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On the feast of the Presentation of Christ, we reflect on the wondrous gift of God incarnate. Jesus Christ, Who is God from before all time, humbles Himself not only to be born as a Child, but chooses to be born into a life of earthly poverty! St. Joseph the Betrothed and the Panagia were tοο poor tο offer a sacrificial lamb at the Temple, so they offered two turtle doves as the custom provided. St. Gregory the Theologian says, “while He was rich, He became poor so that we might become rich with His divinity.”

What Can We Give Back? Follow the link to see our Festal Stewardship Poster series that uses the 12 Great Feasts to explore the theme of responding through stewardship to God’s wondrous gifts to us!

 

 

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Planning is the most important step in your parish project

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If Jim could offer one bit of advice to a parish about to begin raising funds for a large project, it would be this: Don’t shortchange the planning process. Once your project’s concept is approved, it’s a natural inclination to jump right into asking people to give.  Jim and his parish, however, chose the wisest course of action for a parish on the verge of a major fund raising project—to begin with a Planning Study.

In brief, a Planning Study is an assessment before fund raising begins of the parish’s readiness and capacity for fund raising; it requires several months and usually some financial investment to complete. It should be carried out by a trusted outside source that will tell the parish not what it wants to hear but what it needs to hear about the viability of the project.  Read More →

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The truly rich are not those who keep their riches to themselves but those who give to others. Happiness comes not from possessing wealth but from giving it away. Whatever is generously given away becomes a fruit of the soul. +St. Clement of Alexandria

15th Sunday of Luke

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And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.”

From the Gospel reading on the 15th Sunday of Luke. Find the entire reading from Luke 19:1-10 at the Online Chapel of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.

Testimonial: A Change of Heart

Many years ago, I dug into the concept of tithing to prove a Protestant friend wrong. She tithed, as most in her church seemed to do. Arguing that Old Testament rules didn’t apply to modern-day Christians, I researched tithing from an Orthodox Christian perspective to bolster my side of our pending debate.

A little-known passage in Genesis 14 was one of the things I came upon. In short, the story goes that after Abram returns victorious from battle, the king and priest Melchizedek brings out bread and wine and blesses Abram. After receiving the blessing, the passage ends with these words: “And Abram gave him one-tenth of everything” (Genesis 14:20). Read More →

The Good and Faithful Servant

In 2015, Orthodox Parish Development launched this blog with a goal of inspiring giving from an Orthodox Christian perspective. Since that time, thousands of individuals have visited EveryGoodandPerfectGift.org to take advantage of this one-of-a-kind resource to help individuals and parishes grow the spiritual practice of giving back.

Much of what you will read on this blog will be about raising funds for the Church and charity, and about giving financially for the same. However, please know that we understand the good and faithful servant to be someone who gives not only his money but his entire life back to God.  We are all familiar with the phrase “time, talent, and treasure,” which describes all aspects of our giving back to God. Read More →

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The gift is doubled by the manner of giving.  +St. John Chrysostom

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We must begin with thanksgiving for everything. The beginning of joy is to be content with your situation.

St. Ambrose of Optina

From the Matins of Holy Tuesday:

Behold O my soul! The Master entrusts to you a talent. Receive the gift with fear; lend to Him who gave it; distribute to the poor, and gain the Lord as a Friend; that you may stand on His right, when He comes in glory, and hear His blessed voice: “Enter, O servant, into the joy of Your Lord!” In Your great Mercy, O Savior, deem me, who has strayed, worthy of this joy.

And so let us perform our alms and deeds of kindness all the more lavishly, all the more frequently the nearer the day approaches on which is celebrated the alms, the kindness that has been done to us. Because fasting without kindness and mercy is worth nothing to the one who’s fasting. +St. Augustine

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