THE STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM at ANNUNCIATION
The Stewardship Program at Annunciation is a simple, practical and above all, a Christian plan to finance and operate our church. As a full stewardship parish that requires no minimum pledge in order to be a Steward, our stewardship program places responsibility for supporting our church and her ministries and in planning for the future on every parishioner.
WHO IS A MEMBER & STEWARD?
Every person who is baptized and chrismated according to the rites of the Eastern Orthodox Church is a member of the Orthodox Church. Our Stewardship Program encourages parishioners 18 years old and over to pledge donations in any amount, according to the blessings they have received from our Lord. A Steward commits their Time, Talent and Treasure to Annunciation/Evangelismos. These three commitments, collectively, represent one's Stewardship.
WHAT DOES THE ACTIVE MEMBER & STEWARD LOOK LIKE?
Faithfully attends the Divine Liturgy and other worship services.
Participates regularly in Holy Communion, Holy Unction, and Holy Confession.
Adheres to and lives according to the teachings of the Orthodox Christian Faith.
Contributes their time, talent, and treasure towards the progress of the Church’s sacred mission.
WHAT IS TREASURE?
Each individual is called to be a Steward of God’s gifts, which have been entrusted to them, for surely that which has been given to us shall be demanded in return by God (The Parable of the Talents). The Steward does this by offering their time, talents, and treasure. Treasure is the accumulation of wealth through one's work, profession, talents, gifts, and inheritance.
No one member is asked to give a specific amount; there are no 'dues' or 'membership fees'. All that is asked of you is that you give a percentage of what you have received from our Lord, in order to sustain His beloved church and her ministries. The ideal, which our stewardship program strives to implement, is based on allowing each individual to give according to their means and heart.
WHAT DOES YOUR STEWARDSHIP SUPPORT?
Every baptized Orthodox Christian 18 years of age or older, who is self-supporting and who wants to assume his/her responsibility to their church, should make a commitment of time, talent, and treasure to support our Annunciation life and ministries through efforts like inreach and outreach, Religious Education, Young Adult Life, Spiritual Life, Youth programs, and her multi-generational ministries, which in turn support the National Ministries of our Archdiocese, Metropolises, and related institutions.
Currently, our stewardship pledges cover about 56% of the parish budget. Our challenge is for stewardship pledges to cover all the day-to-day operating & maintaining the church and all its programs, or 100% of the total budget. It is a goal to achieve as we grow in our Faith and learn to support our church from our hearts, with love and trust that God will provide what we need to do His work.
WHEN IS THE PROGRAM?
Our annual Stewardship Pledge Drive runs according to the Fiscal year and therefore begins each November for the next calendar year, although new members and current members may submit a pledge at any time.
BECOME AN ACTIVE STEWARD NOW
Please fill out your 2020 Commitment of Time, Talent, and Treasure Form here