ’s Church; it is learning how to enjoy Church life and be happy in Church work., for in Her dwells the fullness of the Spirit of God.
…our active commitment to use all our time, talent and treasure for the benefit of humankind in grateful acknowledgment of Christ’s redeeming love.
…caring for the needs of others. …offering one’s self to God as He offered Himself to us.
…what a person does after saying “I believe…”, as proof of that belief.
…devotion and service to God and His Church as persons, as families, as diocese/metropolis, as national Church and as Church universal.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a member of the parish?
Membership in the Orthodox Church begins at Baptism (Chrismation for some) and continues throughout our life. We are united with Christ through the sacraments, or mysteries, of the Church and through our faithful offering of our entire selves to Jesus Christ. Our Archdiocese requires each parish to distinguish between voting members and non-voting members. A voting member is over 18 years of age and turns in a signed stewardship commitment card, committing a portion of time, talent and treasure to the Church. The Archdiocese also requires the voting member to remain current through the year on their commitments. Keep in mind that true membership in the Body of Christ involves participation in the life and sacraments of the Church (Confession, Holy Communion, service to others, etc...)
What if I cannot fulfill my financial stewardship commitment?
During the course of a year, circumstances change. Your stewardship is valued because it is made out of your love for God and His Church; not a cold obligation. Please do not be concerned if you are unable to meet your stewardship commitment – we are glad you are a part of this parish. Please speak with our clergy about your situation to find a find a way for you to continue to contribute in a meaningful way to the life of our community.
Suggested & Percentage Stewardship
In order to financially support ourselves, our operating budget would require that each family contribute $1,100 in Stewardship in order to meet our operating expenses. Some families struggle to meet the suggested stewardship amounts, while other families are able to far exceed them. For this reason we humbly ask that each family prayerfully consider a percentage of their income they are able to contribute to Stewardship 2020. If every family and individual gave 1% of their income, our parish would exceed our financial obligations, while not "laying on [anyone] heavy burdens hard to bear" (Matthew 23:4).
We thank you deeply for your participation in our Stewardship Program.
The 2020 Stewardship Program recommendations are as follows:
$570.00 Family Stewardship (includes children up to 18 years of age, or up to 22-years old who are students)
$390.00 Single Individual Stewardship (18-years and older or married to non-Orthodox spouse)
$390.00 Senior Couple Stewardship (either spouse 65-years or older)
$240.00 Senior Individual Stewardship (65-years or older or married to a non-Orthodox spouse)