Tuesday of Gratitude, A New Observance Archon – Archon News Article
Dear Archon family and friends,
This year has been different, to say the least. Among the many challenges of a global pandemic, one thing has remained steadfast: your generosity and stewardship Archon.
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has traditionally been observed as “Giving Tuesday,” a day for giving to meritorious causes. Today, your inbox is probably swamped with emails encouraging you to donate. Instead of observing “I give Tuesday,” we would like to rename it “Tuesday of gratitude” a day in tribute to your Archon Stewardship.
Because of you, we have accomplished so much this year:
- Over 1000 Archons, families and guests attended the Archon 2021 weekend events last month.
- ~ 200 Archons have sponsored one or more days in the Exarch’s Call so far this year, noting that many Archons make their annual donations in December.
- ~ 300 total number of archons have contributed to the Exarch 2021 appeal so far.
- 104 Archons are among the 168 founders who have each pledged at least $ 100,000 to the Bartholomew Patriarch Foundation. As of November 27, 2021, nearly $ 19 million has been raised to ensure the financial foundation of Our Blessed Mother Church.
- Donations from the Archons enabled the Order of St. Andrew to donate nearly $ 1 million to help fund the Triumphal Patriarchal Visit to the United States, including historic Archon Weekend activities.
- 150 Archons have signed up to donate their time and talent to one of the eight Archon engagement committees.
- Hundreds of archons participated at the Archon Bootcamp, the annual Lent retreat and various Religious Freedom Symposia led by our dedicated Regional Commanders across the country over the past year.
Whether you have provided your time, talent, treasure, or all three, thank you! Your contribution is an inspiration to all of us.
It is my great honor, on behalf of the entire Order of Saint Andrew, to extend to you a standard (thank you) to each Archon brother and their families for all that you do on behalf of the Holy and Great Mother Church, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
In the service of the Great Church of Christ,
Anthony J. Limberakis, MD