“The Greatest of These is Love”
Dear Friends and Fellow Stewards,
Every year at this season we are asked to think about our stewardship commitment for the New Year.
The year 2020 has brought difficult challenges for us all. We have been challenged spiritually, physically, mentally and financially. We have grasped for stability and direction. We appreciate many things that we had taken for granted; our faith and our Church have sustained us through tough times. Although there is a light at the end of the tunnel, we must continue to be patient as we anticipate the New Year.
2021 will be a challenging year for the Church, as well. The Parish Council has been working diligently to reduce the expenses of the Church, reducing the 2021 Budget by $50,000.
The projected operating budget for 2021 is $740,000. If we divide the budget by 365 days, it averages that the cost to operate our church is $2,027 per day. If we were able to have 365 Steward Families sponsor one day of the Church’s Operations as their Stewardship offering, we would be able to cover the cost of our expenses for 2021!
We ask you to do the best you can to support our church. There are some who cannot commit stewardship at this level, and there are some who can. Please contribute what is in your heart, as an expression of your love and support for the mission of our holy church!
Are you willing to sponsor one day of operations?
For those who can commit more, please consider sponsoring multiple days or a week. Together we will be able to overcome these difficult times and secure the future of St. Haralambos Church!
Before completing the enclosed Commitment Card, please give prayerful consideration to the commitment you are making. A financial pledge to the church is most meaningful when accompanied by your presence, by your willingness to serve, by your prayers, and by your commitment. Stewardship is an expression of your commitment and your thankfulness for the many blessings in your life.
On behalf of our Stewardship Committee,
Fr. George Lamberis
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 acknowledgment 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.