What is Stewardship?
A steward is someone who has been entrusted with another’s property and charged with the responsibility of managing it in the owner’s best interest. Stewardship is the act of lovingly returning to God a portion of His many gifts with which He has blessed each of us. Stewardship is a ministry that enables us to respond to Christ’s love by perpetuating His Church’s mission. Our giving of time, talent and treasure enables Holy Trinity Parish to do Christ’s work here on Earth through our many ministries, services and outreach programs.
What Does Scripture Say?
The Bible repeatedly challenges us to give generously! As St. Paul writes, “Just as you excel in everything else…in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in earnestness, and in love…see that you also excel in the grace of giving” (2 Corinthians 8:7). These words still challenge us today!
We focus on the “treasure” or financial element of stewardship for two main reasons: First, there is a vital link between our wealth and possessions, and the health of our souls. Seventeen of the Lord Jesus’ thirty-eight parables are about wealth and possessions. His message is consistent and clear. How we handle our many blessings from Him, especially our money, defines how we are doing with what is really important—Faith, Hope and Love. Where we invest our treasure on Earth speaks volumes about where our “hearts” are. The second reason we focus on financial stewardship is that it costs money to operate, maintain and grow Holy Trinity’s parish. Dollars fund the many ministries and services provided to parishioners and our local community.
Where is Money Needed?
We fulfill the Mission of Christ’s Church by providing the many ministries and services offered in Holy Trinity’s parish. Most, if not all, bear a financial expense. A partial list of these include: Divine Liturgy and Sacraments; Choir; Church School; Parish Office; Parish Council, Philoptochos, GOYA, JOY, Abraham’s Pantry, Sunday Bulletin, Website; Facilities Maintenance and Insurance.
The ultimate goal of Holy Trinity’s overall stewardship Program is to fund 100% of the operating budget through stewardship contributions. This will enable the use of funds generated from special events and fundraisers to be directed toward capital improvements/repairs to our facilities, and new outreach programs to further Christ’s work through Holy Trinity’s parish. Holy Trinity’s Stewardship Program does not focus solely on the Treasure aspect of Stewardship but on a holistic and proper giving of TIME , TALENT, & TREASURE. A PLEDGE CARD is not considered filled out unless at least one ministry has been filled in with a commitment of the Steward to attend and support that ministry. With the abundance ministries available, one should be able to easily find at least one that has a special interest for the Steward.
The Proper Spirit
For our parish to thrive and to receive the life of the Holy Spirit and the abundant joy and life each and every one of us is needed. Everyone is important and has something to add. Everyone has Time, Talent, and Treasure to offer. At whatever level we can contribute, we should all give as the widow referenced in scripture gave — out of great love, dedication and concern. She gave from her heart. It is not the particular amount that matters but that we give in this spirit. If we give in this spirit the amounts will be where they should be.
How Do I Make a Stewardship Commitment?
Stewardship pledges are made for a calendar year by completing and signing a Stewardship Pledge Form. Parishioners are asked to fulfill their pledges by December 31st of the year in which they pledge. Please complete, sign and return a Holy Trinity Stewardship Pledge Form to the parish office or drop it in the Sunday offering basket.
Pledge amounts and contributions are held in the strictest of confidence.
Stewardship Giving Options
On a quarterly basis, the parish office will provide a year-to-date update to help you keep track of your pledge fulfillment. A detailed document is provided at year-end for tax purposes.
Thank you for your participation and financial support of the important Stewardship Ministry of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Together, we can continue Christ’s mission for us here on Earth… to spread the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.