A Philosophy Aligned with Our Parish Vision to Grow Our Ministries and Outreach with a Focus on Youth Ministries
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The Church belongs to each of us. It is our second home. It is a place to come together to learn the teachings of Jesus Christ and enjoy Orthodox Christian fellowship. It is a place where we meet others of the same faith and value system. To sustain a place of worship, we are obligated to fulfill certain needs, both functional and financial. As our Church community grows, our needs increase. The Church requires the time, talents, and treasures of all of our members to function successfully.
What is Stewardship? Why is it important?
Stewardship supports the Orthodox Christian practice of consistent, cheerful and purposeful giving of time, talent and treasure in support of our Church and its ministries to help further the word and teachings of Jesus Christ. On a personal level, it supports and showcases a life being lived in Christ. Stewardship creates and fosters a spirit of generosity and giving for the Glory of God. When we are generous and give freely of our time, talent, and treasure we proclaim, preserve, and practice our Orthodox Christian faith and make a difference in our parish and community.
What does it mean to be a Steward?
Stewardship is a personal responsibility and prayerful commitment that each and every Christian makes in order to support the Church. Stewardship helps us understand that God is the true owner of our possessions, and each of us is accountable to God for the acceptable care and use of those possessions. According to the Bible, a steward is one who responsibly manages the gifts entrusted to them for the perpetuation of the Lord's work. A steward honors and glorifies God.
How does Stewardship help The Church?
Money is a necessary tool for ministry. Every act of giving, no matter the size, makes a difference. Generosity is contagious. The Church's mission of salvation and evangelism depends directly on our generosity. Stewardship is vital to our Church and, among many things, helps to:
· Provide religious services, sacraments, and counseling
· Provides visitations to the hospitalized
· Minister to the community outside of our Church walls
· Offer help and support to those in need
· Support those who serve us
· Support our Metropolis
· Keep our church in good condition
Time and Talent
Time and Talent is getting involved with the Church, both in your participation in ministries and offering your volunteer time, as well as your talents, to help further the Church's mission and ministries. If you have any professional or occupational skill that you would like to offer to the Church on a volunteer basis, please contact the Clergy, or any member of the Parish Council or Stewardship Committee.
Talents can be as simple as being a reader to organizing a fundraiser. Maybe you can sing well or write well, are knowledgeable about technology, marketing, public relations, or you can bake or cook well. Whatever the talent, we are called by God to share them and each of us has many talents to share in the service of our Parish and the community at large. Think of all the different talents you have and how you could use them to benefit others and the Church. We need everyone's talents, so the burden isn't left to a small group.
The world of today is a fast-paced, time consuming place. We never seem to have enough time. The irony is time was given to us by God, and us humans, in our wisdom have figured out endless ways to use it or waste it. Could there be any greater use of our time than that spent serving God in fulfilling His mission, serving the Parish, and our fellow brothers and sisters?
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a steward of the parish?
Membership in the Orthodox Church begins at baptism (Chrismation for some) and continues throughout our life. We are united with Christ through the sacraments, or mysteries, of the Church and through our faithful offering of our entire selves to Jesus Christ. Our Archdiocese requires each parish to distinguish between voting members and non-voting members. A voting member is over 18 years of age and turns in a signed stewardship commitment card, committing a portion of time, talent and treasure to the Church.
Why must I commit to give a specific amount?
Please keep in mind that your stewardship of money is kept in the strictest of confidence. However, we do compile the amounts anticipated to better plan our budget.
Is there a minimum amount to be a steward at St. Nectarios? “Sponsor a Day” is $2,800. Is that a minimum?
There is no minimum amount of stewardship required to be a steward at St. Nectarios. Our Sponsor A Day” amount is an example of how much it costs to run our Parish based on our annual budget as a way of humbly asking those that can make such a commitment to help increase our stewardship. We have a vision of expanding our ministries, particularly Youth Ministries, and community outreach and ask those that share that vision to increase their stewardship to help us meet these goals.
Our Parish Vision:
To understand, practice, and proclaim the Orthodox Christian faith, and make the church the center of family life.
Our Parish Mission:
To engage our faithful through our ministries and outreach programs.
Our Parish has flourished since its inception in 1974! Our goal is not to only sustain but grow our Parish membership, ministry offerings, and outreach opportunities. To prepare our community for our children’s children, we need to keep imagining the possibilities for our future! We have dedicated resources to our Pastoral Assistant to the youth and are committed to increase our spend on Youth Ministries year-over-year.
We need to ensure St. Nectarios has the ministries to keep our children close to God and our Orthodox faith!
Just like anyone of our homes or businesses, the Church has expenses to operate. Currently, our expenses are just over $1,000,000 per year. Ask yourself how much you spend on utilities, TV, cell phone, and other monthly expenses? Will you commit to set aside $235 per month to support our Church Mission?
A Stewardship offering of $235 per month (a total of $2,800 for the year) supports a full day of operations for St. Nectarios! Sponsoring one or more days of operations through your Stewardship will provide many more programs for our youth, family activities, and outreach for people in need. Imagine the many ways St. Nectarios can grow and serve you and your family with a larger budget.
We are changing our philosophy on Stewardship: let’s stop trying to avoid a budget deficit and build a surplus that will allow us to make St. Nectarios the Parish of choice, the Parish that lives its spiritual and family-centric vision!
Whether you are new to the Parish or have been a steward for many years, welcome to St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church of Palatine, Illinois! We invite you and your family to participate in our abundant spiritual, outreach, social, and youth ministries. Help us grow our ministries and outreach programs with dedication of your time, talent, and treasures to your Church. The Church is here for you and your family to proclaim to the Orthodox faith and make the Church the center of your family’s life!
Financial Contributions Instructions
There are many ways to make your financial contribution to Stewardship at St. Nectarios.
Payable to: Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church
133 S. Roselle Road
Palatine, IL 60067
CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS
Please provide your name, credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover), credit card number, and expiration date by either calling the Church office and filling out a Stewardship Card by hand or On-line. You can set up a recurring payment option as well.
Stock donations may provide certain tax benefits (please check with your accounting professional for tax advice).
Eligible securities for donation require the following information supplied to your broker or brokerage firm:
Credit A/C #7B802179
Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nectarios
Please notify the Church office when you donate securities and include the name of the securities and quantity so we can confirm receipt with the Church’s banker.