Stewardship

Greetings!

We have received several messages regarding the upcoming Stewardship Seminar scheduled for Tuesday, September 29, as this date and time is now in direct conflict with the Presidential Debate.

So as to maximize participation in the Stewardship program, a decision has been made to change this seminar to Wednesday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m. The Zoom information is below my signature, and there is no need to re-register if you have already signed up. We hope that you can still participate, but for those who may have a scheduling conflict, we will once again be posting the video and slide deck on our Metropolis website shortly after the presentation. Once that is completed, I will email a reminder so you can access the materials. The remaining seminars will continue as scheduled on Tuesday, October 13 and Tuesday, October 27.

Just to confirm - Part 3 of "Creating a Culture of True Stewardship" will now be held on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 AT 6:30 P.M.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you online next Wednesday, September 30 for another informative and uplifting presentation by Bill Marianes.

Wishing you a blessed week . .

In Christ,
Kristen

Kristen Bruskas
Director of Development and Communications
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco
602-525-3488
kbruskas@sanfran.goarch.org
www.sanfran.goarch.org

ZOOM INFORMATION
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. PST

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Orthodoxy is a Faith that has remained loyal to its origin, preserving the doctrines handed down from our Lord Jesus Christ and his Apostles, neither adding nor taking anything away from them. It is our responsibility to keep the traditions of our Faith and to maintain a home where our family of Orthodox Christians can continue to thrive.

 

The Story of the Magi and their Gifts

We learn from the Christmas story of the Magi that  “A rich man is not one who has much, but one who gives much. For what he gives away remains his forever.” The Magi are the first examples of good stewards of the Faith. They showed their willingness to overcome any obstacle to reach God. Their gifts represent a sincere desire to communicate with their Savior, to express their love for Him, and to discover His will for them. 

Stewardship begins when we believe in God, to whom we give our love, loyalty and trust. We act on that belief as the Magi did. As stewards, we affirm that every aspect of our life comes as a gift from God. Stewardship calls on the faithful to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which they have been blessed.

 

See the Vision

In the words of Fr. William Chiganos, “…people don’t give to need; they give to vision…. Church people don’t stretch their giving because of need to meet the budget; they give more because they are able to see a vision of people being reached and God’s purposes being accomplished in the life of the church and its ministry.”
 
We encourage everyone to “see the vision” of a thriving Orthodox presence in our community, in our parish and in our islands. Together we can continue to share Orthodoxy.

 

 

What is the difference between a member of the church and a steward?

Every Orthodox Christian can be said to be a member of the Church. However, our archdiocese requires each parish to distinguish between voting members and non-voting members. Voting members are stewards. Only stewards are eligible to vote in general assemblies and to serve on the parish council.

In order to become a steward, one must submit a signed stewardship card, committing a portion of one's time, talent and treasure to the church. The archdiocese also requires the steward to remain current in his stewardship throughout the year. Being a steward affords one the right to actively participate in shaping the future of the church and her ministries.

 

Why must I indicate an amount to pledge?

The church needs a budget to operate. The budget should be an expression of the vision of the parish, i.e., its priorities and plans for the future. A successful Orthodox stewardship program should provide for the entire parish operating budget. It should not be necessary for the parish to depend on Greek festivals and other special events to meet its financial responsibilities. While we strive towards this goal of self-sufficiency, a pledged amount affords us the ability to plan our future to not only meet our financial obligations, but more importantly to ensure the future of our Faith by supporting our ministries.  

 

In addition to my stewardship pledge, how else can I support the church?

Planned Giving is a good way to ensure the viability of our Faith and church. The impact of your generous bequest will be felt for years to come. A charitable gift may also give you substantial current tax benefits, as well as estate tax benefits. There are many ways to participate in planned giving. For more information on this, please see Fr. Alexander Leong.

 

 

Stewardship Forms

Click here to download the 2020 stewardship form

Click here to volunteer to share your time & talents in 2020


Online Stewardship Form