Printable Pledge Card
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men....”
November 27, 2017
Dear Faithful of St. Philothea,
As 2017 comes to a close, we take time to reflect on the events of this year with all its blessings, challenges and opportunities. We celebrated weddings, baptisms, chrismations, graduations and we participated in Bible Studies, retreats and fundraisers. We served the poor and we visited the sick and ministered to the homeless, and supported missions. It truly has been a blessed year here at St. Philothea and it is all because of you, our Faithful Stewards.
As we prepare for 2018 we face new challenges and new opportunities for growth. The parish encourages all who accept the Orthodox Faith to become practicing Stewards. Stewardship means active participation in the life of the Church. Stewardship is the call of the faithful to share willingly the gifts that God has bestowed on us. Stewardship is caring for the needs of others. Stewardship is offering one’s self to God as He offered Himself to us. The primary goal of Stewardship is to promote spiritual growth and strengthen faith, and that requires a priest, a place, and everyone’s participation in ministries.
Giving to the Church is an opportunity – an opportunity to examine our priorities and values. It is an opportunity to express our thankfulness, to give of ourselves and to grow in grace. It is an opportunity to participate in the building of the Kingdom of God.
Enclosed you will find our 2018 Stewardship card. Please take a moment to review it carefully and make a commitment of time, talent and treasure. On December 10th, we will collect them and offer them to God as our pledge for 2018. Please consider increasing your Stewardship amount this year by 10%. If we all do a little more we can get there and it will help us better prepare for a challenging year ahead. Please take time to make your Stewardship commitment today. Come and see what we can do together with your support!
Rev. Anthony Salzman Stacey Cramer
Priest 2018 Stewardship Chair