Stewardship and Donations

We welcome you to Sts Constantine and Helen Church. The Clergy and the Parish Council are very pleased to welcome you into our spiritual community.  We encourage all to become practicing Orthodox Christian Stewards of our church through your donation of time, talents, and treasures that help support the many works and ministries of our Church. 

Stewardship Chair

Dr. George Koumaras

760.696.3176

geokoum@aol.com

Make a donation online.

Please take a moment to review our Ministry book 

Choose one or more ministires, or suggest one to Father Michael.

Your stewardship commitment, allows us to continue to keep the Greek Orthodox faith, traditions, and teachings alive in our community for generations to come.  To commit your time and talents through involvement in our ministries, please fill out the Stewardship Form above.  You can also set up a one time or recurring payment as part of your commitment. Thank you for your commitment your Stewardship Chair, Dr. George Koumaras.

 

Stewardship is using our time, talent and treasure to give glory to our Lord. Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a way of life, which acknowledges accountability, reverence and responsibility before God. Becoming a Steward begins when we believe in God, to whom we give our love, loyalty, and trust and act on those beliefs. As Stewards, we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. Stewardship calls on the faithful to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which they have been blessed. If the Church is indeed the “Ship of Faith,” then each must grab an oar and pull, not just a select few. After all, is this not what Christ asks of us in Luke 6:38—“Give, and it will be given to you’—and is this not how we must respond?  The following is an excerpt from the article, "Christian Stewardship - Reaching Our Spiritual Potential" on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website.

 

  • Talents - Each of us has been endowed with natural abilities. These abilities can be physical, social or intellectual. Besides these natural abilities, we have also been endowed with spiritual gifts which we received from the Holy Spirit at our Baptism. All of our natural abilities and spiritual gifts must be given back to God and brought under "new management."

  • Time - The reality of time began with God at the point of creation. Thus, we can say that time comes from God and belongs to God. We might then ask ourselves, "How much time should we give to God?" The answer is very simple. All time belongs to God. We must always see ourselves as God's representatives. This includes all of life's activities, whether we are shopping, playing, working, driving or walking. Our Christian life must be more than a weekly Liturgy or an occasional meeting. We must strive to cultivate a Christ-consciousness that permeates our entire life. Our time must be "given back" to God and come under "new management".

  • Finances - Again we must realize that all comes from God. Whatever our occupation is, it involves interaction with resources that God has provided. The health that we have, which allows us to work, comes from God. We might then ask ourselves another question. "How much of our finances should we give to God?" This question was addressed by our Lord in His encounter with the rich young ruler. Jesus told him, "Sell all that you have and give it to the poor." The message here is that the Christian should be possessionless. Yes, we must, and do have many things, but we must realize that we are only guardians of these possessions. Our finances must be given back to God and come under "new management”. Bringing our finances under "new management includes the privilege of giving to our Church. With our giving, we support the local and National Ministries of our Archdiocese.

 

The first aspect of Stewardship is the realization that our lives belong to God. My life and your life are not really our own; they belong to God. Once this realization is made we must act. We must give back to God what is really His - our lives. The sacrificial system of the Old Testament, the offering of different animals in the Temple, is in fact a "giving back" to God. Man acknowledges God as Creator and then returns to Him in gratitude and love what is His in the first place.

 

We see the same "giving back" attitude reflected in the Divine Liturgy. As the priest raises the host he says the following words: "Of thine own gifts we offer to Thee. . .”

 

We offer to God the Eucharistic Gifts realizing that they are not ours but His. We are “giving back” to God. However, the most important giving back is an individual and personal one.

 

We must give ourselves back to God. This is done in gratitude as we acknowledge Him as the source of our lives.

 

This “giving back” of ourselves is made reference to in Scripture by the Apostle Paul as he exhorts us to “present your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable worship”. (Romans 12:1) This same principle is alluded to in each Liturgy as we pray to “commit ourselves, one another, and our whole lives to Christ our God”.

 

Stewardship is a transferal of ownership. Just as we have seen a restaurant come under "new management", we too, must bring our lives under “new management”, the management of God. “New management” means a new way of doing things -God’s way. “New management” means a transformation takes place - God’s transformation. “New management” means a new attitude, God’s attitude. Let us be more specific now and see what areas of our lives should be "given back" and come under "new management".

 

Let us remember these things:

  1. Life comes from God and should be given back to God.

  2. Our time, talents and finances must come under "new management" - God's management. As we give ourselves to God, the result will be similar to what happens in the Eucharist. We offer bread and wine and the Lord consecrates and blesses these gifts. The same will happen in our lives. As we offer ourselves, the Lord will bless and consecrate our lives.


What is the stewardship Program?

Each year the Steward is expected to carefully review his or her personal circumstances and make a commitment of time, talent, and treasure to support our Parish and her Ministries. Sts Constantine and Helen Church encourages new members to consider stewardship in becoming members of our church, but also has a traditional dues structure for young adults, individuals and families.  The Stewardship Program asks you to determine the amount of time, service, and money he/she is able to commit for the support of the church. It is a fair and simple manner by which each parishioner may participate in the life of the parish.


Stewardship Goals

  • Financial Independence- We need to continue to move the parish toward financial independence by covering all of our operating expenses through Stewardship free will contributions. This would eliminate the burden of mandatory fund raising. Currently, Stewardship funds a portion of the parish operating budget.

