Stewardship

Stewardship comes from the Greek word "oikonomia", or economy, which means management of the house or household.


In the New Testament, it means man's management of his whole life in response to God's love. Man is a steward, a manager of the "time", "talents" and "treasures" that God has given to him. God as Creator gives us time by granting us life, our very existence. God as Giver of all gifts, grants us our abilities and talents. God as Maintainer, provides for our needs by affording us opportunities to earn a living. If I believe that God is the Giver, the Owner and I the manager, then it follows that a Steward trusts the Bible's directions on how to manage God's gifts. God expects us to give Him thanks by managing our gifts of "time", "talent" and "treasure" according to His will.

The essence of Stewardship is that we first give ourselves to God and then seek to do His will as his servants. Unless our hearts are in Christ, then we will find it difficult to do His will. We can only become His servants, by accepting His lordship over our lives. We can give our "time" to the Lord by our daily devotion, reading his Word, by attending Church services and by assisting others in need. We can use our "talents' in response to God's love by serving God as a Sunday School teacher, a Choir member, a Parish Councilman, a Philoptochos member, by cooking, cleaning and responding to the call of service to others. We use our "treasures", our income, God's gift to us to glorify his name. By sharing our "treasures" with the Lord, we become co-workers with Him in His work of salvation. Stewardship, as the management of God's gifts to us, is the method by which Christians should support their Church. We are to return a portion of what God has given to us back again to God.

Stewardship is a matter of our personal faith in God and He keeps his promises. St. Paul writes: "He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work" (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).

2019 Stewardship Pledge Drive

Sometimes it seems that life is like a tug-of-war. We're on one end and all our challenges and difficulties are on the other. They try to pull that rope our of our hand. They try to steal our hope and get us to speak negative words of doubt and unbelief. But we've go to be determined and stand strong. We've got to persevere and hold fast, just like Saint Paul said, "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:23)

We might need to dig in our heals and get a good grip, but we don't dare let go. Instead of negativity, we keep speaking words of faith; instead of isolation, we keep praying to God from our heart and instead of doubt, we hold fast to Christ, the essence of our faith.

God has already blessed us in so many ways. Now is our opportunity to choose to honor and than Him by returning to Him a portion of what He as given to us. We should remember that God is always on our side of the rope and helps to make us the person He created us to be.

This year, please join in making a financial commitment for the coming year to make sure God's work through our Church is indeed done.

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Parish members and guests can securely send their donations through PayPal. There is no need to have a PayPal account. The site also takes all major credit cards. Click on the "Make a Payment" button to make your stewardship donation.

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Parish members can submit their annual pledge online. Login to your account and submit your pledge form and support Saint Katherine. Click on the "Make Pledge" button to make your stewardship pledge. If you do not have an account, you can also signup online.

Saint Katherine

A parish of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco.

     

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