Stewardship

Mark Twain once said, “It’s not the passages in the Bible I don’t understand that bother me so much, it’s the ones that I do understand. Most of us have been presented with the Christian concert of giving known as Stewardship. We probably know the following facts about it:
That God wants us to give proportionately of our income to the Church.
God wants us to give cheerfully.
God does not want us to draw attention to ourselves through our giving.
God wants us to lay aside daily a sum of money to give to the Church.
Stewardship is a giving of our time, talents and finances to God.

ούχ υμών έστι χρόνους ή καιρούς ούς ο πατήρ έθετο εν τη ιδία
εξουσία, αλλά λήψεσθε δύναμιν, επελθόντος του Αγίου Πνεύματος
εφ’ υμάς» (Πράξεις Α΄ 7)

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On the top left of the website there is a Donate button exactly like the one below. Using this button allows you do submit a payment for Stewardship.

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We now offer monthly payment subscriptions using PayPal for stewardship. On the Stewardship page you can sign up for an account and choose one of the options below.


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Holy Cross Celebration (9/16) in Asbury Park CANCELLED

September 12, 2018

The Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy Esteemed Members of the Metropolitan Council, Esteemed Members of the Parish Councils, Esteemed Members of the Philoptochos Sisterhood of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey My Beloved, I pray that this letter finds all of you well and spiritually sound. Please be advised that due to impending effects of Hurricane Florence along the eastern coast of the United States, I have made the most difficult decision to CANCEL the Annual Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey Holy Cross Celebration and Blessing of the Waters scheduled for this Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Asbury Park. I request that each of you please immediately inform your parishioners of the cancellation of this Metropolis Event by sending a notice through your parish email listserv, through your parish robo call system and by placing an announcement on your parish website.

Praying that our loving Lord continues to bless all of you, I remain With Paternal Love and Blessings,

† E V A N G E L O S Metropolitan of New Jersey

GREEK ORTHODOX METROPOLIS OF NEW JERSEY – ΙΕΡΑ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΙΣ ΝΕΑΣ ΙΕΡΣΕΗΣ
215 East Grove Street, Westfield, NJ, 07090-1656 • Tel: (908) 301-0500 • Fax: (908) 301-1397
Web: www.nj.goarch.org • E-mail: metropolis@nj.goarch.org

NOTE: There will be regular Church services this Sunday.

4th Annual Golf Outing

Please join us for our fourth annual St. Athansios Golf Outing.

Putting contest & Brunch at 10 AM. Shotgun start at 12 noon.
Cocktail hour, Dinner, Awards & Mega Tricky Tray back @ St. Athanasios Church starts at 5:30pm.

Awards and prizes include golf clubs, Caribbean vacation packages, sports memorabilia, country club golf foursomes, quality gift certificates,  LED TV’s and many more luxury prizes!

Proceeds will go to St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church.


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From main website page, click “more” for dinner and sponsor payment options.

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross – September 14th

When Constantine the Great became emperor of the Roman world in 307 A.D., his rule was challenged by Maxentius. On the eve of their great battle at the Tiber River, a miraculous sign appeared in the sky in the form of the cross. It said: “By this, conquer.”

Constantine prepared a banner bearing the cross and overcame the forces of Maxentius the next day.
This marked the beginning of the end of Christian persecutions in the Roman Empire. Prior to that time, Christianity was illegal, and Christians were a minority group living in fear of torture and death at the hands of the authorities.

Father Message – September 2018

Dear Parishioners,

On September 1, 2018 we shall begin the new ecclesiastical year, 2018-2019. September is the month when the work of our Church School and Greek School begin as well as the activities and the work of our many Church ministries.
As individual Orthodox Christians and as a parish what goals should we focus on during the new ecclesiastical year?
No doubt there are a number of spiritual as well material goals that must be accomplished. Each person has his or her personal priority worry or concern to focus on and as a community we have a number of tasks to serve so that we may fulfill the saving work and ministry of Jesus Christ.
Most important to reaching our goals is that we have a firm foundation to start from. And what is the firm base that we begin from? It is the desire to do the will of God. Our purpose as individuals and as a Church community is to please God, to do that which brings glory to His Church. This can be done only when we bend our will to His will and are receptive to His commands, commandments and His presence in our lives.
Our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the example of doing God’s will. His crucifixion and resurrection, indeed His entire life was dedicated to doing the will of His Father in order to reconcile us with God, to make us brothers and sisters of each other, and to save us.
Let us too go forward into the new Church year by starting with good motives and a yearning trust in God. Let us desire to do God’s will in our life and in the life of our community.
“If you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed: and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31,32)

With love in Christ
Father Anargyros


Αγαπητοί Ενορίτες

Με την εορτή της Παγκοσμίου Υψώσεως του Τιμίου και Ζωοποιού Σταυρού, 14 Σεπτεμβρίου, στο ξεκίνημα κάθε νέου εκκλησιαστικού έτους, η Εκκλησία μας διασαφηνίζει τη γνησιότητα της πίστεως και την ορθοπραξία των εκδηλώσεων της θρησκευτικότητας του ανθρώπου, τονίζοντας τον βαθύτερο σκοπό της ζωής των πιστών, που είναι η ανάσταση δια του σταυρού, ενώ παράλληλα προσδιορίζει την ποιότητα της προσπάθειας που πρέπει να καταβληθεί στην επίτευξη αυτού του στόχου.

Ο Χριστός που «πάντας ανθρώπους θέλει σωθήναι και εις επίγνωσιν αληθείας ελθείν» (Α Τιμ. β, 4) κληρονομεί στο πλάσμα Του, μέσα στην ιστορία, τη ζωή του Σταυρού Του. Έκτοτε η αυθεντικότητα της ανθρωπίνης υπάρξεως κρύβεται στη φύση του Σταυρού, ο οποίος γίνεται το μέτρο και το κριτήριο της αλήθειας της ζωής αλλά και της ελευθερίας του ανθρώπου.

Δια του Σταυρού καταξιώνεται το ανθρώπινο πρόσωπο, επειδή κερδίζει τη νίκη κατά του θανάτου και αποκαθίσταται στην αρχική του δόξα. Έτσι, ο Σταυρός γίνεται ο τρόπος μέσα από τον οποίο αποκαλύπτεται ο Θεός στον άνθρωπο, και παράλληλα ο τόπος μέσα στον οποίον απελευθερώνεται και διασώζεται ο άνθρωπος.

Η καύχηση του Αποστόλου Παύλου «εν τω σταυρώ του Κυρίου», αποτελεί, στα πλαίσια της προσπάθειας του ανθρώπου, αιώνια προτροπή για σοφή διέξοδο από τον δαιμονικό εγωισμό και για σαφή απεμπλοκή από την αιχμαλωσία του κακού, με σκοπό τη βίωση του μυστηρίου του Σταυρού και της καταλλαγής του κόσμου.

Στην πορεία του ανθρώπου για ανάσταση, η σχέση μας με τον κόσμο πρέπει να επαληθεύεται από τον Παύλειο λόγο «…εμοί δε μη γένοιτο καυχάσθαι ει μη εν τω σταυρώ του Κυρίου ημών Ιησού Χριστού, δι’ου εμοί κόσμος εσταύρωται καγώ τω κόσμω…»(Γαλ. στ 14).

Με αγάπη Χριστού

Πατήρ Ανάργυρος

Updates from the Parish Council President

“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