  • Activate Parishioners- We strive to encourage Stewards to volunteer their time and talent to enrich the ministries of the Church. Fostering involvement develops fresh ideas and new perspectives. This leads to a renewed spirit of energy and enthusiasm.

  • Commitment - By being active and giving Stewards, we "commit ourselves to Christ our God." Active involvement of our diverse parishioners leads to more worship, more ministries and Christian fellowship.

 

What Your Stewardship Supports

Saints Constantine and Helen ministries are directly funded by our Stewardship program.

  • A Worship Ministry (Sacraments and Services) that nurtures the faithful through regular participation in the sacred services and holy mysteries of the Orthodox Church as expressed through the rich liturgical and hymnological inheritance known as Byzantine music, rendered in both Greek and English.

  • A Religious Education Ministry that strives to educate and inspire the faithful through the Sacred Scriptures and Holy Tradition of the Church, with great emphasis on catechetical education, for children and adults of all ages.

  • A Youth Ministry that develops and nurtures our children to follow in the footsteps of Christ by learning the foundations of our faith and to live their lives in integrity, kindness and love.

  • A Philanthropic Outreach Ministry, under the leadership of a vibrant Ladies Philoptochos Society, that fulfills the command of our Lord Jesus Christ to reach out to the sick and poor, and to serve the least of our brethren.

  • A Social and Cultural Ministry that provides a variety of opportunities for all members of the community to volunteer and to share in activities with one another through appropriate cultural, social, and educational events that reflect the life, faith, and cultural heritage of the Church.

  • Operations of the Church to include:

    • Mortgage payments

    • Archdiocese assessment

    • Salaries

    • Repairs & improvements

    • Heating & cooling - utilities

    • Landscaping & Ground Maintenance

    • Church publications & mailings


What is not included in the Stewardship Program?

Our stewardship does not include the candle offerings, the Philoptochos offering, special offerings that are requested at different times for specific charities, or other projects. We are concerned with creating a spirit of giving which emphasizes our personal responsibility of involvement.

 

How do I become a participating steward?

Please consider prayerfully and sincerely your commitment. Your pledge card may be filled out and returned to the Church office.

How do I pay my financial commitment to the Church?

Your commitment may be paid weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually to  Sts Constantine and Helen Church office at 760-942-0920 or 3459 Manchester Avenue Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007.

 

What if after I make a commitment sickness, misfortune, or loss of job occurs?

Our commitment is in the strictest of confidence, and is not a legal obligation, but more importantly a promise to God. Should it become necessary, a parishioner, by contacting the church office or the priest, may adjust his/her commitment until circumstances allow him/her to continue his/her original promise.

 

Just as St. Paul speaks to the Christians in Corinth in the 1st century, he speaks to us in the 21st century, and encourages us to set an Honest and Fair portion of our income for the ministries and support of the church. Ask yourself is your church worth one, two, or three dollars or more per day?

 

Should you have questions or wish to discuss stewardship further, please do not hesitate to call the Church office at 760-942-0920. 3459 Manchester Avenue. Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007 Phone: (760) 942-0920, Email the Church

 

In addition to my financial commitment how else may I help the Church?

  • Take the mission of the Church and the work of the Lord seriously!

  • Seek support from your Priest.

  • Seek support from others. Choose two or three people to get to know better.

  • Find ways for youth and adults to do things together.

  • See the parish as a place to go, to get strengthened, to get excited, to learn.

  • See the Liturgical life of your parish as its strongest point. Participate regularly in the Divine Liturgy, as well as vespers, Lenten Services, etc... Do this as a family and/or with friends. Discuss the meaning of the Liturgy on the way home.

  • Volunteer your talents to your Priest, Parish Council, organizations, ministries, education.

  • Volunteer to serve on a parish committee, not as a "token" but as a person interested in sharing and working... you know, I bet the Youth Ministry can use your help!

  • Visit an elderly parishioner this week; they may need a helping hand or just an ear. Let him or her know the parish cares.

  • Ask how you might help the Priest in visiting the sick, shut-ins , and elderly.

  • Ask your non-Orthodox friends how they are involved in the ministry of their churches.

  • Dream of what you'd like to have happen in your parish. Dreams sometimes come true.

  • Listen to the opinions of others. This could inspire you to do something!

  • Worship as a family next Sunday.

  • Tell the Choir Director that you have a terrific voice and want to join the choir.

  • Teach Sunday School. You might even help them with their "arts and crafts."

  • Encourage and support the Children's activities.

  • Contribute to the Church regularly, especially through it Stewardship Program - remember it's your Church and that nothing will be accomplished without it being for His glory!

  • Pray tonight that the parish will see God at work in the parish and the world.

  • Remember the person who always complains about the parish. A little positive talk might just get him or her to see things a little differently. Speak to them, they're probably looking for someone to listen. Ask yourself (1) How can I change some of these negative feelings? (2) Whose problem are the negative feelings, mine, or someone else's? (3) How did I develop the positive feelings I have? (4) Are these feelings similar to the ones I had five years ago?

  • Take part in your parish meetings. Don't depend on second hand "the news" on what's happening. Attending a General Assembly is the best place to start!

  • Offer your help in the Church office with parish mailings.

  • Get a group together and learn how to then bake "prosphoron" for the Church.

  • Always remember - YOU are the Church, you are important. Because of your Baptism and Chrismation, "I have called you by name; you are Mine!" (Isaiah 43:1)

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3459 Manchester Avenue

Cardiff-By-The-Sea, California 92007
Tel: 760.942.0920
office@stsconstantinehelen.com
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