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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 Blue Corn Mothers Alliance to receive the sole grant from the 2014 Birthday Offering. Gifts to the 2014 Birthday Offering will allow this ministry in Albuquerque to offer culturally-appropriate services for Native American women who have experienced domestic violence. The goal for the offering is $500,000; give now.
Blue Corn Mothers Alliance
Blue Corn Mothers Advocacy Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Blue Corn Mothers Alliance provides a range of services for Albuquerque’s Native American women who have experienced domestic violence. This multifaceted program offers advocacy; crisis intervention; health, counseling and education services; and referrals for legal and shelter services to Native American women and children who have suffered domestic violence.
This program is the only one in the Albuquerque area that offers domestic violence counseling with a focus on Native American cultural sensitivity. Research shows that Native American women are more likely to experience intimate partner violence than non-Native women. More than one in three Native women will be raped in her life, and 39 percent of Native women experience domestic violence in some form. At least 70 percent of the violent incidents and a full 86 percent of reported rapes are perpetrated by non-Native people, suggesting they are taking advantage of the reservation’s lack of jurisdiction over non-Native people.*
Through a Birthday Offering gift, this program, currently run one day a week by volunteers out of La Mesa Presbyterian Church, will be staffed five days a week. The money received will be leveraged, allowing them to compete for funding locally from the City of Albuquerque and nationally, from the Department of Justice and the Administration for Children and Families. Blue Corn Alliance hopes that these additional sources of funding can help open a shelter.
Your gift to the Birthday Offering will help women heal from physical violence and promote a cultural mindset in which violence is unacceptable.
* Statistics from the National Institute of Justice, Centers for Disease Control, Suffolk University Law Review and the Bureau of Justice.
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.