Who is a Parishioner or Member?
Anyone who has been Baptized
and Chrismated in a canonical Orthodox Church AND is in some way
affiliated or connected to our Parish. Those converting to Orthodoxy
from select few Christian denominations, need only be Chrismated in the
Who is a Steward?
adult who has filled out a Stewardship Pledge Form for the current
year. All parishioners are strongly encouraged to offer of their Time,
Talents, and Treasury by filling out a Stewardship Pledge Form every
year. Catechumens, non-Orthodox spouses, etc. can also fill out a
Stewardship Pledge Form, but cannot become Eligible Voters until/unless
they are Chrismated Orthodox.
Who is an Eligible Voter?
to the Archdiocesan Regulations and our Bylaws, a parishioner will be
eligible to vote at Parish Assemblies if he/she:
is an adult who is
in good canonical standing with the Orthodox Church,
has met any
previous year(s)' unfulfilled stewardship financial obligations at
least thirty days prior to the Parish Assembly,
has submitted a
Stewardship Pledge Form for the current year,
AND has paid the
corresponding financial obligations for the current year (25% for
Spring Assembly and 75% for Fall Assembly) prior to the Parish
Why is filling out a Stewardship Pledge Form important?
a logistics perspective, filling out the Stewardship Pledge Form will
enable our church leaders to administer the church and ascertain the
functionality of all of its ministries. Even more importantly however,
as faithful believers, we are called to love God with our whole being.
Choosing to offer of our Time, Talents, and Treasury by filling out the
Stewardship Pledge Form is a
voluntary, external and concrete
manifestation of the inner love we have for God and Christ's Church.
Filling out the Stewardship Pledge Form is the initial stepping stone
of becoming active participants in the life and ministries of our
How can I donate to the Church?
Cash donation. Please place your donation in an envelope and write your
name and purpose of the donation on the envelope if you want to be
credited for it.
2. Personal check. Please indicate on the memo line the purpose of the check.
Bank Check. Use your banks bill pay system and setup the church as a
payee. For most banks there is no charge and you can arrange for
automatic weekly, monthly, etc. payments or you can initiate them at
your convenience. Please indicate on the memo line the purpose of the
4. Non-Cash Donation. You can also donate an item to the
church like communion wine, oil, office supplies (contact the Parish
Priest for current needs). Please turn in a copy of your receipt that
shows your cost for that item if you want to be credited for the
5. Stock transfer to the church. See the Parish Treasurer for details.
What happens to my donations?
operational income (about $140,000) will be collected in thousands of
small donations. The time consuming task of receiving, crediting and
tracking all income (and expenses) is done by the Parish Treasurer and
the Accountant who generously volunteer their time for this great task.
To help them ensure proper crediting please CLEARLY INDICATE WHERE YOU
WOULD LIKE EACH DONATION TO BE APPLIED, especially if you are paying
for multiple things with one check. In most cases, the late
(after-the-fact) reassignment of a single (or multiple) donation(s) to
different categories or to multiple persons becomes a very time
consuming task. Donations without a designation will be applied to
existing stewardship financial obligations.
What is considered a Stewardship Donation?
cash or check donation marked 'stewardship' or 'pledge' will be applied
toward your existing pledged stewardship balance. Please note that
special donations for Archdiocesan or other Pan-Orthodox ministries,
Easter flowers, Christmas offering, etc. are not applied toward your
stewardship balance. In addition, as mentioned at the Fall 2009 Parish
Assembly, as of January 1st, 2010 we will apply, unless otherwise
noted, any stewardship donation first toward your existing prior year
pledged stewardship balance/obligations (if applicable) and then toward
your current year balance.
