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2022 Stewardship Info

2022 Stewardship Form

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Stewardship 2022Good Stewards of God’s Grace

Dear Parishioners,

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.

I Peter 4:10

As we close 2021 and head in to 2022, we still find ourselves facing many uncertainties.  Yet at the same time, in many ways our parish has thrived in 2021.  

Our parish is guided by five core values: Love, Worship, Community, Learning and Service.   There hasn’t been one day during the pandemic that our church hasn’t been hard at work sharing the message of Christ’s love.  By the time 2021 is over, we will have offered more than 200 services at St. John for the second year in a row. Our parish loves to worship. Thankfully we have been able to come back for fellowship in person, with dynamic ministries for just about every demographic.  Also our parish extends far beyond our four walls reaching thousands of people through our livestreaming of the services.  Our parish loves to be in community. We continue to offer Bible studies, Orthodoxy 101 and a daily devotional called The Prayer Team.  Our parish loves to learn. More people than ever are stepping up to help continue to offer services and ministries. We have more stewards than ever.  We gave more in 2021 to charitable causes than ever before.  Our parish loves to serve.  All of this is possible because of you and your generosity.  Thank you.

As we look ahead to 2022, there will likely still be uncertainty.  What we can say for certain is that the work of the church—spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, seeking and saving the lost, and serving our fellow man—will never change.  And the call to each Christian, to serve one another as Good Stewards of God’s Grace, will never change either.  

This year’s Stewardship theme is “Good Stewards of God’s Grace.” In his letter, Peter referred to God’s grace as “varied” to remind us that each of us has been blessed with a different and unique way to serve the Lord. A steward is a temporary caretaker, and all of us have been given things to take care of—our families, our homes, our talents, even our life itself.  Each morning we wake up, we have been given a new day to take care of.  To be a Good Steward of God’s Grace means to take care of whatever is in front of you at a given moment.  This might involve giving of your time, or your talent or your treasure.  It might involve taking care of someone or something in your home, in your job, with your friends, within our parish and within our greater Tampa community.  Being a Good Steward of God’s Grace not only serves others but helps to bring them closer to Christ.  As you make your stewardship offering for 2022, please prayerfully  meditate on the Bible verse, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace,” and consider how you can generously be a Good Steward of God’s Grace in the world through your stewardship.  The amount we offer is not the most critical thing.  The spirit in which we give is.  You may not be able to give what you gave in 2021 and that’s okay.  Give what you can with a heart of gratitude and generosity.  

Our community and our country continue to face challenges that we’ve never confronted.  However, even though some things may have changed and some challenges remain, the call to be a Good Steward of God’s Grace has remained the same. When we work together as Good Stewards of God’s Grace, we can fulfill the call that “in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” (I Peter 4:11)

With love in the Lord,

+Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis

Chris Kyrus, Stewardship Co-Chair

George Mitseas, Stewardship Co-Chair