Stewardship Letter 2018

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men….” (Colossians 3:23),

Many wonderful events have occurred within St. John the Baptist Church in recent years. It is amazing to see how God continues to bless us, as well as challenge us to do more with the resources He has provided.  Our Church offers our parishioners wonderful opportunities for spiritual growth and fulfillment through its numerous ministries.

St. John’s desire to strengthen our faith, our families and our community is made possible only through a vibrant Stewardship Program, which fosters a personal relationship with Christ of all its members. The call to increase the talents God has placed in our care, is for all to “work with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Col 3:23).

As our parish and ministries continue to grow, we thank you for your continuing support and we ask you to prayerfully establish your Stewardship support by completing the enclosed 2018 Stewardship Pledge Card in the following manner:

The Lord speaks through this Scriptures and encourages us to tithe (which is the first 10% of what we have received as our treasure) and in exchange He promises us all the heavenly blessings: “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.” (Malachi 3:10). If you are not there yet, prayerfully consider an increase from year to year, in attempt reach this goal. 

  • Please reflect and consider your 2018 Stewardship Pledge at 10% of family income.
  • Please consider an increase in your 2018 Stewardship Pledge according to the following measures:
    • Percentage-based – Please consider a 5-10% increase over your current year 2017 Stewardship Pledge.
    • Dollar-based – Please consider a $5 or $10/week over your 2017 Stewardship Pledge.
  • Actively participate in at least one or two ministries of the Church.

Your increased Stewardship support and ministry participation will help us expand existing ministries and develop new one as the needs are identified. Some of these ministries include:

  • Feeding, visiting and praying with the poor/homeless
  • AGAPE Fund (outreach for parishioners in need)
  • Visitation Ministry (home/facility visits, small gifts, cards/phone calls, prayer)
  • Gladsome Light Dialogues and other Adult Faith Enrichment opportunities
  • GOYA/JOY/HOPE Youth Ministries and Summer Camps
  • Sunday School and many more

With the continued support of the entire St. John the Baptist community, we will strive to fulfill God’s mission and calling to true Christian Stewardship as a reflection of our complete Thanksgiving to God…”for where your treasure is, there will your heart be” (Matthew 6:21).

With paternal blessings in Christ’s service,

 

Rev. Protopresbyter Vasile Tudora

Chrysanthi Andromalos, Stewardship Chairwoman

Florentina Constantineanu, Stewardship Co-Chairwoman