Does the offering of my time and services count toward my Stewardship Commitment?
it does count toward your Time & Talent (not toward your Treasury)
Stewardship Commitment. When filling out the Stewardship Pledge Form,
you commit to offering of your Time, your Talents, and your Treasury. A
year-end receipt of all your financial contributions (the Treasury part
of your pledge) is issued every January according to tax laws. We are,
however, just as
much or more appreciative for the offering of
your Time and your Talents to serve the Church. We do NOT monitor your
offering of your Time and Talents as we believe that such offering is
unquantifiable and can be appropriately rewarded only by our Lord.
Can I give you Postdated Checks?
do not. Our policy is to promptly deposit checks as they are received.
Safely storing, keeping track, and applying postdated checks to the
appropriate Sunday collection deposits may cause us to potentially
mismanage some of these funds and we would prefer to always avoid such
I forgot to bring my donation to church or I can’t make it to church on Sunday. What can I do?
can mail your donation to the church or use your personal banks' online
bill pay system to issue a one-time check or recurring checks (every
week, month, etc.) to the church.
What is my existing/outstanding pledged stewardship balance for the current (or prior) year(s)?
addition to tracking your own donations we assist you by sending each
year a preliminary donation report in November or early December and a
final donation report in January the following year. These mailings
always include prior year balances and other financial information.
Your inclusion on the Voters List will serve as confirmation that you
have NO prior year balance and that
you have paid the 25% (for
Spring) or 75% (for Fall) Parish Assemblies obligation. However, if you
would like to know your exact financial status with the church at any
given time throughout the year, please ask the Parish Treasurer.
I am having a hard time fulfilling my (prior or current) financial pledge to the church. What can I do?
would NEVER want your love of God and your commitment to your financial
pledge to become the cause of undue financial burden on you or your
family. Thus, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Priest and
all necessary adjustments will be made to your convenience. Your
conversation with him, of course, will be strictly confidential.
Can I make a Stewardship Payment (or any other donation) on behalf of someone else?
you can, but please indicate that person's name with your donation. If
this is a recurring payment please make sure you indicate that with
every payment. Keep in mind also that credit for tax purposes will go
to you only.
Can I pay for multiple things with a single check?
prefer that you do not, but if you do please make sure that you clearly
indicate how your payment should be split. If this is a recurring
payment please make sure you indicate that with every payment.
I noticed an error in my donation report, year-end receipt, or other financial document. What should I do?
apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact the Parish Treasurer as
soon as possible and the error or discrepancy will be resolved
Do you issue donation envelopes?
do not issue donation envelopes to individual parishioners but have
them available for those that want to use them. When using the donation
envelopes, please be sure to print your name on the envelope legibly.
Can I make a donation with a credit card?
Sorry, we cannot accept donations via credit card at this time, but hope to make this a reality in the future.
What are the general guidelines regarding Spring/Fall Dinner tickets?
parish has two major fundraising events every year to help meet our
financial needs. We distribute tickets to parishioners to sell for
those events (10 per family for the spring dinner and 10 per adult
parishioner for the fall dinner) in the hopes that they will all be
sold. We are, of course, more than happy to issue more tickets to those
who can boost the successfulness of these fundraisers. If you choose to
buy some (or all) issued tickets but not sell or use them (as a way to
support our church), we can apply ONLY the face value of the returned
tickets as a tax-deductible donation. Therefore, you are encouraged to
return promptly not only the income from your ticket sales but also ALL
Why is my name not included in the List of Eligible Voters for the upcoming Parish Assembly?
compile a List of Eligible Voters BEFORE each Parish Assembly based on
the conditions listed in the question “Who is an Eligible Voter?”. If
all those conditions have been met, one of two things is possible:
either you sent a donation that we have not yet received and deposited
since the printing of the list or there is an error in the recording.
We desire that all parishioners be
Eligible Voters; thus, we
encourage EVERYONE whose name is NOT on the list to contact the Parish
Priest or the Parish Treasurer immediately. Most often, this list
serves as a good reminder to us all that we are (or are not) up-to-date
with our pledges. If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact the Parish Priest, the Parish Council President or the Parish Council Treasurer.
...more questions will be added as necessary