Ministry Sunday Overview

One unique responsibility of a Steward is to support the Church’s ministries through the giving of his or her Time and Talents. These ministries vary across all parishes – some are well known while others support a specific need within the community.
Stewards may not be aware of all of the ministries that they can support, which is why a parish may consider hosting a Ministry Sunday. The primary objective is to have ministry representatives available for discussion, answer questions, provide materials and allow the Stewards to volunteer. Many parishes have benefited from fellowship, stronger bonds and greater support of all of the ministries.
Whether is it held during a coffee hour using a few tables or in the Church’s social hall with a table representing each ministry, this is a blessed opportunity to provide a learning experience. Each Steward can proceed from table to table; ask questions and sign up for what he or she is most interested in.habitat-for-humanity

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See the movie – Attend the Symposium!

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A personal reflection…

While reflecting on Luke 16:19-31, we learn about the rich and the poor, all they had and didn’t have, one with an earthly reward and one with a Heavenly reward. As I read these verses, I thought about the rich man and all that God had blessed him with. The rich man chose not to be a good Steward and not to share any of his wealth with Lazarus – although he had an abundance of everything.

How many times do I walk by the homeless man? How often do I avoid making eye contact with the woman carrying the sign that says Please Help Me? How many times do I say “I’m too busy to help or to make an impact?”¬†From this Gospel reading, I decided to change how I approach these situations, not just from the perspective of sharing what God has provided for me, but, from the thought that I will be judged based on what I have done and my Stewardship is part of my personal Salvation!

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Avarice

The LadderThe 10th Commandment says “Do not covet” and covetousness is defined as being greedy, acquisitive and having a strong desire for material possessions. Step 16 of The Ladder of Divine Ascent defines this as avarice which is a need for excess.

Many when they hear a sermon against avarice, detest the vice and extol contempt of earthly goods, but as soon as the soul sees something it desires, it forgets what it once extolled. Often we feel compunctions for our own faults and, nevertheless, once our lamentations are over, we return to those same faults.

As you prepare for the fall season, focus on the goal of simplifying your life. Consider doing less (and needing less) so you can gain so much more as it relates to Stewardship and your relationship with Christ!

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Embracing a voluntary poverty!

Do not consider your riches as belonging to yourselves alone; open wide your hand to those who are in need; assist those in poverty and pain; comfort those who have fallen into extreme distress; console with those who are in sorrow or oppressed with bodily maladies, and the want of necessities; and also comfort the Saints who embrace a voluntary poverty so they may serve God without distraction.

St. Cyril of Alexandria

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Let us kindle the light of knowledge and not plant among thorns

Let us plant life giving, nutritious and wholesome trees. For giving to the poor has these qualities and places a seal on those who do so. Even when death comes, charity won’t wither. But it always stands tall to enlighten the mind, feeds the sinews of the soul, and gives even mightier strength. St. John Chrysostom

As we approach the fall season, make your Stewardship commitment of Time, Talents and Treasures to your parish, your community and those who are in need!

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Good labor will be questioned!

When a man begins, with warm faith to live well, the enemy of good usually sends him various frightful temptations, so that he, being daunted by this, might leave off the work of his good desire. But if you will not prepare yourself for meeting such temptations, then beware of undertaking good labor. St. Paisius Velichkovsky

The Ecclesiastical New Year is but a month away – please review your Stewardship commitments of Time, Talents & Treasures for the remainder of this year and 2019. Support your parish and ministries!

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