• A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven: the Stewardship of Time

    Stewardship Ministries

    September 16, 2019

    Just as we budget our financial resources to reflect our priorities, we can re-set our allocation of time. We are all busy, but not all of that busy time is well-spent. We may need to say no to certain demands on our time, opening our schedule to God’s prompting. We can live each day anticipating the opportunities he places in our path to offer our gift of time. Read More

  • The Rich Man's Mistake

    Stewardship Ministries

    September 21, 2018

    Everything we have built, earned or amassed has come from God, and is a blessing. If we think everything we have has come from our own efforts, our possessions will be a curse. Sharing God's blessings is not only one of our obligations, it is one of the greatest joys in life. Not enough people today experience this joy. Read More

  • Stewards of the Faith

    Stewardship Ministries

    September 16, 2018

    Having faith can be difficult. Keeping faith in the face of doubt is the ongoing struggle of every Christian since the earliest days of Christianity. We dedicate the first Sunday after Easter to Thomas the Apostle, forever remembered as “Doubting Thomas” because he doubted the first reports of the Resurrected Christ. Read More

  • Two Plates - Not One

    Stewardship Ministries

    September 16, 2018

    God gives first. He gives us our body, mind, life, health, talents. On the paten – the plate of God's mercy, He gives us Himself as the Bread of Life, the manna from heaven. He gives forgiveness, strength, courage. He gives victory over sin and death. He gives eternal life. Read More

  • $tewardship or S+ewardship?

    Stewardship Ministries

    September 16, 2018

    In a culture that frequently encourages us to focus on ourselves, Jesus Christ challenges us to re­orient our priorities according to the Kingdom of God breaking into this world. The antidote to greed and selfishness, even when it is masked by religious piety, is genuine repentance and conversion toward Christian steward-ship as a new way of living. Read More

  • Freely You Have Received. Freely Give (Youth Sermon)

    Stewardship Ministries

    September 16, 2018

    This time of year we often hear people around the church talking about stewardship and we generally understand this to mean making our offering to help support the church. There is a lot of talk about the treasures and talents we have received and the importance of giving back to God. Read More

  • Membership in the Body

    Stewardship Ministries

    September 15, 2018

    When we receive Holy Communion, we are drawn out of ourselves and embrace our mission of stewardship, service and evangelization. We carry within us the fire of God’s love that has the power to renew all things. Read More

  • The Journey to Salvation is not a Cruise

    Stewardship Ministries

    September 9, 2018

    If asked the question Why do you go to church? most Orthodox Christians would probably be seriously baffled. This isn’t a question that has been asked or pondered upon by most. The reason for this response -- or lack of response -- lies in the fact that most Orthodox Christians take their faith for granted. Read More

  • Stewardship: No Magic Pills

    Stewardship Ministries

    September 9, 2018

    Stewardship of our church is really one of those areas where we have indulged the fantasy of magic pills. Why do we have this community, with this building and this staff and these activities? In a word, salvation. Read More

  • Orthodox Christian Wealth and Stewardship

    Stewardship Ministries

    September 2, 2018

    In the Gospel we read that Jesus told a rich young man that though he has kept the commandments, the one thing he must do to inherit eternal life is to sell all that he owns, distribute the money to the poor, and then come, and follow Him. Read More

  • The Discipline of Gratitude

    Stewardship Ministries

    November 19, 2017

    s Orthodox Christians, we joyfully participate in this national holiday of Thanksgiving, while simultaneously realizing that a follower of Jesus Christ is someone who acknowledges with gratitude all the blessings we receive each and every day! Life, love, faith, health, friendships and relationships, opportunities, and everything in between is a gift from our loving Father in heaven to us! Read More

  • Work at it with All Your Heart: Stewardship Sermon 2018

    Stewardship Ministries

    October 5, 2017

    Some are blessed to follow a career path to a life’s work bringing satisfaction. Others may work in a position that may not appear to be spiritually or emotionally fulfilling. In whatever type of work we find ourselves, our work can become sacred when we dedicate it to God. In the words of Mother Theresa, “Wherever God has put you, that is your vocation. It is not what we do, but how much love we put into it.” Read More

  • Sunday of Orthodoxy

    Stewardship Ministries

    December 8, 2015

    Since 843 the Church has designated the first Sunday of Lent as Sunday of Orthodoxy. Specifically, we celebrate the restoration of Icons by the Empress Theodora. Generally, we commemorate: 1) The victory of Orthodoxy-right worship, over heresy-false worship. 2) The victory of light over darkness and 3) The victory of truth over falsehood. Read More

  • The Veneration of the Holy Cross

    Stewardship Ministries

    December 7, 2015

    Yesterday's feast was the Veneration of the Holy Cross. The cross meant a great deal for Christ. Through the cross Christ died so that He can descend into Hades and destroy the power of death. Through the Cross Christ has died and risen. His resurrection means that the power of death has been conquered. Read More

  • Exchanging Truth For A Lie

    Stewardship Ministries

    December 7, 2015

    There is a subtle, diabolic and life threatening trap today. Secular society has ever increasingly come to believe in a different god. This one has always been around. He shows up with greater force and intensity in the more affluent areas of the world. And when he gains your heart, like so many other little idols we worship, he really doesn't let go. He may be known by many names, but for the purposes of this article, we will call him the god of materialism. Read More

  • Our Faith is All About Giving

    Stewardship Ministries

    September 28, 2014

    I know quite well that people’s hearts start to beat faster when I talk about one’s money and the topic of giving – whether to the Church or to some other charity. Parishioners, and faithful Christians alike, can willingly talk about almost any spiritual discipline comfortably, but for some reason, when the topic of money is raised, they feel unsettled. Read More

  • Cheerful Giving

    Stewardship Ministries

    September 27, 2009

    An authentic Christian life requires that we be imitators of God in his bountiful love and compassion. Because He gives freely expecting nothing in return, He desires that we do the same. Read More

  • Thanksgiving and Stewardship: On the Entry of the Theotokos

    Stewardship Ministries

    November 21, 2005

    Whether the Church walks, runs or flies depends on how well we have prepared. Joachim and Anna prepared to fulfill their promise by dedicating Mary’s life. The Pilgrims prepared by following the advice of the Indians to plant for the coming year. Each was thankful for the blessings bestowed upon them. Read More

  • Christian Stewardship is Faith in Action

    Stewardship Ministries

    October 23, 2005

    Visiting the Holy Lands makes the scriptures and Christ’s saving message a living reality that forever remains in the heart of the pilgrim. Each and every historical sight there makes God’s presence a joyous hope and an unforgettable experience. Read More

  • The Sower

    Stewardship Ministries

    October 16, 2005

    Jesus the Sower sows the word of God freely to all people, regardless of the disposition of their hearts. As the seed fails in three different ways in the poorly cultivated soil, it succeeds in the good soil. Read More

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