“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23). 2018 Archdiocese Stewardship Theme
Dear Stewards of St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church:
With Spring at last upon us, we can all look forward to the better weather and longer days. My principal reason for writing you today is to ask for your help. The past several months has proven to be difficult on the financial operations of the church. Increased insurance, and building repairs to list just a few of the excessive expenses we have incurred. As you all know our parish relies heavily on two principal areas for income, STEWARDSHIP and FUNDRAISING EVENTS.
Our main fundraiser for the year is our Annual Festival that took place from May 17th to May 20th. This year we added an additional fundraising event as part of the Festival, a Car Raffle. The winner of the 2018 BMW X1, was ticket number 0887 – Michael Karantinidis. The ticket was sold by Emmanuel Kavrakis. Thank you to all those who sold tickets and made this raffle a success. We are blessed and grateful to all the organizations and individuals who spent Time, Talent and Treasure to help with the Festival this year. We are also thankful to all our donors for the contributions they made towards the operating costs of the festival. With the poor weather, the results of the Festival will not be as good as last year. At the writing of this letter we are still in the process of finalizing the total income and expenses, we know from experience that our net income will be lower than last year.
The second and most important source of income is Stewardship. Our focus today is on Stewardship, and the need for all our Stewards to recognize what the needs of the church are. As previously communicated in our 2018 Stewardship Program, we need on average from each Steward (Family) approximately $1600.00 per year for the general operations of the church. Other income helps in our operations such as, weekly trays, candles and events. But the main source of our income is our dedicated Stewards. We need your help as our Parish Family and as Stewards of our church. We are thankful to all those who have paid Stewardship for 2018 and for those who have met the challenge and paid at or above the $1600.00.
What you can do, and what we are asking:
⸰ Pay what you can towards your 2018 Stewardship by the end of June.
⸰ If you have already paid your commitment, please consider what we need per Steward,
and if you are able to meet or exceed the per Stewart Amount needed.
As Christian Stewards we are called to give back to God from the “first fruits” of our labor. We support our parish and her ministries in an intentional way and not with only what it left after everything else has been taken care of.
In His Service,
Peter C. Paizis – Parish Council President