2020 Christian Stewardship
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
“Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12
Our brief time on earth is God’s gift. As faithful Christians, we are accountable for our stewardship of this precious gift. The American scientist, Thomas Edison said, “Time is not a commodity that can be stored for future use. It must be invested hour by hour or else it is gone.”
“Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.” – Psalm 144:4
Our lifetime is a small bit of eternity, “a fleeting shadow”. Time is a precious gift that we dare not waste. Like the three stewards in the Parable of the Talents, one day God will call each one of us to give account of how we have used the time entrusted to us.
“…a time for every purpose under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
There is “a time for every purpose,” as the verse from Ecclesiastes instructs us: “…a time to plant, a time to reap.” The challenge is to appropriately allocate our time to the various purposes that make claims on it. This passage teaches us to make the most of God’s great gift of time.
The Gift of Time
The most personal, most appreciated, and most unique gift is the gift of time – your time! Depending on your profession, your time may be worth hundreds of dollars per hour. However, the time that you give to another person and the Church is priceless.
Our children need our time to help shape their lives. The time we give to our children is an investment in their lives that is not wasted.
Spending Time with God
As Christians, it is also important to value the time we spend in church. Every member of the Body of Christ plays a role in worship. Accordingly, each person offers his or her unique God-given gift in support of the local church. It is here where we grow in the Spirit of God which unites us to Him and to each other.
There are 168 hours in every week. God blesses this time and in response we offer back a number of hours dedicated to Him. Most importantly, we come together as Church every Sunday to be united in prayer and in Holy Communion.
After we have joined ourselves to the Church, the Body of Christ, then we become His hands and feet carrying the Gospel and His work into the world.
The Great Feast -Luke 14
In the Gospel According to St. Luke, we read of the man who planned a great feast and invited many people to attend. When dinnertime arrived, they were all too busy to come. One attended to his farm; one, his bride; and still another with his oxen. They were all too busy to attend. Likewise, we too get so busy that we crowd God out of our lives. Unimportant things suddenly become the most vital. There is an old saying; “if the devil can’t make you sin, then he’ll make you busy.” In other words, when we become so distracted with “other” things we can’t pay close attention to God. Other things compete with God, let’s not let those things win and take our time from Him.
Resetting Our Priorities
Just as we budget our financial resources to reflect our priorities, we also allot an allocation of time. In resetting priorities, it may require us to say no to certain demands on our time. By opening our schedule to God, then we make an acceptable sacrifice to God.
Reflect for a moment…
Are you a contributing member of the Body of Christ? Are you actively serving God and sharing Him with others? Do you worship regularly? Do you offer your time, talents, and treasure to make secure the local parish? Take a moment to evaluate your life in light of these principles.
We are called to apply our gifts, training, abilities, education and skills to the tasks that God places before us. If we do this humbly and prayerfully, the Body of Christ will function to its full potential.
The Biblical motive for giving is grace; giving is a natural act of worship in response to the generosity of God. You are to give, Paul says, “as God has prospered you.” 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 teach clearly, “He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” God blesses those who give with generosity.”
Giving is the natural way to thank God for His grace and generosity. Let us now dig deeply to give God the best offering possible. And may your sacrificial offering of Stewardship be one well-pleasing to God.
Holy Trinity’s Commitment to you, the parishioner, is
a Stewardship of: $880,000
To reach this goal each family is asked to contribute $1,650/year to the parish. The parish budget anticipates that Stewardship giving will support all ministries of the church and the entire operating budget. The Parish’s Stewardship Commitment calculates that each family should give $1,650 annually or $31.50/week. Your Stewardship offering supports these vital ministries that touch the lives of each Steward:
Worship and Ministry…….$144,200
Keeping in Touch…………. $82,600
Maintaining our Buildings….$97,000
Those Who Minister to Us $428,000
National Ministries………… $120,000
Private & Confidential
Your Stewardship Pledge is kept in confidence by your priest. Jesus taught that our giving should be done quietly, generously and out of sight of others. If you wish to revise your pledge during the year for any reason, you may send a note to the parish priest indicating your intentions.
You may remit your pledge in the manner that suits you best. Since small regular contributions are easier to manage, it is suggested that your contribution be made on a weekly basis. “On the first day of every week (Sunday), each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income.” (1Corinthians 16:2)
For your convenience, you may remit your pledge via Credit Card using our secure online website. Stewardship donations can be charged to your Credit Card on a Weekly, Monthly or Annual basis.
Orthodox Christians who wish to become parishioners in good standing in our Parish may become Stewards of Holy Trinity by making a Stewardship Pledge for the current year. We welcome you to become a member and participant in the sacramental life of the church. Please call the church office for more information: 908.233.8533.