Tithing, almsgiving, and God given talents for the life of the world and its salvation.

Giving Back

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Gospel of Luke, Chapter 12

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Or, send a check made out to "Unexpected Joy Church" to 810 West Woodbine, Ash Grove, MO 65604


For those who attend a particular church regularly, tithes and consistent stewardship at that church is very important. It is one of the simplest ways that we can make an offering of ourselves directly to God through His Church and make enough room within ourselves to receive His blessing in return (Mal. 3:10–12).

How should I give?
We give to God of our first-fruits (before anything else) and with a cheerful disposition (2 Cor. 9:7), understanding that everything we have is a gift from God.

How much should I give?
100%! As Christians we commend “ourselves, each other, and all our lives to God”; this is possible as can be seen in the lives of the saints. However, the most common practice today is still the Old Testament standard of giving 10% of our income before bills or taxes (Lev. 27:30–34).


In addition to our tithe, almsgiving is an important part of the Christian life. Especially during fasting seasons, almsgiving coupled with prayer and fasting is at the heart of our spiritual practice.

Get Involved


It takes many hands and hearts for a church to function! While most areas require one to be a member in good standing, here are just a few of the ministries at Unexpected Joy open to everyone:

  • Charitable Giving
  • Cleaning
  • Groundskeeping

Volunteer Opportunities

National and international volunteer opportunities are always available with charitable Orthodox organizations like these: