Monthly Archives: May 2017

Focusing on the First Third of Life

Ministries supported by the Pentecost Offering reach people during this critical stage For years, researchers have highlighted the importance of early life experiences for brain and social development. In a similar way, many congregations realize how important Christian formation is during the first third of life, from childhood through young adulthood. Children, youth, and young… Read more »

Seeing faith through a different lens

Young Adult Volunteer program opens eyes to the church’s relevance in our world Sitting on a city bus in Washington, DC, with the plight of homeless people weighing heavily on him, Andy Thomas experienced a homecoming of faith. This Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) had attended a memorial service for the 41 homeless people who… Read more »

Extending the Spirit of Pentecost

Parkway Presbyterian Youth Congregation sees the Holy Spirit at work through the Pentecost Offering At Parkway Presbyterian Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, Pentecost Sunday worshipers are urged to seek a Spirit-filled common life that will permeate the congregation’s mission and ministries. “Pentecost is a big part of our church’s identity,” says Laura Neely, Parkway’s associate pastor. In Pentecost… Read more »

Creating Hope for Today and Tomorrow

Pentecost Offering helps teen mothers and their children flourish As a high school student, Lily Jones had a beautiful 18-month-old daughter and a strong desire to finish school. Lily knew the importance of education to her future and that of her daughter Sophia, but day care posed a problem. Lily’s family and Sophia’s father’s family… Read more »

A more promising future

“For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away…” (Acts 2:39) Promise. As a verb, it’s one of the earliest concepts we learn. To promise means to offer a firm commitment—not just “I will,” but “I DEFINITELY will.” It can also be a noun, expressing assurance or hope… Read more »