“Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them,

and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

But it shall not be so among you:

but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto,

but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28, KJV)

The word the Athenians used for their Assembly was Ekklesia, the same word used in the New Testament for Church
(and it is the greatest philological irony in all of Western history that this word,
which connoted equal participation in all deliberation by all members,
came to designate a kind of self-perpetuating, self-protective Spartan gerousia -
which would have seemed patent nonsense to Greek-speaking Christians of New Testament times,
who believed themselves to be equal members of their Assembly.)

- Thomas Cahill, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter


Monday, February 1, 2010

Proposal by Jim Kastanis - January 31, 2010

Special General Assembly
Jan. 31, 2010

I have reviewed the revised budget for the special general assembly to be presented today, January 31, 2010, and have made the following observations.

Page 7 Revenue Section:
The stewardship was increased $29,250 (585,000-614,250)
Greek School: $10,000 ($7,000-17,000)

Page 7 Expenses Section: Salaries & wages decreased $29,314 (526,434-497,120)

Utilities: Decreased $44,000 (135,000-91000)

Repairs & Maint.: $2700 (90,000-87,300)

Payroll Taxes: Decreased $3,401 (69,577-66,176)

Retirement non-clergy: Decreased $6519 (6519-0)

Greek School Supplies: Decreased $191 (700-559)

Donations $150 (750-600)

Choirs & Cantors: $250 (750-500)

This adds up to a total decrease of $86,525 or 7.15% while the revenue side increased $29,250 or a total adjustment of $115,775. This still leaves a deficit of $205,211 and if you correct the Greek School account by $10,000 it increases the deficit to $215,211.

I therefore propose this assembly consider a motion to cut the Archdiocese Commitment 50% or $69,624; Priests salaries 25% or $69,156; Priests Auto expense 25% or $5,850 for an additional cut of $144,630. This puts our deficit now at $215,211-144,630 to$70,581. Now add the Parking and Apartment income of $ 205,211we end up with a surplus of $134,630 which enables us to replace the retirement benefits and salary reductions to our non-clergy employees and continue to keep our doors OPEN to both churches for all activities we currently have.

Jim Kastanis

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