Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a way of life, which acknowledges accountability, reverence, and responsibility before God. A primary goal of Stewardship is to promote spiritual growth and strengthen faith. Becoming a Steward begins when we believe in God, to whom we give our love, loyalty and trust and act on those beliefs. As Stewards, we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. Stewardship calls on the faithful to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which they have been blessed.
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Stewardship – A Way of Life
Christ is in our midst!
Once upon a time, a festival was scheduled to be held in a certain village, and to insure there would be adequate liquid refreshments for the celebration, each member of the village agreed to pour one bottle of his best wine into a large cask. “If I fill my bottle with water,” reasoned one villager, “the dilution will be so slight, who will notice?” But when the feast and time for merrymaking commenced, and the cask was tapped, nothing but water poured forth. Every member in the village had reasoned alike: “My portion will not be missed!”
Dear members of the Body of Christ – of this family named St. Mary’s after the sweet Mother of God – when we do not give our portion, it is always missed. Every member of the body, of this Body, is needed and necessary for the good of the whole. Each member has a critical function and contributes to the well-being and life of the community. If we do not do our part, and everyone thinks the same, “Someone else will take care of it; my portion will not be missed,” then we will offer water instead of wine, that is, instead of creating something bright and flavorful, our lack of contribution will result in something dull and drab, colorless and flavorless.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, our parish family is so very blessed to have each and every one of you as a member of this Body, this living Organism called St. Mary’s, because each and every one of you is a precious and indispensable member of Christ, each bringing a unique offering and gift of love. My hope and prayer is that as our faith increases, so will our offerings increase, whether in our financial commitment to the life of our parish, the giving of our time and talents for the upbuilding of our ministries and our members, or in our inreach to one another or our outreach to the world around us. Stewardship, Christian stewardship, is not a one-time event; it is a way of life. Give, serve, attend, and grow!
A Time for Every Purpose under Heaven.
The Stewardship Committee inspires, educates and enables the members of the parish to return a fair portion of God’s blessings of time, talents and financial resources back to the Church so that the work of Christ through St. Mary’s may continue and grow. They set the Stewardship schedule and drive each year, prepare literature and commitment cards, track responses and follow up.
Stewardship Committee Members
|Athena Mihas, Committee Co-Chair||Diakonissa Alexandria Kalina,
|Father George Dokos||Cooper Buss|
|Jessica Buss||James Geogleris|
|Dean George||Naira Istephanous|
|Annette Legeros||Cristina Nicklow|
Your questions and comments are welcome. If you would like to contact the St. Mary’s Stewardship Committee, you may leave a message with the St. Mary’s office staff at 612.825.9595 or email Athena Mihas.