When we give to the Church, we return to God, the Owner, His rightful portion. Whatever our occupation is, it involves interaction with resources that God has provided. The health that we have, allows us to work, and comes from God. The more we are given, the more that is expected of us.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, …but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34)
Money Enables Ministry Orthodox Christian financing is focused upon the soul and giving as we have been blessed. Giving money to our church is a symbolic act. It is the offering of ourselves in service and devotion to God.
Money is a necessary tool for all Parish Ministries and the entire operating budget. We strive to be a self-supporting entity. In other words, through Stewardship, our Church and our church grounds should be completely supported by our contributions.
As in your own home, an annual budget is established to cover all of the needs at St. Lazarus. It is our hope that through the generous spirit of all Stewards, we will be able to initiate a self-sustaining momentum for future years to come without the assistance of our hall or outside sources.
These abilities can be physical, social or intellectual. Besides these natural abilities, we have been endowed with spiritual gifts which we received from the Holy Spirit at our Baptism. Sharing our natural abilities and spiritual gifts with others brings great personal satisfaction and joy.
“Do not neglect to do good and share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” (St. Paul to the Hebrews 13: 7-16)
All these gifts come from above and when shared bring great joy and reward.
The answer is very simple: All our time belongs to God. Whatever time we have is a gift from God and must be used wisely in every activity throughout the day. Our Christian life must be more than a weekly Liturgy or an occasional meeting.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify our Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16)