How do I become a member of the parish?
Membership in the Orthodox Church begins at baptism (Chrismation for some) and continues throughout our 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, as well as a member in Good Standing, is over 18 years of age and turns in an annual stewardship commitment card, committing a portion of time, talent and treasure to the Church. The Archdiocese also requires the voting member to remain current through the year on their commitments. Keep in mind that true membership in the Body of Christ involves living according to His word and within His Church.
Why must I commit?
Your commitment allows us to fulfill our Church’s vision “…to provide a loving and caring Community where all belong to Christ, through worship, sacramental life, everyday spiritual discipline,sanctification, education, witness and fellowship
What if I cannot fulfill commitment?
We are aware, people’s circumstances change. Your stewardship is valued because it is made from your love for God and His Church. Please do not be concerned if you are unable to meet your commitment – we are glad you are a part of this parish.
…learning how to be a responsible and concerned caretaker of Christ’s Church; it is learning how to enjoy Church life and 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 for the benefit of humankind in grateful acknowledgment of Christ’s redeeming love.
…caring for the needs of others.
…offering 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.
Williams & McKibben in Oriented Leadership
Department of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America