“Chosen and Appointed by God to Go and Bear Fruit”
Our parish of St. George is in a very exciting time in our history as we have successfully opened our new building complex in Ocean Township with the Thyranixia ceremony on Sunday, April 1, 2012, embarking on a new phase in the life of our parish. And while it’s a very exciting time, it’s also a time to reflect on what our own commitment is to our beloved parish.
To be a member of our Church is not like being a member of just any organization. The Church is the “Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12). Each of us fills a specific function or calling in His Church. God did not create each of us to do the same thing. There’s a place in His Church for each one of us, with our individual talents and abilities. Each of us is ‘Chosen and Appointed by God to Go and Bear Fruit.’
Come and see what our Church can become with your time, talent and treasure dedicated to our Lord’s ministries. At St. George we’re enthusiastic about the many positive events in our parish. Come and see our new home in Ocean Township. Come and see the growing numbers of our children in our Sunday School and Greek School. Come and see our youth display their talents in the performing arts and athletics as they grow spiritually in Our Lord. Come and see our Philoptochos Society achieve its mission to help those less fortunate. Come and see and listen as our priest, our chanter and our choir fill our new sanctuary with glorious sound during the Divine Liturgy. Come and see our AGAPE Ministries in action as we welcome newcomers and parishioners to our Church each Sunday.
Come and see God work through your talents, skills and experience, as well as your financial support. Your commitment to Christ and His Church will do as much as you empower it to do. We give to Christ and His Church not according to our means but according to our love for Him. Stewardship is our opportunity to examine our priorities and values, to express our thankfulness, to give of ourselves and to grow in grace as we participate in the work of God. Come and see what we can accomplish as a community in our new home in Ocean Township.
We ask you to give prayerful deliberation and offer your Stewardship to our Church of St. George. Consider not only your financial commitment, but your commitment of time and talent. Giving is not a substitute for commitment - it is an expression of your commitment. “Come and see the works of God, Who is awesome” (Psalm 66:5).
May our Lord’s great sacrifice for us and the many blessings He gives us be our examples as He calls on us to look out for one another and our beloved St. George Greek Orthodox Church. “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (John 15:16).
Time + Talent + Treasure = Stewardship
Be a Good Steward