Stewardship: A Way of Life

Christian stewardship is a central theme of the Orthodox faith. It is our personal expression of gratitude to God for his church and the many blessings he gives us including our health, our children and grandchildren, our jobs, our opportunities in life and our talents. As Christians, we affirm that we are simply caretakers of all God has given us. He expects us to use the gifts and money he has blessed us with to carry out his good works and to promote his Gospel. Our Lord teaches, “To whom much is given, much is expected” (Luke 12:48). We are also taught not to give based on just what we have, but to give based on how much we love. Stewardship enables us to give back to God and His Church with our time, our talents and our treasury.

Stewardship also allows our Church to carry out its vibrant ministries, meet your families’ spiritual needs, share our Orthodox faith, provide a comfortable and holy environment to worship and help the less fortunate of society.

Being a member of the Church.
To be a voting member of our church requires you to be a baptized Orthodox Christian and to become a steward of your gifts from God. A steward is active in the life of the Church and seeks to share his or her talents, time and money with the church. A steward is also expected to attend Liturgy on a regular basis and participate in the Sacraments.

Why is my Stewardship Pledge important?
Your stewardship pledge each year is vital because it enables the priests and church leaders to develop and plan a responsible budget for the coming year.

How else can I Support my Church?
You can show gratitude to your church and God by leaving a lasting legacy and remembering the church in your Will. Consider making a bequest of your estate to the church. If you are interested in doing so, contact the priest or Chairman of the Stewardship Committee and they will assist you in making out such a bequest.

You can also give non-cash assets which may result in a tax benefit to you. These gifts include:

  • Stocks and bonds
  • Mutual Funds
  • Life Insurance
  • Bequests/Estate Planning

3 Ways to Pledge

Pledge Online

Download the Stewardship Commitment Form

These forms include opportunities to not only offer your financial support, but to join church organizations and share your time and talents.

Download the E-Tithes Form

E-Tithes (an electronic account withdrawal system) allows you to make a one-time withdrawal or a periodic deduction from your bank checking account to send your Stewardship Commitment to the church. This enables you to stay current with your pledge and never have to worry about writing checks!

Stewardship Ministry

Thank you for supporting your church with a generous and grateful heart. As St. John Chrysostom said, "What we give away to our church and the poor in this life remains ours forever." And, "A rich man is not he who has much but he who gives much. For what he gives away remains his forever."

Levels of Stewardship Giving

We understand all personal circumstances are different, so we have established levels of giving to encourage generous stewardship. Please join the stewards who are currently giving in the following levels per year:

Pacesetters $1,800 to $2,999 per year
Good Shepherds $3,000 to $5199 per year
Torchbearers $5200 to $7799 per year
Archangels $7800 to $25,000 per year

98% of pledged parishioners fulfill their commitment!

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