Dear friend of God,
The year 2020 has been strange and unforgettable. Nonetheless, Orthodox Christians do not see “the cup” as “half empty” but rather “half-full” for it is Jesus Christ Himself who poured our glass! Despite COVID-19, the Lord continues to hold us in the palm of His gentle hand. This year, our Christ-centered community experienced immense growth, significant accomplishments, and a spiritual awakening unlike any other time in our history. Our hearts are exploding with joy at the 25% increase in parishioners attending Divine Services. We are thankful for the ability to continue supporting a number of beautiful charities during these difficult times: Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC), AVOW, Latchkey League, and the Shelter for Abused Women. Our Sunday Youth Enrichment Program now provides an edifying and creative opportunity for the youth. It forms their hearts in the Faith, while they enjoy time at church with others their age – a real success! Not to forget, through the prayers of St. Nikiforos the Leper and Wonderworker, healings have come forth, the entire iconography project received 100% funding, and our Fellowship Hall Building Campaign (www.stpaulnaples.org/building) is strong and steady.
2021 is the year to further establish our increasingly vibrant community for generations to come. We ask you to support the worthy efforts of Christ’s Holy Church and the next step in the life of your parish here in Naples. Giving to His Church reflects your commitment to the Living God. It is a way to thank Him for His consoling grace, generosity, and great mercy. We do not know about tomorrow – we only have NOW. The Lord is calling us!
The question is not, “How much do I give to stay in the club?” or “What are the dues?” – St. Paul Orthodox Christian Church is not a club and has no membership dues. Rather, we ask “How can I support His Church? and How can I ‘pay it forward’ and thank God for His blessings? How can I help this parish flourish using my God-given Time, Talent, and Treasure?”.
For the year 2021, our goal is 100% participation in pledging a total of $150,000. Here are three options:
- Place your completed pledge form in the offering plate or donation box at church
- Mail your completed pledge form to the parish (2425 Rivers Road, Naples, FL 34120)
- Go 100% paperless: Online Form Here
There is absolutely no minimum as every faithful pledge helps no matter the amount: Give freely, with love and sacrifice. If circumstances in your life change, your pledge can too. Here, we are a family.
Being called an Orthodox Christian is tremendously humbling and joyous – a true gift. Since we are but tenants in the world, entrusted with the care of all these things God has given us, it is only natural to desire seeing this life grow and flourish in our community. Christian Stewardship is a constant confession of faith in the Living God – stewardship is faith in action.
May it be blessed through the prayers of our patron and protector, the holy Apostle Paul.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Fr. Paul Girgis
Parish Council Chair