We are Called to Bear Fruit
At the last supper, as we read in Chapter 15 of the Gospel of John, Jesus instructed His disciples, "I am the Vine; you are the branches." He was telling us that the purpose of our abiding in Him is that we may bear fruit for God in the world. "By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit..." (John 15:8). Just as the vine bears fruit only through its branches, so Jesus has chosen to work in the world through us. We are the members of His body - the branches through which the Vine must bear fruit. We bear fruit when we serve and support God and His Church.
from No Man Ever Spoke as this Man: The Great I Am's of Jesus by A. Coniaris www.light-n-life.com
Christian Stewardship Is...
...learning how to be a responsible and concerned caretaker of Christ's Church; it is learning how to enjoy Church life and be happy in Church work, for in Her dwells the fullness of the Spirit of God.
...our active commitment to use all our time, talent and treasure for the benefit of humankind in grateful acknowledgement of Christ's redeeming love.
...caring for the needs of others.
...offering one's self to God as He offered Himself to us.
...what a person does after saying "I believe...," as proof of that belief.
...devotion and service to God and His Church as persons, as families, as diocese/metropolis, as national Church and as Church universal.
Williams & McKibben in Oriented Leadership
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a member of the parish?
Membership in the Orthodox Church begins at baptism (Chrismation for some) and continues throughout our life. We are united with Christ through the sacraments, or mysteries, of the Church and through our faithful offering of our entire selves to Jesus Christ. Our Archdiocese requires each parish to distinguish between voting members and non-voting members. A voting member is at least 18 years of age and commits a portion of time, talent and treasure to the Church. The Archdiocese also requires the voting member to remain current through the year on their commitments. Keep in mind that true membership in the Body of Christ involves living according to His word and within His Church.
Why must I commit to give a specific amount?
Please keep in mind that your stewardship of money is kept in the strictest of confidence. However, we do compile the amounts anticipated to better plan out the year's expenses.
What if I cannot fulfill my stewardship commitment?
During the course of a year, people's circumstances change. Your stewardship is valued because it is made out of your love for God and His Church. Please do not be concerned if you are unable to meet your stewardship commitment - we are glad you are a part of this parish.