“A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven,” Ecclesiastes 3
The Stewardship of Time
Beloved Steward of Holy Trinity,
In the book of Ecclesiastes, we read that there is “a time for every purpose…a time to plant, a time to reap….” Our challenge is to allocate our time to meet our various demands. This passage teaches us to make the most of God’s great gift of time.
The most personal, appreciated and unique gift you can give is the gift of time – your time. That valuable 24 hours a day that only you can spend. As Christians it is important to value the time we spend at church, in worship, service and activities. Every member of the Body of Christ plays a role, according to their gifts, in the life of their local church.
As we embark upon a new journey in our parish, we encourage you to bring the enclosed commitment card stating the time, talent and treasure you can offer, enabling our Church to enhance the spiritual growth of the Orthodox Christians entrusted to our care. Please give prayerful consideration before returning your Commitment Card. The fundamental premise of Stewardship is free-will giving with each individual offering as he or she is able in order to advance Church ministries.
Stewards often ask for guidance on the amounts of their financial commitments. While there is no “right” answer, consider what the continuation of the life of this parish means to you. Just $5 a day is approximately $150 per month, or over $1,800 annually. Committing $3.25 a day is nearly $100 per month or $1,200 annually. A Stewardship commitment of only $1.75 a day is about $50 per month or over $630 annually. Give according to your means. Give with joy from your heart!
With all stewards, a monthly check mailed to the Church or dropped in the tray is most meaningful when accompanied by your presence, by your willingness to serve, by your prayers, and by your commitment. Stewardship is an opportunity to examine our priorities and values, to express our thankfulness, to give of ourselves and to grow in grace. It allows us to participate in the work of God. Giving is not a substitute for commitment – it is an expression of our commitment. May the grace of our Lord bless you and your family to experience the joy of Christ’s Birth through the joy of giving.
Yours in Christ,
V. Rev. Fr. Timothy Bakakos
Please click Pledge Stewardship with Parish Office to download our Stewardship Brochure.
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