Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
One Great Hour of Sharing and PDA
For more than fifty years, Presbyterians have joined with Christians throughout the nation in responding to Christ's love for all people by joyfully sharing that love with people in need through supporting One Great Hour of Sharing. The hundreds of millions of dollars Presbyterians have given over the last half century have enabled a powerful witness to the love of the One who came that all might have life more abundantly.
Over the years, PDA has received a number of calls for information regarding the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering and has prepared the following questions and answers based on the calls to this office.
- Can I designate our OGHS to a specific disaster?
- How are the funds divided?
- Can I change the way the offering is divided?
- Where can I find additional information on OGHS and how do I promote OGHS?
- Where are my gifts at work?
We ask that you prayerfully think of the OGHS offering as a time when you give in complete faith so that we might respond to ministry opportunities and needs as they unfold in the coming year.
For Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, designated giving is usually only for a specific disaster and we honor all designated giving. One Great Hour of Sharing funds enable our ongoing work — in training and development, refugee work, and responding to disasters that do not receive the bright lights of television cameras — and make this ministry strong.
One Great Hour of Sharing funds are divided equally among its three programs: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Self-Development of People, and Presbyterian Hunger Program.
Churches and individuals can change the percentage distribution of the offering between the three programs if they wish. The following are the special Account numbers used for program designated One Great Hour of Sharing receipts.
OG100000 - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
OG200000 - Self Development of People
OG300000 - Presbyterian Hunger Program
Mission Education & Promotion produces the resources for PC(USA) special offerings. Visit the One Great Hour of Sharing website for additional and promotional information.