St. Basil of Ostrog
Serbian Orthodox Church
Lake Forest, Illinois
Become A Steward

We are called to live life in continuous thanksgiving for Christ. Thus, our entire perspective on the world is transformed. No longer can we look at the things in our life as anything but a Gift from God. We are being prepared by God to enter into Eternal Communion with Him. The joys we experience are recognized as the fruit of this Communion. Even the very suffering we endure becomes a Gift which prepares us for the “weight of Glory” which is to come!

Our very thanksgiving for this Gift of Christ becomes a life of Stewardship—of caring for this Gift that is not our own. We care for this Gift of Communion with Him by living a life in which we dedicate all that we are—our Time, our Talents, and our Treasures—to God in thanksgiving for all that He has done for us. Thus, when we offer ourselves to the Church, our offering is no longer considered to be “in support” of our local parish, but as an offering of Thanksgiving to God. Our offering is then utilized by God in whatever manner He sees fit, unto His Glory.

TIME: God has graciously bestowed upon us the entirety of our lives. He has blessed us with 168 hours per week (or roughly a little more than 10,000 minutes/week). How many of these 168 hours do we offer to Him? Take some time to consider what you are willing to offer to God in thanks for all He has given you. Remember, time also includes your time in personal prayer and reflection.

TALENTS: God bestows upon each of us unique and wonderful abilities. These include the various ministries supported by the Church and can only be successful with your involvement. Please take some time to consider with what abilities God has blessed you.

TREASURES: Everything that we have is a blessing from God—all of our abilities, our time, and our treasures. Please take some time to pray about your relationship with God, and consider what you are able to offer in thanksgiving for all He has given you.

Please download a Commitment Card from our website or pick one up at Church. If you have any questions, please ask the Parish Priest or any of the Parish Council members.


Our email and website now offer the ability to donate via PayPal for Stewardship commitments as well as one-time donations.

PayPal has been around for many years, and it provides an option to create an account, which will make future donations fast and easy. However, you do not have to create an account; just use your credit card as you use it everyday when making internet purchases and rest assured that your information will be protected.


Making donations is even easier with the new phone app "Connect". See the instructions to download the app to your smart phone:





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