“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others,
faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:10
I hope and pray that this letter finds you and your family in excellent physical as well as spiritual health, having joyfully celebrated the Holy Nativity and Epiphany of our Lord and Savior!
As your interim pastor, it is my privilege to invite you to become a 2018 Steward of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of North Miami. I assure you that your financial contribution will be used to advance the Eight Pillars of Orthodox Vibrancy that I have outlined in my Sunday Sermons and Bulletin Reflections.
Apart from submitting the enclosed Stewardship Card, I would also encourage you to prayerfully complete and anonymously return the enclosed Parish Vitalities Survey. If you prefer, please use the following link (AnnunciationMiami.org/survey) to complete the Vitalities Survey online. In addition to sharing the Survey’s results with our membership, the responses will be used to help guide the parish’s liturgical, pastoral, and administrative aspirations.
As a member of the Annunciation family, your opinions and suggestions are valuable. I look forward to reviewing the Survey Responses with the Parish Council to determine how we may together better serve the needs of our faithful members.
Stewardship is the way we live out our lives as children of God and as baptized members of God’s household here on earth. As the scriptural verse quoted above indicates, stewardship is a way of life, a way of being in the world. It is an attitude in which we acknowledge that all that we have and all that we are is a gift from the loving God who generously entrusts us with His Grace.
May your love and Christian generosity be returned to you and your family in the form of our Lord’s abundant blessings.
In His Service,
Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos
5th Saturday of Lent: The Akathist Hymn; George the Righteous of Maleon; Righteous Plato the Studite; Nicetas the Hieromartyr, Struggler of Serrai (1808); Righteous Zosimas; Theonas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki, Founder and Renovator of the Sacred Monastery of Saint Anastasia of Pharmakolytria, Halkidiki; Theodoulos and Agathopous of Thessaloniki