“Let everyone give as his heart tells him, neither grudgingly, nor under compulsion,
for God loves the man that gives cheerfully.” – II Corinthians 9:7
Resurrection 2021 Stewardship Giving Plan
Jesus taught us by His example to love one another and to be compassionate toward those in need. The understanding of the full meaning of compassion from stories in the New Testament means that another person’s suffering becomes our own suffering. Compassion in this sense can change the way we live and care for others and for our community. Through our Stewardship Ministry, we show love and compassion for others, while loving, honoring, worshiping, serving, and giving thanks to God.
2020 has been a challenging year, yet our Resurrection parish has remained focused on our core mission of “bringing people closer to God” by witnessing, proclaiming, and growing our Orthodox Christian Faith and the Gospel of Jesus Christ through liturgy, ministries, community, and family. The priorities which have defined us over the years are the same ones that will allow us to meet the challenges in the upcoming year, but we can no longer rely on outside revenue (festivals, luncheons, golf tournaments, etc.) to meet the needs of the parish. To do so, we need to do as our Lord asks – give all that we can to the measure of what we have already been given; trusting that He will multiply our offering and provide for us.
The Bible encourages tithing as a guideline for giving (Deuteronomy 14:22-29). Tithing is when one cheerfully gives 10% of gross household income for the love, glory, and support of His Church. Tithing may be new to many, and giving 10% may seem daunting, so we ask that you begin by “rounding-up” your current stewardship pledge to the next percentage point, and increasing your gift each year thereafter. Please prayerfully consider “rounding-up” your pledge for 2021. Here is a simple worksheet for calculating your “rounded-up” stewardship pledge.
Christian Stewardship provides the foundation for parish ministries and our efforts for meeting the challenge of spreading Christ’s word and our Orthodox Faith. Christian Stewardship is making an active commitment to use all our time, talent, and treasure for the benefit of humankind in grateful acknowledgement of Christ’s redeeming love.
Christian Stewardship is devotion and service to God and His Church.