The Orthodox Christian Family: A Dwelling of Christ and a Witness to His Gospel
“From God every family in heaven and on earth is named” (Ephesians 3: 15)
At our Church of St. George we speak of stewardship and family, always considering first the stewardship of family. When we stress the importance of the stewardship of God’s great gifts to us, it’s important to remember that His greatest gift to us IS His son, His family. Family is a beautiful and meaningful opportunity to practice stewardship of our greatest gift, and to grow in our understanding of this blessing of properly using and sharing God’s gifts.
In 2014 our parish of St. George family grew our ministry programs in areas such as youth, seniors, philanthropy, outreach and spiritual growth. We’ve introduced new ministries and have extended the scope of our existing ministries, and in 2015 our objective is to continue on the same path of providing ministries to further enhance the spiritual and family life of our parishioners. Already in the works are plans for adult religious education programs such as a Forgiveness Sunday retreat. GOYA has new activities on the schedule for the youth, as does Sunday School and Greek School. Kali Parea and the Senior Socialites continue to fulfill the needs of our seniors. Philoptochos has new ideas to put into action upon returning from a very motivating National Convention this past July.
Our stewardship support provides the primary source of funding for these worthy ministries. Giving to His Church is one way to Thank God for His grace and generosity to us and our families. We rejoice in doing God’s work with our talents, skills and experience, as we help our Church prosper with our financial support. Our commitment to Christ and His Church will go as far as we empower it. 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 do the work of God. Witness what we will accomplish as the family of St. George.
We ask that you complete the Stewardship Commitment and the Time and Talent forms below, giving prayerful deliberation to your commitment. Consider not only your financial commitment, but your pledge 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). As we embark on a new year in our Stewardship Program, please have your completed forms sent to the Church befor Palm Sunday, April 5th, 2015.
May our Lord’s great sacrifice for us and the many blessings He gives to us be examples as He calls on us to look out for one another and our beloved St. George Greek Orthodox Church. “If I do not feel a sense of joy in God’s creation, if I forget to offer the world back to God with thankfulness, I have advanced very little upon the way.” (Metropolitan Kallistos Ware)
Time + Talent + Treasure = Stewardship
Be a Good Steward