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Stewardship Renewal 2013: Fr. Gary

Every year the Church does what She can to encourage the faithful to support Her ministries. From the Archdiocese of the United States to the Metropolis of San Francisco, to St. Demetrios on Skyway Drive, we do what we can to activate the heart of the giver and gather financial support for the Church. We make pleas from the pulpit, give presentations, publish articles, print stewardship cards and brochures. At the end of it all, we come up short. Why? I think it’s because we expect fundraisers and extra collections to provide more revenue than they actually do. At St. Demetrios we passed a budget anticipating $277,681 in annual expenses. We need $283,200 to achieve a balanced budget with a modest cushion. At the November 11th Fall Parish Assembly we agreed to set a Stewardship collection goal of $225,000, hoping that our “other fundraisers” (Epiphany, Dinner Dance, garage sales, bake sales, etc.) would make up the $75,000 deficit. The 2013 Stewardship Committee (Bo Baikoshev & Terry Vegos and I) would like to eliminate the crutch of “other fundraisers” and focus on raising a total of $300,000 from annual giving. I believe our reliance on fundraisers hinders proper God-inspired Stewardship. This means that through our 2013 Stewardship Campaign we are hoping that every FAITHFUL supporter of St. Demetrios will increase their annual giving by an honest amount that allows our leadership to properly plan and execute the mission of the Church. On the next page, you will find a chart outlining the plan. Please study the program and find a giving amount that makes sense for you and your family; a stewardship pledge that you can reliably fulfill over the course of the year.

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The Cure for Disappointment

We have all experienced disappointment in life. Disappointment is bred from a variety of matters, from the most trivial to the most crucial. We have been disappointed by a friend or family member. The outcome of our favorite sports team in the World Series can add disappointment to our lives. We may disappoint ourselves by not properly preparing for a test at school or a project at work. We encounter disappointment, for the most part, because things just don’t go the way we want or expect them to. There is a cure for disappointment.

There are three important realizations to make about disappointments and understanding their influence in our lives. First, disappointment is inevitable. Everything and everyone, in every situation, at some point or another, will eventually provide us with a good dose of disappointment. A close friend, a loving family member, and even your parish priest will disappoint you some way, somehow sometimes. When our expectations are not met we feel disappointment. Second, realizing...

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