Online Contributions (Tithe & Building Fund)
Your generous contribution is greatly appreciated.
From all of us at St. Basil's we thank you.
On the 14th of February 2016 the members of the parish of Saint Basil the Great Orthodox Mission voted unanimously to proceed forward with acquiring a permanent facility located on approximately 1.5 acres in the heart of Marietta, Georgia. This ushers in a time of prayerful contemplation about the future of Orthodoxy in Marietta, Georgia. Likewise, similar evaluation of what it means to give sacrificially.
Jesus, through the example of the poor widow, dares us to give. Give even when it hurts. It’s when we can least “afford” to give that God values our gift the most.
Everyone else, Jesus tells us, gave out of “their abundance”. And such gifts, no matter how much, had less value to God.
Let us all aspire to the humbleness and selflessness of the widow who's gift was not recognized for how much was given, but instead how much was kept.
“Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.” ~ 2 Corinthians 8:1-4
The message to us is that we are never too poor to give. We are never too impoverished to help. The truth is that most of us will never face such dire need, though many of us do face financial difficulties of varying degree. But, the challenge is: Do we look at our circumstances and think we should give more or give less? When economic pressures threaten to smother us, do we close the purses/wallets tighter or do we open them wider?
Thank you for your contribution to the continued growth and mission of Saint Basil the Great Orthodox Mission.