The practice of lighting candles is an important tradition in Greek Orthodox Churches, communities and families. Its origins may be traced back to Old Testament times where an oil lamp was lighted to “keep a flame burning perpetually” (Exodus 27:19-20), as “perpetual incense before the Lord from generation to generation” (Exodus 30:7-8) and as a “lamp stand in the Tent of Meeting…set up before the Lord as He has commanded Moses” (Exodus 40:24-25).
Purchasing candles, like donations, supports day-to-day parish operating costs and ministries.
Your donations go far at St. Theodore and support the sustainment and growth of the parish. You may make general donations to support day-to-day parish operating costs and ministries, or make targeted donations of your choice. No amount is too small. Visit the St. Theodore Store to make your online donation today!
After America ended state support of churches in the early 19th century, the collection of "tithes and offerings" became a standard feature of Sunday morning worship. Offerings, like donations, support day-to-day parish operating costs and ministries.
Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a way of life, which acknowledges accountability, reverence, and responsibility before God. A primary goal of Stewardship is to promote spiritual growth and strengthen faith. Becoming a Steward begins when we believe in God, to whom we give our love, loyalty and trust and act on those beliefs. As Stewards, we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. Stewardship calls on the faithful to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which they have been blessed.
Your generous stewardship pledge will go far to support St. Theodore ministries, programs and help to sustain and grow Greek Orthodoxy.
Download the stewardship form below and mail it in to the church, or expedite your stewardship pledge by visiting the St Theodore Store to make your online pledge today! You may also set up recurring online billing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the amount and frequency you would like billed to you.