The Lord’s work at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church has been supported by your generous giving over the years. It is indeed a blessing and a privilege to be a part of sharing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As the priest at the Divine Liturgy offers the gifts on our behalf to God, he says: “Your own gifts, from your own gifts we offer to you.” As part of God’s creation, man returns a portion of the gifts he has received from God back to Him in thanksgiving, praise and appreciation.
The Bible says: “the Lord loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). Until this time, we supported our Church by submitting our parish obligation or dues. We gave as a duty, as if to pay an account or send a remittance to a tax-collector. Our parish’s needs cannot be adequately supported by this system. The raising of dues to meet our budget would be inevitable if we were to continue the same system.
Stewardship is Christian, biblical and equitable, for each is asked to give according to his or her love for God, conscience and means (an “honorable” pledge). By stewardship we support Christ’s work not as a duty, but as a privilege and expression of our love for humanity (“phil-an-thropia”). The Christian way to give is to give because we desire to give; we give because we love the Lord.
We trust that you, the faithful Christians of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in your love, will provide more generously for our Church’s ministries and outreach programs.
By giving weekly or monthly, we will be in a position to increase our giving and become “cheerful givers”. Imagine, for a moment, that the effectiveness of God’s work is in our hands. What a privilege to provide generously to the Giver of All!
As Christian Stewards, we are asked to manage what God has given to us, without forgetting the Provider who is responsible for all that we are and all we have.
Please either mail in your pledge card or hit the button below to make an automatic electronic payment through “parish pay”. If you don’t have a pledge card, please call the parish office and request one. The office will be happy to send one. Our average pledge for 2011 was approximately $1000.00: use this information in determining your “honorable pledge”.Thanking you in advance,