Download a 2015 Birthday Offering packet
Download a Birthday Offering grant application
Give to the Birthday Offering
The Birthday Offering is a PW offering collected in the spring of each year to celebrate the blessings in the lives of Presbyterian Women. The offering funds up to five projects that are not included in ongoing General Assembly mission support, such as agricultural development, child care, community organization, criminal justice, drug counseling, economic justice, elderly care, employment training, homelessness, literacy, violence and women’s concerns.
PW in the Congregations (PWCs) typically collect the Birthday Offering in the spring and dedicate their offerings at spring gatherings. No giving guidelines are suggested other than “give as you are blessed.” PWCs who collect the Offering should send their donation (as a check made payable to Treasurer of Presbyterian Women) to the treasurer of PW in the Presbytery. Email Presbyterian Women to find out the name and address of your PWP treasurer.
After reviewing numerous proposals, the Creative Ministries Offering Committee chose Community of St. Therese of Lisieux and Bethesda Christian Community Center to receive grants from the 2015 Birthday Offering. Gifts to the 2015 Birthday Offering will allow theses ministries to support women in Memphis, Tennessee, and Barranquilla, Colombia, who are overcoming oppressive, violent situations. The actual grant amounts for these worthwhile programs will depend on gifts received in 2015. The goal for the offering is $500,000; give now.
Bethesda Christian Community Center
Oxford Presbyterian Church (Ohio) and Seventh Presbyterian Church (Colombia)
Sister churches Oxford Presbyterian Church (Ohio) and Seventh Presbyterian (Colombia) want to improve the lives of displaced and abused women and children who live in the impoverished neighborhood of El Por Fin in Barranquilla. Your gift to the 2015 Birthday Offering will help Seventh Presbyterian Church build a new community center to replace the inadequate structure that the church currently uses for its programs. The mission of Bethesda Christian Community Center is to promote social change in the lives of the women and children fleeing brutality related to the drug trade. Many take up residence in this area where they live in abject poverty. Your gift will also support expanded programs in tutoring, sports, culture and Bible study, and help build a kitchen and storeroom so that the community center can provide meals to more women and children.
The Community of St. Therese of Lisieux
Breaking Free: Empowering Victims of Sexual Human Trafficking, Prostitution and Addiction
The Community of St. Therese of Lisieux is a nonprofit, two-year residential community in Memphis, Tennessee, specifically created to address the needs of women seeking to learn a new way of life after surviving prostitution, human trafficking and addiction. Its ecumenical, community-based project, Breaking Free, provides support and education for these women, helping them live lives of productive service to themselves and others. CSTL provides food, clothing and shelter to the women it serves, coordinates various types of medical care for them and works with them to transition to independence. Your gift to the Birthday Offering will allow CSTL to purchase and renovate the property it is currently leasing and buy equipment for training and vocational skills development.Your gift will improve the lives of the increased number of women the program will serve, their families and the community.
In 1922, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Woman’s Auxiliary (PCUS), it was decided that an offering should be made for a definite cause. That same year, Hallie Paxson Winsborough, superintendent of women’s work, visited Miss Dowd’s School for Girls in Kochi, Japan. Realizing the school’s needs, she challenged members of the Women’s Auxiliary to give one penny for each year of their life as a birthday gift to the school. Over the years, that tradition has become known as the Birthday Offering. Presbyterian Women have given more than $29 million in support of mission projects throughout the world.
Birthday Offering grants range from $200,000 to $750,000. Grant requests come from a variety of sources including PC(USA) governing bodies, health agencies, overseas churches, ecumenical councils, community groups, educational institutions and church related groups. Projects must meet the criteria established by Presbyterian Women.
Download a Birthday Offering grant application in Microsoft Word format.
Applications for grants must be submitted by May 15. The Creative Ministries Offering Committee of Presbyterian Women meets in the fall to review applications and make selections. Up to five projects will be selected for funding. Projects will be notified in November and will receive the first payment in October; second payment will be made by May 1 if the interim report is received by February 1.
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You can order through the Church Store online by going to this link: http://store.pcusa.org/Communications?search=birthday+offering . Most of the materials are free, but there may be a handling charge.