In church, before the collection during the Liturgy, we say this prayer: O Christ our Lord, every good and perfect gift comes from You, and everything we have is Yours. Therefore with grateful hearts we offer back to You from our lives what You have given us, for blessing the world and for every loving work of Your Kingdom around us. We offer to You these gifts from Your own gifts, on behalf of all and for all. Amen.
This prayer is a reminder that literally everything we have is from God; and not only is it from God, it is also for God. Meaning, it is given to us to do something good with it.
Giving is an act of worship, it should not be looked at as merely “keeping the parish afloat” or just paying one’s dues. God is more than capable of providing for His Holy Church. Christian life encompasses all of our life, including financial. Tithing, therefore, is for you, it is a part of your own spiritual life, your growth in Christ, and ultimately your sanctification. In offering up our resources, we render praise to God, and we sanctify all that we have. God is also not ignorant of our own needs, it is not His goal to drive us into poverty. Instead He offers blessing to those who are faithful with what they have been given: "Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and thus put Me to the test," says the Lord of hosts, "If I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing" (Malachi 3:10).
If you are just starting a committed financial giving plan, determine a percentage of your income you are willing to give this year, and work towards that goal. Do not set lofty goals, but realistic ones. Then next year, if you are able, increase your giving (even if by 0.5%). The goal is to make a stewardship program and faithfully follow through, be it time or talent or treasure.
To make the process of establishing a stewardship program easier and more efficient, our parish is using an online giving service called Tithe.ly. This service is completely secure and allows for setting up recurring periodic giving.
When making an online donation, please specify the purpose of your donation from the drop-down menu.
If making a general donation, please choose "General offering."
If your donation is the Sunday offering, please choose one of the three ("Sunday offering," "Utilities & maintenance offering," or "Newsletter offering," which correspond to the offering envelopes that the parish uses). Also, in the "memo" field, please indicate your envelope number (if you've been given one).
You can also pay your dues, make a donation to the Needy Fund, make a Memorial offering in someone's memory, or help us raise funds to replace the church HVAC system. All these options are available from the drop-down menu.
Download an app
There's an app for that! You may also download an app to make donations, track all your giving, setup recurring payments, and more. Just go to this link.
Give by check
If you would like to make a donation to the parish either in someone's memory, for an anniversary, or a general donation, you can do so by sending a check to:
St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church 29 Weaver Street Little Falls, NJ 07424
Saint John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Jesus said to the crowds about John, “I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John the Baptist. Yet the least in the Kingdom of God is greater than he.” (Luke 7:28)