“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
Matching Donations from your companies
Many of you work for companies that match your donation to non-profit organizations. In addition to that some companies provide grants for your volunteer work and even have established foundation for projects or enhancements to our community building.
We know some of you have completed the necessary applications and our church is reaping the benefits of double the donation without any added financial stress on your budget. This is huge in these highly financially demanding times. We are in deep gratitude of those parishioners who have come through and we ask those who have similar opportunities in the companies they work for to follow through as well. The church council will aid in filling out any paperwork/applications and provide the necessary IRS non-profit affirmation letters to anyone who asks.
If you have any questions or if you need any help please come speak to us or contact the church office and Tina will put you in touch with us so we can give any help you may need to set this up with your companies.
St. Athanasios Church Council
Parish Council 2019:
President: Andy Hios
Vice President: Chuck Tsocanos
2nd Vice President: Spero Leakas
Treasurer: Dean Tomaras
Asst. Treasurer: TBD
Secretary: Manny Jouvanis
Asst. Secretary: TBD
Chuck K. Tsocanos
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