“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 Fellow Parishioners,
It is with great honor and humility that I address you for the first time as the newly elected President of the Parish Council. I want to begin by offering many thanks to the previous executives and council members that have served, and continue to serve, our community of Saint Athanasios.
On behalf of the Parish Council, I also wish to recognize the commitment of all members of our various church ministries. We thank you for your continued support, cooperation, and selfless service. In addition to acknowledging the dedicated stewards of our community, I also would like to thank Father Anargyros for his guidance, mentorship, and the Christ-centered foundation that he has set forth.
Our parish of Saint Athanasios, soon to be 100 years old, has a proud history that has led us to this day. In order to preserve our Greek Orthodox faith and culture for future generations, I invite you to join one of our many ministries, which include: Sunday Church School, Choir, Altar Boys, Bible Study and Catechism, FOS, Greek School, Saint Irene’s Philoptochos Society, P.T.O., H.O.P.E., J.O.Y., G.O.Y.A., Hellenic Seniors, or Greek Dancing. Your active participation and stewardship in one of these groups will support the continued progress of our church.
Our annual St. Athanasios Panigiri, honoring the Patron Saint of our Parish, held on Sunday, January 27th was a huge success! Thank you to all the volunteers, donors and supporters of this wonderful event. The Parish Council will continue to work diligently to meet the needs of the community in 2019. Our primary objective is to achieve the goals that we have set for the church. We believe that these goals will be reached through the collaboration of the church’s ministries and with the support of all stewards. With a thankful heart, I hope and pray that this year brings our parish growth in many ways.
Parish Council President
Stewards of St. Athanasios:
The Parish Council would like to provide an update to you on the 2018 yearend financial outcome of the Parish. As previously communicated in September 2018, our cash shortfall was estimated at $65,000. Expenses as we all understand continuously increase year after year. Since the beginning of 2018, all operating expenses were reviewed to determine if any cost savings are available. In addition, expenses for events held are also reviewed and repriced for fair pricing to the church. Every cost is continuing to be reviewed to maximize our budget efficiency and at the same time maintain the Ministries and Facilities of our Parish. We must first and foremost, in all decisions we make, must remember our primary mission as the Church. We also have an aging building in need of major repairs.
One major responsibility that we were not able to satisfy for the year, was the allocation payment to our national church, “The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America”. Αt the Parish Council Meeting held in December 2018, the Parish Council approved to borrow funds from the churches Restrictive Building Fund bank account. The amount that was necessary in order for payment to be made was $39,680. This represented 8 months of assessment’s that were unable to be paid. The Building Fund is a restricted bank account and is comprised of restrictive and earmarked donations by donors for specific uses. Funds from this account are not permitted to be comingled or utilized to pay general expenses like for instance an electric bill. These funds that were borrowed will have to be repaid back due to the nature of the building fund account. This is not a regular practice of the church and cannot occur on a continuous or future basis.
We are currently examining the following areas in order to maximize results and savings:
We will continue to provide information to you. Thank you for your anticipated support.
St. Athanasios Parish Council
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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