Posts By: Lauren Rogers

Christmas Joy: Recovery from Hurricane Maria

Disaster Strikes After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last year, Presbyterian pastor Manuel D. Silva bore the dual burden of caring for his family and his congregation. The property damage wrought by the storm was in the billions, and many on the island were without electricity for months. When the storm hit, Manuel’s wife, Sylvette,… Read more »

Christmas Joy: Menual School Molds Spiritual Formation

Meet Luci While a summertime academic emphasis is not unusual for high-achieving high school students, Lucianna (Luci) Astorga’s educational focus between school years has been much different than that of most of her scholastically minded peers. Since the eighth grade, this honor roll student’s summer priority has been on earning tuition for the upcoming academic… Read more »

Christmas Joy: “Arms of the Church Around Us”

We want to share with you a love story… …a love story between Ralph and Mary Hamburger that began at a Presbyterian church when Ralph introduced himself to Mary after hearing her play the piano. Today, after 65 years of marriage, the love story continues at a Presbyterian retirement home. Ralph, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)… Read more »

Christmas Joy: The Perfect Gift

Every generous act of giving … is from above. — James 1:17 In the lead up to Christmas, many of us spend time in search of the perfect gift — the gift that communicates to friends and family how much we know and love them. We search our memories for indications of what gift might… Read more »

Worship Resources for the 2018 Christmas Joy Offering

‘Tis the season…for the Christmas Joy Offering. If you are looking for worship resources to connect your congregation with this Offering, our office has you covered. Our worship resources, written by the Rev. Thom M. Shuman, Stated Supply Pastor, Honorably Retired Galloway Presbyterian Church, Galloway, Ohio, and Associate Member, Iona Community, include: Readings Call to… Read more »

#GivingTuesday draws us to lessons learned in Sunday school

Calendared amidst the commercial craze of Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes #GivingTuesday, a timely reminder that life is more about giving than getting. It is a verifiable fact that generosity enhances our well-being.[i]  #GivingTuesday is celebrated the week following Thanksgiving and kicks-off the year-end charitable season. About 40 percent of all charitable giving occurs… Read more »

Peace & Global Witness: Beyond Our Doors, Beyond Our Community, Beyond Our Borders

Peace is active, not passive The Peace & Global Witness Offering connects congregations around the country with inspiring and innovative peacemakers from partner churches around the globe so they may learn from one another. The Offering helps develop educational resources that illustrate how congregations can become active peacemakers both in our local community and around… Read more »

Children’s Sunday School Cooks Up Soup for Goats

A project that resonates When the children’s Sunday school class at Heritage Presbyterian Church in Glendale, AZ, set out to donate a gift through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, they had no way to foresee the way the Spirit would move throughout their congregation. Rebecca Gray, elder for Christian Education, first came across the Presbyterian Giving… Read more »

Peace & Global Witness: Minute for Mission out of Bandon, Oregon

“Now may the Lord of peace… give you peace at all times in all ways.” — 2 Thessalonians 3:16 We live in a world that is constantly overwhelming us. Conflict arises in our families and communities. War is waged between nations and discussed in the marketplace. Instability threatens our jobs, savings or even our homes…. Read more »