STEWARDSHIP - Giving Back To God
Christian Stewardship is ...
... learning how to be a responsible and concerned caretaker of Christ's Church. It means learning how to enjoy Church life and to be happy in Church work, for in Her dwells the fullness of the Spirit of God.
... our active commitment to use all our time, talent, and treasure to the benefit of humankind in grateful acknowledgment of Christ's redeeming love.
...caring for the needs of others.
... offering of one's self to God as He offered Himself to us.
...what a person does after saying, I believe ... as proof of that belief.
... devotion and service to God and His church as persons, as families, as diocese /metropolis, as national Church, and as Church universal.
Safely and Securely Offer your 2023 Annual St. Katherine Stewardship Online:
Create your 2023 Pledge Commitment by clicking the Pledge Form button. Complete the requested fields and save your Pledge Form.
“Before you Go” - You will be able to fulfill your pledge by checking the box and returning to the Stewardship Giving button.
3. The Stewardship Giving button allows you to set the amount and frequency of your Stewardship offering, your preferred method of payment (credit card or electronic fund transfer from your bank/ACH). Complete, save and submit your contact information and the payment data requested.
4. Kindly consider helping to defray credit card processing fees ~ this additional payment is considered tax deductible and will be deemed an additional stewardship donation
Print the 2023 Pledge Commitment Card form below,
Complete the requested information, and
Return this Commitment Card with your payment to St. Katherine, either by mail or placing the completed card and your payment in the Sunday Collection or Candle Tray.
So that we may maintain an accurate parishioner database and knowing that an individual's individual’s financial situation may change from year to year, we ask that you submit a new Stewardship Pledge Form every calendar year.
You must become a steward of St. Katherine in order to participate in any of the ministries of our of Church, including all Youth Ministry Programs.
WHAT is the significance of Membership?Membership in the Orthodox Church begins at baptism (Chrismation, for some) and continues throughout 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, offers a signed stewardship commitment card, and commits a portion of time, talent, and treasure to the Church. The Archdiocese also requires the voting member to remain current throughout the year on their commitments. True membership in the Body of Christ involves living according to His word and within His Church.
HOW do I become a Steward of St. Katherine?A baptized or Chrismated Orthodox Christian who is actively engaged in our Parish becomes a Steward of our Church by offering and fulfilling an annual Stewardship Pledge. Stewardship can be fulfilled by mailing a completed Pledge Commitment Card with your payment to the Parish Office. Alternatively, you can pledge and fulfill your annual Stewardship ONLINE. Complete the online Pledge Form, and then submit your online payment via the Stewardship Giving Form.
WHY must I commit to give a specific amount?Please know that your stewardship of money is confidential. The Parish council treasurer compiles anticipated giving from parishioners in preparation of the annual budget. In order to maintain an accurate parishioner data base and realizing that a individual's financial situation may change from year-to-year, we ask that you submit a new Stewardship Pledge Form each calendar year.
WHAT does my pledge and stewardship giving cover?Your Stewardship pledge and giving cover your annual Parish Membership commitment. Our Stewardship Giving needs to continue in order to fund the operations of the church and its ministries. Stewardship is separate and apart from special offerings or contribution to projects, such as the Capital Campaign, Iconography or philanthropic outreach.
SHOULD I give one annual payment or offer recurring payments?It is your decision as to the frequency of your payments. Please consider recurring payments; this is a great way to manage your charitable giving without worrying about missing a payment - you set the amount, the frequency, the method of giving (credit card or ACH). Your gift continues to give over time.
WHAT is the Stewardship Giving cycle?Our Stewardship Campaign for 2023 continues to the end of this year. At the first of next year, the Stewardship cycle will begin anew. At that time, all our members will be invited to pledge their "fair share" in support of our church for the upcoming calendar year. Payments toward the pledges will begin on January 1, 2024.
WHAT if I cannot fulfill my stewardship commitment?During the year, circumstances change. Your stewardship is valued because it is made out of love for God and His church. Please do not be concerned if you are unable to meet your stewardship commitment - we are glad you are part of our parish.