As Orthodox Christians, we are called upon to be good stewards of all the gifts God has bestowed on us. Our stewardship commitment to our church should be an expression of gratitude for those many gifts, giving back to God in thanksgiving for the blessings He has given us. Orthodox stewardship is a mindset of thanksgiving. It is not a calculation of "How much do I need to give?", but a reflection on the questions "What am I thankful for?" and "How do I express my thanks to God for His gifts?"
The theme of our 2018 stewardship campaign, and stewardship campaigns throughout the Archdiocese, is "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men" (Colossians 3:23). The icon chosen by the Archdiocese to represent this theme shows Saint Phocas the Gardener and Saint Euphrosynos the Cook. The emphasis the icon places on the vocations of these Saints reminds us that service to God and His Church is sacred. Life on earth is a gift. The work we do is also a gift, if we see it as an opportunity to serve God and others.
This theme is especially appropriate for our church at this time, as we have made a commitment to reduce our reliance on festival income to support our operating expenses, and to devote an increasing share of our festival proceeds to good works such as the support of charities and missions and, more generally, spreading the Love of Christ in the world. This is an ambitious plan, whose success will hinge on the willingness of each of us to step up our stewardship commitments to support our ongoing ministries and activities.
We ask that you prayerfully consider making your commitment toward our 2018 stewardship drive. You may use the form below to make your pledge.