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The Orthodox Church in America relies on the stewardship of its faithful to support ministries in communities across North America and around the world. Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak, Director of the Stewards of the Orthodox Church in America, announced on Monday the launch of the 2017 annual appeal, which leads up to Steward Sunday on Nov. 19. A transcript of Fr. Joseph’s message is below.

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His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and the Holy Synod of Bishops have directed that this Sunday, Nov. 19, be designated as Steward Sunday, on which we ask each parish community to take a second collection to help support the work of the Stewards and the ministry departments.

I have no doubt that our ministry departments have been essential to the growth of our parish communities throughout North America.

Our Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry, through the many resources they provide, helps to keep our children connected to the Orthodox Church and to their faith.

Our Department of Liturgical Music and Translations helps to provide essential resources for the liturgical life of our parishes.

And our Department of Evangelization, through its very successful Mission Planting Grant program, has given away more than $1 million to help plant, support and grow mission communities throughout North America.

These are just a few examples of the tremendous work being done by all of our ministry departments, and I encourage you to learn more about what they do by visiting our website and our Facebook page.

I invite you to join us this Sunday, November 19, in financially supporting the work of these department ministries.

It is with your help and with your support that we can effectively expand the mission of Christ and His Church here in North America.