This week at St. John
Please check the sign-up sheet in the hall for opportunities to sponsor the Sunday fellowship in 2015.
Our parish St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival will be on Sunday, March 15. If you are interested in participating, please contact Fr. Peter.
St. John playgroup (3 and under, older siblings welcome) will meet tomorrow at 9:30 at the Dancer home.
“From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, `How shall we return?' Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, `How are we robbing thee?' In your tithes and offerings. … Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house….” (Malachi 3:7-10 RSV)
The Biblical system of returning to God 10% of all that has been received from Him is called the “tithe.” In carrying out this plan, an excellent goal for personal stewardship, the actual amount given will vary from person to person. As each person’s income is different, so the tithe for each would be different. This is known in “stewardship-speak” as proportional giving. Each gives in proportion to that which each person has received; that proportion is 10%.
If someone is poor, or on fixed income, the tithe may be a comparatively small one. Each gives according to his or her own ability. But it is not the size or greatness of the gift that makes the offering acceptable to God. It is, rather, the spirit in which the tithe is given, the gratitude and love that it expresses. (from On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life on acrod.org)
If you haven’t done so yet, please fill out a pledge form for your 2015 stewardship! So far in 2015 we have $85,598 pledged out of $108,480 budgeted.